Safety & Personal Kit
This category is separated into sub-categories including Lifejackets & PFD. Use the drop down menu under Safety Equipment to select products.
Lifejackets & PFD
Lifejackets are designed to support an unconscious person and are usually automatically activated with a manual option. A PFD is a Personal Floatation Device.
Various compliance standards are used around the world including EC mark (Europe), USCG (US Coast Guard) approval and the international SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea).
Distress Flares & Signalling Equipment
Distress flares are carried by all vessels and depending on type can be used by day or night. Types include handheld flare, rocket flare, smoke signals and dye markers.
Other means of distress signalling are strobe lights, SARTs (Search & Rescue Transponders) and EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons).
Man Overboard Alarms
Man Over Board (MOB) can result in loss of life at sea. Sonar, radio frequency & GPS (Global Positioning System) technologies are being used in crew safety systems that sound an alarm during an MOB emergency.
An effective approach to crew safety is to combine a man overboard alarm system with a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) carried by individual crew members.
Lifting a casualty, possibly unconscious from hypothermia or head injury, in heavy waterlogged clothing onto a rescue craft can be difficult. A combination of the casualty’s body weight and waterlogged clothing can result in high lifting loads.
An effective MOB Recovery system needs to lift the casualty safely and protect the rescuers from back injury. Stretchers need to be lightweight, rapidly deployable and resistant to water / UV deterioration.
RIB & High Speed Craft working environments require a surface use dry suit not a diving drysuit. Commercial drysuits are of heavy duty construction with a front or back dry zip.
Quick fit, lightweight dry suits are designed for first responders and rescuers where the user does not require total water integrity. Lightweight drysuits are for minimal use.
Survival & Immersion Suits
Survival suits for commercial operations and are not normally worn. The survival suit is stowed in an accessible location onboard the craft in case of vessel abandonment.
A survival suit's flotation and thermal protection is usually better than an immersion protection work suit and typically extends a person's survival by several hours.
Helmets for use on RIBs and High Speed Craft are designed to provide head protection and reduce exposure to the elements. Full face or part face visors can be used.
Marine helmets are usually lightweight and manufactured from fibreglass, GRP, FRP or plastic materials. Military helmets are heavier and designed to give ballistic protection.
Personal Clothing & Equipment
Clothing for RIB and HSC crews and passengers includes boots, gloves, headwear and thermal layers. Specialist equipment includes waterproof watches. sunglasses, goggles.
Small waterproof 'dry packs' carry mobile phones, GPS, electronics and valuable items. Specialist 'dry bags' and carrying systems are used for equipment and weapons.
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