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Esvagt breaktrought for MissionEase

By the end of 2016, high profile offshore owner Esvagt will become the first user of the Vestdavit MissionEase multi-boat handling solution for mission bays, on completion of its new North Sea crew change vessel by Spanish shipbuilder Astillero Zamakona.

MissionEase is truly unique: it is the first multi-boat handling system in the offshore segment designed from conception to serve the widest array of ancillary craft. It uses a system of hydraulic cradles running along the mission bay deck to move boats from stowage positions to maintenance, preparation or launch areas, with a patented feeding system linking seamlessly with dual or single-point davits on either side of the vessel.

“Many existing multi-boat handling systems rely on overhead gantries to lift boats within the bay. This can be hazardous when ships are in motion, while slinging and unslinging boats consumes precious time,” says Vestdavit Development Director Atle Kalve “The flexibility of MissionEase is designed to match the flexibility demanded of mission bay operations.”

With its unique waggons and boat cradles, MissionEase allows boats to be moved within the bay, even in high seas, providing Esvagt with a wider operational window, a critical benefit for their North Sea operation.

Multi-boat handling on the high seas will be a defining characteristic of flexibility for offshore ships in the years ahead. MissionEase’s fast and safe solution for transferring boats between storage and davit will enhance the attractions of these specialised vessels for charter.


Detail of MissionEase debut

Being able to deploy a wide range of types and sizes and boats, and unmanned surface vehicles quickly and safely allows multi-role ships to adapt to changing missions. MissionEase is simpler, quicker, safer and cheaper than any boat handling system available. 

Its debut Esvagt crew boat installation will feature four fixed boat supports on deck, adaptable to accommodate three different boat types, plus one transverse cradle with lift and lowering capability. The transverse MissionEase cradle will feed boats to one Vestdavit TDB-5000 telescopic davits on each side of ship. As part of the contract, Vestdavit is delivering a PLR-15000 Workboat davit to accommodate a 15t daughter craft onboard, with an 8t SWL telescopic painter boom.

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Special duties in the Med

The supply vessel Siem Pilot is Norway’s contribution to Triton, the search and rescue operation that is saving lives on a daily basis in the Mediterranean, in response to the seemingly inexhaustible flow of refugees heading from North Africa to Europe in flimsy inflatables.

Deployed in June 2015, the vessel and her crew reckon to have picked up 10,000 desperate voyagers, whose lives might otherwise have been lost.

Chartered by Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security from owner Siem Meling Offshore, Siem Pilot was converted to take on board up to 500 refugees before her departure from Norway. The vessel was also fitted with an additional Vestdavit PLR-3601 davit on the aft deck, used specifically to launch and retrieve two special forces’ Fast Rescue Craft that are assisting refugees to safety.

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.


“We are very proud to be contributing to this important humanitarian operation, and that our equipment is helping to save lives every day,” says Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand.


Vestdavit Service Engineer Kristian Aase recently undertook the Annual inspection of the davits used onboard Siem Pilot. “The davit was in very good condition despite heavy use over the last year,” he says. “A few items were corrected and improved on, after which the product warranty was extended for 12 months.”

Meeting a wider audience

Vestdavit’s two newest Area Sales Managers are already familiar faces within their own regions, but SMM 2016 provides an opportunity to introduce them to a broader audience (Visit Vestdavit, SMM 2016, Hall B5 Stand 233).

Håvard Lien Austerheim, Area Sales Manager for Norway, Scandinavia and Poland, will be a second time visitor to SMM, having joined Vestdavit in 2013.

Martin Sundgot Hansen, who has been with the company for 18 months and takes care of the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Latin America, is new to the ‘SMM experience’.

Both joined Vestdavit after careers with Norway’s armed forces and in the commercial marine sector. In fact, Martin (31) says he first came into contact with Vestdavit at customer Mare Safety AS. He was sufficiently impressed to make an approach, joining the company six months later in January 2015.

Håvard (30), who followed Royal Norwegian Navy service with two years at Bergen’s Maritime Technical School, explains the Vestdavit approach. “Our priority is to be flexible and service minded, so that the customer gets a fast response and the right quality, and feels taken care of.”

Both emphasise how cooperation between sales, technical and service staff at Vestdavit have sustained the company’s success. But they are also keenly aware that previously sector-specific competitors are now prepared to quote against any business opportunity.

What is clear is that both area sales managers are doing everything to keep pace with customer demands. Håvard, a keen hiker and trout fisherman who spends time in the mountains, says: “I’m part of a team which is always on call, because vessels at sea don’t take vacations.” Martin, a northerner from Hamarøy who counts big game hunting among his pursuits, is even more emphatic. “It’s a 24/7 job, especially with the difference in time zones between us and our customers. When I go hunting in the Fall, I can be checking my emails while waiting for a moose!” – sales for the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Latin America – sales for Norway, Scandinavia, Poland



Vestdavit Academy

The Vestdavit academy provides user and maintenance training for crew and operators. The training facility outside Bergen on the west coast facing the North Sea is a good venue for training. To facilitate the course Vestdavit has installed a PLAR-4000 MOB boat davit, fitted with all relevant safety features. This davit will serve as a demonstrator as well as a training platform for both maintenance and use in service.

