Healthcare solutions provider, VIKAND, has opened an office in the Danish Shipowners’ Association’s building in Copenhagen.
Hosting a reception on behalf of VIKAND were Peter Hult, CEO (pictured), and Bo Larsen, Vice President Commercial Partnerships.
During the speeches, Larsen announced that VIKAND had joined the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Denmark to help promote mutually beneficial business opportunities with the Danish maritime community.
Johannah Christensen, CEO of Global Maritime Forum also spoke at the event and stressed the need for the industry to collaborate more.
Currently, VIKAND provides 2,000 medical interventions per day worldwide and its services include the provision and maintenance of on board medical equipment and the management of a fleet’s medical facilities.
The company also champions various crew wellness programmes involving regular individual health checks and risk assessments, as well as chronic condition support monitoring and mental health counselling.
In addition, VIKAND, along with other maritime stakeholders, launched the Seafarers’ Human Sustainability Declaration during Nor-Shipping 2022 to recognise and improve how the global maritime community meets the human sustainability needs of its seafarers.
Its ultimate goal is to develop a global platform for sustainable seafaring to ensure the future commercial viability of the maritime industry.
Speaking about the office opening Larsen said, “Opening this office in Denmark is really significant as it puts VIKAND at the centre of the Danish Shipping community and demonstrates our commitment to work with key European shipowners and managers to help them provide their on board workforce with appropriate medical provisions. Small interventions can reap huge benefits for the physical and mental well-being of crew while remaining cost effective.”
“VIKAND is growing rapidly with a workforce of just under 400 people from 44 different nationalities who provide dedicated healthcare support to the maritime industry. Much of our work is instilling good habits amongst seafarers, teaching them to eat healthily and exercise regularly to help their physical and mental well-being.
“But our aim has always been to focus on the wider aspects of crew welfare, which is why we founded the Seafarer Human Sustainability Declaration to encourage the global maritime community to work together to meet the needs of seafarers now and into the future,” added VIKAND’s CEO Peter Hult.