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    Vard Marine Congratulates Eastern Shipbuilding after US Coast Guard Exercises Option to Construct First Offshore Patrol Cutter

    November 23, 2018

    Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), FL has achieved another major milestone in the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. On 28th September 2018, U.S. Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC. The actions enable the production phase of the program, which is the largest in Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security history to date, to proceed.

    The OPC is based on the VARD 7 110 design and as production engineering nears completion Vard Marine and team partners are eager to support ESG through construction and delivery.  Upon construction, the 110 meter long OPC will be the largest vessel in Vard Marine’s extensive portfolio of OPV designs.

    The OPC meets the Service’s long-term need for cutters capable of deploying independently or as part of task groups and is essential to stopping smugglers at sea, interdicting undocumented migrants, rescuing mariners, enforcing fisheries laws, responding to disasters and protecting our ports. The acquisition of 25 OPCs will complement the capabilities of the Service’s National Security Cutters, Fast Response Cutters and Polar Security Cutters as an essential element of the Department of Homeland Security’s layered security strategy.

    Delivery of the lead OPC, USCGC ARGUS, is currently planned for 2021.

    Another contract option was also exercised for long lead time items (propeller and steering components, marine diesel engines, the ship integrated control system, switchboards, and generators), for the second OPC, USCGC CHASE.

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    Vard Marine Announces Changes in VP of Houston Operations

    June 19, 2018

    Bill Lind, current vice president of Vard Marine’s Houston operations, has announced his plans to retire from the company at the end of June. Bill has led the Houston team since 2013 and has transformed the office into a key contender in the marine engineering industry in the Gulf Coast and in US government programs. He was also instrumental in expanding Vard Marine’s clientele base and molding the Houston office into the dynamic and capable team it is today.

    Moving forward, Vard Marine is pleased to announce that Darren Truelock, current Technical Operations Manager, will be the new vice president in the Houston office effective July 2nd.

    President/CEO of Vard Marine, Dave McMillan, said:

    “Bill has been a tremendous asset since joining the company in 2013 and has used his business knowledge and broad contact base to strengthen the team in Houston and expand our core business through key hires and strategic project successes. We wish him well as he enters the more relaxed pace and reduced stress of retirement while occasionally being involved with the company in the future as needed.”

    “Bill’s replacement, Darren Truelock, was one of Bill’s first hires after joining, and with his experience and drive has been a perfect fit with the company’s strategic goals. He has a passion and goal to ensure the company succeeds and with Bill’s guidance has grown into a natural successor for the role as vice president.”

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    Vard Marine Joins South African Navy’s Project Hotel Program

    February 27, 2018

    Vard Marine is pleased to congratulate Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on being selected for the design and construction of the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel, which will replace the SAS Protea. The winning bid is based on Vard Marine’s VARD 9 105 science vessel concept, a well-proven design that has been specifically tailored to South Africa’s unique requirements and designed to incorporate the latest hydrographic and oceanographic sensor suite.

    Vard Marine was contracted earlier this week to complete the Basic Design and support SAS through detailed design and construction of the VARD 9 105 science vessel.

    The vessel configuration results in a PC7 ice strengthened vessel of 95M in length with approximately 7800kW propulsion power, a shafted controllable pitch propeller, and a maximum speed of 18 knots. The vessel has a 10,000nm range with 44 days endurance; and will be manned by a total crew of 120 persons comprising ships’ crew and scientists.

    The VARD 9 105 is an evolution from the Vard Marine designed hydrographic survey vessels HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise successfully delivered in 2002 to the UK Royal Navy.

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    First Large Vessel Launched Under National Shipbuilding Strategy

    December 11, 2017

    Vard Marine Inc. is pleased to join Seaspan Shipyards, the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard in celebrating the launch of the Sir John Franklin, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs). This is the first large vessel designed and built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and was launched on December 8th, 2017 at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver. The vessel is now undergoing inclining tests after which it will then go to Ogden Point for completion and then final tests and trials before delivery. The other two vessels of the class are currently under construction at the shipyard, with the second ship on schedule to be launched in 2018.

