Fugro resumes acquisition of data for Norway's Mareano seabed mapping program

By On August 10, 2018

Fugro resumes acquisition of data for Norway's Mareano seabed mapping program

Home > News > Fugro resumes acquisition of data for Norway's Mareano seabed mapping program Fugro resumes acquisition of data for Norway's Mareano seabed mapping program 8/10/2018

BREMEN, Germany -- Fugro has been awarded a hydrographic survey contract, valued at NOK 44.7 million (approximately €4.7 million), by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. The survey is part of the Mareano seabed mapping program, which is financed by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Climate and Environme nt. Fugro has successfully completed numerous surveys for the programme since 2006, collecting more than 100,000 km2 of data.

null In an area that extends above 80 degrees latitude, Fugro is collecting high res seabed data for Norwegian authorities mapping program, MAREANO. Image: Fugro.

In water depths that typically range from 80 m to 1,700 m, the survey area of approximately 14,500 km2 is located between the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Fugro’s equipment on the survey vessels, including MV Victor Hensen and MV Fugro Gauss, will collect high resolution, high density multi-beam echo sounder data, together with sub-bottom and gravity meter data, to gather marine knowledge for the Norwegian mapping program. The fieldwork is scheduled from June to November this year.

The main objective of the survey is to collect seamless, high quality datasets between bathymetry and acoustic backscatter. To achieve this, Fugro is deploying state-of-the-art-sensors and adopting advanced calibration techniques and oceanographic measurement workflows designed for this challenging environment. It is also utilising online monitoring QC and post-processing workflows.

Dr. Marco Filippone, chief hydrographer at Fugro, explained the benefits of the company’s long-term experience on the Mareano program, “Over the last 12 years, we have deployed our specialist multi-beam echosounder equipment and applied our IHO certified hydrographers’ expertise on several surveys for the Norwegian Hydrographic Service under this program. It is very gratifying to be able to deliver continuous development in line with their objectives and expectations.”

With part of the survey area located above 80 degrees latitude, there is an opportunity for Fugro to test the “Ice Pad” solution from MARSAT, the consortium developing services for the maritime and coastal industry. Collecting the most recent information on ice coverage will assist the MARSAT project to support voyage planning and tactical navigation in limited bandwidth conditions, typically at higher latitudes.

This year, Fugro is introducing another additional element which will bolster its ongoing contributions to crowdsourcing initiatives such as the Nippon Foundation - GEBCO Seabed 2030 project, the global initiative to produce a high-resolution map of the world’s ocean floor by the year 2030. To date Fugro has donated almost 100,000 km2 of bathymetric data, collected during transits to and from global survey areas, to Seabed 2030, and aims to boost this contribution with transit data from the Mareano program.

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