VARD has signed a contract to design and construct a highly customised state-of-the-art hybrid power cable lay and construction vessel for the leading Japanese construction company Toyo Construction Co.Ltd.

The value of the contract is more than 200 million US dollars.

Toyo Construction is a Japanese general construction company that operates domestic and international civil and architectural construction businesses. It is particularly good at offshore construction, owning a variety of working vessels and constructing a wide range of projects such as container terminals and marine airports. In the new medium-term Business plan issued in fiscal 2023, we position the offshore wind business as a growth driver and aim for the top share in offshore construction in the future offshore wind business.

VARD 9 15 design

The hybrid power cable lay and construction vessel will be of VARD 9 15 design, specially developed for the customer’s needs to cater to the growing Japanese offshore wind farm market and operate worldwide. It will have an optimal hull design to suit the natural and construction conditions in Japan, allowing it to be used in both shallow waters and deep waters for floating offshore wind power generation and DC power transmission projects. She will be able to carry out construction work at a high operation rate in a wide range of ocean areas.

The vessel is prepared for Inter-array, HVAC export and interconnector cable lay, cable burial operation, and construction work.

Suitable for multi-purpose applications

The tailor-made vessel is 150m long and has a beam of 28m with a cable-carrying capacity of 9000 tons. In addition to being used as a self-propelled cable-laying vessel, the vessel has a high-performance crane and a large deck area, making it suitable for multi-purpose applications such as ground-based foundation work, floating offshore wind mooring work, and marine resource-related projects. The vessel will also have a 4-point mooring system and helideck installed.

The latest sustainable technologies

The vessel is developed with the latest sustainable technologies to reduce the carbon footprint during operations and port mooring. It will have a large battery pack, a shore supply connection, and a state-of-the-art energy management system. This sustainable setup will result in higher energy efficiency, reducing CO2, NOx, and SOx emissions.

Torgeir Haugan, SVP Sales & Marketing in VARD, welcomes Toyo as a customer to VARD as a representative of a new market: “We are happy to present this vessel to Toyo. The cable layer is a modern and complex vessel of high standards built according to Japanese regulations primarily for the Japanese offshore windfarm and international market, making it a unique opportunity for both Toyo and VARD to be established as a key player in the Japanese windfarm market,” Torgeir Haugan, SVP Sales & Marketing in VARD

Deliveries from VARD’s specialised companies

The Group’s high technology subsidiary, Vard Electro, is also involved in the project through deliveries of SeaQ equipment and solutions, including SeaQ Power with energy storage systems, switchboards, and shore connection,

When it comes to communication, Vard Electro is delivering the network, entertainment – and communication systems on board.

Vard Interiors will deliver modern Interior solutions and a green HVAC R system to create a good living and working environment onboard the vessel.

Toyo Construction’s largest work vessel

Toyo Construction’s president, Haruhisa Obayashi, is excited about VARD’s technical capabilities: “We are very pleased to place an order with VARD to build a self-propelled cable-laying vessel, which will be Toyo Construction’s largest work vessel. We expect that VARD’s world-class design and engineering capabilities will enable the vessel to play an important role in the construction of offshore wind power generation facilities in Japan.”

Long experience as integrated shipbuilder

VARD CEO Alberto Maestrini said the contract with Toyo Constructions gives new opportunities for VARD: “We are happy and proud to welcome Toyo Constructions as a customer in VARD. Being selected as their shipbuilder of choice shows that we are on top of the market and the evolving demands. With world-leading design and engineering teams, VARD partners with customers to explore new vessels and solutions. We are drawing on our long experience as integrated shipbuilders to make pioneering ideas sustainable investments and make the maritime opportunities possible. We look forward to the collaboration with Toyo Constructions.”

The hull will be built at Vard Shipyards Romania in Tulcea and be outfitted and delivered from one of VARD’s shipyards in Norway in Q2 2026.

Technical information:

  • Length of 149.6 metres and a beam of 28 metres.
  • Total carousel capacity 9,000t (including portable type)
  • Hybrid Boom crane of 250T for construction work
  • Powered by 5 main gen-sets and 2 batteries
  • Efficient DP system accommodating to DPS 2 requirements
  • Maximum transit speed of 13 knots
  • Hybrid power generation
  • 90 single cabins for 90 persons on board

Source: https://www.vard.com/
Image source: Courtesy of VARD

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