Vestdavit agrees dive boat cooperation with Hukkelberg

A new cooperation with specialized diving boat manufacturer Hukkelberg Boats brings together two like-minded companies renowned for innovation, in an informal partnership that both believe will generate new business opportunities.

The new associates aim to work together in forthcoming projects involving dive-boats, ROVs, wind turbine support vessels and crew transfer boats, with each recommending the products of the other.

Vestdavit Sales and Business Development Director Bjørnar Dahle says that established PLR-12000 and PAP-15000 davits provide the focus for the new agreement. The proven performance of these davits in the demanding seismic and windfarm vessel sectors should prove persuasive for new clients in the dive boat sector, where safe and reliable operations are no less critical, he says.

Opportunities in the offshore market are resurfacing after a long dry spell, according to Hukkelberg Boats sales manager Kenneth Dale. “Our boats are very well known, especially in the oil market, but there is significant potential from other sectors, such as the aquaculture industry and wind turbine markets. We look forward to working with Vestdavit in an exciting initiative for both companies.”

“The offshore market is changing,” adds Bjørnar Dahle. “We are seeing new requirements in the North Sea, for example, as new technology unlocks the potential for more subsea operations. Dive boats and ROVs are increasingly becoming tools of choice for maintenance activities.”

As companies of around the same size and with the same philosophy when it comes to design innovation and product performance, Vestdavit and Hukkelberg make a formidable team, he says.

 

The new pairing made its presence felt at the Offshore Technology Days, Stavanger in mid-October, where Hukkelberg customer SubseaPartner exhibited a state-of-the-art light dive boat, held in place by a davit from Vestdavit. The outdoor exhibit drew a stream of visitors, according to Dahle.

PLAR-4000 plays role in NZ seamanship excellence

Load testing was completed at the end of October in Ruakaka on the PLAR-4000 davit from Vestdavit that will grace the New Zealand Navy training centre at their Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, which is due to begin full operations in 2018.

The Auckland facility is a major commitment to the Navy’s ‘Reclaiming seamanship excellence’ initiative that includes land-based training facilities, and a new 45m long pontoon featuring a range of equipment to educate trainees in the arts of deck handling.

“The PLAR davit concerned has been especially adapted to replicate launching and retrieval of boats on both port and starboard sides of a ship” says Alasdair Morrison, New Zealand Manager for Vestdavit representative agency and partner Antelope Engineering. “The tests went very well, and we were delighted to welcome a Navy delegation, the members of which were keen to see the boarding arrangements with the boat facing each way.”

The relationship between Vestdavit and Australian-headquartered Antelope Engineering extends back to 2000, since when its New Zealand operation has overseen the supply of 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels. Antelope Engineering also takes responsibility for the Navy’s requirement for annual inspections to be carried out.

The satisfactory nature of arrangements is demonstrated by the fact that new NZ Navy fleet replenishment tanker Aotearoa, under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and due for delivery in 2019, will also feature twin PLR-4000 davits from Vestdavit.

 

Delivery of first davits to Sri Lanka Navy

The hand-over of SLNS Sayurala, the first of a new pair of 105m length Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) for the Sri Lankan navy built by Goa Shipyard in July, was a cause for major celebration at Vestdavit. We are delivering two PL-3600R davits per ship, each with a Safe working load of 4 tons to handle the Norsafe MOB boats on board.

Once in service, the AOPV is expected to carry out patrols, policing, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and pollution control missions in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, operating at speeds of up to 26 kn.

“This has been a prestigious project involving the largest OPV ever delivered to the Sri Lankan navy,” says Sven Wågsæther, Area Sales Manager for India. “Following a thorough bidding and selection process, Vestdavit contracted with Goa Shipyard in late 2016.” Goa Shipyard can currently claim largest exporting shipyard status in India.

The PL-3600R davit is equipped with shock absorbers, wire hauler, a self-tension system and limit switch. The davits are operated from specially-designed control panels installed at the ship side and are capable of handling boats up to and including sea state 5.

The Sri Lankan navy chose davits from Vestdavit after their positive experience with smaller PLA-2000 davits onboard some of their smaller patrol boats, he adds. The latest project, which anticipates delivery of the second vessel in 2018, also calls for the supply of davit foundations and full installation supervision.

Olympic Commander keeps Vestdavit alongside for Med rescue mission

The deployment of Olympic Commander as Norway’s new contribution to Mediterranean patrol and rescue operations also extends the support being offered by Vestdavit to address the continuing humanitarian crisis.

The 93m length Olympic Shipping offshore supply vessel took over from Siem Pilot earlier this year to meet Norway’s commitment to the Operation Triton project. Siem Pilot picked up 34,000 migrants during its two-year tour of duty. During its first rescue mission, in July, Olympic Commander picked up 1,200 voyagers from six boats.

To meet the special duties envisaged, both vessels have been fitted with a Vestdavit PLR-3601 davit on the aft deck, used specifically to launch and retrieve two special forces’ Fast Rescue Craft that assist refugees to safety.

Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand says, “We are proud to continue playing a role in this important humanitarian mission. Our davit is a significant asset when it comes to the operation of saving refugees, and our participation brings a deeper meaning to our ‘Safe boat handling for life’ slogan; it reminds our team that we are more than simply a maritime equipment supplier.”

The davit is in daily use, and its performance and durability are critical to the overall rescue operation. Key features maximizing the operational window include the Vestdavit failsafe self-tension system and the hydraulic shock absorber, enabling the boat’s launch and retrieval in up to sea state 4.

New After Sales Director on-board

Vestdavit is strengthening its after sales team and has hired Henric Collvin as After Sales Director to provide a lead. With a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Chalmers University of Technology Henric joins us from a previous position as Tender Project Manager for Technip FMC, which puts him in a very good position to understand customer expectations.

Henric will take responsibility for building up strong, long-term customer relations and increase Vestdavit’s competitiveness through ensuring our after sales services meet best practice standards.

Today, Vestdavit’ s after sales team is a 10-man strong unit that includes service technicians, spare parts sales personnel and support staff. Henric will also manage our global network of service partners and establish further partners as required by our customers.

Please contact Henric for any enquiry regarding service agreements or other after sales matters.

Upcoming exhibitions

Vestdavit will exhibit at the Work Boat Show in New Orleans and at Marintec in Shanghai, both of which events take place late November and early in December, and both of which are key events in the Vestdavit calendar. Please accept an open invitation to come and see us at the Vestdavit booth if you are visiting either of these trade shows. Stand no. at Workboat show is 1349.