Vestdavit Fulfils Four-Davit Order for Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

Vestdavit has completed the delivery of four boat-handling davit systems to Australian shipyard Austal to be installed on two Cape-class patrol boats (CCPB) being acquired by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG).

The cutting-edge PLAR-4501-type launch-and-recovery systems – part of a lightweight, robust and reliable 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.

Rendering of an Austal Cape Class Patrol Boat of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG). Austal Photo.

“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,” says Vestdavit Sales and Business Development Director Bjørnar Dahle.

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 the UK Royal Navy, United States Navy and French Navy ships.

Dahle sees Vestdavit’s relationship with Austal and some of the world’s most prominent naval organisations as testament to the company’s ever-growing reputation. “This is another significant deal with a big name in shipbuilding for navies, and it reinforces our status as a supplier of premium-grade davits for high-stakes missions. Clearly, navies and coast guards – like that of Trinidad and Tobago – need reliable, high-performance systems for boat launch and recovery, and they are increasingly opting for the credentials and expertise of Vestdavit.”

In 2019, Austal signed a contract worth approximately A$126 million with Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) to construct two CCPBs for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG). The new boats will enhance the island nation’s border protection capabilities.

The GORTT requested that the purchase be supported by a financing package through Export Finance Australia (EFA). The Commonwealth announced in December 2018 that the Defence Export Facility would be available to support this program.

Austal began construction with a metal cutting ceremony at its Henderson shipyard on 8 April 2019, attended by Captain Douglas Archer representing the GORTT Coast Guard and Australian Defence Export Advocate, the Hon. David Johnston. The vessels are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2020.

Austal originally designed and built ten CCPBs used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Australian Border Force (ABF). The 58-meter all aluminium monohull patrol boats were specifically designed and manufactured to combat the full range of maritime security threats. The CCPB has a 4000 nautical mile range and a 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22 people and is fitted with two high-speed rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels.

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