No substitute for the ‘VestWinch’

In bringing its largest ever singel point davit to market, with a 16-tonne loading capacity, Vestdavit recently showed once more how a decision taken years ago continues to pay dividends in setting itself apart from the competition.

At the heart of our latest PAP-16000 is the most powerful winch developed in-house, whose 50 m/min handling speeds offer one indication of performance characteristics that are unique to davits from Vestdavit.

Winch components are specified by Vestdavit

But our own winches, designed and engineered by Vestdavit, are at the heart of every davit we supply. In fact, we have branded our units ‘VestWinch’ to highlight that not only the design but the components are specified by Vestdavit and to distinguish our approach from suppliers who use generic winches and are therefore content to rely on performance claims made by others.

The VestWinch and its hydraulic systems provide the platform for our equipment’s performance, including our unique, failsafe self-tension system.

Fortunately, our winches are easily identifiable by the fact that Vestdavit always uses stainless steel piping, rather than less durable hosing for connection purposes. Hosing is likely to fail within five years, whereas piping will last for the lifetime of the davit. There are 25 unique VestWinches available, ranging from 1-28 tons SWL. All of them meet and exceed all safety and performance requirements set out by SOLAS, and most are Med-B certified by DNV-GL for man-riding.

At Vestdavit, our view is that the safety of those working at sea must be paramount, even if the investments we have made in enhancing the performance of our davits costs a little more. Vestdavit believes that the VestWinch provides a clear example of our willingness to invest in design, structure, performance and control of our equipment, adding value to the claims we make for the safety and reliability of our davits. It is also an investment strategy that delivers the continuous performance improvements on which we have built our reputation.

For more information on this topic please contact:

Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no

US patent confirms MissionEase originality

Securing a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for our MissionEase boat handling solution for mission bays offers a clear signal to the maritime and offshore industries that the intellectual property rights behind Vestdavit innovation are strongly protected.

MissionEase has been widely acknowledged for its originality. Added to the patent safeguard we already have in Norway and the pending application covering all EU territories, protection in the US will be decisive when navies, coastal and SAR authorities, offshore support vessel and cruise ship owners assess claims made for the solution.

Mission Bay

Mission bays allow boats and other equipment to be stored, maintained, prepared and launched safely from a protected area within the ship’s profile. MissionEase transfers RHIBS, USVs and other craft between their storage and the davit launch areas on cradles in a safer and more efficient manner, even in high seas or during a vessel listing.

Developed for simplicity and cost effectiveness, MissionEase nonetheless turns boat-handling within the mission bay ‘on its head’ by replacing overhead gantries. The solution therefore avoids the hazards of swinging loads when the ship is in motion, and time-consuming slinging/unslinging, while also lowering the ship’s centre of gravity.

Unlike previous solutions based on comparable principles, MissionEase includes a unique apparatus that allows boats moving forward along longitudinal rails to be delivered to a cradle feeding davits on either side of the bay without any rails intersecting. This patented feature means that more boats can be handled more safely and more efficiently using fewer davits.

In a market where mission ship flexibility is vital, and the expedition cruise sector is opening a new chapter in multi-boat handling, we are very proud that the original thinking that has made the MissionEase solution so compelling is now formally recognized by US patent authorities.

For more information on this topic see video or contact: Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no:

 

PLi-2000 is ready to go

A strong market position looks assured in the fishing and ferry sectors for the Vestdavit PLi-2000, the newest addition to our davit range whose delivery to shipyards with all equipment already fitted and fully shop-tested has been turning heads. The fully hydraulically-operated, single point A-frame davit is capable of a SWL of 2000kg and is designed for safe and effective handling of Man Overboard Boats (MOB).

The PLi-2000 has been designed with minimizing shipyard installation costs in mind, with work limited to connection to the ship’s electrical power source, welding the hinges to the deck and filling with hydraulic fluid before it is ready for use. Each unit can feature a shock absorber at the owner’s request, delivered with the new davit or installed at a later stage.

