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No substitute for the ‘VestWinch’

In bringing its largest ever singel point davit to market, with a 16-tonne loading capacity, Vestdavit recently showed once more how a decision taken years ago continues to pay dividends in setting itself apart from the competition.

At the heart of our latest PAP-16000 is the most powerful winch developed in-house, whose 50 m/min handling speeds offer one indication of performance characteristics that are unique to davits from Vestdavit.

Winch components are specified by Vestdavit

But our own winches, designed and engineered by Vestdavit, are at the heart of every davit we supply. In fact, we have branded our units ‘VestWinch’ to highlight that not only the design but the components are specified by Vestdavit and to distinguish our approach from suppliers who use generic winches and are therefore content to rely on performance claims made by others.

The VestWinch and its hydraulic systems provide the platform for our equipment’s performance, including our unique, failsafe self-tension system.

Fortunately, our winches are easily identifiable by the fact that Vestdavit always uses stainless steel piping, rather than less durable hosing for connection purposes. Hosing is likely to fail within five years, whereas piping will last for the lifetime of the davit. There are 25 unique VestWinches available, ranging from 1-28 tons SWL. All of them meet and exceed all safety and performance requirements set out by SOLAS, and most are Med-B certified by DNV-GL for man-riding.

At Vestdavit, our view is that the safety of those working at sea must be paramount, even if the investments we have made in enhancing the performance of our davits costs a little more. Vestdavit believes that the VestWinch provides a clear example of our willingness to invest in design, structure, performance and control of our equipment, adding value to the claims we make for the safety and reliability of our davits. It is also an investment strategy that delivers the continuous performance improvements on which we have built our reputation.

For more information on this topic please contact:

Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no

US patent confirms MissionEase originality

Securing a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for our MissionEase boat handling solution for mission bays offers a clear signal to the maritime and offshore industries that the intellectual property rights behind Vestdavit innovation are strongly protected.

MissionEase has been widely acknowledged for its originality. Added to the patent safeguard we already have in Norway and the pending application covering all EU territories, protection in the US will be decisive when navies, coastal and SAR authorities, offshore support vessel and cruise ship owners assess claims made for the solution.

Mission Bay

Mission bays allow boats and other equipment to be stored, maintained, prepared and launched safely from a protected area within the ship’s profile. MissionEase transfers RHIBS, USVs and other craft between their storage and the davit launch areas on cradles in a safer and more efficient manner, even in high seas or during a vessel listing.

Developed for simplicity and cost effectiveness, MissionEase nonetheless turns boat-handling within the mission bay ‘on its head’ by replacing overhead gantries. The solution therefore avoids the hazards of swinging loads when the ship is in motion, and time-consuming slinging/unslinging, while also lowering the ship’s centre of gravity.

Unlike previous solutions based on comparable principles, MissionEase includes a unique apparatus that allows boats moving forward along longitudinal rails to be delivered to a cradle feeding davits on either side of the bay without any rails intersecting. This patented feature means that more boats can be handled more safely and more efficiently using fewer davits.

In a market where mission ship flexibility is vital, and the expedition cruise sector is opening a new chapter in multi-boat handling, we are very proud that the original thinking that has made the MissionEase solution so compelling is now formally recognized by US patent authorities.

For more information on this topic see video or contact: Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no:

 

PLi-2000 is ready to go

A strong market position looks assured in the fishing and ferry sectors for the Vestdavit PLi-2000, the newest addition to our davit range whose delivery to shipyards with all equipment already fitted and fully shop-tested has been turning heads. The fully hydraulically-operated, single point A-frame davit is capable of a SWL of 2000kg and is designed for safe and effective handling of Man Overboard Boats (MOB).

The PLi-2000 has been designed with minimizing shipyard installation costs in mind, with work limited to connection to the ship’s electrical power source, welding the hinges to the deck and filling with hydraulic fluid before it is ready for use. Each unit can feature a shock absorber at the owner’s request, delivered with the new davit or installed at a later stage.

In all other respects, the PLi-2000’s basic design has been proven through hundreds of similar installations in the harshest of marine conditions as a robust davit capable of performing year after year with minimum maintenance. The davit meets emergency equipment requirements as set out in SOLAS regulations. Complete packages with davit and MOB boat can be provided.

For more information on this topic please contact:
Lars Jørgen Tveit, Area Sales Manager, Phone +47 91 18 73 47, lars.jorgen.tveit@vestdavit.no

After sales all-time-high

Using original spare parts remains critical to safeguarding the performance and reliability of davit systems and their components, which is why Vestdavit has made it something of a mission to make ship owners aware of the risks associated with third party spares.

When lifting personnel at sea, safety must always be the top priority and one key involves sticking faithfully to the intended maintenance and spares plan set by designers for each davit, according to Henric Collvin, Vestdavit After Sales director. Counterfeit parts have become a running sore across the marine equipment industry, but even generic spares offered as drop-in solutions for equipment in the field pose a risk.

