ISP and Ocean Signal help Kathleen & May

ISP MD John Rogers (left) and ISP sales director Geoff Billington on board ‘Kathleen & May’ ISP MD John Rogers (left) and ISP sales director Geoff Billington on board ‘Kathleen & May’

SAFETY KIT: Two of the UK’s leading maritime firms joined together to kit out Britain’s last remaining three masted topsail schooner with essential marine safety equipment.

Bootle based International Safety Products (ISP) and Margate based Ocean Signal supplied lifejackets and an EPIRB to the Kathleen & May, located in Canning Dock, Liverpool.

The fit-out comes during a busy period for the topsail schooner, which is featuring as a prominent event location during the International Festival for Business 2014.

The vessel is also ramping up activity with educational organisations, such as Bootle based Hugh Baird College delivering educational and training support.

ISP sales director Geoff Billington said the firm has a strong bond with the 113 year old schooner and is very happy to be providing continued support.

“We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with the Kathleen & May and its current custodians Geoff and Cindy Grice for many years,” said Mr Billington. “We have helped to kit out the vessel for a number of years, as a charitable donation, with a selection of items from our marine safety product portfolio.

“This latest instalment will see the supply of 25 Challenger lnterlock 275 lifejackets, which we manufacture at our Bootle site. These are combined working and abandonment lifejackets.”

ISP also handles all UK distribution for Ocean Signal, he added. “Through our relationship with Ocean Signal we have been able to supply the vessel with a Class 1 EPIRB E100G.”

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