Marine distress signal company, Drew Marine Signal and Safety, is to have a new name – WesCom Signal and Rescue.

The name change, new company logo and rebranding, which takes effect today, comes about since Willhelmsen Group entered an agreement to acquire the technical solutions business of Drew Marine, subject to regulatory approval.

WesCom Signal and Rescue is the manufacturer of commercial and leisure marine pyrotechnic brands, Pains Wessex, Comet, Oroquieta and Aurora.

WesCom Signal and Rescue Vice President, Global Business Development and General Manager UK, Claire Newland, says: “Once the completion of the impending sale of the Drew Marine Technical Solutions business to the Wilhelmsen Group, announced earlier this year, goes through, the Drew Marine name and Trident logo will no longer be available for use by other group companies not included within the sale. Therefore, as of 16 October 2017, Drew Marine Signal and Safety will be changing its name to WesCom Signal and Rescue.

“WesCom Signal and Rescue’s business operations will continue unchanged, manufacturing and marketing its brands: Comet, Pains Wessex, Oroquieta and Aurora exactly as before. All products, personnel and distributors will also remain the same. The company is committed to continuing its excellent customer service and technical support.”

“Formerly Chemring Marine, Drew Marine acquired the marine pyrotechnics business from Chemring Group in 2012 and has operated under the company name Drew Marine Signal and Safety since. This latest company name change will enable the business to continue to operate effectively and independently well into the foreseeable future.”

WesCom Signal and Rescue marine distress signal products are trusted for their reliability and consistent superiority by rescue services, navies, merchant ships and fishing fleets throughout the world.

Its products are approved globally and are manufactured in compliance with the latest Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) and Marine Equipment Directive (MED) requirements. The brands are marketed internationally and are supported by world-class distributors in all major ports.

Pains Wessex is the oldest established marine distress signal brand.

WesCom Signal and Rescue is headquartered in Havant, UK.