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After sales all-time-high

Using original spare parts remains critical to safeguarding the performance and reliability of davit systems and their components, which is why Vestdavit has made it something of a mission to make ship owners aware of the risks associated with third party spares.

When lifting personnel at sea, safety must always be the top priority and one key involves sticking faithfully to the intended maintenance and spares plan set by designers for each davit, according to Henric Collvin, Vestdavit After Sales director. Counterfeit parts have become a running sore across the marine equipment industry, but even generic spares offered as drop-in solutions for equipment in the field pose a risk.

“Third party spares can often look the same, but in most cases their performance will not have been verified as being in line with classification society certification tests,” says Collvin. “In fact, use of non-original spares will invalidate the type approval and certification of the davit.”

He says Vestdavit has therefore been gratified to mark an all-time high in its OEM spare parts sales in the first part of 2018, which demonstrates that the message is clearly getting across. “Boat crew safety must always be the top priority, and we would like to renew our invitation to customers to investigate Vestdavit’s spares parts program: our davits have designed for built-in safety, and their certified performance is based on the use of OEM parts.”

For more information on this topic please contact:

Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Phone + 47 47 91 15 59,

Upcoming exhibitions

The second half of 2018 includes some of the most important international events in the Vestdavit conference and exhibitions calendar, at two shows which address key market segments for our davit solutions:


Join us in Stavanger 27-30 August 2018, at one of the offshore oil industry’s leading events. The biennial conference and exhibition attracts around 65,000 visitors from around 99 countries, to an event staged across nine halls ( ). Vestdavit will be available at the Pavilion for Western Norway at Stand 7170 Hall 7 – Stand 13.


Billed as the world’s number one trade fair for the maritime industry, SMM takes place 4-7 Sept 2018, as ever at the Hamburg Messe. ( Alongside its massive exhibition space, the event offers a diverse programme of workshops, symposiums and seminars, and draws industry leaders from all over the world. Visitors are welcome at the Vestdavit stand, B5 – Stand 233.

SOLUS brings flexibility to USV handling

Demand for Unmanned Surface Vehicles is growing fast but, despite the variety of USVs available, launching and recovery options from ships remain limited and inflexible. In response, Vestdavit has worked with hook specialist H. Henriksen AS, to bring the innovative SOLUS system to market, bringing USV handling in line with the most advanced boat launch and recovery operations available.

Used in combination with single and dual point davits, SOLUS includes an integrated/dual lifting hook/painter hook system for safe and easy USV launch and recovery. Patented by H. Henriksen, the solution is marketed through Vestdavit, with both companies offering through-life product support.

Approved in the first instance by DNV-GL, SOLUS makes use of standard hooks from H. Henriksen but deploys a unique spring-loaded rope drum mounted on the USV, tuned for easy connection to the fall rope via a special soft link. The result is a low weight handling system that uses the lifting drum on the USV rather than a separate ‘catcher’ (cage). As well as being far more compact, the solution is easy to operate and handle by the ship’s crew.

Fulfilling all safety requirements

Fulfilling all safety requirements set out in the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), SOLUS has been fully tested and proven in service in conditions up to sea state 4.

All davits developed by Vestdavit can be adapted for USV handling, while those already equipped to do so need no special modifications to work with SOLUS, beyond supplier recommendations that include the use of fibre ropes for lifting and soft links, rather than wire ropes. The system can also be used as part of Vestdavit’s MissionEase handling solution for mission bays and, if the davit is fitted with Vestdavit’s AUV winch, as a solution for AUV launch and recovery.

For more information on this topic please visit or contact:

Atle Kalve, Development Director, Phone +47 908 93 939,

MissionEase shortlisted for prestigious Safety at Sea Award

Vestdavit is both proud and excited that its unique MissionEase boat launch and recovery system for mission bays has been shortlisted by judges at this year’s prestigious and popular Safety at Sea Awards 2018.

MissionEase has been shortlisted in the Best Safety Product of the Year (hardware) category, where the Safety at Sea panel of judges recognise products that support safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry.

The Awards will be held on the 18th October 2018, at what promises to be a special evening at the Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, Mayfair, London bringing together shipping companies, maritime authorities, suppliers of safety products and services to applaud individual and industry achievement.

