Marine pyrotechnics are still important

Pyrotechnics are one of a number of safety products that should be carried. Photo Survitec Pyrotechnics are one of a number of safety products that should be carried. Photo: Survitec
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Despite undeniable advances in technology, the importance of carrying reliable, powerful and universally recognised visual emergency signalling on board is unequivocal, says Chris Feibusch.

Advances in technology mean that today’s electronic emergency devices offer ever more efficient and technical signalling and location accuracy, says the director of global marketing and communications for WesCom Signal and Rescue.

However, he points out there is yet to be a single device that can replace the specific function of the of marine pyrotechnics – the carriage of which is mandatory on all commercial vessels around the world and has been for more 100 years.

“It’s alarming that there is an increase in conflicting, contentious and ultimately dangerous advice from otherwise respected organisations discouraging the use and carriage of pyrotechnics,” said Chris.


“It is important to acknowledge the advances in technology, but is imperative that everyone, whether a recreational watercraft user or commercial vessel operator, understands that all safety equipment is designed to be to be complimentary. One type of safety device is not a substitute for another.”

And he points out that pyrotechnic flares are powerful, self-contained devices that can emit heat, smoke and light signals from the surface of the water to high in the air, without need for batteries, electrical source or third-party input.

They are waterproof, submersible, resilient and universally recognised around the world and do not require any equipment to receive alerts or rely on complex technology to use or receive.

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