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Fugro receives the first professional certificate to operate uncrewed surface vessels


Fugro Middle East personnel have completed the first Maritime Autonomous Surface Systems (MASS) professional certified training delivered by SeaBot Maritime.


This certification marks a landmark step in the development of a recognised training programme that ensures qualified marine personnel acquire the skills needed to safely and effectively operate MASS.

Fugro and SeaBot XR have been working together since 2019 to develop the skills required by the connected mariner.  This initial phase of development adds to the existing skills held by qualified mariners assuring a safe transition from sea to shore.  Uniquely, the training is augmented to make it specific to Fugro operations.  


Focus is placed in on critical topics such as mission analysis, situational awareness, cyber security, communications, resource management, and vessel piloting skills.  


The training is based on experiential learning, where trainees are provided with an in-depth theoretical knowledge, before taking a staged approach to the command-and-control process.  


Candidates are able apply their newly acquired knowledge, skills and abilities directly to the working environment equipping them to deal with the challenges that await them as they put Fugro's ever-growing USV fleet to work.  

Gordon Meadow, CEO at SeaBot Maritime said, it’s exciting to see this first cohort of MASS Professionals complete this inceptive stage of training, as we continue to roll out the broader MASS Certified Professional Training Scheme throughout 2022 - 2023.

Hannes Swiegers, Fugro Director IRM Services and Remote Operations, said: “Whilst remote and autonomous technology will revolutionise the way we conduct business, the continued success of Fugro rests on the skills of our personnel. By investing in our people and ensuring that long-established industry standards are upheld, Fugro can confidently assure clients and regulators that our high safety and operational standards will remain as we develop our global network of remote operations centres and autonomous vehicles to support the maritime industry for a safe and sustainable world.”

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About SeaBot Maritime 

SeaBot Maritime’s mission is to make maritime Safer, Cleaner and Smarter, championing the crucial role that humans play in the people-technology partnership. 


SeaBot Maritime is a British business founded in 2018, working with those who operate within critical industries to meet the challenges of the fast-moving digital age, offering change transformation and training services to shipping, research, geo-surveying, and offshore energy.   

With a particular focus on the shift to automation and the use of collaborative systems, SeaBot Maritime uses cutting-edge approaches to create effective technology partnerships, revolutionising the learning journey, end-to-end, and help organisations understand, underpin, and maintain workforce competency requirements.   


About Fugro

Fugro is the world's leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.

Employing approximately 9,500 talented people in 59 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2021, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.


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