VIKING Sees Growth After Norsafe Acquisition
After two years of slightly declining revenue, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is seeing growth once more, said the global market leader in maritime and offshore safety.In 2018, VIKING acquired the Norwegian manufacturer of lifeboats Norsafe AS. Adjusting for the costs of integrating this business and the impact on revenue in the last quarter of the year, the results show growth in both revenue and earnings.“We were able to deliver growth in activities and earnings in the original VIKING business…
“Liferaft Man” Takes the ISSETA Helm
The Inflatable Safety & Survival Equipment Technical Association (ISSETA) has elected the Danish self-proclaimed “liferaft man”, Erik Søndergaard, Secretary.Søndergaard has held various leading management positions for both Survitec and VIKING Life-Saving Equipment and comes with extensive knowledge about the maritime industry. He retired a few years ago and looks forward to again being a part of the industry he loves so much.Since 2000, Ian Brindle has served as Secretary of ISSETA.
USS Indianapolis Wreckage Located
A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945. This is a significant discovery considering the depth of the water in which the ship was lost - more than 18,000 feet. Around 800 of the ship's 1,196 Sailors and Marines survived the sinking, but after four to five days in the water - suffering exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks - only 316 survived.
Kudos for Norsafe from Australian Navy
Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, has received a glowing recommendation from the Australian Navy for the quality of its lifeboat servicing on one of the Navy’s replenishment vessels HMAS Sirius. The work on the HMAS Sirius involved lifeboat overhaul and upgrade plus Non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection and overhaul of the winches and davits. Norsafe Australia received an e-mail from Chief Petty Officer Ben Reid which said, “I would like to express my…
DNV GL: Enhancing Fire Safety on Ro-Ro Decks
DNV GL has issued a report on fire incidents in Ro-Ro spaces to address growing safety concerns in this segment and provide guidance to shipowners. DNV GL’s “Fires on Ro-Ro decks” has examined fires within Ro-Ro spaces on Ro-Pax vessels, vehicle carriers and general Ro-Ro cargo vessels and has identified 35 such fires between 2005 and 2016. A previous DNV GL paper on Ro-Ro fires, published in 2005, had counted 25 fires in Ro-Ro spaces between 1990 and 2003. “We would like to contribute with facts, as well as with our experience.
Norsafe Offers Complete Safety Package for Seafarers
Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat crew. Gaining STCW approval is very timely for Norsafe as the Manila 2010 Amendments to the STCW-78 Convention stipulates that seafarers, who are qualified in the following areas…
VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy
Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami. Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment recently participated in an event at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami. The company had been invited to the event by John Groundwater…
USCG Shines Safety Spotlight on Crab Fishing
One of the most dangerous jobs in America is commercial fishing, and Dungeness crab fishing is the most deadly of all West Coast commercial fisheries. Aiming to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and accidents, U.S. Coast Guard fishing vessel safety experts will visit Northern California fishing ports in early November ahead of California's commercial Dungeness crab season. The season is scheduled to begin at midnight November 14 for the central coast (Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River) and December 1 for the northern coast (Russian River to the Oregon border).
VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules
With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations. Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S says it’s worried that commercial vessels operating in North American coastal waters and waterways simply won’t be able to sail when new USCG safety regulations come into force on 26 February 2016.
VIKING Expanding Australasian Activities
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to the company’s global network of wholly-owned servicing stations as well as several products and services, bringing new advantages for shipowners and offshore operators in the region. A subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Investments (WWI), Wiltrading offers integrated activities in marine safety…
SAR Services Overwhelmed, Under Resourced
Search and rescue (SAR) authorities and organizations in developing nations are under resourced and overwhelmed because of the size of the rivers, lakes and coastlines they have to monitor. This is one of the main conclusions from a report on ferry accidents commissioned by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) – the UK based charity – presented at the World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in Bremerhaven yesterday and coinciding with the ferry disaster on the Yangtze River in China, one of the countries featured in the study.
VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping
Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that are proving popular with shipowners around the world. Few innovations in the safety equipment servicing arena have caught on as strongly as VIKING’s Shipowner Agreements. Based on the concept of fixed prices and centralized, single-source servicing for multi-brand safety equipment, these agreements have been rapidly adopted by forward-thinking shipowners across the globe.
Coast Guard Drops Medical Supplies to Injured Crew
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew dropped medical supplies to a Colombian fishing vessel 900 miles northwest of Galapagos Island, Sunday, the USCG informs. At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard 11th District watchstanders received a call from personnel aboard the fishing vessel Sea Gem, a Colombian-flagged purse seiner, requesting medical supplies for two injured crewmembers aboard. The operator of the vessel reported they were conducting routine fishing operations in air and on water when their helicopter’s cabin caught on fire.
VIKING All set to Meet Global Challenges
For the 2014 financial year, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has again managed to lift both its top and bottom line to record levels. Turnover grew 7 percent to DKK 1.728 billion, and pre-tax profits reached DKK 183.7 million – an increase of 30 percent. “The market continues to embrace the new products we’ve introduced in recent years, and our growth is broadly distributed across geographies” says VIKING’s CEO, Henrik Uhd Christensen. “But we’re operating in a global market that is still under pressure in passenger and cargo shipping…
New VIKING ETSO transport suit tough to beat
“When it comes to passenger suits for helicopter transfer, there are a number of commonly used materials and features that are well-suited to the task,” says Jens Peter Kruse, Vice President, PPE at leading maritime and fire safety equipment manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment. Jens Peter is referring to VIKING’s latest addition to what is already the widest range of ETSO- approved suits on the market: the PS5040 suit, the newest in advanced PPE clothing for transferring personnel to and from offshore platforms.
