Fugro detours for Ifremer’s Mayotte underwater volcano survey
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A Fugro vessel heading from the Netherlands to South Africa has made a ten-day detour to support Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, in monitoring a giant active underwater volcano off the east coast of Africa.
Ifremer is performing research on this volcano, but the latest mission was thrown into jeopardy by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. When Fugro heard, they diverted the specialist hydrographic survey vessel Fugro Gauss to Mayotte in the Mozambique Channel to support Ifremer’s hydrographic survey.
Fugro’s global hydrographic footprint, combined with its sustained investment in remote operation support solutions, enabled two teams that had never met to collaborate via the cloud and support the Mayotte community. Three hydrographic specialists from Fugro in Bremen, Germany, were responsible for offshore coordination and quality control, while Ifremer’s team of four were based in Brest, France.
This project for Ifremer aligns with Fugro’s sustainability work and its involvement with both the United Nations Decade initiative and the Seabed 2030 project.