We are delighted that judges consider the first multi-boat handling system designed from concept stage to meet boat launch/recovery challenges set by dive support, oil spills, piracy, terrorism, minesweeping, border security, SAR and humanitarian aid as worthy of closer scrutiny.

Our hope is that they go on to acknowledge the original thinking behind MissionEase, which turns conventional multi-boat handling thinking on its head by replacing overhead  gantry cranes with a boat transfer system in the floor of the mission bay. As well as enhancing stability by installing handling systems lower in the ship structure, this avoids the risks of overhead handling when ships are in motion, and of slinging and unslinging boats.

Patent-protected multi-boat cradle system

In doing so, they would be acknowledging the patent-protected multi-boat cradle system invented by Vestdavit Development Director Atle Kalve to feed boats to/from dual or single-point davits on either side of the vessel which is integral to the success of the MissionEase concept.

MissionEase can accommodate the widest array of ancillary craft and is already in service in its offshore configuration. However, it can also match the needs of any vessel featuring a mission bay. As part of their deliberations, therefore, we also hope that judges consider the way MissionEase can ensure the safety for growing numbers of cruise passengers transiting polar waters, where getting on an off the ship ‘in the wild’ is part of the adventure, but cruisers may not be experienced sailors.


A new lead for after sales

Over six months into his appointment in the newly created post of Vestdavit After Sales Director, Henric Collvin has formulated a clear path towards growing a part of our business that plays to an unsung company strength. Developing strong, long-term relationships can be decisive, and it is certainly something Vestdavit does well, but Henric is also aware that the company earned customer trust in the first place by meeting best practice expectations, including in its performance to support equipment in service.

Previously Vestdavit’s service assignment and spare parts staff worked independently, but Henric has brought the two groups together into a focused, 10-strong internal team that works in the same office area. “There are synergies for customers and Vestdavit if service and spare parts staff work together: service excellence and timely spare parts go hand in hand,” he says. “The goal is to simplify matters for the customer, but it’s also the case that servicing activities are an opportunity to identify spare parts business, and vice versa.”

Flexible and customer-focused package

While essential, service and spare parts are also overheads that customers seek to minimise. Henric believes clients will welcome plans to develop frame agreements which allow them to budget for service, maintenance and parts supply in a single, flexible and customer-focused package with price incentives.

Henric remains convinced that customers also benefit from keeping davit operators well trained. In fact, he is developing Vestdavit’s training offering to be delivered in the field, on-board ships using the customers davits as the training ground. By performing user and maintenance training on-board, customers get more relevant experience.  The training course focuses on davit operation and maintenance, prioritising safer davit operations. This is important as statistics show that more than 70% of marine accidents happen due to human error.

After sales business

With a target to double Vestdavit’s after sales business within 2-3 years, “I am also seeking to increase the number of parts held close to market and develop and grow the service network,” Henric adds. “For example, our recently-established subsidiary in Seattle has its own spares warehouse, and that may provide an opportunity to grow service later. Again, we are investigating how to grow service activities through our existing partners.”

For inquiries on after sales agreements, please contact Henric Collvin, After Sales Director. Tel: +47 47 91 15 59, email:

Invitation to Lorient for NAVEXPO

In May, Vestdavit will be at NAVEXPO, which takes place at the French Port of  Lorient La Base in southern Brittany. This is the third NAVEXPO for Lorient, and the event has become a busy show for French and international businesses involved from the public and commercial sectors. It is also characterised by interactive business meetings on stands, as well as onboard visits, sea trials and demonstrations in the harbour.

Those attending NAVEXPO come from a range of sectors, including the safety and security, harbour service, fishing and aquaculture, the offshore industry, dredging and other transport services, and include vessel owners and operators, administrations and harbour authorities. Exhibitors include shipyards, harbour service companies, professional diving equipment suppliers, renewable energy specialists and other maritime service providers.

During the three-day event, which takes place May 15-17, Vestdavit will be showcasing its launch and recovery systems for boat-handling in difficult conditions at sea across naval, coastguard, pilot boat, seismic vessel and offshore applications.

Please visit us at Stand A27 in the main hall.

