Vard to build Kreuz DSCV

Vard is to design and build a diving support and construction vessel for Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea, under a contract that Norwegian group says highlights the applicability of its technologies in hitherto untapped markets.

The Vard 3 17 design vessel will be designed by Vard in Ålesund, with hull construction at the group’s Tulcea yard in Romania and delivery from Vard Søviknes in Norway in the second quarter of 2017.

The vessel will have a total length of 91.2m and a beam of 21.5m, and has been developed especially for diving support and subsea construction duties. The DP2 class vessel will have a 100-tonne active heave compensated offshore crane, and is prepared for remote operating vehicles.

The diving system features a single bell system for a maximum of 12 divers, and can operate in water depths of up to 300m with a surface diving spread suitable for air diving to a depth of 50m. The diving accommodation is divided into three saturation living chambers. The vessel will be built according to latest special purpose ship (SPS) regulations, and can accommodate up to 105 people.

Roy Reite, CEO and executive director, Vard said: “Being chosen to develop and build this innovative vessel for use in the Asia Pacific region is proof that our technology and designs are applicable to diverse offshore environments globally, and we are able to expand our reach into new markets.”

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