Middle East’s First-Ever Uncrewed Surface Vessel Reached Abu Dhabi, Ready For Its First Sail

September 16, 2022 GENERAL

Fugro transformed the Middle East’s maritime industry by introducing the first-ever uncrewed surface vessel (USV) to the region. The Fugro Pegasus is the latest addition to the Blue Essence family comprising uncrewed plates. It has successfully reached Abu Dhabi and is ready for the first sail in the waters of the Gulf.

The class-built, 12m USV will be the Middle East region’s first-ever uncrewed vessel that can travel beyond the horizon, with the ability to launch an e-ROV. With its next-gen hybrid power system, compact size, and up-to-date satellite technology, Fugro is expected to set a new standard for asset inspection by getting rid of human exposure to the offshore environment and cutting down emissions by 97% vs conventional vessel activities.

Fugro Pegasus
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The Fugro Pegasus can quickly be stationed offshore for hours without any need to demobilize for re-fuelling of the crew at the port.

The launch of Pegasus marks an inexplicably exciting phase for the maritime industry in the region. It permits Fugro to further enhance its capacity to deliver unparalleled geo-data services to clients.

Managed from a Remote Operatincentrees (ROC) in the region, Fugro will be capable of delivering exceptional geo-data solutions faster and more safely by adopting remote-operated asset examinations, surveys, and positioning solutions.

Fugro’s clients and partners can now explore the world of Autonomous Asset Management, where advanced technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) can be deployed to eliminate production downtime via an understanding of the offshore infrastructure.

Tim Lyle, the Group Director of the Middle East and India, said that the arrival of Fugro Pegas is essential to the future of maritime operations in the Middle East region.

Tomorrow’s future is becoming a reality today with significantly enhanced operational efficiencies, safety, and lowered carbon footprint now available to customers.

References: Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia


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