The Nautic Group, a Paramount Group company, in acknowledgement of the conservation work being undertaken by South African National Parks (SANParks), has donated a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to commemorate the 30th birthday of the West Coast National Park. The boat will greatly assist the park in responding to poaching activity and provide valuable patrol capacity for the upper end of the lagoon where the low water levels currently make vessel access unviable.
“Nautic Africa wishes to contribute in a meaningful way to the security of our coastline as well as the protection and sustainability of our natural resources,” says CEO, James Fisher who believes that the vessel donation is a fitting way for a shipbuilder to recognise the Park’s efforts over the last 30 years.
The RHIB, which was handed over in a ceremony at the Park on Wednesday 18 November, is equipped to carry a maximum load of 500 kg and features a 50 hp motor.
The West Coast National Park will now not only be able to more effectively patrol the lagoon waters, but also be able to quickly respond to emergency situations when necessary. The RHIB is light and easy to launch with four carrying handles and features eight foot-straps for additional safety of passengers on board especially in rough waters.
The Nautic Group, through this donation, seeks to acknowledge SANParks as the custodian of the country’s indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage.