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: