Fugro increases the number of autonomous ships it uses for geophysical studies.


The next generation of remotely operated surface vehicles from Fugro, Blue Prism, will have a naval design by Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects (USVs).

The Blue Prism is specially designed for operations in both coastal and offshore locations, and it combines a very low carbon footprint with high standards for data collection, weather resistance, and durability.

In 2023, consumers will be able to purchase Fugro’s Blue Prism, which uses hull-mounted sensors to collect bathymetry and sub-bottom data with the greatest precision while also having the capacity to tow several geophysical instruments.

It will be the first autonomous low-carbon vessel to integrate these cutting-edge vessel features and sensors, capable of beyond line of sight operations. The speed and durability of the Blue Prism, along with Fugro’s smart data management software, will lower risk and hasten project delivery for offshore wind, hydrographic charting, and coastal resilience.

“We are happy to be part of this fascinating project in which the greatest shipbuilding techniques from the Netherlands are merged into this new uncrewed ultra-efficient vessel,” says Perry van Oossanen, managing director and naval architect of Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

“For a naval architect, to re-think the design and layout of a warship without a crew is a dream come true.”

“The partnership between Kooiman and Van Oossanen has already resulted in creative solutions, and we are glad to be able to assist Fugro take the next step in uncrewed boats,” says Maarten Kooiman, director of Kooiman Engineering.

“Autonomous boats play a crucial role in the future of the maritime survey business by enhancing safety, lowering carbon emissions, and more effectively providing high quality data,” says Frank Koopman, worldwide director of marine site characterization at Fugro.

We are excited to work with Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects on this exciting project as we are determined to grow our fleet of USVs for safer, more sustainable marine operations. We chose them because of their extensive experience in innovative ship design and hydrodynamics.

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