Life Saving Equipment News

29 Oct 2019

VIKING Wins Greek Coast Guard Tender

Photo courtesy of VIKING Life-Saving Equipment

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has been declared the winning bidder in a tender covering three offshore high-speed ambulance boats that will support emergency services in the Aegean Sea.The international tender was concluded after a cooperation between the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Greek Emergency Response Organization (E.K.A.B), in an initiative supported and financed by the European Union under the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Program 2014-2020.All three ambulance boats are scheduled for delivery during the summer of 2020…

14 Oct 2019

Danish Suppliers Facilitate Sustainable Transport

Photo: Danfoss

The global shipping industry is facing requirements for substantial reductions in emissions and for creating a more sustainable transport in order to meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. At Kormarine 2019, 15 Danish suppliers of marine technology and services will be exhibiting their solutions that can help shipowners accelerate the move towards sustainability. According to Mark Lerche, Head of Marine, Danish Export Association, organizer of the Pavilion of Denmark at Kormarine 2019…

17 Jul 2019

VIKING Wins Breakthrough Order for HydroPen

Photo: VIKING

The globally exclusive HydroPen distributor and leading safety solutions expert, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, has announced the signing of a fleetwide contract with a major global container shipping operator to integrate the HydroPen System for container firefighting. Beyond the revolutionary system developed by Rosenby Engineering, the scope of supply also includes MED approved mobile water monitors, providing a further boost to the operators’ onboard fire safety setup.Closing the container safety gapWith the deal…

03 Jun 2019

VIKING, Norsafe Under Same Flag at Nor-Shipping

Photo courtesy of VIKING

Following last year’s acquisition of Norwegian lifeboat builder Norsafe by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, the two companies are joining forces at Nor-Shipping to showcase their complete safety solution.For decades, the name “Norsafe” has been synonymous with high-quality, innovative lifeboat design and craftsmanship. Acknowledging this legacy as well as looking forward to a new and exciting future as part of  VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, all of Norsafe’s boat and davit solutions will now be rebranded as “VIKING Norsafe”.As part of the same process…

20 May 2019

VIKING Wins Norwegian Police Patrol Boat Contract

Photo courtesy of VIKING

Global safety products manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has won a contract to build and supply a VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 patrol boat for the Norwegian police force.The vessel, which will be built in Arendal, Norway and delivered in December this year, will carry out police patrol and rescue missions in the East Police District covering the 38 municipalities from Gardermoen to the Swedish border.Seeing off competition from five other providers,…

28 Apr 2019

Simrad, Lowrance join Barrus Marine

Pic: EP Barrus

Barrus Marine Equipment in the UK, the Marine Leisure Division of EP Barrus, has expanded its product portfolio with the addition of Navico's Simrad and Lowrance brands.The UK-based engine importer and distributor entered the marine chandlery market last year, when it took on the Besto Lifesavers range of marine safety and life-saving equipment.Since then it has secured distribution of 20 new brands, which complement the existing range of parts and accessories distributed by Barrus.Amongst these new brands are Simrad and Lowrance…

14 Mar 2019

VIKING Sees Growth After Norsafe Acquisition

Pic: Norsafe AS

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…

13 Mar 2019

World-first Approval for VIKING LifeCraft Survival Craft

Photo: VIKING

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has officially approved the VIKING LifeCraft Survival Craft as a Novel Life-Saving Appliance, meeting the requirements for replacing conventional lifeboats on passenger ships and advancing progress toward greater safety in large-scale ship evacuation emergencies.Following successful heavy weather trials in November last year, the Survival Craft component of VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s unique hybrid lifeboat/liferaft solution, the VIKING LifeCraft System…

05 Mar 2019

“Liferaft Man” Takes the ISSETA Helm

Erik Søndergaard (Photo: ISSETA)

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.

03 Jan 2019

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Remaining Sincerity Ace Mariner

The sincerity Ace (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com)

The Coast Guard has suspended the active search for the remaining unaccounted for crewmember of the Sincerity Ace, Wednesday.“Following the conclusion of morning and afternoon searches by our aircraft and commercial vessels we suspended the active search. This is always a difficult decision and takes many factors into account,” said Chief Petty Officer Dennis Vetrano, with Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. "We extend our condolences to the families and loved…

19 Nov 2018

Viking LifeCraft Put to the Test

Photo: VIKING

Viking's new LifeCraft system, a hybrid system intended to replace lifeboats/liferafts, was recently put to the test and passed some very demanding conditions.Developed over the last 10 years by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment the new evacuation system unites the advantages of modern lifeboats – such as self-propelled maneuverability – with the flexibility, comfort and smaller footprint of today’s liferafts combined with marine evacuation systems.The solution comprises two main elements: four inflatable VIKING LifeCraft survival crafts each with a capacity of 203 persons…

05 Sep 2018

VIKING Acquires Norsafe

Norsafe free-fall lifeboat (Photo: VIKING Life-Saving Equipment)

Maritime safety equipment manufacturer and global service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used throughout the world. The parties have not disclosed the sales price, and closing is expected October 1, 2018.Established in 1903, Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats with davits and have supplied over 28,000 lifeboats to the global ship market over the years. Its lifeboat…

27 Aug 2018

Portugal’s Naval Rocha Shipyard Reports Robust Activity

Naval Rocha commercial director Sergio Rodrigues

Portugal’s Naval Rocha shipyard is reporting a surge in activity in the opening half of 2018 after delivering a series of drydock, wet basin and pier-side projects.Naval Rocha commercial director Sergio Rodrigues said the yard located in the heart of Lisbon Harbour on the north bank of the River Tagus has completed a wide variety of repair and conversion projects.Key work has involved containers, cruise, passenger and sailing ships, cargo and research survey vessels, naval ships, anchor handing tugs, supply vessels and dredgers.“Naval Rocha is a unique, modern shipyard,” said Mr Rodrigues.

