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Marine Distress Signals

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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.


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


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’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.


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.


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.


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.

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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Leading marine solutions services specialist Drew Marine has agreed to acquire Chemring Marine, the world’s leading marine distress signal company.

26 June 2012

Sponsored Atlantic Row Team Success

The oldest team to row across the Atlantic, sponsored by Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signal company, took just 48 days to finish.

2 March 2012

Chemring Marine MD at Top Women in Business Meeting

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.

28 November 2011

Comet Illuminator: July 2011 Newsletter

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-Shippin

22 August 2011

Chemring Marine at Sinaval Trade Show

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 ma

26 June 2011

Chemring Marine Sales Manager’s First Visit to Far East

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 i

3 April 2011

Chemring Marine Provides Safety Tips at Boot Düsseldorf

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 vi

24 February 2011

Bright Future for Chemring Marine’s Argentine Distributor

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 kno

10 January 2011

Chemring Marine Succeeds at WorkBoat International Show

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 Dece

5 January 2011

Offshore Electronics Plans to Expand its Business

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.

11 November 2010

New Sales Director at Comet Distributor Uni-Safe

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 worksho

18 September 2010

Cosalt Exhibits Comet Distress Signals at SMM

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 Septem

1 September 2010

FD Rareodd Receives Top Comet Distributor Award

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,

15 May 2010

Chemring Marine Wins Export Award

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, Por

21 March 2010

Comet Supports German Marine Safety Campaign

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 Düsseld

4 February 2010

Comet’s Marine Distress Signal Products Tested to -40°C

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 requirem

24 January 2010

Comet Releases German Safety Demonstration Videos

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 En

29 November 2009

Chemring Marine’s Logistics Manager Joins Dangerous Goods Advisory Group

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.

28 October 2009

UK Diving Centre Stresses Importance of Marine Distress Signals

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 well

16 September 2009

Head of UKTI Praises Chemring Marine as World’s Best

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 dis

16 August 2009

Comet Backs ILAMA Safety Campaign

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 c

9 July 2009

Successful Nor-Shipping for Chemring Marine

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. Managing

14 June 2009

Chemring Marine MD States Global Business is Holding up Well

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 C

13 May 2009

German Fisherman’s Life Saved by Comet Handflare

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 sank

21 April 2009

Comet Staff Promoted to Key Roles

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 closely

10 February 2009

Updated Comet Data Sheets Downloadable from Website

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 incl

8 January 2009

Comet Holds High-Level Talks to Boost South African Trade

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 opportun

16 December 2008

Comet Marine Distress Signals on Display at METS

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, aviati

27 October 2008

Online Guide to Using Comet Marine Distress Signals

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 feat

7 October 2008

Comet Calls for Change in Worldwide Marine Safety Practices

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 months

7 July 2008

Comet Helps to Influence Legislation

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 in

25 June 2008

Comet’s Website Proves a Hit with Worldwide Distributors and Customers

Comet, a leading manufacturer of marine distress signals for the commercial and leisure marine markets, has found that its new website,, is proving to be a hit with Comet distributors and customers. The site, designed for trade and commercial use as well as gen

19 May 2008

Promotions for Team with Flare

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 S

17 March 2008

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