Vard Marine (VARD) offers extensive experience in designing research vessels.

Over the years, VARD prepared more than 30 designs for funded programs that span across a wide range of research, including hydrographic, seismic, fisheries, meteorological and oceanographic exploration.

Depending on the role, these vessels demand excellent sea-keeping, low noise characteristics, high manoeuvrability and station-keeping capabilities.

From vessels designed to withstand the pressures of ice-infested waters to those that adhere to International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) guidelines for noise mitigation, VARD research vessel designs comply with industry requirements and technological advancements.

The company’s first-hand experience relies on the extensive resources of its parent companies VARD Group AS in Norway and Fincantieri in Italy.

Both corporations are internationally acknowledged as pre-eminent designers and builders of research vessels.

With their comprehensive databases of proven designs and VARD’s resources, the marine engineering expert can quickly assemble the optimal starting point for each engagement and efficiently tailor the client’s design to their unique requirements.

VARD’s unique approach helps to deliver a vessel that is not only perfectly fit for the type of research it will undertake and conditions it will operate in but is also affordable.

Once the design is complete, VARD can provide support through the subsequent phases to ensure continuity, including onsite construction guidance and performance validation during sea trials.