Vard Marine has developed a suite of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) designs, ranging in size from 25 to 110 metres, with varying operational and performance capabilities, to meet the requirements of clients around the world.
Traditionally, patrol vessels have been designed to the same military standards applied to surface combatants, whose primary function has been to deliver a sophisticated long range weapons package using a vessel as small and as light as possible. The use of military standards for almost all material and construction, plus the tightly packed spaces, has resulted in higher shipyard costs. Furthermore, equipment and systems designed for high shock and low noise requirements also increase the overall ship price. Applying this approach to the changing role of OPV’s makes them unnecessarily expensive and often unsuited to their intended function.
Vard Marine’s philosophy is to design the patrol vessel to relevant high quality commercial standards, fit a weapons system as appropriate, as well as simplifying the ship design, material procurement and construction phases.
OPV Design Philosophy
- Design to a moderate level of shock, radiated noise and damage survivability
- Achieve a practical degree of stealth capability
- Engineer greater seaworthiness at higher speeds in a slightly larger, but easier to build vessel
- Low through-life cost by the use of commercially available, good quality equipment
- Design higher internal volume, easy to outfit spaces
- Install weapons systems to meet the requirements of the navy in question
- Provide shipyards with a design and build package, including detail design, material data and complete equipment packages.
- Efficient operation through optimum hull configuration and structural design
- Superior crew habitability through a reduction in ship motions, low noise and vibration levels and a good standard of accommodation