Renewed selection HMS Protector

The Royal Navy polar research vessel HMS Protector is equipped with seven davits from Vestdavit. Photo; Courtesy of the Royal Navy.

Vestdavit has brought new fast craft handling capability to HMS Protector, the only Royal Navy ship dedicated to Antarctic Patrol & Survey duties, following an order which once more saw our boat launch and recovery systems preferred for a vessel operating in the harshest conditions.

The advanced icebreaker HMS Protector provides a UK presence in the Antarctic and meets treaty obligations on inspections, hydrographical charting and in support of scientific research. As part of its latest refit, the state-of-the-art vessel has been equipped with a specially-enchanged PLR-5000 davit from Vestdavit. All seven of the davits onboard HMS Protector have been supplied by Vestdavit.

The latest davit addition is supporting missions by a newer and larger Fast Rescue Craft (FRC). The new PLR-5000 unit is fully winterized to function in line with the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters in Sea State 5 conditions. Its wide operating window is made possible by proven features supplied by Vestdavit as standard, including shock absorbers, high performance winches and a constant tension system.

In line with the Royal Navy’s exacting requirements for its harsh Antarctic operating environment, the PLR-5000 davit system supplied will be certified in accordance with DNV-GL Rules as having been designed and built to operate in extreme temperatures of -40C.

HMS Protector plays a key role in ensuring the safety of navigation and understanding the marine environment in the Antarctic,” says William Goodall, Area Sales Manager for Vestdavit in the UK. “Vestdavit is delighted to continue making a critical contribution to the Royal Navy’s commitments in unforgiving seas. Having been stationed in Antarctica during my naval career, I am well aware of the challenges presented by extreme conditions and temperatures in the operation of advanced launch and recovery systems.”

The latest order calls for the 19th PLR-5000 delivery to the Royal Navy, confirming the equipment type’s position as preferred technology for the Hydrographic Flotilla and Fishery Protection Squadron. Overall, this will also be the 30th davit supplied to the RN.

For more information contact: William Goodall, Area Sales Manager, UK, Ph. +47 46 89 56 39, e-mail: william.goodall@vestdavit.no