VIKING Safety Academy has addressed a fast-emerging seafarer training issue brought by coronavirus by delivering a unique e-learning tool that can keep seafarers STCW compliant until restrictions on movement and social interactions come to an end. With many countries in lockdown, face to face seafarer training is also being suspended and some flag administrations have responded by granting automatic three-month extensions to the STCW Certificates seafarers must update every five years. However, VIKING Safety Academy has designed a unique training set-up so that seafarers can undergo training for a full certificate renewal even while the crisis persists. VIKING Safety Academy has worked with Estonia’s Reval Safety Training to offer STCW refresher training on an e-learning basis for Estonian seafarers. Personal Survival Techniques The training set-up includes: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, Fast Rescue Boats and Advanced Fire Fighting. “Seafarers can now use e-learning to train and renew certificates during these extraordinary times and maintain proof of competence,” says Camilla Runge Nissen, VIKING Safety Academy Product Manager, Training. "They can secure a longer six months extension and can make good use of the time getting ahead in the compliance process.” provisional STCW certificate Seafarers can visit a Reval Safety Training center during the six-month period for classroom/practical training Once the seafarer has completed the e-learning course, whether onboard or at home, he/she is given a provisional STCW certificate extension. Should conditions allow, seafarers can visit a Reval Safety Training center during the six-month period for classroom/practical training and secure a five-year Certificate of Proficiency, or complete once the crisis passes. While the STCW certificates extension based on e-learning is only available to Estonian residents for now, the course could easily be extended to other flag states, Nissen says. “All elements of the temporary package have been approved by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), we are already talking to other flag states and we can quickly roll this out.” digitally powered solutions The Norwegian Maritime Authority recently announced that it will allow seafarers onboard Norwegian vessels to join vessels until July 1st this year, even if they have only completed the theoretical relevant parts of STCW. “Under this guidance, e-learning is part of the picture, demonstrating that the set-up developed for Estonia can be very useful elsewhere.” Benny Carlsen, VIKING Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, adds that the new e-learning initiative aligns closely with group efforts to keep seafarers and owners compliant, safe, and as hassle and worry free as possible “free from stress”. “In extraordinary times, we need proactive and digitally-powered solutions to ensure that a training headache does not become a lasting issue.”
Container firefighting across the V.Ships Hamburg container ship fleet has been entrusted to the HydroPen system, after VIKING Life-Saving Equipment secured a contract to protect over 40 ships against one of the industry’s fastest growing safety hazards. Countering rise in container fires The alarming rise in the number of container fires has brought calls for urgent action from the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), with stakeholders urged to encourage IMO to strengthen fire protection and review firefighting equipment onboard existing ships. Fighting a fire high up in the stack from the deck is often ineffective, with containers dowsed on the outside while materials inside continue to burn. As ship sizes have increased, so have stack heights. HydroPen Container firefighting system HydroPen system is based on an innovative drilling and spraying machine that allows deck crew to fight fires successfully The HydroPen system is based on an innovative drilling and spraying machine that allows deck crew to fight fires successfully high up in the stack. Developed by Rosenby Engineering and distributed exclusively by VIKING, the HydroPen unit is attached to existing ship hoses and raised by a single crew member using a telescopic lift. The HydroPen is powered by water pressure alone and drills through the container door before switching to spray mode to extinguish the fire with water, foam or C02. “For V.Ships, new technologies that support safety excellence are always welcome, while keeping customers ahead of the competition through innovation is one of our core values,” says Franck Kayser, Group Managing Director, V.Ships Ship Management. “HydroPen is an easy to use but ground-breaking system that addresses a specific industry concern. Its adoption fleetwide aligns with our ‘safety first’ commitment.” Container ship fleet fire safety VIKING will deliver 88 HydroPen systems to 45 V.Ships Hamburg container ships by February 2020. One unit will be positioned astern and the other towards the bow to enable rapid response. “Securing an order of this magnitude from one of the leading ship management companies in the world is a major vindication of the work behind bringing the HydroPen system to market,” says Lasse Boesen, Product Manager Trade, VIKING. Enhanced fire safety Lasse adds, “Several of the most recent container fires have occurred on very large ships. These ships can only call at a limited number of ports, making it critical that container fires are dealt with on board. The feedback that we are getting on HydroPen is that the system’s true value comes from its being so easy to use.” The HydroPen has already seen service, after a pilot system was used to extinguish a real fire at sea “We continuously seek to offer the very latest technologies to our maritime customers and in the HydroPen we believe we have a solution that will quickly become a ‘must-have’ to address a serious and widespread issue,” says Benny Carlsen, VIKING Senior Vice President. The HydroPen has already seen service, after a pilot system was used to extinguish a real fire at sea, he adds. VIKING and V.Ships partnership On the cooperation between VIKING and V.Ships, VIKING’s Sales Director for Europe and Africa, Dorte M. Hansen comments, “V.Ships is a valued customer and a true first-mover when it comes to safety. We’re delighted that they trust our solutions when it comes to protecting their crews and assets.” VIKING is a global renowned security and fire safety company in maritime and offshore applications. VIKING's products and safety solutions save and protect people all over the world. They provide essential safety and fire-fighting equipment, including chute and slide-based marine and offshore evacuation and crew transfer systems, life rafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, fire suits, work suits, pilot suits, transportation suits, man overboard (MOB) boats, davits and other life-saving appliances.
