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Vitol, the exploration global energy and commodities company approached Trevor Baylis Brands for help with a project in the Cote d’Ivoire to improve the safety of the local fishing boats.

The local fishermen travel out up to 100 Km from land in search of fish. This means that they have to cross increasingly busy shippinglanes in small unlit boats. Vitol asked us to develop a maintenance free self-powered light that could be given to the fishermen to make the boats visible to bigger vessels.

In conjunction with our renewable energy partner Ventus we developed a completely automatic strobe light powered by solar cells. Once fitted the light automatically comes on at night with a flash that can be seen for several kilometres. During the day the light automatically recharges and when fully charged can power the light for several nights.

Safety Boat Lights Delivered to Africa
The VitoLume Boat Safety Light
Monogaga fishermen receiveing the lights from Vitol staffThe lights, now named VitoLume, have been delivered to the Cote D’Ivoire in Western Africa and the first village to receive them was Monogaga, about 300 Km West of the capital Abidjan.


Shown here are Vitol staff distributing them to thefishermen.

Fitting the VitoLumeThe fishermen lost no time in fitting them to their boats and they have been delighted with the results.

The fishing community depend completely on the sea for their livelihood so we too are delighted that we have been able to help with this project to increase their safety.

For more information about Vitol and Ventus please click the links below.