International Safety Products showcases bespoke design capability with new “soft-harness” lifejackets

November 03, 2014 at 2:46 PM

International Safety Products (ISP) is showcasing its bespoke design capability at METS 2014 with the launch of new 'soft loop harness point' lifejackets.

The UK-firm is one of the world's largest manufacturers of marine inflatable lifejackets. It has now developed new soft harness attachment points for lifejackets bringing a series of benefits to users.

ISP commercial director Geoff Billington said the new design fundamentally offers an alternative to conventional stainless steel D-ring harness fittings.

Key improvements of the 'super-strength' nylon webbing attachments include greater flexibility, durability and comfort.

Mr Billington said the product is predominantly aimed at the leisure market, due to it being the main user of harness attachments.

"The key motivator for developing the soft harness attachment points was to provide a modern, effective and user-friendly harness attachment solution," he said. "We saw that improvements could be made to the traditional stainless steel D-ring fitting and we acted on this.

"This new mechanism loses none of the durability and strength of its stainless steel counterpart, being made of super-strong nylon."

METS visitors will be able to see two lifejackets displaying the new soft-harness attachments at ISP's stand located at 3.217.

Display models include ISP's Challenger Interlock 275 lifejacket designed for use as a combined working and abandonment jacket. It benefits from a patented interlocking lobe design, improving buoyancy and turning motion when personnel are wearing large amounts of clothing or survival suits. The SOLAS approved model offers contoured head and neck support, twin back and crotch strap and a hard wearing nylon cover.

"This product is also available with the new AIS 'Recovery System'. This system involves an integrated rescueME MOB1 device. It is the world's smallest AIS Man OverBoard system with a DSC (Digital Selective Calling) transmitter.

"DSC is a standard for sending pre-defined digital messages via the medium frequency (MF), high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) maritime radio systems. It is a core part of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS).

The second display model will be a 170 Newton leisure lifejacket. This multi-role, slim-line lifejacket has a sculpted design with adjustable mesh back for improved comfort plus reflective piping, quick burst zip cover and the new soft loop harness point. It is ideal for active coastal and offshore sailing.

"ISP is renowned as a world leader in the manufacture and design of marine inflatable lifejackets," said Mr Billington. "The firm benefits from decades of experience and specialist maritime safety expertise. We offer the widest possible choice of fabrics, buoyancies, inflation mechanisms and logo styling.

"ISP is a proud British manufacturer with a track record of delivering maritime safety solutions for some of the biggest leisure brands in the business.

"We have achieved this by encouraging an innovative design philosophy combined with a reliable, focused and efficient manufacturing operation. Our ability to offer tailor-made and bespoke solutions is also fundamental to our ethos and success.

"Many clients seek our confidential support to develop 'own label' jackets to complement their product portfolio. The development of a strong client relationship is essential to ensure we fully understand and meet their needs."

METS runs from 18 - 20 November at the Amsterdam RAI and International Safety Products stand location is 3.217.

For more information on ISP's products and services contact Geoff Billington via email on or phone +44 (0)151 922 2202.


International Safety Products

ISP was founded in 1981.
The firm is a marine survival equipment specialist.
ISP produces more than 170,000 products each year.
It employs more than 100 people and has a turnover exceeding £8million.
ISP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of marine safety equipment including lifejackets, immersion suits, tactical waistcoats, liferafts, Epirbs, PLBs, SARTS and marine safety lights.