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Vard shipyard builds special ship for Toyo from Japan

Caption: Vard builds for Toyo Construction (© Fincantieri/Vard)

The Norwegian shipyard group Vard has secured a contract from Toyo Construction in Japan for the construction of a special ship.

The Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian Fincantieri Group and Toyo Construction have now announced the contract for the design and construction of a hybrid ship for cable laying.

The contract is worth over 200 million dollars. Delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2026.

The cable layer is to have a design “specially developed for the customer’s needs” in order to meet the requirements of the growing Japanese offshore wind farm market. At the same time, however, it should be able to be used worldwide.

Toyo pays attention to adaptation to Japan’s waters

The ship’s hull is adapted to the natural and structural conditions in Japan so that the ship can be used in both shallow and deep waters for power generation in floating offshore wind farms and for direct current transmission projects.

The vessel has a length of 150 m, a width of 28 m and a cable carrying capacity of 9,000 tons. It will be equipped with a crane and a large deck, which should make it suitable for various activities, including mooring work related to floating offshore wind farms and marine resource exploitation projects. The vessel will also have a 4-point mooring system and a helipad.

For a better environmental footprint, it will have a large battery pack, a shore power connection and an advanced energy management system.

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