Shipbuilding Contract Signed for Unmanned, Zero-Emission Container Ship ‘Yara Birkeland’

The world’s first autonomous and electric container ship is one step closer to reality with a shipbuilding contract now in signed and sealed for the vessel. Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg, who is partnering with Yara on the project, announced today that Yara has signed a deal worth NOK 250 million ($25.9 million) with VARD to build the vessel with launch scheduled for … [Read more...]

Vard Inks Construction Contracts for Two Ships from Viking Cruises

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings has announced it has confirmed contracts for the design and construction of two cruise for the river and ocean cruise company Viking. The total contract value is approximately NOK 5 billion (US $611 million). A Letter of Intent for the vessels was entered into back in April 2018 and the contracts for two vessels have now become effective, Vard … [Read more...]

VARD to Construct Third Expedition Cruise Ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

VARD has announced it has secured new contract for the design and construction of a luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.  VARD already constructing two Polar-class expedition cruise ships under construction for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Like those already under construction, the third ship will specially-designed for … [Read more...]

PONANT Places Orders for Two More Luxury Expedition Cruise Ships at VARD

Global shipbuilder VARD has announced it has secured contracts for the design and construction of two additional luxury expedition cruise ships for the French Cruise company PONANT. The order follows construction contracts signed in 2016 between the two parties calling for a series of four expedition-style cruise ships. The two new vessels will be identical to the four … [Read more...]

VARD to Build All-Electric Ferry for Norway’s Boreal

Norwegian shipbuilder VARD has won a contract for the construction of an all-electric car and passenger ferry for Boreal in Norway. The RoPax ferry is specially designed for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords with a fully electric battery package for continuous all-electric operations. The ferry, designed by Multi Maritime, will measure 74 meters in … [Read more...]