Pains Wessex, a world-leading manufacturer of pyrotechnics for the commercial and leisure marine markets, has been saving lives around the globe for more than a century.
Pains Wessex, established for over 100 years, is supported by world-class distributors in all major ports. Its pyrotechnic products are approved globally and are manufactured in compliance with the latest Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) and Marine Equipment Directive (MED) requirements. The products listed below are trusted for their reliability and consistent superiority by rescue services, navies, merchant ships and fishing fleets throughout the world.
Linethrower 250 – self-contained line throwing device
Linethrower 250 is a self-contained 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 sidewinds.
It has a throwing range of >230m and is suitable for all line throwing operations at sea between vessels, ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship and shore-based rescue services.
Manoverboard MK9 – self-activating smoke signal
The Pains Wessex Manoverboard MK9 (MOB MK9) is a self-activating smoke signal, with unique all-round lighting system designed for attachment to emergency life buoys. When released it indicates its position by emitting a dense orange smoke and two lithium battery powered lights. Safe to use on petrol or oil-covered water, the unit can be automatically or manually deployed from the stainless steel mounting bracket, and is ideal for use on ships or rigs.
Some large tankers and oil rigs need to mount this marker at heights in excess of the SOLAS 30m requirement. To satisfy this need the MOB 360 has been tested up to 50m, well in excess of the SOLAS requirements, and conforms to all worldwide approval standards.
Red Handflare MK8 – compact flare
The Red Handflare MK8 is a compact flare, ideal for storage on a boat or within a life raft. It features an ergonomically designed grip handle with unique telescopic design. The flare burns for a minimum of 60s, producing a bright red 15,000 candela light.
The Red Handflare MK8 is intended for short range day or night-time signalling, and is designed for use in emergencies situations arising onboard commercial and leisure vessels. The White Handflare MK8 is used for collision warning, signalling and illumination.
Parachute Red Rocket MK8A – long-range flare
The Parachute Red Rocket MK8A is designed to attract attention at long range, firing a 30,000 candela red signal to a minimum altitude of 300m. Suspended beneath a parachute the signal burns for 40s. The Parachute Red Rocket MK8A is designed for day or night time use, and is intended for use in an emergency afflicting either commercial or leisure vessels.
Lifesmoke MK9 – daylight smoke signals
Also available in the range is the Lifesmoke MK9 for use in daylight. This signal emits a dense orange smoke for a minimum of 3min, which is used to indicate position and wind direction (a great aid for helicopter pilots) during a search and rescue operation. The Lifesmoke MK9 features a flat peel off top cap which allows for ease of stowage and packing.
WesCom Signal and Rescue has pledged to support the well-being of on-board and land-based crew members following the Sailors' Society Wellness at Sea Conference.
WesCom Signal and Rescue has delivered emergency flares to charity Ocean Youth Trust South's Prolific vessel.
WesCom Signal and Rescue is supporting UK training school Sailing North East with the delivery of Pains Wessex emergency flares for its Bowman Corsair Ocean Racer.
WesCom Defence will be showcasing its latest products at Eurosatory for the first time under the WesCom name.
A rescue from the United Kingdom and another from the United States illustrate the importance of carrying Pains Wessex marine distress signals.
When a yacht ran aground, flares fired helped UK coastguards locate its position and rescue the sailor on board, with the search starting in England and ending in Scotland.
The world's leading brand of marine distress signals, Pains Wessex, has appointed a new Dutch distributor.
The world's leading supplier of marine distress signals, Drew Marine Signal and Safety, is donating flares to the Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South), to educate young people about the importance of safety at sea.
Pains Wessex marine distress signals have been exhibited at the Cape Town Boat Show, in South Africa.
Global distributors of the world's leading marine distress signal brand have attended a special dinner at a top trade show.
The world's leading brand of marine distress signals, Pains Wessex, has appointed a new UK distributor.
There has been massive interest in the new Pains Wessex Manoverboard, which was unveiled at the SMM Hamburg commercial shipping exhibition this month.
Leading marine solutions services specialist Drew Marine has agreed to acquire Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signal company.
Chemring Marine, the world’s leading marine distress signal company, has attended OTC (Offshore Technology and Conference) the largest dedicated oil industry show in the world.
The world's leading marine distress signal company, Chemring Marine, is relocating its UK-based office headquarters.
A new distributor has been appointed for Pains Wessex marine distress signals in Norway.
The lives of a speedboat driver and wakeboarder have been saved thanks to a Pains Wessex marine distress signal and an eagle-eyed RNLI volunteer.
