Vestdavit has secured a major breakthrough for its MissionEase multi-boat handling system for mission bays, after winning the contract to equip the Nexans flag ship cable layer Nexans Aurora.
The high-end Nexans cable laying vessel (CLV) has been designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund and will be constructed by Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft. At 149.9m in length, 31 m width and with capacity to accommodate 90 personnel, she will perform power cable laying, cable system protection and trenching, and be capable of high maneuverability and DP3 station-keeping capabilities.
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 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. Its selection by Nexans is truly significant, given that this vessel has been designed specifically to operate in rough conditions.
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 and reliable Telescopic TDB-5000 units, which are often chosen by Coastguards, Navies and offshore operators when space, as well as performance, is key. 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.