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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has inaugurated its Foam Lab Odense, which specialises in the testing of a vessels reserves of firefighting foam, and intensifies the companys focus on marine fire service, a segment earmarked for significant growth in the coming years.

Anders Nørgaard Lauridsen, head of Viking in the Baltic. said: "Our ambition is to cover all aspects of marine firefighting equipment, and our new state-of-the-art laboratory puts us on the global map in this segment, too. Our class approvals comply with IMO regulations for testing all foam types, and we expect to receive DANAK accreditation in the course of 2021 as the ultimate stamp of approval for our work.”

If a vessel’s foam is over three years old, it is mandatory for the vessel to undergo an annual foam test at a reputable laboratory. Viking can offer a simple solution, whereby shipowners purchase a test kit comprising a container for collecting a foam sample, instructions on how to take the sample on board and a prepaid shipping label. When the foam is received at the lab, it is subjected to tests to establish degree of expansion, drainage time, pH value, density and contamination, to ensure - among other things - that the foam will effectively extinguish a fire. A service check list and data are saved electronically, and a certificate is issued to verify completion of the test. This ensures traceability and enables monitoring of the condition of the foam. When foam samples are received, they are heat-treated for 24 hours before being mixed with saline solution and subjected to a meticulous testing program, defined according to current IMO standards.

“Viking’s Marine Fire Service strategy will initially handle more than 1,000 foam samples a year, which we’ll receive directly from global shipowners and our servicing stations,” said Lauridsen.

Marine fire service is often sourced as part of Viking’s multi-annual service contract for maritime operators, the VIKING Shipowner Agreement (SOA), and is offered to the oil and gas industry as part of the Offshore Service Agreement (OSA). Foam analysis is a naturally integrable part of both of these agreement concepts.

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