For more information, please contact Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager. Tel: +47 90 99 89 71, email:

Successful cooperation with Socarenam

Vestdavit’s relationship with specialized French multi-function fast patrol boat builder Socarenam is going from strength to strength, following the renewal of our agreement to work together with this most specialized of shipbuilders at the beginning of 2018. What is more, there are many exciting projects ahead.

Boat launch and recovery

Socarenam’s success centres on vessels for the defence and security sectors, where boat launch and recovery can be mission-decisive. Vestdavit’s ability to deliver davits capable of operating up to Sea State 5 has become a significant attraction, since Socarenam identified us as a reliable partner able to deliver high quality equipment and outstanding technical support in 2013.

Our association has since flourished in the domestic and export markets, following an initial breakthrough order for one PAP-6000 and one PAP-3250 davit for a 50m length French customs patrol boat built, delivered in 2015.

This was followed in 2016 by an installation of PAP-5000 davits on board La Confiance, and La Résolue the first two 61m (‘PLG’) light patrol boats destined to upgrade French Navy operations off Guiana. A contract for the third ship has been secured, to include the same package. These vessels are used for patrolling, surveillance and monitoring the territorial waters of Guiana and the exclusive economic zone of the French West Indies or French Antilles, while also being in position to carry out disaster relief operations.

Finally, two PAP-5000 davits have been delivered for the 45m multi-purpose vessel Sirius for the Flemish governmental shipping organisation Vloot.

For more information, please contact Redouane Lahsen, Area Sales Manager. Tel: +47 90 99 89 71, email:

Always ready for the US Coast Guard

The platform Vestdavit is building for further success in the US is being broadened through our deliveries to the US Coast Guard. We recently completed factory testing of another PLA-2000 rescue boat davit for the Coast Guard, which has since been dispatched to the USCG Yard in Baltimore.

This is the eighth PLA-2000 davit delivered to the USCG under the current contract, which ultimately covers installations of systems on board nine of the organization’s Bay-class icebreaking tugs, used for the launch and recovery of Zodiac 540 rescue boats. The aluminium PLA-2000 is extremely light in weight, occupies a small footprint and is delivered on a skid as a self-contained unit with its HPU mounted on the skid.

“The feedback from the US Coast Guard on the PLA-2000 systems we have delivered for their Bay-class tugs over recent years has been very positive,” says Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand.   “Recently, we’ve also noticed that the weight advantages of aluminium davits, which have been long-accepted by navies, coastguards and fast ferry operators, are convincing owners in new markets to look again at the structural alternative to steel.”

For more information about aluminium davits, please contact: Bjørnar Dahle, Sales Director. Tel: +47 542 19 573, email: bjornar.dahle

US Army Corps’ first F-10000 Davit

The first compact F-10000 work boat davit ever to be specified by a US-based customer has successfully completed factory testing in Poland, ahead of installation in the early part of 2019. The contract, which also represents a breakthrough for Vestdavit with the US Army Corp of Engineers, calls for the retrofitting of the 10,000 kg SWL, dual davit unit on board the trailing suction hopper dredger Yaquina.

Safe operations

The Army Corp takes responsibility for keeping US waterways and navigational channels clear for navigation. Based in Portland, Oregon, the 2,943dwt dredger Yaquina’s mission is to maintain federal navigation channels in the Pacific Northwest. According to Army Corp of Engineers figures, between 3.5 million and 4.5 million cubic yards of material is dredged from the mouth of the Columbia River each year.

With space onboard Yaquina for davit operations limited, the F-10000 unit will be required to launch and recover a 27-ft length work boat from a vessel which is itself only 200ft in length. In addition to its space-saving footprint, the F-10000 benefits from a dynamic shock absorber system and offers adjustable capabilities in terms of hook distance.

Strong regional reputation

The US Army Corp breakthrough builds on Vestdavit’s existing strong regional reputation and vindicates our decision to open a US subsidiary office in Seattle last year, managed by Magnus Oding. Our davit systems 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. Our strategy includes plans to expand after sales support in the US and to grow locally-based service team numbers over time to make OEM servicing more available and affordable, reducing the need to send service technicians from overseas.


For inquiries in the US, please contact: Magnus Oding, General Manager, Vestdavit Inc. Tel:  +1 425 501 5936, email:

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