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VIKING introduces design-your-own lifejackets

Leading global marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new product line-up with broad appeal for the offshore and commercial shipping industries: design-your-own inflatable SOLAS lifejackets.

Made possible by a new, modular design, VIKING customers can tailor their own solutions for specific working conditions such as those encountered in maritime environments as well as offshore wind power, offshore welding and industrial conditions.

The company offers a variety options including a choice of 180 Newton or 275 Newton buoyancy for those carrying extra weight, e.g. as with tool belts. There’s a choice of three different closure (buckle) types, including an optional integrated harness for offshore wind industry workers. As well as cover materials ranging from durable Cordura, wipe clean covers and even aluminium covers for welders or fire situations. A host of accessories and colours are also possible. All combinations are SOLAS approved, so no matter how the lifejacket is designed, it will fulfill the existing and future SOLAS requirements described in MSC-200(81).

VIKING CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen says the new lifejackets are just part of the company’s drive to provide flexible and fast solutions to a changing market. “We’ve always offered a choice of models and styles, but if our customers wanted to change any detail of the standard specification it would take a while to get the approvals through. Now, an offshore welder can quickly and easily specify a spark-resistant aluminium covering with a host of personal features, while someone else working in an oily or greasy production area of a platform may prefer some of the same features with a wipe clean cover.”

VIKING’s new “Buyer’s Guide to SOLAS Lifejackets” can be ordered on the website www.VIKING-life.com or by contacting a local VIKING office.

You can also pick up a free copy at ONS stand L1313 where VIKING will be showing the new SOLAS lifejackets as well as a full range of ETSO approved helicopter transportations suits, pilot suits and lifejackets.

Founded in 1960, VIKING is a market leader in maritime safety, providing and servicing essential safety equipment for passenger and commercial vessels, offshore installations and vessels, the defence sector, industrial fire fighting as well as leisure yachts.

We are a private company headquartered in Denmark, with 1,300 employees worldwide. Products are manufactured in Denmark, Norway, the US and Thailand. VIKING’s unique global network includes over 50 branch offices and 270 certified servicing stations.

VIKING offers a choice of global safety solutions that are certified to the latest requirements of IMO, SOLAS, EU and the USCG. Product portfolio includes: marine evacuation systems, offshore evacuation and crew transfer systems, liferafts, boats, lifesaving appliances, and protective clothing such as immersion suits, work suits, fire suits and lifejackets.

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