VIKING hard to beat for cruise evacuation choices

Esbjerg, Denmark, 8 April 2019

With the newly combined VIKING and Norsafe portfolio and flag approval of the revolutionary LifeCraft™ survival craft as a novel life-saving appliance, cruise and expedition operators have never had more - or better - evacuation options on show at Seatrade Cruise Global.

​​​​​​​Visitors to Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida, can experience the expanded lineups of VIKING Norsafe lifeboats, rescue boats, daughter craft and launching appliances in addition to VIKING liferafts and marine evacuation systems - all complete with global servicing and training capabilities.

VIKING LifeCraft passes Heavy Weather Sea Trial (HSWT)

The new enhanced setup is partly brought about by the 2018 acquisition of renowned lifeboat maker Norsafe. The 116-year-old Norway-based boatbuilder is famed for its lifeboats, rescue craft and davits, all of which are now under the VIKING Norsafe brand.

One-stop supplier

Creating VIKING’s new product family has significantly strengthened shipowners’ one-stop access to lifeboats and rescue boats especially well-suited for expedition cruise vessels. The VIKING Norsafe offering covers a range of boats, davits and hooks, accompanied by total care servicing unmatched in the marketplace. For example, it provides more options for servicing multi-brand boats and davits­, enabling cruise and ferry operators to have all their safety equipment service managed through a single, global supplier with all the expertise and quality of an OEM.

VIKING LifeCraftTM now ready

As an absolute highlight of the VIKING lineup at Seatrade Cruise Global, cruise ship owners will be interested to hear that the Danish Maritime Authority has now officially approved the VIKING LifeCraft™ survival craft as a Novel Life-Saving Appliance, meeting the requirements for replacing conventional lifeboats on passenger ships. The approval follows successful heavy weather trials in November last year.

The VIKING LifeCraft™ new 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.

“Cruise ship operators worldwide can now take advantage of all the safety and efficiency related benefit  this new hybrid – designed, in fact, to replace lifeboats/liferafts – has to offer,” commented Niels Fraende, VP of Cruise and LifeCraft with VIKING

Lifeboat innovation

Another highlight of the new product range is the VIKING Norsafe Minima 88 – a sleek and efficient partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) designed and manufactured according to the latest SOLAS and national authority requirements. A great choice several types of passenger vessels and not least for expedition cruise ships, special attention has been paid to seating, height and 360-degree visibility for safe embarkation and operation.

Meet VIKING af SCG 2019

VIKING representatives will be available on stand 1867 at Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 to discuss the company’s evacuation solutions, safety products and global safety agreements.

For more information please contact:
Niels Fraende, VP of Cruise and LifeCraft with VIKING, t: (+45) 7611 8450, e:
Thomas Hestehave, Brand Communications Manager, t: (+45) 2542 8454, e:

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is a global market leader in maritime and offshore safety. Headquartered in Denmark, the corporation manufactures, supplies and services everything from chute and slide-based evacuation systems to liferafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, firefighting equipment, aviation safety gear, lifeboats, hooks, davits and more.

VIKING brings its customers all the elements needed to simplify safety, including the world’s broadest range of safety products and a highly efficient, worldwide servicing network. And it stands out in the ability to offer complete safety compliance solutions – all certified in accordance with the latest IMO, SOLAS, EU and USCG requirements. Known as VIKING Shipowner and Offshore Safety Agreements, these uniquely customizable solutions incorporate safety products, global servicing, exchange, single-source management, and financing in a variety of fixed price structures.

In 2018, VIKING acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used throughout the world, adding further strength to an unmatched product and service offering in the global maritime safety industry. Founded in 1960, the privately held corporation manufactures in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Greece, China and Thailand, and provides safety solutions in all significant markets and locations.