Maritime Progress Ltd leads the way in providing legislative compliant safety products and services. The materials we manufacture and use are of the best quality, our print capabilities are excellent and our Bespoke Services are innovative and creative. Since we manufacturer most of our products in our plants in Essex and Surrey, we deliver promptly from large stocks giving good value for money.
Maritime Progress Ltd is forward looking in its aim to “protect people and property” and a brief view of our history will explain the progression of our commitment.
1985 – The Company was formed in 1985 and was initially a joint venture company between The College of Maritime Studies in Warsash, Southampton (Britain’s premier Maritime College serving the International Maritime Shipping Industry) and Atlantis Technical Services, producing technical documentation for the marine industry.
The Companies inception coincided with the early use of photoluminescent materials within the marine industry. As a consequence Maritime Progress Ltd has developed to become a market leader in the specialised field of marine signage, offering one of the fastest and most comprehensive services available for the supply of all types of marine signage and allied safety products.
1994 – The company became part of a group under the holding company, Warnstar Ltd. The groups’ experience in the Marine Industry extended to the servicing of Inert Gas Systems for tankers, combustion control instrumentation and pipeline paints and coatings.
Since 1994, the Company gained an excellent reputation for knowledge of marine safety legislation that resulted in the introduction of the range of safety awareness and training posters, which now number over 80 titles, with additional titles being added on a regular basis. Maritime Progress adopts a policy of close liaison with many Regulatory Authorities, key ship owners and operators to ensure all products meet current international legislation. We have assisted both ISSA and IMPA in the preparation of the signage sections of their catalogues and participate in the revision process of SOLAS Chapter II.
Today, we have representation on the following committees and are a part of the decision process:-
BSI and ISO Committees
SME 32 – Ships and marine technology steering group
PH/008 – Graphical symbols & PH/008/01 – Graphical symbols – Safety signs
ISO/TE8/SC1 – Ships and marine technology – Lifesaving and fire protection
ISO/TC8/SC1/WG3 – Ships and marine technology – Fire protection
1998 – Maritime Progress invested in additional skilled staff for its In-house design department, offering a range of bespoke services and amendments to industry-standard safety, fire control and evacuation plans. Using the latest CAD software, the final plans can be produced to any dimension or format (including booklet form) on various types of material. This service has been extremely well received by the industry and continues to grow. Special signage to customer’s own specifications is regularly produced using the latest digital printing techniques on a variety of substrates.
2000 – Maritime Progress launched its Publications Department, offering IMO publications, MPL logbooks, MPL training manuals complying with the requirements of SOLAS and MARPOL.
2001 – December 2001, the Company moved to new premises, the Sealand Centre in Redhill. The Company’s expansion necessitated increased production capabilities and improved facilities to maintain our growing product range and maintain our service.
In the latter part of 2001 Warnstar Signage Ltd was formed and produced a brochure dedicated to land signage and safety products. It also launched a new website www.signsforsafety.co.uk
The company has implemented a quality management system and on the 17th January 2003
obtained and was certified for BS EN ISO 9001: 2000. The company is now accredited to BS EN ISO 9001: 2008.
The Maritime Progress Book now adopted as a reference by many regulatory bodies and our website www.maritimeprogress.com with online ordering facilities serves to support and reinforce these aims.
2007 – In 2007 we were able to make a £70,000 investment in new digital equipment which improves our ability to produce “specials” and short run products and complements our core hand bench and Svesia production equipment.
The new printer provides high quality definition prints on virtually any substrate, and is capable of handling either rolled or rigid material up to an inch thick and 8 foot wide, a very versatile tool indeed!
2008 – Brought an exciting development to Maritime Progress Ltd; with a new sister company Telegan Pressed Products Ltd (www.teleganpressedproducts.com)
Telegan Pressed Products (TPP) is based in Harwich UK and is the only production facility to produce pressed products in this country and has only two major competitors in the whole of Europe.
Telegan Pressed Products Ltd was borne out of the demise of an 80 year old plastics company situated in Brantham producing soft visual panels for safety suits, motor vehicles, marine crafts and a host of other products industry, including the signage industry. The facilities relocated in Harwich under the guidance of engineering personnel with 20 years’ experience in the industry.
Maritime Progress Ltd with the help of the chemical engineers in Harwich developed a range of new products including Telglow™ photoluminescent materials (PSPA Class A-D) Vynalast™ engraving materials, carriers for Low Location Lighting, pathway illuminated matting etc., for Telscape systems.
2013 – In 2013 the company made further investment with the addition of a large scale router, which has enabled us to again extend our product range, incorporating, framing systems, kick boards, safety rails, floor matting and our LLL carriers etc., as well as taking on projects for other companies requiring router services.
2015 – Saw the launch of our new Signs for Safety book, in conjunction with the new website www.signsforsafety.co.uk
2016 – Due to increase need for larger format printing and the ability to have a more efficient way to print onto bespoke materials that we would traditionally screen-print, it became obvious that the digital print capabilities need to be expanded. Therefore the company has invested in two new printers, one a digital flatbed printer for rigid materials (print width capability 2440×1220) and a large format vinyl printer (print width capability 1650mm).
2017 – Saw Telegan Pressed Products move to new, purpose built premises in Manningtree, situated next to the River Stour and designed to provide the extra capacity required for future and continued expansion. The move was not an insignificant project but brought with it, both production efficiencies and improved working facilities for the entire workforce. The new facility will provide the extra capacity required to expand manufacturing process capabilities and in turn the range of products available.
2018 – A sad year in the history of the Group when our Chairman and founder, Mr Terry Egan passed away in March. His expertise, commitment and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, however with the support of a great workforce and the determination of the management, Maritime Progress and the other companies within the group continue to thrive.
This year we celebrated the company achieving BS EN ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Assurance accreditation. We can confidently provide full traceability on our own photoluminescent material easily identified by our Warnstar Trade Mark, which appears on all our signage.
2019 – With restructuring and looking to the future, we strengthened our printing facilities by purchasing a further two new Eco-solvent printers, which we have aptly named “Pinky” and “Brains” to add to the existing array of printers – named after the minions, with “Kevin” being the busiest! The young team here obviously have a great sense of humour and this certainly brightens up production meetings. We therefore no longer require our screen printing facility, switching firmly over to the digital age.
2020 – Lately the word BREXIT has become a part of our vocabulary and now superseded by COVID. No one thought they would be living through a Pandemic and as the year progressed, all our lives changed. Lockdowns and mask wearing become the norm.
Maritime Progress continued to operate throughout and endeavoured to provide the impeccable service that the company is well known for. Our staff have shown and continue to do so, considerable dedication and commitment, a very big thank you.
We would also like to thank our Customers for their support and let’s hope as the year progresses and the vaccination programme
Whilst making major investments to extend our capabilities and product range, the company has never lost sight of its core business of marine signage and it is the continuous attention to detail, quality and service which has put Maritime Progress in the position of market leader in its chosen field.