Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Dominis Engineering Ltd. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Left: Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine, Right: Bodo Gospodnetic, President, Dominis Engineering

At CANSEC 2023, Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched VIGILANCE, as their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) under Pillar Two of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Thales Canada, Ontario Shipyards, SH Defence, and Fincantieri, VIGILANCE will provide the RCN with a lightweight and operationally flexible military asset that is highly capable and globally deployable. VIGILANCE can perform all roles of the existing MCDV, while also fulfilling crucial naval warfare duties beyond the capabilities of both the MCDV and the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV), including in the littoral battlespace.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance can meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between capability and cost, while also maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing effort, Team Vigilance continues to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Building a robust coalition is key to the core objective that VIGILANCE be designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada. To this end, Team Vigilance launched their Preferred Suppliers Program at DEFSEC 2023 in Halifax last October.

Dominis a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance

Today, it is announced that VARD has named Dominis Engineering Ltd. (Dominis) as a preferred supplier to Team Vigilance. Established in 1985, Dominis is Canada's only "design to build" propeller manufacturer, specializing in designing, machining and measurement of marine propellers, water jet impellers and hydro turbine runners. The company has developed state-of-the-art technology for CNC milling of sculptured surfaces to final form and finish.

Dominis has created proprietary technology and methods that eliminate the need for both robotic and manual grinding during the manufacturing process. The level of precision achieved creates a high-quality product that exceeds the performance of traditional manufacturing methods in terms of both efficiency and noise. Their extensive experience in full 5-axis machining of mono-block propellers, propeller blades and water jet impellers demonstrate an impeccable track record.

The RCN is world class at its craft and like any craftsman they rely on the right tools to get the job done. Since the 1990s, the Canadian Patrol Frigates (CPF) were the right tool for ASW and the RCN is internationally recognized for their skill in that domain. To get that job done, in 2003 the Government of Canada awarded a contract to Dominis to manufacture propeller blades for the CPF. So, to get the job done right moving forward it makes sense that VIGILANCE would also follow suit with Dominis propellers.

With four decades of experience providing high-quality propellers and water jet impellers for naval programs in Canada and the United States, Dominis will design and manufacture a superior product for VIGILANCE.

Not only will VIGILANCE provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also allow them to continue to leverage the best that Canadian industry has to offer from companies like Dominis that remain a trusted source of supply of critical components for RCN warships. VIGILANCE also aims to assist in the ongoing creation and development of a true strategic capability across all aspects of the shipbuilding value chain.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said,

“We remain fully committed to the principle that VIGILANCE will be designed, built and equipped in Canada. Quite obviously, propellers are a fundamental component for any ship and the ability to manufacture propeller blades right here in Canada is therefore a fundamental element in developing a true sovereign domestic shipbuilding capability. Bringing Dominis into the Preferred Suppliers Program is an easy decision given their long-term and successful track record of supplying critical components for installation on RCN combatant vessels.”

Bodo Gospodnetic, president of Dominis Engineering Ltd., said,

“Always strive for perfection. Good enough is not good enough.”

Propeller blade for CPF in production in Dominis facility in Ottawa

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes BluMetric Environmental Inc. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Left: Scott MacFabe, CEO, BluMetric Right: Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc

At CANSEC 2023, Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched VIGILANCE, as their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) under Pillar Two of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. In conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Ontario Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence, and Fincantieri, VIGILANCE will provide the RCN with a state-of-the-art, capable, operationally flexible, and globally deployable multi-mission naval vessel.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance can meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between capability and cost, while also maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing effort, Team Vigilance continues to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Building a robust coalition is key to the core objective that VIGILANCE be designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada. To this end, Team Vigilance launched their Preferred Suppliers Program at DEFSEC 2023 in Halifax last October.

Today, it is announced that VARD has named BluMetric Environmental Inc. (BluMetric) as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance. BluMetric has supplied and serviced the water treatment systems for the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for over 20 years. BluMetric’s Shipboard Reverse Osmosis Desalinator (SROD) systems have provided reliable potable water to the Halifax Class since 2011 and will be installed in the RCN’s new Joint Support Ship (JSS).

