• Mari-Tech 2015 - April 8-10, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Booth 63
• NY Tactical Conference & Expo 2015 - April 28-30, 2015, Verona, NY, Booth 405
• NTOA Conference and Trade Show 2015 - August 30-31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT, Booth 340
• TacOps East 2015 - September 9-11, 2015, Arlington, VA, Booth 404
• International Workboat Show 2015 - December 1-3, 2015, New Orleans, LA, Booth 1958
Following successful deliveries for the first two Freedom class LCS ships, Scan Pacific NW and Vestdavit have delivered the boat handling systems for the two flights of Freedom class LCS ships. The USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) was recently commissioned at Marinette Marine and the equipment is standing by for installation and commissioning on the USS Detroit (LCS-7), USS Little Rock (LCS-9), and USS Sioux City (LCS-11). Equipment for the USS Wichita (LCS-13), USS Billings (LCS-15), and USS Indianapolis (LCS-17) is in production. Each LCS ship is equipped with a Vestdavit TW-4150 tow wench and a TDBE-2200 davit. The TDBE-2200 is a single point, telescoping, electric, 2.2T SWL davit used for launch and recovery of the ship's MOB boat. This davit is fully SOLAS compliant and has an integrated UPS for deadship operation.
In the summer of 2013 Scan Pacific NW and Vestdavit supplied four HN-9000 dual point, 9T SWL, workboat davits to the Fairweather to replace the existing work boat davits. Since 2003, the Fairweather has also used a Vestdavit PL-2500 and a P-3600 for the ship's RIBs. The retrofit of the Fairweather follows an earlier, similar retrofit of NOAA Ship Rainier.
The M/V Aiviq operates in tough, arctic conditions and needed boat handling equipment up to the task. In 2011 Scan Pacific NW and Vestdavit supplied the M/V Aiviq, on long term lease to Royal Dutch Shell from Edison Chouest Offshore, with a PLR-3600 single point, 3.6T SWL RIB davit and a PAP-9000 single point, 9T SWL, FRC davit equipped with an anti-pendulation docking head.
The Rainier has been operating a Vestdavit P-7000 workboat davit for nearly 20 years, since 1995. Due to the reliability and ease of use of the existing Vestdavit system NOAA selected Vestdavit equipment when it came time to replace the workboat davits and RIB davit on the Rainier. In 2010 NOAA replaced the existing, non-Vestdavit, workboat davits with four HN-9000 dual point, 9T SWL davits and the RIB davit with a PLR-3600 single point, 3.6T SWL davit. The existing P-7000 workboat davit is still in use by the Rainier today.
In 2010 Scan Pacific NW and Vestdavit supplied the M/V Nanuq, on long term lease to Royal Dutch Shell from Edison Chouest Offshore, with a PLR-14000, single point, 14T SWL workboat davit. The M/V Nanuq needed one davit to handle multiple boats, so Vestdavit designed a sliding cradle system to launch and recover both of the Nanuq's 34' workboats from only one davit.
Scan Pacific NW and Vestdavit will be supplying nine PLA-2000 davits for use on each of the USCG's Bay Class ice-breaking tugs. The PLA-2000 is a single point, MOB davit with a 2T SWL that can operate in up to sea state 3. The PLA-2000 is also constructed primarily from aluminum to reduce weight. The USCG wants an easy retrofit so the davit, HPU, and controls are mounted on a skid to simplify installation of the system. The USCG has taken delivery of the first and second davits and production has started on the third.
The Oscar Dyson initially used the ship's deck crane to launch and recover a 27' workboat. However, NOAA wanted to improve crew safety and ease of operation when launching and recovering the workboat. NOAA decided to outfit the ship with a dedicated davit and selected a Vestdavit HN-8500 dual point, 8,5T SWL workboat davit. The davit is slated for late 2014 delivery and 2015 installation. This project represents another job in a series of retrofits where NOAA worked with Scan Pacific NW and selected Vestdavit equipment.