Mersey maritime firm ISP kits out tall ship moored in Liverpool

July 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

A Bootle-based maritime products firm has helped kit out one of Britain’s last remaining three-masted top-sail schooners with essential safety gear.
International Safety Products (ISP) has supplied lifejackets for the Kathleen & May, moored in the city’s Canning Dock.

The vessel is featuring prominently as a key event location during the International Festival for Business, and is used by educational organisations like Bootle’s Hugh Baird College.

ISP sales director Geoff Billington said: “We have helped to kit out the vessel for a number of years, as a charitable donation, with a selection of items from our safety product portfolio.”

The firm is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of inflatable marine lifejackets.

"We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with the Kathleen & May and its current custodians Geoff and Cindy Grice for many years,” added Mr Billington.

“This latest instalment will see the supply of 25 Challenger lnterlock 275 lifejackets, which we manufacture at our Bootle site. These are combined working and abandonment lifejackets.

“ISP also handles all UK distribution for Ocean Signal. Through our relationship with Ocean Signal we have been able to supply the vessel with a Class 1 Epirb E100G. When activated the EPIRB transmits a distress signal and position directly to the emergency services via satellites.”