English and Welsh fishermen to receive PFDs

The Mullion Compact 150N CE PFD The Mullion Compact 150N CE PFD

Ocean Safety has signed an agreement with Seafish to supply an initial 300 Mullion Compact personal flotation devices (PFDs) to commercial fishermen in England and Wales.

As part of an ongoing Fishing Industry Safety Group initiative to drive up safety standards, Seafish is to distribute the Mullion Compact 150N CE PFDs via a number of Fishing Industry Safety Group partners which include the Fishermen’s Mission, the RNLI and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Fishermen who have the correct mandatory certification will receive the funded PFDs at safety workshops provided by the organisations.

Seafish is in the process of applying for funding via the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to roll out further support from April 2014. If successful, the initiative will provide PFDs to an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 fishermen meaning that Ocean Safety will be supplying further batches during the roll out period.

The qualifying fishermen are located mainly in England, since those in other parts of the UK are already supplied through similar industry-led EFF initiatives.

“We are delighted that the Ocean Safety-supplied Mullion has become established as the industry-preferred lifejacket for British and Irish fishermen,” comments Ocean Safety’s sales director Mark Hart. “Our expertise also means that we can guarantee a high level of service, training and advice to the project.”

The Mullion PFD new Mark 3 version was chosen by industry experts and fishermen researching the best product for the scheme as the best solution for safety, comfort, durability and design.

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