Keel laid for service operations vessel Dogger Bank


Vard hosted a keel laying ceremony for the third Service Operations Vessel (SOV) the company is building for North Star at the Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.

Vard and North Star have signed a contract for a total of four SOVs which are destined for the Dogger Bank wind farm in the UK.

Each of Dogger Bank’s four SOVs was contracted for 10 years, with three additional one-year options.

SOVs are developed by Vard Design in Norway in close cooperation with the owner.

The vessels will feature a hybrid battery solution and be prepared for carbon-neutral operations in the future, according to Vard Design designer Stian Ona.

The North Star SOVs will also have a height-adjustable, motion-compensated gangway with an elevator system, a height-adjustable boat transfer system as well as a 3D compensated crane for cargo transfer and navigation software. Decision Support AI from MO4.

Work on the first vessel began in October and the first SOVs are expected to arrive at the Port of Tyne in the summer of 2023, with the Dogger Bank C vessel expected in 2025.

Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. In total, the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of UK demand, equivalent to powering six million homes, when fully operational in 2026.

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