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NAVDEX, ABU DHABI 19-23 February 2017

We are attending the NAVDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. Come by Stand, A-030 to meet our team. Vestdavit will be showcasing its marine solutions.

Looking forward to meeting you at NAVDEX, Abu Dhabi, between the dates 19-23 February.

Lightweight davits lift performance

Resilience and reliability are performance prerequisites for the Cape Class fast patrol boats operated by the Australian Border Protection, but so are stability and rapid deployment for the craft protecting Australia’s borders. Every kilo saved in onboard equipment weight can deliver enhanced vessel stability, additional payload, or both.

That is why the PLAR-6500 davits from Vestdavit working on board the 58.1m length patrol boats are some 30 per cent lighter overall than the equivalent all-steel boat-handling system.

The self-tensioned davits are nonetheless fully SOLAS-compliant, and feature shock absorbers, guiding rails, wire haulers, hydraulic end stops and independent HPUs that are all delivered to Vestdavit standards of excellence. Two PLAR-6500 davits are fitted per vessel, each capable of lifting Rigid-hull Inflatable Boats (RIBs) of 6,500 kilos.

Vestdavit used high grade aluminium to deliver weight-saving davits for the Cape Class, which need to safely deploy and recover boats at speeds of up to 10 knots in heavy seas that stretch from the tropics to the Antarctic. The lighter weight option is also preferred by the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Danish Navy, the Swedish Navy, the US Coast Guard and other customers, all of which  operate fast patrol boats.


Vestdavit keeps crews working safely when others have to stop

In an uncertain world, navy and coastguard vessels need handling systems they can rely on, perhaps, now more than ever before. Vestdavit’s boat-handling systems are designed to perform, so that patrol, raiding, rescue and interception duties can call on flexible and reliable equipment that is ready to respond to fast-changing situations, even in high sea states.

Security and humanitarian issues need rapid responses. Vestdavit supplies and supports tailor-made solutions to launch and recover boats in high sea states safely, swiftly and in the wide operational windows users require.

Since 1975, Bergen-based Vestdavit has supplied over 1,800 davits and side and stern launch systems. When customers commission a Vestdavit boat handling system in an uncertain world, they also access our experience and engineering knowledge, plus a timely inspection service, a global service network, and a rapid-delivery spare parts system. Vestdavit does not just sell davits, we sell safe boat handling for life.

Vestdavit offers speed boost or power saving choice

Client consultation and a full internal technical review have prompted Vestdavit to refine lifting speed vs power options available across its entire davits range. The boat handling specialist has been focusing on how best to optimise equipment hoisting and lowering speeds within available power constraints, or reduce power while maintaining speeds.

“Optimising the handling speed/power balance is a precondition for our equipment, but customers have different priorities,” says Thomas Nordin, the Vestdavit Senior Project Engineer with responsibility for the review. “For some, market conditions have made it imperative to save power. Others are focusing on achieving higher hoisting speeds because their priority is the safety gain of lifting boats more quickly clear of the waves. Customers have been asking us for the same handling speeds with lower power consumption, or higher handling speeds with no increase in power.”

Where accumulators are used to store the hydraulic power used during davit lifting and lowering, increasing the hoisting speed may only be a matter of boosting accumulator specifications, Nordin explains. If the customer’s priority is to save power, the capacity of the HPU (hydraulic power unit) can simply be reduced for lower speed operations.

“The Vestdavit view is that the performance standards formulated for davits by IMO include operating speed guidance that we don’t think is optimal for safety, particularly when lifting boats clear in rough seas,” Nordin says. “Customers are asking us for higher speed operations using the same power, particularly in the offshore and naval markets.”

In the case of already operational davits, market conditions are encouraging customers to seek power consumption savings while maintaining existing speeds, he adds. “In this case, options could include retrofitting accumulators or, where accumulators are already installed, assessing the need for additional valves or valve capacity to improve oil flow. Space can be a constraint if the HPU needs a larger tank volume, so it is always a case of precise calculations and close consultation with our customers.”

Given the precise nature of the speed/power trade-off, Nordin says a generic solution is not appropriate. Vestdavit is trialling equipment at its own test facilities in Bergen and Poland to support the calculations covering available speed/power gains for both newbuildings and retrofit solutions, he says.

“Our key focus is always on the operational effectiveness, safety and the reliability of our equipment,” says Rolf Andreas Wigand, Vestdavit Managing Director. “To achieve that, we work with our clients right through the product development process and follow that with a lifetime service commitment. Listening and collaboration drive innovation at Vestdavit.”

