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Notices to Mariners

Notices to Mariners provide essential, up to date information and advice to those navigating within our area of jurisdiction.

 

Number Title Published
10 Scotland - West Coast - Turnberry - Temporary Alteration of Appearance of Tower 19 October, 2020

Number 10 of 2020

Temporary Alteration of Appearance of Tower

Scotland, West CoastFirth of Clyde
Turnberry(A4580)

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 19 October, 2020

Latitude 55° 19.572' North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 004° 50.655' West
WGS 84 Datum

Notice is given that, during the period 6-11 NOVEMBER 2020, the visual appearance of the tower will be altered by the projection of a commemorative red poppy emblem.

This notice is self-cancelling.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

09 Scotland - West Coast - Butt of Lewis - Re-Establishment of Permanent Light Delay 16 October, 2020

Number 09 of 2020

Re-Establishment of Permanent Light Delay

Scotland, West CoastHebrides
Butt of Lewis(A3968)

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 16 October, 2020

Latitude 58°30.923' North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 006°15.717' West
WGS 84 Datum

With reference to NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 8 OF 2020 (DATED 7 OCTOBER 2020), notice is given that the planned re-establishment of the permanent light has been postponed. It is now intended that this work will be completed in early December 2020.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

08 Scotland - West Coast - Butt of Lewis - Re-Establishment of Permanent Light 7 October, 2020

Number 08 of 2020

Re-Establishment of Permanent Light

Scotland, West CoastHebrides
Butt of Lewis(A3968)

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 7 October, 2020

Latitude 58°30.923' North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 006°15.717' West
WGS 84 Datum

With reference to NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 17 OF 2019 (DATED 25 NOVEMBER 2019), notice is given that, on or about 22 OCTOBER 2020, the temporary light at this station will be discontinued and a permanent light re-established with the undernoted characteristics:-

Character:
Flashing white every 5 seconds (as before)
Elevation:
52 metres (as before)
Nominal Range:
21 Miles

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

07 Scotland and Isle of Man - All Areas - General Lighthouse Authorities Public DGPS Transmissions 28 September, 2020

Number 07 of 2020

General Lighthouse Authorities Public DGPS Transmissions

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 28 September, 2020

Northern Lighthouse Board hereby give notice that after careful consideration of the results of a comprehensive user consultation process, the General Lighthouse Authorities for the UK and Ireland have concluded that their Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) is no longer required and have made the decision that the system will be discontinued from 31st March 2022.

The (DGPS) Service for UK and Ireland was established at a time when the publicly available GPS signal was intentionally degraded, resulting in large position errors. Augmentation was necessary to correct for these errors and meet minimum requirements for maritime positioning and navigation. In the year 2000, the intentional error in GPS positioning was removed. Since then, system technology has improved and the GPS constellation has been modernised. Observed positional accuracy for unaugmented GPS now consistently meets IMO requirements for accuracy around the coast of the UK and Ireland for marine navigation.

How will the discontinuation impact you?

For the vast majority of maritime users, the discontinuation of DGPS service for the UK and Ireland will not impact the accuracy of satellite positioning. DGPS receivers will no longer receive the DGPS signal in areas where it was previously available. This may generate a ‘lost signal’ alarm, but your receiver will still provide a GPS derived position.

Alternate sources for high accuracy positioning

Other options are available for obtaining higher accuracy positioning in the UK and Ireland.

Radio Navigation Warnings will be issued when the above changes take place.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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06 Scotland - North Coast - Cape Wrath - Establishment of Temporary Light 7 August, 2020

Number 06 of 2020

Establishment of Temporary Light

Scotland, North CoastNorth Minch
Cape Wrath(A3880)

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 7 August, 2020

Latitude 58° 37.531’ North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 004° 59.967’ West
WGS 84 Datum

Notice is given that, on or about 28 AUGUST 2020, the existing light at this station will be withdrawn and replaced by a TEMPORARY LIGHT with the undernoted characteristics:-

Character:
Group Flashing (4) white every 30 seconds (as before)
Elevation:
121 metres
Nominal Range:
12 Miles

