Singapore service partner in focus

Among the key pillars supporting Vestdavit’s growth and success are our service partner relationships, where priorities focus on ensuring OEM-spare parts supply and high quality training for the engineering professionals we entrust with servicing our davits.

In fact, our service partners are vital to our global coverage and our ability to serve fleets on the move. Therefore, it seems fair to offer an insight into specific efforts that are helping Vestdavit to reach farther into new and existing markets, and to sustain the customer relations which ultimately measure our success.

Exemplary has been our developing links with service specialists Global Hydraulics in Singapore, with whom we have a longstanding relations that, last year, were formalized in a new ‘direct’ Authorized Service Partner arrangement.

With modern facilities in an accessible location, Global Hydraulics Pte Ltd (GHPL) has established itself as a well-known service partner for hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and mechanical needs across the Marine, Offshore, Industrial and Civil Engineering sectors since opening its doors in 2008. Today, GHPL’s integrated office and workshop covers an area of 54,000sq ft, with cranes available to lift loads ranging between 5-32 tons and featuring its own test rig.

Vestdavit is delighted to be working with the team of over 35 trained professionals that is now in place to ensure that projects are completed to expectations, on time and within budget, and with a company that is API Spec Q2 and BizSafe Star certified.

These certifications are testament to GHPL’s efforts to ensure that its services meet quality standards and adhere to safe work practices. Furthermore, we can add that its highly experienced team include service engineers fully trained by Vestdavit, in this case at our training facility in Norway, which Vestdavit sees as essential for recommending their services to our customers.

For more information please contact: henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

HNC-11000 picked for 2-in-1 Navy role

Well known for resilience and reliability in operation, Vestdavit’s H-frame davits have made a fresh impression, after design refinements to the HNC-11000 unit result in the adoption of the ‘2-in-1’ (single and dual point) davit solution  on board the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Manawanui.

HMNZS Manawanui is a multi-role offshore support vessel which has been converted for the Royal New Zealand Navy to replace two decommissioned vessels – the hydrographic survey ship Resolution and the diving support vessel Manawanui. The 85m length vessel, formerly Edda Fonn, was identified as the right candidate after defence officials reviewed 150 vessels for their suitability for the diving and hydrographic systems required by the Navy.

The HNC-11000 user needs only to flick a switch to decide whether HNC-11000 operation is in dual point mode, to handle large workboats of up to 11 tonnes in weight in conditions up to sea state 5, or in single-point mode to handle 5T MOB Fast Rescue Craft.

The basic H-frame design has not been changed, after proving itself through hundreds of installations over many years of operation in the harshest of marine conditions across a range of davits renowned for low maintenance requirements. However, the HNC-11000 davit can launch and recover a boat from its stowed position without the removal of any stowage components once in operation, with the deployment movement taking less than two minutes. All operations are performed by a single operator, using a remote-control unit.

Like other davits from Vestdavit, the HNC-11000 is delivered with shock absorbers, wire pullers and end stops, while a constant tension system (wave motion compensation) is also included to ensure safe handling when retrieving a boat from the sea.

The HNC davit is computer controlled and synchronizes its different components (winches, cylinders, wave compensation) to allow quick and safe operation in high sea states, also limiting performance to avoid human error, when winches will need to be operated manually. The unit also features hydraulic boat guiding arms, while all fittings and hose couplings are made of stainless steel.

For more information please contact: bjornar.dahle@vestdavit.no

 

 

Vestdavit chosen for the Polar generation

An order to supply the davits for three new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels represents a commercial highlight for this or any other year, but Vestdavit’s latest contract calls not only for an additional deck-mounted transfer system for rapid deployment but for systems   equipped for polar conditions.

Vard Group is currently part-way through the P6615 project to replace the Norwegian Cost Guard’s Nordkapp-class ships with a new generation of search-and-rescue, surveillance, and oil recovery vessels. The 136m length newbuildings have been developed for worldwide operations including arctic areas and will feature ice-strengthened hulls and ice-class notation on their delivery from Vard Langsten, Norway, one apiece in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

The continuing surge in expedition cruise activity and the movement of fishing fleets farther north are combining to heighten both the SAR and surveillance commitments of the Coast Guard in Arctic waters, where fast and reliable davit operations remain critical mission requirements.

Each of the three vessels will come complete with one telescopic TBD-10000L davit system  plus two PLR-5003KV units, winterized for full functionality in temperatures as low as -25deg C, as required in the Polar Code. They will also be built to Vestdavit standards for minimum availability of 330 days a year up to upper Sea State 5, based on actual North Sea conditions 1958-2018.

