Fincantieri group company Vard has signed contracts for four Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for the Norwegian operator Edda Wind and its subsidiaries. The contracts for the firm four vessels have a total value of approximately €250m.
Edda Wind provides service operation vessels and high-quality service to the global offshore wind industry, enabling clients to generate renewable energy to meet the worlds growing energy needs. This is fully in line with Vard’s strategy and objectives.
Vard CEO Alberto Maestrini said: “Edda Wind came to Vard to design and build their next generation Commissioning Service Operation Vessels. The shipowner has a broad experience in developing innovative solutions for its market, and together with Vard’s design, technology, and shipbuilding capabilities, we will create a series of unique and sustainable vessels especially developed to meet the customer’s requirements and needs. We are looking forward to welcoming Edda Wind’s team to Vard.”
Kenneth Walland, CEO of Edda Wind said: “We are very pleased with placing this order with the Vard Group whom we know as a very capable ship builder with large capacity. The vessel will be a great addition to the state of the art fleet of CSOVs being developed in Edda Wind. The newbuilds will follow the zero emission path of our other newbuilds.”
The new Vard 4 25 design is developed to meet Edda Wind’s focus on flexibility, operability, efficient logistics and environmental-friendly solutions. The vessels are designed with VARD’s new hull form for optimised seakeeping abilities and low fuel consumption. The series of vessels will be prepared for green fuels and energy carriers and will have the flexibility to adapt to various types of fuels in the future. The CSOVs will be equipped with energy efficient HVAC, power generation and propellers.
The vessels are designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway in cooperation with and exclusively for Edda Wind. Two of the CSOVs are scheduled for delivery in Q1 2025. The hulls will be built by Vard in Romania, while the final outfitting, commissioning and delivery will be carried out by one of Vard’s shipyards in Norway. The two other vessels, scheduled for delivery in Q2 2025 and Q1 2026, will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. In addition to the four vessels the agreement has options for 2+2 additional vessels.
Vard Group’s high technology subsidiaries are involved in the projects through deliveries of equipment and solutions: Vard Accommodation will create a pleasant working and living environment providing technicians and crew a comfortable indoor climate while reducing energy consumption, while Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Bridge System will offer an intuitive user interface designed with the operator in focus, emphasising ease of operation, safety, and ergonomics.