Your safety – our constant concern

We are passionate about safety at sea. We live by our motto: ”Your safety – our constant concern”. And this has been the driving force behind Nammo LIAB AB (Hansson PyroTech´s) research and development for many years. Our safety products, which are built on reliability and clarity of use, can make the difference between life and death.
 
Transport of goods and passengers across the oceans should be a safe and enjoyable experience. But as shipping volumes increase so do the risks and thus the demands on equipment and crew. The sea can be a cruel adversary, and you must always be prepared for the worst. Sometimes the unpredictable happens and within seconds the peace and tranquillity can be broken by a sudden emergency.
 
Crisis situations demand disciplined behaviour, rapid reactions and reliable equipment to secure the safety of all onboard. Quick, easy and safe release of the life-saving products ­ – and their reliable operation – is essential. That´s where Nammo LIAB (Hansson PyroTech) excels.
 
Since the foundation of Hansson PyroTech in 1888 we have become renowned as a skilled and reliable manufacturer of ship´s signals. With the launch of the IKAROS rocket signal in 1959 we revolutionized the market for maritime distress equipment. The IKAROS technology set a new standard for handfired rockets. And our mission to continuosly develop our products to preserve our position as world leader in pyrotechnic distress equipment knows no bounds. We are constantly stretching our minds to take our products to the edge of what is possible in terms of reliability, functionality, quality and ease of use. All of our products meet the demanding SOLAS requirements.
 
Most people today recognize that promoting safety at sea pays off. Maritime customers can be offered secure transport, which means that shipping volumes increase and profits rise. But the road to today’s situation, where safety at sea is controlled at all levels by a comprehensive international set of regulations, has been a long one.
 
For hundreds of years, it was widely accepted that seafarers were at the mercy of the weather and the enormous forces of the sea. This fatalistic view gradually changed during the 1800s, when technical developments opened up the way to international sea trade and passenger transport between continents.
 
A titanic disaster
It took a disaster to bring safety into serious international focus. On the night of 14 April 1912, the liner Titanic hit an iceberg and sank with massive loss of life. Two years later and as a direct result of the Titanic´s loss, the first international conference on marine safety was held in London. Thirteen countries signed the first set of regulations – Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS).
 
Loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise
Inadequate safety regulation by ship-owners hit the limelight with the loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise in the English Channel in 1987. Major shortcomings were revealed in the ship-owners´safety and accident prevention routines. And strong reaction to the accident led to the establishment of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, which regulates the ship-owners´responsibility for forming an effective safety organization.
 
A challenge for the future
Over time, marine safety has changed and improved dramatically. The idea that safety and profits go hand in hand is now well accepted. But boosting safety awareness among the ship’s crew remains an important challenge for the future – because a vessel’s safety and the safety of all those onboard depends so much on the crew’s disciplined behaviour and fast reactions.