Photo: RNLI Nigel Millard
The Shannon class is the RNLI’s most agile and manoeuvrable lifeboat to date. An all-weather lifeboat, the boat uses waterjets instead of traditional propellers to allow them to operate in shallow waters and navigate around hazards more precisely. The Shannon is gradually replacing the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats which are now nearing the end of their operational lives.
Designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers the Shannon class incorporates the latest cutting edge technology to meet the challenges faced by a 21stcentury rescue service. Energy Solutions have been involved since 2013 and have supplied AC and DC panels for 28 Shannon class lifeboats so far, as well as a range of small power units. As you would expect in a new and innovative build, the engineering team at Energy have worked on minor changes and improvements on the panels over the last five years to ensure the units simplify the operation, construction and maintenance of the power and control system onboard. This will continue as the RNLI roll out more vessels around the country.
Engineering Manager at Energy Solutions, Dan Cox explains: “The panels for the Shannon class are challenging builds, with a lot of equipment packed into a small enclosure. We have made changes over time to improve the build and serviceability, as well as dealing with external changes to components. Working closely with the RNLI to make sure we execute their designs in the best possible way, this has been a great project to be a part of. “
Energy Solutions offer a full electrical system design, manufacture and supply service to the marine industry and has worked on numerous projects with the RNLI delivering power and monitoring products to fit their engineering team’s specifications.
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