Survival suits for your safety on board
Essential equipment at sea
Immersion suits are specifically designed for staying afloat and survival in situations of distress in open sea. They are also known as rescue suits or dry suits.
An immersion suit mainly features two colours – red and orange. Both colours are kept bright so that the suits can attract the attention of the rescue services.
They are equipped with a whistle and flashlight, and can also be fitted with fluoroscein and a lanyard so that they can be tied together in the water and to make sure no one is left behind.
Compliant with SOLAS regulations
Our immersion suits comply with SOLAS regulations. To find out how many immersion suits are on board a ship, check the “Fire Control and Safety Plan”.
Made of waterproof materials
Rescue suits are usually made from materials that protect against water and extreme temperatures, such as neoprene or rubber. The protective hood and the gloves supplied with each model guarantee complete protection against water.
High-quality approved brands
We distribute and are certified for the inspection of GUY COTTEN, MULLION, URSUIT, CREWSAVER, LALIZAS suits.
- Each person on board the ship must have their own personal immersion suit.
- Immersion suits may be insulated, non-insulated, wearable with lifejacket (all should have sufficient buoyancy).
- Made of waterproof material.
- Internationally RED in colour which is very visible. Note that most other LSAs are bright orange.
- The immersion suit should be unpacked and donned without any external help or assistance within 2 minutes.
- The wearer must be able to jump from a height of at least 4.5 metres into the water without being injured or damaging the immersion suit.
- The suit should be able to cover the whole body except the face. Hands should be covered unless permanently attached gloves are provided.
- Retro-reflective tapes must be fitted.
- The suit shall not sustain burning or continue to melt after being totally enveloped in fire for a period of 2 seconds.
- The wearer should be able to carry out normal work.
- The wearer should be capable of climbing up and down a vertical ladder at least 5 metres in length.
- The wearer must be able to swim a short distance.
- The immersion suit is worn in cold weather when the temperature is below the freezing point.
- The suit does not allow the body temperature to drop more than 2 degrees when immersed for a period of 6 hours when the water temperature is between 0 and 2 degrees.
- The wearer of the suit, with or without the lifejacket, must be able to turn from a face-down position to a face-up position in no more than 5 seconds.
- If a lifejacket is required with the immersion suit, it should be worn over the immersion suit and without assistance.
The regulations are based on two key sections of Division 331:
Article 331-1.02 – Orders of 02/05/02 and 24/07/09 – Technical specifications for immersion suits
- Immersion suits shall be approved in accordance with Division 311.
- Immersion suits to be worn with a lifejacket are not permitted.
- Anti-exposure suits provided for crew members of a rescue boat or marine evacuation system on passenger ships may be worn with a lifejacket.
Article 331-1.03 – Orders of 22/09/03 and 24/07/09 – Periodic inspection of immersion suits
- Immersion suits shall be inspected in accordance with MSC/Circ.1114 at intervals not exceeding three years or more frequently in the case of suits over ten years old as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Periodic inspection may be carried out by the manufacturer, local inspection centres approved by the manufacturer or shipboard personnel trained and approved by the manufacturer if the ship has the appropriate equipment.
- The results of the checks are recorded in a logbook kept on board the vessel and signed by the ship master.
- During the periodic inspections, this logbook is presented to the officers authorised for ship safety inspections and checks, who may also require the equipment to be tested in the conditions of use.
Our Solas immersion suit models
Norsea SOLAS Immersion Suit
CREWSAVER Suits – Crew Endurance
– Mas III
LALIZAS MED Suit- Neptune
Our Solas anti-exposure suit models
Weather suits and wetsuits for offshore sailing
MULLION Smart Solas Suit 1A
MULLION Smart Solas Suit 2A
Our other survival suit models
Weather suits and wetsuits for offshore sailing
COTTEN TPS Navigation Suit
SOLAS signal lights, fluorescein, waterproof bag, whistle
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