Founded in 1960 and born global, VIKING is a privately held market leader in maritime and fire safety with group headquarters in Denmark and 2,000 employees worldwide. We provide essential safety and fire-fighting equipment to the following segments: passenger, cargo, offshore (oil, gas & wind), defence, fishing, yachting and fire. Products are manufactured at facilities in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria and Thailand and include chute and slide-based marine and offshore evacuation and crew transfer systems, liferafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, fire suits, work suits, pilot suits, transportation suits, man overboard (MOB) boats, davits and other life-saving appliances.
VIKING offers a choice of product packages and solutions – standard or tailor-made – that are certified to the latest requirements of IMO, SOLAS, the EU and USCG.
A unique network of more than 70 branch offices, agents, 270 certified servicing stations and worldwide stock points makes VIKING a truly global provider offering cost-effective and convenient services whenever and wherever they are needed.
Our proud heritage
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.