Japanese engineering company, Toyo Construction, has ordered a hybrid cable layer and construction vessel at Norway’s Vard, a Fincantieri subsidiary, which will be deployed in the offshore wind sector on both fixed and floating projects.
As per the firm, “The 150m-long ship, costing more than $200m, will be built to a Vard 9 15 design suitable for offshore construction work in both shallow and deep waters in Japan and the international market. The vessel is likely to be deployed in the offshore wind sector on both fixed and floating projects. It will be capable of inter-array, HVAC export and interconnector cable laying as well as cable burial operations and construction.”
It is reported that it has cable capacity of 9,000 tonnes and accommodation for 90 persons, the DP2 ship will have a four-point mooring system, a hybrid boom crane with a capacity of 250 tonnes, a large working deck, and a helideck. “It will have a range of sustainable technologies including a large battery pack, a shore supply connection, and an advanced energy management system,” said the firm.
Vard Senior Vice President Sales, Torgeir Haugen, commented, “We are happy to present this vessel to Toyo. The cable layer is a modern and complex vessel of high standards built to Japanese regulations primarily for the Japanese offshore wind farm and international market, making it a unique opportunity for both Toyo and Vard to be established as a key player in the Japanese wind farm market.”
It said that the delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2026. “Vard subsidiary companies will be engaged in the project and Vard Electro will provide a SeaQ Power energy management system, energy storage systems, switchboards, the shore connection, and entertainment and communication systems on board. Further, Vard Interiors will assist in outfitting the vessel and will supply a green heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, “said the firm.