Project specifications include a dynamic shock absorber system, Vestdavit’s constant tension wave-compensating solution and hydraulic boat-guiding arms. In addition, the Coast Guard has specified a wagon-based boat transfer system operating on deck-mounted rails that draws on the same power unit as the TDB- 10000L. With a pair of wagons/cradles, the solution includes elements of our patent-protected MissionEase multi-boat transfer system  and can present two boats to the davit in quick succession for rapid deployment.

The complete order also includes a 3/5 ton telescopic painter boom to run parallel to the ship and pick up the painter line to keep auxiliary boats at a safe distance to the ship’s side, controlled from the boat launching operators station.

For more information please contact: martin.hansen@vestdavit.no

A new davit for the New Age

-By William Goodall

I have been a member of the team at Vestdavit for less than a year. During that time, I have come to realize that the word that most accurately sums up our approach is innovation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our PLD series of davits which, in under 12 months, developed from fully developed concept to become an integral part of our catalogue.

Vestdavit has long been a pioneer in docking head technology, having developed several variants of our PAP system over the years. The PAP system remains one of our most advanced designs but it commands a premium price tag as the docking head system is integrated directly into the system, putting it out of reach financially for several ambitious and growing navies, particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region.

During the 2010s, in researching the region, Vestdavit astutely identified the need for a cheaper, modular and robust system that included a docking head. And so, the PLD series was born.

In 2016, Vestdavit’s engineering team set to work designing the next generation of cost-effective units. Three designs were tried out before we finally settled on today’s masterpiece. Unlike the PAP series, the PLD has an independent docking head, which allows the customer to remove it should they so wish.

The PLD was conceived as a modular davit so that features could be added or removed with ease at the design stage in line with the duties envisaged by the customer, maximizing flexibility both in terms of the operational requirement and cost. One example is the unit’s keel supports, which are easy to remove and upgrade, while having hydraulic parts close to the deck level makes maintenance easier and cheaper.

The benefits of the modular approach are already being felt across the market. Vestdavit has now tested and supplied three variants (SWL from 4 to 6 tons) of the PLD davit to Asia-Pacific customers – the PLD-4000, PLD-5000 and PLD-6000 – with several more variants under development. The next challenge will be to construct the docking head from aluminium, reducing overall system weight by up to 700kg.

 

Vestdavit’s engineering team took particular pride on receiving pictures of the PLD davit in operation from Mauritius, with the efforts made at the design, manufacturing and installation stages coming together in a unit in service that is more than fit for purpose.

Upcoming exhibitions

3-6 December: Vestdavit is bound for Shanghai in December to take part in MARINTEC 2019, the largest commercial maritime event of 2019. Staged in conjunction with the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SSNAME), Marintec China attracts some 65,000 visitors to pass through the doors of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. We can be found at Stand no. N1B3Z-02, alongside our business partner Nor-Marine.

4-6 December: In the same week, Vestdavit’s US team will be exhibiting at the International WorkBoat Show 2019, New Orleans, the conference and expo staged at the Morial Convention Center for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders, and the vendors and suppliers that serve them. Drop by at Stand no 2054 to find out what Vestdavit has to offer.

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New Employees

Responding to our expanding U.S. market presence, staff numbers at Vestdavit Inc. continue to grow, and we were delighted to welcome Paul Basta as Service Technician, who joined our After Sales team in June 2019, Based in Edmonds, WA, 15 miles north of Seattle. Paul’s appointment reflects our expanding U.S. market presence, in support of quicker response times for inspections, installations and service calls on our davits.

He brings considerable experience as a field technician to Vestdavit, including a number of years servicing hydraulic and electric launch and recovery systems on behalf of Oceaneering. Following a thorough course of training covering Vestdavit service practices, Paul is already working on ships around the country servicing our davit systems.

Magnus Hopland has joined Vestdavit as a Service Engineer, as part of our growing After Sales operation. Highly experienced in working independently in the field in direct contact with customers Magnus worked for seven years in the Hydropower sector, where he provided service engineering for large power transformers, processing plant and silicon production. He holds Apprenticeship Certification as an Industrial Mechanic, augmented by two years of further education at technical college specializing in mechanics.

Camilla Magnussen has been appointed as Vestdavit Sales Coordinator, working within the sales department’s administration providing in-house support and assistance to the sales team . Qualified in administration and marketing, Camilla brings with her strong experience, having spent four years with OneSubsea and four years with NextGenTel in similar roles.

Jarle Hovland has joined Vestdavit’s Technical Department as a Project Engineer. With a BSC in Marine Engineering secured from Bergen University College, Jarle has previous experience in design with Kongshavn Industri and as a maintenance coordinator at Esso Norway’s Bergen terminal.