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New Zealand Navy turns to Vestdavit for hands-on experience

Boat handling technology from Vestdavit is playing a central role in The Royal New Zealand Navy’s drive to operate Realistic Working Environments (RWE) at its new Devonport Naval Base training facility, Auckland, which is set to open in March.

RWE uses ‘like for like’ equipment to that installed on board RNZ Navy ships, working within a controlled training environment. The new centre includes a purpose-built landside facility housing a replica Inshore Patrol Vessel, plus an innovative Seamanship Training Aids Facility Pontoon (STA). The STA is kitted out with a range of equipment designed to allow new trainees to develop their seamanship skills in boat handling, rope work, anchoring, berthing and towing through repetition before they need to perform in an operational environment.

A PLAR-4000 davit from Vestdavit is a major feature of the pontoon, where it is mounted on the starboard side to allow personnel to practice boat approaches, launch and recovery of RHIBs. For obvious reasons, however, the RWE approach envisages operational training that equips seafarers to operates davits on both sides of a ship.

“Unlike a ship, the pontoon could only take one davit, but the requirement to train both port and starboard approaches remained,” explains Lieutenant Commander Angela Barker, RNZN Deputy Maritime Lead, Capability Branch. “In order to achieve this, we have had a dual receive cradle put in place and this will allow both approaches to be used.”

In addition, a sea-water cooling system has been installed to lengthen the training time of the equipment as the trainees will be repeating the activity at a much higher rate than would be the case at sea.

“The PLAR davit has been especially adapted to replicate the keel supports and boarding arrangements for port and starboard handling,” says Alasdair Morrison, New Zealand Manager for Vestdavit representative agency and partner Antelope Engineering. “Load testing was completed successfully at the end of October in Ruakaka, before the davit was transported to Devonport.”

Since 2000, Vestdavit has supplied 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels. The new NZ Navy fleet replenishment tanker Aotearoa, under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea and due delivery in 2019, will also feature twin davits from Vestdavit.

Naval architect Worley Parsons designed the STA project, with South Pacific Industrial acting as ship builder working with contractor H-Infrastructure Limited. The pontoon is fixed to two piles using an articulated truss. Other features include an accommodation ladder, Pilot and Boarding Assault ladder positions, a life raft launcher, a HIAB Crane and a Swimmer of the Watch Gantry.

For more information on this topic please contact:

Rolf Andreas Wigand
Managing Director, Vestdavit
Tel: +47-99 46 48 62
E-mail: Rolf.Andreas.Wigand@vestdavit.no

Vestdavit agrees dive boat cooperation with Hukkelberg

A new cooperation with specialized diving boat manufacturer Hukkelberg Boats brings together two like-minded companies renowned for innovation, in an informal partnership that both believe will generate new business opportunities.

The new associates aim to work together in forthcoming projects involving dive-boats, ROVs, wind turbine support vessels and crew transfer boats, with each recommending the products of the other.

Vestdavit Sales and Business Development Director Bjørnar Dahle says that established PLR-12000 and PAP-15000 davits provide the focus for the new agreement. The proven performance of these davits in the demanding seismic and windfarm vessel sectors should prove persuasive for new clients in the dive boat sector, where safe and reliable operations are no less critical, he says.

Opportunities in the offshore market are resurfacing after a long dry spell, according to Hukkelberg Boats sales manager Kenneth Dale. “Our boats are very well known, especially in the oil market, but there is significant potential from other sectors, such as the aquaculture industry and wind turbine markets. We look forward to working with Vestdavit in an exciting initiative for both companies.”

“The offshore market is changing,” adds Bjørnar Dahle. “We are seeing new requirements in the North Sea, for example, as new technology unlocks the potential for more subsea operations. Dive boats and ROVs are increasingly becoming tools of choice for maintenance activities.”

As companies of around the same size and with the same philosophy when it comes to design innovation and product performance, Vestdavit and Hukkelberg make a formidable team, he says.

 

The new pairing made its presence felt at the Offshore Technology Days, Stavanger in mid-October, where Hukkelberg customer SubseaPartner exhibited a state-of-the-art light dive boat, held in place by a davit from Vestdavit. The outdoor exhibit drew a stream of visitors, according to Dahle.

PLAR-4000 plays role in NZ seamanship excellence

Load testing was completed at the end of October in Ruakaka on the PLAR-4000 davit from Vestdavit that will grace the New Zealand Navy training centre at their Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, which is due to begin full operations in 2018.

The Auckland facility is a major commitment to the Navy’s ‘Reclaiming seamanship excellence’ initiative that includes land-based training facilities, and a new 45m long pontoon featuring a range of equipment to educate trainees in the arts of deck handling.

