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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:




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:

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:



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:


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:

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:

MissionEase chosen for Nexans cable layer

Vestdavit has secured a major breakthrough for its MissionEase multi-boat handling system for mission bays, after winning the contract to equip the Nexans flag ship cable layer Nexans Aurora.

The high-end Nexans cable laying vessel (CLV) has been designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund and will be constructed by Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft. At 149.9m in length, 31 m width and with capacity to accommodate 90 personnel, she will perform power cable laying, cable system protection and trenching, and be capable of high maneuverability and DP3 station-keeping capabilities.

Rather than using overhead cranes within the mission bay, MissionEase works on a system of hydraulic cradles which move boats safely from their stowage positions to maintenance, preparation, or launch areas.

This complete MissionEase system order, which davits installed either side of the mission bay, deck-mounted transfer rails and the unique cradle mechanism to handle multiple boats, follows on from a previous contract to supply a variant of the solution to Esvagt. Its selection by Nexans is truly significant, given that this vessel has been designed specifically to operate in rough conditions.

The full-size Vestdavit MissionEase system will be able to handle several workboats/tug boats for launch from or recovery to either side of the ship, with one operator using a remote control to launch and recover the mission boat, including all on-deck handling.

The davits to be used in combination with MissionEase are Vestdavit’s compact and reliable Telescopic TDB-5000 units, which are often chosen by Coastguards, Navies and offshore operators when space, as well as performance, is key. The TDB-5000 is also equipped with a range of safety features such as shock absorbers, constant tension, remote control and wire puller.

In addition to the MissionEase system, Vestdavit is also delivering two H-9000 davits capable of handling a pair of Fassmer SLT 8.5 life/tender boats within the terms of the contract.

For further information, please contact: Martin S. Hansen, Area Sales Manager +47 400 73 247,

Training program gets ‘hands-on’

Vestdavit has developed a new and scalable training program that can be adapted to fit the requirements of any course participant, including davit operators, ship crews, ship technicians and service partner technicians.

The new easy-to-follow training program and its supporting documentation have been devised by our skilled pool of instructors, whose knowledge and experience covers all aspects of the davit system. Based on their expertise, course modules have been customized to focus on the specific competencies required by the different parties engaging with davits in service.

Building on a comprehensive framework of classroom-based instruction, the new program has been developed to exploit the expansion of Vestdavit’s training facility close to its Bergen office, which will soon feature a new A-frame to support practical sessions offered within the program. With a davit available at all times, practical training sessions will focus on ‘hands-on’ experience to make sure that  participants feel comfortable when using and maintaining the davit system.

Vestdavit has also developed training modules that are tailormade for specific davits, 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.

Find out more about your customized training offering!

For further details, please contact: Henric Collvin, After Sales Director, Tel +47 47 91 15 59,

Made to measure for US customers

Vestdavit has been delivering davits to customers in the U.S. since the early 1990s, but the start-up of a U.S. subsidiary in September 2017 recognizes the fact that North America has become our biggest single market.

Establishing Vestdavit, Inc., based in Seattle, represents a new strategic commitment in support of our longstanding U.S. customer base, where our davits have found particular favour with Government agencies such as the US Navy, US Coast Guard and NOAA. It also demonstrates our confidence in new market opportunities.

We see great potential for additional business from existing clients and believe that our innovative solutions put us in a strong position to bid on projects in the reawakening offshore market.

There are also some interesting niche segments emerging in the US, such as the market for expedition cruising and Vestdavit Inc. recently commissioned two telescopic davit systems for rescue boats for Lindblad Cruises’ newest vessel, National Geographic Venture. This ship will explore remote areas in the arctic and, when it comes to the wonders of nature, the rescue boats will be instrumental in bringing guests closer to the action.

For more information on Vestdavit’s U.S. capabilities, contact: Magnus Oding, General Manager, +1 425 501 5936,