Eden Engineering wins RNLI contract

South west metal fabrication company, Eden Engineering, has begun work on a £1m contract to provide vital components for the latest class of lifeboat used by the RNLI.

The contract, which was awarded to Eden by Plymouth’s Babcock Marine, includes the fabrication of components including hand rails, masts, and complex stainless steel components for six new lifeboats.

Due for completion in April 2009, the work is being carried out for the new Tamar class vessel.

The Tamar class lifeboat is the RNLI’s latest design that will gradually replace the Tyne class. It is said to be bigger and faster than the Tyne, with a length of 16m and a top speed of 25 knots.

Eden’s components will be fabricated in Saltash, Cornwall, where the company has a 30,000 sq/ft purpose-built workshop, complete with laser cutting technology.

Eden Engineering project manager Daniel Stanley said, ‘We worked on the pre-production Tamar lifeboat in 2004 and have since carried out the same work on the first production vessels currently in use across the UK.

‘The components we are working on are a vital part of the lifeboat and all of our work has to be of the highest standard because lifesaving volunteers will depend on the reliability and quality of our metal work. The Tamar is designed to self-right after capsizing, so our work has to be strong enough to withstand immense pressure.’

RNLI Tamar lifeboats are currently in operation from bases in Tenby, Padstow, Longhope, Peterhead, Cromer and Barrow. The six new vessels will be based at RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland.