Fugro’s new geotechnical drilling vessel for Asia-Pacific region
LEIDSCHENDAM, The Netherlands -- Fugro Voyager, a purpose built DP2 geotechnical drilling vessel, is entering service with Fugro’s Offshore Geotechnical Division to expand its operations in the frontier areas of the Asia-Pacific region.
At 83 m by 20 m, with a twin tower drilling derrick over a centrally located moon pool, the vessel has automated pipe and tool handling equipment to promote safe drilling floor operations. Equipment includes both downhole and seabed sampling and testing systems rated for water depths up to 3,000 m.
Fugro Voyager is equipped with a dynamic positioning station-holding capability (DP2) and is built to Comfort Class COMF-V(3) standards, with quarters for up to 60 people. A large soil laboratory is next to the drill floor, while other areas in the vessel include client offices, a conference room, day rooms and a gymnasium.
In December, Fugro Voyager will depart for her maiden contract off the northwest coast of Australia, where she will undertake work to aid foundation design for seabed infrastructure. The vessel will be performing seabed in situ testing, large-diameter piston cores, drilled borings and downhole in situ tests in water depths up to 1,350 m.
Fugro Voyager is part of Fugro’s global fleet renewal strategy, where older tonnage is being replaced with new, modern vessels.