Five-year service for PAPH-10000


The revolutionary SWATH Wandelaar, designed and built by Abeking & Rasmussen for the Belgian Pilots, is a special vessel for Vestdavit, featuring two of our ground-breaking PAPH-10000 davits. The vessel, operated by Flemish Government subsidiary Vloot, has just completed its first five-year inspection and maintenance overhaul in a 12-day drydocking followed by sea trials in Dunkirk.

Lead Vloot superintendent Benoît Versavel took time out to praise the service offered by our engineers as part of the load tests, safety tests and general overhaul of the PAPH-10000 davits he describes as “reliable workhorses”. “Overall I am really pleased,” he says. “The technicians are friendly, but very professional and perform excellent work.”

The PAPH-10000 provides something of a model for product development here at Vestdavit, which is perhaps why servicing units in service brings the best out of our service technicians. Its conception can be traced to a single phone call from A&R. “We have a client with a special need,” we were told.

The ‘client’ turned out to be the organization representing the pilots who operate along the Elbe, whose high expectations stretched our best designers and Naval Architect, while also requiring willingness to engage fully with A&R project management, pilot management and crew.

The result was, and still is, the most advanced davit we have ever made – the PAPH type, single point davit for MOB and FRDCs, characterized by its compact design and its Anti-Pendulation Device. The PAPH-10000 is PLC computer controlled with preprogrammed sequences for launching and recovering the boat.  This enables the capability for multiple embarkation positions. The two davits on board Wandelaar are used for as many as 7,000 operations yearly, transferring pilots to and from ships outside the port of Antwerp. The vessel plays a key role keeping ship traffic running in this busy port.

To find out more about the Vestdavit service network, contact Service Manager, Kristian Moss. E mail: