NORWAY-based boat handling system and specialised davit supplier Vestdavit has been contracted by French shipyard Socarenam to supply the davits for a new 50 m patrol boat which it will build for the French customs. Vestdavit will supply two davits, one PAP6000 and one PAP3250 davit which will give the patrol vessel the capability of launching and recovering RIBs up to 9.5 m long in sea state 6.
Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Vestdavit, says, “Socarenam is an important builder of sophisticated patrol vessels and we are pleased to land our first order with them. Our experience with supplying davits to other customs authorities in Australia and Germany means we can provide them with a capability of launching and recovering interception and boarding craft in a much wider weather window than current customs patrol vessels.”
The PAP davit is a hydraulic single point davit for FRC, MOB boats and daughter craft characterized by its compact design and its anti-pendulation device. The anti-pendulation device is a triaxial-compensated docking head which ensures control of the boat in all positions. It is equipped with hydraulic shock absorbers, self-tensioning, line puller and end stop, ensuring safe and fast launch and recovery in severe sea states.
Socarenam is a shipyard based in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, with a proud tradition of building sophisticated vessels. The French customs vessel it is now contracted to build will be delivered in 2015 for service in the Mediterranean area.
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