The Norwegian Hydrographic Service has awarded Fugro another hydrographic survey contract as part of the MAREANO seabed mapping programme.
Fugro has already completed 10 surveys for the programme since 2006 and acquired over 140 000 square kilometres of data.
This latest survey will collect high-resolution, high-density multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom data.
The fieldwork will run from June to late October this year.
The survey area covers approximately 2,700 square kilometres over Spitsbergenbanken in water depths ranging from 30 metres to 500 metres.
Fugro will use state-of-the-art-sensors, advanced calibration techniques and oceanographic measurement workflows designed for acquiring geo-data in this challenging environment.
Nicolien Haasbroek, project engineer at Mareano, said:
“We are pleased to award this year’s contract to Fugro. Our experience of working together has always been positive and we are looking forward to this latest collaboration.”
Dr Marco Filippone, chief hydrographer at Fugro, said:
“Over the past 14 years, we have deployed our specialist multibeam echosounder equipment and applied our International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) certified hydrographers’ expertise on several surveys for the Norwegian Hydrographic Service under this programme.
In addition, Fugro will continue its ongoing contributions to crowdsourcing initiatives such as the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project.
To date, Fugro has donated 622 000 square kilometres of bathymetric data to Seabed 2030, collected during transits to and from global survey areas.