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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.

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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,

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,

Royal Navy returns to Vestdavit for patrol ship refits

The strength of Vestdavit’s relations with the Royal Navy was recently confirmed by an order for four PLR-5000 davits, as preferred supplier of launch and recovery  for the oldest squadron in the Royal Navy – the Fishery Protection Squadron.

Vestdavit has won the order to supply four PLR-5000 marine davits for the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron vessels HMS Severn and HMS Tyne, to keep the refitted ‘Batch 1’ River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels running into the far future.

Severn and Tyne typically spend 320 days a year in service, patrolling 80,000 square miles of sea up to 200 miles from the UK coastline, and on average conducting between two and four boardings per day. This makes davit systems not only essential components in the ability of these ships to conduct their missions, but their most important ‘weapons systems’.

The PLR-5000 davits allow the OPVs to carry, launch and recover the Royal Navy’s Pacific 24 RHIB which is significantly larger and more capable than the old Pacific 22 it replaced.

The deal covering the Batch 1 vessels is an especially sweet success for Vestdavit UK Area Sales Manager, William Goodall, who sailed on Tyne during his Royal Navy career and conducted boardings from the 80m length vessel.

UK yard BAE System is already part way through building five new ‘Batch 2’ River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the UK’s Ministry of Defence, with the first two vessels already delivered. All five of these ships will feature davit systems from Vestdavit, as we continue to consolidate our relationship with this very important customer.

For more information, please contact William Goodall, Vestdavit UK Area Sales Manager, Tel: +47 46 89 56 39, e-mail:

For more about Vestdavit’s work with the Royal Navy, see HERE:


Optimal multi davit for tomorrow and today

Vestdavit is introducing a new and flexible davit system that is optimized for multi-boat handling duties, with performance levels that will be of interest for the mission ships of the future and those in-service today.

Using proven technology, the 2TDB-7000 davit system will offer single and dual point boat handling capability to ships that need to launch several boats over a short period, even in high seas. The high-efficiency unit is entirely compatible for use with the Vestdavit MissionEase system but is also ideal for refits where mission bays are not an option: the system can also be mounted  on open decks that feature an extra foundation frame.

Specifically designed for flexibility, the 2TDB-7000 features dual point sliding booms, adjustable boat cradle and hook distance capability. The system is  controlled with ease by a single operator and can handle RHIBS, USVs, AUVs, 11m length Navy RIBS and work boats of up to 14 tons, and also leisure craft (Jet skis, kayaks, etc.). It is constructed in weight-efficient high tensile steel and is fully available for work even beyond sea state 5.

Safe boat handling is further ensured by a painter system automatically controlled by davit swing/winch movements, which allows the operator to concentrate on boat movements assured of  the painter’s correct outreach and tension in all boat positions.

The 2TDB-7000 includes a dual winch system with independent, synchronized  control, with each winch featuring a constant tension system for wave compensation and PLC ‘downstop’ to prevent overtravel. Other features that enhance both safety and efficiency include self-levelling capability for boats/hooks in both directions, independent shock absorbers and an integral ‘anti two block’ system to prevent hook blocks from coming into contact with booms.

For more information, please contact: Atle Kalve, Development Director/Naval Architect +47 90 89 39 39, email:

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 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.

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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,