About Us



Comet was founded in the German city of Bremerhaven in the 1930s, by Friedrich Wilhelm Sander who was a weapons engineer. His early work focused on rocket technology that was used to fire harpoons and the first rocket powered car.

The creation of the brand Comet was the beginning of the company manufacturing fireworks, along with linethrowers and rockets for the marine industry and moving away from various aviation projects. By 1960, Comet was a well known and respected global pyrotechnic company.

Drew Marine Signal & Safety markets the Comet brand as a leading supplier of marine distress signals worldwide, along with the sister brand Pains Wessex.

Comet rockets, flares and smoke signals can be found on the bridges, life rafts and lifeboats of Naval and merchant ships, fishing boats and yachts all over the world.


The quality, technological superiority and innovative design of our products, combined with worldwide type approvals and manufacturing in Bremerhaven to ISO 9001 & 15736 standards, has placed Comet at the forefront of marine safety. To view our range of products, please click on 'Products'.


With distributors in over 60 Countries, our range of SOLAS, MED and USCG approved distress signals is available in most major ports worldwide. To find your nearest local distributor or stockist please click on 'Find a Distributor'.


Drew Marine Signal & Safety UK Ltd is the parent company of the Comet brand and product range. Our headquarters are based at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA, UK. Please click on 'Contact Us' for futher information.

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