Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius, the most advanced vessel of her type built in Brazil. The new DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 metres is length with a deck area of 520 square metres and accommodation for 60 people. Permanently equipped with two Fugro-built 150HP work class ROVs, Fugro Aquarius is capable of operating in water depths of 3,000 metres. The stern A‐Frame, with active heave compensated winch system, allows for deployment of 10 tonnes and the helideck is suitable for medium-lift helicopters such as the Sikorsky S‐92.
Commenting on the new vessel, Mathilde Scholtes, managing director, Fugro Brasil, said that Fugro Aquarius has been built specifically for the Brazilian market and is ideally suited for subsea inspection, repair and maintenance work.
Designed by Damen shipyards group and built by Wilson Sons shipyard in Guarujá near São Paulo, the vessel’s local content exceeds 60%, with technology and equipment locally sourced and the project involving a workforce of over 250 Brazilian nationals.