Ocean Safety’s new lifejackets are AIS ready

The Kru lifejacket range is AIS ready The Kru lifejacket range is AIS ready
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Ocean Safety’s revamped Kru lifejackets will be available to order in February. All jackets are AIS ready with a VHF radio/personal PLB1 clip and a newly-shaped scoop neck design designed to provide freedom of movement with no chafing.

General manager Alistair Hackett says the firm’s expanding portfolio, as evidenced by its redesigned Kru range and the launch of Ocean SOLAS Ultralite life rafts, is due to greater synergies between the 3Si Group – of which Ocean Safety is part - business units.

“We offer a wider range of products from the same stable and are able to ensure every group customer is advised on a product most-suited to their needs at a competitive price with hassle-free delivery.”

End-user understanding

Mr Hackett concedes that while the inclusion of electronics in marine safety and the products they supply is crucial, so too is the understanding of the end-user: “Many of our lifejackets, man overboard equipment and life rafts are AIS ready, however the challenge is to ensure customers understand what they’re purchasing and how and when this equipment is to be used.”

As a result, Mr Hackett is calling for the industry to improve the type and quality of its training: “This goes beyond understanding how to use a piece of equipment – it’s enhancing the understanding of when the appropriate products need to be used, why they need to be used and the expectations of what will be achieved. Specific crews must understand how to use equipment on a specific type of vessel.”

He concludes: “It’s good to see leisure market regulation getting sharper, but industry must ensure customers don’t buy a piece of equipment just to tick a box.”

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