UK government endorses lighthouse fleet review
The British government has endorsed the recommendations of the collective UK lighthouse collaborative to retain seven mixed service vessels to maintain an essential maritime safety service.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani endorsed the tri-GLA Fleet Review put together by Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights—which together constitute the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“We have worked hard to create an evidence-based system that demonstrates very clearly that the safety of ships and seafarers in our waters requires a combined fleet of seven vessels,” said Captain Ian McNaught, Trinity House’s executive chairman.
The tri-GLA Fleet Review was initiated to identify the optimum number of ships, their capabilities and appropriate ownership and management needed to deliver the GLAs’ statutory functions.
It concluded that the vessels needed to mixed capability to provide both risk response, incident intervention and routine planned marine aids to navigation (AtoNs such as lighthouse and buoys) maintenance and offshore support work.
The tri-GLA Fleet Review also highlighted the close cooperation between the three GLAs which allows the coordinated planning of seven vessels, optimising vessel positioning and tasking to ensure effective coverage.
The endorsement by Nusrat Ghani MP, made during the Department for Transport’s inaugural Maritime Safety Week, follows several years of research and consultation, supported by a number of independent investigations, between the three sister organisations and the Department for Transport.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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