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Safe hands from Female-led production

Earlier this year, Vestdavit took ownership of its principal assembly partner Tritec Production, gaining full control of its supply chain and establishing a stable sourcing platform for its davit systems. Based in Redzikowo, Poland and now operating as ‘Vestdavit Production’, the plant’s four most senior positions are occupied by women, which Managing Director Katarzyna Stańczyk describes as “refreshing, but not surprising”.

“My senior female colleagues and I have worked our way to the top of what is traditionally a challenging industry for women to progress in,” the Vestdavit Production MD muses. “We have achieved this through hard work and determination, but also with the support of our team. We never doubted our ability to succeed, and nor did our male colleagues.”

Women have played an integral part in Vestdavit Production’s transition from independent marine-davit manufacturer to company subdivision. Of the 70-person team led by Katarzyna, nine members are women, and four of those hold senior positions: aside from Katarzyna, who has seven years’ experience in management, Monika Pankratowicz, Anna Leśniak and Justyna Karol also run their own departments.

Like Katarzyna, Monika has significant experience in her field. She admits that reaching the top of a male-dominated environment has been challenging, but she now feels at home as Vestdavit Production’s customer service manager. Head of Finance Anna has a similar level of experience; she has worked for manufacturing facilities previously but believes that her current position provides the perfect conditions for professional development. Technical Manager Justyna, responsible for overseeing engineering projects, takes great satisfaction from working – and excelling – in a sector that some consider to be a ‘man’s world’.

Katarzyna is proud of the success that she and her colleagues have enjoyed, and she anticipates further improvement under their new owner. “Our production provides Vestdavit with a more stable source of supply, and we in turn see greater demand for our products. This gives us a platform to build on, and as we strengthen our relationship, our processes will become more and more efficient. By working together, we will promote growth throughout the organisation.”

For more information about Vestdavit Production, please contact Managing Director Katarzyna Stańczyk, Ph. +48 698 521 311

Vestdavit wins contract for US Navy Expeditionary Sea Base duo

Leading boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit will deliver the most advanced motion-compensated davits in the world to the US Navy, following orders placed with Vestdavit Inc. by General Dynamics NASSCO to equip two Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ships. The US shipbuilder’s San Diego yard will deliver ESB 6 and ESB 7, the latest in a series of ships renowned for flexibility which act as mobile sea bases to support mine countermeasure, counter-piracy, disaster-relief, crisis-response and other operations.

Vestdavit will supply one 2TDB-7000-type davit for each vessel. With a safe working load of 14,000 kilograms, the high-performance davit can handle boats of varying size and weight, including seven- and 11-metre rigid-hulled inflatable boats and the Combatant Craft Assault. The first davit system is due for delivery to ESB 6 in early 2021.

“ESB ships are built to support the US Navy on critical and potentially hazardous missions, so they need highly flexible and responsive marine davits, says Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand. “The 2TDB-7000 type will allow safe operation in much higher sea states than has been possible for the davits used on any previous ESB vessels.”

Wigand explains that the hydraulically operated overhead telescopic davits can function in both single- and dual-point configuration, with the latter mode enabling synchronised movement of the two davit arms. They also include dual independent self-levelling winches that offer hoisting/lowering speeds of up to 40m/min, an anti-pendulation system and an automatic wire hauler and shock absorbers on each arm – among other features.

Proud of his company’s longstanding relationship with the world’s largest navy, Wigand sees the new agreement as the latest endorsement of Vestdavit’s products and services: “We have worked with the US Navy for over 20 years now,” he says. “Over that time, we have proved our worth by providing tailormade davits of the highest quality. Supplying ESB ships is a great honour and outstanding recognition of our boat-handling expertise.”

Renewed selection HMS Protector

Vestdavit has brought new fast craft handling capability to HMS Protector, the only Royal Navy ship dedicated to Antarctic Patrol & Survey duties, following an order which once more saw our boat launch and recovery systems preferred for a vessel operating in the harshest conditions.

