Here is an innovative work suit from Regatta, Norway to save fishermen (in fact any seafarer) at sea from drowning. Fishermen prefer to wear only oilskins as their normal working clothes to protect themselves from spray and dirt. Fishermen don’t prefer to put on life jackets while working because they think that they can not work freely with life jackets.
Some of the interesting features of ‘Regatta Fisherman’ are:
- Two piece, oilskin gear with built-in buoyancy in the Bib.
- The Jacket and Trousers are wind and water proof.
- Very light: Jacket is 1.3 kg and Trousers is 1.7 kg.
- Easy to wear, fully ventilated and comfortable to work.
- If the fisherman falls overboard, the trousers help to stay afloat and upright in water.
- Being upright in water, it is easy to swim and climb on board again, also eases the task of hauling someone on board.
- Does not absorb water, remains light weight even in water.
- The work-clothes have large patches of yellow fluorescent material for easy identification even in poor visibility at sea.
- Correct thickness and distribution of buoyancy material provides freedom of movement, particularly at knees and elbows.
- The clothing is the result of collaboration between the equipment manufacturer Regatta, SINTEF, the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association and the Gjensidige insurance company.
- SINTEF and Regatta, the manufacturers of the clothing, shared the national design prize in 2007.
- EN 393 50N approved.
Here are some photographs of Regatta Fisherman:
Here is a video clip on Regatta Fisherman – product presentation.
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