BluMetric also boasts a complementary portfolio of supporting auxiliary equipment, having also provided JSS with its Shipboard Ultraviolet and Chlorine Dosing Units. Adding BluMetric to Team Vigilance not only adheres to our stated aim of equipping Canadian vessels but also offers significant potential cost savings realized through leveraging economies of scale for spare parts, maintenance, and training, given BluMetric’s presence throughout the RCN fleet.

BluMetric continues to provide in-service-support (ISS) to the RCN and remains the company of choice for technical advice on water related challenges for the fleet. BluMetric’s ISS experience supporting the RCN provides Team Vigilance with a well-established supply chain for critical parts, optimization, maintenance, and training for the water systems across all classes of RCN ships. With a solid reputation for product reliability, innovation, and service, BluMetric’s addition to Team Vigilance will ensure a made in Canada solution for the water requirements for the next generation of ships for the RCN.

With over 45 years of environmental and cleantech experience, BluMetric has the capability and professional expertise to meet the full range of water and wastewater requirements for its clients. BluMetric’s cleantech water products are multi-purpose and compatible over a wide range requirements and industries.

Maritime operations in littoral waters require potable water systems that can be reliably and safely operated in these waters; equipment BluMetric has provided the RCN for years. BluMetric’s innovative approach to filtering and purifying water in multiple water related environments makes it a Canadian leader in cleantech and provides Team Vigilance with many options.  

Not only will Team VIGILANCE provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also allow them to continue to leverage the best that Canadian industry has to offer from companies like BluMetric who remain a trusted source of supply and services support partner for the RCN.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said:

“We are fully committed to the principle that VIGILANCE will be designed, built and equipped in Canada. Bringing BluMetric onboard as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, with the potential that their portfolio of innovative and leading-edge water products offer, designed and manufactured right here in Canada, is an easy decision. The fact that their equipment is already deployed in the existing fleet and performing critical functions in support of key RCN missions underscores the importance of their involvement in this program. Also, given these systems are certified to operate inside the 12 mile limit is key since Vigilance is designed to bring RCN capability to the littoral battlespace."

Scott MacFabe, CEO, BluMetric said:

“We appreciate the confidence Vard Marine Inc. has shown towards BluMetric in selecting us to partner with them in their Preferred Suppliers Program. As a Canadian company that has deep roots across the country, BluMetric is thrilled to partner with Vard Marine and become one component of the Team Vigilance proposal for the Canadian Multi-Mission Corvette Program.”

Icebreaker Design – The Fusion of Canadian and Finnish Expertise

 

Vard Marine (VARD) has a long history of collaboration with companies in Finland when it comes to icebreaker and ice-class vessel design.  In fact, our company was born 41 years ago when Finland’s Wartsila created Wartsila Arctic Inc. in Vancouver to pursue the then Polar 8 program. 

Since our beginnings in 1983, we have collaborated many times with our colleagues in Finland from a variety of companies who have worked with us on virtually every icebreaker program we have delivered.  The Canadian-Finland collaboration in this highly specialised market segment has always produced mutually beneficial results and that continues today. 

Ironically, while the Polar 8 program was cancelled in 1990 our company was later selected as the designer of record by the Canadian Coast Guard to design their current Polar Icebreaker.  The original design package was delivered in 2012 and subsequently updated in 2014 and 2019.  Today, we are working alongside Finland’s Aker Arctic and Elomatic to support the realization of this program at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards.

We also have a standing agreement to partner with ILS Ship Design & Engineering, located in Turku and Helsinki, Finland, to provide design solutions and address the challenges of ice-capable shipping worldwide. Our extensive combined design portfolio, impressive client base, and engineering expertise position us to help shipbuilders, ship owners and operators develop fit-for-purpose, sustainable ice-classed vessel designs for both the public and private sectors. 

We also welcome any opportunity to continue to work synergistically with other Finnish companies on programs right here in Canada and around the globe.  Our approach has always been to provide unbiased advice to our clients because trust is at the core of every relationship. We place this at the forefront of every project we undertake - an approach that is especially critical given the highly specialised nature of government icebreakers and their role supporting the national interest in very arduous environments.

With a portfolio of over 60 unique references for icebreakers and ice-capable vessels ranging from 19 to 150 metres, our record showcases an impressive knowledge base and a successful track record, particularly on government icebreaker programs. 

