The new Fugro Survey Vessel was christened on 8th of July 2013 by godmother Mrs. Irmgard Jeuken, in the presence of more than 140 guests, at the Fassmer Shipyard Berne. Directly after the naming ceremony the vessel was launched.
During the following weeks all remaining works will be finished. On 8th of August 2013, after completion of all final tests and trials, the vessel will be handed over in time to Fugro.
In November 2011 Fassmer and Fugro signed the contract for the new 40m “Fugro Helmert”, a new Offshore Survey Coastal Vessel for hydrographic and geotechnical tasks in worldwide operation. Fassmer was assigned to design and build the vessel in a period of 20 months.
Design / construction requirements:
The vessel is designed for very low underwater noise excitation for hydro-graphic purposes
Work in following offshore survey market segments as follows
- Renewable Energy
- Light Geotechnical work
- Environmental baseline survey
- Monitoring and inspection
- Route Survey
- Site Survey
- Pipeline inspection
This vessel is well insulated against high temperatures, air conditioned and with a total accommodation for 20 persons. A maximum of 12 guests are allowed. The aft deck with a total area of about 280 m2 is designed to arrange various winches and other equipment on different, variable places. The equipment is fixed by twistlocks to flush deck container rails.
An A-frame with load capacity of 10 tons is located at the stern and alternatively on starboard side. Via this A-frame various scientific probes can be lowered down. With a total deck load of max. 30 t. different kind of deck equipment can be placed. For handling the equipment in question, a crane (Palfinger PK50002) with a capacity of 3,0to at 12m outreach at harbour condition has been installed.
For station-keeping a Dynamic Position System Class 1 (DP1) with class notation Germanischer Lloyd was installed. Various sounding equipment is placed in a specially designed blister in keel section area. Mainly Kongberg EM710, Knudsen SBE / SBP (3 X 3), Innomar SES 2000, HiPAP 500 and an underwater camera.
All data from sounding are collected and processed in the instrument room, data processing room and office server room. All racks in these rooms are air-conditioned separately. All selected and processed data can be transferred via VSAT worldwide.
The wheel house console is equipped with two Radar devices, double ECDIS system (electr. Sea chart), helmsman display, GMDSS systems acc. sea area A3. Additionally, a separate radio console and separate office space are available.
With 496 GT, the vessel has to be not fully compliant with SOLAS requirements. The vessel was built in accordance with the “Environmental Passport” (Hong Kong Convention) and the IHM regulation. Due to in-water survey certification the vessel has to come out of the water every 5 years only.
Fugro, July 9, 2013