From Invergordon to British Columbia.

19th February 2008, 01:16
I came across this article in our newspaper. May be of interest to those that like to keep track of vessel movements and relocation.

Group is 'Ready' to put new boat into service
First it must get 38-foot craft shipped from Scotland
Jessica Kerr, The Delta Optimist
Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2008
They bought the boat; now the Roberts Bank Delta Lifeboat Society just needs to get it to Delta.

The society recently purchased a replacement for the White Rose of Yorkshire, the 34-year-old boat the society has been using for the past nine years.

The new fast response craft, the Ready, could be in service as early as late spring, said Chris Scurr, media relations officer with society. However, the group needs to find a way to get it to Roberts Bank from its current home in Invergordon, Scotland.

The Ready, after exhaustive expert research, was found to be a perfect replacement for our current lifeboat," Scurr said. "She is a high-speed response vessel that has several advantages over the old life boat."

The Ready is powered by two 400-horsepower diesel engines that drive twin water jets for propulsion.

"This allows for our professionally trained volunteer Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary crew members to arrive on scene at any marine disaster in our operations arena within minutes of receiving the call from the rescue centre in Victoria," he said.

The new lifeboat is a 38-foot, all-weather, self-righting, inflatable-style rescue craft with a rigid hull and cabin.

The Ready was built in 2000 and re-engined recently. The vessel previously served in the United Kingdom for Trinity House, Great Britain's pilotage institution. A company that had hoped to use it to transport crews to the North Sea Oil and Gas rigs recently purchased the Ready. However, when the company did not receive the contract, the vessel was put up for sale.

Paul Foster, coxswain with the society, traveled to Invergordon in mid-January to test the Ready on the open sea. With the boat passing the test, he went ahead and made the purchase. The vessel cost $200,000, most of which was collected through fundraising in the community over the past few years along with money from provincial gaming grants.

"Our challenge now is to find an interested donor who is willing and able to transport the vessel from Invergordon or a convenient British port and bring her to North America," Scurr said.

Once the society receives the boat, it will be looking to raise about $50,000 to paint it and upgrade its equipment to bring it up to the Canadian Coast Guard rescue standards.