Offshore shipbuilder VARD says it has lands new contracts for the design and construction of two offshore subsea construction vessels for first-time customer Topaz Energy and Marine for $100 million.
According to VARD, the vessels will be developed for crane operations and light subsea construction with intervention duties, measuring a total length of 98.1 meters with a beam of 20 meters.
Delivery is scheduled from is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in 3Q 2017 and 4Q 2017, with the hulls to be constructed at Vard Tulcea in Romania. The design of the vessels, will be by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway.
The DP2 class vessels will have a 120-ton active heave compensated offshore crane with the capability to reach working depths of 3000 meters. Subsea equipment can be lowered down onto the seabed through a 7.2m x 7.2m moonpool or over the shipside. In addition, both vessels will be prepared for two Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), which are deployed via Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) in the ship’s side. The vessels will be built according to the latest Special Purpose Ship (SPS) regulations, and can accommodate up to 82 persons in high standard cabins.
With its headquarters in Dubai, Topaz Marine and Energy specializes in marine solutions for the global energy industry with primary focus on the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.