The leading supplier of marine distress signals for over 100 years

About Pains Wessex

When you specify lifesaving equipment for your vessel, you need to know beyond any doubt that it is the most reliable and cost-effective available. With Pains Wessex advanced pyrotechnic marine distress signals, you can be sure you have made the right choice.

Brand heritage

Pains Wessex is known to be the oldest marine distress signal brand with origins back as far as 1620 – in 1873, the company applied for the first patent of a marine distress flare.

Today, the quality, technological superiority and innovative design of the Pains Wessex range, combined with worldwide approvals and manufacturing to ISO 9001 standard, ensure that the company's products are still market-leaders.

Global Distribution

With distributors in over 70 countries, our range of SOLAS, MED and USCG approved distress signals is available in most major ports worldwide.

In addition, we have a highly skilled Sales, Marketing, Technical and Logistics team on hand to provide expert advice and information on the Pains Wessex product range and the distributors of the products in your area.

Quality & Safety

Safety is our business and our primary focus is, and always will be, saving lives at sea. The reputation of Pains Wessex has been built on a corporate culture infused with excellence and a mindset of safety above all else, recognising that our products are critical lifesaving appliances that may one day be relied upon.

We work closely with our extensive distributor network, and with leading authorities and government bodies, to campaign for best practice at sea – from the safe disposal of flares to raising awareness about counterfeit products and the importance of carrying the best quality safety equipment on board at all times.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Affiliations & Memberships — British Marine
  • Affiliations & Memberships — EMSA
  • Affiliations & Memberships — FSR
  • Affiliations & Memberships — LAMA
  • Affiliations & Memberships — Society of Maritime Industries
  • Affiliations & Memberships — IMPA