The Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security, Emilie Enger Mehl named the Norwegian Coast Guard’s new vessel KV Jan Mayen at Vard Langsten in Tomrefjord, Norway 16th November 2022.
KV Jan Mayen is the first of three new coast guard vessels that VARD is building for The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA). The hull is built at Vard Tulcea in Romania and outfitted and tested at Vard Langsten in Norway.
“We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone with the Naming Ceremony of our newbuild 910 which from now is called KV Jan Mayen. The project has demanded the very best from all our involved employees at our yards, specialized subsidiaries throughout VARD, and of course our suppliers. After the celebration it is back to work for the final testing and verification before delivery to our client.”Yard Director Ronny O. Langset.
KV Jan Mayen will secure Norway’s interests in the northern regions. The new coastguard vessel will strengthen Norway’s operational capability throughout Norway’s area of interest.
The number of Norwegian suppliers to the KV Jan Mayen class is large and contributes to further developing national competence and capacity within the maritime industry. Through good cooperation with Vard Langsten, the project has used Norwegian expertise and experience to combine the best of Norwegian and international parties and suppliers to build the vessel.
“The new coast guard vessel is advanced and complex, and I would like to thank everyone involved for the good cooperation in the project. The contract is important for VARD, Norwegian shipbuilders and the maritime industry. KV Jan Mayen is a vessel we are all proud of.”VARD CEO, Alberto Maestrini.
KV Jan Mayen is 136.4 meters long and 22 meters wide and has very good seakeeping capabilities so that the vessel can operate in rough weather. The vessel has a helideck and hangar, cabin capacity for 100 people and can operate at sea for eight weeks without additional fuel and provisions.
The new tailor-made vessel is developed for worldwide operations in all weather and sea conditions, both inshore and offshore. Specially designed to withstand operations in demanding arctic areas, the new coast guard vessels have ice-strengthened hull and ice-class notation and built according to the latest requirements for such specialized vessels.
The three new coastguard vessels KV Jan Mayen, KV Hopen and KV Bjørnøya are one of the largest defense acquisitions in the maritime sector in Norway. The vessels will replace the Norwegian Defense Force’s three vessels in the “Nordkapp” class, built in the 1980s and soon to be retired after more than 40 years in faithful service for the Armed Forces.