VIKING reports all-time high demand for its life-saving equipment


VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S reports that order volumes for rescue boats are at an unprecedented high level, while its production of immersion suits and fire-fighting suits for the global market is also at an all-time high.

Geopolitical tensions continue to impact the supply chains that VIKING relies on for its raw materials and for being able to deliver its finished products on time. The political turmoil in the Red Sea near the Suez Canal may delay goods and increase costs if shipping companies choose to route their ships south of Africa, it warns

“We’re feeling the knock-on effects of general global unrest and uncertainties about where the next conflict might flare up. We must remain agile and responsive to changing circumstances,” says Gert Lillebæk.

At the end of 2023, VIKING’s extensive service network covered a total of 279 authorised service stations worldwide, and the company’s global presence includes 36 of its own foreign subsidiaries represented in 79 locations. The investment in several full scope service stations is one of the reasons why the number of full-time employees increased by more than 200 to 3,294.

VIKING was deeply saddened by the loss of Henrik Uhd Christensen, its CEO since 2010, who passed away on 17 January 2024 after a brief illness.

“I’m so sorry that Henrik was unable to communicate the results of an amazing year, which he impacted greatly through his skilled leadership. He repeatedly said that he wanted to hand over VIKING in a better shape than when he was appointed CEO. And he certainly did,” says Gert Lillebæk.

On 1 June 2024, Henrik Helsinghof will take up the position of new CEO.