• 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 16

14:45 Jan De Nul supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:24 Decision on construction of 4th and 5th nuclear-powered icebreakers expected before year end
14:10 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Thetis with Hudson
13:32 Entry fee for vessels to be changed at the Port of Ventspils in 2019
13:10 Global Ship Lease completes strategic combination with Poseidon Containers
12:55 Ship inspection to keep high standards
12:31 GoodBulk announces delivery of Supramax vessel to its new owners
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
11:30 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
11:25 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) boosts allocations for its development programme
11:04 ForSea completes conversion of the world’s largest battery ferries, powered by ABB
10:44 Wärtsilä, LUT University and Nebraska Public Power District to develop business case for alternative fuels
10:41 Nor-Shipping looks to achieve industry first with ISO sustainable event standard
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.84% to $67.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.74% to $56.88
10:02 Portmaster improves efficiency in the Port of Scheveningen
09:57 High level experts to present at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
09:35 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 16.3 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’18
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,020 points

2018 November 15

18:03 Costa Smeralda to call on Cruiseport Rotterdam
17:54 Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw
17:25 Port of Singapore throughput in 10M’18 grew by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 523.73 million tonnes
17:03 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
16:52 Expert says downward trend in bunker prices may continue next week
16:30 Nevsky Shipyard launched dry cargo vessel of Project RSD59 «Pola Anfisa»
16:19 "K" Line takes delivery of coal carrier “SHONAI MARU” for JERA Trading
16:04 ICTSI names new APAC head
15:22 Meyer Turku starts construction of Carnival XL1
15:03 Port of Antwerp signs an agreement with Enabel
14:34 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 10M’18 declined by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 108 million tonnes
14:03 Pavilion Energy and Novatek agree to strengthen their LNG partnership
14:00 Damen hands over four FCS 2610 vessels to Allianz during ADIPEC
13:36 ABS awards industry’s first offshore facility cyber security-ready notation to Sembcorp Marine
13:23 NOVATEK’s Board of Directors to be elected on 18 January 2019
13:00 Zvezda shipyard started serial manufacturing of Aframax-class tankers
12:39 Residents of Riga and the Port outline a common vision for the future
12:04 Singapore hosts 10th APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Port Connectivity Forum
11:48 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg’s allocations for its development programme totaled RUB 413.5 million in 9M’2018
11:03 NYK promotes decarbonization through exploratory design of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050
10:51 ABS and HHI pioneer Cyber Security standard for new vessels
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.18% to $66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.36% to $56.05
10:11 OOCL introduces new Asia – South Africa direct services
09:58 A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag - Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express plan to establish container shipping association
09:38 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet completed a call to the Republic of Djibouti
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,009 points

2018 November 14

18:37 Savannah achieves all-time record in October 2018
18:20 Sovcomflot concludes USD 149 million project credit facility with leading European banks
18:06 NYK and YLK jointly hold training program for staff from around the world
17:57 Organizers of “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” conference determined subjects to be discussed
17:36 Northwest Seaport Alliance adopts budget for 2019
17:07 DEME’s cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’ launched at the Royal IHC shipyard
17:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority wins 2018 ESPO Award
16:40 NIBULON’s fleet masters transportation of bulky cargo
16:38 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maia with Glencore
16:18 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports Q3 2018 results
15:48 1.348 million cbm to be dredged in Azov-Don River Basin this year
15:20 Stolt-Nielsen, Golar LNG and Höegh LNG announce joint $182 mln investment in Avenir LNG
14:56 World's most eco-friendly bulk carriers Viikki & Haaga operate in Baltic Sea
14:20 CHI Zhoushan is ready for LNG carrier repairs
13:37 DeloPorts published its operating results for Q3'2018