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 Düsseldorf Show in January.

Comet is a founder member of FSR (Fachverband Seenot-Rettungsmittel), the German association of manufacturers and importers of life-saving and rescue equipment for ocean shipping, inland waters shipping and leisure shipping.

FSR also organised a questionnaire at the Boot show, which featured a draw, including Comet distress signals among the prizes for visitors who participated.

Sales manager Holger Muegge says, “Comet is the best-known brand of marine distress signals in Germany and we are proud to be supporting this consumer safety campaign, especially as the FSR is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year.”

As part of the campaign, which began in 2009, the Water Police is visiting yacht clubs to run marine safety equipment demonstrations.

FSR’s three main goals are:

  • To answer all questions about life-saving and rescue equipment
  • To assist other committees in answering questions on criteria for quality and safety so that actions can be carried out in accordance with the latest state of technology
  • To make sure that all member companies using a voluntary self-test comply with the highest standards of quality and safety for the production and sales of life-saving and rescue equipment.

These are measured by the valid national and international standards (DIN, EN, ISO etc.), certification by occupational insurance and health associations or federal authorities.

As a result, products of the FSR member companies – including Comet – which comply with the highest demands on quality and safety, receive a quality sign.

Comet is a brand of Chemring Marine, based in Fareham, UK, which is part of Chemring Group PLC. The company is the world’s leading supplier of SOLAS, MED and USCG-approved marine distress signals to the commercial and leisure marine markets.

Comet’s comprehensive range of distress signals is available through a global network of more than 200 distributors in 70-plus countries and is specified by the world’s navies, merchant fleets, fishing vessels, rescue services, airlines and leisure craft.

Its products are trusted by the world’s commercial and leisure marine markets, for their reliability and they have been saving lives for more than half a century.