JUNE 8, 2015 — Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Diving Support and Construction Vessel for Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea group.
Kreuz reported last month that it had been awarded a seven year contract Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd. (BSP) for the provision of Underwater Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) Services. It said that the MPSVs Bourbon Evolution and Bourbon Supporter had been hired for the first period of the contract, but that it would build a new DP2 DSV built specifically for this project which was expected to be ready by 2017/2018.
The vessel Kreuz has now ordered from Vard will be of VARD 3 17 design, with a total length of 91.2 meters and a beam of 21.5 meters, and has been developed especially for diving support and subsea construction duties.
Designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, and with hull construction to be carried out at Vard's Tulcea shipyard in Romania, delivery is scheduled from the Vard Søviknes shipyard in Norway in second quarter 2017.
The DP2 class vessel will have a 100-ton active heave compensated offshore crane, and is prepared for Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs). The diving system features a single bell system for a maximum of 12 divers, and can operate in water depths of up to 300 m with a surface diving spread suitable for air diving in up to 50 m depth. The diving accommodation is divided into three saturation living chambers.The vessel will be built according to latest SPS regulations, and can accommodate up to 105 persons.
"I would like to welcome the Kreuz Subsea group as a new client for VARD, and look forward to working with them on this exciting project," said Vard CEO and Executive Director Roy Reite. "Being chosen to develop and build this innovative vessel for use in the Asia Pacific region is proof that our technology and designs are applicable to diverse offshore environments globally, and we are able to expand our reach into new markets."