The continued fusion of Canadian and Finnish expertise and broader collaboration in this market sector, beyond what VARD and ILS can offer, makes perfect sense given the growing demand for ice-capable vessels.  We are ready, willing, and able to support the need for versatile multi-role government operated icebreakers that provide a sustained presence in polar waters to address the realities that Canada and all aligned nations face today. 

Some of the vessels in our portfolio include CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, USCGC Mackinaw, USCGC Healy, HMCS Harry DeWolf, the Armada de Chile’s Almirante Viel, and CCGS Captain Molly Kool (designed by ILS Oy, conversion engineering by Vard Marine). Please reach out to us for more information and insight into our complete reference list at info@vardmarineinc.com.

 

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Serco into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

At CANSEC 2023, Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched VIGILANCE, as their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) under Pillar Two of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.  In conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Ontario Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defense, and Fincantieri, VIGILANCE will provide the RCN with a state-of-the-art, capable, operationally flexible, and globally deployable multi-mission naval vessel.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance can meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between capability and cost, while also maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing effort, Team Vigilance continues to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Building a robust coalition is key to the core objective that VIGILANCE be designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada.  To this end, Team Vigilance launched their Preferred Suppliers Program at DEFSEC 2023 in Halifax last October.

Today, it is announced that VARD has named Serco as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance.  Throughout Canada, Serco employs 1,200 people across 100 offices in four provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, delivering a range of services that includes integrated logistics support and ship design solutions.  Adding Serco to Team Vigilance will ensure Canadian-based technical and engineering personnel are available to support every stage of design, from preliminary design through detailed design and 3D production modelling, right here at home. 

Serco offers a full lifecycle approach for maritime assets from concept and ship design all the way to modernization, sustainment and operations support. Their track record spans vessels operating in the most demanding conditions, from icebreakers to submarines and from advanced military ships to next-generation green transport. 

Not only will VIGILANCE provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also allow them to continue to leverage the best that Canadian industry has to offer from companies like Serco Canada.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said: “Design and engineering is a critical element of the shipbuilding value chain, and a strategic domestic shipbuilding capability simply does not exist without it.  We remain fully committed to the principle that VIGILANCE will be designed, built, and equipped in Canada.  Bringing Serco onboard as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, with the bench strength they can provide in support of design and engineering activities, will ensure middle-class, Canadian-based and trained knowledge workers are provided the valuable experience they need to succeed and help build enduring positive impacts in the marine sector right here at home.”

Russell Peters, General Manager, Serco Canada Marine, said: “Serco is proud to be able to bring its design and engineering capabilities to Team Vigilance as a Preferred Supplier. Our extensive design experience and rigorous design process enables us to bring real value to our customers.  Maintaining a domestic ship design capability is so critical to all aspects of NSS, and this partnership with Vard for the RCN’s Kingston Class replacement project, acknowledges Serco’s commitment to developing Canada’s shipbuilding industry, for the domestic and export market alike.”

Vigilance Next Generation Naval Vessel

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Team Vigilance signing at GeoSpectrum Technologies

At CANSEC 2023, Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched VIGILANCE, as their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) under pillar two of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.  In conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Ontario Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence, and Fincantieri, VIGILANCE will provide the RCN with a state-of-the-art, capable, operationally flexible, and globally deployable multi-mission naval vessel.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance can meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between capability and cost, while also maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing effort, Team Vigilance continues to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Building a robust coalition is key to the core objective that VIGILANCE be designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada.  To this end, Team Vigilance launched their Preferred Suppliers Program at DEFSEC 2023 in Halifax last October.

Today, it is announced that VARD has named GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. (GeoSpectrum) as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance.  GeoSpectrum offers a multitude of naval equipment and systems including end-to-end integrated naval acoustic solutions.  Particularly noteworthy is the Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS©), a compact modular system that was initially developed for and is deployed today on the MCDV.  Further, the modular approach adopted by GeoSpectrum for TRAPS© is consistent with the modular mission payload approach that is a core aspect of VARD’s design philosophy for VIGILANCE.