22 Aug 2018

VIKING to Distribute HydroPen Container Firefighters

Photo: VIKING Life-Saving Equipment

Maritime safety equipment manufacturer and global servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has signed with Rosenby Engineering to exclusively distribute the award-winning Danish startup’s HydroPen fire extinguishing system for container vessels.VIKING’s Product Management and New Building Director Jørgen Holm, sees the HydroPen System as a leap forward for protecting container vessels, their cargo and crew from one of modern shipping’s most hazardous situations.“Traditionally…

15 Aug 2018

Stena Drilling Streamlines Safety Equipment with VIKING

VIKING offshore evacuation system (Photo courtesy of Stena Drilling)

U.K.-based offshore drilling company Stena Drilling has placed a significant part of its safety equipment and servicing management under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement.In early 2018, an extensive review done by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment for its long-time customer revealed the potential for major cost and administration savings in placing much of the company’s safety equipment sourcing and administration under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement (OSA), Stena Drilling welcomed the input and signed up.

09 Apr 2018

VIKING Bolsters Offering to Japanese Shipowners

Photo: VIKING

Maritime safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is kicking off its presence at Sea Japan 2018 (April 11-13) with a boosted liferaft offering. On one hand is the company’s ability to supply VIKING S30 extended service interval SOLAS liferafts; on the other is a recent Japanese Government approval for VIKING to supply liferafts to Japanese flagged vessels and carry out final liferaft assembly in Japan. This is the first such approval awarded to a non-Japanese manufacturer…

20 Mar 2018

VIKING Expects Steady Growth

Viking Life-Saving Equipment CEO, Henrik Uhd Christensen Photo credit Viking

For the second consecutive year, revenue and earnings remained stagnant for 2017 at VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S. Signs of a slight improvement in the economy are encouraging, as well as VIKING’s gain in market share. Two of the largest customer segments, the cargo ship market and offshore industry, remain in turmoil and continue to impact the top and bottom lines. "We find ourselves in a market with extremely complex demands that vary significantly between segments - a market driven by a multitude of factors…

16 Mar 2018

Cargo, Offshore Gaining Ground: Viking

Image:  Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S

For the second consecutive year, revenue and earnings remained stagnant for 2017 at Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S. Two of the largest customer segments, the cargo ship market and offshore industry, remain in turmoil and continue to impact the top and bottom lines. Signs of a slight improvement in the economy are encouraging, as well as  Viking's gain in market share. “We find ourselves in a market with extremely complex demands that vary significantly between segments – a market driven by a multitude of factors…

30 Jan 2018

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is ‘Polar Code Ready’

Photo: Viking

It’s been a full year since the International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched the Polar Code to enhance the protection of seafarers and the environment in Arctic and Antarctic regions. As ship owners and operators now work to ensure compliance, Viking Life-Saving Equipment says it stands ready to throw them a lifeline. The global provider offers a complete range of safety solutions for passenger and cargo vessels operating under the Polar Code. “Like the Poles themselves, Polar safety is uncharted territory to many operators.

21 Dec 2017

Singapore Steps Up Safety At Sea

MPA’s port inspector conducts a spot check to ensure that life jackets are in working condition. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stepped up efforts to enhance safety at sea during the year-end festive season. As everyone unwinds during this period, MPA urges the public and all port users to remain vigilant and safe at sea. Typically, the Port of Singapore sees as much as a 15 per cent increase in the number of passengers during the months of November to January. This period coincides with the Northeast monsoon season, which may create unfavourable conditions at sea. Passengers should continue to be mindful of basic safety practices while enjoying the festive mood.

21 Aug 2017

USS Indianapolis Wreckage Located

Photo: United States Navy

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.

26 Apr 2017

Coast Guard Concludes Response to Bulker Casualty

The Coast Guard has concluded its response to a deadly blast on board a bulk ship in the Atlantic Ocean. IMAGE: U.S. Coast Guard

The two surviving crewmembers of the bulk-carrier Tamar explosion were medevaced at approximately 4:30 a.m., by a Portuguese aircrew along with three New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers to continue medical care. The aircrew arrived in Terceira Island, Azores at about 7 a.m. A Portuguese Air Force jet is scheduled to be waiting along with a medical team to bring the injured to Lisbon, Portugal for medical treatment. The captain of the Marshall Islands-flagged…

25 Apr 2017

[Update] Two Dead in Bulk Carrier Explosion

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Monday, the captain of the bulk carrier Tamar reported that a second crewmember was killed from an onboard explosion. The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers arrived on board the Tamar at about 9:30 p.m., after deploying from their HC-130 with two small boats and advanced life-saving equipment. They are staying with the ship until higher medical authority can take over care of the injured crew. The Portuguese Coast Guard are scheduled to launch a helicopter and pick up the injured crew members and bring them to Ponta Delgada. They are expected to be within range of the Azores, Portugal within 24 hours.

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