MissionEase shortlisted for prestigious Safety at Sea Award

Vestdavit MissionEase

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.