    Quote from Dave McMillan – President and CEO of Vard Marine
    “Vard Marine is pleased to have worked with Seaspan Shipyards on the design of these vessels. We were responsible for the structure, stability, mechanical systems, arrangements, and safe operability of the vessel and we also provided support to Seaspan’s Engineering Department in the development of standards and new processes used to construct the NSS vessels at the shipyard. Our partnership with Seaspan has spanned over 4 years and has enabled our company to more than double in size since we began our collaboration. Vard Marine now employees 77 people in the Vancouver area and thanks to the long-term and predictable nature of the NSS, we are able to undertake significant investments in our people, processes, and facilities to make our business more competitive for future opportunities in Canada, and around the world.”

    The Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Sir John Franklin is the lead ship of the three Polar Class OFSVs and will be based out of Patricia Bay on Vancouver Island and will principally operate in the North Pacific, including the Arctic during the summer months. The remaining two OFSVs when delivered will be based in Eastern Canada and will service the Atlantic region.

    Quote from Brian Carter – President and CEO of Seaspan Shipyards
    “Seaspan Shipyards is proud to partner with Vard Marine on our work under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. As we work to build Canada’s next generation of non-combat vessels, Seaspan Shipyards is also helping to rebuild our domestic shipbuilding industry. The launch of the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel is a tremendous milestone that we are pleased to mark with our supplier community.”

    The primary mission of the OFSVs is to provide research and data collection on fish and invertebrates in Canadian waters for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They are specially designed to be a platform for oceanography, hydrography and fisheries science and will play a vital role in monitoring and maintaining the health of Canada’s oceans. The OFSVs will also play a secondary role providing emergency response in Canadian waters.

    The CCGS Sir John Franklin is 63m overall with an endurance of 31 days and a range of 8,500 nautical miles. It has accommodation for up to 36 persons, including a crew and 13 scientists. The 7,750kW rated diesel-electric power plant operates quietly and efficiently and, through the single propulsion motor, drives the vessel at a service speed of 12.5 knots. It is equipped with specialized scientific equipment, including a variety of fishing nets, a wet lab, a marine mammal observation station, and a drop keel that allows scientists to take a variety of samples and measurements. The vessel has been designed according to Ice Class PC7 requirements which allows it to safely operate in ice-infested waters.

    The launch of the CCGS Sir John Franklin is a milestone achievement as it is the first large non-combat ship designed and built under the NSS. The NSS has sustained the growth of Canada’s domestic shipbuilding industry and provides valuable economic and employment opportunities across the country. Vard Marine will continue to work closely with Seaspan in designing and building other non-combat ships under the NSS including the projects currently underway; the 86m Canadian Coast Guard Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) and the two 174m Joint Support Ships (JSS).

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    Vard 3 340 Wins Boat of the Year!

    WorkBoat Magazine has named the Vard 3 340, the Harvey Sub-Sea/Harvey Blue-Sea, its Boat of the Year. Competing against nine other significant vessels in the industry, the announcement was made during an awards ceremony at the International Workboat Show on 30 November 2017. The Vard 3 340 was custom-tailored and designed for owner Harvey Gulf International Marine and built at Eastern Shipbuilding Group. The vessels are 340’x73’ multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs), with nearly 6,000 –dwt and will provide deep-water subsea support in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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    Eastern Shipbuilding Group Delivers MultiPurpose Support Vessel - Harvey Blue-Sea

    November 16, 2017

    Eastern Shipbuilding Group has delivered Harvey Blue-Sea, a 340-foot Class Multipurpose Support Vessel (MPSV), to Harvey Gulf International Marine. Its sister ship, Harvey Sub-Sea, was the first of the two vessels constructed at Eastern and was delivered in July 2017. Both were designed by Vard Marine Inc.

    The MPSVs are two of the largest US Flag, Jones Act compliant OSVs operating in the Gulf of Mexico owned by Harvey Gulf. Under classification by ABS, the vessels are compliant with the ILO MLC and the SPS Code.  The Harvey Sub-Sea was one of the first vessels classified under the new ABS offshore support vessel rules.

