Harding Safety is the global market leader of marine life-saving systems, with a solid track record of innovations and deliveries to offshore installations and vessels worldwide. The customers are served through a global network of 28 offices in 16 countries. Harding was formed in 2013 when Schat Harding and Noreq merged.

The company history, however, goes all the way back to the 1920’s. Through many decades of innovation, Harding has been dedicated to contribute to safer lifes for sailors on board offshore rigs, fixed offshore installations, ships and cruises.

Freefall lifeboats

”In the 70s, we were the first to supply free- fall lifeboats in fiberglass (GRP). Another example of innovation, is our closed davits system which has been a shipping and offshore success. Innovation is and will always be a core element in our culture, says Bjoern Sturle Hillestad,” Global Sales and Marketing Director in Harding.

When merged in 2013, the companies Umoe Schat Harding and Noreq matched perfectly. The Schat Harding product range complied with demanding North Sea offshore operation requirements. Noreq had a strong market position in the merchant and offshore fleet, rigs excluded.

Unique product portfolio

”Through the merger, we have a solid and unique product portfolio, which also can compete on price,” Hillestad says.

The Harding product range covers life boats, rescue boats, davits and hooks. In several areas, the company is at the forefront of product development.

Shipping rehooked

One example is the FF1200 free-fall lifeboat. The FF1200 was the first ever to comply with the DNV E406, which became North Sea standard in 2010.

Another example is the company’s range of hooks. The product range meets the IMO directive MSC.1/Circ 1392 of May 27. 2011 which implies all ships to be rehooked by 2019.

“Our products have long lifes. For instance, a lifeboat life cycle is typically 30 years. Therefore, being a close and reliable partner is crucial, from the design process to keeping equipment operational throughout its entire life span.

Global service network

The company’s service network with 28 offices in 16 countries is an key element in this. Harding is represented in main maritime hubs all across the globe.

”We are present where our customers belong or operate,” says Hillestad.

Service agreements

Before a ship is cleared to sail, the equipment onboard must be approved.

”Through Fleet Service Agreements (FSA), we offer to take full responsibility for lifeboats during their life cycle, including inspection, parts replacement and testing,” he says.