British services company Serco has contracted Viking Life-Saving Equipment Ltd to fulfil a large marine lifesaving equipment order in the UK in 2009.
Viking Life-Saving Equipment’s UK subsidiary will supply over 200 liferafts to Serco through a five year management lease and service agreement for installation on board 90 support vessels for the Royal Navy at its three main naval bases – Devonport, Portsmouth and The Clyde.
The contract covers a series of Serco vessels operating in Royal Navy bases, including tugs and passenger boats, with liferafts designed to carry from six to 50 persons.
Mark C Harriman, Managing Director of Viking Life-Saving Equipment Ltd, said that it is Viking’s first contract of its kind with the MoD. He said that the lease agreement concept is designed to ensure that all 200 liferafts will be available at all times.
The size of the contract reflects Serco’s move to streamline the number of vendors supplying liferafts, going from five to a single supplier.