Norwegian lifeboat specialist Vestdavit is introducing a new and flexible davit system that is optimised for multi-boat handling duties, with claimed performance levels that will be of interest for the mission ships of the future and those in-service today.
Using proven technology, the 2TDB-7000 davit system will offer single and dual point boat handling capability to ships that need to launch several boats over a short period, even in high seas. The high-efficiency unit is entirely compatible for use with the Vestdavit MissionEase system but is also ideal for refits where mission bays are not an option: the system can also be mounted on open decks that feature an extra foundation frame.
Specifically designed for flexibility, the 2TDB-7000 features dual point sliding booms, adjustable boat cradle and hook distance capability. The system is controlled with ease by a single operator and can handle RHIBS, USVs, AUVs, 11m length Navy RIBS and work boats of up to 14 tonness, and also leisure craft (Jet skis, kayaks, etc.). It is constructed in weight-efficient high tensile steel and is fully available for work even beyond sea state 5.
Safe boat handling is further ensured by a painter system automatically controlled by davit swing/winch movements, which allows the operator to concentrate on boat movements assured of the painter’s correct outreach and tension in all boat positions. The 2TDB-7000 includes a dual winch system with independent, synchronised control, with each winch featuring a constant tension system for wave compensation and PLC ‘downstop’ to prevent overtravel. Other features that enhance both safety and efficiency include self-levelling capability for boats/hooks in both directions, independent shock absorbers and an integral ‘anti two block’ system to prevent hook blocks from coming into contact with booms.
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