Vestdavit fulfills four-davit order for Trinidad and Tobago coast guard

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(BERGEN, Norway) — Vestdavit has completed the delivery of four boat-handling systems to Australian shipyard Austal. The PLAR-4501-type davits are due to be installed on two Cape-class patrol boats aquired by the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to enhance the island nation’s border protection capabilities.

The launch-and-recovery systems – part of a lightweight family of A-frame aluminium davits for man-overboard and fast-rescue craft – are designed according to new standard DNVGL-ST-0498 for safer and more efficient boat handling. Due to their compact and resilient structure, they offer high performance without compromising vessel stability or maneuverability.

“As the newest addition to the PLAR family, the PLAR-4501 is as light, tough and flexible as previous iterations, but offers even greater safety and efficiency in line with the latest performance standards. This makes it highly-effective as a davit system for fast-patrol craft – and the perfect choice for the dynamic and unpredictable operations of coast guards and navies,” said Bjornar Dahle, Vestdavit sales and business development director.

With this most recent delivery, Vestdavit has now supplied Austal with over 60 marine davits. Between 2004-2006, Vestdavit delivered 28 units of the PLAR-4500 – the PLAR-4501’s predecessor – to the Henderson-based shipyard for installation on the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of 14 Armidale-class patrol boats.

The latest announcement follows a run of successes for Vestdavit in the first half of 2020 with shipbuilders fulfilling navy contracts, including orders for Royal Navy, United States Navy and French Navy ships.

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By Professional Mariner Staff