The busy coastal town, with its popular cliff walks and water sports enthusiasts, has been without a lifeboat search and rescue service for over a year after the Maritime Rescue Institute was forced to close due to severe storm damage.
With a suitable boat, full crew, funding and the newly approved crew change facility, the next step towards operational status for the RNLI in Stonehaven is to secure a boathouse close to the harbour, which it hopes to achieve over the coming months. Once operational, the trial station will go live for a minimum trial period of one year before the RNLI make a decision about its long-term future.
Richard Smith, the RNLI’s Public Relations Manager for Scotland said: “The most generous donation from Nexen has provided the RNLI with vital funds to help the charity set up a trial station at Stonehaven.”
“We are delighted with the company’s support and interest shown in the station. RNLI volunteers at Stonehaven were keen to express their gratitude, demonstrate the lifeboat and explain its operational abilities on Sunday, and also talk about the intensive training they had undertaken.”
“The donation and the decision by planners to approve an application for a crew changing facility represent two important steps in the charity’s mission to save lives at sea off the coastline at Stonehaven.”
The RNLI’s crew, led by Lifeboat Operations Manager Rod Macdonald, showcased their skills on Sunday 2 March. Following the demonstration, Nexen leadership and employees met with the RNLI volunteers to learn more about the organisation’s mandate, as well as opportunities to volunteer with the charity.
Archie Kennedy, Managing Director, Nexen Petroleum UK Limited said, “The RNLI is a vital part of our community, working to keep the seas and coastline where we live and work safe. We’re all acutely aware of and grateful for the selfless work of RNLI crews, the majority of whom are dedicated volunteers, putting themselves at risk to protect others.”
Nexen Petroleum UK Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited and is part of the Nexen group of companies, which is based in Calgary, Canada. Nexen is strategically focused on three businesses — conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas. In addition to its UK-based business, Nexen has operations in offshore West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico and Western Canada.
For more information contact:
Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, Richard_Smith@rnli.org.uk
01738 642956/07786 668903