Ørsted agrees new partnership
with RNLI

Ørsted has pledged its support to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to help the charity in its mission to save lives at sea, with a new three-year partnership.
Global leader in offshore wind, Ørsted will make a major contribution of more than £200,000 to fund running costs of lifeboats at seven RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK to help the charity continue their invaluable work.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service across the UK. 

Ørsted first joined forces with the RNLI in late 2015 to support six lifeboat stations over two years – a partnership which has so far helped to fund nearly 600 launches and aid more than 580 people at sea. 

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To reflect the company’s rapidly expanding offshore footprint in the UK, Ørsted has now extended the partnership to include Skegness Lifeboat Station – supporting a total of seven RNLI lifeboat stations to help save even more lives over the next three years.

Matthew Wright, managing director at Ørsted UK, said: 

“We’re extremely proud to continue our partnership with the RNLI for another three years and help this amazing charity save lives at sea. As a company building major offshore wind projects to be the backbone of the UK’s future energy system, we understand the challenges faced by RNLI crews working out at sea, and we want to help these lifeboat stations continue operating safely and efficiently. Ørsted is hugely committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we operate, which is why supporting the vital service provided by the RNLI makes so much sense to us.”

About RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

 

Paul Boissier, RNLI chief executive, said: 

‘As a charity, the RNLI relies on donations to be able to carry out its lifesaving work around the coast of the UK and Ireland. So, we are grateful to Ørsted for their continued generosity in making a significant contribution to the lifeboat running costs of our stations at Barrow, Clacton-on-Sea, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate, Skegness and Wells. The donation from Ørsted has contributed to ensuring that the crew at these seven stations are ready to respond to emergency situations. The support from Ørsted will be felt most by our volunteer lifeboat crews and the people in the communities that we aim to protect, and we thank them for that.’

Ørsted currently has 10 operational offshore wind farms in the UK, with a further four in construction or development. These offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the seven RNLI stations:

  • Barrow
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Humber
  • New Brighton
  • Ramsgate
  • Skegness
  • Wells

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives.

 

Notes to editors:

  1. Boat running costs mainly cover the fuel used on lifeboat launches and rescues, as well as minor items replaced during routine maintenance

  2. Over the past two years, Ørsted has supported six of the RNLI station, but this year has added a seventh station – Skegness.

  3. The seven stations supported by Ørsted are:
  • Barrow
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Humber
  • New Brighton
  • Ramsgate
  • Skegness
  • Wells

4. Ørsted currently has 10 operational offshore wind farms in the UK, with a further four in construction or development. These offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the seven RNLI stations

5. Confirmed launch and rescue stats for 2016 & 2017

Station name  2016  2017 
Launches  People aided  Launches  People aided 
Barrow  16  29  23  35 
Claction-on-Sea  56  40  46 
Humber  67  71  36  48 
New Brighton  31  14  17 
Ramsgate  99  134  70  100 
Skegness  38  16  37  29 
Wells  33  25  22 23
Total  340  329  251  253 

For more information, please contact:

James Platt
Head of UK Media Relations
jampl@orsted.co.uk
+44 20 7811 5519