Fugro kicks off the Offshore Technology Conference with two Spotlight on New Technology Awards

Fugro Blue Dragon


06 May 2024


Houston, Texas

Fugro is the proud winner of two Spotlight on New Technology Awards, which are being presented at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston today. This double win underscores Fugro's commitment to innovation by delivering solutions that enable safer, more efficient and more sustainable energy development. The award-winning technologies were evaluated for their product uniqueness, ingenuity, demonstrated success, commercial viability and potential for industry-wide impact.

These technologies include:

  • Fugro Blue Dragon®: Currently in final development and testing, the Blue Dragon® sets a new industry standard for geotechnical seabed characterisation. This modular and highly automated system tackles diverse water depths and terrains with ease, seamlessly performing in situ testing, soil sampling, and rock coring in a single dive. By reducing vessel size and crew requirements, the Blue Dragon® contributes to environmental sustainability while automation elevates standards of health and safety both on deck and subsea thanks to integrated robotic pipe, tool and handling.

  • Remote subsea inspection solution: Fugro has developed the world’s first subsea inspection solution that can launch and recover a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from a multipurpose uncrewed surface vessel (USV), performing seabed mapping and inspection work from one platform. Comprising Fugro’s Blue Volta® eROV and Blue Essence® USV technologies, the uncrewed approach moves personnel from the offshore environment to the safety of onshore remote operations centres and reduces the carbon footprint of ROV inspections by up to 95%.

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Fugro Blue Essence USV in the North Sea

“The OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award programme consistently showcases the industry’s most exciting innovations, so I’m extremely proud that Fugro is being recognised this year for two solutions that will help advance the energy transition,” said Céline Gerson, Fugro’s President and Group Director in the Americas. “These remote and autonomous technologies are making projects safer and more sustainable while delivering significant time and cost savings. This is essential to driving down the levelised cost of energy for renewable sources like offshore wind.”

The award-winning technologies will be on display inside the Energy Transition Pavilion at OTC as part of the company’s Innovation Showcase series. Attendees can meet with the experts behind the innovations at booth ET2769 for scheduled presentations and one-on-one exchanges. Fugro's complete OTC schedule, including the innovation showcase, technical presentations and an OTC Executive Dialogue featuring Gerson, is available online.

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