New propeller deal for RNLI Trent Class

The 14m Trent Class Lifeboats are capable of 25 knots, with a 250 nautical mile range. The 14m Trent Class Lifeboats are capable of 25 knots, with a 250 nautical mile range.

Bedfordshire UK based Clements Marine has been appointed to supply propellers to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the charity’s Trent class Lifeboats.

The propeller manufacturers have been appointed as suppliers following extensive testing in association with the RNLI engineering team.

On the Trent Class Lifeboat the propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water. The new Clements Marine propellers have seen reduced engine load and increased boat speed for the Trent Class.

The Trent Class Lifeboat was introduced to the RNLI lifesaving service in 1994 and currently there are 37 in the operational and relief fleets. The 14m Trent Class Lifeboats are designed to lie afloat and have self-righting capabilities. They take a crew of six and are capable of 25 knots, with a 250 nautical mile range.

Last year Clements Marine was appointed to supply to Severn Class range of Lifeboats as they underwent an extensive refit and repair programme.

Paul Williams, managing director of Clements Marine said, ‘Our products are proven with the work we have done on the Severn Class and now we are pleased to see that following extensive testing we are now supplying to the Trent class.

‘Clements Marine products have to stand up to some severe conditions the lifeboats face on a daily basis and have to be robust as well as help make the vessels smooth and efficient.’

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