DuroWipers secures Dutch lifeboat deal

DuroWipers has won a contract to supply kit to Dutch lifeboat institution, KNRM Photo: DuroWipers DuroWipers has won a contract to supply kit to Dutch lifeboat institution, KNRM Photo: DuroWipers
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Gloucestershire-based DuroWipers has secured an order to supply kit for a newbuild search and rescue vessel for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM).

The order comes from Habbeké Shipyard which has ordered three DuroWipers 60 Class for its newbuild KNRM 18m Valentijn rigid inflatable boat.

Noel Gould, chief executive of DuroWipers, praised the company's reputation in the global search and rescue sector. "The Class 60 wipers will help the KNRM achieve everything it needs to too when it comes to safety and efficiency and improve its environmental credentials too,” he added.

The Class 60 is designed for the high-speed vessels where space and weight are limited, but high performance is required. It uses a 5mm frame with two main drive bearings similar to the Class 80 giving added strength for vessels combating heavy water.

Road testing

Hans van der Molen, technical department manager, said that KNRM is currently evaluating whether DuroWipers are a good solution for its Valentijn and Valentijn 2000 class.

“KNRM is evaluating the DuroWipers for use on our coastal lifeboats, due to a positive experience with DuroWipers on our Nh1816 prototype lifeboat. We expect they will outperform the current wipers especially when taking “green” water,” he said.

Back in the UK

As part of the RNLI Shannon Class build programme, the latest vessel to be equipped with DuroWipers pantographs will be Barmouth’s new RNLI Shannon lifeboat, the Ella Larsen, delivered on 10 March 2019.

After further crew training, the vessel will take over from the station’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat which has looked after lifesaving in Cardigan Bay for over 26 years.

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