It started with four employees and two old armchairs. Now, Havyard has passed the hundred design mark, with Kystruten as the most recent highlight.

From the beginning in 2005 and over the thirteen years leading up to today, Havyard Design & Solutions has grown to become a design company with a long and varied list of achievements that has been important to the group as a whole.

‘I don’t think that Havyard Group would have been here today without Havyard Design & Solutions,’ says CEO Geir Johan Bakke. The foundations for today’s Havyard Design & Solutions were laid with the purchase of Leine Maritime in May 2005 and the acquisition of four engineering companies over the following years. The strategy was for Havyard to evolve from a yard into a ship technology company.

‘Then, as now, it was about profit and reducing the risks in shipbuilding. In our opinion, it’s impossible to succeed over time by selling hours in Norway in competition with the rest of the world. Instead, we wanted to sell products. This also gives us a proximity to our customers that has mutual benefits.’

The workhorse of the North Sea

The first design sold was the anchor handling tug supply vessel, Havyard 842. Managing Director of Havyard Design & Solutions Stig Magne Espeseth, and Design Manager Arve Helsem Leine have been with Havyard since the start in 2005. They explain that the sale of the first design was a breakthrough, both because they were then able to build the first design and because the contract was won in competition with well-established enterprises. One of the first success stories was Havyard 832, which really became one of the workhorses of the North Sea.

‘We’ve sold close to thirty designs of Havyard 832, which with its tailor-made deck area, diesel-electric propulsion and hull optimisation, hit the spot in the market.’

From the early years when offshore vessels were most important, the diving support vessel Havyard 858 DSV (Seven Falcon) has also been a milestone. This is one of the most advanced vessels to come from HDS and was voted ship of the year in Europe in 2011.

Digital testing and energy optimisation

Havyard Design & Solutions (HDS) was among the first to think in terms of restructuring and new segments. First fisheries, then aquaculture and support vessels for offshore wind farms. Today, HDS is the design company that has sold most designs for support vessels for offshore wind farms. In recent years, HDS has also made great progress in the ferry market with the delivery of twelve battery-run ferry designs. HDS is at the global forefront of this work with its use of digital testing of hulls and energy optimisation.

This work has in turn laid the foundation for the most recent contracts with Kystruten. Havyard Design & Solutions, in cooperation with Sintef Ocean, has developed a brand new simulation tool that makes it possible to test hull shapes and propulsion solutions against the wave and wind conditions along the Norwegian coast.

‘We’ve studied the conditions along the entire coast, and in every single one of the 34 ports where the coastal route calls, to calculate and document energy consumption. We’ve optimised the hull in relation to the weather conditions and its route, we recycle energy on the vessel, we use gas engines, and we have the world’s biggest battery packs. In this way, the ships can sail emission-free in the world heritage areas and meet the green policy requirements five years before the deadline.’

Going for 200

CEO Geir Johan Bakke explains that Havyard Design & Solutions’ outstanding development can be accredited to the staff’s expertise and ability to adapt, cooperate with other business areas in the group and build relations with customers.

‘What kind of vessels we’ll be designing in five years’ time is anyone’s guess, but I’m optimistic on behalf of Havyard Design & Solutions. We are now celebrating our hundredth design, but we’re going for 200!’

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Photo 1 from left: Design Manager Arve Leine in Havyard Design & Solutions AS, EVP Stig Magne Espeseth in Havyard Design & Solutions AS, CEO Geir Johan Bakke in Havyard Group ASA.
Photo 2: Havyards first sold design, Havyard 842.

Facts about Havyard Group

Havyard Group ASA is a maritime technology company that delivers products and services in the areas of seafood, energy and transport.

Havyard Group ASA is listed on Oslo Børs, Ticker HYARD. Its head office is in Fosnavåg, and the Group has 602 employees. It currently has orders worth NOK 3,558 million on is books.

The Group is divided into five business areas:

  • Shipbuilding Technology, based in Leirvik in Sogn with branches in Fosnavåg and Turkey, has 171 employees.
  • Design & Solutions, based in Fosnavåg with branches in Poland, Rijeka and Shanghai, has 78 employees, whereof 42 are in Fosnavåg.
  • Power & Control, based in Bergen with branches in Ålesund and Egersund, has 67 employees.
  • Fish Handling, based in Fosnavåg with branches in Sjøholt and Haugesund, has 143 employees.
  • Production & Services, based in Gdansk, Poland, with branches in Norway, Denmark and France, has 145 employees.


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 FACTS Havyard Design & Solutions
Havyard Design & Solutions AS uses its knowledge and innovative capacity to offer concept designs and detailed design for the profitable construction of fishing vessels, aquaculture in the seafood segment, offshore wind power, icebreakers and offshore vessels in the energy sector, as well as ferries, container vessels and coastal routes in the transport sector and other types of special vessels.

Havyard Design & Solutions is based in Fosnavåg with branches in Poland, Rijeka and Shanghai.
It has orders on its books worth NOK 175 million.