College built rescue boat Hahn 001 – renamed ‘WALES GO!’– our new design of 4.8m RIB built last year at Atlantic College, has arrived on the north east coast of Japan at her new home. Accompanied by recent graduates Fanny Fasmer, Charlotte Brigham, Gabriel Moberg, Ben Davies and Charlie Stubbs, alumni Robin Jenkins, Lily Eckersley Jones and staff member Michel Creber, the team have set up the station in Nebama Bay, Kamaishi, and start training today with local volunteers who will run the station when the Atlantic College team depart.
The shipping container designed and built by Robin Jenkins at the University of Arts, London, doubles up to be the lifeboat station, and is kitted out with workshop, changing rooms and boat house, and is positioned in the newly redeveloped fishing port in Osuchi Bay that was devastated by the tsunami of 2011.
At present, the team are experiencing a typhoon and had to prepare the station from being blown away by the high winds with local fishermen, Mikasan and Murusan, who brought in large bags of rubble to tie down the container. Training has been put on hold for the day as local landslides and emergency warnings have prevented course participants from travelling, but with good weather forecast in a few hours as the storm passes the training should begin again with much excitement.