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 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.

Vard Marine Secures Design Contract for 7600 m3 LNG Bunker Vessels for Seaspan ULC

LNG bunker vessel
7600 m3 LNG Bunker Vessel for Seaspan ULC

Vard Marine Inc. has been contracted to develop a classification design package for review and approval by Bureau Veritas for Seaspan ULC for 7600 m3 LNG Bunker Vessels.

The 2 + 1 vessel build contract has been awarded to Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE), a subsidiary of CIMC Enric Holdings.

Vard Marine and Seaspan ULC have been working closely over the past two years to develop the latest in LNG bunkering solutions. The vessel will incorporate emerging technologies, and improve operational emissions and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions while considering underwater radiated noise. The design is focused on safe, efficient and economical refueling of multiple ship types as well as an ability to transfer to and from a wide range of terminals, and will engage in ship-to-ship LNG transfer as well as coastal/short sea shipping operations.

Seaspan ULC is a group of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal marine transportation, shipdocking/ship escort, ship repair and shipbuilding services in Western North America.

SOE will build the 7600 m3 LNG bunkering vessel at their shipyard in China. SOE is one of the most experienced small scale gas carrier shipbuilding yards having delivered more than 30 gas carriers for LNG, LEG and LPG.

Over recent years, Vard Marine has completed a series of LNG bunkering solutions from 1,200 m3 to 15,000 m3. Most recently for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, a second LNG Bunker Barge was developed for a previous client, Polaris New Energy.

“LNG as a marine fuel is being adopted in North America and around the world at an exponential rate,” said Darren Truelock, Vice President of Vard Marine’s Houston operations, “and Vard Marine is proud to be a part of this evolution."

The vessel dimensions will be 113 m overall length, 18.6 m beam, and have a depth of 8.4 m. This project plays a leading role in developing the North American bunkering capability to provide LNG as a marine fuel to domestic and foreign LNG fuelled vessels. It will be the first and largest dedicated LNG bunker vessel designed and built to date for operations in North America.

Vard Marine Congratulates Eastern Shipbuilding Group and US Coast Guard on Fourth Offshore Patrol Cutter

Hull 4 USCGC RUSH rendering
Hull 4 USCGC RUSH rendering
Hull 1 USCGC ARGUS (Photo Credit: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Vard Marine Inc. (Vard) is delighted to congratulate Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) on commencing construction of the fourth Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) – the future USCGC RUSH (WMSM 918).

The OPC is based on the VARD 7 110 Offshore Patrol Vessel design. Vard has supported ESG on the OPC program for the past 11 years, beginning with Concept Design, continuing through Preliminary and Contract Design phases to Detail Design and Construction, awarded in late 2016. It continues to provide engineering support to ESG during construction of the first three OPCs and will continue to do so with Hull 4.

“Vard Marine is proud to be part of the ESG Team and this OPC Program,“ said Darren Truelock, Vice President Houston, Vard Marine. “Through the OPC, our team is committed to enabling and expanding the Coast Guard’s capabilities to conduct offshore missions safely and effectively.”

 “We are honored by the U.S. Coast Guard’s confidence in our team. We thank our valued partners, like Vard Marine, who have been with us since the beginning. Together, we utilized state of the market technology and innovation in the design to offer a more capable vessel than legacy assets currently in service,” said Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Vard Marine Inc. Announces new Vice President Business Operations

Kristin Jovel
Kristin Jovel, Vice President Business Operations

Vard Marine Inc. is pleased to announce that Kristin Jovel, current Corporate Business Manager, has been appointed the position of Vice President Business Operations for its North American offices effective immediately.

Kristin joined the Houston office in 2010 after serving as a Director of a top-tier service management company. Over the past 11 years, she has successfully led various strategic development initiatives aligned to the company’s business operations and corporate governance. Her breadth of knowledge and leadership has been instrumental in expanding the team and improving processes and policies.

“I am honored to accept this new role, to continue leading and serving the corporate team I love, for a company I so passionately care for,” said Kristin. “With this being an exciting time for our company and industry, I’m looking forward to our continued growth and success with our industry partners.”

