Vestdavit moves into leisure market
Norwegian-owned Vestdavit is selling its MissionEase multiple-boat handling system to a new passenger ship audience to address safety in the leisure market.
The company has expressed concern that that conventional launching and retrieval could compromise safety for a generation of expedition yachts and cruise ships heading for remote locations.
“Being able to leave and rejoin the vessel safely to explore the wonders of nature or enjoy watersports is now part of the cruising experience,” says Bjørnar Dahle, sales and business development director at Vestdavit. “For owners of the expedition ships and mega-yachts of today, protecting these assets and handling them safely with maximum efficiency has become an operational imperative.”
The company says that inclusion of a mission bay in the structure of ships could be a solution to the issues raised by the increasing popularity of passenger excursions away from main leisure vessels, as it would be capable of protecting multiple boats from the elements and stowing high value assets out of harm’s way.
Vestdavit explained its system of hydraulic cradles positioned on the deck of a vessel’s hangar enable crew to move boats safely from their stowage positions to the maintenance, preparation or launch areas.
Mr Dahle said that MissionEase enables one operator using a remote control to transfer, launch and recover a mission boat to and from either side of the vessel, whether stationary, in high seas or in motion.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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