2015

VIKING acquires hook retrofit leader

VIKING acquisition takes Maersk Group hook retrofit company Nadiro A/S to the next level.


VIKING moves to expand Australasian activities

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has announced it 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.


Approvals launch VIKING Nadiro into new markets, shorten delivery times

New lifeboat release systems and bracket type approvals for VIKING Nadiro SOLAS products are extending the company’s core capabilities beyond cargo to offshore and passenger segments – and speeding up delivery times.


VIKING Saatsea gets flag-state approval for new onboard STCW e-training and certification management system

VIKING Saatsea has become the first and only provider to achieve flag state approval for its unique STCW on-board training solution with refresher modules according to the new STCW 2010 Manila Amendments for Basic Training.


VIKING signs global service alliance with another major fire safety supplier

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.


New VIKING ETSO transport suit

New ETSO- and SOLAS-approved helicopter transfer suit in high visibility yellow promises higher comfort and safety, combined with a unique equipment exchange scheme that ensures serviced suits are always on hand.

2014

VIKING opens new European production facility in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


VIKING opens a new servicing station in Recife, Brazil.


Featuring a uniquely detachable outer shell, the VIKING Guardian fire suits reduces exposure to carcinogens and dangerous particles.


VIKING moves first - and launches a complete high-visibility programme of protective suits.


The Global Safety Product Agreement (GSPA) concept ensures round-the-clock availability of 50 key safety products in 12 selected ports worldwide.


VIKING opens a new automated state-of-the-art European distribution centre at the Esbjerg headquarters.


VIKING’s 81-metre high offshore evacuation system passes the test - a world record!

2013

VIKING expands its global safety solution with onboard training by acquiring a major stake in SAATSEA.


VIKING takes 360° safety servicing offshore with the customizable VIKING Offshore Service Agreement concept.


VIKING opens a new servicing station in Mexico.


VIKING is first on the market with a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket.


Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark visits VIKING headquarters in Esbjerg.


The double chute undergoes significant updates, which establishes VIKING as the leader in evacuation chute capacity.


Launch of a complete protective clothing program with ETSO SOLAS approvals for offshore transportation.


VIKING develops and launches new slim profile solid SOLAS lifejacket.


New office and warehouse opens in Houston, Texas.


Opening of service station in Ningbo, China.

2012

VIKING launches SOLAS ISO approved work suit designed exclusively for the offshore wind industry.


A servicing station is opened in Gothenburg, Sweden.


The global servicing network is extended to Australia and New Zealand.


VIKING enters into a global sales and service agreement with Nadiro for the Drop-In-Ball lifeboat hook systems.


Long-serving CEO Jens Oluf Bjerre Madsen passes away on 27 July 2012 at the age of 81 years. Jens helped found VIKING in 1960, served as CEO for 32 years and was a dedicated board member until 2005.


3 new servicing staions are opened in Quingdao, China, Chennai, India and Odessa, Ukraine.


VIKING acquires de Vries, marine fire service company in Germany.

2011

Five new servicing stations are opened in Brest (France), Split (Croatia), Kaohsiung (Taiwan) Port Klang (Malaysia), and Colon (Panama).


VIKING expands its presents in Brazil with a new branch office in São Paulo and a new station in Santos.

2010

VIKING celebrates its 50 year anniversary on 1 February 2010.


Director MSc (Economics) Tage Sørensen, OD steps down as Chairman of the Board after 50 years and appoints Managing Director Jens Lindholm as his successor.


CEO Kjeld Amann retires after 13 years at VIKING. Global Sales and Marketing Director Henrik Uhd Christensen is appointed new CEO.


The entire SOLAS portfolio of lifejackets is upgraded to new MSC.200 requirements - including a "design our own" customization option for clients.


VIKING acquires fire suit manufacturer Quest Enterprises, Inc. in Walsenburg, Colorado, USA.


A new branch office is established in Mumbai, India.


VIKING opens a new servicing station in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.


A new servicing station opens in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


VIKING acquires Hygrapha, marine safety company in Germany.

2009

A servicing station is opened in Liverpool, UK.


Global Sales and Marketing Director Henrik Uhd Christensen is named "Young Business Leader of the Year 2009" in Esbjerg Municipality.


VIKING opens new subsidiary in Istanbul, Turkey.


VIKING develop and launches a uniquely customizable concept called the VIKING Shipowner Agreement (SOA).