“Third party spares can often look the same, but in most cases their performance will not have been verified as being in line with classification society certification tests,” says Collvin. “In fact, use of non-original spares will invalidate the type approval and certification of the davit.”

He says Vestdavit has therefore been gratified to mark an all-time high in its OEM spare parts sales in the first part of 2018, which demonstrates that the message is clearly getting across. “Boat crew safety must always be the top priority, and we would like to renew our invitation to customers to investigate Vestdavit’s spares parts program: our davits have designed for built-in safety, and their certified performance is based on the use of OEM parts.”

For more information on this topic please contact:

Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Phone + 47 47 91 15 59, henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

Upcoming exhibitions

The second half of 2018 includes some of the most important international events in the Vestdavit conference and exhibitions calendar, at two shows which address key market segments for our davit solutions:

ONS

Join us in Stavanger 27-30 August 2018, at one of the offshore oil industry’s leading events. The biennial conference and exhibition attracts around 65,000 visitors from around 99 countries, to an event staged across nine halls (http://www.ons.no ). Vestdavit will be available at the Pavilion for Western Norway at Stand 7170 Hall 7 – Stand 13.

SMM

Billed as the world’s number one trade fair for the maritime industry, SMM takes place 4-7 Sept 2018, as ever at the Hamburg Messe. (https://www.smm-hamburg.com/en/) Alongside its massive exhibition space, the event offers a diverse programme of workshops, symposiums and seminars, and draws industry leaders from all over the world. Visitors are welcome at the Vestdavit stand, B5 – Stand 233.

SOLUS brings flexibility to USV handling

Demand for Unmanned Surface Vehicles is growing fast but, despite the variety of USVs available, launching and recovery options from ships remain limited and inflexible. In response, Vestdavit has worked with hook specialist H. Henriksen AS, to bring the innovative SOLUS system to market, bringing USV handling in line with the most advanced boat launch and recovery operations available.

Used in combination with single and dual point davits, SOLUS includes an integrated/dual lifting hook/painter hook system for safe and easy USV launch and recovery. Patented by H. Henriksen, the solution is marketed through Vestdavit, with both companies offering through-life product support.

Approved in the first instance by DNV-GL, SOLUS makes use of standard hooks from H. Henriksen but deploys a unique spring-loaded rope drum mounted on the USV, tuned for easy connection to the fall rope via a special soft link. The result is a low weight handling system that uses the lifting drum on the USV rather than a separate ‘catcher’ (cage). As well as being far more compact, the solution is easy to operate and handle by the ship’s crew.

Fulfilling all safety requirements

Fulfilling all safety requirements set out in the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), SOLUS has been fully tested and proven in service in conditions up to sea state 4.

All davits developed by Vestdavit can be adapted for USV handling, while those already equipped to do so need no special modifications to work with SOLUS, beyond supplier recommendations that include the use of fibre ropes for lifting and soft links, rather than wire ropes. The system can also be used as part of Vestdavit’s MissionEase handling solution for mission bays and, if the davit is fitted with Vestdavit’s AUV winch, as a solution for AUV launch and recovery.

For more information on this topic please visit www.solusv.com or contact:

Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939, atle.kalve@vestdavit.no

MissionEase shortlisted for prestigious Safety at Sea Award

Vestdavit is both proud and excited that its unique MissionEase boat launch and recovery system for mission bays has been shortlisted by judges at this year’s prestigious and popular Safety at Sea Awards 2018.

MissionEase has been shortlisted in the Best Safety Product of the Year (hardware) category, where the Safety at Sea panel of judges recognise products that support safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry.

The Awards will be held on the 18th October 2018, at what promises to be a special evening at the Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, Mayfair, London bringing together shipping companies, maritime authorities, suppliers of safety products and services to applaud individual and industry achievement.

We are delighted that judges consider the first multi-boat handling system designed from concept stage to meet boat launch/recovery challenges set by dive support, oil spills, piracy, terrorism, minesweeping, border security, SAR and humanitarian aid as worthy of closer scrutiny.

Our hope is that they go on to acknowledge the original thinking behind MissionEase, which turns conventional multi-boat handling thinking on its head by replacing overhead  gantry cranes with a boat transfer system in the floor of the mission bay. As well as enhancing stability by installing handling systems lower in the ship structure, this avoids the risks of overhead handling when ships are in motion, and of slinging and unslinging boats.

Patent-protected multi-boat cradle system

In doing so, they would be acknowledging the patent-protected multi-boat cradle system invented by Vestdavit Development Director Atle Kalve to feed boats to/from dual or single-point davits on either side of the vessel which is integral to the success of the MissionEase concept.

