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VARD TO BUILD THREE NORTH SEA WIND FARM HYBRID SOVs

VARD TO BUILD THREE NORTH SEA WIND FARM HYBRID SOVs

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 

Vard of Norway has secured contracts for the design and construction of three Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) for North Star Renewables in Scotland, which will operate on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea.

The SOVs were developed by Vard in close cooperation with Aberdeen-based North Star, which has secured 10-year charter contracts for the trio from Dogger Bank Wind Farm. The charters include options for three one-year extensions. Dogger Bank is currently under construction by joint-venture partners SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni and when completed will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. One SOV will be to the 85m Vard 4 19 design and the others to the 78m Vard 4 12 design

North Star Renewables CEO Matthew Gordon said: “We’ve worked closely with the team at Vard for over two years on the development of our SOVs for Dogger Bank. I’m delighted to be able to say that the work which went into to designing the vessels to meet the optimal standards of workability, comfort, safety and sustainability has resulted in us securing the award of three vessels on long term charters, which is a huge step for North Star on our journey to becoming a leading player within the SOV market. It’s exciting that these designs will now move into the construction phase and continuing that journey with Vard is a natural extension of our strong relationship. We’re confident that we have a high-quality design and build partner that will support us in bringing these advanced new vessels to the market.”

Designer Thomas Brathaug said: “The Vard 4 19 design has been developed specifically to handle planned maintenance on the Dogger Bank A and B wind arrays. It is tailored for operations in the harsh North Sea environment more than 130km off the north-east coast of England. Crew well-being is vital to ensure safe and efficient operations, so safety and comfort have been a strong focus throughout the process."

“The vessel’s environmental footprint and operability, hybrid battery solution and prepared for carbon-neutral operations in the future really pushes the envelope for this kind of specialised vessel,” said designer Stian Ona.

For optimal efficiency, the vessels will be equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, efficient main propellers, and tunnel thrusters with PM electric motors in combination with SeaQ solutions supplied by Vard Electro in Norway. They will feature a fully integrated SeaQ ESS solution in combination with SeaQ IAS, SeaQ PMS, SeaQ EMS, and SeaQ Green Pilot (energy monitoring system) for improved operational performance and reduced environmental footprint. The set-up makes it possible to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, in addition to enhance responsiveness and safety.

The three SOVs, set for handover to North Star in 2023, will be built at Vard’s Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.

Vard CEO Alberto Maestrini said: “At Vard, we continuously strive to deliver the best possible solution to our customers. Our dedicated team have had a close cooperation with North Star in developing these innovative ships for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and we look forward to continuing that good teamwork in developing future-oriented and environmentally friendly vessels for the renewables market. This market will continue to be one of the main pillars to support Vard’s growth.”

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