The advanced icebreaker HMS Protector provides a UK presence in the Antarctic and meets treaty obligations on inspections, hydrographical charting and in support of scientific research. As part of its latest refit, the state-of-the-art vessel has been equipped with a specially-enchanged PLR-5000 davit from Vestdavit. All seven of the davits onboard HMS Protector have been supplied by Vestdavit.

The latest davit addition is supporting missions by a newer and larger Fast Rescue Craft (FRC). The new PLR-5000 unit is fully winterized to function in line with the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters in Sea State 5 conditions. Its wide operating window is made possible by proven features supplied by Vestdavit as standard, including shock absorbers, high performance winches and a constant tension system.

In line with the Royal Navy’s exacting requirements for its harsh Antarctic operating environment, the PLR-5000 davit system supplied will be certified in accordance with DNV-GL Rules as having been designed and built to operate in extreme temperatures of -40C.

HMS Protector plays a key role in ensuring the safety of navigation and understanding the marine environment in the Antarctic,” says William Goodall, Area Sales Manager for Vestdavit in the UK. “Vestdavit is delighted to continue making a critical contribution to the Royal Navy’s commitments in unforgiving seas. Having been stationed in Antarctica during my naval career, I am well aware of the challenges presented by extreme conditions and temperatures in the operation of advanced launch and recovery systems.”

The latest order calls for the 19th PLR-5000 delivery to the Royal Navy, confirming the equipment type’s position as preferred technology for the Hydrographic Flotilla and Fishery Protection Squadron. Overall, this will also be the 30th davit supplied to the RN.

For more information contact: William Goodall, Area Sales Manager, UK, Ph. +47 46 89 56 39, e-mail: william.goodall@vestdavit.no

Milestone project for French Navy gets underway

Work is now fully underway in support of Vestdavit’s major recent success with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, covering the supply davit systems for four new logistic support ships (LSSs) due for delivery to the French Navy. The modern, double-hulled vessels will ultimately replace the Navy’s current, single-hulled LSSs.

With the new ships expected to operate for 40 years, Vestdavit project lead Redouane Lahsen explains that Chantiers de l’Atlantique demanded launch-and-recovery systems that would be built to last and allow easy, low-cost maintenance. It was only in “meeting and exceeding” the shipyard’s requirements that Vestdavit was able to add “one of the most sought-after contracts in European naval shipbuilding in recent years to its reference list”, he says.

The deal is a huge breakthrough for Vestdavit, following months of intense engineering work behind the scenes, and one that Redouane says “strengthens our relationship with one of the world’s most important navies”. With Chantiers de l’Atlantique the latest of several major French-owned yards to collaborate with Vestdavit, the agreement also reinforces the company’s growing presence in the French market.

Clearly, the order also represents a personal success for Redouane, who proved tireless in his efforts to land the contract. Acknowledgement is also due to  the team supporting the bidding process and, indeed, to technology behind the PLD-6000 A-frame davits for interception craft PL-3600R davit for fast craft handling that forms the basis for winning such a prestigious contract.

For more information:

Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager, Ph.+47 90 99 89 71, redouane.lahsen@vestdavit.no

 

Vestdavit takes control of davit-building partner Tritec Production

Leading boat-handling systems supplier Vestdavit has announced the acquisition of Tritec Production. The acquisition covers a complete steel fabrication, engineering and construction facility in Redzikowo, Poland, from where Tritec has been supporting Vestdavit as its principal davit assembly partner for more than a decade. Over the period, it has become expert in delivering the premium quality launch-and-recovery systems on which Vestdavit’s reputation relies.

“With 65 dedicated employees specialising in steel-structure manufacturing, hydraulic and mechanical assembly, and the factory-acceptance testing required for davits from 1 to 16 tons, Tritec is a worthy addition to our enterprise,” says Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand. “We are delighted to tie this manufacturing expertise more closely to the Vestdavit organisation and look forward to an even stronger relationship with our colleagues in Poland.”

As demand for high-quality, tailor-made boat handling systems increases, Vestdavit’s flexible single-point and dual point davits are being specified by a greater variety of customers, says Wigand. The Tritec acquisition will bring advantages for production planning and lead times across the full range of Vestdavit fast rescue craft/man-overboard boat davits, work boat davits and unmanned systems.