“Kristin’s extraordinary ability to identify gaps and solve problems has enabled Vard Marine’s rapid development over the past decade,” said Wade Carson, President, Vard Marine. “Her diligence and leadership have greatly contributed to building our highly skilled team. Kristin is a valued and welcome addition to our executive team.”

VARD Secures ABS AIP for VARD 7 115 Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel


ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Vard Marine for its 115-meter next generation offshore patrol vessel (NGOPV) design.

The VARD 7 115 NGOPV caters to a range of mission requirements, including air, surface, and sub-surface surveillance and engagement capabilities. 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.

The vessel, which is to be unveiled at the Defence and Security Equipment International Show in London, was evaluated in accordance with the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Light Warships, Patrol and High-Speed Naval Vessels.  The design carries ABS notations: ✠A1, DV NAVAL CRAFT, Ⓔ, ✠AMS, ✠ ABCU, NIBS, R2.

“ABS is pleased to support VARD with this AIP based on our deep experience with classification, certification, and technical advisory services on advanced naval programs around the world,” said David Walker, ABS Vice President, Global Government Business Development.

“With our proven track record in the offshore patrol segment, and ABS’ record with naval programs, working together to deliver this project continues our collaborative approach to developing solutions for the now and the future,” said Wade Carson, CEO, Vard Marine Inc. “We already have experience supporting yards worldwide in constructing our offshore patrol vessel designs, so it is with great enthusiasm that we now have an updated and enhanced design to support our naval customers and their evolving requirements with a highly capable yet cost-effective solution.”

Canada’s Vard Marine and Finland’s ILS Ship Design & Engineering Announce a Collaborative Teaming Agreement 

Detachable IceBreaking Bow (DIBB)

Vard Marine Inc. and ILS Oy are delighted to announce an agreement to work together to develop design solutions for the global icebreaker market and to address the challenges of ice-capable shipping worldwide. The two companies are world-leaders in this highly specialized field, with an extensive combined design portfolio and an impressive client base. Together, we are uniquely positioned to help shipbuilders, ship owners and operators in developing fit-for-purpose and sustainable vessel designs for both public and private sectors projects. 

One area of cooperation will be the further development and implementation of ILS’ patented Detachable IceBreaking Bow (DIBB) in new markets. The ILS DIBB, with its independent power plant allows icebreaking to become a modular capability that can be added to new and existing ships as and when required, rather than being built into the vessel with all the size, weight, cost and efficiency impacts that this implies. While detachable bows are not a new concept, the DIBB’s unique capabilities overcome many of the drawbacks of earlier approaches. 

While the agreement is new, both companies have long respected each other’s corporate cultures and achievements. Most recently Vard Marine has developed the conversion designs for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Medium Icebreakers (MIBs) from an original ILS hull design. These ships are now some of the Coast Guard’s most powerful and effective assets. 

Vard Marine’s CEO, Wade Carson notes “Our agreement with ILS Oy will assist both companies in helping current and new clients in identifying their needs and in providing the designs that address these. The two companies’ shared values include putting our clients first and providing objective and unbiased advice.” 

ILS’ CEO, Kristian Lehtonen says, “During the last five years, we have done design and consulting work for paying customers in 14 different countries. Cooperation with the highly skilled professionals of Vard Marine will further expand our horizons. We are pleased and honored to work with Vard Marine, as we share with them the same belief in hard work and commitment.” 

About Vard Marine Inc: Established in 1983, Vard Marine is an independent naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy headquartered in Canada and is today a wholly owned subsidiary of Norway's Vard Group AS and in turn owned by global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri S.p.A.  Since the company's inception Vard Marine has become one of North America’s leading designers of specialized ships, including ice-capable vessels and icebreakers for the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards, The South African, Chilean and New Zealand Navies, and commercial clients worldwide. The Canadian government has just announced that two polar icebreakers will be built in Canada to VARD’s 9 206 design. 

