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Adding to the talent pool

Vestdavit has made some significant new hires in the first part of 2019, adding to its talent base in customer relations, project management and after sales in support of its continuing strategy to strengthen and grow davits business worldwide.

New Vestdavit Area Sales Manager, Tomas Crespo, brings more than 25 year of experience to his role, where main responsibilities will focus on Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Poland and South Korea. With deep understanding of international sales and business development, Tomas has worked both for small independent and multinational companies in the Oil & Gas, telecoms and maritime markets, developing close relations with agents and end customers worldwide.

Also new to the company are Project Engineers Alexsander Nesse and Karthikeyan (Karthi) Sankaravadivel. Karthi, who holds a BSc in Engineering Technology, brings experience from the mining, mineral processing, oil & gas and marine sectors, including skills developed as a Hydraulic System Engineer with Epiroc-Atlas Copco. Alexsander holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, augmented by two years of experience as mechanical engineer at TTS Offshore Handling Equipment.

Vestdavit’s continuing investment in its service organization is also clear, following the appointment of new Service Manager, Knut Richard Føre. Knut brings nine years of worldwide service engineering experience to the role, as well as a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Also joining the team is Service Engineer Kristian Revne, who has an 18-year track record in offshore and maritime, including significant experience in deck machinery, subsea cranes and drilling equipment.

To find out more about opportunities to work with Vestdavit, please see our web pages www.vestdavit.no for open positions.

Vestdavit – upcoming exhibitions

4-7 June: Vestdavit will be an exhibitor at Nor-Shipping 2019, Norway’s premier maritime event, which attracts stakeholders from all over the world to the Oslo  conference and exhibition centre on a biennial basis. Join us at  Stand no C05-46, to hear about latest developments across Vestdavit’s safe boat handling davit portfolio.

11-13 June: Vestdavit will also be exhibiting at Seawork 2019, the UK conference and exhibition now in its 21st year, taking place at the Mayflower Park venue in Southampton, SO14 2AQ. Visit us at Stand no. PG101, as part of the self-styled ‘one stop shop’ for buyers in the commercial marine and workboat markets.

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

Training advance with Vestdavit VR

The rapid advance of Virtual Reality from gaming and marketing applications has seen the technology establish itself as a key tool in design and personnel training. Today, computer-generated, 3D representations of the physical world offer immersive experiences, allowing the user to engage fully in training across multiple scenarios and challenges, without visiting a training centre.

Vestdavit has always placed high priority on end-user training, where davit system performance enhancements have created ever-rising expectations for ship and boat crew safety alike. For this reason, Vestdavit has developed its own Virtual Reality training solution that uses software developed together with Mount Visual in Bergen, an authentic remote control unit and VR goggles to simulate what it is like to operate our davits in real life. The desktop PC-compatible package fits into a container no larger than a suitcase.

Vestdavit Virtual Reality allows the user to overcome limitations that usually apply in real life training, so that crews can experience in a virtual way what it is like to operate the owner’s davit systems and their handling responsiveness in all kinds of weather. Crew can practice on- and offloading of a fast response craft (FRC) or workboat at no risk and practice operating the ‘constant tension control’ from Vestdavit, used to recover boats safely and efficiently in heavy weather situations.

Vestdavit VR can simulate handling boats using anything from a small single point davit with an SWL of 2000 kg to a highly advanced Dual Telescopic Davit System with SWL of up to 40,000 kg. Both the mother vessel and the boats being handled can be rendered in  detail form, while settings can also be adjusted from calm seas to stormy weather and adapted to incorporate features such as painter line operations, etc.

By subscribing to Vestdavit’s new Training Portal, updates to our VR software can be downloaded, while the program can also be expanded to build in scenarios requested by customers themselves. Furthermore, instructors who have successfully passed Vestdavit’s existing training course are qualified to give instruction using Vestdavit VR.

For more information about Vestdavit VR, please contact: Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, +47 479 11 559, henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

We`re moving!

The 28th June, Vestdavit will be moving its head offices to new premises that better fit our current and future needs. Our new premises are located at Floor 4, Damsgårdsveien 125, 5160 Laksevåg, Bergen, very close to our existing head office and all contact details will remain unchanged. Thank you for your understanding if there is any disruption during our move.

PAP-6000 davits for the Royal Norwegian Navy`s largest ship

Royal Norwegian Navy’s biggest ship to date, KNM Maud, lands in Norway fully equipped with innovative MOB boat launch and recovery system courtesy of Vestdavit.

