This year, the Viking Maritime Group, comprising of Viking Crew, Maritime Skills Academy, and Chiltern Maritime, celebrated its 35th anniversary, which extraordinarily marks 35 years of being in business!
To kick off our series of celebrations we held a fantastic party at the Hythe Imperial Hotel in Kent, UK, close to our head office in Dover, for all staff members from our offices across the world, including Dover, Portsmouth, Fort Lauderdale New Zealand and Guernsey.
This offered a chance for our staff to come together and celebrate the successes of the last 35 years of Viking Maritime Group.
The evening began with welcome drinks on the terrace in the sunshine, while being entertained by the Dukes of Swing Duo and wowed by the magical talents of Magician, Josh King.
Staff enjoyed a delicious three-course meal in the beautiful Ballroom, adorned with decorations and special touches.
A speech was made by Group Chairman and Founder, Dieter Jaenicke and a raffle full of spectacular prizes drawn. It was an inspiration to hear Dieter Jaenicke tell the story of how the Viking Maritime Group began and how it has become the global company it is today, offering a varied range of maritime services.
Group Managing Director, Matthew Jaenicke, said of the event: “As Group Managing Director, I feel very proud and humbled that almost every staff member from every company, across all our global offices, made it to the 35th anniversary event. The event itself was a great success, with everyone getting to meet each other in person and having a great time with lovely food and drink to accompany.”
Tracy Lyng, Administration Manager at the Maritime Skills Academy was at the event, having worked for the Viking family for over 20 years!
“Joining Viking back in 2003, I have had the pleasure of being part of the company’s growth from a mere 7 employees to a whopping 80 all over the globe. It’s been a journey and one that I have been proud to be a part of.”
The evening came to a crescendo as staff danced the night away to a funky 7 piece band. It was remarkable to have the whole Viking family from all over the world come together to celebrate such an incredible milestone.
The event was fabulous; filled with laughter and nostalgia, and the perfect way to start a year of celebrations for Viking Maritime Group as we celebrate our 35th anniversary!