Record Volume for Viking Line in 2017
The total number of passengers who travelled with Viking Line in 2017 was 6,881,149 (6,502,191) or nearly 6 per cent more than in 2016. That figure is the highest in Viking Line’s history. The number of cargo units was 127,668 (131,918) while the number of passenger cars was 762,253 (682,194). The Group also set an all-time record for passenger cars. The greatest increase in passenger volumes was on the Helsinki–Tallinn route, where capacity was enhanced from April to October. The volume on that route increased 15.7 per cent to 2,341,440.
Norsafe Enters the Cruise and Passenger Ferry Market
Lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe has developed a new partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) for passenger vessels: the SOLAS compliant Minima 88, a compact 8.8m long boat with a width of 4.25m for 150 persons. Norsafe said it has received an order from Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipyard to provide six of its new Minima-88 lifeboats with compatible LHD-200 davits for Finland based operator Viking Line. The ferry newbuild is due to enter service in 2021 on routes across the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
Eidesvik Scores Work for Two Vessels
Norwegian shipping company Eidesvik Offshore ASA has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Seabed Geosolution for the use of two vessels. Contract commencement are ultimo January to primo February and the duration is expected to last for the remaining part of 2018. The LoI is for the use of the multi-purpose support vessel Subsea Viking and for the use of the seismic vessel Vantage. Recently, Eidesvik Invest AS, together with some of the largest shareholders in Eidesvik Offshore, have undertaken to subscribe new equity in a private placement of NOK 120 million at a price of NOK 5 per share.
Viking River Cruises – New Ships, New Destinations
In addition to the six state-of-the-art Viking Longships launching in 2012, Viking will continue expansion in 2013 with the launch of six additional Viking Longships: Viking Bragi, Viking Forseti Viking Rinda, Viking Skadi, Viking Tor and Viking Var. Designed by celebrated maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten—the team behind the Disney Dream and the Yachts of Seabourn, the new ships integrate patent-pending technology and innovations such as diesel-electric hybrid engines, solar panels and onboard organic herb gardens. This year marks the 15th anniversary for Viking River Cruises, and with the launch of six new ships in a single season, the most significant year in the company's history.
Viking Offshore Software Renewed
CT Systems unveils the all new Viking Offshore software. Viking Offshore is specifically designed for use on a wide range of offshore vessels, ranging from a Tug to a large Jackup rig. Viking Offshore continues on the foundations and success of the existing Viking Navigation software. With Viking Navigation as a rock solid base, Viking Offshore makes use of the same ease of use and extended navigation functions. Besides the existing Navionics and Autocad DXF support, Viking is expanded with support for Real-Time backup to a secondary Viking Offshore system and automatic switching to a backup GNSS Receiver. This module provides Viking with a multi point anchoring and tug management Solution which is easy to operate from a central vessel.
Viking River Cruises Sets World Record: 10 Ships Inaugurated in One Day
Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) set a world record with the christening of 10 new Viking Longships. “Today is a proud day for Viking and for river cruising. We are honored to showcase 10 of our revolutionary new Longships and to have had such a celebrated group of women helping us christen them,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. Guests at the christening ceremony enjoyed remarks by each godmother and a presentation on the growth of river cruising by Hagen.
Viking Enters Ocean Cruise Industry
Viking Ocean Cruises has announced it took delivery of Viking Star, marking the company's official arrival into the ocean cruise industry. The delivery ceremony took place on March 28 when the ship was presented at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy. On April 11, Viking Star will set sail from Istanbul and will make her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened on May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Classified by Cruise Critic as a "small ship…
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…
Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call
Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston, will continue on to New York City later in the week. Officials from Massport and Viking marked the occasion with a traditional plaque and key exchange on board Viking Star while docked at the Cruiseport. “As Cruiseport Boston continues this exciting period of growth, we are thrilled to welcome Viking Ocean Cruises and to offer their passengers the opportunity to explore Boston and the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Wieland, Massport’s Port Director.
Viking Recruitment Sets Green Standard
ISS Perennial Gold Sponsor, Viking Recruitment, Sets “Green Standard” in the U.K. by Designing and Building “Viking House,” a Passivhaus Certified Building, for its Expanding Workforce. The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to acknowledge the groundbreaking “green” efforts of perennial Gold Supporter, Viking Recruitment. Viking’s steadfast commitment to the superyacht industry is apparent in their continuing support of ISS’s efforts on behalf of crew worldwide.
Viking Acquires Hook Retrofit leader
Leading marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has today announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group. Established in 2009, Svendborg, Denmark-based Nadiro manufactures high-quality lifeboat and rescue craft systems, developing and promoting its Drop-in-BallTM technology to help ensure crew safety. VIKING has had the status of Preferred Distributor and Service Provider…
Refurbishment Program for Viking Cruises
River cruise operator Viking Cruises is taking full advantage of an annual deck maintenance program offered by the Dutch company Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems. A total of 32 vessels – more than half of the Viking Cruises fleet – will have their decking cleaned and renewed at various European ports this winter, with 18 vessels being refurbished in Cologne. Nine more will be refurbished in Vienna, while the remaining five river cruisers will have work carried out in the French ports of Bordeaux and Rouen, or Mainz and Duisburg in Germany, depending on their cruising itineraries.
