Published 2022-03-02 00:00:00
Ocean Infinity orders six new 85m robotic vessels at Vard

Ocean Infinity has contracted VARD for the design and construction of a new series of six multi-purpose offshore vessels, all of which will be operated from shore and will eventually utilise green ammonia as fuel.
This landmark order of six, 85-metre, optionally crewed robotic vessels will take Ocean Infinityís remote vessel fleet to 23 vessels Ė the largest in the world.

With Ocean Infinityís control infrastructure and remote control centre currently undergoing commissioning, transformational low-emission remote operations are becoming a closer reality for the global maritime industry.

This new contract between Ocean Infinity and VARD facilitates the next phase of joint development between the two companies, including VARDís subsidiaries, Vard Design, Vard Electro and Seaonics. VARDís vessel systems management and automation techniques coupled with Ocean Infinityís systems integration capability and remote operations infrastructure will enable remote ship operation on a uniquely global scale.
The new vessels of VARD 9 80 design will augment Ocean Infinityís current Armada fleet of nine 21-metre and 36-metre vessels, plus eight 78-metre vessels which are already in production.

VARD won the contract to design and build the eight highly advanced, 78-meter vessels in November 2020. The first four are underway while steel cutting for the fifth began recently at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.

The new series of six vessels are scheduled for delivery from Vard Vung Tau in 2025. The first vessels will have the full suite of new technology and equipment installed and integrated at one of VARDís shipyards in Norway utilizing VARDís global integrated value chain.
Seaonics will supply the Launch and Recovery System (LARS) to manoeuvre ROVs and geotechnical units through the vesselsí moonpools. The Seaonics platformís core characteristics are modularity and the use of components that allows for flexibility in various operations. The project represents a step change in lift and handling technology embracing electrification, remote operations, security, user experience, and simulation technology for testing. The control system will be in constant interaction with Ocean Infinityís dynamic payload control platform and Vard Electroís integrated SeaQ solutions.
The Multi-Purpose Offshore Vessels (MPOVs) will have a length of 85 meters and a beam of 16.4 meters. The series of 8 vessels currently under construction is of VARD 9 60 design, while the series of 85-meters vessels is of VARD 9 80 design.

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