    The Harvey Blue-Sea features a 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Offshore Crane, a 24’ by 24’ moon pool, a 12,435 square foot deck area, an aluminum offshore helideck sized for a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, and accommodations for up to 150 persons. The vessel is powered by four Wartsila 6L32 diesel engines that provide 12,680-kW of electrical power and give the vessel a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

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    Visit Vard Marine at Warships & OPV Latin America 2017

    Vard Marine will be exhibiting at Warships & OPV Latin America this year. Please come visit Dave McMillan, Darren Truelock, and Hernan Barria. Take a look at our 3D models of the Chilean Icebreaker and the 95 meter Offshore Patrol Vessel. We look forward to meeting you.

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    VARD 9 105 Selected With Preferred Bidder On Project "Hotel" For South African Navy

    February 17, 2017

    Offering the Vard Marine 9 105 Hydrographic/Oceanographic Survey vessel design, Southern African Shipyards, located in Durban, S.A. has been selected as the preferred bidder for the South African Navy Project “Hotel” program.  This is a continued success for Vard Marine in designing science vessels.

    Vard  Marine partnered with the shipyard to develop a design for the program and the final configuration results in a PC7 ice strengthened vessel of 95M in length with approximately 12.24MW installed diesel electric power plant and a maximum speed of 18 knots.  The vessel has a 10,000nm range with 44 days endurance; incorporates the latest hydrographic and oceanographic sensor suite and will be manned by a total crew of 120 persons comprising ships’ crew and scientists.

    Vard Marine will be responsible to produce the Basic Design for the vessel and support the shipyard during the detailed design and construction phase of the project.  Final contract signing is expected in the next few months with construction scheduled to begin in 2018.

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    VARD 7 110 selected for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter

    September 16, 2016

    Vard Marine is pleased to congratulate Eastern Shipbuilding Group and our team partners on being selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the US Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program.  We look forward to completing detailed development of the VARD 7 110 design that formed the basis for our successful bid and supporting Eastern Shipbuilding group in constructing high-quality vessels for the US Coast Guard.

    Winning the OPC Detail Design and Construction contract is the culmination of an excellent relationship between Eastern Shipbuilding and Vard Marine that spans more than 15 years. During that period, we have partnered to deliver over 30 vessels completed to Eastern Shipbuilding’s superior standard of quality, on time and on budget. Drawing from Vard Marine’s extensive experience working with international navies and coast guards, the OPC design will use proven methods to meet or exceed reliability requirements, while employing new technologies and innovative solutions to address the Coast Guard’s stringent and demanding mission objectives.

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    Appledore Delivers Third OPV to Irish Naval Service

    An offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built at Appledore Shipyard has been successfully handed over to the Irish Naval Service.

    It had been on sea trials for several weeks and was spotted off the North Devon coast by many.

    A spokesman for shipyard operators Babcock said: “LE William Butler Yeats has now successfully completed sea trials and has been handed over to the Irish Naval Service.

    “Preparation work for our recent contract extension to build a fourth OPV is also well underway with production due to start in August.”

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    Irish Naval Service orders fourth VARD 9 090 OPV from Appledore

    June 16, 2016

    Ireland’s Department of Defence has awarded Babcock International Group a contract extension that will see Babcock’s Appledore shipbuilding facility in North Devon, England, build a fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Irish Naval Service (INS).

    The new vessel follows the successful build and launch of two earlier OPV’s for the Irish Naval Service at Appledore; LÉ Samuel Beckett and second in class LÉ James Joyce.  A third ship, the LÉ William Butler Yeats is currently being built and is due to embark on sea trials in July 2016.

    The yet unnamed fourth OPV will be due for completion in summer 2018 and will support the Irish Naval Service for decades to come.

