Feature, Freight News, Sea

Not just any old anorak

[ September 2, 2022   //   ]

Peel Ports group marine projects manager and all-round action-woman Nicole Read has been working with Mullion Survival Technology to develop a new jacket for the company’s pilots that might help save their lives if they take an unscheduled dip off the jetty.

Some of the new jackets’ innovative features inspired by protective clothing that Nicole Read wore when climbing and mountain biking, such as a helmet-compatible hood and back protector. They also feature a 150N integrated automatic life jacket, a locator beacon and neoprene seals at the neck, waist and wrists to reduce the threat of cold-water shock and increase survival time in the water.

Following two years of research, prototype testing and end-user consultations, the pilot jacket is now rolling off the production line, with Liverpool Pilotage Services Limited receiving the first order and Marine teams across Peel Ports Group expecting their jackets in the coming weeks. Other major ports and offshore companies have also tagged onto the initial order to test the jacket.