A high profile example of the continuing preference of navies and coastguards for Vestdavit boat launching and recovery systems arrived in Bergen’s Haakonsvern naval base during March, in the shape of the davits on board KNM Maud.

The multirole Navy Logistics vessel, whose primary task will be to operate as a supply ship is nonetheless the largest ship ever to join the Norwegian Navy fleet. Originally ordered in 2013, the ship was accepted from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard at the end of 2018 following exhaustive inspections by our home navy, leaving the Okpo yard on 3 February for arrival in Norway by late March.

KNM Maud features two PAP-6000 marine davits capable of lifting MOB boats weighing up to 6 tons in conditions up to sea state 6. The davits are fully equipped with the innovative Vestdavit combination of hydraulic shock absorber, self-tensioning system, hydraulic end stop, wire puller and docking head. These davits can also be operated by Remote Control, so that the operator can get the best view of operations for optimized control.

For more information, please contact: Bjørnar Dahle, Tel: +47 452 19 573, e-mail: bjornar.dahle@vestdavit.no

 

 

 

New training package success in theory and practice

The scope of user training available from Vestdavit now takes in hands-on davit use, following the commissioning of a new quayside A-frame unit at a demonstration area at our  Bergen headquarters.

A three-day Vestdavit boat launching and recovery training course staged in February in Bergen brought strong positive feedback from participants, based on its structure of classroom presentations plus practical sessions at the quay. The course also brought certification for a new batch of approved Vestdavit davit systems service partner technicians from Brazil, Singapore and Turkey.

Vestdavit’s scalable training program has been developed to fit the requirements of any course participant, including davit operators, ship crews, ship technicians and service partners. In this case, the training program covered the HSE, IMO and SOLAS safety rules governing marine davit operations at sea, but also an in-depth classroom session with Vestdavit’s  engineers on the practicalities of davit operations, maintenance and service.

With all participants successful in securing a ‘pass’, Vestdavit was also delighted that the post-training evaluation indicated that attendees were fully satisfied, one Singapore-based engineer describing the sessions as “very interesting” and “well organized training”, and that “discussions were truly inspiring”.

As well as user-specific modules, Vestdavit has also developed training that is tailormade for individual davit systems, which will be particularly useful for clients requiring specialized skills and certification, such as navies and coastguards. Instruction can be given on board using the customer’s own equipment.

”I would like to thank you for these days and well organized training, very interesting and discussions were truly inspiring. This helped me identify clearer. Thanks once again. Says on of the service tehnician from Singapore”

For more information on the full scope of Vestdavit’s training program, please contact: Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Tel +47 47 91 15 59, e-mail: henric.collvin@vestdavit.no

Performance consistency critical for NOAA

Uniterrupted boat launch and recovery capability day-to-day is critical for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) western fleet as it goes about its seasonal mission work to support research in the Northern Pacific. The fleet’s davits must be ever-ready for action.

Vestdavit has been the NOAA’s preferred davit supplier for the past decade. Alongside proven design and robust engineering, part of that preference has been driven by our service and support capabilities. Good maintenance and consistent care are cornerstones of davit reliability and we are convinced that only technicians trained by Vestdavit as the OEM or by our qualified service partners should be entrusted with the equipment that earned preferences of this kind in the first place.

In 2014 Vestdavit delivered its innovative HNF-8500 dual point davit to NOAA for installation on board the ship Oscar Dyson. The 8.5T SWL workboat davit features flexible hook distance so that the same unit can be used to handle a variety of boats for existing and future needs. This spring, we performed a five-year inspection of the unit.

Vestdavit service engineer Johnny Lindesteg attended the ship in Seattle, working closely with the crew to go through all points of the davit and learn how the crew used the davit system in their daily operations. As well as fine tuning the davit for optimum performance, Johnny offered guidance on how to maintain the system consistently to ensure reliable launch and recovery operations.

Experience shows that only technicians trained by Vestdavit as OEM or by its qualified service partners have the depth of knowledge on davit features and functions to provide the standard of service required. Johnny also addressed some minor maintenance issues before they had an impact on system performance, for example, to make sure that the vessel is mission-ready for the season ahead.

A five-year service from Vestdavit supports our policy of pre-emptive maintenance, helping our clients to save on unexpected parts and labor, and ensuring that systems are primed and ready for operations at any time and for years to come.

