Norway – VARD has obtained contracts for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with options for two further vessels, as well as the sales and conversion of one Platform Supply Vessel to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Norwind Offshore in Lesund, Norway.
The contracts for the firm’s three vessels are estimated to be worth NOK 1.4 billion. The two new buildings are of the VARD 4 19 design, which was created by Vard Design in Lesund, Norway. The CSOVs are designed specifically for global service and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms.
The VARD 4 19 design is a highly adaptable platform for long-term offshore wind farm support activities, with a focus on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and improved operability. The 85-meter vessels will have a 19.5-meter beam and will be outfitted with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with lift system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and battery solutions. The CSOVs will be able to accommodate 87 people on board, with the option of increasing to 120 people.
Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Bridge System, a bridge system with an intuitive user interface developed with the operator in mind, will be placed in the new buildings. The bridge is organized to provide a clean and efficient environment, with an emphasis on simplicity of operation, safety, and ergonomics.
The newbuild will be outfitted with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Automation System (IAS), SeaQ Power Management System (PMS), and Energy Management System (EMS) for system control and monitoring, as well as an overview of emissions (EMS).
The first vessel will be furnished and delivered by VARD in Norway in the second quarter of 2023, with the hull being manufactured by Vard Braila in Romania. Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam will build and construct the second vessel, which is slated for delivery in Q3 2024.
From PSV to SOV
The third vessel is a conversion and sale of one of VARD’s Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV). The ship has been in service in Asia and Australia, and it will now sail to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for substantial conversion and outfitting. The vessel will be delivered to Norwind Offshore in the second quarter of 2022.
The VARD 1 08 Platform Supply Vessel has a length of 81 meters and a beam of 18 meters. The vessel will be turned into a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) capable of operating offshore wind farms.