For more information:
Thomas Nordin
+47 40 48 42 50

Royal Navy prefers PLR-5000 for latest OPV duo

The UK Ministry of Defence has given the go ahead for BAE Systems to build two further Royal Navy ‘River Class’ offshore patrol vessels, in a move that signals good news for Vestdavit. The contract brings the total number of River Class OPVs now due delivery from Glasgow under the MOD’s ‘Batch 2’ ordering round to five, with all five to be equipped with davits from Vestdavit.

The 90.5 m length River Class vessels are not designed for combat. They will be globally deployable to operate over a range of 5,000+ nautical miles, and will be available for counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling duties, as well as for policing fishing quota agreements.

All five of the River Class OPVs will be fitted with two Vestdavit PLR-5000 davits, the high specification units designed for multiple operations that are robust enough to perform in the harshest environments, up to sea state 6. Davit systems are often referred to as the ‘primary weapon system’ of an OPV.

The compact PLR-5000 davit is built to a modular, skid mounted design for easy installation and maintenance. It can be exchanged between ships or relocated on board an individual ship, to reflect changing davit requirements.

The first River Class OPV, HMS Forth, is due delivery in 2017.

Fully prepared for Polar Code

IMO safety standards are a minimum: entry into force of the Polar Code from January 2017 holds no surprises for Vestdavit, which has exceeded the new standards for many years.

A combination of climatic and economic conditions saw the number of cargo vessels completing the Northern Sea Route fall to 18 in 2015, compared to 71 in 2013. However, shipping’s appetite for adventure remains high, as demonstrated by Crystal Serenity’s cruise through the Northwest Passage in September 2016.

Over time, polar transit is likely to become a common occurrence, but the risks associated with polar conditions will not diminish. For these reasons, regulators have developed a new Polar Code, covering ship design, construction and equipment. As a marine equipment supplier whose reputation and market share is built on safe and reliable operations, the new Code holds no surprises for Vestdavit.

“The guidance given in the Code focuses on avoiding ice build-up on structures and key components, although it does not give specific failsafe temperatures,” says Atle Kalve, Vestdavit Development Director. “Our davits meet and exceed these requirements because they are built to operate reliably and without fail at temperatures as low as -40°C.”

To work in the extremes experienced in Arctic and Antarctic waters, davits need to be ‘winterized’, using special materials and components, Kalve explains. These include the special steels to satisfy temperature tests from different class societies, higher specification hydraulic cylinders and special cylinder seal kits.

Other system parts need to be heated, with heating elements required for exposed moving parts, including winch gears/motors and proportional control valves. Some components – such as hydraulic power units and electric cabinets – can be supplied with heating elements or installed inside, depending on owner preference.

“Vestdavit is well aware of the wording of the Polar Code and its requirements, and customers are welcome to contact us for further discussion,” says Kalve. “We are also happy to explain how and why Vestdavit has been building and testing its davits to temperatures as low as -40°C as a matter of routine over many years.” For extreme conditions davits for -52°C can also be delivered.

Champion for Service

A full davit inspection and service on the seismic vessel Oceanic Champion highlights why customers choose to work with certified specialists from Vestdavit when it comes to equipment renewal.   

Recent work at Frederikshavn’s Orskov yard, Denmark on the CCG Eidesvik vessel Oceanic Champion included a 10-day inspection and repair project covering two TDB-9000 telescopic workboat davits.

“This was typical of the 5-year inspection and repair projects we carry out worldwide, as far as it called for the ingenuity and deep knowledge only available from certified technicians,” says Vestdavit Service Manager, Kristian Moss.

The project included davit removal to the workshop; dismantling for internal checks; repainting; overhauling several hydraulic cylinders; davit reinstallation; and 10% overload testing overseen by DNVGL.

However, as with any service work the full scope only became clear to Vestdavit service engineers Kristian Aase and Jarle Reistad after inspection. “The scope of work also involved installation of new seal kits, replacing wire sheaves, hoses and lifting wire,” says Aase, whose service report includes an account of daily work done, with some days running to 14 working hours.

“Service is all about being available to the customer and flexible,” says Moss. “Our experienced service personnel also know the importance of developing a good working relationship with the partner yard to meet the customer’s requirements.”

Cooperation Agreement between ECA and Vestdavit for Launch and Recovery Systems

ECA and Vestdavit are proud to announce that, at the occasion of Euronaval, they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of Launch and Recovery systems for Unmanned Maritime Systems.

