Vestdavit to Supply Davit Systems for French Navy’s Four New Logistic Support Ships

Vestdavit, a leading boat-handling systems supplier, has won a tender from Chantiers de l’Atlantique (CdA) to supply davit systems for French Navy’s four new logistic support ships, the company announced.

The four vessels are being built under the French Navy’s FLOTLOG (Flotte Logistique) program. The modern, double-hulled vessels will ultimately replace the Navy’s current, single-hulled logistic support ships (LSSs) and will be deployed to support France’s blue-sea combat fleet.

Vestdavit will supply two PLD-6000 A-frame davits for interception craft and a single PL-3600R davit for fast rescue per ship to ensure safety and crew comfort in missions worldwide in unforgiving seas. With the first vessel to be handed over by the end of 2022, deliveries will be completed by 2029.

Vestdavit davit system. (Photo credit: Vestdavit)

“This is a huge breakthrough for us following months of intense engineering work and ensures an eight-year collaboration with Chantiers de l’Atlantique on this very prestigious project,” says Redouane Lahsen, Vestdavit project lead and area sales manager. “It strengthens our relationship with one of the worlds’ most important navies.” Vestdavit also works with other major French-owned yards and aims to reinforce its presence in France.

Vestdavit’s PLD-6000 type davit is designed specifically for the flexibility and speed needed by interception vessels and can handle everything from leisure craft to workboats. It has a load-bearing capacity of up to six tons and remains effective even beyond sea state 5. Thanks to Vestdavit’s modular design, the PLD-6000 can be equipped with a docking head and guiding arms and to handle unmanned surface vessels (USVs) or underwater autonomous vehicles (UAV’s) if required.

The PL-3600R davit is designed for fast rescue craft and has a safe working load of 3.6 tons. Fully equipped with shock absorbers, guiding arms and a self-tension system as standard, the PL-3600R ensures stability in conditions up to and including sea state 5.

With the LSS-types expected to operate for 40 years, Vestdavit project lead Redouane Lahsen says that the shipyard’s selection criteria demanded launch-and-recovery systems that would be built to last and allow easy, low-cost maintenance.

“As a builder of high-quality vessels for high-profile naval, cruise sector and commercial shipping clients, Chantiers de l’Atlantique undertakes exhaustive evaluations when selecting suppliers. In meeting and exceeding yard requirements, Vestdavit adds one of the most sought-after contracts in European naval shipbuilding in recent years to its reference list.”

The FLOTLOG tankers, with a fuel capacity of 13,000 m3, have the mission to provide logistical support to the French and allied navies’ combat vessels. They will carry fuel for vessels, jet fuel for aircraft, weapons and ammunition, spare parts, as well as food. The ships will also be equipped with waste management solutions and repair workshops.

French Navy Logistic Support Ship (LSS) being built under the FLOTLOG (Flotte Logistique) program.

The design of the vessels is based on the Italian LSS Vulcano (constructed by Fincantieri for Italian Navy), the first ship of the Italian-French Logistic Support Ship (LSS) program managed by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation).

Chantiers de l’Atlantique is in charge of the design and construction of the ships. The construction of the forward hull section of the vessels is outsourced to Fincantieri.

Main characteristics of the vessel:

+ Gross tonnage: 28,700 GRT
+ Overall length: 194 m
+ Overall width: 27.40 m
+ Crew capacity: 190 people (of which 130-people strong crew)
+ Total deadweight: 14,870 tonnes
+ Freight volume: 13,000 m3
+ Total installed capacity: 24 MW
+ Artillery: 40 mm guns
+ Polaris Combat Management System

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