MissionEase can accommodate the widest array of ancillary craft and is already in service in its offshore configuration. However, it can also match the needs of any vessel featuring a mission bay. As part of their deliberations, therefore, we also hope that judges consider the way MissionEase can ensure the safety for growing numbers of cruise passengers transiting polar waters, where getting on an off the ship ‘in the wild’ is part of the adventure, but cruisers may not be experienced sailors.

 

A new lead for after sales

Over six months into his appointment in the newly created post of Vestdavit After Sales Director, Henric Collvin has formulated a clear path towards growing a part of our business that plays to an unsung company strength. Developing strong, long-term relationships can be decisive, and it is certainly something Vestdavit does well, but Henric is also aware that the company earned customer trust in the first place by meeting best practice expectations, including in its performance to support equipment in service.

Previously Vestdavit’s service assignment and spare parts staff worked independently, but Henric has brought the two groups together into a focused, 10-strong internal team that works in the same office area. “There are synergies for customers and Vestdavit if service and spare parts staff work together: service excellence and timely spare parts go hand in hand,” he says. “The goal is to simplify matters for the customer, but it’s also the case that servicing activities are an opportunity to identify spare parts business, and vice versa.”

Flexible and customer-focused package

While essential, service and spare parts are also overheads that customers seek to minimise. Henric believes clients will welcome plans to develop frame agreements which allow them to budget for service, maintenance and parts supply in a single, flexible and customer-focused package with price incentives.

Henric remains convinced that customers also benefit from keeping davit operators well trained. In fact, he is developing Vestdavit’s training offering to be delivered in the field, on-board ships using the customers davits as the training ground. By performing user and maintenance training on-board, customers get more relevant experience.  The training course focuses on davit operation and maintenance, prioritising safer davit operations. This is important as statistics show that more than 70% of marine accidents happen due to human error.

After sales business

With a target to double Vestdavit’s after sales business within 2-3 years, “I am also seeking to increase the number of parts held close to market and develop and grow the service network,” Henric adds. “For example, our recently-established subsidiary in Seattle has its own spares warehouse, and that may provide an opportunity to grow service later. Again, we are investigating how to grow service activities through our existing partners.”

For inquiries on after sales agreements, please contact Henric Collvin, After Sales Director. Tel: +47 47 91 15 59, email: henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

Invitation to Lorient for NAVEXPO

In May, Vestdavit will be at NAVEXPO, which takes place at the French Port of  Lorient La Base in southern Brittany. This is the third NAVEXPO for Lorient, and the event has become a busy show for French and international businesses involved from the public and commercial sectors. It is also characterised by interactive business meetings on stands, as well as onboard visits, sea trials and demonstrations in the harbour.

Those attending NAVEXPO come from a range of sectors, including the safety and security, harbour service, fishing and aquaculture, the offshore industry, dredging and other transport services, and include vessel owners and operators, administrations and harbour authorities. Exhibitors include shipyards, harbour service companies, professional diving equipment suppliers, renewable energy specialists and other maritime service providers.

During the three-day event, which takes place May 15-17, Vestdavit will be showcasing its launch and recovery systems for boat-handling in difficult conditions at sea across naval, coastguard, pilot boat, seismic vessel and offshore applications.

Please visit us at Stand A27 in the main hall.

For more information, please contact Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager. Tel: +47 90 99 89 71, email: redouane.lahsen@vestdavit.no

Successful cooperation with Socarenam

Vestdavit’s relationship with specialized French multi-function fast patrol boat builder Socarenam is going from strength to strength, following the renewal of our agreement to work together with this most specialized of shipbuilders at the beginning of 2018. What is more, there are many exciting projects ahead.

Boat launch and recovery

Socarenam’s success centres on vessels for the defence and security sectors, where boat launch and recovery can be mission-decisive. Vestdavit’s ability to deliver davits capable of operating up to Sea State 5 has become a significant attraction, since Socarenam identified us as a reliable partner able to deliver high quality equipment and outstanding technical support in 2013.

Our association has since flourished in the domestic and export markets, following an initial breakthrough order for one PAP-6000 and one PAP-3250 davit for a 50m length French customs patrol boat built, delivered in 2015.

This was followed in 2016 by an installation of PAP-5000 davits on board La Confiance, and La Résolue the first two 61m (‘PLG’) light patrol boats destined to upgrade French Navy operations off Guiana. A contract for the third ship has been secured, to include the same package. These vessels are used for patrolling, surveillance and monitoring the territorial waters of Guiana and the exclusive economic zone of the French West Indies or French Antilles, while also being in position to carry out disaster relief operations.

Finally, two PAP-5000 davits have been delivered for the 45m multi-purpose vessel Sirius for the Flemish governmental shipping organisation Vloot.

For more information, please contact Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager. Tel: +47 90 99 89 71, email: redouane.lahsen@vestdavit.no