This is How Fugro Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fugro's first priority is to protect the health and safety of employees, partners and clients, the company states. The company is therefore taking appropriate measures to ensure business continuity. Current liquidity is strong with over €400 million in cash and available facilities. A cost and CAPEX reduction programme is being implemented and Fugro has withdrawn its earlier guidance for 2020. Fugro is taking several measures during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep its employees, partners and clients safe and healthy while ensuring service delivery. Restrictions are in place regarding non-essential travel and international travel has almost come to a standstill. For... (read more)
2020-04-14 10:18:02

New Launch and Recovery System Brings Operational Improvements

Kongsberg Maritime has developed a new LARS (Launch and Recovery System) solution for its HUGIN range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), which is set to bring about a series of far-reaching operational improvements. This solution benefits from the integrated combination of in-house technologies that the Kongsberg group offers. After evaluating techniques and procedures in-depth, Kongsberg Maritime has arrived at an optimal solution, namely to have the new LARS operating from midships, with the release and capture of HUGIN marine robots occurring beneath the sea surface. Launching and Recovering AUVs Underwater Launching and recovering AUVs underwater, away from the splash zone, lessens... (read more)
2020-03-31 09:53:30

Unique Group Signs Exclusive Agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Group, has recently signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Experts in engineering and manufacturing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports customer activities in the offshore energy, aquaculture, commercial diving, defence and oceanographic research industries worldwide. The addition of OTAQ products to Unique Group’s diverse portfolio of survey equipment solidifies Unique Group’s consistent effort to provide customised integrated solutions to clients. Offshore Projects The agreement will see Unique Group... (read more)
2020-03-30 09:45:48

Securing Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure with USVs

Employing commercial-off-the-shelf USVs that can be rapidly reconfigured with a diverse range of sensors can enhance the ability to deliver energy to America and the world. This is a win-win for the energy industry, says George Caldorisi when he describes the securing of oil and gas infrastructure with Unmanned Surface Vehicles. While the exigencies of climate change have led to major strides in the development and deployment of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and others, the world’s energy needs will continue to be met primarily by oil and natural gas for the foreseeable future. As readers of Hydro International are well aware, the strategic implications of the United States’ transition from energy dependence to energy independence to becoming a net oil and gas exporter are being felt worldwide. While some saw this sea change coming, most did not, and the community of nations is still coming to grips with... (read more)
2020-04-06 09:50:21

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

Hydrographic Mapping is Critical for the Caribbean

It is a Service Provided Inconsistently by the Developed Nations
Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. The islands of the Caribbean, collectively known as the West Indies, were colonized for centuries by seafaring... (read more)
2020-03-18 10:08:24

Shift

We had prepared an extra thick edition of Hydro International for you, full of feature articles, columns, an interview and news from and a preview of Oceanology International 2020. However, this biannual top event for hydrography and oceanography, held at ExCeL in London, which always attracts thousands of people from all corners of the globe to visit the showcase of everything that is new or proven in our industries, has been postponed due to the coronavirus. As our aim is to serve the hydrographic community in the best way we can, we therefore changed – as much as possible –... (read more)
2020-03-17 11:00:23

Joining Forces to Provide Unmanned Maritime Services

Groton-based ThayerMahan, a provider of autonomous maritime security solutions, announced that it has teamed with iXblue, a global high-tech company specializing in navigation, acoustic positioning and underwater imaging, to provide unmanned maritime and survey services using iXblue’s DriX Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in North America as well as in other parts of the world. Benefitting from ThayerMahan’s far-reaching expertise in maritime domain awareness, and from iXblue’s multi-purpose and cost-effective USV, both companies will be able to address a wide range of maritime and survey applications including offshore renewables, oil & gas, hydrographic surveys and ISR, as well as monitoring and... (read more)
2020-03-10 01:37:31

Fugro Secures Large Marine Survey Contract

INPEX Masela, Ltd. (INPEX), a subsidiary of INPEX CORPORATION, has awarded Fugro a large marine survey contract for the Abadi liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Indonesia. Fugro will perform geophysical and geotechnical surveys and the associated studies needed to support front-end engineering design (FEED) for offshore production facilities and the submarine pipeline to the onshore LNG terminal. Geodata will be acquired using Fugro’s deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Echo Surveyor and their robotic seafloor drill, Seafloor Drill 2, deployed from Indonesian support vessels. Engineering Challenges The Abadi LNG project is based on an onshore LNG development scheme that INPEX,... (read more)
2020-03-05 12:57:32

Don’t Miss the Oi2020 Technical Conference

In the free-to-attend Oi2020 Technical Conference, you will hear from experts and thought leaders about a variety of disciplines in different sectors. Happening across the three days of the event, the technical tracks will focus on key areas of application and technology across the whole of the Oceanology range. Technical insights, updates on the industry and case studies will provide you with the information and inspiration you need for your futures projects. Check www.oceanologyinternational.com for details and the latest updates of each day programme. 1. Offshore Energy Development - Sponsored by Bibby Hydromap This conference track will explore the developments... (read more)
2020-03-05 08:46:31
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