Ocean Safety, a U.K.-based marine safety equipment supplier, opened service centers in Rhode Island and Florida.
Ocean Safety said the two centers — LRSE, based in Tiverton, R.I., and Lifeline, in Miami — are well-established outlets of marine safety equipment for the U.S. market.
Ocean Safety said its training manager, Chris Waterman, visited both companies and ensured that they were trained to become approved to service Ocean Safety’s life jacket, life raft and MOB ranges.
“Ocean Safety has set up servicing facilities at these two well-established outlets in response to demand for service of our products, which has come most specifically from racing yachts in those areas,” Mark Hart, Ocean Safety’s sales director, said in a statement. “Typically East Coast U.S. raceboats are carrying our Ultralite life rafts, designed for saving weight on competitive boats, as well as our Jonbuoy man overboard systems and Kru life jackets.”
“An increasing number of yachts are involved in international sailing programs, so equipment that may have been bought in Europe is needing to be serviced in the U.S.,” he added.
Ocean Safety said its life rafts are compliant with International Organization for Standardization and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
The company’s products had their first showing, courtesy of LRSE, at the Newport International Boat Show in September.