Comet Marine Distress Signals
Comet was established over 50 years ago, and is supported by world-class distributors in all major ports. Its pyrotechnic products are approved globally and are manufactured in compliance with the latest SOLAS / Marine Equipment Directive (MED) requirements. Our products are trusted for their reliability and consistent superiority by rescue services, navies, merchant ships and fishing fleets throughout the world.
COMET LINE THROWING DEVICE
The Comet line throwing device is a self contained, single shot, line throwing appliance that is fully compliant to the latest international SOLAS/MED and USCG legislation and meets worldwide approval standards.
A solid propellant rocket is used which guarantees a highly accurate flight path – even in strong winds. It is suitable for all line throwing operations at sea between vessels, ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship and shorebased rescue services
LIGHT AND SMOKE SIGNAL
The light and smoke signal is maintenance free, and designed to be fitted and forgotten, thanks to its automatic release mechanism. When operated, it indicates lifebuoy position using pyrotechnics and high intensity light. It is particularly useful in an emergency to mark the position of a man overboard.
The dense orange smoke is emitted for 15 minutes, and two lithium powered lights produce a minimum of two candela for two hours. This combined light and smoke lifebuoy marker far exceeds SOLAS/MED requirements
COMET 15 MINUTE SMOKE SIGNAL
Comet’s 15 minute Smoke Signal is an orange smoke man overboard lifebuoy marker which is identical to the light smoke signal, but without the lighting system. It is a day signal which can be attached to a lifebuoy (not supplied) and used in an emergency to mark the position of a man overboard.
SHORT RANGE RED HANDFLARE
For use in day or night, the compact Red Handflare is a short range distress signal used to pinpoint position. Its unique, compact, telescopic handle ensures safe and easy handling under all conditions thanks to its pull wire firing mechanism. It produces a 15,000 candela flare which burns for 60 seconds and its compact design makes it ideal for easy stowage.
RED PARACHUTE SIGNAL ROCKET
The Red Parachute signal rocket is part of Comet’s marine distress signals range and ejects at an altitude of 300m burning for 40 seconds. It is designed to withstand exceptional environmental exposure and to perform reliably even after immersion in water. Particular features include improved grip for easy handling and it conforms to SOLAS 74/88. It is for use in day and night long range distress signal situations.
SMOKE SIGNAL ORANGE
The buoyant Smoke Signal Orange is a compact, flat-top day-time orange smoke distress signal providing effective position marking or indication of wind direction during rescue operations. Safe to use even on oil covered water, this signal is designed to a minimum size and weight making it ideal for stowage in life rafts.
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Distress Signals and Safety Systems for Ships
When you specify lifesaving equipment for your vessel, you need to know that it is the most reliable and cost-effective available. With Comet advanced pyrotechnic marine distress signals, you can be sure you have made the right choice.
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WesCom Signal and Rescue has made a commitment to support crew well-being following the Sailors' Society Wellness at Sea Conference.Read more
WesCom Signal and Rescue has provided emergency flares for charity Ocean Youth Trust South's Prolific vessel.Read more
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Experienced sailor Katie Austen has been appointed as new office administrator at Drew Marine Signal and Safety, the world's leading marine distress signal company.Read more
The world's leading marine distress signal company Drew Marine Signal and Safety has appointed Holger Muegge as its new global key account and strategic projects manager.Read more
There has been high demand for the new Comet Light and Smoke Signal, which was previewed at the SMM Hamburg commercial shipping exhibition this month.Read more
Comet’s Canadian distributor DSS Marine has expanded by opening FitzWright Survival Incorporated in Vancouver, British Columbia.Read more
Justine Heeley, Chemring Marine's Managing Director, has attended a prestigious 'women in business' meeting in London. She is one of just nine women acclaimed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for "being at the top of their game" at the meeting in its London headquarters.Read more
This bi-monthly newsletter features the latest information about Comet’s new products, exhibitions and events and tells how our leading marine distress signals have aided in maritime rescues and ensure mariners stay safe at sea. Shows & Events Successful Nor-ShippinRead more
The world's leading marine distress signal company Chemring Marine has visited the Sinaval trade show in Bilbao to support its Spanish distributor. Chemring Marine is the world’s leading supplier of SOLAS, MED and USCG-approved marine distress signals to commercial and leisure marine maRead more
Sales manager Chris Feibusch has met with Chemring Marine's Far East distributors for the first time and attended the Sea Asia show. Chemring Marine is the world’s leading supplier of SOLAS, MED and USCG-approved marine distress signals to commercial and leisure marine markets through iRead more
Sales manager Holger Muegge, from the world’s top marine distress signal company Chemring Marine, has provided vital marine safety advice at top German show, Boot Düsseldorf. As well as meeting Chemring Marine distributors and customers at last month’s event, Holger told boaters viRead more
The future looks bright for Chemring Marine's new Argentinean distributor, IDP. IDP SA is working tirelessly to obtain product approval in Argentina for the world's leading marine distress signal company and its Comet brand. IDP's Gustavo Bidone, says, "Our company is well knoRead more
Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signal company, has attended the International WorkBoat Show in America. Managing director Justine Heeley and Americas sales manager James Chandler met Comet US distributor Gulf Marine, which was exhibiting at the New Orleans Show from 1-3 DeceRead more
Chemring Marine's top marine distress signal brand Comet is the UAE's market leader. Distributor Offshore Electronics aims to keep it that way. For 30 years, Offshore Electronics, based in Sharjah, has been a Comet distributor and the company intends to further expand its business.Read more
The Denmark distributor of leading marine distress signals brand Comet has a new sales director. Ole Schønwandt has joined Uni-Safe, Denmark's leading supplier of marine safety and rescue equipment to professional, military and leisure marine users. Uni-Safe, which has workshoRead more