A further Notice to Mariners will be issued prior to the re-establishment of a permanent light of the charted character.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

05 Scotland - West Coast - Black Eye - Repositioning of Buoy Station 7 August, 2020

Number 05 of 2020

Repositioning of Buoy Station

Scotland, West CoastKyleakin
Black Eye

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 7 August, 2020

Latitude 57° 16.706’ North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 005° 45.305’ West
WGS 84 Datum

Mariners are advised that, on or about 9 AUGUST 2020, the Black Eye buoy station will be re-established approximately 115 metres further ESE in the following position:-

 

Location:
Latitude 57° 16.682’ North (approx.)
Longitude 005° 45.200’ West (approx.)

Character:
Flash Red every 6 seconds (as before)
Colour:
Red Can (as before)
Description:
Port Hand Buoy (as before)

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

04 Scotland - West Coast - Mull of Kintyre - Re-Establishment of Permanent Light 11 June, 2020

Number 04 of 2020

Re-Establishment of Permanent Light

Scotland, West CoastNorth Channel
Mull of Kintyre(A4272)

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 11 June, 2020

Latitude 55° 18.626’ North
WGS 84 Datum
Longitude 005° 48.208’ West
WGS 84 Datum

With reference to NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 10 OF 2018 (DATED 17 MAY 2018), notice is given that, on or about 9 JULY 2020, the temporary light at this station will be discontinued and a permanent light re-established with the undernoted characteristics:-

Character:
Flashing (2) white every 20 seconds (as before)
Elevation:
91 metres (as before)

Nominal Range:
18 miles

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

03 Scotland and Isle of Man - All Areas - GLAs Public DGPS Transmissions 8 January, 2020

Number 03 of 2020

GLAs Public DGPS Transmissions

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 8 January, 2020

DGPS is provided as a marine aid to navigation, giving all year round service with overlapping signal coverage up to 50 nautical miles around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The signal provides the mariner using a suitable receiver with both real time integrity monitoring of GPS derived positions and the capability of fixing their positions to better than 5 metres (95% probability) in moving applications. Greater accuracy can be achieved in stationary applications.

All mariners are advised:

1. DGPS relies inherently on GPS, the operation and characteristics of which is under the control of the US Department of Defense. Users are cautioned that the signal availability and accuracy may be subject to change without warning.

2. The DGPS service is provided primarily for use in monitoring the integrity of GPS to enhance the safety of marine navigation. The provision of greater accuracy for marine navigation is a secondary feature.

3. Signal reception may become unreliable, under certain extreme environmental conditions, towards the limits of the geographical coverage.

4. All radio navigation systems are susceptible to interference (including jamming) and environmental effects, which can adversely affect their availability. The GLAs strongly advise that no single aid to navigation system should be used in isolation and that DGPS users should use all alternative means available to cross check the information received. Users should also ensure that they have a receiver which gives sufficient warning of the complete loss of the DGPS signal and reversion to GPS.

5. Various DGPS receiver types are available, some of which may not provide appropriate or timely warnings in respect of the system.

6. Reference should also be made to Volume 2 of the Admiralty List of Radio Signals. In particular, mariners’ attention is drawn to the section dealing with horizontal datums on charts and satellite-derived position notes.

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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02 Scotland and Isle of Man - All Areas - Extant Notices to Mariners 8 January, 2020

Number 02 of 2020

Extant Notices to Mariners

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 8 January, 2020

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

10/2018 – Mull of Kintyre – Temporary Light
12/2018 – Stroma (Swilkie Point) – Temporary Light
17/2019 – Butt of Lewis – Temporary Light

M P BULLOCK
Chief Executive

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01 Scotland and Isle of Man - All Areas - Floating Aids to Navigation / Lighthouse Landings 8 January, 2020

Number 01 of 2020

Floating Aids to Navigation / Lighthouse Landings

Scotland and Isle of Man, All Areas

Northern Lighthouse Board
Notice to Mariners, 8 January, 2020

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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