ÅLESUND, Norway – Norwind Offshore has contracted VARD to design and construct two commissioning service operations vessels (CSOVs) and to convert a platform supply vessel to a service operation vessel (SOV).
The contracts for the firm three vessels have an indicative total value of NOK 1.4 billion ($163 million).
The two newbuilds are of the VARD 4 19 design, which focuses on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and operability. The 85-m (279-ft) vessels have a beam of 19.5 m (64 ft) 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 first vessel is expected to 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. Delivery is scheduled for 3Q 2024. The company has options for two more vessels.
The newbuilds will be equipped with Vard Electro’s SeaQ integrated bridge system, SeaQ integrated alarm system, power management system, and energy management system.
Vard Brattvaag in Norway will convert and outfit the PSV into an SOV. The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2Q 2022.