Developed by George West, the QUIKSLING is an easy-to-use device for man-overboard situations. It is thrown out in the same manner as a traditional life-ring but enables the immersed person to come back aboard in a “low deckchair” position – slung safely between two slings.
The device is still in development but a working prototype has been successfully sea trialled by two different lifeboat station crews. A UK Patent has been granted for the invention and it is anticipated that commercial production will begin soon. At the fishing expo there will be video footage of QUIKSLING in action and the device can be examined and dry tested at Stand 103.
George West said: “Although initially designed for rescue services whose job it is to save lives at sea, the Aberdeen fishing expo provides an excellent opportunity to show fishing skippers the reassuring capability QUIKSLING will give them in rough seas to capture a man overboard and save his life.”
Also exhibiting for the first time at the Aberdeen expo will be Caramarine Ltd, who manufacture a wide range of equipment for inshore fishermen, including creels, and specialised rope and floats. At Aberdeen, Caramarine will also be exhibiting its new NorthLift hydraulic pot hauler LH500H, with a hauling capacity of 500lb, along with their recently launched 12V electric net hauler. A range of other models will also be on display.
Per Persson of Caramarine said: “The creel and netting sectors are very important sectors of the UK and Irish fishing industries, and the Aberdeen expo will provide an excellent focal point for fishermen to view the wide range of our equipment available.”
Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media said: “One of the highlights of this year’s Aberdeen expo is the number of first time exhibitors attending, which will prove a real attraction for visitors looking to see what is new on the market.”
The Skipper Expo International Aberdeen 2013 will be held in Aberdeen on 10 and 11 May 2013 at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC).