Vard has been awarded contracts to build two Construction Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with a value of €100m for the offshore wind industry.


The CSOVs for Norwegian shipping company Rem Offshore are tailor-made for worldwide services and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The deal includes an option for two additional vessels.

Vard CEO, Alberto Maestrini, commented: “We are proud to be chosen as the preferred partner for Rem Offshore in this exciting project, and we are looking forward to working together with their team. These contracts confirm VARD’s leadership in the CSOV market, both in terms of innovative ship design, breakthrough technologies and shipbuilding quality.”

Aage Remøy, chairman of Rem Offshore, said: “We are proud to continue our newbuild programme in Norway and support the local maritime industry.”

2023/24 delivery

The VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, is a highly versatile platform for all offshore windfarm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and superior operability.

The first vessel will be delivered from VARD in Norway in first half of 2023. The hull will be built at Vard Braila in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in 2024.

Vard’s subsidiaries will be involved with major deliveries onboard, and in the shipbuilding process of the vessels.

Each with a length of 85m and a beam of 19.5m, the vessels will have a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and a 3D-compensated crane. The CSOVs will have accommodation for 120 people onboard.

By Rebecca Jeffrey