Survitec’s pioneering approach to safety within the maritime industry has been recognised by industry experts with two of its innovative products being shortlisted for the Safety at Sea awards.

The leading maritime safety partner was delighted to learn that Seahaven, a mass evacuation system for cruiseships, and Foam Buddy, a foam-containing backpack for use in fighting deck fires, have been shortlisted in two different categories.

Survitec’s marketing manager Hannah Burywood said: “We are thrilled that our products have been nominated for a prestigious Safety at Sea Award. We highly value Safety at Sea’s recognition of these products as important to improving maritime safety. As a safety partner for many companies within the maritime industry, we know that it is essential to continue to push the boundaries and look for new, better ways to protect lives at sea.”

Seahaven has been nominated in the Best Emerging Safety Solution category, which identifies new products that show great promise to improving maritime safety. The revolutionary mass evacuation system featuring inflatable lifeboats accessed via slides has been developed for the cruise industry.

Stew Gregory, vice-president, Innovation, Survitec, said: “We believe that Seahaven is a totally different way of looking at mass evacuation and is based on years of research, developed expertise and numerous conversations with our shipping company partners. When we officially introduce it to market Seahaven will offer a real way of tackling the ongoing concerns of mass evacuation at sea, which has long been a conversation at IMO.”

Foam Buddy, a unique backpack in which to carry fire-fighting foam, has also been shortlisted, in the fire-fighting category for Best Safety Product of the Year.

It allows first responders to fight fires on the open decks of oil & chemical tankers more efficiently, without having to lug cumbersome drums to different locations.

“We are delighted that the nominating panel saw the merits of this piece of equipment. Crews are trained to fight deck fires onboard but it can be a dangerous activity when you have to lug AFF canisters around. Foam Buddy helps make their job easier and safer.”

The Safety at Sea Awards winners will be announced at a dinner in London on 10 September.