Marine and fire safety equipment provider Viking Life-Saving Equipment has acquired Denmark-based Nadiro, a company owned by Maersk Group and SH Group.
Established in 2009, Nadiro offers high-quality lifeboat and rescue craft systems equipped with its Drop-in-Ball™ technology, a unique system for lifeboat hooks.
Hook retrofitting helps to prevent serious accidents resulting from unsafe lifeboat deployment systems.
Viking CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen said: "For more than a decade, on-load release hooks installed to enable lifeboats to be lowered into and retrieved from the water, have themselves been the cause of numerous accidents.
"Some have involved fatalities.
"With our stated mission to protect and save human lives all over the world, and our global leadership within maritime safety equipment, doing everything we can to rectify the problem has been a natural focal point for Viking over the past few years."
Nadiro’s systems are compliant with MED, USCG and NORSOK R-002 standards as well as the EU Machinery Directive.
Viking provides its lifeboat release and retrieval systems (LRRS) in order to support shipowners to comply with new Solas regulations by or before 2019.
The combined company will be renamed as Viking Nadiro, Viking Life-Saving Equipment stated.
Christensen added: "The Viking Nadiro brand will give shipowners a complete and high-quality answer to the LRRS compliance challenge."