The world's leading marine distress company, Chemring Marine, is sponsoring the oldest team ever bidding to row across the Atlantic.
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.
Chemring Marine's Poland distributor, IMS-Griffin, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
A pioneering marine distress signal disposal service has been launched by Chemring Marine distributor WH Brennan in Singapore.
An article in RYA News highlights why it is vital for marine craft to carry flares, says Chemring Marine, the world’s top marine distress signal company. The story tells how Carl Lomas, who calls himself Lord Hollinsclough, and his family were sailing in the South Atlantic, near South
Chemring Marine, the world’s leading marine distress signal company, has presented a prestigious industry award for marine safety equipment. Managing director Justine Heeley presented the Equipment category in the Safety At Sea International annual awards dinner. Also in attendance were Che
This bi-monthly newsletter features the latest information about Pains Wessex’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. New sales administrator Chemring Marin
Chemring Marine, the world’s top marine distress signal company, has appointed a new Sales Administrator. Vanessa Martin is now providing administration support to distributors of the world-leading Pains Wessex marine distress signals in Europe and the Middle East. Vanessa h
Courageous students, sponsored by Chemring Marine to swim across the Solent, found just why marine distress signals are a vital safety aid. During the gruelling 2hour 10minute swim by five Portsmouth Grammar School sixth-formers, across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, t
Chemring Marine, the world's top marine distress signal company, has had a busy Nor-Shipping show marketing products and networking. The company exhibited its world-leading Pains Wessex marine distress signals at the bi-annual show in Oslo, Norway, from 24-27 May. Managing dir
Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signals company, has secured a five-year contract to supply products to the Survitec Group. The new agreement will see all existing and new companies that are part of the Survitec Group working exclusively with Chemring Marine and Ch
The world's leading marine distress signal company Chemring Marine is exhibiting at top Norweigan trade show Nor-Shipping. Chemring Marine will be exhibiting the world's best-selling Pains Wessex marine distress signals at booth C03-02m at the show in Oslo. Attending the show
The world's leading marine distress signal company Chemring Marine has appointed a new marketing coordinator. Victoria Jones, who was Chemring Marine's former sales administrator, started the new role in marketing at the beginning of March 2011. Victoria has being increasingly
Chemring Marine is an excellent company that's a pleasure to deal with. That's the message from United States Pains Wessex marine distress signals distributor Alexander Ryan Marine and Safety Company, which has the largest liferaft service station in the country. Alexander Industries wa
Chris Feibusch, sales manager of Chemring Marine, the world's top marine distress signal company, has been accepted as a member of The Institute of Export (IOE). The IOE is a professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, export
Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signal company, has attended one of the largest fire and safety shows in the southern hemisphere. Americas sales manager, James Chandler, visited the SEGUR 2010 fire & safety exhibition and conference in Caracas, Venezuela. The ev
Experienced distribution professional and keen sailor Chris Feibusch has joined Chemring Marine, the world's leading marine distress signal company, as sales manager, with responsibility for the UK and Ireland, Southern Europe and the Far East. Prior to joining Chemring Marine, with its
Elcome International of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates distributor of Pains Wessex marine distress signals, is exhibiting at the region's leading shipping trade show. Elcome International is exhibiting on stand#F1. The Seatrade Middle East Maritime, at Dubai International Convention
Chemring Marine has unveiled its new Pains Wessex Manoverboard MK8 and Buoysmoke MK8 lifebuoy markers at the SMM trade show in Germany. Chemring Marine, the world’s leading supplier of marine distress signals to commercial and leisure marine markets, had several distributors exhibiting
Leading global marine distress signal supplier Chemring Marine is launching new Pains Wessex Manoverboard MK8 and Buoysmoke MK8 lifebuoy markers in Europe. The updated products boast a number of important features and benefits, including: Sturdy, robust and far exceeds SO
A new Pains Wessex product training video, produced by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, can now be seen on the company website. The nine minute-long video on www.painswessex.com/Videos.aspx features demonstrations from RNLI crew showing how to safely operate Pains Wessex marine
Chemring Marine, which manufactures the Pains Wessex brand, has a new chairman and managing director. From 1 June, Robert Hill moves to chairman from managing director and will also carry out a new role as managing director of Chemring EOD, which designs, manufactures and supplies produ
Leading global marine distress company Chemring Marine is attending the Annual General Meeting of ILAMA – the International Life-saving Appliances Manufacturers' Association – to discuss the latest marine safety legislation issues. Sales Director Justine Heeley is among delegates at the
