Ocean Signal, one of the UK’s most innovative and fastest growing communication and safety at sea specialists, has expanded its premises at its Margate headquarters to meet increased global demand for its innovative range of safety products for the commercial and leisure sectors. The company is exhibiting the world’s smallest personal locator beacon, the rescueME PLB1, and its SafeSea™ range of products through UK distributors International Safety Products (ISP) at this year’s Seawork International.
The extension of the production space and research and development facilities by a significant margin of 40% was driven by the increase in output levels of its established product range and the continued growth of the company’s worldwide network of distributors and dealers. Preparations are also underway for the imminent production and distribution of new ground-breaking products later this year.
Now supplying its products to more than 40 countries, research and development-led Ocean Signal provides its experienced engineering team, headed by director Simon Nolan, with exceptional facilities at one of the best marine communication research and development bases in Europe, with an RF Anechoic testing chamber a key component in an array of specialised equipment.
Alan Wrigley, Managing Director of Ocean Signal, said: “The expansion of our facilities is necessary to meet our production demands, packaging requirements and, crucially, to improve our research and development capabilities which are such important aspects of the ethos of Ocean Signal. owing a few years of design and development. As we continue to expand our network of distributors, w “It is an exciting phase for the company with new products in the pipeline folle also need the corresponding capabilities here to meet the newly-created demand.
“The opportunity to take over more of the premises enables us to retain our entire operation in the UK, which is also very important to us. We can manage the business from here with a significant turnover while keeping direct control and managing quality.”
Ocean Signal has announced several new distributors in recent months, including All Sat Communications in Australia, True Heading in the Netherlands and Radiomar in Brazil, with several further international collaborations set to be finalised later this year.
Ocean Signal is exhibiting its rescueME PLB1 and SafeSea range of GMDSS products at this year’s Seawork through distributors ISP on Stand B153.
Easy to use and 30% smaller than other personal locator beacons, the rescueME PLB1 is ideal for a range of applications in the commercial market. It has a unique mounting cradle that can be easily fitted to a life jacket or belt and will not impede any activity, while providing instant access to emergency services at the press of a button. As reliability is critical, the PLB has been designed to withstand the harsh marine environment. The PLB1 is waterproof up to a market-leading depth of 15m, with an exceptional operating life of 30 hours (typical) even at -20C. Easily activated with one hand, the PLB1 provides three methods of communicating the location of a survivor to search and rescue services – the designated 406MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system with position provided by a 66 channel GPS, a 121.5MHz homing beacon, plus high intensity (1 candela) strobe light.
Used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency at sea, the SafeSea E100G EPIRB has the longest quoted operational battery life in the industry with enough capacity to operate the EPIRB continuously, typically for four whole days, even using the E100G with GPS fix. It features intuitive operating controls and is very easy to use, even in a stressful environment. The E100G is fitted with a 50-channel, integral GPS which improves location accuracy and significantly reduces the time taken for the position to be transmitted to the rescue authorities. Certified for use on-board all European and US-registered vessels, the SafeSea E100G is a Cospas–Sarsat EPIRB operating in the 406MHz satellite band.
The SafeSea S100 SART is designed to assist in the rescue and recovery of liferafts and survival craft and transmits a series of pulses which provide a bearing. A dedicated radar transponder which complies with IMO SOLAS regulations, the S100 SART has a user replaceable battery which is classified as non-hazardous for shipment and gives 96 hours operation in standby. It is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres and operates between -20° C to +55° C.
The SafeSea V100 survival craft hand portable radiotelephone is ultra-rugged and easy to use, both on-board and in distress situations. It is a fully-featured GMDSS radiotelephone, with ergonomic design, durable laser etched keypad, high contrast backlit LCD and backlit keys. The radio is supplied with all the 21 international simplex channels required. A highly efficient transmitter helps to maximise the battery life.
Safety and communication products from Ocean Signal offer exceptional value, meeting or exceeding international technical and safety standards. Careful design and innovation provides commercial shipping, fishing and recreational users the confidence that their Ocean Signal equipment will work to, and beyond, their expectations when it is needed most.