Williams Jet Tenders’ Dieseljets to gain SOLAS approval
Williams Jet Tenders is set to offer its Dieseljet 505 and 565 as fully certified SOLAS rescue tenders from this October.
Williams says it has been able to tailor its tenders to suit the most stringent requirements for a SOLAS tender, which, it says, means owners will be able to opt for a rescue tender that not only looks superb on the water but has all the capabilities required of SOLAS rescue boats, including being capable of marshalling and towing life rafts, and acting as a man-over-board recovery boat.
Powered by Yanmar engines, the approval allows owners over 500 GT to be able to opt for a Williams Dieseljet. It also helps limit the number of tenders required on board.
“The role and appearance of SOLAS tenders has changed dramatically over the years and we have had many discussions with captains and crew about obtaining SOLAS approval,” says Mathew Hornsby, sales director at Williams Jet Tenders.
The SOLAS regulations affect many aspects of the tender build and quality control, including recording factory temperatures at all stages. The tenders also have to undergo a series of tests including a 3m drop test, self-righting and overload lifting, as well as an endurance and heavy weather trial to gain approval.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working towards meeting these guidelines with our Dieseljets and are hoping to expand this across further models too,” says Hornsby.