New company Norwind orders CSOVs and SOV

4C Offshore | Sue Allen
By: 05/10/2021 Vard
VARD has announced contracts for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with options for two additional vessels for Norwind Offshore. In addition, VARD is to acquire a Platform Supply Vessel to be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the operator. The firm contracts for the three vessels have an indicative total value of NOK 1.4 billion.

The two new buildings are of the 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 first vessel will 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, scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2024.

The third vessel will be one of VARD’s Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) that will be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV). The vessel has been in operation in Asia and Australia, and will now sail to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for an extensive conversion and outfitting. The vessel will be delivered to Norwind Offshore in 2Q 2022.

Norwind Offshore is a newly established ship owning company, formed by Farstad, Volstad, and Kleven and based  in Ålesund, Norway, offering specialised vessels designed for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector. The owners of Norwind Offshore have a long history in the offshore and maritime industry. Over several decades, VARD and the owners of the new company have developed a strong relationship through the building of a broad range of advanced offshore and specialised vessels.

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