Northern Lighthouse Board COVID-19 Update

Pharos and buoy

In line with the direction from the UK Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister we have closed 84 George Street and our Oban Base until further notice. Both will remain accessible for essential operational requirements and Oban will be ready to support visiting vessels including our own and Government vessels. Although the physical infrastructure is closed, business very much continues with the vast majority of staff working from home and they can still be reached via email and phone.

We have reduced operations to focus on essential Aid to Navigation maintenance and outages (breakdowns) and will deploy technicians to deal with this as necessary. Our vessels remain deployed around the coast to carry out buoy work and respond to wrecks and new navigational dangers. As this update is published, PHAROS continues to  stand by in support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency following an incident involving MV KAAMI. The vessel grounded and was abandoned in the Minch to the north of Skye in the early hours of 23 March. Thankfully the crew were uninjured and were successfully rescued by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter while Portree lifeboat, a coastguard tug and PHAROS attended the incident.

In accordance with the direction from the First Minister on the closure of construction sites and following consultation with our contractors we have suspended all work on lighthouse refurbishment projects. We have also closed lighthouses that are normally open to the public.

We are currently working with other Scottish maritime organisations to provide mutual support and to identify where additional assistance may be required to support the Scottish and UK Governments’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please be assured that throughout this difficult time, our priority remains to protect lives, property and the environment in the waters surrounding Scotland and the Isle of Man and to protect our own staff who will continue to carry out essential tasks to ensure the safety of the mariner.

Stay safe and well.

In Salutem Omnium
For the Safety of All

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Fiona Holmes
Communications Officer
T: 0131 473 3100
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