Fugro has reached a binding agreement to acquire the remaining shares in SEA-KIT International, 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, with achievements including 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; approvals from various authorities in Europe, Middle East and Australia to operate the jointly developed USV and ROV combi solution through a global network of remote operations centres; delivery of five Fugro Blue Essence 12 metre USVs across all key regions; and completing the world’s first fully remote inspection of offshore wind farm assets carried out by an USV and integrated ROV.
“We are excited to welcome the talented SEA-KIT team into the Fugro family," said Henk van Dalen, director Blue Robotics at Fugro. "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.”
SEA-KIT will continue to provide clients with high-quality USV products for cost-effective operations with enhanced safety and significantly reduced carbon emissions. New advancements planned following the acquisition include the launch 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.