The vessel M.V. Fugro Gauss has arrived in Seychelles to perform a survey prior to the laying of a new cable in north Mahe at a site yet to be selected. M.V. Fugro Gauss is a purpose-built hydrographic and cable route survey vessel, fitted with a bespoke infrastructure for both geophysical and geotechnical survey work. In addition to deep tow side scan sonar, magnetometer and high precision surface positioning equipment, the Fugro Gauss is the only commercial survey vessel with a hull-mounted Innomar Deep 2000 system covering depths up to 6000 metres.
Pictured above, upon arrival Lynze Marimba, Head of The Agency Department of Mahe Shipping presented to Captain Andrej Kovaliov and Party Chief Mr Lennart of MV Fugro Gauss a copy of the book Seychelles, Ships and the Sea, a maritime history of Seychelles published in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mahe Shipping Company.
Full vessel particulars may be seen here.
A complete overview of the project is available here.
Pictured below is the survey area from Machabee (left) to Carana (right).