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
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
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