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More than a shipowner

Our vision is to be the preferred partner within the harsh environment offshore market with a strong focus on people and teamwork. 

Viking Supply Ships (VSS) core business is within the Offshore and Offshore/Icebreaking segment on a World Wide basis. The fleet comprises of 3 AHTS/Icebreakers, 4 Ice classed AHTS along with one conventional AHTS and five modern PSV vessels. VSS holds a unique expertise within the general offshore industry dating back to the start of the company in 1974, customization and innovation, combined with a leading position in safety and the environment are key success factors. In addition to a modern AHTS fleet customized for icy operations the company has vast experience in executing operations in ice conditions and under harsh weather with ship’s officers onboard AHTS vessels an average of more than 20 years’ experience of icebreaking and offshore work. Assignments are completed in Arctic waters for customers such as Shell US, Statoil, Hydro and Cairn Energy. VSS head office is in Gothenburg, while Viking Supply Ships A/S is headquartered from Copenhagen, with local offices in Kristiansand, Moscow, Stenungsund and St. John's.

Viking Supply Ships in short

  • Founded
  • 1974
  • Operated vessels
  • 18
  • Ice classed OSVs
  • 7
  • Fleet value
  • BNOK 4
  • Headquarter
  • Gothenburg/ Copenhagen
  • Majority shareholder
  • Kistefos
  • Main markets
  • Arctic and North Sea
  • Employees
  • 800

Our history

Since the foundation by Bendt Rasmussen in 1974 the company has been a leading supplier in the North Sea Offshore market. Today our key focus is towards the Arctic, with unique competence within operations in harsh environment offshore regions.

Viking Supply Ships (VSS)'s predeseccor was founded back in 1946, under the name Excelsior. The company was founded by Bendt Rasmussen, and in the initial years the tonnage consisted mainly of tankers. At the end of 1973, Excelsior left the tanker market to join the fast-growing offshore market for supply vessels and Viking Supply Ships was established in 1974 as a marketing organization. In 1998 Viking ordered three combined AHTS/Ice-breakers in a joint venture with the Swedish company Rederi AB Transatlantic. Rederi AB Transatlantic deliver reliable and flexible feeder and logistic solutions connecting Sweden with the continent. In 2015, Rederi AB Transatlantic was renamed Viking Supply Ships AB, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Offshore is today the key focus within the group, with Industrial shipping being handled by the subsidiary Transatlantic AB.

Swedish Maritime Administration

Since 2000, VSS has had the operational and technical management for the five Swedish state owned ice-breakers. You can read more of the activities of SMA at their website. 

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20 years experience

Through 15 years, Viking Supply Ships has built up a unique competence within ice-management and navigation in ice. Read more about the foundation of our business model.

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Ice Management

Viking Supply Ships have broad experience with Ice-management and logistics for harsh environment offshore operations. Learn more about our services within ice management here. 

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