Viking acquires Drew Marine’s fire safety divison
Danish marine safety specialist Viking has announced that it has acquired Drew Marine’s Fire Safety and Rescue (FSR) division. With the acquisition Viking has increased its global volume, reach and technical competencies for marine firefighting equipment services.
Currently, Drew Marine FSR provides services in more than 150 ports across 45 countries. The division offers a complete range of FSR services, specialising in solutions for fixed-firefighting foam, fixed-extinguishing and dry-powder systems – along with calibration solutions for gas detection, medical oxygen, and dry-docking services. All these capabilities and not least the experience and know-how of the large team of Drew Marine FSR technicians, will transfer to the global Viking MFS setup.
Following the acquisition, the Drew Marine FSR headquarters in Rotterdam will take on a new role as Viking’s new global MFS competency centre. This will be supported by a strong and growing network of MFS capable servicing stations worldwide.
Like Viking, Drew Marine FSR operates using advanced digital planning software to streamline services and consistently meet customers’ needs. Now, customers will have access to a portal where they can view service history, budget and planning. Customers will also rest assured knowing that Drew Marine FSR holds approvals from the majority of established classification societies.
Viking’s strategic decision to acquire Drew Marine’s FSR division will also advance its Shipowner Agreement concept, which allows vessel owners and operators to streamline and simplify all aspects of safety equipment compliance with a single global expert supplier.
The acquisition will see more than 50 Drew Marine FSR staff at seven locations transferred to viking. The transaction will take place on 2 January 2020.
“Welcoming on board one of the top three marine fire service providers in the world, the acquisition is in alignment with Viking’s long-running strategy to be the world’s leading one-stop solutions and service provider, and a trusted safety partner for the marine and offshore industry,” said Viking CEO, Henrik Uhd Christensen.
This deal follows last year’s major acquisition of Norsafe, which saw Viking achieve its status as a high-quality lifeboat, rescue boat and davit OEM, while boosting the company’s profile as a multi-brand lifeboat service provider.
Along the same lines, Drew Marine’s Fire Safety and Rescue division brings further strength to Viking’s portfolio and boosts its industry leading profile as an end-to-end supplier of full-scope maritime safety solutions. More specifically, the acquisition is a significant boost to Viking’s marine fire service capability base and global market presence within this field.
“In terms of competencies and services, the acquisition will provide customers with more advanced expertise and capabilities in marine fire services and dry-docking, as well as wider product choice and service flexibility,” said Christensen.