BLA Trade Talk: Life Cell

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A flotation device that stores all your essential safety gear.

Life Cell directors, Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews and their 11 year-old sons, survived a real life accident at sea, inspiring them to create a device that redefines how safety equipment is stored and used on boats to improve survival rates.

Recent winner of the AIMEX ‘Most Innovative Product or Service 2016’, Life Cell is a device designed to reduce the amount of lives lost at sea by ensuring all safety equipment is contained in one place when abandonment is the only option.

Life Cell is made from closed-cell PU foam and constructed from UV resistant flame retardant polyethylene (PE). It is supplied with a PE mount bracket. The Life Cell is designed to automatically float from the bracket in the event of being submerged.

Unlike grab bags, Life Cells can float, acting as a secure hand hold keeping all crew together and as stable platforms to assist in the deployment of flares and other safety equipment.

Life Cell is now fully endorsed by the very people who saved the founders’ lives, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.


  • Light weight flotation device
  • Holds all mandatory safety equipment including EPIRB, flares, air horn or whistle, V-Sheet, torch, Heliograph or mirror
  • High visibility
  • Fire, impact, and UV resistant
  • Easy grip handles
  • 4 Sizes available
  • Easily detaches from bracket
  • Floats off bracket if submerged
  • No expensive servicing required
  • Two year warranty

Life Cell has now also been approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for use on the domestic commercial fleet. Life Cell products have been approved as both a buoyancy device and for stowage of safety equipment including pyrotechnics and smoke signals. Life Cell can be used by vessels that are required to carry buoyant appliances, pyrotechnics and/or smoke signals in accordance with chapter 5.3 NSCV section C7A.

See Scott Smiles demonstrate the features of the Life Cell device.

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