DORSET-based Marine Components International (MCI) has signed a new contract to distribute the latest range of Duarry liferafts for the yacht and motor-boat sectors in the UK.

MCI managing director Andy Scott said the deal would be formally launched at the METs trade show in Amsterdam in November, the world’s largest fair for leisure marine equipment.

“We are delighted to have won this deal with Duarry,” he said.

“For MCI customers, the quality and pedigree Duarry offers as one of the most established players in the market with a heritage dating back to 1968 is paramount when selecting a potentially life-saving piece of equipment.

"MCI will be stocking the latest models in Duarry’s ISO9650 Leisure range for four, six, eight, 10 and 12 people as well as its Compact SOLAS range of liferafts, which has capacity for six, eight, 10 and 12 persons.

"We will be promoting all these models at METs, which are available now, as well as our campaign to appoint dealers throughout the UK. This dealer network will ensure customers have quick access to these impressively lightweight and compact products.”

The Duarry executive team of managing director Juan Fargas Duarry and sales manager Victor Infiesta Ramoneda welcomed the deal saying MCI had the experience and expertise to properly market and supply the new liferaft.

“It was important to us that we appointed a company that shares our outlook towards offering a high-quality life-saving product,” said Juan F. Duarry.

“We know that with MCI we will be working with a company that is well established in the UK marine market with other leading brands, so it is a good fit for us.”

Mr Scott said a key advantage of the Duarry range for MCI customers is the streamlined weight of the liferafts.

“Weight is always an issue with liferafts, which may have to be manhandled over the side in very difficult conditions, so the new Duarry ISO9650 Leisure series are lighter and smaller than equivalent ISO models on the market,” he said.

The new deal with Duarry follows a period of growth for MCI.