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Port acquires fast RIB
Fri 4 Sep 2015

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Yesterday, 3rd September 2015, the Port of Wells acquired a 7.47m ((24'6") Avon Searider RIB.

The vessel was purchased from the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS),which provides emergency lifeboat services in the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour and who used the vessel as a rescue boat. Naturally, the Port of Wells will not be using the RIB as a rescue vessel but it has been acquired for a new contract requiring a fast response at sea as well as a pilot boat during the summer months and for general harbour duties.

The RIB was built in 1992 and has a 300hp diesel engine. The hull is of GRP construction and has a planning underwater profile. It has a cruising speed of 20 knots with a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Harbour Master Robert Smith said "We are delighted with the vessel and to be able to purchase from GAFIRS who are a very well established independent Lifeboat & Inshore Rescue Service and who have serviced and maintained the vessel up to a very high standard".

The vessel will be named William-T, after William Temple who served as a Harbour Master between 1881 and 1908.

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