For further information, please contact: Magnus Oding, General Manager, Vestdavit US, Tel: +1 425 501 5936  email: magnus.oding@vestdavitus.com

 

 

PL-1500 davits for energy-efficient all-electric ferries

Fjord1 includes  low energy consumption davit from Vestdavit in its latest all-electric ferry, which has been designed with sustainability in mind.

Vestdavit is once more celebrating the inclusion of its energy efficient PL-1500 MOB boat single point davits on board the high-profile, battery-powered ferries being built for Fjord1.  All three environmentally friendly ferries have been handed over to the owner and are now operating in sensitive fjord waters.

The Havyard Group-built vessels are facilitating a complete revitalization of Hareid-Sulesund services which transport close to 850,000 vehicles across Sulafjord every year. Their integrated electric power, automation and propulsion package has been devised to align with environmental objectives set out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

In fact, these 400-passenger, 120-car capacity ferries consume an amount of energy equivalent to just nine medium-sized electric cars. Accordingly, the energy efficiency theme runs throughout their design, build and operating profiles, with a Ship Performance Monitoring system collecting energy consumption data from every consumer on board for presentation at crew workstations. Fully SOLAS-approved, lightweight PL-1500 MOB boat davits from Vestdavit are optimized to achieve low energy consumption across the full range of boat launch and recovery operations.

For more information, please contact Lars Jørgen Tveit, tel: +47 911 87 347, e-mail: lars.jorgen.tveit@vestdavit.no

 

Fixed price offer for annual inspection

Vestdavit has introduced a fixed price annual inspection scheme covering all inspections the take place in Norway.

A new fixed price annual inspection offer from Vestdavit represents the latest step in our strategy to offer full transparency to customers on costs in order that they can pre-plan and control their budgets.

Designed for simplicity, the fixed price package includes inspection and reporting, transport at site, certification and a comprehensive Annual Inspection Report, plus a one-hour training session at the site of the inspection. Pricing is based on a single davit, while the service is charged on an hourly basis for each additional unit.

For more information on Vestdavit’s new fixed price inspection service, please contact Knut Richard Føre, Service Manager, Tel: +47 456 01 714, e-mail: knut.fore@vestdavit.no

Esvagt turns to Vestdavit for high seas windfarm boat-handling

Vestdavit has reinforced its claim to be the davit supplier of choice for higher sea states after securing orders to equip three state-of-the-art Esvagt Service Operations Vessels (SOVs) destined to support windfarm maintenance in challenging North Sea conditions.

Developed by Havyard Design & Solution and built by Havyard Ship Technology, the Esvagt trio will be delivered in 2020-2021. The construction project continues a run of eight Havyard designed vessels built for Esvagt but the davit contract has brought Vestdavit particular satisfaction, after earlier projects went to the competition.

“These are repeat orders, demonstrating that Esvagt has been very happy with the quality and competitiveness of vessels delivered from the Leirvik yard,” says Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Vestdavit. “We are therefore especially delighted that Hayvard has switched its boat launching and recovery system preference for these latest high performance SOVs. This will also bring the number of Esvagt vessels equipped with davits from Vestdavit over a three year period to six.”

Each of the SOVs will be equipped with one PAP-16000 Workboat davit  with emergency launch capabilities, one PLRH-5000 SOLAS davit, two L-3500 Life raft davits and one Telescopic painter boom, with all equipment to be delivered by 2020.

“More and more, windfarm development is taking place further from shore, increasing the need for specialised vessels to transport personnel to the turbine in demanding conditions. Boat launch and recovery requires special attention to match expectations for the SOV and ensure that crews are comfortable and safe when sea states are high.”

In the configurations delivered to Esvagt, both the PAP-16000 and PLRH-5000 davits will be able to perform in sea states up to 6.

With SWL of 16,000KG, the PAP-16000  is Vestdavit’s largest single point davit and uses a docking head to fix the boat into position during the lifting and lowering process. It is designed to handle Esvagt`s large STB12 workboat fully equipped. To do this in challenging seas the davit will offer lifting speeds of 45m/min and is equipped with shock absorbers and a constant tension system. It will also be supported by a long-outreach telescopic painter boom with winch to provide adjustable tension on the painter line.

The PLRH-5000 davit is a fully SOLAS-approved davit designed for customers with high performance needs which Esvagt will use to launch and recover its own STB7 boat. The unit achieves lifting speeds as high as 60m/min and is equipped with shock absorbers, a constant tension system and hydraulic guiding arms.

For more information:                                                     

Rolf Andreas Wigand, tel, +47 99 46 48 62, email:  rolf.andreas.wigand@vestdavit.no