Vard Electro, a subsidiary of Norway’s Vard Holdings, has secured a new contract to provide an engineering and electrical installation package for the UK’s new polar research vessel currently being built for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The new contract, valued at Nkr100m ($12m), was signed with Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders.

Under the newly signed deal, Vard Electro will develop engineering resources to support the shipyard in the drawing approval process, complete electro installation on-board, and systems as well as products.

"Vard Electro was chosen in competition with global players within the field of electro integration."

Scheduled to become operational in 2019, the 130m-long polar research vessel will be equipped with Vard’s SeaQ communications system, customised for the tailor-made vessel and including remote management.

Vard equipment and solutions EVP Stig Bjørkedal said: “Vard Electro was chosen in competition with global players within the field of electro integration.

“We are grateful and proud to be selected in such tough competition and are pleased to learn that our vast experience with electro-integration in sophisticated vessels was a key for being selected.

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“This contract shows that our strategy for external sales is yielding positive results, and proves our competitiveness and competence in electro integration.”

Once completed, the new £200m polar research vessel with 15,000t capacity will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Vard Electro develops, produces and supports advanced marine electronics and electrical systems for the global maritime and offshore industries.

So far, the company has installed its equipment on over 300 vessels, including complete systems for power management, propulsion, automation and navigation.

Image: Artist's impression of new research vessel. Photo: courtesy of Cammell Laird / BAS.