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Vestdavit appoints UK Director of Operations

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VestdavitNORWAY-based boat handling system and specialised davit supplier Vestdavit has appointed Andy James as Director of Operations for the UK.

Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Vestdavit, says, “The UK is an increasingly important market for the high quality boat handling systems we provide, both for warships and for the offshore energy industries. Andy James is an experienced marine engineer with a naval background who understands the needs of procurement authorities, how yards work and what operators need. He will supplement our existing agencies by providing a technically competent point of contact for Vesdavit’s customers in the UK and its sphere of influence and help us develop new markets.”


Andy James served 25 years in the Royal Navy as an engineer, including working ashore as a workshop manager in a shipyard and as a project manager for new equipment. At the VT Group (later BAE) he helped implement and provide a fully commercial model of support to a fleet of six RN warships.

VIST VESTDAVIT at: INMEX, Mumbai 8-10 October, Stand G18; KORMARINE, Busan 22-25 October, Stand 4G10; DEFEXPO, New Dehli, 6-9 February 2014

 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 over more than 30 years 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. www.vestdavit.no

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