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Byline: Margate could benefit from the arrival of a new Shannon class RNLI lifeboat and new boathouse under plans submitted by the charity that saves lives at sea.
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• Faster lifeboat to reach those in peril at sea more quickly
• Features to keep volunteer crew safer in rough seas
• New boathouse to house larger lifeboat and enable crew to launch more quickly
• Public viewing area to make boathouse  a visitor attraction

The RNLI announced earlier this year that the seaside town will receive a Shannon class lifeboat, the latest in the charity’s all-weather fleet, to the delight of Margate lifeboat station’s volunteer crew and supporters. It will replace the smaller Mersey class lifeboat which has been on station since 1987.

The Shannon is the RNLI’s first all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jet engines rather than traditional propellers, giving it increased agility and manoeuvrability.  With a top speed of 25 knots it is 50% faster than the Mersey class lifeboat it will replace.

This all means Margate lifeboat crew will be able to reach those in peril at sea more quickly. It also has a raft of features that make it safer for volunteer crews to operate in the roughest of sea conditions when they are risking their own safety to save others.

Due to the size and dimensions of the Shannon class lifeboat, a new boathouse will be required to house it. After careful consideration, the charity has submitted a planning application to Thanet District Council to build a new boathouse on the eastern part of Margate beach.

The new location would reduce launch times and provide a more efficient operation compared to those at Margate’s current lifeboat station at the Rendezvous, behind the Turner Contemporary. The new boathouse would also create space for the new Shannon, Margate’s existing D-class inshore lifeboat, and associated beach lifeguard equipment. A public viewing area is expected to make the new boathouse a popular attraction for visitors to the seafront. An area of the boathouse will be allocated to engage with the public for sea safety education and the RNLI’s Community Lifesaving Plan.

Paul Hodson, Margate RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Margate’s RNLI crew and supporters are thrilled at the prospect of receiving a new Shannon class lifeboat. It’s a sensational vessel that will enable us to reach those in peril at sea more quickly while keeping our volunteer crew safer, something I know their families will be grateful for.

‘The new lifeboat will be larger than our current Mersey class which means we need a new boathouse. Our current location at the Rendezvous isn’t suitable for a number of reasons, one of which is the new lifeboat and launching vehicle are too large to manoeuvre from the existing lifeboat station to the beach.  This area also gets incredibly busy during summer and is often congested with parked cars, slowing launch times.

‘The new boathouse will bring together both our lifeboats and Margate’s RNLI lifeguard service under one roof as well as creating space for crew training. It will also include a public viewing area, which we expect will attract more people to the seafront. In that way we hope it will contribute to the regeneration of the area.’

The RNLI has allocated the lifeboat to arrive on station in early 2018 although this can be subject to change, subject to a review of various aspects of progress.

To find out more about the Shannon class lifeboat click here
 

Notes to editors

Shannon class lifeboat details

• The Shannon class lifeboat is built of fibre-reinforced plastic
• She is 13m in length (overall) with a beam of 4.5m and displacement of 18 tonnes (maximum).
• Features twin Scania D13 13-litre diesel engines each developing 650hp drive, two Hamilton HJ364 waterjets providing a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles.
• The lifeboat is self-righting with a normal crew of six and can accommodate 17 survivors (with self-righting capability) or 79 survivors (non self-righting).
• An integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) offers the crew the ability to monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from the safety of their seats.
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789​

Byline: Margate could benefit from the arrival of a new Shannon class RNLI lifeboat and new boathouse under plans submitted by the charity that saves lives at sea.
Page Content:

 

 

 

• Faster lifeboat to reach those in peril at sea more quickly
• Features to keep volunteer crew safer in rough seas
• New boathouse to house larger lifeboat and enable crew to launch more quickly
• Public viewing area to make boathouse  a visitor attraction

The RNLI announced earlier this year that the seaside town will receive a Shannon class lifeboat, the latest in the charity’s all-weather fleet, to the delight of Margate lifeboat station’s volunteer crew and supporters. It will replace the smaller Mersey class lifeboat which has been on station since 1987.

The Shannon is the RNLI’s first all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jet engines rather than traditional propellers, giving it increased agility and manoeuvrability.  With a top speed of 25 knots it is 50% faster than the Mersey class lifeboat it will replace.

This all means Margate lifeboat crew will be able to reach those in peril at sea more quickly. It also has a raft of features that make it safer for volunteer crews to operate in the roughest of sea conditions when they are risking their own safety to save others.

Due to the size and dimensions of the Shannon class lifeboat, a new boathouse will be required to house it. After careful consideration, the charity has submitted a planning application to Thanet District Council to build a new boathouse on the eastern part of Margate beach.

The new location would reduce launch times and provide a more efficient operation compared to those at Margate’s current lifeboat station at the Rendezvous, behind the Turner Contemporary. The new boathouse would also create space for the new Shannon, Margate’s existing D-class inshore lifeboat, and associated beach lifeguard equipment. A public viewing area is expected to make the new boathouse a popular attraction for visitors to the seafront. An area of the boathouse will be allocated to engage with the public for sea safety education and the RNLI’s Community Lifesaving Plan.


Paul Hodson, Margate RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Margate’s RNLI crew and supporters are thrilled at the prospect of receiving a new Shannon class lifeboat. It’s a sensational vessel that will enable us to reach those in peril at sea more quickly while keeping our volunteer crew safer, something I know their families will be grateful for.

‘The new lifeboat will be larger than our current Mersey class which means we need a new boathouse. Our current location at the Rendezvous isn’t suitable for a number of reasons, one of which is the new lifeboat and launching vehicle are too large to manoeuvre from the existing lifeboat station to the beach.  This area also gets incredibly busy during summer and is often congested with parked cars, slowing launch times.

‘The new boathouse will bring together both our lifeboats and Margate’s RNLI lifeguard service under one roof as well as creating space for crew training. It will also include a public viewing area, which we expect will attract more people to the seafront. In that way we hope it will contribute to the regeneration of the area.’

The RNLI has allocated the lifeboat to arrive on station in early 2018 although this can be subject to change, subject to a review of various aspects of progress.

To find out more about the Shannon class lifeboat click here
 

Notes to editors

Shannon class lifeboat details

• The Shannon class lifeboat is built of fibre-reinforced plastic
• She is 13m in length (overall) with a beam of 4.5m and displacement of 18 tonnes (maximum).
• Features twin Scania D13 13-litre diesel engines each developing 650hp drive, two Hamilton HJ364 waterjets providing a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles.
• The lifeboat is self-righting with a normal crew of six and can accommodate 17 survivors (with self-righting capability) or 79 survivors (non self-righting).
• An integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) offers the crew the ability to monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from the safety of their seats.
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789​