Norwegian shipbuilder and designer Vard is to design the first service operation vessel (SOV) for the Taiwanese market
The SOV, of Vard 4 19 design, will be developed by Vard Design in close co-operation with the customer and partners.
The vessel will be built at Vard’s shipyard in Vung Tau in Vietnam and is scheduled for delivery in H1 2022.
The Vard 4 19 vessel for the Greater Changhua windfarms is a newly-developed design for the challenging conditions in the Taiwan Strait.
“Through the development process, there has been a focus on optimising the hull design, safety, and comfort,” said Vard. The company said the design also includes a hybrid battery-based propulsion solution.
The 84.4-m vessel has a beam of 19.5 m and will accommodate 87 people in single cabins. Efficient logistics was also a focus area in developing the design, and the vessel has a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with an elevator, a height-adjustable boat transfer system and a 3D motion-compensated crane for cargo transfer.
For optimal efficiency, the hybrid vessel will be equipped with diesel-electric propulsion in combination with Vard’s SeaQ energy storage system.
A fully integrated SeaQ energy storage management system, SeaQ power management system and SeaQ integrated automation system will be delivered by Vard Electro.
“The hybrid vessel setup will provide reductions in fuel consumption, maintenance and emissions as well as improved responsiveness, flexibility and safety,” said Vard.