Town’s new waterjet lifeboat almost here

The new Shannon class lifeboat - RNLB Ian Grant Smith

The new Shannon class lifeboat - RNLB Ian Grant Smith

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Montrose Lifeboat Station will see the arrival of

its brand new Shannon

class lifeboat later this

month.

This state-of-the-art vessel is the first of its kind in Scotland and a significant milestone in the station’s 215-year history.

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the lifeboat fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it the most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.

It is designed to be launched and recovered from a beach via a new faster and safer launch and recovery system, as well as lie afloat.

Designed entirely by a team of RNLI engineers, they have harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure the new lifeboat meets the demands of the 21st century rescue service.

These lifeboats are expensive initially, they cost roughly two million pounds each, but they are designed to last for 50 years.

Capable of 25 knots, the new lifeboat is 50 per cent faster than RNLB Moonbeam, the Tyne class all-weather lifeboat she will replace. Moonbeam has been the Montrose lifeboat for the past 25 years but has now come to the end of her operational life. She will have her final official outing at the Johnshaven Fish Festival on Saturday (August 15).

The old lifeboat will remain in service for a short time while the new boat is shaken down and the crew familiarise themselves with the new technology.

The RNLI are inviting Montrosians to the station on Friday, August 21, to celebrate the arrival of the new lifeboat which is to be named the ‘Ian Grant Smith’.

There will be tea and coffee for all those who attend.