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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.

Upcoming exhibitions

3-6 December: Vestdavit is bound for Shanghai in December to take part in MARINTEC 2019, the largest commercial maritime event of 2019. Staged in conjunction with the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SSNAME), Marintec China attracts some 65,000 visitors to pass through the doors of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. We can be found at Stand no. N1B3Z-02, alongside our business partner Nor-Marine.

4-6 December: In the same week, Vestdavit’s US team will be exhibiting at the International WorkBoat Show 2019, New Orleans, the conference and expo staged at the Morial Convention Center for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders, and the vendors and suppliers that serve them. Drop by at Stand no 2054 to find out what Vestdavit has to offer.

For latest news on Vestdavit’s conference, exhibition and show activities, follow us on Linkedin.

New Employees

Responding to our expanding U.S. market presence, staff numbers at Vestdavit Inc. continue to grow, and we were delighted to welcome Paul Basta as Service Technician, who joined our After Sales team in June 2019, Based in Edmonds, WA, 15 miles north of Seattle. Paul’s appointment reflects our expanding U.S. market presence, in support of quicker response times for inspections, installations and service calls on our davits.

He brings considerable experience as a field technician to Vestdavit, including a number of years servicing hydraulic and electric launch and recovery systems on behalf of Oceaneering. Following a thorough course of training covering Vestdavit service practices, Paul is already working on ships around the country servicing our davit systems.

Magnus Hopland has joined Vestdavit as a Service Engineer, as part of our growing After Sales operation. Highly experienced in working independently in the field in direct contact with customers Magnus worked for seven years in the Hydropower sector, where he provided service engineering for large power transformers, processing plant and silicon production. He holds Apprenticeship Certification as an Industrial Mechanic, augmented by two years of further education at technical college specializing in mechanics.

Camilla Magnussen has been appointed as Vestdavit Sales Coordinator, working within the sales department’s administration providing in-house support and assistance to the sales team . Qualified in administration and marketing, Camilla brings with her strong experience, having spent four years with OneSubsea and four years with NextGenTel in similar roles.

Jarle Hovland has joined Vestdavit’s Technical Department as a Project Engineer. With a BSC in Marine Engineering secured from Bergen University College, Jarle has previous experience in design with Kongshavn Industri and as a maintenance coordinator at Esso Norway’s Bergen terminal.

 

 

Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery

Boat launch and recovery specialist Vestdavit has secured an order to supply three new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels with davits equipped for polar conditions, in a project which also calls for installation of a deck-mounted transfer system for rapid deployment.

The ships are being built by Vard Group within the P6615 project to replace 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.

Each vessel will come complete with one telescopic TBD-10000L davit system plus two PLR-5003KV units, 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. In line with the areas of operation envisaged, the davits will be winterized for full functionality in temperatures as low as -25deg C, as required in the Polar Code.

“This contract continues an unbroken run of davit system orders from the Norwegian Coast Guard but the project merits special attention as the customer continues to push forward davit performance requirements,” says Bjørnar Dahle, Business Development Director, Vestdavit.

The Vestdavit TDB-10000L is a hydraulically-operated 10T SWL single point telescopic davit suitable for handling auxiliary boats at hoisting and lowering speeds of 40 m/min. Project specifications include a dynamic shock absorber system, Vestdavit’s constant tension solution and hydraulic boat-guiding arms.

In addition, the Norwegian Coast Guard has opted for a wagon-based boat transfer system operating on deck-mounted rails. Featuring a pair of wagons, or cradles, the solution includes elements of Vestdavit’s leading-edge and patent-protected MissionEase multi-boat transfer system, in that it can present two boats to the davit in quick succession for rapid deployment.

The Vestdavit PLR-5003KV units also specified within the contract are A-frame, all-steel davits with a 5 ton SWL, which will feature Vestdavit’s wave-compensation system and shock absorber system. The solution will feature 50m/min lifting and lowering speeds. The units installed are designed to handle FRBs of up to 8.5m in length..

The complete order also includes telescopic painter booms 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 contact Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, +47 99 46 48 62, rolf.andreas.wigand@vestdavit.no

First PLD-4000 for Mauritius

Vestdavit’s strong presence in France now extends to the French overseas department of Réunion, following a davit delivery to the authorities patrolling, surveying and managing lighthouse and beacons on and around the Indian Ocean island.

The Mauritian project also involves the first delivery of a PLD-4000, a 4-ton version of the latest ‘docking davit’ from Vestdavit. PLD-type davits have been specially designed to work onboard ships undertaking interception missions, and the PLD-4000 is equipped with a lightweight docking head, an anti-pendulation device and guiding arms for complete control of the boat being handled. The compact, A-frame PLD-4000 davit is a smaller variant of models capable of 5,000 kg and 6,000 kg SWL.

The new unit has been installed on board an existing ship which is being repurposed in Mauritius at the French-owned Chantier Naval de l’Océan Indien yard (CNOI)  for missions that need davits capable of enabling interventions in high sea states. This davit type comes complete with an integrated shock absorber to reduce peak loads and ensure smoother launch and recovery. It is also equipped with Vestdavit`s unique constant tension system, while the winch achieves standard hoisting/lowering speeds of 36 m/min to allow operations up to sea state 4.

The shipyard has expressed its appreciation for the support offered by Vestdavit during the project and for the ease with which it has been possible to install an advanced davit as part of the refit.

For further information, please contact: Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager, tel: +47 90 999 89 71, redouane.lahsen@vestdavit.no