TRIESTE – Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialised vessels, has signed the contract to design and construct two Construction Service Operations Vessels (CSOV).
The indicative total value of the contract with Norwegian company Rem Offshore is about 100 million euros, and the agreement also includes an option for two additional vessels.
The vessels are tailor-made for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. They are based on the Vard 4 19 design, a highly versatile platform that stands out for onboard logistics, security, and comfort.
Vard will deliver the first vessel in Norway in first half of 2023. The hull will be built in Braila, Romania. The second vessel will be made and provided in Vung Tau, Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in 2024.
With a length of 85 meters and a beam of 19.5 meters, the vessels will have a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with an elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and a 3D-compensated crane. The CSOVs will have accommodation for 120 persons on board.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: «A few months after another important order in the offshore renewable energy sector, this new contract testifies once again to Fincantieri’s commitment to decarbonisation, which is achieved through agreements with leading partners and operators on a global level. In a market that requires vessels capable of operating and guaranteeing the highest standards in terms of limiting environmental impact, our Group today strengthens its leadership in design innovation, technologies and construction quality of the products».
Fincantieri’s subsidiary further strengthens its position in an expanding market. Last April Vard has signed a contract for the construction of 3 Service Operation Vessels to be deployed in the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, in the North Sea, which, once completed, will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm and where operate some of the leading players in the sector. Having developed several concepts of this type of vessel, Vard aims to take advantage of the sector growing trend, with important activities being started in Asia and North America and significant investments being made in Europe.