A new subsidiary is opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2008

VIKING continues to lead the way in global maritime and offshore safety and reaches its long awaited milestone of 1.000.000.000 DKK in turnover despite stiff competition in several markets and fluctuating currencies.


VIKING Life-Saving Equipment Istanbul Denizcilik Ticaret AS opens its doors for servicing maritime life-saving equipment in the Turkish region.


Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik tours VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s Laem Chabang-based facility in Thailand. Trip part of bi-lateral anniversary celebrations marking 150 years of diplomatic relations between two proud maritime nations.


VIKINGs double slide is certified as the highest capacity marine evacuation system on the market.


Offshore safety reaches new heights with VIKING’s new ETSO compliant helicopter transportation suit.


A new SOLAS approved breathable constant wear suit is launched ideal for operations in both cold and warmer climates (PS4170).


VIKINGs new dual chute evacuation system is short-listed for the prestigious Safety At Sea Award.


2007

VIKING wins international SASMEX Safety at Sea award for the VELS SMS system.


VIKING is nominated for the prestigious DI product award for innovation in protecting lives by integrating sensor technology into lightweight and flexible fire-fighter suits.


The only liferaft designed and tested specifically for Arctic sailing is launched.

2006

Lean manufacturing principles streamline production.


Combined helicopter transportation and immersion suit - PS4173 for offshore purpose nominated for the honoured Seatrade Awards.


The new MiniSlide system, the VELS SMS, was launched for the first time in March 2006 in Norway.

2005

VIKING establishes two new subsidiaries in St. Petersburg, Russia and Shanghai, China.


Initiated the implementation of our global IT system, SAP.


Employee no. 1.000 joined VIKING in October 2005 in Thailand.




2004

VIKING Iceland takes over a new service station in Akranes, Western Iceland.



2003

VIKING achieves the OHSAS 18001:1999, 923 working environment certification.


VIKING implements the new quality system, VMS (VIKING Management System) that complies with ISO 9001:2000.


www.VIKINGsafetyshop.com - VIKINGs electronic product catalogue - is launched.


VIKING Singapore gains ISO 9001:2000 certification.


VIKING Singapore moves to a new 4000m2 building.

2002

VIKING's new MiniSlide system, the VEMS (VIKING Evacuation Minislide System) for fast and safe evacuation from low heights is type approved.


VIKING's 150 DKS (self-righting) and 150 DKR/IBA (open reversible) liferafts are type approved.


VIKING opens 9,000 m2 factory in Bangkok, Thailand.


VIKING establishes a new subsidiary company in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Iceland ehf.

2001

VIKING takes over activities of a the Norwegian company, Norsafe Selantic, that manufactures offshore life-saving equipment: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Bergen AS.


An extension of 7,800 m2 to the existing head offices is built with 6,600 m2 for production and  1,200 m2 for offices, conference rooms and lecture rooms.


VIKING Denmark is awarded a prize for the best working environment by the Danish Workers' Union, Denmark.


VIKING receives the biggest order ever in 41 years of existence by winning a public tender with Tirrenia Navigation, Italian shipowners and their four regional shipyards Toremar, Siremar, Saremar and Caremar.


VIKING Asian Centre, a new hub for Asian markets, is established in Singapore and made fully responsible for handling all countries in the Asian region, including Australia and New Zealand.

2000

Katty Tørnæs, VIKING's Managing Director since 1992, dies and VIKING's Group Finance Director, Kjeld Amann, is appointed new Managing Director.

1999

VIKING evacuation chutes are introduced onto the market.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Stockholm, Sweden:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Sweden AB.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Vancouver, Canada:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Canada Ltd.

1998

A servicing station is established in Estonia.


VIKING´s new Fast Rescue Boat is approved.


The VIKING MiniSlide is introduced to the market.

1997

VIKING's 50 person automatically self-righting liferaft is approved according to the new international regulations - the first on the global market.


The production in Batam is certified according to ISO.


Esbjerg is elected town of the year and VIKING is elected its best workplace.

1996

Katty Tørnæs, Managing Director of VIKING receives the "La Veuve Cliquot" prize of 1996, as Business Woman of the Year.


VIKING launches its first internet site.


VIKING consolidates their position in the market by establishing the following servicing stations: VIKING USA, Cape Canaveral; VIKING UK, Southampton;VIKING France, Marseille and VIKING Spain, Algeceiras.


VIKING's MES (Marine Evacuation System) is approved for ships with no speed limits - a global first.


