The Thames Class Lifeboat Trust (TCLT) is pleased to announce the close partnership with KPM-Marine to refurbish “Rotary Service”, a former RNLI Lifeboat built in Lowestoft.
Thames Class Lifeboat Trust (TCLT), a charity who provides recreational, leisure and education opportunities for disadvantaged 12-25 year olds is announcing a close partnership with KPM-Marine for the refurbishment of the former RNLI Lifeboat “Rotary Service” as their youth training vessel.
The vessel, which is to be used as a youth training vessel by the trust, was built in 1973 at Brooke Marine, Lowestoft. Costing approximately £200,000, which was raised with the assistance of the Rotary Club, she was destined for use as the Falmouth & Dover lifeboat before being sold by the RNLI in 1997 having saved 177 lives. The following 18 years as a Pilot boat in Cornwall and Ireland, left “Rotary Service” needing some tender loving care, and was purchased by the TCLT for refurbishment.
Mr Scott Snowling, Chairman of the Thames Class Lifeboat Trust said “As a charity we rely on donations from the public, grants, and sponsorship. We are delighted that KPM-Marine have decided to invest in the good work we are doing.”
KPM-Marine, experts who have specialised in the design and manufacture of safety critical products for the marine and automotive industries, on a global basis for the last 20 years, are working closely alongside TCLT to redesign the vessels interior for her new role, utilising the advances in technology the past 43 years of engineering development have brought. The vessel is to have a full refurbishment throughout to make her capable of operating with up to 12 persons on board, or 8 on longer voyages.
The plans for the refurbishment will be unveiled at the annual work boat show in Southampton – Seawork 2016 on the KPM-Marine stand, For more information on the Thames Class Lifeboat Trust please visit www.50001.org.uk or for information on the extensive products and services offered by KPM-Marine please see www.kpm-marine.com