Pains Wessex launches new Lifesmoke at METS

Pains Wessex, a world leading brand of marine distress signals, launched a new, streamlined Lifesmoke at METS, the world’s largest marine leisure sector trade show of its kind.

The taller, thinner Lifesmoke Mark 9 is manufactured in-house by Drew Marine Signal and Safety, which ensures cost-effective production and security of supply.

The Lifesmoke Mark 9 was unveiled at the Marine Equipment Trade Show from 13th to 15th November in Amsterdam.

The Lifesmoke is a compact, flat top, day time distress signal that produces dense orange smoke for at least three minutes and is used to mark positions during marine rescue operations and indicate wind direction.

Keith Bradford, product manager said, “The Lifesmoke improvement is part of Drew Marine Signal and Safety’s continuous development programme for our half-a-dozen SOLAS products.”

The Lifesmoke is 114mm (4.5inches) and 82mm (3.2inches) tall and can be stored in a water-tight locker at ambient temperature or the specially designed polybottle.  Commercial liferafts and lifeboats have to fit two orange smokes to comply with SOLAS regulations.

The Pains Wessex brand is manufactured by Drew Marine Signal and Safety, the world’s leading supplier of SOLAS, MED & USCG-approved marine distress signals to commercial and leisure marine markets.

Pains Wessex products have been helping to save lives for more than 100 years and are specified by the world’s navies, merchant fleets, fishing vessels, rescue services, airlines and leisure craft. They are available through a global network of more than 200 distributors.

Drew Marine Signal and Safety, based in Havant, in the UK, is at the forefront of campaigning for improved global marine safety regulations, including introducing standardised rules on replacing dated safety products.

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