Following the recent acquisition of Norwegian lifeboat builder, Norsafe by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, the two companies are joining forces at Nor-Shipping 2019 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, the VIKING Norsafe organizations in Norway, Greece and China will be known as VIKING Norsafe Life-Saving Equipment. VIKING Norsafe lifeboats The VIKING Norsafe brand encompasses the maritime industry’s broad and advanced range of lifeboats and davits. Customers have access to the most comprehensive safety solution on the market from one global partner that manufactures its own equipment and also performs multi-brand servicing to certified OEM quality. This includes a comprehensive safety equipment servicing setup powered by a global network, plus a comprehensive maritime training setup with dedicated facilities and personnel in seven locations. “We consistently put the customer first and when acquiring Norsafe our aim has been to combine the best in lifeboat design and manufacturing with VIKING’s extensive range of innovative evacuation systems, PPE and other types of life-saving appliances, to supply the market with the world’s most complete safety solutions,” said Benny Carlsen, SVP Global Sales for VIKING. Nor-Shipping 2019 He adds, “There is so much commonality between the companies, being Scandinavian-based and family-owned with similar cultural and operational outlooks, which have meant that integrating Norsafe into the VIKING group has proved a relatively smooth exercise.” “Being part of VIKING is truly a great fit for Norsafe and helps cement our long-standing relationships with customers as they will now benefit from having a complete safety solution from one reliable and innovative global partner,” said Dag Songedal, Managing Director and VP for the VIKING Boats & Davits division. VIKING will be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2019 and visitors to its stand (C02-43) will have plenty of opportunity to discover the benefits of this unique and truly global maritime safety setup.
With renowned lifeboat supplier Norsafe already well integrated into the VIKING group, the offshore industry has access to an unprecedented range of solutions to help improve safety while reducing compliance-related complexity and costs. In 2018, at the time of acquiring Norway-based lifeboat, davit and hook maker Norsafe, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment already boasted a strong range of safety equipment, solutions and services to the offshore industry. Now, that range has evolved to encompass a truly comprehensive spectrum of safety solutions that brings new advantages to even the largest, most sophisticated offshore operators. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019 “Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019 is the first global offshore industry exhibition to showcase the new joint capabilities resulting from VIKING’s acquisition of Norsafe,” said Benny Carlsen, VIKING Senior Vice President of Global Sales. “This represents a turning point for the industry, as it is the first time offshore asset owners and operators can place their safety and evacuation equipment management in the hands of a single, trusted partner and know with certainty that they are able to meet relevant safety compliance demands.” For offshore asset owners worldwide, ensuring and maintaining a high level of safety is important, but also both costly and complex. Legislation is constantly tightening, safety equipment and servicing workflows vary from one asset to another, and the hazards faced by some operators working in colder climates are demanding new approaches to ensure human lives and production uptime while keeping a lid on costs. Offshore Safety Agreement The current state-of-the-art solution to such issues is a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement The current state-of-the-art solution to such issues is a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement, which ensures cost-efficient sourcing, management and servicing of the full range of safety equipment, all in one neatly wrapped single global package. “VIKING Offshore Safety Agreements cover all major safety equipment brands and are fully customizable to make uptake simple,” explains Benny Carlsen, adding “We take care of everything from specifications and certification to service and multi-vendor invoice monitoring – all for a fixed price and with a single point of contact. It’s a great way to ensure both high-quality safety equipment and consistent efficiencies in maintaining safety compliance.” Expanding offshore evacuation solutions While VIKING already offered the industry’s widest and tallest range of offshore evacuation systems, as well as installation, training and service, the addition of Norsafe’s lifeboats and davits, now sold and serviced under the VIKING Norsafe brand, takes the company’s evacuation range to a whole new level that is unique to a single supplier. Benny Carlsen further said, “The upside for offshore operators is that VIKING now manufactures and services an evacuation solution for any installation, including freefall and conventional lifeboats, chute-based offshore evacuation systems, liferafts, rescue boats and daughter craft." "So, customers get the cross-system OEM guarantee that it all works together, with single-source servicing and digital speed global support also on hand. At OTC, our team of offshore safety experts at stand #701 will give visitors a chance to explore and learn more about some of these many advantages.”
