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Life Cell Marine Safety has been included in a new initiative aiming to support local fisher-men operating from coastal locations between Hartlepool and Saltburn by the Sea, UK, who have traditionally used the fishing grounds in and around the windfarm.

The new program, developed by EDF Energy Renewables, aims provide essential safety equipment for personnel and vessels in line with Marine and Coastguard Agency for fishing vessel operators. The scheme will provide Life Cell models to local fishermen, ensuring they have essential safety equipment in a readily accessible location in the event of an emergen-cy. The Life Cell is used as a flotation device, which can float free or be easily removed from a vessel. The bonus is that it can also be safely and easily removed after each day’s fishing to reduce the possibility of theft of essential safety equipment.

James Wilson, local fishing liaison officer with EDF Energy Renewables, said: “Our aim has always been to ensure that the wind farm can co-exist safely and effectively with local fish-ing activities. “We have maintained close contact with the local fishermen at all stages of the project and we are delighted to be able to provide support for this very important local activity and community. “The dedicated new fishing support programme will provide tar-geted assistance for specific fishing activity needs and will hopefully provide a positive con-tribution to the activities of local fishing groups and individual operators.”

The new program will be managed by Tees Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) in associa-tion with Coastwatch Redcar. Trevor Smith, chairman of Coastwatch Redcar, said: “We are delighted to participate in this initiative. Ensuring that local fishing boat operators are equipped with vital safety equipment is a natural extension to our role in supporting HM Coastguard with local surveillance activities and helping those in trouble at sea.

“The new equipment being provided could make a real difference to the safety of small fishing boat operators and their crews who find themselves in difficulty and we would en-courage all local fishermen to take up this generous offer from EDF Energy Renewables.”

Local fishermen can find out more details, including accessing Life Cell for their fishing ves-sel at the 2017 Sea Work Show on the 13th – 15th June. To learn more about the Life Cell, visit the Pinpoint booth at stand PB99.

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