Vallianz to Build Offshore Charging-Ready Service Operation Vessel

Singapore-based Vallianz Holdings Limited and Royal IHC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the design and construction of a next-generation Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind market, which will be operated by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Deutschland.

Under the terms of the MOU, the Royal IHC-designed SOV will be constructed at Vallianz’s shipyard in Batam, Indonesia, owned by its subsidiary PT. United Sindo Perkasa (Vallianz PT USP). To facilitate the building and future operations of the SOV, Vallianz has also signed an MOU with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) for ship management services for the SOV.

The SOV is designed to be ready for zero-emissions operations by using full battery offshore charging system and alternative fuels for propulsion, according to Vallianz, which also said the vessel features advanced levels of integration and autonomy with high operational efficiency that will make it the first of its kind in the industry. 

The SOV will have a fully integrated service package that includes a dynamic positioning system, a motion compensated gangway and crane, an elevator tower as well as a daughter craft with step-less boat landing.

As for the MOU with BSM Deutschland, the German company will carry out ship management services during the operation of SOV including vessel operations, fleet management and crewing among others. In addition, BSM Deutschland will provide relevant ship management input to the design of the SOV to improve the vessel’s operations for offshore wind farms.

“This project will serve as a springboard for Vallianz to advance our marine technology and capabilities, as well as strengthen our profile in the offshore windfarm industry. At the same time, it will allow Vallianz PT USP to further penetrate the Asia Pacific shipbuilding market where we have marked our entry into Taiwan with the award of newbuilding contracts last year”, said Executive Vice Chairman of Vallianz, Darren Yeo.

In 2021, Vallianz secured several contracts in Taiwan, including a tugboat for TIPC Marine Corporation.

“We are very pleased to support Vallianz’s strategic move into the renewable energy sector. This fully aligns with Royal IHC’s mission to play a leading role in making the maritime industry more efficient and sustainable”, said Kees van der Snel, Chief Operating Officer of Royal IHC.

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