Powered by a full scope of maritime safety solutions and holistic servicing concepts, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has long proven its ability to convert proactive innovation to solutions that meet shipowner top priorities. At SMM 2018 in Hamburg, the company’s stand (B1.EG) will be the launching pad for a wide spectrum of developments, each one primed to support an industry facing the dual pressures of safety compliance and cost-efficiency. With a unique track record as the original holistic solution for global maritime safety management, sourcing and servicing, a VIKING Shipowner Agreement covers a fleet’s safety compliance needs in a variety of predictable fixed-price structures. Significantly reducing administrative hassles There’s plenty of testimony to support the fact that we deliver on our promises" In addition, it can be easily and flexibly adapted to suit shipowners’ needs and the operational environment, providing several advantages in the way of cost-efficiencies and significantly reducing administrative hassles. This allows the shipowner to maintain a high level of safety and regulatory compliance with minimal disruption to operations. “Liferafts, personal protective equipment, marine evacuation systems, life saving appliances, marine fire equipment, lifeboats, hooks and davits and training are among the offerings that can be covered by a VIKING Shipowner Agreement, and with 98% of customers renewing their contract upon expiry, there’s plenty of testimony to support the fact that we deliver on our promises”, says Benny Carlsen, VIKING SVP, Global Sales. Onboard digitalized crew training Beyond Shipowner Agreements, visitors to the VIKING stand will find much more in the way of safety innovation. Already the global safety pioneer in Marine Evacuation Systems, VIKING has recently launched even more efficient systems, now including 24/7 onboard digitalized crew training and competency management for the best possible crew readiness. “We embrace the potential of digitalization and focus a lot on the interface between technology and the human element, as a way to boost product efficiency and ultimately safety at sea. It all comes down to having the right equipment on board and knowing how to use it; certainly, keeping the crew up to date on how to operate life-saving equipment is paramount to secure optimal performance in an emergency,” says Benny Carlsen. Safer and smarter solutions for lifeboats, hooks and davits are also in this year’s SMM line-up, along with an upgraded range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - now united under the global VIKING YouSafeTM brand. Representing a holistic approach to PPE Personal safety is at the core of our mission and VIKING YouSafeTM embodies our full commitment to this agenda" “VIKING YouSafeTM represents a holistic approach to PPE. We offer the most comprehensive range of any supplier and while this position is realized through proactive focus on quality and performance, VIKING PPE is about design, features, comfort and style, too.” “In fact, it’s the sum of excellence across all these factors that drives our unmatched value proposition,” says Benny Carlsen and continues: “Personal safety is at the core of our mission and VIKING YouSafeTM embodies our full commitment to this agenda. After all, PPE is often the ‘last line of defense’ when it comes to enduring the many perils at sea that have inspired our product names. Expanding and uniting our portfolio, we’ve achieved a global one-stop-shop of PPE for any application and budget - and that’s good news for shipowners aiming to combine safety compliance, cost-efficiency and simplicity.” Safety equipment servicing There’s good news, too, for VIKING customers seeking to cut safety servicing administration by means of the latest technology. Introduced at SMM, VIKING Service ConnectTM is a new, purpose-built digital service hub featuring an intuitive customer portal for direct service booking and global online 24/7 access to information about safety equipment servicing, notifications and much more. Powered by a recent acquisition, VIKING is also delivering on its promise to further expand the company’s marine fire servicing network around the world, with fixed pricing and boosting expertise and certification levels in all regions for a more consistent service offering.
