Sowester's problems will not affect Mercury and Mercruiser warranties, owners are assured.

Marine Power Europe, the operational company for Mercury Marine in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is reassuring customers who bought or will buy Mercury outboards, Mercury MerCruiser inboards and sterndrives, or related parts and accessories from Sowester Simpson-Lawrence in the UK that their products are covered by factory warranty.

Sowester Simpson-Lawrence, a distributor for Mercury and Mercury MerCruiser, went into administrative receivership on 10 October. It is trading under the control of the receivers who are seeking a purchaser for the business as a going concern. Marine Power Europe says that it has no information on how its UK distribution might be structured in the future, but Sowester Simpson-Lawrence continues to work with boat dealers and builders and is selling Mercury Marine products as before.