Fugro Orca

Dutch-based Fugro, the Geo-data specialist, has purchased the remaining shares in SEA-KIT International, which is a long-standing partner in the development of hi-tech uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) for low carbon emission maritime operations and research.

For several years, Fugro and SEA-KIT have collaborated closely to push the boundaries of USV technology, like the delivery of the first commercially available remotely operated USV and electric powered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) combi solution to the offshore asset inspection and monitoring market.

They have also cooperated in the delivery of five Fugro Blue Essence® 12 metre USVs spread across all key regions, and completed the world’s first fully remote inspection of offshore wind farm assets carried out by an USV and integrated ROV.

Fugro reveals that the transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2023, but is subject to customary closing conditions.

Meanwhile, SEA-KIT will continue to provide clients with USV products, whilst Fugro is looking forward to the launching of the next generation of USVs, the Blue Eclipse® 18 metre USV, specially designed for fast pipeline and deep-water asset inspection activities, as well as a zero-emissions hydrogen-powered USV.

Henk van Dalen, director Blue Robotics at Fugro, said that “We are excited to welcome the talented SEA-KIT team into the Fugro family.”

“We look forward to leveraging their knowledge and growing the SEA-KIT product offering to the maritime industry as we continue to drive innovation in this space. We are committed to ensuring a smooth integration process and will work closely with our new team members to maximise the value delivered to our combined customer base.”