Shipbuilder Vard Holdings has clinched a contract to build three coast guard vessels for the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for more than 5 billion Norwegian kroner. (550 million euro approximately).
The effectiveness of the contract is subject to certain conditions being lifted. Vard did not elaborate on what those conditions are.
The Norwegian Government had originally announced plans for the construction of three new coast guard vessels in September 2016. Following review of offers from three competing yards, Vard was selected to continue negotiations in October 2017. The investments were finally approved by the Norwegian Parliament in the beginning of June 2018.
The vessels will be built within the company’s production network, with deliveries scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in 1Q respectively 2022, 2023 and 2024.
NDMA Director General, Ms Mette Sorfonden, said, “Due to national security interests, the Norwegian Government decided that the competition should be restricted to Norwegian yards only. Vard Group with its Vard Langsten yard was the provider that overallsatisfied the defined requirements for solution and the Navy and the Coast Guard’s needs in the best manner.”
The new tailor-made vessels, which will replace the current Nordkapp-class coast guard ships, will be developed for worldwide operations in all weather and sea conditions, both inshore and offshore. Specially designed to withstand operations in demanding arctic areas, they will have ice-strengthened hull and iceclass notation.
With a length of 136 metres and a beam of 22 metres, the vessels feature strong ocean-going capacities for long-distance transits, search-and-rescue operations, surveillance, and oil recovery, said Vard.