A Norwegian shipbuilding company has secured a contract to build three service operation vehicles (SOVs) for the Scottish company awarded the initial contract.
VARD will design and build the SOVs for North Star Renewables, which will operate on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea.
North Star Renewables won the contract in March, claiming it would create 130 jobs for crewing the new vessels, as well as shore-based roles for the lifetime of the contract.
The support ships will help maintain the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, being built by SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni – and set to be completed in 2026.
North Star will deliver the service operation vessels from summer 2023 to the wind farm, which is being built in three stages. The ships will be chartered to Dogger Bank for a 10-year period, with an option for three one-year extensions.
The three SOVs are set for handover to North Star in 2023 and are being built at VARD’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.
The largest of the vessels is 85 metres long, with a beam of 19 metres and will be able to accommodate 78 crew members in single cabins.
Developed to perform corrective maintenance on Dogger Bank and based on the same design philosophy, the other pair will be 78 metres in length, with a beam of 19 metres and accommodation for 60 in single cabins.
North Star Renewables’ chief executive at Matthew Gordon said: “We’ve worked closely with the team at VARD for over two years on the development of our SOVs for Dogger Bank.
“It’s exciting that these designs will now move into the construction phase and continuing that journey with VARD is a natural extension of our strong relationship.”
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