The presence of VIKING Life-Saving Equipment at OTC 2018 is a chance for offshore asset owners and operators to achieve new cost-efficiencies and reduce production risks by further simplifying safety compliance management. The recently released report “Confidence and Control” by DNV GL foresees a brightening future for the offshore industry, fueled not by oil and gas pricing, but by leaner, more agile and more efficient business models ready-tuned to evolve into broader energy companies. Quoting several industry experts, the report explains how “the successful cost cutting and newly-built efficiencies they have seen over recent years appear to be driving new optimism and that success may very well depend upon making the right investments, harnessing technology and innovation”. offshore safety products We’re seeing owners streamline and consolidate their safety compliance processes across multiple assets" According to Benny Carlsen, Senior Vice President, Global Sales with VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, a growing number of offshore owners and operators are making innovative investments already proven to pay off on the safety, servicing and compliance side. While boasting a comprehensive range of offshore safety products and solutions, it is the company’s VIKING Offshore Safety Agreements that offer offshore players the ability to decisively sharpen their safety-related efficiency, while lowering the risks associated with continued operation too. safety compliance processes These all-encompassing and flexible agreements offer cost-efficient sourcing, management and even financing for safety equipment and servicing, all neatly packaged to make safety compliance seem like a walk in the park. The first such agreements saw the light of day in 2009 and have since expanded with innovation after innovation to keep pace with the changing needs of an industry still under significant pressure. “While the concept swiftly gains a global foothold, top North Sea operators have been particularly quick to take advantage of our one-stop safety supply and service contracts, with predictability of costs and unprecedented flexibility as key decision drivers. Typically, we’re seeing owners streamline and consolidate their safety compliance processes across multiple assets,” says Benny Carlsen. asset and safety solutions VIKING offshore safety experts will be at OTC 2018 presenting the benefits of outsourcing safety compliance management “Doing so greatly reduces their administrative hassles and resource consumption, handling everything from budgeting and logistics to safety documentation and even crew training.” For most, entering a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement is a step-by-step progression, often starting with one or a few offshore platforms then moving to cover more assets and safety solutions over time. It’s a uniquely flexible, multi-benefit approach that has seen over 95 percent of clients renewing and expanding their agreements within a short space of time. And VIKING expects this momentum to continue with full force to support the new, brighter and leaner future of offshore oil and gas. innovative products and solutions VIKING offshore safety experts will be on hand at OTC 2018 (booth 701), presenting the benefits of outsourcing safety compliance management, while also showcasing some of the innovative products and solutions deployed to address the safety challenges of the global offshore industry.
It’s been a full year since the IMO launched the Polar Code to enhance the protection of seafarers and the environment in Arctic and Antarctic regions. As shipowners and operators now scramble to ensure compliance, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment stands ready to throw them a lifeline. As the only global provider, the company 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. Founded in Denmark and with the likes of Greenland, Iceland and the Baltics as our local markets, VIKING has gained decades of relevant experience. Working with navies, arctic shipping companies, expedition cruise operators, arctic offshore operators and SAR services, we know what it takes to specify efficient safety solutions for Polar applications,” says Benny Carlsen, VIKING SVP of Global Sales. optimal solution for operational environment As the first and only global provider, VIKING offers a complete range of safety products and solutions for Polar applications" He continues: “As a global leader in maritime safety, we're dedicated to raising the transparency of the Code, making it as simple as possible to remain safe and compliant. And while we’re delighted to share our experience and best recommendations for product selection, we’re also keen to welcome anyone interested in Polar safety for dialogue and knowledge sharing.” While the Polar Code relies on goal-based rather than prescriptive standards, and with specific solutions subject to approval by a relevant flag state or its Recognized Organization, compliance can be a complicated matter. “As the first and only global provider, VIKING offers a complete range of safety products and solutions for Polar applications and our global team of experts stand ready to assist in specifying the optimal solution for any operational environment,” Benny Carlsen states. offshore evacuation systems When it comes to specific safety solutions, VIKING was first to develop special Polar liferafts operational down to -50° C, along with Polar immersion suits tested down to -62° C. Both solutions are widely used by operators navigating cold and icy waters today. In addition, VIKING has developed special winterized marine and offshore evacuation systems for safe mass evacuation in cold climates, while an exhaustive portfolio of life-saving and firefighting appliances serves as a guarantee that VIKING can always put together a complete safety package, including personal and group survival kits, as specified in the Polar Code. VIKING has actively contributed to, and participated in, both of the SARex expeditions in Svalbard, revealing potential gaps between existing safety equipment and the demands of the Polar Code. Here, VIKING equipment was put through extensive full-scale tests, building on the unique insights into Polar risks and how best to mitigate them through equipment performance. availability of immersion suits Our liferafts, PPE and evacuation solutions are trusted by many cruise and ferry operators" Each year tens of thousands of tourists visit the areas covered by the Polar Code, and as these regions become ever more accessible, these figures are expected to keep growing. The advent of the Polar Code is a passenger safety milestone and while experienced operators may need to review, adapt and formalize current setups, newcomers face a more challenging journey towards compliance. Undoubtedly, Code requirements such as those for five-day survival, ice-proof solutions, let alone the availability of immersion suits on vessels carrying hundreds or thousands of people, remain steep challenges to be managed. According to Benny Carlsen, VIKING is well positioned as a supplier of safety solutions to passenger vessels operating under the Polar Code. “Our liferafts, PPE and evacuation solutions are trusted by many cruise and ferry operators that navigate freezing waters daily,” he says. marine evacuation systems "The very latest addition to the VIKING range of Polar passenger ship safety solution is a series of dedicated Polar-spec marine evacuation systems based on the successful VIKING VEC PlusTM concept, a perfect solution for IACS PC-6 Class (Polar Code Category B) vessels.”