“The PLAR davit concerned has been especially adapted to replicate launching and retrieval of boats on both port and starboard sides of a ship” says Alasdair Morrison, New Zealand Manager for Vestdavit representative agency and partner Antelope Engineering. “The tests went very well, and we were delighted to welcome a Navy delegation, the members of which were keen to see the boarding arrangements with the boat facing each way.”

The relationship between Vestdavit and Australian-headquartered Antelope Engineering extends back to 2000, since when its New Zealand operation has overseen the supply of 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels. Antelope Engineering also takes responsibility for the Navy’s requirement for annual inspections to be carried out.

The satisfactory nature of arrangements is demonstrated by the fact that new NZ Navy fleet replenishment tanker Aotearoa, under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and due for delivery in 2019, will also feature twin PLR-4000 davits from Vestdavit.

 

Delivery of first davits to Sri Lanka Navy

The hand-over of SLNS Sayurala, the first of a new pair of 105m length Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) for the Sri Lankan navy built by Goa Shipyard in July, was a cause for major celebration at Vestdavit. We are delivering two PL-3600R davits per ship, each with a Safe working load of 4 tons to handle the Norsafe MOB boats on board.

Once in service, the AOPV is expected to carry out patrols, policing, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and pollution control missions in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, operating at speeds of up to 26 kn.

“This has been a prestigious project involving the largest OPV ever delivered to the Sri Lankan navy,” says Sven Wågsæther, Area Sales Manager for India. “Following a thorough bidding and selection process, Vestdavit contracted with Goa Shipyard in late 2016.” Goa Shipyard can currently claim largest exporting shipyard status in India.

The PL-3600R davit is equipped with shock absorbers, wire hauler, a self-tension system and limit switch. The davits are operated from specially-designed control panels installed at the ship side and are capable of handling boats up to and including sea state 5.

The Sri Lankan navy chose davits from Vestdavit after their positive experience with smaller PLA-2000 davits onboard some of their smaller patrol boats, he adds. The latest project, which anticipates delivery of the second vessel in 2018, also calls for the supply of davit foundations and full installation supervision.

Olympic Commander keeps Vestdavit alongside for Med rescue mission

The deployment of Olympic Commander as Norway’s new contribution to Mediterranean patrol and rescue operations also extends the support being offered by Vestdavit to address the continuing humanitarian crisis.

The 93m length Olympic Shipping offshore supply vessel took over from Siem Pilot earlier this year to meet Norway’s commitment to the Operation Triton project. Siem Pilot picked up 34,000 migrants during its two-year tour of duty. During its first rescue mission, in July, Olympic Commander picked up 1,200 voyagers from six boats.

To meet the special duties envisaged, both vessels have been fitted with a Vestdavit PLR-3601 davit on the aft deck, used specifically to launch and retrieve two special forces’ Fast Rescue Craft that assist refugees to safety.

Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand says, “We are proud to continue playing a role in this important humanitarian mission. Our davit is a significant asset when it comes to the operation of saving refugees, and our participation brings a deeper meaning to our ‘Safe boat handling for life’ slogan; it reminds our team that we are more than simply a maritime equipment supplier.”

The davit is in daily use, and its performance and durability are critical to the overall rescue operation. Key features maximizing the operational window include the Vestdavit failsafe self-tension system and the hydraulic shock absorber, enabling the boat’s launch and retrieval in up to sea state 4.

New After Sales Director on-board

Vestdavit is strengthening its after sales team and has hired Henric Collvin as After Sales Director to provide a lead. With a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Chalmers University of Technology Henric joins us from a previous position as Tender Project Manager for Technip FMC, which puts him in a very good position to understand customer expectations.

Henric will take responsibility for building up strong, long-term customer relations and increase Vestdavit’s competitiveness through ensuring our after sales services meet best practice standards.

Today, Vestdavit’ s after sales team is a 10-man strong unit that includes service technicians, spare parts sales personnel and support staff. Henric will also manage our global network of service partners and establish further partners as required by our customers.

Please contact Henric for any enquiry regarding service agreements or other after sales matters.

Upcoming exhibitions

Vestdavit will exhibit at the Work Boat Show in New Orleans and at Marintec in Shanghai, both of which events take place late November and early in December, and both of which are key events in the Vestdavit calendar. Please accept an open invitation to come and see us at the Vestdavit booth if you are visiting either of these trade shows. Stand no. at Workboat show is 1349.

Vestdavit opens office in the US

Safe boat handling specialist Vestdavit has responded to a sustained positive trend in North American business levels by opening an office in the United States.

