Helping save lives at sea

An Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in action with the RNLI.
Picture: NATHAN WILLIAMS

An Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in action with the RNLI. Picture: NATHAN WILLIAMS - Credit: RNLI

Passengers of Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have raised £170,000 to buy a new lifeboat for the RNLI.

Award for Fred. Olsen cruise lines for best itineries
Staff on deck on the Balmoral
Picture: PETER

Award for Fred. Olsen cruise lines for best itineries Staff on deck on the Balmoral Picture: PETER MOLNAR - Credit: Archant

The new Atlantic 85 Rigid Inflatable Boat (RGB) B-913, will be called Pride of Fred Olsen and will be part of the RNLI’s relief lifeboat fleet in Poole, Dorset.

It will be manned by five crew and was fully-funded by donations from Fred. Olsen’s guests on board its ocean fleet - the Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch and the latest addition, Brabant.

Guests also chose the name for the new lifeboat following a competition held across the Fred. Olsen fleet.

A naming ceremony for the boat will take place in Ipswich in the New Year.


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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been supporting the charity since the 1960s and in 2010 was presented with the RNLI’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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