Providing and maintaining lifeboats is an essential part of the RNLI but making sure the facilities are in place to launch them is equally important.
Buildings are necessary to the support and security of lifeboats, and slipways are essential to their launching and recovery in locations where there is no safe access to deep water. Even where harbour facilities exist there is often a need for pontoon berths and additional protection in the form of wave screens or breakwaters.
These structures often have to be built in very exposed locations and with very restricted land access. With modern lifeboats weighing in at over 30 tonnes, slipways have to be designed to withstand these loadings and survive the rigours of the environment.
Every building and improvement project is an investment that helps the RNLI better achieve its aim to save lives at sea, whether it speeds up launches, improves crew safety or houses a vital new lifeboat.