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Vard Amphibious Transport for Chile

Multi-Role Vessel to be Based on Vard 7 Design

Vard Marine has been selected to design an amphibious transport vessel for the Chilean Navy, to be built at the Asmar shipyard in Talcahuano.

The multipurpose vessel will be capable of undertaking operations throughout the Pacific and Southern Oceans, providing capabilities that include logistical support, search and rescue, troop and cargo movement and deployment, or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. It will be based on an existing Vard 7 series design, and will be specifically adapted to the precise requirements of the Chilean Navy, incorporating the latest generation of integrated dock systems. This will allow for transport and deployment of a wide range of cargo in containers and vehicles, landing craft, helicopters and rescue boats for multiple mission sets.

Vard President Wade Carson explained that “this program will be our fourth successful collaboration with Asmar, including the design of the venerable AP 41 AQUILES, one of the vessels that, after a successful and historic trajectory, will replace the ESCOTILLÓN IV program […] Vard Marine has a long and successful track record in designing specialized vessels adapted to meet unique combinations of user requirements and operating environments. The award of this contract is an important step to further consolidate the company’s position in the global naval market as a proven design of specialized customer-centric multifunctional vessels.”

Santiago Rivas and Flornecia Lucero Heguy in Buenos Aires for MON

A potential configuration for the Chilean vessel, based on a Vard 7 design. (Image: Vard Marine)

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