MissionEase chosen for Nexans cable layer

Vestdavit has secured a major breakthrough for its MissionEase multi-boat handling system for mission bays, after winning the contract to equip the Nexans flag ship cable layer Nexans Aurora.

The high-end Nexans cable laying vessel (CLV) has been designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund and will be constructed by Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft. At 149.9m in length, 31 m width and with capacity to accommodate 90 personnel, she will perform power cable laying, cable system protection and trenching, and be capable of high maneuverability and DP3 station-keeping capabilities.

Rather than using overhead cranes within the mission bay, MissionEase works on a system of hydraulic cradles which move boats safely from their stowage positions to maintenance, preparation, or launch areas.

This complete MissionEase system order, which davits installed either side of the mission bay, deck-mounted transfer rails and the unique cradle mechanism to handle multiple boats, follows on from a previous contract to supply a variant of the solution to Esvagt. Its selection by Nexans is truly significant, given that this vessel has been designed specifically to operate in rough conditions.

The full-size Vestdavit MissionEase system will be able to handle several workboats/tug boats for launch from or recovery to either side of the ship, with one operator using a remote control to launch and recover the mission boat, including all on-deck handling.

The davits to be used in combination with MissionEase are Vestdavit’s compact and reliable Telescopic TDB-5000 units, which are often chosen by Coastguards, Navies and offshore operators when space, as well as performance, is key. The TDB-5000 is also equipped with a range of safety features such as shock absorbers, constant tension, remote control and wire puller.

In addition to the MissionEase system, Vestdavit is also delivering two H-9000 davits capable of handling a pair of Fassmer SLT 8.5 life/tender boats within the terms of the contract.

For further information, please contact: Martin S. Hansen, Area Sales Manager +47 400 73 247, martin.hansen@vestdavit.no

Training program gets ‘hands-on’

Vestdavit has developed a new and scalable training program that can be adapted to fit the requirements of any course participant, including davit operators, ship crews, ship technicians and service partner technicians.

The new easy-to-follow training program and its supporting documentation have been devised by our skilled pool of instructors, whose knowledge and experience covers all aspects of the davit system. Based on their expertise, course modules have been customized to focus on the specific competencies required by the different parties engaging with davits in service.

Building on a comprehensive framework of classroom-based instruction, the new program has been developed to exploit the expansion of Vestdavit’s training facility close to its Bergen office, which will soon feature a new A-frame to support practical sessions offered within the program. With a davit available at all times, practical training sessions will focus on ‘hands-on’ experience to make sure that  participants feel comfortable when using and maintaining the davit system.

Vestdavit has also developed training modules that are tailormade for specific davits, which will be particularly useful for clients requiring specialized skills and certification, such as navies and coastguards. Instruction can be given on board using the customer’s own equipment.

Find out more about your customized training offering!

For further details, please contact: Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Tel +47 47 91 15 59, henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

Made to measure for US customers

Vestdavit has been delivering davits to customers in the U.S. since the early 1990s, but the start-up of a U.S. subsidiary in September 2017 recognizes the fact that North America has become our biggest single market.

Establishing Vestdavit, Inc., based in Seattle, represents a new strategic commitment in support of our longstanding U.S. customer base, where our davits have found particular favour with Government agencies such as the US Navy, US Coast Guard and NOAA. It also demonstrates our confidence in new market opportunities.

We see great potential for additional business from existing clients and believe that our innovative solutions put us in a strong position to bid on projects in the reawakening offshore market.

There are also some interesting niche segments emerging in the US, such as the market for expedition cruising and Vestdavit Inc. recently commissioned two telescopic davit systems for rescue boats for Lindblad Cruises’ newest vessel, National Geographic Venture. This ship will explore remote areas in the arctic and, when it comes to the wonders of nature, the rescue boats will be instrumental in bringing guests closer to the action.

For more information on Vestdavit’s U.S. capabilities, contact: Magnus Oding, General Manager, +1 425 501 5936, magnus.oding@vestdavitus.com

Adding strength in depth

Two significant new hires have been made, each of which in its own way will strengthen both Vestdavit as a company and its interactions with its clients.

As far as our customer-facing team is concerned, William Goodall joins us following his appointment as Area Sales Manager with responsibility for the UK, India and Middle East markets. William has a background in the Royal Navy (UK), where he served eight years as an officer, which is likely to prove invaluable in building and maintaining relationships with some of our key customers.

It is also a pleasure to welcome Torbjørn Jensen as he joins Vestdavit as new CFO. Torbjørn holds an MBA and has a strong track record working in accounting and finance positions across a number of international businesses and will take responsibility for all aspects of the company’s finances and reporting.

Torbjørn

Vestdavit Tow Winch : TW-4150

A distinguishing feature of the Vestdavit range of boat-handling solutions, and one of the reasons for our continuing success as a davit supplier, is the emphasis we place on safe handling across a variety of ship speeds – whatever the sea state.

Exemplary is the thinking behind the electrically-powered TW-4150 tow winch, which is capable of handling loads of up to 1,500kg at speeds ranging between 0-30m/min, or heavier loads of up to 4,150kg with variable speed 0-12m/min. With key components housed in stainless steel electrical control cabinet, the TW-4150 also features a stainless steel operator control box and joystick and is Shock-Approved according to Mil-S-901D standards.

At Vestdavit, we design and engineer our own winches, and believe that specifying all components to our exacting standards has proved one of the main reasons why we have become the leading supplier of high-performance davits. All of our lifting and lowering winches meet and exceed safety and performance requirements set out by SOLAS, and most are Med-B certified by DNV-GL for man-riding, and we set the same performance standards for our towing winches.

Among an array of features distinguishing the TW-4150 is its Absolute Encoder, which enables automatic slow down near the end-stop position and its stop function. Also highly valued by clients is the Vestdavit torque-controlled slip function, which protects against winch overloading. The incorporation of advanced PLC  capability also means that more functions can be added according to customer needs.

For further information, please contact: per.christian.mogster@vestdavit.no

Exhibition in New Orleans

Vestdavit will attend the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans 28-30 November 2018.

Please visit us at stand #1348. We are ready to talk to you.
Come and try our new VR simulator.

New service partner in South Africa

To strengthen our local presence, Vestdavit AS has been going through an evaluation phase for the last months to appoint a preferred service partner in South Africa. We have signed an agreement with Novamarine, which as of October 1st is a division of Sturrock Grindrod. This service partner, we believe, will serve as a very good partner in South Africa with workshop, warehouse and technicians with the needed expertise. The partnership is active from October 2018.

For contact with Novamarine please contact: Susan Meldrum, Operations Manager, tel. +27 82 900 4659, email: nmservice@novamarine.co.za