IN SWEDEN they take marina safety seriously, much more so than in the UK, says Lars Erik Akersten, CEO of live saving equipment manufacturer Shore Safety AB.

Talking to Yachting Life at Scotland’s Boat Show, Lars explained that Sweden is well ahead in health and safety procedures. In a marina for instance, pontoon patrolling staff always work in pairs and must wear reflective vests. Also, should someone fall in the water, an alert is given via sensors which work on a traffic light response system.

‘Visibility is crucial when in the water and our unique reflective strips work 24/7. They are also applied to all our marina safety equipment which we are delighted to be exhibiting at Scotland’s Boat Show in Kip Marina where chandlery manager Sven Johansson has the UK rights for our life saving equipment which has a lifespan of between 10 and 20 years depending on weather conditions,’ explained Lars.