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  • Q What Type Of Life Raft Do I Need?

    A Each type of vessel requires a different solution depending on a number of factors. Is the intended use recreational or commercial? Will the vessel be at sea or fresh water boating? There is no single simple answer. UC Marine Life Rafts has been supplying and servicing the highest quality life rafts since 2010. Every life raft we offer is built to the most exacting standards. We search for the top models featuring premium quality materials and workmanship that are designed to save your life in the most terrifying of sea conditions. We offer a FREE analysis of your specific requirements then make recommendations for the most suitable and cost effective solution to your marine safety requirements.
  • Q How Often Should I Have My Life Raft Serviced?

    A Each life raft has different servicing requirements. Is your vessel for private recreational use or a commercial maritime vessel? Some models require service every few years, others every year to maintain full effectiveness. UC Marine Life Rafts is approved by SOLAS, CCS, GL, ZY. UC Marine Life Rafts expert service technicians can repair almost every make and model of life raft and can keep your raft in ready condition should the unthinkable ever happen when at sea. Call us for a free consultation and quote.
  • Q How Do I Know If I Need A Life Raft?

    A If your vessel travels more than 3 miles offshore, you are required to have a life raft.
  • Q Why Do All Boaters Need A Life Raft?

    A Safety experts estimate that half of all drowning victims die from the fatal effects of cold water, or hypothermia, and not from water filled lungs. Having a life raft aboard your vessel can help you avoid direct contact with the elements that can cause hypothermia, as well as provide you with the supplies you might need in order to sustain life should anything ever happen to your vessel.
  • Q How Often Do Immersion Suits Need To Be Inspected?

    1. Coast Guard Regulations state that Immersion Suits need to be inspected 2 years after the initial purchase.
    2. After the initial 2 year inspection, Immersion suits then need to be inspected at 4 years.
    3. After Immersion Suits are 4 years old, inspections are required annually.
  • Q Does The Emergency Pack Contain Food?

    A To call it food would be an exaggeration. However, our emergency pack does include drinking water, packaged in 100 ml bags, and emergency sea rations. In the first 24 hours after an emergency at sea, one should not consume any food or drinking water due to a shock effect. As a rule of thumb, a value of 100 ml of water per person per day later takes effect.
  • Q Is A Life Raft Better Protected In A Canister Or In A Valise?

    A Naturally, the canister is better protected than the valise. However, if stored properly, the life raft is equally protected by the canister and the valise. We recommend storage in the canister because generally a valise is not stowed where it should be. Often the valise is stored in some kind of locker seat where something else might be placed on top of it that could damage the raft. In addition, the canister is attached to the boat while the valise is not secured to anything. If an emergency arises and the raft is still thrown overboard, it is then useless. This happened to professional sailors in the Fastnet Race in 1979.
  • Q How Long Can You Survive In A Suit In Cold Water?

    The answer to this largely depends on the sea state. But if the suit is dry, and the wearer has a life jacket on, their chances are better. 
    The suit has to satisfy what's called the ‘262’, meaning that in two degree Celsius water over a six hour time period, the wearer’s core temperature can experience no more than a two degree temperature drop.
    The other key piece someone would need to survive a storm is a life jacket designed specifically to be worn with the immersion suit. It should have a soft plastic spray hood that could help keep water from splashing in your face.
    But while both the suit and lifejacket are able to float, they are not necessarily life-saving flotations, especially at high sea. These suits and life jackets work great in calm sea conditions, in low waves, and in moderate seas — but in a storm, there's no absolute guarantee.
  • Q What Are A Survival Suit's Protective Features?

    Survival suits are generally made of waterproof rubber material, with a large zipper up the middle, built-in feet (boots) and gloves and an inflatable hood. The facemask covers nearly all of your face, with just enough room for 120° of unrestricted vision.
    The zippers are waterproof and there's high-tech front and back reflection tape that works even in the water.
    There's a marine whistle  to signal help, and the head support is designed to keep your neck at just the right angle for you to see dangerous debris and rescue boats.
  • Q What Should I Wear Under The Immersion Suit?

    A Wear what is comfortable but appropriate to the conditions you are likely to encounter if you were to have to ditch.  If you are expecting cold water, wear cold weather gear underneath.  However, you can wear as much or as little as you deem appropriate.  Unlike a wet suit, these suits are not form fitting and are not designed to be.  If they were tight, they would be impossible to put on in an emergency.
  • Q Does The UC Marine Immersion Suit float?

    A The UC Marine Immersion Suit provides floatation that is more than adequate for most people.  These suits have a minimum of 22 lbs of buoyancy and will float while full of water.
  • Q What Is A Survival Suit?

    An immersion suit, or survival suit is a special type of waterproof dry suit that protects you in rough, cold water. The wearer should be able to put it on themselves in under two minutes. If it’s properly fitted and zippered then water can’t come in and the wearer will be protected from hypothermia.
  • Q How Do Smoke Signal Use?

    A Use in daytime when a ship, or aircraft, or inhabited land is visible to you.
  • Q How Do Hand Flares Use?

    A Use when the light of a ship, or aircraft, or lights onshore are visible to you. Red hand flares can also be used in daytime.
  • Q How Do Parachute Signals Use?

    A Use when there is good reason to believe that inhabited land, a possible rescue ship or aircraft is within the estimated visibility range of your signals.
  • Q How Do Hydrostatic Release Units Work?

    A Most HRUs operate by water pressure alone depressing an internal diaphragm to operate the release mechanism or water ingress into the unit activates a sharp blade which cuts the strong rope that secures the raft to its cradle or mounting position. With either type, upon immersion and at a depth of 1.5 to 4 metres, the raft will float free and inflate as the painter line is fully extracted from its container. A weak linkage finally frees the life raft’s painter line from the vessel as it continues to sink and the life raft floats free.
  • Q 15ppm Bilge Alarm Applied to Which Industries?

    A 15ppm bilge alarm is a small part that installs in oily water separator as well as a small part of what is called oil discharge monitoring and control system,and it is used for oil and chemical industry too.
  • Q 15ppm Bilge Alarm Cheaper to Replace than Repair?

    A When the 15ppm bilge alarm on an existing ship is broken beyond repair, or repairing the bilge alarm would be almost as expensive as a new one, the best solution is to replace the old alarm with a new one.
  • Q What is the Role of 15ppm Bilge Alarm?

    A A 15ppm Bilge Alarm is normally used in connection to a ship’s oil filtering equipment, monitoring the oil content of the separated/filtered water and stopping the discharge into the sea if the oil content exceeds 15ppm (parts per million).
  • Q What is the 15ppm Bilge Alarm Measurement Range?

    A UC Marine's 15ppm bilge alarm measuring range is 0 - 30 ppm.

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