The Esbjerg-based company Viking Life-Saving Equipment, a leading supplier of maritime safety solutions, has landed a strategically important order from Britain's Royal Navy to equip 90 support vessels with life rafts, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. The value of the order has not been disclosed.
The order is the first of its kind that Viking has gained from Britain's Ministry of Defence, and comprises a 5 year leasing and service agreement whereby Viking will ensure that all the vessels are fully operational with life saving-equipment.
Viking's marketing director Henrik Uhd Christensen told Børsen: "The fact that we are a supplier with the strength to ensure our presence in the future has certainly had an influence. And the order has an important signal value on the domestic market for our principal competitor (Survitec, Ed)."
Last year, Viking's revenues topped DKK 1bn (USD 190m), of which 65% came from companies operating merchant or passenger ships. But Viking wants to win more orders from the defence forces.
"We are strong in our neighbouring markets with defence forces clients in the Nordic region, the Netherlands, and Germany," says Christensen, who also has his telescope trained on the US Navy fleet where the company has already gained some one-off orders.