Viking Acquires Nadiro from Maersk Group
Marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group. Established in 2009, Svendborg, Denmark-based Nadiro manufactures lifeboat and rescue craft systems, developing and promoting its Drop-in-Ball technology to help ensure crew safety. VIKING has had the status of Preferred Distributor and Service Provider, supplying the company’s…
Viking Sea Floated Out From Drydock
Viking Ocean Cruises has announced its second ship—the 930-passenger Viking Sea —was floated out from Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, marking a major construction milestone and the first time that the new ship touches water. Viking marked the occasion with a traditional ceremony at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, where the ship is under construction. Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior vice president of product and daughter of Torstein Hagen, will be godmother to Viking Sea and will officially “name” the ship during the christening ceremony in early 2016.
Viking Star Succeeds In Sea Trials
There is no question that Viking Ocean Cruises is launching an exceptionally innovative series of new ocean-going vessels, layered on its successful series of river cruise vessels, notably the Viking Longships. This list of innovations is a long one, and I’ll have more details about the 930-passenger Viking Star as she approaches her launch in April. Meantime, you’ll find some of the highlights at the bottom of this post. The vessel completed sea trials recently, and as Viking is prone to do, the sea trials were documented in a television-like featurette, which you can view below.
Viking Ocean Cruises Extends Order at Fincantieri
Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two. The new builds will be sister ships to the six already ordered and will enter Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The final contracts will become effective upon the fulfillment of financing and other customary closing conditions. The new ships will follow the same design as the current ships ordered and in operation. The entire fleet is comprised of all-veranda staterooms; each ship has a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons and accommodates 930 guests in 465 cabins. As with the other sister ships…
VIKING, NK Group Join Forces
Leading Danish marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has signed a multi-year global servicing agreement with NK Group, a major Korean supplier of firefighting systems and related equipment, laying the foundations for a strong business alliance between the two companies. According to the agreement, VIKING will become NK’s preferred service provider, carrying out marine fire servicing and sourcing original spare parts for the Korean company’s customers around the world.
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.
VIKING and MOLTECH Enter Strategic Alliance
Marine and fire safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) and MOL Techno-Trade Ltd. (MOLTECH) have entered a strategic alliance and sole agency agreement, establishing MOLTECH as the exclusive agent for VIKING in Japan. MOLTECH will be offering the full range of VIKING’s safety solutions including the industry leading Shipowner Agreements (SOA) - agreements that combine global product availability and servicing with financing in fixed price structures and the convenience of VIKING’s management of the service schedules. The Shipowner Agreements are planned and monitored from a single point of contact and were an industry game-changer, when first introduced back in 2009.
Green Award for Viking in Thailand
After an intensive inspection by a 20-man team from the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), Viking Life-Saving Equipment's manufacturing plant in Laem Chabang has won a 2009 Environmental Governance Award, in recognition of exceeding nationwide standards covering environmental performance and social responsibility. IEAT audited 138 companies working within the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate area, south of Bangkok. Viking is one of only five companies to win a 2009 Award. The Good Environmental Governance Awards were established in 2007 to recognise companies offering environmental and social leadership, based on the organisation’s willingness to provide information on environmental initiatives for its workers, participation in surrounding communities, and corporate governance.
Viking to Install AMOS
has received an order from Viking Line to equip their latest new built Viking ADCC with AMOS M&P and AMOS Q&S. The vessel is planned to be in operation during the autumn of 2009. Viking ADCC is a fast ferry and is currently being built at Astilleros de Seville in . The vessel is being custom built for the route Kapellskar – Mariehamn and has a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 320 cars. In accordance with the Viking standard, ADCC is constructed to produce minimal negative effects on the environment; All main and auxiliary engines are equipped with catalytic cleansing and low sulphur fuel will be used. No toxic anti fouling paints are used. Viking ADCC is constructed to accommodate the disabled and people in wheel chairs. The interior has been designed by Tillberg Design.
E.R. Schiffahrt Goes Global with Viking
Viking Life-Saving Equipment and E.R. Schiffahrt have teamed up to design a fully customized, global servicing arrangement based on Viking’s Shipowner Agreements. The contract covers liferafts, lifeboats, immersion suits, lifejackets and marine fire systems and equipment such as fire extinguishers on more than 30 vessels of the shipowner’s fleet. The plan is for Viking to manage not just service notifications, but also the coordination of all servicing. While lifeboats and marine fire equipment will be covered under a fixed-price servicing arrangement, E.R.
Viking Shows Growth
Marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer and service provider Viking Life-saving Equipment A/S has reported its ninth year of growth – capturing market share from competitors in a difficult business climate and delivering record turnover of DKK 1,584 billion and PBT of 115 million DKK. According to CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen, the company’s results are due to Viking’s investments in long term growth, which are proving their worth in a worldwide market that has virtually stagnated during 2012.