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Friday, August 6, 2021 

Vard, a Fincantieri group company, and Norway's Rem Offshore have announced a contract for the design and build of two Construction Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with an option for two additional vessels, valued in total at 100m.

The CSOVs are tailored for world-wide service and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The Vard 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, is a versatile platform for all offshore windfarm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and superior operability.

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, scheduled for delivery in 2024. Vard’s specialised high technology subsidiaries will be involved with major deliveries onboard, and in the shipbuilding process of the vessels.

Rem Offshore Chairman, Aage Remøy said: “Rem Offshore has during the last few years increasingly focused attention on building a sustainable platform for growth in offshore wind. Our shareholders are driving this development together with our Rem colleagues onshore and offshore. We are proud to continue our newbuild programme in Norway and support the local maritime industry.”

Vard CEO Alberto Maestrini said: “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.”

With a length of 85m and a beam of 19.5m, 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 have accommodation for 120 persons on board.

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