Anchor Handling Vessels

Vard Marine designs anchor handling vessels (AHVs) capable of safe, effective and reliable operations in the world’s harshest marine environments.

Featuring highly flexible decks for heavy duty equipment and a propulsion system designed with powerful bollard pull, these impressive vessels are known for their seakeeping capabilities in rough or icy waters.

Whether they are carrying out anchor handling, towing or salvage, you will find Vard Marine-designed AHVs on duty in the Arctic, Middle East, Eastern Canada, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Anchor Handling Vessel AHV VARD 2 270 Keith Cowan
VARD bridge of ship

Vard Marine’s AHV design philosophy

Many marine design firms have a standard list of designs, suggesting one that is close or similar in some way to what you think you might need.

We take pride in Vard Marine’s more tailored approach. We’re flexible, innovative and practical. With decades of experience and an extensive portfolio of proven designs, we can help define your requirements by assessing different options, always with construction and regulatory considerations in mind. Our designs reflect each client’s unique needs, budget and schedule.

For AHVs, our customized approach results in safer workflows, flexible deck designs for different equipment packages, enhanced seakeeping capabilities and optimized space both above and below deck.

Vard Marine’s unique value

Many of the AHVs we’ve designed serve the offshore oil industry. The hybrid technologies we pioneered have prepared Vard Marine to meet the next wave of demand in this field, while our clients benefit from the fuel savings and lower emissions.

Bow of the VARD 2 270 Keith Cowan Anchor Handler AHV and Rem Gambler

Our experience and expertise are further strengthened by our relationship with our parent company – VARD Group AS based in Norway whose decades of shipbuilding experience we draw from to complement our own. We can also integrate with other subsidiaries’ expertise, such as working with Vard Electro to incorporate electrical systems into our designs.

VARD 2 270 Keith Cowan Anchor Handler AHV performing water salute

Working with Class Societies

One of the keys to success in our design process is engaging early with Class Societies and regulatory bodies to determine their requirements and outline our plans. Inviting their input early and frequently throughout the process helps build consensus and reduces risk for our clients.

When the final design is submitted there are no surprises, and in turn, very few requests for re-work. As a result, projects reach the finish line on time and on budget.

We don’t stop there

Once the design is complete, Vard Marine can provide support through succeeding phases to ensure continuity – from onsite construction guidance right through to performance validation at sea trials.

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Contact the Vard team and make your next project your most successful one.