Following the announcement at the Scottish Skipper Expo in Aberdeen that every commercial fisherman in Scotland is to be supplied a lifejacket free of charge by the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation (SFF), Ocean Safety has won the contract to supply 5000 lifejackets to the scheme. The lifejackets are the Ocean Safety supplied Mullion Compact 150N Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
Under the scheme, every fisherman in Scotland with the correct mandatory certification will have the opportunity to apply for the latest PFD - and get it for free.
“We are delighted to have secured this contract with the SFF,” comments Mark Hart, Sales Director at Ocean Safety. “The local expertise at our Aberdeen branch, and the capability of our facility there all contributed to Ocean Safety becoming the chosen supplier to the scheme.”
Derek Cardno, Marine Safety and Training officer at the SFF, said "The Scottish PFD project team is delighted that the industry-preferred PFD, the Mullion Compact 150, will be used. Ocean Safety will guarantee a high level of service for the project to the fishing industry in Scotland with their depots in Greenock and Aberdeen.”
Ocean Safety will be playing an important role in providing training and advice to fishermen around the country during organised handovers of the PFDs.
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. The scheme will be rolled out over a year. The SFF are committed to improving safety at sea, and hope to encourage fishermen to wear personal flotation devices and also raise the overall awareness of the importance of safety within the industry. The fishing industry is vital to many communities across Scotland and the safety of fishermen who operate in a dangerous working environment is extremely important.
Meanwhile similar safety initiatives are being launched throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for further rollouts of the Compact lifejacket to the fishermen.
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