Pains Wessex partners with Aquafax to deliver flare disposal initiative
Leading UK marine distress signal manufacturer, Pains Wessex, announces its support for Aquafax’s new Flare Disposal Scheme - offering an alternative way to dispose of pyrotechnics and reduce well-known flare disposal issues.
The scheme, available now, enables participating Aquafax chandleries to collect out of date Pains Wessex pyrotechnics from the current range*. Once they are packaged, Aquafax will collect and safely dispose of them for a small charge.
Justine Heeley, Managing Director of Drew Marine Signal & Safety, says, “We are delighted to be part of this initiative. It is of paramount importance that flares are disposed of safely. The RYA advises that if nominated collection points are not convenient, boaters are strongly advised to only buy their flares from a supplier who will take their out of date ones back. With this advice in mind, we hope that chandleries will choose to stock Pains Wessex pyrotechnics, through Aquafax, to enable them to take advantage of this new service.”
The issue of flare disposal has become increasingly problematic for recreational boaters since the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) amended the rules for carriage and storage in 2005. It is an offence to dump pyrotechnics at non-licensed sites or deploy distress signals on land, in harbour or at sea for either testing purposes, practice or as fireworks. Aquafax has therefore developed the Flare Disposal Scheme in order to create a safe and accessible initiative for flare disposal.
Justine continues, “Through the British Marine Federation’s (BMF) TEP Disposal Scheme**, it is also possible to dispose of pyrotechnics at the various locations across the UK. In addition, Ramora UK*** recently announced a series of Flare Amnesty Days - organised in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary. It is crucial that out of date and damaged flares are disposed of safely, and at Pains Wessex, we advise all customers to dispose of out of date flares responsibly. If you’re unsure, contact your local Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) and they will advise you where to take your flares for disposal.”
Drew Marine Signal & Safety is at the forefront of campaigning for improved global marine safety regulations to ensure the safety of mariners throughout the world. For more information please visit: www.signalandsafety.com.
Notes to editors
Photo caption: Justine Heeley, Managing Director of Drew Marine Signal & Safety
* a full list of accepted pyrotechnics can be found here below
** full details can be found here http://www.britishmarine.co.uk/what_we_do/environment_and_boating_fac/tep_disposal_service.aspx
*** more information can be found at www.ramorauk.com
About Drew Marine Signal & Safety:
Drew Marine Signal & Safety manufactures the world leading marine distress signals brands Comet, Pains Wessex and Aurora. It sells to worldwide commercial and leisure marine markets. Its products have been helping to save lives for more than 100 years and are specified by the world’s navies, merchant fleets, fishing vessels, rescue services, airlines and leisure craft.
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May 2014 (PR197)