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PLAR-3600 makes research ship breakthrough at Oregon State University

Vestdavit has added to its series of deliveries in North America with a breakthrough contract covering ships destined for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet. Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana is building Regional Class Research Vessels for Oregon State University’s...

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Vestdavit has added to its series of deliveries in North America with a breakthrough contract covering ships destined for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet.

Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana is building Regional Class Research Vessels for Oregon State University’s contribution to the University-Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) program. The Gulf Coast yard has contracted for both vessels to feature lightweight, aluminum PLAR-3600 davits from Vestdavit.

At 60m in length, these next generation vessels have been designed as cutting-edge, acoustically quiet platforms with a capacity for 16 scientists and 13 crew, and will be fully equipped to conduct detailed seafloor mapping.

With a range of 5,000 nautical miles and the ability to stay out at sea for up to 21 days, boat launching and recovery will be central to the marine science research missions undertaken by these vessels.  The PLAR-3600 A-frame marine davit is well proven in service and distinguished for its ease of use and safe operations, even in rough weather: safety features include a dynamic shock absorber and hydraulic boat guiding arms.

The first of the vessels, pre-christened Taani, is expected to be delivered in 2021. A second ship, contracted over the summer of 2018, will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to its light weight, the PLAR-3600 aluminum davit and all associated components (including the HPU and starter) sit on a skid, making the entire unit very quick and cost-efficient to install the davit. The skid and davit is simply bolted to the deck; after oil-fill, power connection and weight test, the PLAR-3600 is fully DNV-GL certificated and ready for use.

For more information, please contact Vestdavit US, Magnus Oding. Tel: +1 425 501 5936, e-mail: magnus.oding@vestdavitus.com

To watch the PLAR-3600 in action, see the video below.