Vestdavit wins contract to supply six Australian Navy patrol boats

Vestdavit wins contract to supply six Australian Navy patrol boats
Leading davit supplier Vestdavit has secured an agreement with Austal Australia to deliver twelve boat launch-and-recovery systems for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The marine davits will be installed on six new Cape-class patrol boats (CCPBs), under construction for the Navy at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

Joining the combined RAN and Australian Border Force fleet of 10 CCPBs, the cutting-edge vessels will enhance Australia’s border protection capabilities, supporting a wide range of security missions at a critical time for the country. They will feature Vestdavit’s PLAR-6501 single-point telescopic davit, an upgrade on the PLAR-6500 deployed on the existing patrol boats and a higher-capacity cousin of the PLAR-4501 delivered to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard earlier this year.

The PLAR-6501, like the 4501, has been designed according to new standard DNVGL-ST-0498 for safer and more efficient boat handling. In addition to minimising weight, the PLAR 6501’s aluminium structure protects against corrosion; a fatigue analysis carried out during the DNV GL certification process indicates an extended lifespan.

“The 6501 is the latest and highest-capacity PLAR model to conform to DNV GL standards, making it part of a new generation of A-frame davit,” explains Vestdavit Sales and Business Development Director Bjørnar Dahle. “It is light, compact and robust, offering unparalleled performance without affecting the stability and manoeuvrability of vessels. It is therefore the ideal boat-handling system for the varied and challenging operations of navies and coast guards.”

The new davit system – designed for the launch and recovery of man-overboard and fast-rescue craft – comes equipped with dynamic shock absorber and hydraulic boat-guiding arms to ensure the safety of crew above sea state 4.

For Vestdavit, this is the most recent in a series of agreements to supply international naval organisations. This year alone, the Bergen-based company has delivered its boat-handling systems to the United States Navy, the Royal Navy and the French Navy, as well as to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard.

“2020 has been a particularly busy year for us in terms of our involvement with naval organisations,” says Dahle. “With governments investing heavily in border protection, Vestdavit’s technology, manufacturing quality and service support is persuading navies to opt for our premium-grade davits, but we also need to acknowledge Austal for its ongoing cooperation. Over the years, we have delivered more than 60 davits to Austal yards, and there is no doubt that this long-standing relationship has been a key factor in our continuing success in the naval segment.”

For more information: Bjørnar Dahle, Sales and Business Development Director, Ph. +47 452 19573, email: bjornar.dahle@vestdavit.no or Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Ph. +47 994 64862, email: rwigand@vestdavit.no

Vestdavit to deliver advanced boat-handling systems to U.S. Navy

Vestdavit Inc., the US operation set up by industry-leading davit supplier Vestdavit, has won a contract to deliver boat launch-and-recovery systems to two Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessels belonging to the United States Navy. Currently under construction by global shipbuilder Austal at its yard in Mobile, Alabama, the EPFs will assist the Navy’s military and humanitarian efforts worldwide.

Vestdavit will supply a 2TDB-7000 davit system to each of EPF 13 and EPF 14, the latest vessels to be commissioned as part of the US Navy’s EPF program. With EPF 13 due for delivery in late 2021, both ships will be deployed in the high-speed, intra-theatre transport of personnel and supplies as well as military vehicles and equipment.

“When they join the US Navy’s EPF fleet, these two vessels will be facing unpredictable and potentially very challenging conditions,” states Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand. “Because of this, they require flexible, high-performance marine davits that can keep up with their fast-paced and dynamic operations. As our most sophisticated dual-point system yet, the 2TDB-7000 meets all of these criteria and more.”

Wigand explains that the hydraulically operated 2TDB-7000 davit will enable the safe launch and recovery of 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats in conditions up to sea state 6 and at 10 knots. The system is specifically designed for flexibility, he says, and features a painter boom, a wire hauler, shock absorbers and dual independent winches with constant-tension, controlled by PLC. It is made of robust steel, with an aluminum foundation frame minimizing overall weight.

Vestdavit’s selection to provide boat-handling systems for EPFs 13 and 14 reaffirms its standing as the preferred davit supplier of international navies and coast guards. In addition to signing agreements with the Royal Navy, the French Navy and the Royal Australian Navy in 2020, the Bergen-based company recently won a contract to supply davits to two Expeditionary Sea Base ships for the US Navy.

The latest deal also reinforces what is already a strong relationship between Vestdavit and Austal. Over the course of their long-standing association, Vestdavit has provided Austal Australia with over 60 davit systems for deployment on a variety of ships.

“2020 is proving to be a big year for investments in security and defense forces around the world, and we are honored to have been chosen to supply the US Navy’s forthcoming Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels,” says Magnus Oding, General Manager, Vestdavit Inc. “Our credentials and portfolio are speaking for themselves but we would also like to acknowledge our continuing exceptionally good relationship with the world’s largest navy, as well as the insights offered by Austal in serving its needs on this occasion in particular.”

 

For further information, contactRolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Vestdavit AS, ph. +47 99 46 48 62, email: rolf.andreas.wigand@vestdavit.no  or Magnus Oding, General Manager, Vestdavit Inc., ph. +1 425 501 5936, email: magnus.oding@vestdavitus.com