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LARS, Davit, A-Frame, Winch and Offshore Crane Design

Our pedigree is the design and manufacture of LARS/davit systems for the recovery of manned hyperbaric lifeboats weighing ~20t and doing this in harsh offshore marine conditions (e.g. Bass Strait).  
More recently, Thrust Maritime has been awarded the design and manufacture of a number of new Davits/Launch and Recovery systems for Royal Australian Navy project for a new submarine rescue system.
Thrust Maritime’s design capability is based in Glen Iris, Victoria and comprises specialists in all aspects of launch and recovery systems.

Core strengths include:

  • Deep understanding and application of safety-critical lifting appliance codes to ensure compliance, maximise safety and avoid operating restrictions

  • Practical know-how designing, manufacturing and deploying systems to launch and recover manned boats at sea

  • Full digital design capability executed wholly in 3D CAD with immersive virtual reality environment for effective communication

  • Sophisticated simulation of vessel motion at sea combined with structural performance modelling for assured strength and durability


  • In-house advanced manufacturing capability at our Pakenham (Victoria) facility for quality assurance and local control of the deliverables


  • Design and manufacture of complete LARS systems including structural, mechanical, hydraulics, controls, electrical and winch


  • Active-Heave Compensation and Active Constant-Tension winch systems for the ultimate control of loads at sea


  • Advanced ship interface template systems, allowing rapid and repeatable installation of davits /launch and recovery systems – thereby allowing davits to be maintained in a rotable method – thus maximising Platform operability


  • Welding of ultra-high-strength steel and other lightweight structures


  • Development of patented lifting equipment for use at sea, driven by safety and practicality

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