“We now have full control over our supply chain, meaning we can continue to deliver our davit systems in line with growing demand. Tritec’s manufacturing capacity will prove invaluable in this regard and will strengthen our position in the market.”

Katarzyna Stanczyk, Managing Director, Tritec Production also welcomed the acquisition. “We are delighted to have Vestdavit as our owners and look forward to a very bright future working together with the new management team. As well as ensuring that the orders keep coming and safeguarding our success, we can be assured of working on the best davit designs in the business. We are honoured to become part of the Vestdavit family.”

Vestdavit has supplied over 1,900 custom-built davits since 1975. Its solutions are fully approved by leading class societies and built not only to IMO, but to NORSOK standards for life-saving appliances. Built to include shock absorbers for crew comfort and wave-riding winch control as standard, its davits have proved themselves in the harshest of sea conditions and become the preferred choice for navies, coastguards, seismic survey vessels, pilot authorities and offshore operators worldwide.

For more information:                                                     

Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, tel+47 99 46 48 62, rwigand@vestdavit.no

Why the need for OEM-involvement during annual and 5-yearly inspection?

Boat handling systems from Vestdavit are highly complex systems that are designed to work and perform under harsh conditions and last for a long-life span. Our customers, in many cases, consider the boat handling system and the ability to launch and recover small boats a crucial part of their operations. It is therefore utmost important that this system is treated with the correct attention to detail and with the correctly tested spare parts. Lifting people is not something that any boat operator should take lightly. It should be treated in the same way as all other equipment that holds the fate of human lives.

 

Rogue service providers

Unfortunately, there are many service providers that operate outside of the Vestdavit system. They believe the training and certification of approved technicians is something that can be done by any company that possess a davit. This is not true and there is a huge risk in letting these rogue technicians perform service or inspection on your davit. They do not have the proper training, nor have they gone through the documentation needed to be a certified Vestdavit technician. They often operate with certificates that look stunningly genuine and professional, but they are not! Please contact Vestdavit for credential verification.

Spare Parts 

Spare parts from Vestdavit are tested and designed to fit in the greater picture of our boat handling systems. Even though there might be spare parts that look similar to the one we supply, they most probably did not go through the same testing and design requirements. There might be features that are not easily identifiable or visible. These features, whether it be certain surface treatments or prior material testing could be vital for the overall system performance and could cause malfunctions that transfer to bigger problems and eventually system failure and fatalities as the worse possible outcome.

Service

All boat handling systems are different in the ways they are deigned, built-up and intended to work. Vestdavit systems are advanced due to their highly set requirements of working conditions. The inner workings of a Vestdavit system cannot be compared to those of less complication that are designed for much calmer sea states or considerably lower frequency of usage. To have a boat handling system working day after day, year after year with many launch and retrievals per day possibly, there is a need for these systems to be inspected and serviced by service technicians that have in-depth knowledge about the specific system. All Vestdavit service technicians and service partners have gone through extensive training to obtain this insight. They are also working on Vestdavit systems every day, which is something that is not possible for a third-party service provider that deals with all different kinds of equipment and where there is no particular focus on the specifics of Vestdavit systems.

This important way of looking at OEM service providers is also something that is shared by THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE in their latest published document, MSC.402(96). Many of the requirements in this document is not only impossible for a third-party service provider to fulfill, but it would also be a breach on the SOLAS regulation.

 

1.5 The personnel carrying out maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair (…) shall be certified by an authorized service provider (…).

7 REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHORIZATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS

            7.1.1 (…) a manufacturer’s established certification programme

            (…)

           7.1.3 access to appropriate parts and accessories as specified (…)

          7.1.4 availability of the manufacturer’s instructions for repair work (…)

 

8 REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL

          8.2.1 Initial certification shall be issued only to personnel having completed education, training and competence assessment.

 

Please contact Vestdavit or our approved service partners to schedule an inspection or spare parts and make sure your davits are working as intended in a safe manner for many years to come.

Contact info can be found on our homepage at https://www.vestdavit.no/contact-us/

If in doubt about a specific technician or service provider approval or certificate, Vestdavit can easily verify the credentials for you!

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.