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Number 03 of 2024

Aids To Navigation Review 2025

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 24 January, 2024

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland during 2024. The Review will be published in 2025 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following five year period.

The GLA provide a comprehensive and sustainable network of Aids to Navigation for General Navigation and are responsible for the Superintendence and Management of Local Aids to Navigation provided by Local Lighthouse Authorities.

The SOLAS Convention requires the provision of “such Aids to Navigation as the volume of traffic justifies and the degree of risk requires”. The 2025 review will consider all AtoN on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland, both individually and as AtoN systems.

The GLA consider good quality user input to be an essential component of this review. Users of Marine Aids to Navigation are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on:

– The usefulness and usability of existing Aids to Navigation provided by the GLAs

– Any proposed requirement for the provision of new Aids to Navigation

– The mix of Aids to Navigation provided including lighthouses, buoys, beacons, Racons and AIS AtoN

– The benefit to users of providing additional data from AtoN such as meteorological data

– The effectiveness of systems used to promulgate information relating to Aids to Navigation

– Any other Aids to Navigation related issues

 

Comments regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around Scotland and the Isle of Man should be addressed to navigation@nlb.org.uk.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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Number 02 of 2024

Extant Notices To Mariners

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 5 January, 2024

Northern Lighthouse Board advise that the following Notices to Mariners from previous years remain in force:

11/2021 – Fair Isle South (Skadan) – Temporary Light

13/2021 – Lunna Holm – Temporary Light

07/2022 – Start Point – Temporary Light

08/2022 – Cava – Temporary Light

07/2023 – Òigh Sgeir – Temporary Light

08/2023 – Sumburgh Head – Temporary Light

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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Number 01 of 2024

Floating Aids To Navigation / Lighthouse Landings

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 5 January, 2024

Northern Lighthouse Board request Mariners navigating around our coasts to exercise the greatest care to avoid damage to floating Aids to Navigation.

Mariners should give all navigational buoys a wide berth, always having regard for the strength of the wind and tide, and are requested to report immediately any defect in any Aid to Navigation either to NLB’s Monitoring Centre (telephone 0131 473 3198), or to HM Coastguard.

The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 makes provision for the imposition of a fine on any person who wilfully or negligently runs foul of, or makes fast to, any Lighthouse, Buoy or Beacon, and for the recovery of the expenses for making good any resulting damage.

Northern Lighthouse Board operates a number of lighthouses with adjacent boat landings. Since the departure of lightkeepers from these sites, the landings are no longer maintained and we accept no liability for injuries or damage caused by unauthorised access to these sites.

Mariners are invited to contact the Navigation Section, Northern Lighthouse Board (navigation@nlb.org.uk), to comment on any aspect of the Aids to Navigation Service or on hazards to navigation around our coasts.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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