In addition to several successful domestic deployments, GeoSpectrum has an expanding international customer base. Domestically, TRAPS© with the RecView processing suite, has been purchased by and deployed with the RCN on both the Kingston Class and the Harry DeWolf Class, the latter of which recently circumnavigated North America including a passage through the Arctic.

Not only will VIGILANCE provide the sailors of the RCN and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also allow them to leverage the best that Canadian industry has to offer from companies like GeoSpectrum who succeed as international reference players in their respective market segments.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said: “We are fully committed to the principle that VIGILANCE will be designed, built, and equipped in Canada.  Bringing GeoSpectrum on board as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, with the potential that their portfolio of innovative and leading-edge products offer, designed and manufactured right here in Canada, is an easy decision.  The fact that their equipment is already deployed in the existing fleet and performing critical functions in support of key RCN missions underscores the importance of their involvement in this program.”

Sean Kelly, Vice President Business Development, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., said: “This is a key strategic partnership for not only GeoSpectrum, but all Team Vigilance players and the Royal Canadian Navy. We are proud to provide a capability to Canada that is unsurpassed in the Naval environment while keeping Atlantic Canadians employed in sustainable jobs within the ocean sector.”

GeoSpectrum Technologies Joins Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program
Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS©) on HMCS Shawinigan

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. into the Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Derek Buxton (Vard Marine) and Theodora Alexakis (Terragon Environmental Technologies)
Derek Buxton (Vard Marine) and Theodora Alexakis (Terragon Environmental Technologies)

Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched the Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) at CANSEC 2023 in conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Heddle Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence, and Fincantieri.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance is able to meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between operational adaptability while maintaining the life cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing effort, Team Vigilance is now working to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Early identification of the members of this coalition will help to ensure Vigilance is designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada – a tenet of the Team Vigilance approach.  To this end, Team Vigilance launched their Preferred Suppliers Program at DEFSEC 2023 in Halifax last month.

Today, it is announced that VARD has selected Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. (Terragon) as a preferred supplier to Team Vigilance to provide their expertise in environmental and waste management technologies, and to offer their leading-edge waste management systems into the Vigilance program.  The effective management of multiple waste streams is critical to meeting our overall objectives of delivering a green solution.  Vigilance will not only strive to meet current and future regulatory requirements anticipated over the life of the asset, but it will incorporate the latest commercially available green technology to achieve the aim of delivering a zero-waste vessel.

Terragon has developed the Micro Auto Gasification System, or MAGSTM, which is a compact, efficient, and environmentally safe technology for the conversion of waste into thermal energy.  MAGS is currently being used on board various ships, including expeditionary cruise and commercial ships sailing in environmentally sensitive waters, to replace shipboard incinerators.  Waste streams that can be easily treated by MAGS, without the need for segregation, include but are not limited to paper/cardboard, plastics, food, oily rags, oils and sludges.

The Wastewater Electrochemical Treatment Technology or WETTTM is an effective electrolytic wastewater treatment technology that can be used to generate reusable water or to treat water for safe discharge.  WETT can be configured to treat oily water (WETT-O), greywater (WETT-G) and blackwater/sewage (WETT-S).

Not only will Vigilance provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also allow them to lead the way and set the right example on environmental stewardship in the maritime domain.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said: “We remain fully committed to the mantra that Vigilance will be designed, built and equipped in Canada.  Bringing Terragon on board as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, with their innovative and leading-edge technologies, designed and manufactured right here in Canada, was a no-brainer.  Their equipment is already deployed in support of both the RCN and the Canadian Coast Guard and has also been successfully exported to the cruise ship sector where environmental stewardship is afforded top priority.  We aim to offer a green solution to the RCN and with Terragon in our corner, we are well on our way to achieving this.”

Theodora Alexakis, Vice President Business Development, Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc., said: “Terragon is very pleased to be part of the esteemed Vigilance Team as a Preferred Supplier. Our primary goal at Terragon is to provide innovative, high performing, environmental technologies that are developed and manufactured in Canada.  We take pride that our mission aligns with that of this exceptional team.”

Vard Welcomes Terragon to Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Vard Marine, Heddle Shipyards, and American Bureau of Shipping Canada, announce a new initiative in support of the Vigilance next generation offshore patrol vessel

Vard Marine Inc (VARD), a Fincantieri company, proudly launched the Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) at CANSEC 2023 in conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Heddle Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defense, and Fincantieri S.p.A.

