Through its subsidiary Seaonics, Vard Holdings Limited (VARD) has been awarded a contract to deliver equipment for a polar research vessel.
Valued at more than NOK100m ($13.02m), the large equipment package will be used for deployment on the vessel that is under construction at Italian ship building firm Fincantieri’s integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano.
Seaonics’ complete equipment package will include winches, deck cranes, and overboarding systems, including A-frames and launch and recovery Systems (LARS).
Seaonics managing director Stig Espeseth said: "Since its establishment in 2011, Seaonics has continuously expanded its product range and is today uniquely positioned to deliver a complete package of offshore handling equipment.
"Seaonics has continuously expanded its product range and is today uniquely positioned to deliver a complete package of offshore handling equipment."
"We are very pleased that with this contract, we are able to capitalise both on our extensive investments in product development, as well as on the good relations established with other parts of the Fincantieri Group."
In December 2013, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), a Norwegian Governmental body for oceanographic research and fishing, signed a deal worth €175m with Fincantieri for the construction of an oceanographic icebreaker.
To be named Kronprins Haakon, the new ship will be owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute on behalf of the Norwegian Government, and will operate in polar waters.
Before delivery, the icebreaker will be put on sea trials in Norway at VARD, which is also a member of the Fincantieri Group.
Image: Seaonics to supply equipment for a polar research vessel. Photo: courtesy of Vard Holdings Limited.