The Bergen-based supplier of davits and other boat launching equipment is opening an office in Seattle and says that direct representation will help it build on its existing strong regional reputation. Its davits are already widely used by the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in the offshore oil industry among others.

Vestdavit believes its success in the US is the result of its ability to deliver high-quality davits, providing operators with reliable, durable and safe boat handling.

“The opening of the US office is an important milestone in our strategic plan, where we aim to position Vestdavit as the industry innovator in advanced boat-handling systems”, said Mr. Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director of Vestdavit. The US subsidiary will provide sales and marketing, as well as after sales support in the US. It will also allow Vestdavit to expand its horizons in the US, Mr. Wigand said, to take in other segments where the company has a strong track record in davit deliveries, including offshore support and service vessels, expedition cruise ships, and special purpose vessels.

“During more than two decades of collaboration with our US agent, Scan Pacific Northwest, we have achieved a significant success in the US. We are now in an excellent position to grow our business further. I would like to place on record my thanks to Kirsti Hveding, Managing Director of Scan Pacific Northwest for her company’s support.”

The Seattle office will be managed by Magnus Oding, who for many years held the position of Marketing Manager at SPNW, working closely with customers throughout the US. Mr. Oding will initially head a three-strong key account management and customer support team, alongside colleague Alex Mazick, who also joins Vestdavit from SPNW as Spare Parts Coordinator. In the first instance, the team will be completed by a service technician, responsible for on-site customer support, annual and five year inspections, and on-board training.

Mr. Wigand said that Vestdavit intends to expand its after sales support in the US and to increase its locally-based service team over time to make OEM servicing more available and affordable, reducing the need to send service technicians from overseas. He added that while the company would continue to manufacture its products in Norway and Central Europe, Vestdavit is also prepared to produce parts in the US “if this makes sense from a business perspective, or if required by government”.

About Vestdavit:

Vestdavit designs, supplies and supports tailor-made solutions for launching and recovering boats in difficult conditions at sea. Its range of boat handling systems and davits are the first choice of navies, coastguards, seismic survey operators, pilot authorities and offshore operators who need to be able to operate small boats safely from larger vessels. Since 1975 Bergen-based Vestdavit has supplied over 1,900 davits and side and stern launch systems. They have proven themselves for almost 40 years of use in the North Sea and other harsh environments around the world. Self-tensioning and shock absorbing systems ensure crew safety and widen the operational window for the users. Vestdavit’s key focus is on operational effectiveness, safety and the reliability of its equipment.

www.vestdavit.no

For more information, please contact:
Rolf Andreas Wigand

Managing Director,

Vestdavit AS

+47 99 46 48 62

rolf.andreas.wigand@vestdavit.no

 

Magnus Oding

General Manager,

Vestdavit Inc.

+1 425 501 5936

magnus.oding@vestdavitus.com

CADCAM options for the open-minded

 

Design options are best visualized and Vestdavit’s 2D and 3D davit digital library of drawings is putting CAD files where they belong – at the disposal of ship designers for download to include at the concept stage. By being available to ‘cut and paste’ images into main vessel design drawings, those specifying or recommending davits can easily envisage the implications of the different models available.

Vestdavit’s large range of davits, covering naval, coastguard, commercial marine and offshore sectors, can be accessed via a web portal developed with CAD-based platform innovator SolidComponents. Drawings are available as Step files in all relevant CAD formats and the files are easy to work with and download for use within overall vessel design, and continuously updated.

A downloaded davit drawing, including accurate measurements, can simply be pasted into the project a designer is working on. Designers can also explore a menu of optional Davit extras to refine their specifications.

“Naval architects log into the Vestdavit digital library and can download exactly what they need within a couple of minutes, without the frustrations of exchanging large data files via email or follow up phone calls,” says Bjørnar Dahle, Vestdavit Sales and Business Development Director. “Using the digital database means that naval architects can have the exact drawings they need at their fingertips. Envisaging the way adjusting one parameter affects other parts of the davit installation is an automated process, meaning that designers can see the consequences of their decisions in an easily navigable procedure.”

Take a look at the Vestdavit digital drawing library by following this link. www.solidcomponents.com

 

HEADING FOR NOR-SHIPPING

It is no surprise to learn that Vestdavit will be out in force at Nor-Shipping 2017, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our exhibition stand. It’s been a busy year for the company, with product launches, new quality system certification, strong orders from naval customers, and some interesting refinements in both our product and service offerings, not to mention a complete overhaul of our branding! To find out more, come and visit Vestdavit at Nor-Shipping 2017, on stand C05-44e.