Vard Wins Contract for Offshore Support Vessels

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Norwegian Shipbuilder to Construct Wind Farm Support Vessels for North Star

Vard’s 95-metre 422 design will be used for the construction of offshore support vessels with a focus on fuel efficiency, comfort, and high operability. Developed specifically for North Star, the vessels will be equipped with methanol-ready hybrid-propulsion solutions. While the price has not been disclosed, these support vessels are part of a series of orders placed by North Star with Vard, including four newbuild service operation vessels in 2021. These vessels will provide long-term charters for the Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

In response to the increasing need for logistical support in offshore wind operations and maintenance in Europe, North Star, supported by Partners Group, has pledged to provide 40 offshore wind ships by 2040.

The first three service operation vessels (SOVs) will commence operations earlier than scheduled, with the final vessel expected to be delivered in 2024. The rapid growth of the wind energy sector has created a need for vessels that can operate at sea for longer periods and with greener propulsion systems. According to shipbroker Clarksons, the wind industry is expected to invest $26 billion in vessels by 2030.

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