DSEI 2015

Survival at sea [DSEI15, D2]

16 September 2015

For military personnel on a stricken vessel at sea, survival and evacuation are of paramount importance.

UK-based International Safety Products (ISP) (Stand S3-331), a specialist in marine survival equipment, has just secured a new contract with the Polish Navy.

‘‘We supplied a total of 350 Intrepid Once Only Survival Suits,’’ said ISP managing director, Garry North.

‘‘These were specially designed for the Polish Navy and manufactured from highly durable polyurethane-coated nylon with full SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) approval.’’

The single-use suits enable military personnel to evacuate stricken vessels and provide support for survival until they get rescued. According to ISP, the Intrepid comes in a universal size to fit all personnel. A full-length waterproof zip and full-face seal on the hood ensure the user remains warm and dry.

‘‘We have a strong track record supplying the UK Ministry of Defence, as well as Australian, New Zealand, South African, Pakistan and Netherlands naval forces,’’ North said. The latest deal follows the delivery of ISP’s largest ever order − 6,500 twin-chamber lifejackets to the Polish army − part of an overall contract worth in excess of £1.2 million.

Another ISP product on show this week is its own-brand Worksafe Pro lifejacket with its inbuilt AIS recovery system, which activates automatically when the lifejacket is inflated, enabling it to communicate with vessels within a five-mile radius. It also links to a rescue satellite network.

Other products on display include Molle flotation collars, which allow military kit to be attached to lifejackets, and EDF1 flares, which have a seven-mile range, 360° radius and a six-hour battery life.

As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of marine inflatable lifejackets, ISP manufactures more than 170,000 products a year from sites in Bootle and Birkenhead in the UK. It is now part of Safety and Survival Systems International (3Si).

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