Global supplier of marine distress signals WesCom Signal and Rescue has announced it will be exhibiting at international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg this September.
Located in the British Pavilion, this will be the first time the brand has exhibited under its new name, WesCom Signal and Rescue – which was announced in October 2017.
For more than 100 years, WesCom Signal and Rescue has been supportive of its many distributors and partners around the world, developing a range of bespoke programmes to enhance training facilities. In the last 12 months, this has included providing more than 1,000 dummy products, as well as creating detailed animations and guidance materials for over 120 training establishments.
The safety brand has also worked closely with Survitec Viscom to develop a series of training animations for its branded SOLAS and non SOLAS products. These assist maritime training establishments both with classroom training, offering an alternative information source, and for the increasingly popular use of web-based training courses. They can also be included within ships’ digital training manuals on board and offer a highly effective method of teaching compared to traditional pictorial training manuals.
The animations are being trialled with the RNLI, and can be accessed by all of the 6,000 plus volunteer crews as part of their initial and ongoing training. The benefits of using animations for training means that money is saved for the charity and there is a dramatic reduction in the need for live firing – which ensures a much safer environment, without compromising the efficiency of the training whether delivered in the classroom or online.
WesCom Signal and Rescue will be showing these animations from its stand during SMM.
Chris Feibusch, Director of Global Marketing and Communications at WesCom Signal and Rescue, said: “It’s vital seafarers know how to physically handle these devices, to understand how they work, improve realism without the need for live-firing and practice using them, should an emergency at sea occur. Our brand is committed to safety training and exceptionally high standards of products, and SMM provides the perfect platform for us to speak to a global audience.”
WesCom Signal and Rescue has been shortlisted for the prestigious, Best Crew Safety Development Programme Award, in this year’s Safety at Sea Awards 2018, which will be announced on Thursday 18th October 2018 in London.