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The Scandinavian connection to sailing the high seas is legendary and Denmark is still a seafaring nation with strong roots in commercial maritime business. VIKING Life-Saving Equipment began protecting lives 50 years ago in a west coast fishing port, producing liferafts for fishermen making their living on the formidable North Sea.
After the terrible loss of life through drowning suffered by merchant sailors during the Second World War, there was a general frustration that not enough was being done to prevent this otherwise avoidable fate. This was echoed by families of fishermen in Denmark, whose husbands, brothers and sons faced the perils of the North Sea on a daily basis.


Director MSc (Economics) Tage Sørensen, OD founded VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (then called Nordisk Gummibådsfabrik) in 1960 to manufacture liferafts for fishing vessels and it was an immediate success. The portfolio grew to include lifesaving equipment for other markets and over the years our reputation for superior quality products fuelled an international expansion. Today VIKING is a global enterprise with a comprehensive range of safety and rescue products for the maritime, offshore and fire sectors all over the world.

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