First PLD-4000 for Mauritius

Vestdavit’s strong presence in France now extends to the French overseas department of Réunion, following a davit delivery to the authorities patrolling, surveying and managing lighthouse and beacons on and around the Indian Ocean island.

The Mauritian project also involves the first delivery of a PLD-4000, a 4-ton version of the latest ‘docking davit’ from Vestdavit. PLD-type davits have been specially designed to work onboard ships undertaking interception missions, and the PLD-4000 is equipped with a lightweight docking head, an anti-pendulation device and guiding arms for complete control of the boat being handled. The compact, A-frame PLD-4000 davit is a smaller variant of models capable of 5,000 kg and 6,000 kg SWL.

The new unit has been installed on board an existing ship which is being repurposed in Mauritius at the French-owned Chantier Naval de l’Océan Indien yard (CNOI)  for missions that need davits capable of enabling interventions in high sea states. This davit type comes complete with an integrated shock absorber to reduce peak loads and ensure smoother launch and recovery. It is also equipped with Vestdavit`s unique constant tension system, while the winch achieves standard hoisting/lowering speeds of 36 m/min to allow operations up to sea state 4.

The shipyard has expressed its appreciation for the support offered by Vestdavit during the project and for the ease with which it has been possible to install an advanced davit as part of the refit.

For further information, please contact: Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager, tel: +47 90 999 89 71,

Royal Navy returns to Vestdavit for patrol ship refits

The strength of Vestdavit’s relations with the Royal Navy was recently confirmed by an order for four PLR-5000 davits, as preferred supplier of launch and recovery  for the oldest squadron in the Royal Navy – the Fishery Protection Squadron.

Vestdavit has won the order to supply four PLR-5000 marine davits for the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron vessels HMS Severn and HMS Tyne, to keep the refitted ‘Batch 1’ River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels running into the far future.

Severn and Tyne typically spend 320 days a year in service, patrolling 80,000 square miles of sea up to 200 miles from the UK coastline, and on average conducting between two and four boardings per day. This makes davit systems not only essential components in the ability of these ships to conduct their missions, but their most important ‘weapons systems’.

The PLR-5000 davits allow the OPVs to carry, launch and recover the Royal Navy’s Pacific 24 RHIB which is significantly larger and more capable than the old Pacific 22 it replaced.

The deal covering the Batch 1 vessels is an especially sweet success for Vestdavit UK Area Sales Manager, William Goodall, who sailed on Tyne during his Royal Navy career and conducted boardings from the 80m length vessel.

UK yard BAE System is already part way through building five new ‘Batch 2’ River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the UK’s Ministry of Defence, with the first two vessels already delivered. All five of these ships will feature davit systems from Vestdavit, as we continue to consolidate our relationship with this very important customer.

For more information, please contact William Goodall, Vestdavit UK Area Sales Manager, Tel: +47 46 89 56 39, e-mail:

For more about Vestdavit’s work with the Royal Navy, see HERE:


Optimal multi davit for tomorrow and today

Vestdavit is introducing a new and flexible davit system that is optimized for multi-boat handling duties, with performance levels that will be of interest for the mission ships of the future and those in-service today.

Using proven technology, the 2TDB-7000 davit system will offer single and dual point boat handling capability to ships that need to launch several boats over a short period, even in high seas. The high-efficiency unit is entirely compatible for use with the Vestdavit MissionEase system but is also ideal for refits where mission bays are not an option: the system can also be mounted  on open decks that feature an extra foundation frame.

Specifically designed for flexibility, the 2TDB-7000 features dual point sliding booms, adjustable boat cradle and hook distance capability. The system is  controlled with ease by a single operator and can handle RHIBS, USVs, AUVs, 11m length Navy RIBS and work boats of up to 14 tons, and also leisure craft (Jet skis, kayaks, etc.). It is constructed in weight-efficient high tensile steel and is fully available for work even beyond sea state 5.

Safe boat handling is further ensured by a painter system automatically controlled by davit swing/winch movements, which allows the operator to concentrate on boat movements assured of  the painter’s correct outreach and tension in all boat positions.

The 2TDB-7000 includes a dual winch system with independent, synchronized  control, with each winch featuring a constant tension system for wave compensation and PLC ‘downstop’ to prevent overtravel. Other features that enhance both safety and efficiency include self-levelling capability for boats/hooks in both directions, independent shock absorbers and an integral ‘anti two block’ system to prevent hook blocks from coming into contact with booms.

