Acquisition fully integrates container firefighting innovation into VIKING’s unique portfolio of maritime security solutions
Press Release – VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has acquired HydroPen, the company behind the unique HydroPenMT Container firefighting solution supplied to hundreds of ships.
The rapid adoption of HydroPens is due to its combination of innovation, efficiency and ease of use. Attached to a ship’s hose and lifted on a telescopic arm by a single crew member, water pressure alone powers its “drill and spray” nozzle to enter a container door before switching to mode. spray to extinguish a fire with water, foam or CO2 – directly at its source.
HydroPen was founded in 2016 by Martin Winkel, CEO and Jesper Rosenfeldt Hansen, CTO and inventor of the system. Their inspiration was to apply innovative, safe and user-friendly technology to revolutionize firefighting aboard container ships.
Around the same time, the need for new solutions was increasing in the industry. Nine major container ship fires were reported in 2019, followed by ten incidents in 2020, while leading transportation and logistics insurer TT Club estimates that a container fire occurs on average once every 60 days. The International Maritime Insurance Union called for improved ship designs and firefighting equipment on very large container ships. The acquisition also follows a fire in April aboard a 4,200 TEU container ship off Malaysia, which called 50 local firefighters to action after the vessel returned to anchorage.
“This is an important acquisition for VIKING and for safety in the container shipping industry,” says Lasse Boesen, Senior Product Manager, VIKING. “We contacted the designers of the HydroPen shortly after the system won the 2017 Danish Tech Challenge Accelerator Award. Since its official launch at SMM 2018, VIKING has become HydroPen’s exclusive distributor, taking over orders from some of the biggest names in the industry.
“Once teams are familiar with HydroPen, there is no turning back – and since its introduction the system has already proven itself in firefighting situations. Recently, HydroPen has also aroused the interest of land-based firefighting operators who have quickly recognized its value, adds Boesen.
“We are integrating HydroPen into our portfolio, in another evolution of our comprehensive maritime safety strategy,” said Henrik Uhd Christensen, CEO of VIKING. “The HydroPen system addresses a specific and widespread industry challenge and safety issue while aligning with VIKING’s role as an innovation leader and trusted safety partner, as is also demonstrated by the system which won the Safety at Sea award for the best safety product, fire fighting. “
HydroPen’s Martin Winkel and Jesper Rosenfeldt Hansen are happy to see VIKING take over to bring the HydroPen system to market.
“VIKING and HydroPen have enjoyed an exceptional cooperation from day one”, says Mr Winkel and continues: “Innovation in the service of saving lives is at the heart of what we wanted to achieve with HydroPen and we are convinced that our innovation will be safe with VIKING. Together we have succeeded in positioning the HydroPen system as the most innovative container firefighting technology in the industry and we look forward to going the way ahead, both as active players during the period. transition and beyond.