Vard wins deal to build Asia’s first SOV

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 20 April 2020


Norwegian shipbuilder and Fincantieri subsidiary, Vard has won a contract from Ta San Sheng Marine – a joint venture between MOL and Taiwan-based Ta Tong Marine – to design and construct Asia’s first Service Operation Vessel (SOV).

The SOV will be the first of its kind in Asia, especially developed to serve maintenance support operations for Ørsted in a 15 years charter in the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms in Taiwan. It is of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in close cooperation with the customer and partners. The vessel will be built at Vard’s shipyard Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in first half of 2022.


The VARD 4 19 design to be constructed and delivered for the Greater Changhua wind farms, is a newly developed ship design for the complicated and harsh environment in the Taiwan Strait. Through the development process, there has been a high focus on optimising the hull design, safety, and comfort, and operability including a hybrid battery solution. The vessel will be the first SOV to be built according to Taiwanese flag and class. The 84.4m vessel has a beam of 19.5m and will accommodate 87 persons in single cabins. Efficient logistics have been a key element in the development of the design, and the vessel has a height adjustable motion compensated gangway with elevator system, a height adjustable boat transfer system and a 3D-compensated crane for cargo transfer.

For optimal efficiency, the hybrid vessel will be equipped with diesel-electric propulsion in combination with SeaQ Energy Storage System. Further, a fully integrated SeaQ Energy Storage Management System, SeaQ Power Management System, and SeaQ Integrated Automation System will be delivered by Vard Electro. The hybrid vessel setup will provide reductions in fuel consumption, maintenance and emissions as well as improved responsiveness, flexibility and safety.

Erik Haakonsholm, General Manager of Offshore and Specialized vessels in Vard, said, “We are honoured to be chosen by MOL and TTM through their joint venture Ta San Shang Marine and their partners in this milestone project where we together have developed the very first tailor-made Service Operation Vessel for the Asian wind farm market. We have now taken new steps forward and will utilise our innovative power to meet the world’s changing demand for renewable energy. We look forward to cooperating with our new customer and clients in the times to come.”

Yasuchika Noma, General Manager of Offshore Project Division in MOL commented, “MOL is so much excited to build the very first SOV with TTM in the promising Asian market, and is looking forward to working with Vard for this project.”

Hrong-Nain Lin, Chairman of Ta Tong Marine said, “TTM is glad to secure this business in our motherland. This will be a new challenge for us, but also a good chance to improve ourselves. By using Vard-designed SOV which will provide a good working environment for both technicians and seafarers. We look forward to provide this new job opportunity to Taiwanese crew to work on board and next to their hometown.”

Haakonsholm added, “Offshore renewables is in a phase of going from being a European focused industry to becoming a worldwide market. With this contract of the first SOV for operation in Taiwan and Asia, Vard is entering the market at a time where the initiatives around renewable energy is growing, with upcoming activity in both Asia and North America in addition to the still high activity level in Europe. Vard has developed several SOV concepts and are excited to be a part of this great market going forward.”

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