ISP extends MoD contract

March 01, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Liverpool marine firm International Safety Products (ISP) has extended an eight year relationship with the Ministry of Defence after signing a new agreement involving specialist safety suits used in emergencies at sea.

The firm, headquartered in Hawthorne Road, Bootle, has renewed a deal to continue servicing Intrepid Once Only Survival Suits it supplies to the MoD.

ISP has supplied more than 30,000 suits to the MoD since striking up the relationship in 2004.

The products also known as “abandonment suits” help to maximise the chance of survival for military personnel escaping stricken vessels. They are manufactured at ISP’s Liverpool base for use across
all UK MoD vessels.

ISP Managing Director John Rogers said the agreement reinforced the firm’s credentials as an innovative and reliable British marine safety specialist.

“We are delighted to have reaffirmed our long and successful relationship with the Ministry of Defence,” said Mr Rogers. “This new agreement will see ISP continuing to service all survival suits supplied to date. They benefit from a long life expectancy with servicing taking place every five years. Abandonment suits are a crucial and potentially lifesaving piece of equipment. They are essential for the welfare of marine personnel operating in challenging conditions and need to be both reliable and durable. Our range of immersion suits are among the most highly regarded in the world providing wearers with the ultimate chance of survival in emergency situations.”

ISP is the world's largest manufacturer of inflatable marine lifejackets, and a leading manufacturer and supplier of marine survival equipment. Its range of products also includes tactical waistcoats and Duarry Challenger inflatable liferafts.

Mr Rogers said the Intrepid Once Only Survival Suit is made from tough polyurethane coated nylon. It features a full face seal and neoprene hood to help the wearer remain warm and dry. The suits are packed in multi laminate air extracted foil bags for long life protection.

They are further approved to the latest IMO SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations.

MoD Maritime Spares Group Leader Cherry Proud said: "The Maritime Spares team, part of the Defence Equipment & Support organisation, is pleased to be working with ISP to implement a process that will lead to a progressive and safe extension to the life of the Intrepid Once Only Survival Suit, improving value for money whilst at the same time minimising the risk in the event of an abandonment scenario."

Mr Rogers bought ISP in 2008 with Sales and Marketing Director Geoff Billington with backing from the Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) and Cooperative Bank.

He said: “Our Intrepid range of immersion suits are tried and tested in the harshest environments. They provide wearers with excellent manoeuvrability, both in and out of the water. We can also deliver bespoke designs to meet our customer’s requirements. The rigorous inspection of all our products is part of ISP’s ethos to provide internationally renowned marine safety products of the highest quality.”

Other abandonment suits in ISP’s Intrepid range include the neoprene Mk1 model offering high thermal protection and fire resistance. The firm’s Mk8 model is an easy to don, lightweight immersion suit.