Launching and recovering a boat in a high sea is one of the most difficult things a ship’s crew has to do. It calls for good timing, good teamwork and faith in good equipment.

Vestdavit systems are at the top of the range and are designed to be simple and intuitive to operate. But that interactive simplicity and high level performance can only be delivered by increasingly complex systems. Those systems need two things; the right regular maintenance and users who understand their capabilities and limits.

Vestdavit delivers tailored courses to users of its systems. The courses cover both the use and maintenance of the equipment, and runs for two days. In the fall of 2016, there will be four scheduled courses. Courses on board vessels can also be arranged, where Vestdavit’s tailor made training courses are given for the particular equipment on board.

Please contact our Training Manager, Jan Halvorsen for more information of our courses.

Full functional test of new PAPH-7000 davit

Vestdavit has recently performed a full functional test of its newest and most advanced PAP davit, the PAPH-7000 davit. This compact single-point davit is fitted with an anti-pendulation device and can safely launch and retrieve boats up to 7 tonnes in weight in sea state 6. A long series of these davits has been ordered for a new class of OPV being built for a major navy with significant territorial waters to patrol and protect.

The davit has a docking head to secure the boat during swing in/out of davit. The davit is fully computer controlled with direct feedback from the cylinders and winch and can be controlled remotely. This davit has all Vestdavit’s normal safety features including self-tensioner, shock absorber, wire puller and end stop.

The end-user of the davit has been fully involved in the design and development process of the new davit. Designing this davit was a challenge due to space constraints, as the davit needs to be placed in a ship recess, where the door opening is lower that the davit head. Vestdavit designed a tri-hinged davit with pre-programmed sequences to overcome this challenge.

Hydraulic cylinder safety

At the heart of the safe and efficient operation of every Vestdavit davit are the hydraulic cylinders. These provide the smooth and controllable power which allows the davit to swing in and out during launching and recovery of boats.  As key components of the whole safety system maintenance of these cylinders is vital.
A recent incident has highlighted this importance. Failure of a cylinder occurred following use of unauthorised spare parts, maintenance work and welding carried out by personnel not approved by Vestdavit. As this was a test no-one was hurt but the consequences for safe use and operational ability of a cylinder failure can be very serious.


Vestdavit strongly recommends that the hydraulic cylinders and their attachments to the davit must be regularly inspected by a qualified service person. Any replacement parts must be OEM parts supplied by Vestdavit and if there are any doubts about the condition or safety of the cylinder the cylinder must be replaced with a Vestdavit original cylinder and fitted by a qualified and trained service engineer. Use of spares not made by Vestdavit or made up locally, or unauthorised welding, can lead to serious consequences.
Vestdavit has a global service network ready to perform annual inspections and service work, backed by a well-developed spare parts system which ensures rapid and timely delivery of spares.
A web-based database enables clients to access the current maintenance, class and statutory status of their davits at any time. Drawings and spare parts lists are online too. We design toughness, ease of maintenance and reliability into our davits. But their critical operational role depends on regular maintenance and inspection, and the use of the correctly manufactured spare parts from the original manufacturer.


Norwegian Coast Guard chooses compact davit

The Norwegian Coast Guard has ordered six PLR-5002 compact single-point davits to be refitted on to its fleet of Nordkapp class offshore patrol vessels. The specially-designed 5 tonne SWL davit is mounted on a skid for easy installation.

The davits will handle a 5 tonne RIB and are capable of safe launch and recovery of a fully-loaded RIB in sea states up to five.

The Norwegian Coast Guard carries out surveillance of fisheries, environmental protection, search and rescue and customs supervision, all tasks which require constant launch and recovery of RIBs for boarding other vessels. Its patrol vessels operate in the harshest environments on the Norwegian coast and depend on davits that are safe to use.
Vestdavit is proud that the successful experience of the Norwegian Coast Guard with extensive use of Vestdavit davits in service has led to this major new commitment to our davits.


Interview with Commander Roar Lund of KV Nordkapp.
“We have to help other vessels when they are in trouble in bad weather,” says Commander Roar Lund, Captain of KV Nordkapp, a Norwegian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel. “We need equipment we can rely on.”
That’s why Roar is happy that his vessel is the first of three Nordkapp-class vessels which are being retro-fitted with new Vestdavit davits as part of their upgrading and life extension programme. “I’ve worked with Vestdavit davits before,” he explains, “and they do the job very well. The new davits look impressive and we are looking forward to getting them into service.”
Service for the Nordkapp class means patrolling in the Arctic sea areas up to the ice edge in Norway’s EEZ and in the protected area around Svalbard. “This is a tough environment with extreme temperatures and high seas,” says Roar. “We use the boats on a daily basis for things like fishing vessel inspections and so davits are a very important tool for us. We need good safe equipment. I’m confident we are getting that with Vestdavit.”