Boating accident inspires new SOLAS innovation

The Life Cell Marine Safety Company has announced that it will debut Life Cell, its new floating buoyancy device at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) next week, following its recent SOLAS approval as a Throwable Buoyancy Device.

Life Cell is an innovative floating device that keeps people together in the water should there be an accident at sea, and stores all essential safety equipment to aid survival. It will debut in the United States at FLIBS in the Superyacht Pavilion on Stand 649, when the show kicks off on Wednesday 3rd November. 

According to the business, the Life Cell is highly visible with clear signage and is simple to use even for the novice boater. It is also designed to float off its mounting bracket in the event of a vessel becoming submerged.

Jenny Aiken, CEO of Life Cell Marina Safety explained, “It [Life Cell] was invented when my brother and his friend and their two 11-year old sons survived a real life accident at sea off the coast of Sydney, Australia. They realised how poorly most safety equipment was stored on boats. There is no standard protocol and they believe this is costing lives. 

“When their boat sank suddenly, they had only seconds to locate the safety equipment that would ultimately save their lives. They were lucky, but many others are not, resulting in too many unnecessary deaths.

“Their experience inspired them to create a safety device that redesigns how safety equipment is stored and used on boats, to improve survival rates. The importance of safety equipment on boats is undeniable, however, safety equipment is often stored under seats, in gunwales or under bunks making it difficult to locate in a life or death situation.”

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show coincides with Life Cell Marine Safety’s recent partnership with Land ‘N’ Sea, to distribute Life Cell products in North America.

Recently gaining SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) approval as a novel life-saving appliance, all models of Life Cell are now classed as Throwable Buoyancy Devices, and are suitable for installation up to 30m above the water. 

Speaking exclusively to Yachting Pages, Jenny informed us that there are also two superyacht-specific models of Life Cell available, which are white and smaller in size to be more aesthetically pleasing alongside the yacht's superstructure, however these do not yet had SOLAS approval. 

For more information, visit Life Cell Marine Safety or visit them at the show.


Yachting News
March 12, 2021
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Crew Polo Shirts
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Crew Polo Shirts

In this Tried & Tested, yacht bedding specialist Sea Design conducts a review into the best duvets, quilts and pillows on the market. It tests a series of leading products to work out the best yacht bedding money can buy.

By Nathan Bees
January 21, 2021
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Cleaning Products
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Cleaning Products

In this Tried & Tested, yacht cleaning expert Marine 16 Ltd and cleaning expert Judith Shaw rate and review some of the best cleaning products available to buy. Find out which product was crowned the best following rigorous testing.

By Yachting Pages
January 13, 2021
Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys
Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys

In our brand new Tried & Tested, yacht water toy specialist EAMS and a group of experienced superyacht captains and crew rate and review the very best luxury water toys on the market. Find out which brand and product was crowned the best...

By Nathan Bees

Finished reading? Now find your perfect supplier.

Search our industry-leading directory for over 20,000 superyacht suppliers, providers and marinas.

Search now