The order is part of four OSVs by DOF/Norskan and Technip, with the other two vessels to be built in Norway, also to DNV class.
DNV GL said the new Vard Promar yard in Recife in north east Brazil represents a significant expansion of Brazil’s shipbuilding capacity as more yards will be built outside of Rio de Janeiro.
At 340 tons, the Brazilian-built vessels will be among the most complex vessels ever constructed in Brazil.
“We opted for DNV GL because of its professional competence and credibility as a class society. We also believe in synergy between our existing design group and DNV GL’s approval team based in Ålesund in Norway,” said A S David, Vard Promar’s Project Manager for the pipe layers project.
“Beyond that, we count on a resident DNV GL supervisor on our site in Recife, to always be focused on our needs as a customer, the same way DNV GL serves our Rio office.”
The new designs have been developed in close cooperation with DOF and Technip and the Norwegian-built vessels will carry pipe lay towers rated at 650 tons, among the largest in the industry.
“DNV GL is proud to be a partner for Vard Promar’s efforts to expand Brazil’s shipbuilding capabilities. The yard in Recife holds great promise and we look forward to working with Vard Promar to deliver in this high profile project,” said Jonas Mattos from DNV GL.