About us

We enable sustainable business at sea

In a nutshell, VARD is a preeminent designer and shipbuilder of high-quality specialized vessels for the global market.

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We are shipbuilders

We boast of more than 7,000 employees worldwide, and operate shipbuilding facilities at home in Norway, as well as in Romania, Brazil, and Vietnam. Our headquarters are located in Ålesund on Norway’s stunning west coast, a city famous for its Art Nouveau architecture.

As well as providing high-end design and engineering services to the global maritime industry, through our specialized VARD subsidiaries we create and develop an outstanding range of advanced power and automation systems, deck handling equipment, and vessel accommodation solutions.

Turnkey vessel provider

We are the essence of a ‘one-stop shop’ for ship owners and operators looking for outstanding design services, high-quality equipment and systems, masterful project execution and, most importantly, a collaborative approach defined by keen team spirit.

With our strategically located facilities we provide an industry-leading combination of competence, capacity, cost efficiency, and market proximity serving the needs of a diverse and sophisticated customer base with a nose for quality. We’ll guide you smoothly through the shipbuilding process from start to finish.

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We have a proven record of high-quality shipbuilding, serving diversified markets within Energy, Seafood, Adventure, and Security with a broad range of vessels.

Shipbuilding is about commitment, customization, and trust. It’s about solving new challenges through cooperation across borders, professional disciplines, and technological possibilities.

Our customers shall experience the same dedication and flexibility regardless of order size.

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Ship design

We develop concepts, and design vessels, for a growing range of maritime industries. VARD has a long tradition and unique expertise in designing ships for the most challenging tasks and conditions at sea.

There is considerable value in applying the knowledge we gained from catering to the oil and gas industry, to the design of specialized vessels for growing and emerging maritime industries. We work closely with shipowners looking to take advantage of the many opportunities found at sea.

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Products and services

With more than four decades of shipbuilding competence, we simplify the shipbuilding process for our customers by offering integrated innovative products and services through our highly specialized subsidiaries.

The collaboration between all of VARD’s disciplines and locations, combined with an international network of specialists and suppliers, allows us to offer tailormade and high quality products and services to all the markets we serve.

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Our locations

VARD is a global company with shipbuilding facilities and offices worldwide. Our strategic locations enable us to tap into the potential of new geographies and market segments.

Built on trust

This has been VARD’s customer promise through generations.

Through open and honest dialogue we strive to build trust with all stakeholders; customers, employees, owners, partners and suppliers, and in the local communities.

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Our history

VARD's history goes back several generations to a time when fishing was the main way of living for people along the coast of Norway. The demanding waters gave us an everlasting respect and fascination for the sea, and for the people who make their living from it.

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Our majority owner

VARD is majority owned by Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of FINCANTIERI S.p.A.

Headquartered in northern Italian city of Trieste, FINCANTIERI is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups that over its 200 years history has delivered more than 7,000 vessels.

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