An update about your Clifden lifeboat

The lifeboat Lois-Ivan was scheduled to be built in March 2021 – but unfortunately, due to unavoidable circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the lifeboat’s construction will be delayed.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the construction process for our Shannon class lifeboats at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset. As a result, the roll-out of Shannon class lifeboats has been affected and there will be delays to the original planned delivery dates off the production line, meaning stations will take delivery later than previously anticipated. Although we cannot confirm exactly when Clifden RNLI will receive their new Shannon class lifeboat, we hope that it will arrive early 2022. We will update supporters when we have more definitive timings. We’ll keep you updated with the latest progress surrounding the lifeboat’s new build date as soon as this is confirmed.

If you have any questions about the lifeboat, Clifden Lifeboat Station or Launch a Memory please contact us by emailing

As you can imagine, our volunteer crew at Clifden have a lot to juggle alongside being on call 24 hours a day for an emergency search and rescue service. The crew have day jobs, families and other commitments – so we’d be really grateful if you could avoid contacting the station directly.

You can also visit our FAQs page where we may be able to answer some of your queries.

Collage of images from dedications

Leave a dedication

Hundreds of people have shared heart-warming stories about why they chose to include the name of someone they miss on the lifeboat – as well as celebrate theirs or their loves one’s connection to the RNLI.

To help share your stories, or to pay tribute to your loved one, we’ve created a web page with our partner MuchLoved. It’s a very special community filled with supporters like you, and you can use it to honour the person you miss in the most fitting way for you and your family.

About your Shannon class lifeboat

Watch our video to discover the lifesaving features of the lifeboat that will bear your loved one’s name.