(11 December 2019) CalMac staff have helped raise £2,500 to support new crew members joining the Oban lifeboat.
The west coast ferry and harbour operator pledged to donate £2 to the RNLI for every survey form returned during a recent exercise to gather feedback from staff on what they thought about the company and to provide ideas on how to improve the business.
‘We were delighted that so many staff took the time to fill in their forms, not only did we get valuable information about how we can work better as an organisation, but we are able to help out an organisation that does so much to keep west coast waters safe,’ said CalMac’s Director of Operations, Robert Morrison.
Last year CalMac took part in 14 rescue operations with the RNLI and are a valued partner to the emergency services in any incident they are able to assist with.
‘We train regularly for emergency responses with the Oban crews so know them well and with many of our own staff RNLI volunteers it was a perfect fit when we were looking for an organisation to support. It was also a great incentive for staff to contribute their thoughts to help us improve our services,’ said Robert.
Oban Lifeboat Station all-weather Trent class lifeboat – Mora Edith MacDonald – is capable of 25 knots and has a range of 250 nautical miles. Last year crew responded to 80 emergency call outs.
The donation will be used to train two new crew members and supply them with the equipment they need to become fully operational.
‘The crew are extremely grateful to all the CalMac staff who took the time to fill in a survey and raise this fantastic sum to support our work. Last year was one of our busiest ever and we are right up there with the busiest stations in the whole of the UK, so they can be sure the money will be put to good use,’ said Oban RNLI’s, Iain Fulton.
CalMac operates a fleet of 33 vessels across a network of 49 routes serving island and remote mainland communities. It is the UK’s largest ferry operator last year carrying more than 5.6 million passengers and around 1.4 million vehicles.
Picture shows: CalMac’s Director of Operations, Robert Morrison hands over the staff generated donation to Iain Fulton from Oban RNLI.