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Davits go Dutch

Norwegian davit supplier Vestdavit has bolstered its presence in the European market with the launch of a new subsidiary in the Netherlands.

Located in Maastricht, the Vestdavit BV new sales and service centre is strategically located for the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany; giving support to clients in these and surrounding countries, as well as servicing hundreds of vessels passing through regional ports such as Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp.

Headed up by managing director Kai Gjerde, the move positions the business for growth in one of the world’s major maritime hubs and, according to Gjerde, “demonstrates the company’s commitment to our market” triggering “exceptional interest” from regional shipbuilders.

An electrical engineer by profession, Gjerde has a broad commercial and technical background in the maritime industry and served as Vestdavit’s agent through his own service company in the Netherlands before taking on the new role.

Gjerde said the company already has a strong reputation for supplying high-quality boat-handling equipment to Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group and other regional yards, including deliveries for naval ships. “There are some promising newbuild projects in the pipeline and the availability of local aftermarket support with a short supply line is set to be a key factor in upcoming contract awards,” he said.

Managing director of parent Vestdavit Group, Rolf Andreas Wigand, believes having boots on the ground in the Netherlands will strengthen the company’s role in system integration on newbuilds through early participation in the ship design phase. “Being where the action is will enable us to provide a rapid response in terms of technical support and delivery of equipment, as well as close follow-up for clients including shipyards, ship designers and ship operators. It also means we will be better able to translate client needs into tangible products as we seek to provide bespoke davits suited to specific requirements.”

Vestdavit currently has ongoing orders with Damen including davits for three naval patrol vessels being built at the shipbuilder’s Cape Town yard in South Africa, a customs inspection vessel to be built in Italy, a combat support vessel for the Dutch Navy and two hydrographic survey vessels.

Exhibitor: Vestdavit

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