Fugro has ordered a newbuild autonomous underwater vehicle and vessel to expand its survey capacity in the Gulf of Mexico region, the company said.
The Hugin AUV Echo Surveyor VII is being built by Norway's Kongsberg while the Fugro Americas multi-purpose vessel is under construction at Thoma-Sea Marine Contractors of Louisiana.
Neither contract value was disclosed. Both units are scheduled to join the Fugro fleet later this year.
"Both these impending launches indicate our strong capabilities and commitment to our clients in the GOM and internationally," said Melissa Jeansonne, vice president at Fugro GeoServices.
The 193-foot Fugro Americas is SOLAS-classed and specially designed for high-resolution geophysical surveys and seafloor mapping, including seismic, conventional, AUV and geotechnical surveys.
"She is bigger and faster than our current vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, has more berths as part of our purpose-built design, and is both quiet and fuel efficient," Fugro asset manager Jim Grady said.
The Echo Surveyor VII is rated to 4500 metres and is designed to turn tight circles to cut time between survey lines.
The AUV "will support the acquisition of sidescan sonar, sub-bottom profiler and CTD profiler data, and will carry various environmental sensors to meet a wide range of offshore survey demands," Fugro added.