Vestdavit wins French Customs Patrol Boat order

Vestdavit PAP6000 davit with the capability of launching and recovering RIBs up to 9.5 m long in sea state 6.
Vestdavit PAP6000 davit with the capability of launching and recovering RIBs up to 9.5 m long in sea state 6.

Vestdavit has been contracted by French shipyard Socarenam to supply the davits for a new 50 m patrol boat which it will build for the French customs.

Vestdavit will supply two davits, one PAP6000 and one PAP3250 davit which will give the patrol vessel the capability of launching and recovering RIBs up to 9.5 m long in sea state 6.

Rolf Andreas Wigand, Managing Director, Vestdavit, says, “Socarenam is an important builder of sophisticated patrol vessels and we are pleased to land our first order with them. Our experience with supplying davits to other customs authorities in Australia and Germany means we can provide them with a capability of launching and recovering interception and boarding craft in a much wider weather window than current customs patrol vessels.”

The PAP davit is a hydraulic single point davit for FRC, MOB boats and daughter craft characterized by its compact design and its anti-pendulation device. The anti-pendulation device is a triaxial-compensated docking head which ensures control of the boat in all positions. It is equipped with hydraulic shock absorbers, self-tensioning, line puller and end stop, ensuring safe and fast launch and recovery in severe sea states.

Socarenam is a shipyard based in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, with a proud tradition of building sophisticated vessels. The French customs vessel it is now contracted to build will be delivered in 2015 for service in the Mediterranean area.