Vard has revealed that the first newbuild hull 949 for Norwind Offshore’s commissioning service operations vessel (CSOV) has arrived at Vard Brattvaag in Norway.
The vessel was launched at Vard Braila in Romania and will now be finalised in Vard Brattvaag.
Norwind Offshore signed a contract with Vard for two newbuild CSOVs in October 2021. Both CSOVs are based on VARD 4 19 design and are tailor-made for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms.
The first vessel will be delivered in the second quarter of 2023, while the second one will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2024.
In April 2022, Vard and Norwind Offshore signed an additional contract for two new ships which are expected to be delivered in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
The VARD 4 19s are 85-metre vessels with a beam of 19.5 metres and will be equipped with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with an elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and will be prepared for battery solutions. The CSOVs will have accommodation for 87 persons on board, with an option to increase to 120 persons.
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