In effort to have 'world’s most advanced AUV fleet', Argeo inks deal for another unit

In effort to have ‘world’s most advanced AUV fleet’, Argeo inks deal for another unit

In an effort to build an advanced autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) fleet, ocean surveying and inspection company Argeo Subsea has signed a Certificate of Delivery and Acceptance with CSI Nordics for the second Kongsberg Discovery HUGIN Superior AUV.

Source: Argeo

Under a three-party Certificate of Delivery and Acceptance for the new HUGIN Superior AUV, CSI Nordics, a subsidiary of CSI Leasing, will purchase the unit from Kongsberg Discovery, entering into a long-term leasing agreement with Argeo.

Argeo already has one HUGIN Superior in service. The company noted that the agreement supports its fleet expansion plans, as it looks to build the world’s most advanced AUV fleet, with seven high-specification units.

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The Superior includes a HISAS 1032 dual receiver, EM2040 Mk2 multibeam echosounder, a UHD still image camera, laser profiler, sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer, in addition to sensors for methane, CO2, oxygen, among others, Argeo said.

“The strategic combination of Kongsberg’s highly advanced AUVs with Argeo’s proprietary cutting-edge electromagnetic sensor system, Argeo LISTEN, propels us ahead of competitors,” said Argeo CEO Trond Crantz.

“Argeo LISTEN allows for efficient inspection of cables and pipelines, both buried and on seafloor, as well as rapid estimation of cathodic protection status and remaining lifetime. By integrating this state-of-the-art system into the Hugin Superior, our clients can expect expedited project completion and access to comprehensive data derived from multiple sensors concurrently, ensuring unparalleled quality and efficiency.”

In terms of other recent news coming from the company, the subsea vessel Argeo Searcher in January completed a job in Nigeria for Shell and started mobilizing for work in the Indian Ocean. According to the company, the vessel completed the Shell job in record time and with high performance.

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