Alex Lever

News: Viking Life-Saving Equipment comes to Colon

October 14, 2011 by Alex Lever
Viking Life-Saving Equipment comes to Colon

Leading marine safety equipment provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has announced the addition of a Latin American sales and service facility located in Colon, Panama and opening November 1. The move to establish a presence in Panama is another step towards fulfilling VIKING’s goal of expanding its network to include more service and stock points around the globe.

The Colon facility is the latest in a long line of worldwide locations equipped to represent VIKING’s entire line of products, including on-board services for lifeboats and marine fire equipment. The new location makes both the highly successful global service solutions, such as the VIKING Shipowner Agreement and the wide range of quality marine safety equipment available to maritime operators in yet another important geographic location.

According to Henrik Uhd Christensen, CEO of VIKING, the new facilities in Colon are an important step forward. “It’s part of VIKING’s focused commitment to serve our customers as volume and traffic grows with the expansion of the canal in 2014. The addition of operations in Panama will allow us to service key shipowner customers arriving to port in Panama or transiting the Canal.”

The new 14,000 sq. ft. facility is situated in Panama’s Colon Free Zone (C.F.Z.). It is the world’s second-largest free zone and a sprawling complex at the Atlantic gateway to the Panama Canal dedicated to the re-export of an enormous variety of goods to Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We chose the C.F.Z. for our new facility because it is a vibrant hub serving an increasingly globalized economy,” said Christensen. “It’s an obvious choice for our strategy to be where our customers need us.”

Founded in 1960 and born global, 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 the following segments: passenger, cargo, offshore, defence, fishing, yachting and fire. 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, 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, EU and the USCG. A unique network of more than 50 branch offices, agents, 270 certified servicing stations and worldwide stock points makes VIKING a truly global provider offering cost-effective and convenient service whenever and wherever it is needed.

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