About ILS Oy: ILS Ship Design & Engineering was established in 1988. Its track record in icebreaker designs includes well-known vessels such as the Fennica, Nordica, Botnica, the Tor Viking class, Finnish Navy’s OSRV Louhi, and the new LNG-fuelled icebreaker Polaris operated by Arctia. ILS has also designed several icebreaking harbor and oil export terminal tugs. ILS designed prototype DIBB recently completed ice trials in Finland, after a development program including extensive model tank testing. The DIBB operated its first winter 2020-21 in East Finland’s lake district. Its icebreaking capability and maneuverability were proven excellent, and its abilities have received praise from the masters of the merchant ships being assisted, and from pilots. 

Beca Applied Technologies Ltd and Vard Marine Inc selected to support the New Zealand Ministry of Defence Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel Project

Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV VARD 7 085 HMNZS Wellington RNZN on sea trials

Beca Applied Technologies Ltd, with the support of specialist naval architecture company Vard Marine Inc, have been appointed by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as the Technical Support Partner to the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel (SOPV) project.  Beca and Vard Marine will join the Ministry’s Integrated Project Team providing systems engineering, concept design and technical logistics input for the early stages of the project as the capability is defined and specified.

The SOPV project is exploring options for a ship that is designed to operate in one of the harshest environments on the planet. An ice-strengthened offshore patrol vessel for Southern Ocean operations will be navigating the large distance between New Zealand and Antarctica, it will be traversing one of the roughest seas in the world, and must be able to operate safely in Ross Sea ice conditions. Any vessel that can meet these needs will need characteristics tailored to these demanding conditions.

Beca has been a long-standing strategic supplier to the Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force. They have a successful track record of support to capability development projects and programmes including more recently the Maritime Sustainment Capability and the Dive Hydro Vessel project that contributed to the delivery of HMNZS Aotearoa and HMNZS Manawanui. Beca has a thorough understanding of Defence’s Capability Management System and continues to provide systems engineering support to both capability development programmes for MoD and in-service capabilities for NZDF.

Andrew Ford, Business Director - Defence & National Security at Beca states: “We are delighted to be supporting the development of another critical capability for the people and Government of New Zealand.  The SOPV has the potential to provide much needed presence in the Southern Ocean to safeguard New Zealand’s interests there. We are excited to partner with the MoD Integrated Project Team and to bring VARD’s significant polar class experience to this programme.”

New Zealand’s Otago Class patrol vessels, HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington, were designed by Vard Marine and delivered in 2010. These vessels have operated in heavy sea states and ice in the Southern Ocean, and the SOPV is intended to provide improved operability in similar conditions.  Vard Marine’s recent experience with the Antarctic Support Vessel for the Chilean Navy and the Southern Ocean research vessel for the South African Navy, along with similar projects for the United States Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, all translates directly to this program.

Derek Buxton, VP Business Development at Vard Marine states: “Vard Marine is delighted to once again be supporting the Royal New Zealand Navy in developing another vitally important maritime capability.  This time we very much look forward to combining our expertise in multi-role ships designed for high-latitude operations with the regional defence knowledge and systems engineering expertise that Beca brings to the program.”

A potent combination, Beca and Vard Marine together present the best of local systems engineering expertise partnered with specialist international polar class naval architecture.  Beca and Vard Marine are looking forward to working together with the Ministry of Defence in the coming years to define and design the SOPV capability requirements for New Zealand in preparation for going to market.

Vard Marine and BMT Canada congratulate the Royal Canadian Navy on acceptance of HMCS Harry DeWolf Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel

On July 31, 2020 at CFB Halifax dockyard, HMCS Harry DeWolf Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) was officially delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

HMCS Harry DeWolf, named for Canadian wartime naval hero Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, is the first ship built for the Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and is the lead vessel of a new class of Arctic and offshore patrol ships.

As the prime contractor for the original Design, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support (DELMS) services contract, BMT assisted Canada’s AOPS Program Management Office (PMO) in the project Definition Phase and assembled a Canadian-led design team that comprised Canada’s foremost Arctic marine designers.

BMT’s extensive background in ship design was complemented by a skilled team of specialists from Vard Marine, with extensive experience in the design and construction of ice breakers and patrol vessels.  This team delivered a class design package for the AOPS and a ship specification which formed the basis for the AOPS contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Designed to patrol Canadian waters, this new class of ship is at the core of an enhanced Arctic presence for the RCN that will add to the country’s fleet of current and future ships in performing critical reconnaissance and surveillance.

