VARD appointed to design and build first SOV for Cyan Renewables

VARD has signed a contract for the design and construction of a tailormade state-of-the-art hybrid power Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the Taiwanese company Cyan Renewables.

VARD appointed to design and build first SOV for Cyan Renewables

Cyan Renewables is Asia’s first dedicated offshore wind vessel owner. Headquartered in Singapore, Cyan’s mission is to facilitate the world’s transition towards a greener future by being the partner of choice to both wind farm developers and vessel operators. 

The vessel will enter a long-term contract with Siemens Gamesa on Hai Long No. 2, a part of the Hai Long Offshore Wind Project, consisting of Hai Long No. 2 and No. 3 Offshore wind farms in Taiwan. VARD was awarded the design and building of the SOV after a tender in competition with other providers.

Founding CEO of Cyan Renewables Lee Keng Lin, said:

"We are happy to engage VARD to construct our SOV for the Hai Long offshore wind project. Tailored specifically for Siemens Gamesa’s service operations at Hai Long, this vessel’s emphasis on energy efficiency exemplifies our commitment to innovation and sustainability in the offshore wind sector. This addition also brings us another step closer to doubling our fleet in the coming years. We look forward to working closely with VARD to oversee the completion of this SOV."

This version of the VARD 4 19 design, is a highly versatile platform, tailored for service operations for Siemens Gamesa at the Hai Long Offshore wind farm. The vessel offers class leading station keeping performance, together with highly fuel-efficient solutions and logistics. Further preparations are done to enable the path towards zero emission operations.

This hybrid diesel electric vessel is designed using modern DC technology and it is the first time it is combined with 2 retractable Azimuth thrusters. These solutions enable the vessel to operate using only one variable speed generator set, in addition to batteries, in an extended window of the operation profile during work in the wind park. This, together with permanent magnetic electric motors for propellers, gives an extremely energy efficient vessel and the best possible DP capability performance and noise reduction.

The vessel is developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway in close collaboration with Cyan Renewables and have the latest propulsion solutions developed by Vard design. The solution is particularly favorable for the area in which the vessel will operate, and the vessel is tailormade for operations in just this area.

CEO in Vard Group Alberto Maestrini welcomes Cyan Renewables to VARD:

"We are delighted to get this opportunity to participate in the development of the fast-growing markets of offshore wind in Asia together with Cyan Renewables. With our world leading design and engineering teams VARD is drawing on our long experience as integrated shipbuilders to make maritime opportunities possible in close partnership with our customer."

Runar Vågnes is Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing in VARD and has been responsible for the commercial part of the contract:

"Cyan Renewables is a new customer for VARD, and a fast-expanding company in the renewables market. We are looking forward to collaborating with them. Winning another tender in worldwide competition on both design and production is gratifying. All three companies involved came to the project with previous experience from wind farm service tonnage, including familiarity with operations in Taiwan."

The vessel will be built, outfitted, commissioned, and delivered from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. The delivery is scheduled for Q2 2026.

Technical information:

  • Length of 85.5 meters and a beam of 19.5 meters
  • Seaonics’ ECMC all electric and motion compensated gangway with crane functionality
  • 2 retractable Azimuth thrusters
  • Prepared for alternative low emission solutions
  • Transit speed of 13 knots
  • Accommodation for 84 persons on board