This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance is able to meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet with a tailored naval solution, striking the optimum balance between operational adaptability while maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.

As a part of the ongoing development effort, Team Vigilance is now working to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. Early identification of the members of this coalition will help to ensure Vigilance is designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada – a tenet of the Team Vigilance approach.  To this end, Team Vigilance has launched a Preferred Suppliers program.

Today, it is announced that VARD has selected American Bureau of Shipping Canada Inc. (ABS Canada) as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance to provide Classification Society services and specialty engineering, in particular the application of their Light Warships, Patrol and High-Speed Naval Vessels rules, and their expertise in harsh environment operations. 

Additionally, a recent focus area for ABS Canada has been their work in certifying the use of Canadian‑made, CSA‑grade steel in shipbuilding projects. Thus, it is further announced today that ABS Canada has accepted the direct specification and use of CSA Standard steel for the design and construction of the Vigilance next generation OPV.

The ability to use of CSA Standard steels has significant benefits for Team Vigilance and the program writ large.  Leveraging local Ontario sources of supply will decrease project risk and cost while enhancing Team Vigilance’s value proposition with a higher direct Canadian content value.

Not only will the Vigilance Class provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also promote economic development in Canada and bring shipbuilding back to Ontario in a substantive way.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said: “We remain fully committed to the mantra that VIGILANCE will be designed, built and equipped in Canada.  Bringing ABS Canada onboard as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, with their support on the use of CSA Standard steels as we continue to mature the design of the vessel, is a big step in that direction.”

James Bond, Vice President, American Bureau of Shipping Canada Inc., said: “ABS is excited to officially join Team Vigilance.  As the class society of the Royal Canadian Navy’s non-combatant fleet, the alignment of transition and fleet renewal simply makes sense. The application of the newest and comprehensive light warship rule set, coupled with CSA steels direct usage and the growing ABS Canada team of professionals across the country speaks to the ABS commitment to Canada.” 

Ted Kirkpatrick, Director of Business Development and Government Relations, Heddle Shipyards., said: “Ontario’s industrial supply chain is second to none, and steel production has long been the core of heavy industry across Ontario. With ABS as a preferred supplier of team vigilance, we have an even stronger path to bringing shipbuilding back to Ontario and leveraging the industrial might of this province.”

Team Vigilance members and ABS at DEFSEC 2023.
Vigilance Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel
Vigilance Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel

Vard Marine Launches a Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel Tailored to The Future Needs of the Royal Canadian Navy

Team Vigilance logo

Vard Marine Inc. (VARD), a Fincantieri company, is proud to launch the Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) at CANSEC 2023 in conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Heddle Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence, and Fincantieri.

Collectively, Team Vigilance partner companies bring vast and impressive capabilities and experience to bear in naval ship design, Canadian and global shipbuilding, the integration of combat and offboard systems, modular payload systems, and life-cycle solutions. This collaboration ensures Team Vigilance is able to meet the needs of any naval operator in this space and beyond.

Tailored to the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet, Vigilance strikes the balance between flexibility, adaptability, and size, while maintaining the life-cycle cost advantages VARD’s naval designs are known for.  The vessel has been conceived for high-tempo sovereignty missions and engineered for global deployment and forward basing abroad. 

Cost effective and forward-looking, Vigilance will fulfill critical operational needs through a combination of organic and modular capabilities, enabling core naval mission such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, subsea infrastructure protection, mine countermeasures, resource conservation, and maritime interdiction operations. The seamless integration of the CUBETM plug-and-play mission module and payload handling system ensures Vigilance remains future-proof and can offer a true multi-mission capability regardless of the tasks assigned to the vessel.

Intended to satisfy projected future demands under the second pillar of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy as a replacement for the Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels, these new ships will be designed, built, and equipped in Canada. 

Vigilance will provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said,

 “With our experience in designing modern multi-mission OPVs such as the RCN’s AOPS and the USCG’s Heritage Class Cutters, and the vast, aligned, experience of our Team Vigilance partners, we stand ready to support the Government of Canada throughout the ongoing conception, development, delivery, and deployment of their future offshore patrol vessel program."

