Recognizing the needs of offshore rig owners and operators for reliable, smooth operations unaffected by safety equipment servicing requirements, leading marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-saving Equipment A/S has extended the approach of its popular Shipowner Agreements to cover the offshore segment. The move represents yet another step in VIKING’s strategy of being closer to its customers, fine-tuning the safety equipment industry’s largest range of offerings to more closely fit the needs of specific situations.
The new Offshore Service Agreements address the special needs of rigs with a myriad of safety equipment that require a combination of onshore and offshore servicing. The agreements incorporate safety products, global servicing and financing in a variety of fixed price structures for full transparency and predictability. Servicing is planned and monitored from a single point of contact.
VIKING VP Benny Carlsen noted, “Until now, safety equipment servicing has been time-consuming and difficult to budget. By offering fixed-price options and equipment exchange along with efficient service planning, we can make sure that servicing of safety equipment is not an issue for operators to stay at their optimal POB capacity.”
The new VIKING Offshore Service Agreements are relevant for jackups, floating platforms, and all offshore installations. A wide range of safety equipment servicing, including evacuation systems, life rafts, fire-fighting equipment, breathing apparatus, deluge systems, and immersion suits are covered under the new agreements. Life rafts, for example, can become part of VIKING´s large global life raft exchange pool. Specially trained technical service teams install newly serviced life rafts and bring back life rafts due for service in a single transaction, enabling offshore operators to retain full evacuation capacity and enjoy uninterrupted operations.
VIKING’s estimates indicate that with only one transaction involved, offshore operators can also cut the need for transportation in half, saving costs and making for much more efficient planning and logistics.
“We expect these new agreements to be every bit as popular as our Shipowner Agreements, which are chosen by more shipowners globally than any similar servicing concept,” says Benny Carlsen.
Founded in 1960, VIKING is a privately-held market leader in maritime safety with group headquarters in Denmark. The company provides essential safety and fire-fighting equipment to passenger, cargo, offshore, defense, fishing, yachting, and fire segments. Products are manufactured at facilities in Denmark, Norway, USA and Thailand and include 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.