RNLI surveyors and IIMS SCWG team up for joint training day

The RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Centre will host the IIMS small craft working group
The RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Centre will host the IIMS small craft working group

Please note that the date for the Spring IIMS Small Craft Working Group has changed from the one previously published on 17 May to 25 May to accommodate this rare training opportunity.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has invited the IIMS Small Craft Working Group to join their Annual Surveyors Conference for a joint training day on Wednesday 25 May at their head office and facility in Poole, Dorset, for what promises to be an exceptional day. This provides an excellent opportunity for surveyors to network with others and share ideas and thoughts with a different group of surveyors too.

The day itself will be split into two distinct halves.

Morning Session
10.00 IIMS members meet at RNLI facility
10.15 Tour of the RNLI facility for IIMS members
12.30 Tour complete

About the tour
RNLI pledged to provide every all-weather lifeboat crew with a 25 knot lifeboat by 2019. This means that the RNLI will require at least 50 new Shannon class lifeboats in the next phase of saving lives at sea. RNLI is building six all-weather lifeboats every year, as well as maintaining their existing fleet. To achieve this plan, RNLI constructed an All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset. The facility brings every stage of the lifeboat building process under one roof, ensuring that the RNLI is fully equipped to build the next generation of lifeboats.

The Shannon class lifeboat. Image credit: RNLI
The Shannon class lifeboat. Image credit: RNLI

Key features of the ALC that IIMS members will be able to see and experience include:
• Two boat halls with flexible bays for manufacturing and maintaining lifeboats
• Component manufacturing area
• Launch, recovery and boat storage area
• Paint preparation area with built in extraction system and heat curing facility
• Workshop for supporting the RNLI inshore training fleet
• Office facilities
• Tools and equipment storage

Afternoon Session – the two groups combine
12.30 Lunch
13.15 RNLI: stability presentation
14.00 Mike Schwarz: IIMS information and surveyor standards
14.30 John Excell: Report writing refresher. Key components, tips, advice and layouts
15.15 Coffee break
15.35 RNLI second presentation (to be confirmed)
16.10 John Noble: Accident investigations
16.45 Close

Due to space limitations, numbers are strictly limited to just 25 IIMS members and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. As demand for this event is anticipated to be high, please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.

The cost of the training day is just £75 (no VAT) to include lunch and refreshments. A certificate of attendance will be issued and 5 CPD points awarded.

To show our appreciation to the RNLI for facilitating this training day, IIMS will be making a dontation to them.

To book your place at this event please email Tania Bernice or call 023 9238 5223.

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