Fosnavåg, Norway, headquartered Rem Offshore has signed contracts with Fincantieri’s Norwegian-based subsidiary Vard for the construction of two offshore wind construction service operations vessels (CSOVs) with an option for two additional vessels. The contracts for the firm two vessels have a total value of around EUR 100 million (about $118 million).
The CSOVs are tailor-made for world-wide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The Vard 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, is a highly versatile platform for all offshore wind farm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and superior operability.
With a length of 85 meters and a beam of 19.5 meters, the vessels will have a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and a 3D-compensated crane. The CSOVs will each have accommodations for 120 persons on board.
The first vessel will be delivered from Vard in Norway in first half of 2023. The hull will be built at Vard Braila in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam and is scheduled for delivery in 2024.
Vard’s specialized high technology subsidiaries will be involved with major deliveries onboard, and in the shipbuilding process of both vessels.
“Rem Offshore has during the last few years increasingly focused attention on building a sustainable platform for growth in offshore wind,” said Rem Offshore Chairman, Aage Remøy. “Our shareholders are driving this development together with our Rem colleagues onshore and offshore. We are proud to continue our newbuild program in Norway to and support the local maritime industry.”
Vard CEO Alberto Maestrini commented: “We are proud to be chosen as the preferred partner for Rem Offshore in this exciting project, and we are looking forward to working together with their team. These contracts confirm Vard’s leadership in the CSOV market, both in terms of innovative ship design, breakthrough technologies and shipbuilding quality.”