Experienced AS Moloobhoy & Sons, the India distributor of leading marine distress signal brand Pains Wessex, has won an award for outstanding achievement in the 2010 Shipping, Marine and Ports awards. The honour for efficient customer services was presented to AS Moloobhoy, which ha
Leading marine distress signal brand Pains Wessex has completed a comprehensive review of its product data sheets, which are designed to be used as ships training manual entries and are now available on its website. The informative data sheets/training manuals, which are free for to dow
Pains Wessex is supporting International Life-saving Appliances Manufacturers' Association, ILAMA, in its aim to tighten regulations for dated marine distress signals in annually-serviced liferaft. ILAMA calls for dated items in liferafts to be replaced if they are due to go out of date
A fisherman's life has been saved by marine distress signals after an accident in Iceland, which proved fatal for the survivor's colleague. The two fishermen were in small fishing boat which capsized off the east coast of Iceland in December. Neither had the chance to send a radio distr
Marintec China 2009, the definitive Asian marine trade show, has provided new strategic contacts for leading marine distress signals company Chemring Marine. Chemring Marine sales director Justine Heeley attended the show along with Ramli Yusoff, the division manager of Pains Wessex dis
Chemring Marine has joined the call for a single Maritime Minister to provide a coordinated approach to the industry. Managing director Robert Hill raised the issue at a House of Commons lunch with major shipbuilding industry figures. He joined UK ministers Ian Lucas, Nick Brown and MP
Asian distributors from global leading company Chemring Marine are offering safe disposal facilities for outdated marine distress signals and helping prevent the spread of counterfeit products. Respected distributor Moloobhoy is pioneering the establishment of a professional dispos
Chemring Marine 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.
Pains Wessex's UK distributors have had a busy and successful Seawork International show. The Southampton event is the biggest and fastest-growing business-to-business exhibition for Europe’s commercial marine and workboat sectors and attracted more than 6,000 visitors from 40 countrie
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 said: "Many UK companies are at the forefront of marine safety. Chemring Marine is, by far, the world leader in the supply of marine dist
Chemring Marine is supporting ILAMA's campaign to tighten regulations over replacement of time-expired items in commercial shipping liferafts. Chemring Marine, the parent company of Pains Wessex, is a member of the International Lifesaving Appliance Manufacturers' Association (ILAMA). T
Pains Wessex, the leading global brand of marine distress signals, is to exhibit at Norshipping in Norway and meet key distributors and contacts. A comprehensive range of safety products will be on display at stand CO5 to 19E in hall C during the four-day commercial shipping show, which
Top marine distress signal brand Pains Wessex is supporting leading maritime charity The Sailors’ Society through sponsorship and pedal power. The UK-based charity offers practical and emotional support, financial assistance and family liaison to seafarers through its network of port ch
Robert Hill, managing director of Pains Wessex’s parent company Chemring Marine, has had separate meetings with both the UK chancellor and the trade minister to discuss marine safety issues. Mr Hill attended the marine industry lunch and briefing with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Dar
Pains Wessex has attended the World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) in Mumbai and held talks with leading figures in the Indian shipping industry. Managing director Robert Hill was a delegate at the WMTC, which is organised in partnership with 25 of the world’s leading maritime as
One of the world's leading marine distress signal manufacturers is leading the call for stricter policing of European marine equipment safety standards. Robert Hill, Managing Director of Chemring Marine, which manufactures the leading Pains Wessex brand, has told EU marine safety offic
Pains Wessex showcased a full range of marine distress signals at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam. At the show, held from November 18-20 2008, members of the company also met a selection of Pains Wessex worldwide distributors who travelled from as far away as Canada,
Pains Wessex, 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 Pains Wessex distributors and customers. The site, designed for trade and commercial use as well as general consumers,
Pains Wessex, one of the world's leading marine distress signals brands, is calling for a standardisation in the laws governing replacing dated safety products to enhance marine safety. Top brand Pains Wessex says that in some countries, including the US, signals in annually-serviced li
Pains Wessex is playing its part in helping to influence safety legislation worldwide. The parent company of Pains Wessex, Chemring Marine, is represented by Keith Bradford and is a member of the International Life-saving Manufacturers' Association (ILAMA). The company regularly attends meetings
Two key members of the Pains Wessex team, who handle the leading marine distress signal brand, have recently taken on new responsibilities. After nearly ten years with the company, Justine Heeley has been promoted to international sales manager. Justine also takes on extra territory
Italian Pains Wessex distributor Jonassohn has supplied all the pyrotechnics for the latest luxury Cunard cruise ship, Queen Victoria. Jonassohn SRL was founded in 1949 by a Norwegian master mariner and started commercial activities in 1967, specialising in the safety of life at sea sec