VIKING establishes a new production site on Batam Island, Indonesia: PT VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Indonesia.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Hamburg: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Deutschland GmbH.

1995

VIKING establishes a servicing station in Le Havre: VIKING Service.


VIKING lifejackets and fire-fighter suits are approved according to CE.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Hong Kong:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Hong Kong Ltd.

1994

Marine evacuation systems are used during a real emergency for the first time. The Finnish cruiseliner Sally Albatross is shipwrecked and within 90 minutes the VIKING MES systems installed on board evacuates all 1100 passengers and 158 crew.

1993

VIKING changes its name from Nordisk Gummibådsfabrik to VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT A/S and all of our products (VIKING, MUSK OX, NORVIK) are unified under the product name of VIKING.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in France:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT France S.a.r.l.

1992

Jens O. Bjerre-Madsen, Managing Director during VIKING's 32 years,retires and is succeeded by Katty Tørnæs.


VIKING 2nd sales office in Holland is established.


VIKING is certified by DnV to DS/ISO 9001.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Spain:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Iberica S.A.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Singapore:VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT PTE LTD. Singapore.

1991

VIKING and MUSK OX are certified by the British MOD to AQAP 1.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Turku, Finland:OY VIKING SERVICE Ab - now VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT (FINLAND) OY.

1990

VIKING London establishes a sales office and servicing station in Aberdeen, Scotland.

1989

VIKING establishes a servicing station in Miami, Florida: High Seas Safety of America, Inc. - later (1994) incorporated in VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT (America) INC.


"VIKING I", a floating training centre, is opened in the UAE.

1988

VIKING establishes a sales office and servicing station in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


VIKING introduces a 50 person throw-overboard liferaft specially designed for the dual-track marine evacuation slide.

1987

MUSK OX production is enlarged and moved to new premises in Bramming just outside Esbjerg.

1986

VIKING starts Inflatable Constructions, a new line of alternative inflatable products.


The 1983 Amendments to the SOLAS '74 regulations of the IMO enter into force. VIKING's liferafts must now comply with newer, stricter regulations.

1985

VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Dubai, UAE: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Middle East.

1984

VIKING licenses production of VIKING enclosed fibre glass lifeboats, VIKING-DODWELL, to a Japanese company.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Oslo, Norway: A/S Nordisk Gummibåtsfabrikk - now VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Norge A/S.


VIKING evacuation slides are introduced onto the market.


VIKING Denmark is receives an award from the town of Esbjerg for outstanding community service and for promoting Esbjerg.

1983

IMO introduces amendments to the SOLAS '74 regulations.


The largest davit-launched liferaft in the world is introduced onto the market, the VIKING 35 DKF with a capacity of 35 persons.


Inauguration of new VIKING servicing facilities in Copenhagen: VIKING Service.

1982

VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Miami, Florida (USA): VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT (America) INC.


VIKING takes over production of MUSK OX immersion and fire-fighting suits.

1979

VIKING extends activities to include fully enclosed fibre glass lifeboats in the product range.

1978

VIKING Denmark is awarded a diploma and honour in recognition of their efforts of merit in connection with Danish export.


VIKING is awarded a diploma by the National Association of Danish Work in recognition of outstanding production initiatives and service to the community.


VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in London, UK: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT UK LTD.

1977

VIKING establishes a subsidiary company in Rotterdam, Holland: VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT Holland B.V.

1974

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduces new regulations, SOLAS '74. VIKING liferafts are subsequently manufactured in accordance.

1970

VIKING takes over the production of fibre glass boats from "Nakskov Shipyard".

1969

VIKING builds a swimming pool for testing products.

1968

VIKING introduces a new product on the market: the davit-launched liferaft enabling passengers to enter liferafts directly from the ship's deck.

1966

The passenger ferry "Skagerak" is shipwrecked on the 7th of September 22 VIKING 20 person liferafts are used in the succesful rescue of those on board, drawing worldwide attention to VIKING liferafts.

1965

VIKING moves from the small harbour facilities to newer and larger facilities on Sædding Ringvej.

1963

VIKING liferafts experience a break through as a result of two incidents: The rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked cutter "Dagmar Larsen" of Esbjerg after a 3½ day stay in the liferaft, and the Navy's 6 day test of a VIKING liferaft in the North Sea.

1960

Production of inflatable VIKING rubber liferafts starts at the harbour of Esbjerg under the company name of A/S Nordisk Gummibådsfabrik