Research Vessels

We’re proud of Vard’s Marine’s extensive and varied experience designing research vessels.

Over the years we’ve prepared more than 30 designs for funded programs that span the spectrum of research – from hydrographic, seismic and fisheries to meteorological and oceanographic exploration. Depending on the role, these vessels demand excellent sea-keeping, low noise characteristics and/or high manoeuvrability or station-keeping capabilities.

Vard Marine is up to the challenge.

Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Lenoard J Cowley research vessel in water moving past a port
VARD 9 105 HMS Echo (H87) and Enterprise (H88) Hydrographic/Oceanographic Survey Vessels in water
Rendering of VARD 9 105 Hydrographic/Oceanographic Survey vessel for Southern African Shipyards in water

Our research vessels design philosophy

From vessels designed to withstand the pressures and strain of ice-infested waters to those that adhere to ICES guidelines for noise mitigation, Vard Marine's research vessel designs are always at the forefront of industry requirements and technological advancements.

The extensive resources of our parent companies complements our first-hand industry experience. In fact, VARD Group AS in Norway and Fincantieri in Italy are international pre-eminent designers and builders of research vessels. Coupled with their comprehensive databases of proven designs to augment our own resources, Vard Marine can quickly assemble the optimal starting point for each engagement and efficiently tailor your design to your unique requirements.

The client advantage

As a result, Vard Marine's unique approach produces a vessel that is perfectly fit for the type of research it will undertake and conditions it will operate in, buildable and affordable.

We don’t stop there

Furthermore, once your design is complete, Vard Marine can provide support through succeeding phases to ensure continuity. For instance, we offer onsite construction guidance right through to performance validation at sea trials.

Port side view of VARD 9 105 HMS Enterprise research vessel at sea and rendering of VARD 9 109 Offshore Oceanographic Science vessel
Canadian Coast Guard CCGS John P. Tully offshore oceanographic/research science vessel in calm waters

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