In November 2011 Fassmer Shipyard, Germany, and Fugro N.V., Netherland, signed the contract for the new 40m „Fugro Helmert”, a new Offshore Survey Coastal Vessel for hydrographic and geotechnical tasks in worldwide operation. Fassmer was assigned to design and build the vessel in a time period of 20 months. The delivery is scheduled for August 2013.

On 8th  of July 2013 the new Fugro Survey Vessel was christened by godmother Mrs. Irmgard Jeuken, in the presence of more than 140 guests, on the Fassmer Shipyard Berne. Directly after the naming ceremony the vessel was launched. During the following weeks all remaining works will be finished. On 8th of August 2013, after completion of all final tests and trials, the vessel will be handed over in time to Fugro. 

This vessel is designed for worldwide operation, means well insulated against high temperatures, air conditioned and with a total accommodation for crew and guest of 20 persons. A maximum of 12 guests are allowed.   

The aft deck with a total area of about 280 m2 is designed to arrange various winches and other equipment on different, variable places. The equipment is fixed by twistlocks to flush deck container rails. An A-frame with load capacity of 10 tons is located at the stern and alternatively on starboard side. Via this A-frame various scientific probes can be lowered down. With a total deck load of max 30 t. different kind of deck equipment can be placed. For handling these equipments a crane (Palfinger PK50002) with a capacity of 3,0 to at 12m outreach at harbour condition is realized.  

For station-keeping a Dynamic Position System Class 1 (DP1) with class notation Germanischer Lloyd was installed. Various sounding equipment is placed in a special designed blister in keel section area. Mainly Kongberg EM710, Knudsen SBE / SBP (3 X 3), Innomar SES 2000, HiPAP 500 and a underwater camera can be mentioned at this point. 

All data´s from sounding are collected and processed in the instrument room,data processing room and office server room. All racks in these rooms are airconditioned separately. All selected and processed data can be transferred via VSAT worldwide.  The wheel house console is equipped with two Radar devices, double ECDIS system (electr. Sea chart), helmsman display, GMDSS systems acc. sea area A3. Additionally separate radio console and separate office space is available.  

With 496 GT the vessel has to be not fully compliant with SOLAS requirements.  The vessel was built in accordance with the “Environmental Passport” (Hong Kong Convention) and the IHM regulation. Due to in water survey certification the vessel has to come out of the water every 5 years only. 

Technical Information:  

40m Survey Vessel „Fugro Helmert“  

length overall:                             41,52 m 

moulded beam:                             9,80 m 

design draft (DWL):                       2,80 m 

tonnage        :                              496 GT, 149 NT 

class notation:  GL + 100 A5 „Research Vessel“ E IW DP 1    GL + MC Aut E 

speed:                                        11,30 kn 

main engine:                               2 x MAN D2876 LE 403 , 331 KW /1800 rpm each 

propeller:                                    2 x Schottel-Ruderpropeller Typ SRP200, ø = 1,11m 

bow thruster:                               Schottel STT170 TLK, 200kW  

aux engine :                                2x MAN D2866 LXE30 244KW/1500 rpm each


Image / graph: courtesy of Fassmer Shipyard


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