The Harry DeWolf-class patrol ships will be capable of operating in challenging Arctic ice conditions, giving the RCN unescorted access to waters that were previously inaccessible to naval vessels.  Upon commissioning, Harry DeWolf will be able to participate in international operations such as anti-smuggling and anti-piracy, as well as providing support for Search and Rescue (SAR), emergency / disaster response and humanitarian missions.

Upon delivery of Harry DeWolf, Wade Carson CEO of Vard Marine said:

“Vard Marine congratulates the Royal Canadian Navy on the acquisition of a capable and versatile vessel. As the lead naval architect on the AOPV program over a decade ago, I had the opportunity to be a part of the skilled Vard Marine and BMT team, working with the Project Team, in taking the design from a set of requirements, on to several concepts, and through the Class design stage. The HMCS Harry DeWolf represents the successful collaboration of Canadian industry to deliver a novel and flexible ship that will serve her crew and country well for decades to come. The Vard Marine team is proud to be a part of reinvigorating the Canadian shipbuilding industry through the AOPV program and the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see the Harry DeWolf move from design to sea-trials and acceptance.  We are proud of the work of this team in the development of an important asset for the RCN” said Darcy Byrtus, President of BMT in Canada“By leveraging Canadian-led talent, this project confirms the extraordinary expertise to be found in-country and underscores our ability to successfully manage and execute on some of the most complex engineering programs in the world.”

Harry DeWolf will remain docked at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax while the Navy conducts post-acceptance trials to verify major ship systems and overall performance while providing an opportunity for the Navy to conduct crew training.  Once the training and post-acceptance work is complete, the ship will undergo a formal commissioning ceremony (summer 2021) and officially enter active service.

VARD Secures Second ABS Approval in Principle for VARD 4 19 Service Operations Vessel

VARD 4 19 service operations vessel in starboard perspective view

Vard Marine (VARD) shows again that it is dedicated to driving down risk to the end user and accelerating the design schedule for a new construction SOV, by continuing to independently invest resources in these Jones Act fit-for-purpose US SOV designs.

ABS has granted a second Approval in Principle (AIP) to VARD for a larger design variant of a Jones Act Service Operations Vessel (SOV).  The first ABS AIP was awarded to VARD during the 2019 International Workboat Show in New Orleans on the VARD 4 07 US SOV.  This was the first Jones Act SOV AIP awarded.

This recent AIP, which was awarded on June 19th, 2020, addresses a customized version of the VARD 4 19 US SOV design, with primary functions including accommodation, transferring technicians to installations as well as storing spare parts and tools for operations in US offshore wind farms.

VARD designed the vessel to be environmentally friendly with a focus on low fuel consumption and ease of construction. The design incorporates a state-of-the-art hull form designed for all weather conditions which, together with the specified propulsion configuration, offers economical steaming, enhanced seakeeping abilities, and excellent station keeping performance. The vessel is optimized to reduce motions and accelerations in all degrees of freedom with the aim to increase operability and comfort.

The vessel will have the ABS Class notations + A1, OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSEL (WIND-SC), +AMS, + ACCU, DPS-2, HAB(WB.)

“We believe that the US Offshore Wind market holds several promising opportunities for US owners, designers & shipbuilders.  The US market seems to be moving quickly starting on the East Coast, so a purpose-built US Offshore Wind Jones Act fleet is inevitable.  This creates some challenges for US designers and shipbuilders since the necessary SOVs need to be under construction now to support the Developer’s schedules” said Darren Truelock, Vice President, Vard Marine Houston.  “Delivery schedules and price points over the next year will be tested and squeezed in order to bring the right vessels online at the right time and within budget.  VARD is focusing on the US SOV market since these vessels are within our expertise and we can leverage our extensive Jones Act knowledge of the US Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) market in addition to our existing relationships with shipbuilders and industry.  It is with great enthusiasm that we continue to progress on this exciting new journey in the US.”