New decade brings safer davit service requirements


New requirements for certified equipment maintenance have come into force which must be satisfied by the davits installed on board every ship at sea. When 2030 rolls around, end of decade shipping quizzes will doubtless feature a question on the impact of greener marine fuels from January 1, 2020 but seafarers at the sharp end […]


Class will follow the Vestdavit standard

A new voluntary certification standard covering the davits used to launch and recover workboats and tenders is in its final review with DNV GL. For Vestdavit, the new standard promises not only clarity on davit performance, but recommendations…

Docking head advantages seen and believed

As an aid to boat launch and recovery the davit docking head remains innovative and, with its triaxial anti-pendulation device and compact design, the head used for Vestdavit’s latest PAPH-type, single point davit for fast rescue daughter…

Adventures with MissionEase

If cruise ship orders have been the icing covering an otherwise uninspiring orderbook cake, then expedition ship orders have surely been the cherry on top. More than 20 ‘adventure’ cruise ships or yachts were reckoned to be on order at the…
Hook in boat

Safety first with hook-in-boat

Boat launches and recoveries in high sea states are among the most dangerous activities a boat’s crew are likely to encounter. Any of a nervous disposition will feel no more confident knowing that the entire davit weight relies on the performance…

Of UPS and HPUs

The hydraulic power unit (HPU) used with a davit system can feature separate or integrated power packs, while electric motors can be mounted as standard on top of the tank, or ‘submerged’ inside. In either case, the preferred solution represents…

Comfort and constant tension

The perpetually changing sea has often brought the best out of poets, but its constant motion is of more than romantic interest. For their own safety, seafarers must move beyond SOLAS and learn to work with the elements day by day, rather than…
Training I

On site training possibilities for davit operators

Hands-on, quality training in both davit operations and maintenance are important for the safety and longevity of your davit system and crew. Did you know that Vestdavit can come to you and complete training on your location? Bergen is…
Kystvaken PLR-5002

Norwegian Coastguard retrofits single-point davits for enhanced safety

The Norwegian Coastguard just raised its standard by retrofitting six single-point davits to its Nordkapp-class vessels, not just to enhance safety, but also for more efficient use of space aboard its compact vessels. Norway’s reputation…
Shock Aborbers

US Coast Guard converts to hydraulic shock absorbers

Roaming the seas without shock absorbers can be a rocky affair. The US Coast Guard has now been convinced by the Vestdavit standard, and are fitting their davit systems with hydraulic shock absorbers for essential crew safety at sea. A…