Shannon class can go 25 knots

The RNLI has launched its new Shannon class lifeboat.

The all-weather Shannon (pictured) is the first RNLI lifeboat to be powered by jet thrusters not propellers, meaning it can operate further inshore.

And it is capable of up to 25 knots – 50 per cent quicker than the lifeboats it replaces.

The RNLI will build more than 50 of the boats in the next ten years as it phases out its older classes.

It is hoped that these will eventually be built in-house at RNLI HQ; the charity is soon to apply for planning permission for a £11.2million factory at its Poole base.

There will be more on the new Shannon lifeboat in the upcoming November issue of PBO – out October 11.

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