Vard Marine has considerable experience in all levels of design for research vessels (RV) and related vessel types. This experience is backed up by the extensive resources of Vard Group AS in Norway and also Fincantieri in Italy, both of whom are known as pre-eminent ship designers and builders of research vessels in the world.
The ship design experience of Vard Marine is broad and comprehensive, and includes conceptual and contract level design support for a wide range of ship projects. Over the years, Vard Marine has prepared over 30 designs in funded programs including hydrographic; oceanographic; seismic; meteorological and fisheries research types that, depending on the role, require excellent sea-keeping, low noise characteristics, high manoeuvrability or station-keeping capabilities.
The latest guidelines on underwater radiated noise as defined in the ICES (CR209) radiated noise limits for Fisheries Research Vessels cover a very specialised aspect of RV vessel design. To ensure the best technical solution to this design aspect, Vard Marine typically combines is own in-house expertise on hullforms developed for low bubble sweep-down with specialist companies who are recognised as being at the forefront of airborne; structural borne design and solutions to underwater radiated noise to meet these ICES requirements.
An area of particular expertise within Vard Marine is the development of research vessels for operating in ice-infested waters. Vard Marine has developed several recent projects that combine ice-strengthened hulls and machinery systems configured to achieve the lowest radiated noise for optimum scientific data gathering capabilities. These design projects involved full analyses of performance, stability, machinery design, structure, and arrangements with emphasis on minimizing noise and enhancing working conditions and the research facilities incorporated in the vessels included equipment and systems for oceanography, hydrology, and biochemistry in open water and ice conditions.