VARD secures advanced stern trawler contract with Luntos
VARD, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, has signed an agreement to provide a state-of-the-art stern trawler to Russian deepwater fishing company Luntos Co. Ltd. The vessel, a VARD 8 02 design, will feature a range of innovations to ensure optimal productivity, sustainability and operational efficiency, delivering high performance in the most demanding environmental conditions.
The new vessel, with a length of 80.4 meters and a beam of 16.7 meters, has been specially tailored for Luntos, based on the proven VARD 8 02 design. Luntos operates out of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Far Eastern Russian Economic Fishing Zones and Bering Sea.
Scheduled for delivery in Q2 2021, the trawler’s design combines a safe, comfortable, and modern working and living environment for crewmembers, and a high focus on quality of the pelagic catch handling, keeping the fish in healthy condition until processing and storing to maintain premium fish quality products. Key features include efficient deck equipment, an advanced fish factory, two separate cargo holds for palletized, refrigerated and frozen fish, with a freezing capacity of 170 tons per 24 hours.
Working in partnership with Luntos, VARD has focused on incorporating the latest, most efficient technology to ensure the catch can be brought ashore with the minimal environmental footprint. The vessel hull has been designed for optimal efficiency during both trawling and transit, and an environmentally friendly propulsion and power solution optimizes energy consumption for all operational needs.
The newbuilding project makes use of VARD’s network of specialized international facilities. Vard Design in Ålesund has developed the VARD 8 02 design, while the build itself will take place at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.
A range of leading firms within the fishing industry are operating fishing vessels developed and built by VARD.
About Vard Vung Tau
Vard Vung Tau is an advanced and fully-integrated facility designed to undertake the entire shipbuilding process, from hull construction to final vessel outfitting. The company was established in 2007, with the grand opening in 2010. Since that point it has delivered a broad range of offshore and specialized vessels and an expedition cruise vessel, with all projects completed to agreed schedules. The Vietnam-based shipyard complies to the same high, international standards as VARD’s other shipbuilding facilities, with the in-house equipment, expertise and resources to handle complex project management for the most demanding vessel builds.
Vard Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, is one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels. Headquartered in Norway and with approx. 8 600 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’s long shipbuilding traditions, cutting-edge innovation and technology coupled with its global operations and track record in constructing complex and highly customized vessels have earned it recognition from industry players and enabled it to build strong relationships with its customers.
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.