PYROTECHNIC SIGNALS (Flares)

Which flare do I Use?

Different flare types perform different functions, primarily determined by the time of day that the signal is required – for example, a daylight flare may not be visible at night and vice versa.

Red Hand flares are primarily designed for night use in short range signalling situations. Daylight deployment is also satisfactory but with reduced range.

 

Red Parachute Rocket flares are day or night, long range distress signals. A manually activated wire trigger ejects a red flare on a parachute at a height of 300 metres.

A rocket parachute flare or a hand flare showing a red light indicates distress and need of assistance. (from COLREGS ANNEX IV - Distress signals 1. (c), (i).)

 

Orange Smoke flares are for daytime use only and feature a dense cloud of vivid expanding orange smoke providing effective position marking or indication of wind direction during rescue operations.

 

 

White Hand & White Parachute Rocket flares are used primarily at night as a collision warning signal or for illuminating  areas where an intense white light is required.

 

Fresh is Best

As most vessels have only a limited number of distress flares on hand, they should only be used to raise an alarm and visually pin-point your position if there are reasonable expectations they will be seen by potential rescuers.

Fresh is Best and we go to considerable lengths to maintain this policy.

 

Red Hand

Red Hand flares are primarily designed for night use in short range signalling situations. Red hand flares can also be used during daylight with reduced detection range. Minimum burn time is 60 secs with night time visibility up to 10 km at sea level.  AS approved.

 

Technical Data

Length

255 mm

Diameter

30 mm

Gross weight

250 g

Net explosive quantity (NEQ)

105 g

Minimum burn time

60 secs.

Safety delay time

2 secs.

Australian Standards Approved

 

Orange Hand Smoke flares are for daytime use only and feature a dense cloud of vivid expanding orange smoke for up to 60 secs. They provide effective position marking or indication of wind direction during rescue operations. Smoke cloud is visible for up to 4km at sea level. 



Technical Data

Length

255 mm

Diameter

30 mm

Gross weight

220 g

Net explosive quantity (NEQ)

70 g

Minimum burn time

60 secs.

Safety delay time

2 secs.

Australian Standards Approved

 

Orange Smoke - SOLAS

Lifesmoke MK8 flares are for daytime use only and feature a dense cloud of vivid expanding orange smoke for a minimum 3 minutes. Compact, flat-top canister is thrown directly into the water after the pull wire is activated, providing effective position marking or indication of wind direction during rescue operations. Safe to use on petrol or oil covered water.

Weight, 370g. Conforms to SOLAS 74/88 as amended.

 

 

Red Parachute Rocket flares are day or night, long range distress signals. A manually activated wire trigger ejects a red flare on a parachute at a height of 300 metres. Light intensity is 30,000 Candela with a burn time of 40 secs. Designed to withstand exceptional environmental exposure and to perform reliably even after immersion in water, the pull wire ignitor and improved grip provides easy operation.



Technical Data

Length

295 mm

Diameter

32 mm

Gross weight

235 g

Net explosive quantity (NEQ)

84 g

Minimum burn time

60 secs.

Safety delay time

2 secs.

Conforms to SOLAS 74/88 as amended.

 

Illuminating Parachute Rocket is a day or night collision warning signal or used at night to illuminate areas for search and rescue operations. A manually activated wire trigger ejects a white flare on a parachute at a height of 300 metres. Light intensity is 90,000 Candela with a burn time of 30 secs. Designed to withstand exceptional environmental exposure and to perform reliably even after immersion in water, the pull wire ignitor and improved grip provides easy operation.

 

White Hand flares are used at night as a collision warning signal or for illuminating small areas where an intense white light is required. Minimum burn time is 60 secs with visibility up to 10 km at sea level.



Technical Data

Length

255 mm

Diameter

30 mm

Gross weight

250 g

Net explosive quantity (NEQ)

105 g

Minimum burn time

60 secs.

Safety delay time

2 secs.

 

Miniflare MK8 Personal Distress Signal is day or night, long range distress signal. Small enough to be kept in a pocket or life jacket, they are indispensible in a crew overboard situation. Each compact pack contains 9 red aerial flare cartridges and a penjector firing mechanism in a tough, water resistant case. The penjector is fitted with a stainless steel spring and striker pin. A unique slot fitting with a simple slide-on action loads each cartridge.

 

Each Miniflare reaches a minimum height of 40 metres and burns for at least 5.5 seconds at an intensity of at least 10,000 candela. Total weight per 9 cartridge kit is 170 grams.


Compact Miniflare MK8 Distress Signal

A smaller version of the Personal Distress Signals with the penjector incorporated into the case which contains 3 red cartridges. The Compact Miniflare is cleverly connected to an elastic lanyard to avoid loss when the base cap is unscrewed.

Each miniflare reaches a minimum height of 40 metres and burns for a t least 5.5 seconds at an intensity of at least 10,000 candela. Total weight per 3 cartridge kit is 74 grams.

 

Man Overboard Combination Smoke and Light Signal is a day and night signal which is attached to a lifebuoy (not supplied) and used in an emergency to mark the position of a man overboard. Canister (and life-buoy are thrown in direction of man overboard after the pull wire is activated.

Signal is tested to survive a 50m drop into water (SOLAS 30m). Supplied with universal stainless steel mounting bracket. Safe to use on petrol or oil covered water. Use with a lifebuoy weighing 4kg. Attach to a 9.5mm diameter, 4m long line attached to the lifebuoy.



Technical Data

Colour of smoke

Dense orange smoke

Light intensity & duration

2 Candela for 2 hours

Gross weight

 3.5kg

Minimum burn time

 15 minutes

Safety delay time

2 secs.

 

Combination Smoke and light Signals are required on vessels operating under SOLAS regulations. Two Light-Smoke signals are required, vertically mounted facing seawards. One signal has to be installed on port and one on starboard of vessel's bridge.

1.     The Light-Smoke Signals should be fixed a minimum 5 metres above waterline. Maximum mounting height to be 60 metres.

2.     Ensure the signal has a clear, unhindered drop to the surface of the sea.

3.     The signals to be used with a life-buoy of minimum 4 kgs. A connection line is to be attached to the lifebuoy.

4.      For initial installation ensure the signal is mounted directly behind or to the side of the lifebuoy.

5.     The signal has a limited service life after which it has to be replaced. Please note service label on the device.

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