Over 700 Barges Stranded by Mississippi River Closure in Memphis Due to Bridge Crack
The U.S. Coast Guard said 44 vessels with a total of 709 barges are now in the queue as a 1-miles stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed after a...
When the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution was given the chance to design their dream lifeboat, they came up with the Shannon: a waterjet-propelled, highly-maneuverable, stop-on-a-dime, beach-launched and recovered, self-righting, shock-absorbing, 13-meter all-weather lifeboat capable of reaching speeds up to 25 knots.
The Shannon is actually the first class of all-weather lifeboats to be powered by waterjets, which are capable of pumping 1.5 tonnes of water per second at full-power and allow for beach launch and recovery.
To date, 10 lifeboat stations have been provided a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. Dungeness was the first station to receive a Shannon class lifeboat, The Morrell 13-02, in February 2014. There are also four Shannon class lifeboats in our relief fleet.
Eventually, the Shannon class will replace the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats.
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