Advocacy / Member News
September 13, 2021

ABS AIP for VARD’s Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to VARD Marine for its 115m next generation offshore patrol vessel (NGOPV) design.

The VARD 7 115 NGOPV caters to a range of mission requirements, including air, surface, and sub-surface surveillance and engagement capabilities. The vessel arrangement offers a multi-mission bay and a set-down area for containerized mission payloads, with a configuration that can be tailored to meet a variety of mission objectives.

The vessel, which is to be unveiled at the Defence and Security Equipment International Show in London, was evaluated in accordance with the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Light Warships, Patrol and High-Speed Naval Vessels.  The design carries ABS notations: ✠A1, DV NAVAL CRAFT, Ⓔ, ✠AMS, ✠ ABCU, NIBS, R2.

“ABS is pleased to support VARD with this AIP based on our deep experience with classification, certification, and technical advisory services on advanced naval programs around the world,” said David Walker, ABS Vice President, Global Government Business Development.

“With our proven track record in the offshore patrol segment, and ABS’ record with naval programs, working together to deliver this project continues our collaborative approach to developing solutions for the now and the future,” said Wade Carson, CEO, Vard Marine Inc. “We already have experience supporting yards worldwide in constructing our offshore patrol vessel designs, so it is with great enthusiasm that we now have an updated and enhanced design to support our naval customers and their evolving requirements with a highly capable yet cost-effective solution.”

The ABS Rules for Building and Classing Light Warships, Patrol and High-Speed Naval Vessels is available here

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About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

About Vard Marine

Vard Marine is a consulting naval architecture and marine engineering company with Canadian operations located in Vancouver and Ottawa, and American operations located in Houston, Texas. The company offers professional ship design, engineering, and shipbuilding technology services, and our vessel gallery ranges from offshore construction, supply, and patrol ships, to icebreakers, research vessels and ferries. More information on Vard Marine can be found at https://vardmarine.com.

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The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is the national industry voice of more than 900 Canadian defence and security companies that produce world-class goods, services and technologies made across Canada and sought the world over. The industries contribute to the employment of more than 60,000 Canadians and generate $10 billion in annual revenues, roughly 60 per cent of which come from exports. To learn more, visit defenceandsecurity.ca and follow us on Twitter at @CadsiCanada .

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