Vestdavit to Deliver Advanced Boat-Handling Systems to U.S. Navy

 In Sea, Forces & Capabilities

Vestdavit press release

Vestdavit will supply a 2TDB-7000 davit system to each of EPF 13 and EPF 14, the latest ves­sels to be com­mis­sioned as part of the US Navy’s EPF pro­gram. With EPF 13 due for deliv­ery in late 2021, both ships will be deployed in the high-speed, intra-the­atre trans­port of per­son­nel and sup­plies as well as mil­i­tary vehi­cles and equip­ment.

“When they join the US Navy’s EPF fleet, these two ves­sels will be facing unpre­dictable and poten­tial­ly very chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. Because of this, they require flex­i­ble, high-per­for­mance marine davits that can keep up with their fast-paced and dynam­ic oper­a­tions. As our most sophis­ti­cat­ed dual-point system yet, the 2TDB-7000 meets all of these cri­te­ria and more.”

Vestdavit Managing Director Rolf Andreas Wigand

Wigand explains that the hydrauli­cal­ly oper­at­ed 2TDB-7000 davit will enable the safe launch and recov­ery of 11-meter rigid-hull inflat­able boats in con­di­tions up to sea state 6 and at 10 knots. The system is specif­i­cal­ly designed for flex­i­bil­i­ty, he says, and fea­tures a painter boom, a wire hauler, shock absorbers and dual inde­pen­dent winch­es with con­stant-ten­sion, con­trolled by PLC. It is made of robust steel, with an alu­minum foun­da­tion frame min­i­miz­ing over­all weight.

Vestdavit’s selec­tion to pro­vide boat-han­dling sys­tems for EPFs 13 and 14 reaf­firms its stand­ing as the pre­ferred davit sup­pli­er of inter­na­tion­al navies and coast guards. In addi­tion to sign­ing agree­ments with the Royal Navy, the French Navy and the Royal Australian Navy in 2020, the Bergen-based com­pa­ny recent­ly won a con­tract to supply davits to two Expeditionary Sea Base ships for the US Navy.

The latest deal also rein­forces what is already a strong rela­tion­ship between Vestdavit and Austal. Over the course of their long-stand­ing asso­ci­a­tion, Vestdavit has pro­vid­ed Austal Australia with over 60 davit sys­tems for deploy­ment on a vari­ety of ships.

“2020 is prov­ing to be a big year for invest­ments in secu­ri­ty and defense forces around the world, and we are hon­ored to have been chosen to supply the US Navy’s forth­com­ing Expeditionary Fast Transport ves­sels. Our cre­den­tials and port­fo­lio are speak­ing for them­selves but we would also like to acknowl­edge our con­tin­u­ing excep­tion­al­ly good rela­tion­ship with the world’s largest navy, as well as the insights offered by Austal in serv­ing its needs on this occa­sion in par­tic­u­lar.”

Magnus Oding, General Manager, Vestdavit Inc.

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