Vestdavit wins order for multi-boat handling system

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

30 November 2018


Norway-based Vestdavit has secured a major breakthrough for its MissionEase multi-boat handling system after winning the contract to equip the Nexans flag ship cable layer Nexans Aurora.

The ship will accommodate 90 personnel and will operate in harsh environmental conditions. Rather than using overhead cranes within the mission bay, MissionEase works on a system of hydraulic cradles which move boats safely from their stowage positions to maintenance, preparation, or launch areas.

This complete MissionEase system order, which comprises davits installed either side of the mission bay, deck-mounted transfer rails and the unique cradle mechanism to handle multiple boats, follows on from a previous contract to supply a variant of the solution to Esvagt. The full-size Vestdavit MissionEase system will be able to handle several workboats/tug boats for launch from or recovery to either side of the ship, with one operator using a remote control to launch and recover the mission boat, including all on-deck handling.

The davits to be used in combination with MissionEase are Vestdavit’s compact Telescopic TDB-5000 units, which are often chosen by Coastguards, Navies and offshore operators when space is a factor. The TDB-5000 is also equipped with a range of safety features such as shock absorbers, constant tension, remote control and wire puller.

In addition to MissionEase, Vestdavit is also delivering two H-9000 davits capable of handling twin Fassmer SLT 8.5 life/tender boats under the terms of the contract.