Key distributor Cosalt Germany is exhibiting Comet marine distress signals at SMM – one of the most important shipbuilding shows of the year. The distributor will be displaying Comet products and meeting clients on its stand B1.OG.120 at the Hamburg, Germany trade event from 7-10 SeptemRead more
Robert Hill moves to Chairman from Managing Director and is also carrying out a new role as Managing Director of Chemring EOD Limited, which designs, manufactures and supplies products worldwide to the Defence, Security and Police markets for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), ImprovisedRead more
Comet marine distress signals' Singapore distributor FD Rareodd has received a Top 10 Comet Distributor award from Chemring Marine Managing Director Robert Hill. Mr Hill presented the award during a visit to Singapore in March. The picture shows Rareodd staff, Mary Phoon, Florence Yeo,Read more
Leading global marine distress signal company Chemring Marine has won a prestigious export award, which is now proudly on display at its head office. The company, which is based at Fareham, near Portsmouth, received the award at the recent Business Excellence Awards run by The News, PorRead more
Leading marine distress signal brand, Comet, is supporting a major German marine safety consumer campaign. The Safety Tips for Skippers campaign is being run by the German Water Police. It is being supported by marine safety manufacturers' body, FSR, and was promoted at the Boot DüsseldRead more
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements state that marine distress signals must be tested and approved at temperatures of -30°C, but leading global brand Comet has tested its Manoverboard and Linethrower products to -40°C. This is particularly important for Comet to meet the requiremRead more
Videos demonstrating the safe operation of Comet marine distress signals are now available in German and English from the Comet website. German versions of the short instructional videos, which explain how to correctly handle and fire the marine distress signals, will be added to the EnRead more
Chemring Marine's logistics manager, Clare Palmer, has been invited to join a key UK transportation advisory body. Clare is one of just nine members on the Dangerous Goods Advisory Group, which advises industry on the safe transportation of dangerous goods by road, sea and air.Read more
A UK diving centre has stressed the importance of marine distress signals after they played a vital part in a coastal rescue. A group of ten divers and two crew was rescued when the Aquanaut, a 40ft. Nelson boat, sank off the coast of Salcombe, Devon, in July. All were safe and wellRead more
Lord Mervyn Davies, head of UKTI, has praised Chemring Marine for being the world's top marine distress signals company. Writing for Lloyds' List, he says, "Many UK companies are in the forefront of marine safety. Chemring Marine is, by far, the world leader in the supply of marine disRead more
Comet is supporting ILAMA's campaign to tighten regulations over replacement of time-expired items in commercial shipping liferafts. Chemring Marine, Comet's parent company, is a member of ILAMA (International Lifesaving Appliance Manufacturers' Association). Through ILAMA and its new cRead more
Chemring Marine, the world's leading supplier of marine distress signals to commercial and leisure marine markets, has had a hugely successful Nor-Shipping show. The company received strong interest in its SOLAS, MED and USCG-approved Comet and Pains Wessex products. ManagingRead more
Business is holding up well in tough financial circumstances, thanks to the work of Comet distributors, says Chemring Marine managing director Robert Hill in the latest Global Business Update. We heavily promote referral to our Comet website and show our strong alignment to our major CRead more
A German fisherman has been rescued from chilling seas after igniting a handflare from leading global marine distress signal brand Comet. Norbert Fischer, (55) got into difficulties while sailing in the Baltic Sea, near Schleimünde, Northern Germany, in January. His fishing cutter sankRead more
Congratulations go to two Comet staff who have been promoted to key new roles. Justine Heeley moves to sales director from international sales manager and Claire Lidstone becomes financial controller, having previously been management accountant. Justine says, “My aim is to work closelyRead more
Informative data sheets for the entire range of Comet's SOLAS products, plus leisure and aviation signals, are now available on its website to download vital information on the leading range of marine distress signals. Comet's product data sheets have been updated and redesigned to inclRead more
Leading marine distress signals brand Comet is meeting with government trade officials to further develop its business in South Africa - and beyond. International sales manager Justine Heeley held talks with Brian Gallagher, the UK trade commissioner to South Africa, to discuss opportunRead more
Comet will be showcasing a full range of marine distress signals at METS. On show at Comet's stand, 03.207 in the British Pavilion, hall three, is the complete range of SOLAS-approved marine distress signals. There will also be personal and compact distress signals suitable for the marine, aviatiRead more
One of the world’s leading marine distress signal brands is including vital safety instruction on its website. Comet has uploaded detailed video clips demonstrating how to handle and use its extensive range of marine distress signals safely. Product manager, Keith Bradford, who is featRead more
Chemring Marine will be exhibiting the latest products from its leading marine distress signals brand Comet at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM 08) trade fair, which takes place in Hamburg from the 23rd to the 26th of September 2008. The exhibition will provide an opportunitRead more
Comet, one of the world's leading marine distress signals brands, is calling for standardised rules for replacing dated safety products to enhance marine safety. Comet says that in some countries, such as the US, signals in annually-serviced liferafts can legitimately be up to 17 monthsRead more
Comet is playing its part in helping to influence safety legislation worldwide. The parent company of Comet, Chemring Marine, is represented by Keith Bradford and is a member of the International Life-saving Manufacturers' Association (ILAMA). The company regularly attends meetings helping to inRead more
Comet, a leading manufacturer of marine distress signals for the commercial and leisure marine markets, has found that its new website, www.cometmarine.co.uk, is proving to be a hit with Comet distributors and customers. The site, designed for trade and commercial use as well as genRead more
Two key members of the Chemring Marine team, who handle leading marine distress signal brands Pains Wessex and Comet, have recently taken on new responsibilities. Justine Heeley After nearly ten years with the company, Justine Heeley has been promoted to International SRead more