16 December 2010

On the afternoon of Friday 10th December, Shoreham RNLI showed off their new lifeboat station and boat in style; after months of work the newly re-designed boathouse finally received their brand new 'Tamar' class lifeboat and opened its doors to all its supporters that have helped it over the years.

More than 100 people turned up and witnessed the new boat entering Shoreham Harbour for the first time escorted by two other offshore lifeboats and four inshore lifeboats with the whole convoy headed by Shoreham Port's tug 'Adurni' with water cannon in full flow.

The 30t Tamar model is made from glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and has a crew of six. The Lifeboat speed of 25 knots, giving a range of 250 nautical miles and has a system information management system (SIMS) that enables the crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions remotely from the safety of their seats.

The new purpose-built lifeboat station is one of the most advanced in the UK and offers all the facilities needed to provide safe launching of the boat along with training rooms for the crews and changing areas for them before and on return from a call.

Julian Seaman, Harbour Master said "It's great to see the newly designed station fully operational and we will look forward to supporting and working with the RNLI in the future".

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