Monday, October 1, 2012

New Argentinean Survival Suit a Boon for Merchant Sailors

Government Approves Bulky but Effective Immersion Wear
Shipping News Feature

ARGENTINA – WORLDWIDE – The Pilmic company, an Argentinean based safety concern tell us it has come up with the ultimate in immersion suits and has received approval for the product from the Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA) effectively the country’s coast guard service and part of the interior and national security defence systems. The suit certainly appears to offer a high value safety option for merchant and private sailors and the like particularly in regions where hypothermia presents a very real hazard.

A video of the suit in action can be seen HERE and shows not only its ability to float in the traditional position with the wearer on his or her back but demonstrates, despite it’s obvious bulkiness out of water, the suit’s ability to enable swimming either on back or front, the possibility to simply ‘stand’ upright in the water and float vertically and the transparent plastic ‘tent’ which can be worn whilst eating, drinking or simply lying back.

Pilmic tells us the suit meets all the necessary requirements for safety approval including the International Maritime Organization’s SOLAS, and LSA standards. In addition the suit can help keep the wearer alive in extreme Arctic conditions and is tested down to -0.5C for seven hours. The company refers to the recent tragedy of the Costa Concordia and makes the point that, a century after the loss of the Titanic, lives at sea still remain at risk often for the lack of simple, yet effective life saving devices.