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Vestdavit receives contract to supply telescopic davits for Royal Danish Navy frigates

Vestdavit will deliver eight TDBS 8000 systems to equip four Royal Danish Navy frigates. (Vestdavit )

Norwegian manufacturer Vestdavit has developed a new telescopic davit system that will be retrofitted onboard four of the Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) Absalon- and Iver-Huitfeldt-class frigates.

Under a contract announced on 27 June, Vestdavit will supply eight of its TDBS 8000 advanced telescopic systems – two for each ship.

The TDBS 8000 system is designed to launch and recover multiple sizes of fast rescue craft and future boat types in harsh weather conditions up to Sea State 6.

It features a telescopic arm that can extend to 7 m and handle boats up to eight tonnes. The system is mounted on a slewing foundation that can swivel outwards from a longitudinal position in a confined space on the side of the vessel hull.

According to Vestdavit, one of the challenges in the design process for the RDN's tender requirements was the limited space availability because of the narrow location of the top-mounted system on the side of the vessel, and the need to avoid installing davit structures and components on the main deck. Given the geometrical limitations for manual operations, the system was designed with high level of functional automation, with digitalised remote control of davit movements, the company said.

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