Viking Barge was established in Kristiansand in 1995, focusing on owning and operating large North Sea barges.

Kistefos gradually increased its ownership in Viking Barge DA and gained essentially full ownership from 2003. A fleet of eight large North Sea barges, each of approximately 10,000 DWT, was delivered from the yard in the period 1995-1999.
The fleet, constituting of seven barges from mid-2004, operated in the offshore markets for construction, windmill projects and decommissioning.
Late 2012, the fleet was sold to Ugland Shipping AS, yielding a strong return on investment for Kistefos.