• 2018 August 16 10:57

    VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA

    Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD” or the “Company”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has secured a contract for the building of one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA in Norway. The contract value is approximately NOK 250 million, the shipbuilding company said in a press release.

    The world’s first autonomous and electric-driven container vessel, to be named Yara Birkeland, will be delivered from VARD in Brevik in early 2020. After delivery, the vessel will gradually move from manned operations to fully autonomous operations by 2022. The vessel will operate in Norway, in a cargo transit between YARA’s plant in Porsgrunn to ports in Brevik and Larvik. With a length of 80 meters and a beam of 15 meters, the vessel will have a cargo capacity of 120 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), replacing 40,000 truck journeys a year. Yara Birkeland will reduce nitrogen oxides (“NOx”) and carbon dioxide (“CO2”) emissions, and improve road safety in a densely populated urban area.

    Mr. Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented: “We are honored to be chosen as YARA’s partner in this innovative and exciting project. With a longstanding experience in building state-of-the-art and tailor-made specialized vessels, we are excited to be given the opportunity to build the world’s first autonomous and electric-driven container vessel. It is a pleasure to welcome YARA and KONGSBERG to VARD, and we look forward to working closely with all parties involved.”

    Mr. Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of YARA, said: “A vessel like Yara Birkeland has never been built before, and we rely on teaming up with partners with an entrepreneurial mindset and cutting edge expertise. VARD combines experience in customized ship building with leading innovation, and will deliver a game-changing vessel which will help us lower our emissions, and contribute to feeding the world while protecting the planet.”

    The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Vard Brevik in Norway in Q1 2020. The hull will be delivered from Vard Braila in Romania.

    The vessel is designed by Marin Teknikk, in close cooperation with YARA and other involved partners. KONGSBERG is responsible for the enabling technologies onboard, including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations. The project was initiated in an effort to improve the logistics at YARA’s Porsgrunn fertilizer plant. Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from YARA in Porsgrunn to ports in Brevik and Larvik, where the company ships products to customers around the world. With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel, YARA progresses from road freight to sea freight, thereby reducing noise and dust emissions, improving local road safety, and reducing NOx and CO2 emissions.

    YARA was founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe. The company’s crop nutrition solutions and precision farming offerings allow farmers to increase yields and improve product quality while reducing environmental impact. YARA’s environmental and industrial solutions aim to improve air quality and reduce emissions, and are key ingredients in the production of a wide range of products. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company has a worldwide presence with more than 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries The contract has been entered into in the ordinary course of business of the Company. It is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings per share or the net tangible assets per share of the Company for the current financial year. None of the Directors or the controlling shareholders of the Company have any interest, direct or indirect, in the above contract.

    About VARD
    Norway based Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), together with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), is one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels. Headquartered in Norway and with 9,000 employees, VARD operates nine strategically located shipbuilding facilities, including five in Norway, two in Romania, one in Brazil and one in Vietnam. Through its specialized subsidiaries, VARD develops power and automation systems, deck handling equipment, and vessel accommodation solutions, and provides design and engineering services to the global maritime industry.
    VARD was listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange on 12 November 2010. The majority shareholder of VARD is Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of FINCANTIERI S.p.A. Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, FINCANTIERI is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and has, over its 200 years of maritime history, built more than 7,000 vessels.




2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC
16:34 KOTUG and Petroconsult join forces to establish KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM)
16:20 Ttraining on oil spill preparedness and response held for countries in eastern Africa
16:04 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:55 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 10M’18 grew by 19% Y-o-Y to 42.6 million tonnes
15:34 Royal IHC wins KNVTS Ship of the Year for SCHELDT RIVER
15:03 Damco launches a dedicated warehouse for Barry Callebaut and inaugurates a new facility in the heart of Poland
14:41 MAN Cryo to design and deliver LNG regasification terminal
14:25 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M’2018
14:03 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry and GTT sign agreement for LNG carrier repairs
13:42 Alfa Laval wins two orders to supply Framo pumping systems to oil platforms in the North Sea
13:13 HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries
12:48 BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management
12:24 HHLA container throughput up by 1.0 percent in the first nine months of 2018
12:07 Torqeedo reveals new products for electric mobility on the water
11:51 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 29.9 million tonnes
10:53 RF Navy's training ship Perekop returns from distant cruise
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 1.04% to $69.39, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.33% to $59.13
10:10 ABP invests £1 million in Port of Lowestoft as part of energy hub vision
09:44 National maritime transport policy training held for Mexican officials
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,125 points
09:07 Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 2.57% and stands at 1,105.61 points
08:07 ERMA FIRST obtains USCG type approval for ballast water treatment system using FILTREX filters
07:18 Long Beach cargo volumes up 5.4 percent in October 2018

2018 November 12

18:01 Major ASW ship Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet participates in Russian-Japanese exericse in the Gulf of Aden
17:42 Maritime Administration of Ukraine announced selection of 13 seaport captains
17:04 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC
16:56 Danish shipyard orders large equipment package from Rolls-Royce
16:54 Wan Hai Lines orders 20 new vessels
16:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 10M’18 up 18% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
16:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:22 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for R&D and designing of marine systems and technologies
16:04 Bigger share of modal split envisaged for inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region
15:51 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for documentation on construction of Leader icebreaker
15:34 IMRF and The Nautical Institute sign MOU
15:20 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.24 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'18, up 19% Y-o-Y
15:04 Yang Ming reports its financial results for 2018 Q3
14:46 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg completes New Leaders project
14:31 ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland sign partnership agreement for cybersecurity services
14:03 Maersk Line announces rates from North Europe to Far East Asia
13:47 ICTSI plans to invest over P5 billion in Iloilo ports
13:28 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard loaded reactors onto nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural, second serial ship of Project 22220
12:40 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 20,508 in RF spot market
11:57 Reduced Klaipeda seaport charges for container ships to boost shipping development
11:34 IMO supports equal opportunities for women in fisheries
11:12 Trinidad and Tobago benefits from IMO port security training
10:49 RF Navy's Northern Fleet holds exercise to assist a submarine in distress
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 1.55% to $71.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.96% to $60.77
09:56 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 10M’2018 up 12.8% Y-o-Y to 13.57 million tonnes
09:34 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 10M'18 up 4.8% Y-o-Y to 12.38 million tonnes
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,147 points
09:08 Global Maritime Administrators attend the 8th Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme in Singapore
08:51 TORM establishes joint venture with Guangzhou Shipyard International and ME Production to manufacture scrubbers to reduce sulfur emissions

2018 November 11

11:19 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
10:16 Day Tourist Tax for cruise passengers to apply to sea cruise and river cruise passengers in Amsterdam