Marine Safety Equipment

Marine safety equipment is a bit like Marine Insurance in that it is absolutely necessary should the worst happen, but you always hope you never have to use it. 

All vessels, even if only sailing in inshore waters by day and no more than 1 hour from a port of refuge, should carry the following as an absolute minimum: flare pack appropriate for the type of cruising being undertaken, fire extinguishers and a fire blanket, a lifejacket and safety harness for everyone on board, VHF radio equipment, a radar reflector, fog horn, navigation equipment and a first aid kit. 

For coastal and offshore passages a liferaft sufficient to carry everyone on board plus an emergency grab bag becomes essential, as well as man overboard recovery equipment and EPIRB or SART.  It is not sufficient simply to carry this equipment either: you need to ensure that all equipment is in date, serviced and everyone on board knows how to use it. 

All of this equipment is available from the following specialist suppliers and all good Chandlers.  Simply follow the links below for more information and don’t forget to mention when contacting suppliers.

Marine Safety Equipment Suppliers

Adec Marine
Sale, hire and servicing of marine safety equipment

Branches throughout the UK and abroad

Life jackets, buoyancy aids, drysuits, sailing clothing and accessories

Liferafts Asia
Liferaft service, maintenance, supply, rentals, & marine safety equipment based in Jakarta, Indonesia

Marine Electronics Services
Retailer of EPIRB, SART and a range of safety equipment

Complete range of marine electronic safety products and where to buy them

Norwest Marine
Liferaft sales, service and hire plus a wide range of marine safety equipment including lifejackets

Ocean Safety
Marine safety equipment specialists for both leisure and commercial use

Premium Liferaft Services
Liferaft hire, sales and servicing

Marine safety equipment specialists

Specialists in search and rescue technology

Techno Marine
Leading supplier of all marine safety equipment in the Middle East

The Marine Safety Centre
Sales, hire and servicing of a range of marine safety products


Quick Links

Marine Directory Index


The Grab Bag Guide


Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a battery powered radio transmitter designed to release and float free from a sinking ship and to send an automatic distress signal.


The purpose of a Search And Rescue Transponder (SART) is to assist in the location of liferafts and vessels in distress.  It is the principal means of homing in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and allows any vessel or aircraft equipped with marine band radar to detect and locate survivors at a range of up to 5 nautical miles from a surface vessel (or approximately 30 nautical miles from an aircraft).