A Hugin hat-trick for Fugro
Posted on 26.05.2008 - 08:00 EDT in AUV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Fugro has placed an order for a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN 1000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). To be delivered Q4 2008, the third HUGIN in Fugro's AUV arsenal will be based at the company's Far East facilities in Singapore, in order to address the growing deep water market in the Asia Pacific region.
HUGIN 1000 is a compact version of Kongsberg Maritime's HUGIN 3000, of which Fugro already operates two. Rated for 3000m water depth, HUGIN 1000 can carry an extensive payload of scientific instruments in order to provide high resolution geological and geophysical information, for use in the design of subsea structures and subsequent development of oil and gas fields.
The new compact size HUGIN 1000 will be delivered with a custom designed transportable container and rechargeable, maintenance free Lithium Polymer batteries. The container includes work space for maintenance and an advanced two stage hinged stinger for launch and recovery of the vehicle over the stern of a vessel, with stern height up to 5 meters. Advanced & reliable
HUGIN is widely recognised as the most advanced and reliable AUV on the market. It was originally developed through collaboration between the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Royal Norwegian Navy, Statoil and Kongsberg Maritime. Cooperation began in 1995, and the first HUGIN was put into commercial use in the North Sea in 1997. A success
"We're delighted that Fugro has ordered its third HUGIN vehicle," said Morten Berntsen, Manager, Sales and Marketing - Underwater Instrumentation, Kongsberg Maritime. "The HUGIN 1000 order book continues to grow following an excellent year in 2007 that saw a number of significant orders taken from the Norwegian and Finnish Navies in addition to being contracted to provide a record six HUGIN 1000s for deployment on a fleet of new vessels for India's National Hydrographic Office."