Vard secures Farstad deal

OSCV due for delivery in 2016
Vard secures Farstad deal

Vard has announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of an Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV) for Farstad Shipping. The vessel will be of VARD 3 17 design, with a total length of 98 meters and a beam of 21.5 meters, and has been developed especially for subsea and IMR operations. It is arranged for two ROVs (Remote Operating Vehicles) and features a 150 ton active heave compensated offshore crane.

The vessel was designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, in close cooperation with Farstad and Technip. Farstad has been awarded a five year framework agreement by Technip Norge for delivery of ROV support operations, light construction work, IMR and other subsea related activities, which will be fulfilled with this newbuild vessel. Delivery is scheduled from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, in 4Q 2016.

VARD CEO and Executive Director Roy Reite said: "We appreciate the long-term relationship we have with Farstad, and this cooperation has once again resulted in a new and innovative project. We would like to congratulate the Farstad team with the five years’ agreement for
this vessel with Technip."

Farstad Shipping's fleet currently consists of 62 vessels (32 AHTS, 26 PSV and 4 Subsea) and three Subsea vessels (including the above) under construction. The company's operations are managed from Ålesund, Aberdeen, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Macaé and Rio de Janeiro with a total of 2,250 employees engaged onshore and offshore. The company's strategy is to be a leading quality provider of large, modern offshore service vessels to the oil industry. The company maintains a long-term charter profile for the fleet.

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by Tom Holmes

Marine Trader Editor

Tom Holmes is the Editor of Marine Trader and readmt.com, the official publications of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to Marine Trader please get in touch.

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