Three SMST Davit Systems for Pilot Vessel Procyon

The Procyon, one of the pilot vessels of Nederlands Loodswezen BV, has recently been equipped with three new davit systems for deployment and recovery of its Fast Launch Craft. These craft transfer pilots to and from seagoing vessels. 

It took only a year for the Dutch maritime pilots’ organisation and SMST from Drachten in the Dutch province of Friesland to realise the newly designed and built davit systems. After sea trials in early July, the Procyon is now back at work at the Dutch pilot stations in the North Sea.

Davit System Design

Nederlands Loodswezen chose the SMST davit systems to increase efficiency and reliability of fast launch operations. With their high speed hoisting configuration, the davit systems safely and smoothly handle a maximum weight of 4.5 tonnes in sea conditions up to a significant wave height of 3.5 metres (4.0 metres in an emergency). The davit systems are equipped with a wave compensation system to extend workability. An improved cable spooling set up is part of the sustainable and robust design.

‘SMST has delivered a perfectly working product that is easy and faultless to operate. The davit systems have been extensively tested in the factory and at sea,’ says Jos de Nooijer, captain at Nederlands Loodswezen.

With the delivery of the davit systems, SMST has enlarged its product portfolio for the offshore industry. The company’s products cover systems for access, lifting, drilling, pipelay and specials.

Picture: The Procyon with one of the new davit systems launching a Fast Launch Craft.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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