Fugro said the opening of the ROC in Abu Dhabi was well-timed, as client projects became subject to local travel and personnel restrictions implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fugro added that it is deploying remote solutions in the Middle East to circumvent social distancing measures to allow vital marine site characterisation and asset integrity projects such as rig positioning to stay on schedule.
The ROC capabilities will be combined with Fugro’s new uncrewed surface vessel (USV) operations, allowing the team to perform offshore work from onshore and delivering projects with lower carbon footprints.
David Washbrook, Fugro’s director for marine asset integrity in the Middle East and India, said: “Successfully conducting these remote and autonomous operations from our new ROC in Abu Dhabi is a huge step that is truly advancing marine operations. Our remote solutions allow our clients to upgrade working processes that have been the same for decades and, as a result, derisk their projects, improve safety, optimise maintenance programmes and extend operational life of their assets.”