In all other respects, the PLi-2000’s basic design has been proven through hundreds of similar installations in the harshest of marine conditions as a robust davit capable of performing year after year with minimum maintenance. The davit meets emergency equipment requirements as set out in SOLAS regulations. Complete packages with davit and MOB boat can be provided.

For more information on this topic please contact:
Lars Jørgen Tveit, Area Sales Manager, Phone +47 91 18 73 47, lars.jorgen.tveit@vestdavit.no

After sales all-time-high

Using original spare parts remains critical to safeguarding the performance and reliability of davit systems and their components, which is why Vestdavit has made it something of a mission to make ship owners aware of the risks associated with third party spares.

When lifting personnel at sea, safety must always be the top priority and one key involves sticking faithfully to the intended maintenance and spares plan set by designers for each davit, according to Henric Collvin, Vestdavit After Sales director. Counterfeit parts have become a running sore across the marine equipment industry, but even generic spares offered as drop-in solutions for equipment in the field pose a risk.

“Third party spares can often look the same, but in most cases their performance will not have been verified as being in line with classification society certification tests,” says Collvin. “In fact, use of non-original spares will invalidate the type approval and certification of the davit.”

He says Vestdavit has therefore been gratified to mark an all-time high in its OEM spare parts sales in the first part of 2018, which demonstrates that the message is clearly getting across. “Boat crew safety must always be the top priority, and we would like to renew our invitation to customers to investigate Vestdavit’s spares parts program: our davits have designed for built-in safety, and their certified performance is based on the use of OEM parts.”

For more information on this topic please contact:

Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Phone + 47 47 91 15 59, henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

Upcoming exhibitions

The second half of 2018 includes some of the most important international events in the Vestdavit conference and exhibitions calendar, at two shows which address key market segments for our davit solutions:

ONS

Join us in Stavanger 27-30 August 2018, at one of the offshore oil industry’s leading events. The biennial conference and exhibition attracts around 65,000 visitors from around 99 countries, to an event staged across nine halls (http://www.ons.no ). Vestdavit will be available at the Pavilion for Western Norway at Stand 7170 Hall 7 – Stand 13.

SMM

Billed as the world’s number one trade fair for the maritime industry, SMM takes place 4-7 Sept 2018, as ever at the Hamburg Messe. (https://www.smm-hamburg.com/en/) Alongside its massive exhibition space, the event offers a diverse programme of workshops, symposiums and seminars, and draws industry leaders from all over the world. Visitors are welcome at the Vestdavit stand, B5 – Stand 233.

SOLUS brings flexibility to USV handling

Demand for Unmanned Surface Vehicles is growing fast but, despite the variety of USVs available, launching and recovery options from ships remain limited and inflexible. In response, Vestdavit has worked with hook specialist H. Henriksen AS, to bring the innovative SOLUS system to market, bringing USV handling in line with the most advanced boat launch and recovery operations available.

Used in combination with single and dual point davits, SOLUS includes an integrated/dual lifting hook/painter hook system for safe and easy USV launch and recovery. Patented by H. Henriksen, the solution is marketed through Vestdavit, with both companies offering through-life product support.

Approved in the first instance by DNV-GL, SOLUS makes use of standard hooks from H. Henriksen but deploys a unique spring-loaded rope drum mounted on the USV, tuned for easy connection to the fall rope via a special soft link. The result is a low weight handling system that uses the lifting drum on the USV rather than a separate ‘catcher’ (cage). As well as being far more compact, the solution is easy to operate and handle by the ship’s crew.

Fulfilling all safety requirements

Fulfilling all safety requirements set out in the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), SOLUS has been fully tested and proven in service in conditions up to sea state 4.

All davits developed by Vestdavit can be adapted for USV handling, while those already equipped to do so need no special modifications to work with SOLUS, beyond supplier recommendations that include the use of fibre ropes for lifting and soft links, rather than wire ropes. The system can also be used as part of Vestdavit’s MissionEase handling solution for mission bays and, if the davit is fitted with Vestdavit’s AUV winch, as a solution for AUV launch and recovery.

For more information on this topic please visit www.solusv.com or contact:

Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no