UK marine safety company Cosalt has secured a contract to supply over 9,500 lifejackets to Royal Caribbean International for the 220,000-ton Oasis of the Seas.

The Oasis of the Seas will be supplied with the Cosalt Premier 2010 lifejacket. This was the first inherently buoyant lifejacket in the world to be approved to the new and more stringent safety at sea Maritime Safety Committee regulations (MSC20(80)) due for implementation in July 2010, according to Cosalt.

The product was the result of a three-year research and development project that involved over 1,000 hours of in-water testing and detailed discussions with leading cruise and ferry operators.

The Premier 2010 has a patented design Neck System that can adjust to the wearer’s neck size so it can be worn by anyone from 43 kg up to 140 kg while still maintaining good face angles and mouth clearance above the water. The patented Reverse Angle Head Support holds the head at the optimum position for maximum in-water performance even if the wearer becomes unconscious. The lifejacket self rights in an average of 1.7 seconds.

Explained Andrew Richards, Managing Director of Cosalt's Marine business: "We have developed a ground-breaking lifejacket that reaches new levels of performance. With a number of exciting and innovative patented design features, the Premier 2010 will outperform existing products by a considerable margin. We believe this commitment to innovation was the key to winning the prestigious Oasis of the Seas export order.

Cosalt currently supplies cruise lines with both marine safety equipment and fibre ropes from the UK.