Tamar - All Weather Lifeboat

First introduced in 2005, their are 23 boats in the fleet with 4 relief boats available.

The Tamar class lifeboat largest slipway launched ALB operated by the RNLI. First introduced in 2005, there are 23 boats in the operational fleet and 4 relief, Irene Muriel Rees was the 19th boat built. She deployed to Walton-On-The-Naze in April 2011 and had her first service call while crew were carrying out familiarisation training on the first day.

As with all the Tamar class she is fitted with an integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) so that the crew can monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from their shock-mitigating seats, which improve their safety. During 2012 she was fitted with a stand-alone AIS (Automated Information System).

Walton & Frinton Tamar Class Lifeboat 16-19 - Irene Muriel Rees

Technical Information

Crew Capacity: 7
Length: 16.3m
Beam / Width: 5.3m
Draught / Depth: 1.4m
Displacement: 32 tonnes
Max Speed: 25 knots
Fuel Capacity: 4,600 litres
Range / Endurance: 250 nautical miles
Construction: Hull: Fibre-reinforced composite with single-skin section below the chine and
100mm thick foam-cored sandwich above;
Deck and Superstructure: 25mm foam-cored sandwich
Engines 2 x Caterpillar C18 Marine Diesel; 10001bhp each at 2,300 rpm
Survivor Capacity: Self-Righting - 44
Non Self-Righting - 118

The bespoke seats enhance crew comfort and safety. They also incorporate essential controls such as throttles and joystick with the trackball for the SIMS screen close to hand. The Tamar’s propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with steel-lined main and bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water or slipway operations.

In addition to her twin engines, the lifeboat is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability. The Tamar carries a Y boat, an inflatable powered daughter boat housed under the aft deck, which can be deployed from a hinged door in the transom.

The Y boat has a 15hp outboard engine and is used in moderate conditions to access areas the lifeboat cannot reach. Comprehensive first aid equipment includes stretchers, oxygen and Entonox and other equipment such as a portable salvage pump carried in a watertight container.

The first Tamar went on station at Tenby in Wales in 2006 and the last in the fleet was placed at The Mumbles in 2013. There are 27 Tamar lifeboats in total.