Persistence pays off
Four newbuild multi-role combat vessels for the Finnish Navy are to be fitted with state-of-the-art davits by Vestdavit, bolstering its position in the wider Nordic naval market.
The Pohjanmaa-class corvettes are to be constructed at RMC’s shipyard in Rauma, Finland as part of the navy’s €1.23bn ($1.36bn) Squadron 2020 project to replace seven ageing vessels. The advanced warships, with a length of 114m and beam of 16m, have an ice-strengthened hull for deployment on diverse missions in ice-bound waters. Efficient davits with a high level of reliability and redundancy for rapid-response launch and recovery of interceptor and life-saving boats are required.
“Adaptability to work in harsh environments with high sea states and compliance with shock requirements were important criteria in winning this major davit award on one of the Finnish Navy’s biggest newbuild projects to date,” says Vestdavit area sales manager Martin Sundgot Hansen.
“It is very positive for us to be chosen to supply davits for an entire new class of ship and demonstrates both RMC’s and the navy’s confidence in our ability to deliver mission-critical equipment.”
Hansen believes “perseverance and the right technical solutions” were key factors in securing the landmark contract, as well as the low maintenance requirement for Vestdavit equipment that reduces lifecycle cost.
The groundwork for the contract was actually laid around four years ago when Vestdavit first started working with RMC on the project, according to Hansen. “Being able to enter the project at an early stage has enabled us to better understand the navy’s davit requirements on the newbuilds and tailor davit designs according to its specific needs,” he explains.
Hansen says RMC required an “extensive volume” of information on davit specifications in advance of the contract award and Vestdavit was able to call on its available resources based on an extensive track record of similar naval deliveries over the past three decades.
“These deliveries have enabled us to develop standardized documentation for RMC and this gives us a competitive advantage as we can provide the required information without prolonging the preliminary contractual process,” he says. “In a broader perspective, it is important for Vestdavit to work with the navies of all Nordic countries given the need for regional collaboration on naval defence and this contract consolidates our position in that regard.”
The contract will also require Vestdavit to establish a service base in Finland to support this delivery, as well as further possible orders in the wider Nordic region.