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Vestdavit’s PLAR-4000 davit for RNZN

19th February 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Vestdavit’s PLAR-4000 davit boat-handling technology has been selected for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) new Devonport Naval Base training facility in Auckland, the company announced on 15 February.

The new training facility is scheduled to open in March 2018 and includes a purpose-built landside facility which accommodates a replica of RNZN’s inshore patrol vessel.

The facility also has a Seamanship Training Aids Facility Pontoon and features a wide range of equipment designed to enable new trainees to develop their seamanship skills in boat handling, rope work, anchoring, berthing and towing through repetition before performing in a real operational environment.

A PLAR-4000 davit is mounted on the starboard side of the pontoon to allow crew to practice boat approaches, launch and recovery of rigid-hulled inflatable boat. The pontoon is fixed on to two piles using an articulated truss and also features an accommodation ladder, pilot and boarding assault ladder positions, a life raft launcher, a HIAB crane and a swimmer of the watch gantry.

Additionally, a sea-water cooling system has also been installed to extend the training time of the equipment.

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