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Fugro . . .  is not a local name.  In fact, it goes back to 1962, when Kees Joustra started a company called “funderingstechniek en grondmechanica,” shortened to the first few letters of each big word . . .  yields FUGRO.   I first thought it was a Fugro vessel I’d seen a few times a year ago here.

The morning light was almost overwhelming . . .

but you get the idea from these photos.

Fugro Enterprise dates from 2007 and appears to be a US build.  She would certainly look more at home in Louisiana than in the KVK, but

with changes happening offshore, we may see more vessels like this.  I’ve not yet gotten a closeup of Ocean Researcher, which has been spending lots of time in the New York Bight, likely mapping the bottom in advance of wind farms. 

And with green lighting of efforts to seek oil and gas reserves using very loud “air guns” off the East coast, who knows what other exotics may be arriving.  Here’s what National Geographic thinks.  As of this posting, Fugro Enterprise is SE of Atlantic City and stopped.   Her profile is similar to Seis Surveyor captured here almost a decade ago, and now sailing under a Peruvian flag.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who is looking for someone with photos of Ocean Researcher to share.

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