The use of Unmanned Maritime Systems (“UMS”), Remotely Operated Vehicles (“ROV”), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (“AUV”) as well as Unmanned Surface Vehicles (“USV”) by Navies but also by O&G, Scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and handled onboard taking into account, launch and recovery of course, but also their support (e.g. battery charging, maintenance, repair…).

ECA and Vestdavit have therefore decided to combine their expertise and capabilities to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems for UMS.

As part of this agreement ECA will bring its 50 years of experience in developing and providing over 2,000 unmanned underwater and surface vehicles worldwide as well as its knowledge in operating them and in particular its technology and patents regarding the launch and recovery of AUVs.

On its side, Vestdavit will bring its 40 years of experience and over 1,900 davits and side and stern launch systems provided worldwide for all types of customers as well as its mission bay concept.

The solution that will be provided under this agreement will incorporate the latest technologies and innovation developed by both companies, enabling ECA to propose the best Launch and Recovery solution for its UMS customers allowing them to operate their systems safely even in the most demanding environments.

About ECA:

The ECA Group is renowned for its expertise in robotics, automated systems, simulation and industrial processes. Ever since 1936 it has been developing complete innovative technological solutions to perform complex missions in hostile or restrictive environments.

Its products are used by a demanding international clientele requiring the highest levels of safety and efficiency, mainly in the sectors of defence, maritime, aerospace, simulation, energy and industrial equipment.


About Vestdavit:

Vestdavit designs, supplies and supports tailor-made solutions for launching and recovering boats in difficult conditions at sea. Its range of boat handling systems and davits are the first choice of navies, coastguards, seismic survey operators, pilot authorities and offshore operators who need to be able to operate small boats safely from larger vessels. Since 1975 Bergen-based Vestdavit has supplied over 1,900 davits and side and stern launch systems. They have proven themselves for almost 40 years of use in the North Sea and other harsh environments around the world. Self-tensioning and shock absorbing systems ensure crew safety and widen the operational window for the users. Vestdavit’s key focus is on operational effectiveness, safety and the reliability of its equipment.


For more information: 

Rolf Andreas Wigand

Managing Director

Vestdavit AS

+47 99 46 48 62


Issued by:

Hugh O’Mahony

Director, PR

JLA Media

+44 208 405 6343

Quality Management assured

Vestdavit is very proud to have become one of the first companies in the marine and offshore sector to achieve certification under the revised ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System during 2016.

ISO 9001 standards are continuously reviewed and periodically updated to reflect the changing challenges faced by business. QMS re-certification for Vestdavit acknowledges the company’s continuing investment in standards, and offers tangible and timely evidence of a company’s proactive approach to meeting customer expectations.

For the first time in the history of the ISO 9001 scheme, ISO 9001:2015 adopts a risk-based approach to Quality Management processes across an organization and it operations. ISO 9001:2015 certification, also secured through DNVGL, indicates that Vestdavit addresses organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner.

“Vestdavit has held Quality Assurance certification from DNV GL since 2000,” says Hilde Laupsa, Vestdavit Quality Assurance HSE & Project Manager. “The scheme offers documentary proof of our commitment to enhancing our management culture. Re-certification under ISO 9001:2015 demonstrates that Vestdavit has evolved with the scheme to address our customers’ needs – to operate in more complex supply chains, to use information more effectively, and to take into account views from wider society.”

New visual identity for Vestdavit

Sustained low oil prices, changing safety rules and new vessel operating scenarios require more flexibility from Vestdavit’s boat handling systems than ever before. We believe our new identity captures the agility now required of marine equipment suppliers.

As the world’s leading provider of safe and efficient davits, our response needs to be coherent and strategic, rather than tactical, which is why we decided to renew our visual identity and branding.

“Our company name is unchanged, as is our commitment to safety and customer satisfaction. But our logo and identity is a brand new reflection of our values; safe, innovative and reliable,” explains Rolf Andreas Wigand, Vestdavit managing director. “Our identity is bolder, brighter and more impactful than before, and we hope this is will also be reflected in our business actions. The competitive landscape is changing faster than ever, and this puts new demands on us as a company.”

Evidence of the Vestdavit response can be found at our relaunched website , which even includes a 3D drawing tool to visualise davit solutions. We have also developed a series of new product guides and videos, outlining our latest developments, which can all be seen on the new website.

For those preferring physical, rather than virtual evidence of change, this issue of the Vestdavit Newsletter includes a report on the first delivery of MissionEase – our new multi-boat handling system for Mission Bays, which works safely, even when the ship is in motion.

In short, in renewing the Vestdavit ‘safe boat handling for life’ promise, our rebranding reflects the fact that willingness to change is a lifelong necessity.


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