NLB Vessel PHAROS to hold open days for Isle of Man residents and visitors this month

Heli deck

NLV PHAROS, one of the two Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) ships which service and maintain the lighthouses and other marine Aids to Navigation in Scotland and the Isle of Man will be berthed alongside the Victoria Pier, Douglas Harbour this month (July 2022).

The vessel will be holding open days on Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July from 2pm to 4pm when the public will get a chance to have a tour of the ship and find out about the work of the Northern Lighthouse Board. 

Mike Bullock, NLB’s Chief Executive said: 

“This is a rare opportunity for the public to come onboard and to meet the crew. Visitors will get a real insight into our operations and our vital safety service for mariners in Scottish and Isle of Man waters. We know Pharos is often seen in Manx waters but this is a chance to get onboard our most modern vessel. The open days are a welcome opportunity for NLB to forge links with the local community and showcase what we do.”

Tours are free and will take place on: 

Saturday 23 July, 2pm to 4pm
Sunday 24 July, 2pm to 4pm 

Location: PHAROS will be berthed alongside the Victoria Pier, Douglas Harbour. 

PHAROS’ usual home is Oban, Scotland and the vessel works mainly in Scottish and Isle of Man waters. In addition to the ship’s primary role responding to wrecks and new navigational dangers, this highly sophisticated vessel supports the maintenance and refurbishment of NLB’s 200 plus lighthouses as well as conducting buoy operations.  PHAROS came into service in 2007 and is equipped with a helicopter pad, dynamic positioning, a 30 Tonne crane and a hydrographic survey suite.   






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