Vard Søviknes

Vard Søviknes is located in Søvik, a small community in Ålesund municipality in Møre & Romsdal county on the west coast of Norway.

DJI 0839


The shipyard undertakes final outfitting and commissioning on hulls primarily built at our facilities in Romania, and also specializes in ship repair and conversion. The yard was established in 1936 and has been part of VARD since 1995.

Vard Søviknes is well known for high quality and the flexibility required to solve the most complex shipbuilding projects. It has particular experience in building prototype vessels such as icebreakers, offshore well intervention vessels, and expedition cruise ships.

The yard has demonstrated competitiveness and adaptability through more than 80 years. The wide variety of ships it has delivered, including expedition cruise vessels, Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs), fishing and other specialized vessels is a testament to its history of successful diversification.


  • Modern shipbuilding facilities with excellent logistics.
  • Compact shipyard with short walking distances between quayside, workshops, and warehouse.
  • Effective lifting capacity, with double crane capacity on all quays.
  • Flexible cost base with adjustable manning capacity.
  • Slipway for docking vessels with capacity up to 4 500 tons.
  • Personnel within all shipbuilding disciplines.
DJI 0838

Yard capacities


  • ISO 9001:2015
  • ISPS port

General information

  • Number of employees: 160
  • Established: 1936/1945
  • Total yard area: 57 000 m²


  • Total length/depth quay 1: 150 m/10 m​
  • Total length/depth quay 2: 100 m/8 m​
  • Total length/depth quay 3: 75m/8 m

Outfitting hall

  • Capacity: 2 000 m²​
  • Crane capacities: 2 x 10 t

Dry dock / slip Way

  • Capacity: 5 000 t​
  • Breadth: 23 m​
  • Total length vessel: 120 m
  • Keel length: 90 m​
  • Crane capacity in dock: 1 x 30 t


  • Crane capacities: 1 x 60 t + 1 x 30 t + 1 x 15 t


  • 220V / 400 A​
  • 440V / 60Hz / 800A​
  • 690V / 60Hz / 1200A


  • Piping workshop
    Capacity: 2 700 m²​
    Crane capacities: 2 x 16 t
  • Carpentry workshop
    Capacity: 300 m²


  • Capacity: 2 500 m² (total storage capacity is approx. 6 200 m²)

Underwater drone

  • 1000 ft. depth rating
  • Mobile quick launching
  • High resolution images and videos
  • Quick report handling

Lodging facilities

  • Good canteen and wardrobe capacity
  • Rigg area with 600 single rooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Systra Hotel nearby the shipyard. Click here to visit the hotel's website.


Arnt Inge Gjerde

Yard Director Vard Søviknes & Vard Brattvaag


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Arve Krogsethagen

Production/Plant Manager

Vard Søviknes


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Magnar Nakken

Site Facility Manager

Vard Søviknes


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