The RNLI has moved towards establishing a fully operational lifeboat in Stonehaven after permission was granted for temporary crew facilities.
Aberdeenshire Council approved planning permission for essential temporary crew quarters close to Stonehaven Harbour for a one year period.
Nexen, an energy developer, has also donated £90,000 to support the development of the RNLI trial lifeboat station.
Stonehaven has been without a lifeboat search and rescue service for over a year after the Maritime Rescue Institute was forced to close owing to severe storm damage.
With a suitable boat, full crew, funding and the newly-approved crew change facility, the next step towards operational status for the RNLI in Stonehaven is to secure a boathouse close to the harbour, which it hopes to achieve over the coming months.
Once operational, the trial station will go live for a minimum trial period of one year before the RNLI make a decision about its long-term future.
Objectors to the plan had stated that they wanted the RNLI to build in Stonehaven but were against the size of the crew facilities.
Richard Smith, public relations manager for Scotland, said: “The most generous donation from Nexen has provided the RNLI with vital funds to help the charity set up a trial station at Stonehaven.”