First Steel Cut for new Northern Lighthouse Board Vessel

Sparks flying from steel cutting

The first steel has been cut for the Northern Lighthouse Board’s new state of the art hybrid powered vessel, which is being built by GONDAN Shipyard in Spain.

Phil Day, Director of Operations with the Northern Lighthouse Board said:

“The steel cutting ceremony is an important milestone as it marks the moment when production starts on the build of the new POLE STAR, following an intensive 10-month period of detailed design work.

“Using new technology to minimise the impact on the environment and with additional capability to help deal with the effects of Climate Change, the new ship will ensure we can continue to deliver our vital safety service in Scottish and Manx waters into the 2050s.”

The vessel will enter service in Summer 2025 and will meet the ambitious environmental targets set out in the UK Government Clean Maritime Plan, whilst future proofing the Northern Lighthouse Board’s ability to deliver its vital safety services over the next 25 years.

NLB representatives Director of Operations, Phil Day and Technical Manager, Graham Moffat were present at the event to celebrate this exciting milestone.

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