The RNLI has stationed two lifeboats at Dun Laoghaire and these have been selected to meet the specific needs of the Dublin Bay area.
ALB Our All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB)
The ALB is named the ‘RNLB Anna Livia’ and is a 14-metre (47-feet) Trent Class Lifeboat provided through a major local fund-raising campaign and the funds of the Institution in 1995. It is capable of speeds of up to 25 knots and has a range of 250 nautical miles. The ALB has a crew of seven including our Station Doctor (HMA – Honorary Medical Advisor) when needed. Every crew-member has a seat and safety harness in the fully-enclosed wheelhouse. There is also seating for 10 casualties in the Survivor Cabin.
The Trent Class is a fibre re-enforced composite construction (FRC) and built to a standard RNLI design. It is fitted with twin 850 horse-power Turbo-Diesel MAN engines, 2 x 2000 litre fuel tanks, Generator, Salvage Pump, electronic throttles and twin fire-supression systems. In addition to hydraulic-steering, an emergency manual steering system can be rigged. An intercom system links all areas of the vessel to the command positions in the wheelhouse and bridge.
A high-tech Integrated Navigation System (INS) links the Radar and Electronic Chart Plotter to the satellite receiver. Both the Long Range MF (Medium Frequency) and VHF radios on-board use the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) while a VHF Radio Direction finder is also on board for locating distress signals. Paper charts and equipment are also used.
Search equipment includes 2 x Search-lights, Night Vision, binoculars and pyrotechnics (flares). Rescue equipment carried on board includes an XP-Boat inflatable dinghy with outboard engine, a Portable salvage pump, heaving and towing lines. First-Aid equipment including stretchers and lifting equipment, Oxygen and pain relief therapy (no drugs are carried on board or administered by the crew) blankets and survivor life-jackets.
Full Personal Protective Equipment is used by all crew on board including: Sea-boots, Foul-Weather Clothing, Helmet and Lifejacket with Safety-Harness and Personal hand-flares. Three life-rafts are also carried on-board in case of emergency on-board together with Grab-bag, handheld VHF Radio and GPS, distress flares, First Aid kit and basic sea survival equipment.
Our Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) is named the ‘Tony Heard’ in memory of its donor and is a 16-foot D-Class Inshore Lifeboat capable of speeds of up to 25 knots with an endurance of three hours. The ILB usually has a crew of three who kneel within the inflatable sides on a cushioned floor.
The D-Class is a fully-inflatable craft powered by a two-stroke 40-horse-power petrol outboard engine with two flexible fuel tanks mounted inside the boat. The forward covered section of the ILB contains a special pod with VHF radio and battery, anchor with line and chain ready for fast deployment, fire-extinguisher, sea anchor, survivors lifejackets, ambulance bag, emergency VHF aerial and knife. First Aid Equipment is carried is grab bags secured to the boat. Towing equipment is carried is pouches mounted on the sides (sponsons) of the boat where oars are also stowed.
Navigation is by primarily by compass, sight and local knowledge but with handheld GPS and charts as back-up. The ILB is night-capable and is equipped with navigation lights.
Full Personal Protective Equipment is used by all crew on board including: Typhoon dry-suits with built-in boots, one-piece body-warming under-layer, Helmet with visor and Lifejacket with Safety-Harness and Personal hand-flares. ILB crew life-jackets differ from ALB equipment as they also contain inherent buoyancy and do not automatically inflate.
You can receive alerts directly to your own PC desktop whenever the lifeboat launches on a rescue. The RNLI has a unique 'Virtual Pager' that will tell you whenever a station's crew has received a call on their own paging system.
For operational reasons, there is a delay of several minutes between the the real pager alert and the Virtual Pager going off. We also ask you not to go to the station while an operation is in progress. Click here for more details.