FitzWright Liferaft Avaiable in Canada
The New Fitzwright Liferaft is now available in Canada. FitzWright Survival Inc., has been recognized for over 30 years as one a high quality manufacturer of Life-Saving Equipment in Canada. FitzWright is proud to announce that it has expanded its product offering under the FitzWright Brand to bring a far greater variety of products to the market. The showcase of this new Life-Saving Equipment Program launch is FitzWright’s NEW Transport Canada and SOLAS Approved Liferafts. The FitzWright Liferafts have been designed and built to not only meet the challenging approval requirements…
EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission visits Seychelles
On 4 and 5 December, EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins, visited EUCAP Nestor’s Country Office in the Seychelles. During his visit, he met several high officials to discuss the way ahead for the exemplary and successful cooperation between the Seychelles and the Mission. He also took part in the closing ceremony for the 2nd Basic Training Course for the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) and officially handed over Maritime Safety equipment to the Seychelles Coast Guard as well as IT equipment to the Seychelles Air Force.
EnQuest Donates Life Saving Equipment
Northeast charities and golf clubs benefit from EnQuest’s $120,000 donations. Fifteen golf clubs across Aberdeen City and Shire have been gifted life-saving equipment worth a total of more than $24,000 by leading North Sea oil producer, EnQuest, in partnership with safety training and offshore services specialist, Falck Safety Services. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were donated to each of the clubs following EnQuest’s annual charity golf day in June which raised more than $120…
VIKING Steps Up Pace of Innovation at SMM
This year’s SMM in Hamburg will see VIKING release more innovations than at any other point in its 50-year history, including new developments in PPE clothing, safety equipment outsourcing, onboard training solutions, and evacuation systems, as well as a catalogue that almost doubles the number of maritime products. Esbjerg, Denmark, September 2014 – Riding high on market successes, marine safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s product developers have…
Fendercare Hosts Showcase for Consumer Community
On Friday June 20, Fendercare Marine opened the doors of its Great Yarmouth base, showcasing its expansion of products and services over the last two years. The Fendercare Marine Open Day attendants included a range of existing and new customers, along with members of the Great Yarmouth community. The guests were able to view displays of marine equipment products, lifting equipment, rope splicing demonstrations, height equipment work and load monitoring. During the day, Fendercare Marine MD…
VIKING Reports 10 Years of Profit Growth
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announced its 2013 financial results, reporting growth in both turnover and profits for 10 straight years. Adjusted for falls in the U.S. dollar exchange rate, currencies pegged to the dollar, and European member state non-euro currencies, the company’s turnover for 2013 increased 6 percent to DKK 1.612 billion, VIKING said. Profit before tax grew more than 20 percent to a record DKK 141.2 million. “Our earnings have now reached an appropriate level for a healthy manufacturing company,” says VIKING CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen.
Lee Recognized with Royal Danish Award
The Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor, was awarded to VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s Korean representative, J.W. Lee, for close to thirty years’ of successful business partnership. The recipient of the Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor is J.W. Lee, a successful Korean businessman who, over many years, has built a successful agency business based around the products of VIKING Lifesaving Equipment, the Esbjerg-based global company in marine and fire safety equipment.
Polar Code Focus at Arctic Conference
The Polar Code has been under development at the IMO for a considerable length of time but will reach fruition during 2014 after which it will be offered to the various nations to ratify. The Code seeks to provide a common reference for those ship owners, designers and – more importantly, perhaps – the ship users who will be operating inside the Arctic or Antarctic regions. The South Polar Region is already covered for a host of aspects by the Antarctic Treaty which has now been in force for many years.
VIKING Expands Global Safety with Onboard Training
A group of IT entrepreneurs with a background in marine and crew training and a unique product caught the attention of leading marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-saving Equipment A/S. This is the latest addition to VIKING’s growth strategy. SAATSEA, now renamed as VIKING Saatsea, addresses the need of shipowners and operators to continuously train their crew by offering a combined solution that manages planning and implementation of onboard training as well as the documentation.
Styrk Bekkenes Named CEO of Harding
Since new owners took over Schat-Harding and Noreq in June, Styrk Bekkenes, chief executive of Noreq, has been appointed CEO of Harding – a new large joint company for the development and production of life-saving equipment. Harding will have more than 900 employees in 30 different locations worldwide. Its head office will be at Seimsfoss in Kvinnherad. The new owners, spearheaded by the investment fund Herkules, wish to further develop the best life-saving equipment from Schat-Harding and Noreq.
Ocean Safety Completes Arctic Safety Training
Ocean Safety training for ICE-SAR and Sonar in cold Icelandic waters. The UK’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, has just completed a chilly training session to safety authorities in Iceland in conjunction with the company’s Iceland service agent Sónar EHF, to demonstrate vital life saving equipment manufactured by the company. Andy Bracewell, Export Manager at Ocean Safety, led a team which demonstrated the capabilities of the Kannad SafeLink R10 AIS Survivor Recovery System (SRS) to service technicians at Sónar EHF, based in Reykjavík.