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    Vard Marine wins twice on US Navy contract for LCU study

    May 26th, 2016

    Vard Marine is pleased to have been awarded design support contracts with two independent bidders on the US Navy LCU 1700 Program. The work to evaluate the proposed replacement to the current LCU1610 design is to be completed within 100 days of contract award and each contract is worth approximately $250,000 USD.  This award is the next step in the replacement program for the current LCU1610 Landing craft operated by the US Navy.

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    Eastern Launches MPSV for Harvey Gulf

    May 24th, 2016

    Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched M/V Harvey Blue-Sea (Hull 250) on April 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. of New Orleans, La. The Harvey Blue-Sea is the second of two 340’ Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine.

    The Harvey Blue-Sea is the second of two MPSVs under construction at Eastern, from a design provided by VARD Marine. The Harvey Blue-Sea is expected to deliver in early 2017, after outfitting and sea trials are completed. The lead vessel, the Harvey Sub-Sea, is also currently under construction. Eastern has delivered 11 vessels previously to Harvey Gulf, including Offshore Supply Vessels, Light Construction Vessels and Ocean Service Tugs.

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    Third VARD 7 090 for the Irish Naval Service floated out

    March 16th, 2016

    LÉ William Butler Yeats is the third VARD 7 090 to be delivered to the Irish Naval Service.  LE James Joyce (September 2015) and LE Samuel Beckett (January 2014) have already joined the Irish Navy and have been deployed on many naval tasks including the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

    The latest ship is identical to her sister ships with an overall length of 90 meters, and capable of a top speed of 23 knots. Other notable features include a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 15 knots, and an endurance of 21 days. The vessel is expected to be delivered this summer.

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    First LNG Ferry for Seaspan launched at Sedef Shipyard

    The first of two trailer ferries designed by Vard Marine has been launched at Sedef Shipyard in Turkey and is ready for final outfitting and trials. The trailer ferry will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and diesel fuel. Vard Marine also completed feasibility studies and advanced analysis to ensure optimal performance.

    The ferries are designed to carry 59 truck trailers, with an innovative approach to minimize operational costs and environmental impact.  The vessel is 148.9 meters overall, with 8,640 kW of power installed with a battery system for propulsion system redundancy.  The vessel requires six crew and can accommodate up to 12 passengers. The ferry is projected to be delivered by the end of 2016.

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    Vard Marine Secures Contract for the Design of Antarctic Icebreaking Vessel for the Chilean Navy

    Singapore, 1 February 2016 – Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Vard Marine has secured a new contract for the design of one Antarctic icebreaking vessel for the Chilean Navy. The contract value is approximately 4.0 million Euros

    Vard Marine, a consulting naval architecture and marine engineering company, has been awarded the contract by ASMAR Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Company to design an Antarctic icebreaking vessel for the Chilean Navy.  The contract calls for Vard Marine to develop the basic design of the ship that will be constructed at the ASMAR shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile. The vessel will be capable of operating throughout the Southern Ocean with services to include logistic support, search and rescue missions, scientific research, and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

    The new vessel will be approximately 125 metres in length with a displacement of over 13,000 tonnes, a total complement of 155, and installed power of 14.5MW to permit breaking one metre of ice at two knots.  The vessel is designed to carry a wide range of containerized and vehicle cargo; helicopters and rescue boats for logistics/SAR missions, as well as the ability to undertake a broad range of scientific data gathering activities.  Delivery of the vessel is scheduled in 2021.

    Based in Canada and the US, Vard Marine offers ship design, engineering, and shipbuilding technology services to the marine community in North America and to selected international markets.

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    VARD 1 311 Wins Workboat of the Year!

    Vard Marine is pleased to announce the VARD 1 311 design was awarded Ship of the Year at the 2015 International Workboat Show last week. The vessel, named ‘Harvey Energy’ is the first of six ships to be delivered to Harvey Gulf International Marine and was the first ever delivered in North America capable of operating on diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ABS class vessel has an overall length of 302’, beam of 64’ and a design draft of 20’-4” that results in a deadweight capacity of 5300LT. With the ability to carrying almost 300m3 (77,920 USG) of LNG, this permits full operational capability for one week on gas fuel.

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