VIKING has secured a contract from Kværner AS to deliver three VIKING Norsafe E-GES 52 electric free-fall lifeboats and compatible davits, in a significant advance for electric propulsion. The contract, part of the upgrade of Equinor’s Njord A platform in the Norwegian Sea, initially called for diesel-powered lifeboats but has been amended to specify VIKING Norsafe E-GES 52 units based on performance, assured availability and lower maintenance requirements. “Developing this ground-breaking electric freefall lifeboat has been a great team effort and I would like to congratulate our designers, engineers and partners in turning this concept into reality,” said Dag Songedal, MD VIKING Norsafe Boats & Davits. Waterproof cases The electric lifeboat is powered by 3x25 kWh batteries contained in robust, waterproof cases with their own fire extinguishing systems and an electric motor complete with gearbox and ventilation system. VIKING is delighted to work in partnership with Equinor in a step forward for battery power Mr. Songedal says VIKING is delighted to work in partnership with Equinor in a step forward for battery power that will also result in enhanced maritime safety. The VIKING Norsafe E-GES performs the launch phase of an evacuation at a higher sprint speed than lifeboats featuring diesel propulsion, thereby transporting evacuees more quickly and safely away from the platform in the case of an emergency, he points out. Remote monitoring capabilities The significant long-term cost savings achieved through reduced maintenance and remote monitoring capabilities are also incredibly valuable for offshore operators, says Mr. Songedal. Other benefits include better onboard comfort due to the absence of the exhaust fumes, heat, noise and vibration caused by diesel engines. Built in compliance with DNV GL-ST-E406, the VIKING Norsafe E-GES development is in the final test phase at VIKING’s direct ocean-access premises in Arendal, Norway, with full production ready in time to meet the agreed delivery date to the Njord A platform.
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.
The acquisition of lifeboat solution provider Norsafe is another boost for VIKING’s worldwide capabilities, ensuring a unique and unmatched product and service offering in the maritime safety industry. Maritime safety equipment manufacturer and global service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announces it has acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used throughout the world. The acquisition is in line with VIKING’s long-running strategy of putting the customer’s needs and priorities first. Providing a complete safety offering Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats Established in 1903, Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats with davits and have supplied over 28,000 lifeboats to the global ship market over the years. Its advanced lifeboat products are manufactured in accordance with the latest SOLAS requirements and approved by national and certifying authorities for both ships and offshore use. VIKING consistently puts the customer first, ensuring the company’s products and services are a close fit to the market and the acquisition is yet another step forward for thousands of VIKING customers around the world, who now stand to benefit from the world’s most complete range of lifeboat, hook and davit products. And it is the strongest signal to date that VIKING is firmly committed to provide a complete safety offering that also includes the best range of lifeboat products and services – a focus that initially saw VIKING acquire the company behind the innovative and now widely installed Nadiro lifeboat Drop-in-BallTM hook, now known as VIKING Nadiro. Sharing virtually identical missions The synergies behind Norsafe’s entry into the VIKING group are plain to see, and not just because both companies are Scandinavian-based. In fact, they share virtually identical missions, both aiming to keep people safe and their respective markets through constant innovation. “This is a very close operational and cultural fit,” commented VIKING CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen. “Like VIKING, Norsafe has been family-owned for generations, which creates strong and lasting relationships with customers – and it places the same emphasis on quality, on the use of advanced materials and on technological innovation as we do.” With the Norwegian manufacturer’s 24/7 service network providing lifeboat maintenance from over 300 ports worldwide, the Norsafe acquisition adds further fuel to VIKING’s focus on answering new demands for full-scope solutions by providing the world’s most comprehensive safety solutions, encompassing everything from products and services – including long term Shipowner Agreements - to design, installation and training. Compelling lifeboat solutions Adding Norsafe’s current network to VIKING’s extends our already impressive global reach" And VIKING expects new efficiencies to be won not just from integrating the two companies’ product lines and widening customer choice, but also from leveraging complementary supply chain and production capabilities. “Adding Norsafe’s current network to VIKING’s extends our already impressive global reach,” says Henrik Uhd Christensen. “And on the training side, with Norsafe’s specialized centers in Norway and Greece offering product and STCW courses, VIKING’s training arm will also receive a boost to its ability to help vessel and offshore asset owners manage crew competencies.” Norsafe’s CEO, Dag Songedal, is looking forward to becoming part of the VIKING group. “Under the VIKING umbrella, we are creating a more robust and more capable business model that will ensure we can continue to advance our ability to protect people at sea with compelling lifeboat solutions. The safety equipment industry is consolidating to offer shipowners and offshore asset owners greater economies and efficiencies of scale.”