Vigilance Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel
Vigilance Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel

Vard Marine is pleased to announce a new contract for the design of a Landing Craft Tank for the Bangladesh Navy to be built by Khulna Shipyard Ltd.

Vard Marine Inc. has been awarded the contract to design a 70m Landing Craft Tank by Khulna Shipyard Ltd. The design contract was signed in October 2022 and work is now underway on the program. The ship building contract awarded to Khulna Shipyard Ltd of Bangladesh by the Bangladesh Navy will be a multi-stage program.

Based on the Vard 7 507 Landing Craft Series, these vessels are intended to operate in the Bay of Bengal to meet both wartime and peacetime requirements along the coast from Chattogram to St Martins and Mongla. The vessels are designed primarily for carrying out amphibious operations in the coastal areas of Bangladesh and for transporting landing forces, tanks, equipment and supplies. The vessels’ secondary missions during peacetime will be to transport relief goods and personnel for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) within Bangladesh and adjacent areas along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

Wade Carson, President of Vard Marine Inc., said:

“This program is the beginning of what we hope to be fruitful relationship with Khulna Shipyard Ltd and of strategic importance to us in the landing craft sector. The unique requirements of this design presented Vard Marine Inc. an opportunity to demonstrate our versatility and exercise the full range of expertise within our design team to create a technically superior and cost-effective solution. We very much look forward to working with our new partners at Khulna Shipyards to bring this vital capability to the Bangladesh Navy.”

Managing Director, Khulna Shipyard Ltd said:

“It is really a milestone event in the shipbuilding history of the country. These landing craft tanks (LCT) will be constructed with the design and technical assistance from the VARD Marine Inc, Canada, one of the renowned ship design house in the world. It will be a wonderful experience working with VARD. I believe that both reputed companies can work together and deliver 3 in number State of Art LCTs to valued customer Bangladesh Navy. LCT will be deployed for carrying out amphibious operations in the coastal areas of Bangladesh and for transporting Landing Force/ Contingent. During peacetime, LCTs will be used to transport relief goods and personnel for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) within Bangladesh and adjacent coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal.  Inception of these vessels is surely going to augment the overall operational capability of Bangladesh Navy.”

Vard Marine Awarded AIP for VARD 7 125 Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel by Lloyd’s Register

VARD 7 125 NGOPV
VARD 7 125 Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Vard Marine Inc., a Fincantieri company, for its Vard 7 125 Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).

The design of the 125-metre vessel is based on the successful Vard Series 7 OPV reference vessels and can be tailored to a broad range of military and naval missions. Enhancements include an upgraded weapons and sensors package, reduced acoustic, magnetic, and infrared signatures, along with minimized radar cross-section, Nuclear/Biological/Chemical defence, and improved damage control and survivability given compliance to military stability standards.

The vessel is offered as either a General Purpose (GP) or Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant. The vessel arrangement offers a multi-mission bay and a set-down area for containerized mission payloads, with a configuration that can be tailored to meet a variety of mission objectives.

LR is the first classification society to award AiP to the 125m offshore patrol vessel having completed an appraisal of the design, in accordance with the LR Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships. The vessel design carries LR notations ✠ 100A1 NS2 Offshore Patrol Vessel, SA1, ✠ LMC and PSMR*.

The application of LR’s Naval Ship Rules and INSA’s Naval Ship Code are industry benchmarks; receiving approval to these standards offers additional assurance that the vessel’s design is fit for purpose and safe.

Kevin Humphreys, LR Americas Marine and Offshore President, said: LR is delighted to have been selected as the first company to provide Approval in Principle for this vessel, the most modern variant of a very successful series of naval ships by Vard Marine. We have a longstanding working relationship with Vard and we are keen to continue supporting their growth and development”.

Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc., said: “With our proven track record in the offshore patrol segment, and LR’s pedigree with naval programs, we are delighted to be working together in developing this enhanced product. We already have experience supporting many shipyards worldwide in constructing our offshore patrol vessel designs, so we are excited to now have an updated and enhanced design to support our customers and their evolving requirements with a highly capable yet cost-effective light-combatant naval solution.”

Meet LR (booth 1134) and Vard (booth 921/M2) at CANSEC, taking place 1-2 June 2022 at the EY Centre in Ottawa.