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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Maryport Inshore Rescue team launch new home

Work on a new £450,000 boathouse for Maryport Inshore Rescue Service began on Monday.

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OLD HOME: Last look round for, from left, Rory O'Neill from Sellafield Ltd, Michael Wignall from Thomas Armstrong, MIRS chairman George Farish, Allerdale council chief executive Harry Dyke, Tim Hurst from BEC, Celia MacKenzie from North and West Cumbria FLAG, Pauline Gorley from Maryport Development and Andrew Dodds from BEC

The current boathouse, which was built in 1865, is no longer fit for purpose and lacks the facilities the Inshore Rescue needs.

The new boathouse, part of a wider £1.2 million investment in Maryport Harbour, will allow rescuers to deal with incidents quicker, buy new equipment and provide more floor space for storage.

It will contain the lifeboat, which is on all-year-round call for emergencies in the Solway Firth, and the equipment that was used in the 2009 Cockermouth floods.

The boathouse has been designed by the Cockermouth Green Design Group.

Quantity surveyors Baker Mallett will manage the construction project which will be carried out by Flimby firm Thomas Armstrong.

Cumbria County Council has provided two free units at Maryport Business Centre so that the Inshore Rescue team can store its equipment while the new facility is built.

Building work is expected to be completed in the autumn.

George Farish, chairman of Maryport Inshore Rescue Service, said: “The new facility will allow us to cut rescue times by about 10 minutes on some launches.”

Mike Messenger, also of the service, said: “The award of the contract is a major step in realising our long held dream to have a modern, fit-for-purpose boathouse.”

Funding will also be spent on repairs to the Senhouse Dock walls, the installation of solar panels on harbour buildings and possible other renewable energy generation, the development of land assets and other research and development.

Steven Szostak, chief executive of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “Our investment is in these people and their life-saving work as well as the long-term sustainability of Maryport Harbour.

“The contract going to Thomas Armstrong is an added bonus because the economic impact of this project will stay local too.”

Andrew Dodds, marketing and communications manager for Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “This investment will lead to the economic regeneration of the harbour area which will lead to the long term sustainability of it.”

Funding for the new boathouse and harbour investment has come from Britain’s Energy Coast, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners, the European Fisheries Fund Axis and the Marine Management Organisation, which is allocated by the North and West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group and Cumbria Community Foundation.

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