Work ongoing throughout November to upgrade Fowey RNLI’s berthing pontoon

Lifeboats News Release

Work is due to start in Fowey harbour on Monday 1 November to upgrade the pontoon and berthing piles where the town’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat is berthed.

Fowey RNLI's pontoon


Fowey RNLI's pontoon

The piles were installed over 20 years ago and have started to show signs of corrosion and wear. Therefore work is being undertaken to renew them.

The work is due to start 1 November. For the duration of the works the Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy will be moored on the pilot boat berth, thanks to the kind permission of Fowey Harbour Commissioners.

The first phase of the works will see a jack-up and support barge arrive to remove the pontoon and existing piles.

The replacement piles will then be installed. The RNLI has chosen to use a drilling method of pile installation as this will reduce the levels of noise and vibration. The installation is due to take approximately 10 days.

The work will be undertaken between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-7pm over the weekend.

This project is essential to ensuring our volunteers are safe and the RNLI lifeboat can continue to operate from the pontoon for the next 20 years and save lives. We apologise for any inconvenience this work will cause and thank the community for their continued support.

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For more information please contact Cathy Baillie, volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer for Fowey RNLI, on 07787 709986 or or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or

Fowey RNLI's berthing pontoon


Fowey RNLI's berthing pontoon

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