DuroWipers Class 60 pantographs will be fitted to the RNLI’s new Severn class lifeboats Photo: DuroWipersDuroWipers Class 60 pantographs will be fitted to the RNLI’s new Severn class lifeboats Photo: DuroWipers

DuroWipers’ Class 60 pantographs are being tested on the RNLI’s new prototype lifeboat.

Earlier this year, the RNLI announced that it would be extending its Severn class lifeboats for a further 25 years.

“If the wipers perform well during trials, we will extend the order to the first batch of six boats in the programme,” said Nick Fenwick, Severn life extension project manager.

This is the first time that the Severn class will have a DuroWiper system fitted although the Class 50 system has been performing well on RNLI’s Shannon class, supplying more than half of newbuild Shannon class vessels since 2012.

“It is advantageous to rationalise supply, but this is not the main driver for selecting a supplier for new projects,” said Mr Fenwick. “Maintainability and reducing maintenance are key criteria when selecting equipment along with cost, reliability, ruggedness, supplier confidence and any other relevant criteria, dependent on the equipment being supplied.”

DuroWipers offers extended and lifetime warranties for its wiper systems which make them appealing to both the RNLI and the UK Royal Navy.

“The DuroWipers come with a Lifetime Warranty which makes them maintenance free”, said Noel Gould, owner or DuroWipers. “That’s how confident we are in the strength of our wipers,” he added.

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