Naval Association Gift to Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat


Date: 31/03/2009

Author: Dunc Ormiston, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Kinghorn 0032009
Barbara Firth handing over the cheque to Charlie Tulloch, with Vice President of the Naval Association Branch, James Thompson looking on.

The RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn had a welcome donation to their funds recently. The £200 donation was gifted by the Rosyth and West Fife Royal Naval Association.


Social Secretary of the association, Barbara Firth said: ‘Every year our members raise funds for various local charities and this year we decided that the RNLI lifeboat at Kinghorn would be one of our worthy causes. We raise around £600 per year for charity and at every function we hold, even barbeques, we run raffles and such like to raise the funds. We also operate a bottle stall every year at Inverkeithing Highland Games. The money is then spread around Fife based charities.’

Queensferry RNLI rescue person from Cramond Island


Date: 30/03/2009

Author: Hamish Campbell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: South Queensferry 30032009
South Queensferry RNLI lifeboat (Hamish Campbell)

RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat was launched to a report of a person cut off by the incoming tide at Cramond Island at this afternoon (Monday 30 March 2009).


Once on scene the lifeboat landed on the beach and located the casualty. With tides unfavourable, the helm took the decision to land the casualty at Granton Harbour. Upon safely passing the casualty to the local coastguard unit, the lifeboat headed home against wind and was recovered by the team at Hawes Pier.

Hunstanton Hovercraft crew launch to kite surfer


Date: 30/03/2009

Author: Geoff Needham

Reference: 30 March 2009
Hunstanton hovercraft

Yarmouth Coastguard requested launch of the RNLI Hunstanton hovercraft to a kite surfer reported to be in difficulty off Hunstanton, opposite the pier area.


On arrival at the scene, the Hunstanton coastguard response team informed Yarmouth Coastguard that the casualty had managed to get ashore and did not require assistance. The hovercraft H-007 was stood down and returned to station at 3.20pm. The person was a 61-year- old male from the Peterborough area.

South Broads Lifeboat assists Fire service


Date: 30/03/2009

Author: Keith Wood

Reference: 4
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South Broads RNLI Lifeboat was called out on Monday 30th March to assist Norfolk Fire & Rescue service with a fire on board a 44ft Birchwood motor cruiser, moored at St Olaves Marina. The Broads ILB1 D-514 Lord Kitchener, was launched at 2:20am and although hampered by thick fog en-route, was on scene by 2:50am.


The Inshore lifeboat crew stood by whilst fire crews fought the fire. Then once the flames were under control, the lifeboat then moved in to offer safety cover to the fire crews using breathing apparatus near the water. Meanwhile, a second team from the South Broads Station with the 4×4 Vehicle was also on scene, worked with St Olaves Marina staff to put out anti-pollution booms.

Hayling Island RNLI assists in rescue of sailors from blazing boat


Date: 29/03/2009

Author: Carol Carter, Hayling Island RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Launch 2009.03.29

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Hayling Island RNLI stand guard as fire-fighters tackle the blazing boat

The Hayling Island RNLI inshore lifeboats were involved in the rescue of four men from a blazing 40ft motor cruiser in Chichester Harbour on Sunday 29th March.


The boat was on a short trip from Northney Marina, north of Hayling Island, when one of the vessel’s engines caught fire. The four men on board had been taken off the blazing vessel by the independent lifeboat service, Hayling Rescue, using their rigid inflatable boat which was first on scene. They were then transferred to the Hayling Island RNLI Atlantic 85, B Class Lifeboat, Derrick Battle.

Alenia Aeronautica concludes successfully the first flight campaign in Italy of the Sky-Y unmanned aircraft


With five missions the Sky-Y, Alenia Aeronautica’s unmanned technological demonstrator, has completed its first series of tests in Italy. With this tests campaign the Sky-Y has to day accumulated three test phases, two in Sweden and one in Italy.

Thanks to the Permit To Fly granted by ENAC – Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (National Agency for the Civil Aviation), the Sky-Y has accomplished this flight testing cycle in an area in the Puglia Region, defined for this purpose.

The test campaign in Italy of the Sky-Y, the only European-made unmanned vehicle to make flight tests and the only one equipped with European sensors and production systems, has taken place in March, and has allowed the testing of some automatic functions of the ground surveillance mission systems; these are key elements to fully assess the operational capabilities of the production machines which will have in the future to be used for this role.

For Sale – ”Laguna” (ex. ”Nordcarrier”, ”Kiekeberg”)


General cargo ship, singledecker, Sietas type “95 B”. C. Plath gyro compass, Plath Selbsteuer autopilot, Racal Decca Radar, Furuno 2110 radar with Arpa, Saab AIS/GPS, Atlas-Echograph 460 echo-sounder. Rudder indicator, Sailor RE 2100 HF SSB + RM 2150 DSC encoder/watch receivers, Sailor RT 2048 VHF, Sailor C4900, Sailor T2130 MF radio, Furuno GP-31 navigator, Furuno NX-500 Navtex receiver, 3 x SP3110 Solas portable VHFs. PC with electronic charts.

Equipment: Kannad 406WH Cospas-Sarsat beacon, 2 x Rescuer SART, 2 x DSB LR 97 10 person Solas liferafts. Rib rescue boat with outboarder engine. Hydraulic anchor winch with twin anchors, spare anchor. 2 x Desmi pumps 580-70-220-A09. DVZ type 500 oily water separator 0,5 m3/h. Sime furnace with Riello RL 28 burner.

General arrangement: Wheelhouse with two seats at helm, radiom, computer and navigation tables. On boat deck is the captain’s cabin with ensuite bathroom, dayroom and WC. Below are the officers’ cabins with en-suite bathrooms and the medical cabin. First deck of superstructure holds the fully equipped galley, crew cabins, stores, crew and officers’ messrooms. Main deck consists of steering gear room, laundry room, several large storerooms, engine control room and workshops with plenty of engine spares. Forepeak contains chain locker, stores and generator room.

Engine Pma Parts Market Hits Headwinds


[ASDWire]– A global engine MRO survey by AeroStrategy concludes that the growth rate of PMA parts for aeroengines is expected to slow as a result of the industry downturn and defensive measures by the OEMs during recent years. GE has been particularly active in its defense of the material flow on the GE and CFM engines. By allying with engine MRO providers such as Aveos, ST Aero and Iberia in return for long-term material agreements, GE has locked 17 percent of the material flow on GE/CFM engines on top of what it already controls via its own engine shops.

Invitations issued for the 82nd Sailing of Bermuda International Invitational Race Week

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Bermuda’s one-design keelboat and dinghy fleets have issued invitations for the 2009 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributors of Bacardi® rum, to international competitors for the 2009 Race Week. Festivities start with the Welcoming Cocktail Party on the Saturday the 18th of April and conclude with the Prize giving on the 24th of April 2009. As usual, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is open to the Public during this international event.