EXTENSIVE work to improve the launch times of the Portpatrick RNLI Tamar class lifeboat, John Buchanan Barr, have been completed.
The project was finished off in time for Portpatrick Lifeboat Week which started on Sunday and consisted of £192,000-worth of dredging works; placement of pontoons and pile moorings at £446,000; a re-siting of the fuel storage tank due to the increased fuel consumption of the Tamar class lifeboat at a cost of £60,000 and electrical works and upgrading of the surfacing in the vicinity of the workshop and RNLI shop, which required a further £55,000.
Dr Gordon Baird, chairman of the Portpatrick RNLI management group said: “Saving lives at sea requires the best support for our crews, even if as in this case the the total cost, including the new lifeboat, exceeds £3,500,000. They attend intensive weekly training exercises as well as courses at Poole. As Lifeboat Week approaches, the deeper entrance will attract more visitors, and moving the oil tank and the upgrading of the quay outside the lifeboat shed will improve appearances.
“One of the most pleasing aspects of the new works is how it benefits the community, and the RNLI looks forward to having a mutually beneficial relationship with the community’s harbour trust. Lifeboat Week, a proud local tradition, allows locals and visitors to show their pride and appreciation.”