On 2nd December 2009, Fugro Searcher was launched in Fassmer's Shipyard in Bremen. The vessel will now continue the final fit out process followed by extensive sea trials in the New Year. It remains on schedule for formal delivery into Fugro Survey Limited's fleet in March 2010.
Fassmer GMBH & Co KG of Bremen, with specialist input from Fugro Survey Limited, designed and constructed this new geophysical survey vessel, the first such new-building since the early 1980s. At 65 metres LOA and accommodation for 43 in en suite single and double cabins it will be a comfortable and spacious vessel on which to work and is fully capable of world-wide operations.
The suite of survey equipment will include an EA600 single beam echo sounder, EM302 and EM3002 multibeam echo sounders, Edgetech dual frequency 4200 digital sidescan sonar, chirp sub-bottom profiler, Hydroscience SeeMUX digital system, with a seismic source of up to 970 cu in firing into a 3000 metre long solid digital streamer, and a HiPAP 500 USBL system. The vessel will be fully networked to provide full plug-and-play interconnectivity and have Fugro's dual DGPS high precision Navigation systems. The design of the vessel will permit simultaneous analogue/digital survey operations and AUV operations. Geotechnical and ROVSV duties can also be undertaken. Diesel electric drive, specially designed hull form, resilient engine mounts and rudder propellers will maximise station keeping and navigational control while ensuring acoustically quiet running at survey speeds.
The Fugro Searcher will be operated by Fugro Survey Limited of Aberdeen.