The region’s first unmanned surface vessel sets sail in Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 marks an important day for the UAE Navy as the first unmanned surface vessel (USV) built in the region entered the water.

The 12-meter Blue Essence USV was launched at the port of Mugharraq and sailed to its new home in Al Mirfa, Abu Dhabi, through Fugro’s command and control center in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Mirfa Port will host the Fugro Pegasus over the next few months and will be the hub for Fugro’s remote and self-contained operations in the United Arab Emirates.

This vessel is part of Fugro’s global fleet of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and Electric Remote Operated Vehicles, which are operated from a network of remote operation centers around the world.

Fugro’s Blue Essence USV will set a new standard for underwater inspection solutions, requiring no offshore crews, reducing carbon emissions by 95% and enabling real-time information, data processing and delivery more fast.

David Washbrook, Director Marine Asset Integrity Middle East and India: “Fugro has worked closely with local authorities and partners in the region to define regulations and legislation regarding remote and autonomous vessels.

“We are proud to say that this collaborative effort has allowed us to have the region’s first unmanned survey vessel in the water and adds an exciting new chapter to Fugro’s future in the UAE.”

Fugro is the global geodata specialist, collecting and analyzing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built on it.