VARD has been awarded contracts for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with options for two additional vessels, and the sales and conversion of one Platform Supply Vessel to be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Norwind Offshore in Ålesund, Norway. The contracts for the firm three vessels have an indicative total value of NOK 1.4 billion.

Tailor-made for worldwide services

The two newbuildings are of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. The CSOVs are tailor-made for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms.

The first vessel will be outfitted and delivered from VARD in Norway in 2Q 2023, with the hull to be built at Vard Braila in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2024.

The third vessel is a conversion and sales of one of VARD’s Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) that will be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV). The vessel has been in operation in Asia and Australia and will now sail to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for an extensive conversion and outfitting. The vessel will be delivered to Norwind Offshore in 2Q 2022.

Repeating customers in a new company

Norwind Offshore is a newly established ship owning company that will offer specialised vessels designed for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector. The owners of Norwind Offshore have a long history in the offshore and maritime industry. Over several decades, VARD and the owners of the new company have developed a strong relationship through the building of a broad range of advanced offshore and specialised vessels.

“Norwind Offshore is excited and looking forward to taking delivery of several high-quality vessels from VARD in the years to come. We are pleased to continue our long relationship and together contribute to further position the maritime cluster towards the renewable energy market,” said Svein Leon Aure, CEO in Norwind Offshore.

Vital for the maritime cluster

Fredrik Mordal Hessen, General Manager for the Offshore and Specialised business area in VARD, says:

“I would like to congratulate Norwind Offshore’s owners with the new company and wish the team welcome back as a customer of VARD. Having local shipowners is vital for the innovation power of the complete maritime cluster at the northwest coast of Norway. As such these are particularly important contracts for the entire maritime cluster in this region. We are looking forward to continuing the great cooperation, and to contribute to developing the maritime industry for the future together with our many good customers and partners.”

VARD 4 19

The VARD 4 19 design is a highly versatile platform for sustainable offshore windfarm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and superior operability. The 85-metre vessels have a beam of 19.5 metres and will be equipped with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and will be prepared for battery solutions. The CSOVs will have accommodation for 87 persons on board, with an option to increase to 120 persons.

VARD’s specialised high technology subsidiaries will be involved with major deliveries on board and in the shipbuilding process of the vessels.

SeaQ Integrated Bridge

The newbuildings will have Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Bridge System installed, – a bridge solution with an intuitive user interface designed with the operator in focus. Organised to achieve a clean and efficient workspace, the bridge emphasises ease of operation, safety, and ergonomics.

For control and monitoring of the vessels’ systems and overview of emissions, the newbuilding’s will be equipped with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Automation System (IAS), SeaQ Power Management System (PMS), and Energy Management System (EMS).

PSV to be converted to an SOV

The Platform Supply Vessel is of VARD 1 08 design with a length of 81 metres and a beam of 18 metres. The vessel will be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) outfitted for offshore wind farm operations.

Image source: Courtesy of VARD

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