Fugro advancing next-generation USVs with Sea-KIT

Nov. 27, 2023
Fugro has gained full ownership of SEA-KIT International.

Offshore staff

LEIDSCHENDAM, the NetherlandsFugro has agreed to terms for acquiring the remaining shares in SEA-KIT International.

The two companies have been collaborating in the development of uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) for low-carbon emission maritime operations and research.

Milestones achieved to date, according to Fugro, include:

  • Delivery of the first commercial remotely operated USV and electric-powered (ROV) combi-service for offshore asset inspection and monitoring;
  • Approvals from authorities in Europe, Middle East and Australia to operate the jointly developed solution via a global network of remote operations centers;
  • Supplying five Fugro Blue Essence 12-m USVs to various regions; and
  • The world’s first fully remote inspection of offshore wind farm facilities using a USV and integrated ROV.

Further plans include the introduction of a Blue Eclipse 18-m USV for fast pipeline and deepwater equipment inspections as well as a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered USV.


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