Fincantieri’s Vard subsidiary has booked a significant order from Norwind Offshore, a new offshore wind farm support company that, like Vard, is based in Ålesund, Norway. Started by some long established players in the traditional offshore services sector, Norwind has gone to Vard for the design and construction of two commissioning service operations vessels (CSOVs), with options for two more, plus the acquisition and conversion of one platform supply vessel to a service operation vessel (SOV). Vard says the contracts for the first two newbuilds and the PSV conversion have an indicative total value of NOK 1.4 billion (about $163 million).
The first delivery, set for second quarter 2022, will be the SOV created by the conversion of a Vard 1 08 design PSV with a length of 81 meters and a beam of 18 meters. It has been in operation in Asia and Australia and will now sail to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for an extensive conversion and outfitting
The two newbuildings are of Vard 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. The CSOVs are tailor-made for world-wide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms.
The Vard 4 19 design is a highly versatile platform for sustainable offshore wind farm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and superior operability. The 85-meter vessels have a beam of 19.5 meters 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 an accommodation for 87 persons on board, with an option to increase to 120 persons.
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. Organized to achieve a clean and efficient workspace, the bridge emphasizes 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).
The first vessel CSOV will be outfitted and delivered from Vard in Norway in second quarter 2023, with the hull to be built at the Vard Braila shipyard in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by the Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in third quarter 2024.
DECADES LONG RELATIONSHIP
Though Norwind Offshore is a new company, its owners and Vard have a decades-long relationship developed through the building of a broad range of advanced offshore and specialized vessels.
“I would like to congratulate Norwind Offshore’s owners with the new company, and wish the team welcome back as a customer of Vard,” said Fredrik Mordal Hessen, general manager for the offshore and specialized business area at Vard. “To have local shipowners is vital for the innovation power of the complete maritime cluster at the north-west coast of Norway. As such these are particular 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.”
“Norwind Offshore is excited and looking forward to take delivery off several high-quality vessels from Vard in the years to come,” said Norwind Offshore CEO, Svein Leon Aure. “We are pleased to continue our long relationship and together contribute to further position the maritime cluster towards the renewable energy market.”