Fincantieri subsidiary Vard announced yesterday it has been awarded contracts for the design and construction of two commissioning service operations vessels with options for two additional vessels, and the sales and conversion of one platform supply vessel which will become an SOV for Norwegian company Norwind Offshore. The contracts for the three vessels are valued at $140 million (euros).

The two commissioning SOVs are based on the Vard 4 19 design, and designed for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The first vessel will be outfitted and delivered in Norway in the second quarter 2023, with the hull to be built in Braila, Romania. The second one will be built and delivered in Vung Tau, Vietnam, and scheduled for delivery in the third quarter 2024.

The third vessel, one of Vard’s Platform Supply Vessel, has been in operation in Asia and Australia and will now sail to Brattvaag, Norway, for an extensive conversion and outfitting. The ship will be delivered in 2Q 2022 as a Service Operation Vessel.

Norwind Offshore is a newly established ship owning company that offers specialized vessels designed for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector.

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