With the postponement of Seawork, Ocean Safety, like all the exhibitors, are having to work that bit harder to ensure that all their commercial customers are able to make informed choices about the most advanced and most appropriate life-saving equipment.

“It’s important that we always keep our regular customers and potential marketplace up to date with the latest survival equipment,” comments Ocean Safety’s Sales Director Mark Acaster. “We must continue to promote equipment that meets with commercial regulations and make sure customers are always getting the right advice.”

With the Covid-secure measures in place during the summer and no chance to exhibit to visitors, Ocean Safety are even more distanced from their customers. “We had to cease our regular van runs from our branches in March to make deliveries and switched to using courier services instead to make sure that our customers are receiving their goods,” adds Acaster. “We also put a system in place to collect from our branches at pre-agreed times, incorporating the government guidelines on social distancing.”

The Hansen Protection range is one of the key new summer offers from Ocean Safety which was recently appointed as UK and Ireland distributor. The Hansen Protection emergency immersion suits, work suits and thermal protection suits will have to wait for their first Seawork showing but in the meantime Ocean Safety are taking orders and emphasising their certified capability of servicing the suits. Also waiting for its physical debut to the maritime market is Ocean Safety’s brand new liferaft canister designed for the ever-popular Ocean ISO liferaft. Along with new built in handles its reduced weight makes the raft easier to handle, a critical factor when launching it over the side of a vessel. Further refinements have also added to the weight reduction.

Opportunities to watch Ocean Safety’s USAFE remote controlled motorized horseshoe lifebuoy, the DAME Design Award winner at METSTRADE 2019, will be scheduled for the future. Still hotly anticipated as the star of the next Speed @ Seawork demonstration, USAFE is a highly intelligent piece of equipment which can propel a person in the water weighing up to 200kg at speeds of 15km/h.

“The equipment we are highlighting here is not just new; importantly each of these items incorporates advanced innovations and each works to improve the chances of survival in an emergency on the water more greatly than in the past,” explains Mark Acaster.

Ocean Safety’s lifejackets, EPIRBs, MOB equipment - including the DACON rescue frame and liferaft range, plus two more Seawork newcomers, the Ocean Compact liferaft and the latest most powerful Aquaspec liferaft light, all continue to be part of the essential onboard inventory.