For more information, please contact: Atle Kalve, Development Director/Naval Architect +47 90 89 39 39, email:

Adding to the talent pool

Vestdavit has made some significant new hires in the first part of 2019, adding to its talent base in customer relations, project management and after sales in support of its continuing strategy to strengthen and grow davits business worldwide.

New Vestdavit Area Sales Manager, Tomas Crespo, brings more than 25 year of experience to his role, where main responsibilities will focus on Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Poland and South Korea. With deep understanding of international sales and business development, Tomas has worked both for small independent and multinational companies in the Oil & Gas, telecoms and maritime markets, developing close relations with agents and end customers worldwide.

Also new to the company are Project Engineers Alexsander Nesse and Karthikeyan (Karthi) Sankaravadivel. Karthi, who holds a BSc in Engineering Technology, brings experience from the mining, mineral processing, oil & gas and marine sectors, including skills developed as a Hydraulic System Engineer with Epiroc-Atlas Copco. Alexsander holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, augmented by two years of experience as mechanical engineer at TTS Offshore Handling Equipment.

Vestdavit’s continuing investment in its service organization is also clear, following the appointment of new Service Manager, Knut Richard Føre. Knut brings nine years of worldwide service engineering experience to the role, as well as a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Also joining the team is Service Engineer Kristian Revne, who has an 18-year track record in offshore and maritime, including significant experience in deck machinery, subsea cranes and drilling equipment.

To find out more about opportunities to work with Vestdavit, please see our web pages for open positions.

Vestdavit – upcoming exhibitions

4-7 June: Vestdavit will be an exhibitor at Nor-Shipping 2019, Norway’s premier maritime event, which attracts stakeholders from all over the world to the Oslo  conference and exhibition centre on a biennial basis. Join us at  Stand no C05-46, to hear about latest developments across Vestdavit’s safe boat handling davit portfolio.

11-13 June: Vestdavit will also be exhibiting at Seawork 2019, the UK conference and exhibition now in its 21st year, taking place at the Mayflower Park venue in Southampton, SO14 2AQ. Visit us at Stand no. PG101, as part of the self-styled ‘one stop shop’ for buyers in the commercial marine and workboat markets.

For latest news on Vestdavit’s conference, exhibition and show activities, follow Vestdavit on Linkedin.

Training advance with Vestdavit VR

The rapid advance of Virtual Reality from gaming and marketing applications has seen the technology establish itself as a key tool in design and personnel training. Today, computer-generated, 3D representations of the physical world offer immersive experiences, allowing the user to engage fully in training across multiple scenarios and challenges, without visiting a training centre.

Vestdavit has always placed high priority on end-user training, where davit system performance enhancements have created ever-rising expectations for ship and boat crew safety alike. For this reason, Vestdavit has developed its own Virtual Reality training solution that uses software developed together with Mount Visual in Bergen, an authentic remote control unit and VR goggles to simulate what it is like to operate our davits in real life. The desktop PC-compatible package fits into a container no larger than a suitcase.

Vestdavit Virtual Reality allows the user to overcome limitations that usually apply in real life training, so that crews can experience in a virtual way what it is like to operate the owner’s davit systems and their handling responsiveness in all kinds of weather. Crew can practice on- and offloading of a fast response craft (FRC) or workboat at no risk and practice operating the ‘constant tension control’ from Vestdavit, used to recover boats safely and efficiently in heavy weather situations.

Vestdavit VR can simulate handling boats using anything from a small single point davit with an SWL of 2000 kg to a highly advanced Dual Telescopic Davit System with SWL of up to 40,000 kg. Both the mother vessel and the boats being handled can be rendered in  detail form, while settings can also be adjusted from calm seas to stormy weather and adapted to incorporate features such as painter line operations, etc.

By subscribing to Vestdavit’s new Training Portal, updates to our VR software can be downloaded, while the program can also be expanded to build in scenarios requested by customers themselves. Furthermore, instructors who have successfully passed Vestdavit’s existing training course are qualified to give instruction using Vestdavit VR.

For more information about Vestdavit VR, please contact: Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, +47 479 11 559,

We`re moving!

The 28th June, Vestdavit will be moving its head offices to new premises that better fit our current and future needs. Our new premises are located at Floor 4, Damsgårdsveien 125, 5160 Laksevåg, Bergen, very close to our existing head office and all contact details will remain unchanged. Thank you for your understanding if there is any disruption during our move.