Supplying Northern Lighthouse Board

We purchase a diverse range of goods, works and services and advertise our requirements in line with UK Procurement legislation. Please view our Buyer Profile to see all opportunities, our procurement policies, including relevant documents, and our contact details.

We continually update our Buyer profile. Notices published here are also published within the supplement to OJEU (depending upon values), in Contracts Finder, Government Opportunities and Public Contracts Scotland.

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland – Northern Lighthouse Board, Trinity House and Irish Lights – have announced the requirement for an aviation service to support their vital safety service for mariners.

Known as the Tri-GLA Aviation Services Project (ASP), the contract to provide a dedicated aviation service is for a ten-year period from 1 December 2027, with the option to extend for up to a further two years.

An effective aviation service is a vital element of the GLAs’ service to the mariner. For many aids to navigation, due to their location and the nature of the work to be carried out, air travel is the only means of access. Not having an aviation service, even for a short period of time, has the potential to make a serious impact upon the critical statutory services delivered by the GLAs around the UK and Ireland.

Most flights involve carrying both passengers (GLA staff, subcontractors and approved third parties) and cargo to coastal and offshore lighthouses. This may require take off and landing from vessels at sea. Tasks will also include underslung loads that represent between 15% and 32% of the operational flying tasks per year, noting that such tasks will be separate from passenger transfers. Experience is therefore essential in Helicopter External Sling Load Operations (HESLO).

The GLAs are not seeking tenders at this time but will be carrying out Market Engagement to seek supplier views to help inform the procurement process. Any response to this Market Engagement by a supplier does not constitute a formal tender to the ASP procurement process, which the GLAs intend to commence in the Autumn of 2024.

Tri-GLA ASP Market Engagement Event
The GLAs held a virtual market engagement event on 5 April 2024, where they presented an overview of the ASP Procurement and took questions. You can view a recording of the event here

You can also view all the questions and answers from the session  Event Q&A

Any questions on the procurement process should go through Delta eSourcing


Following an open, fair and transparent competitive tender process, NLB announced on 12 December 2022, the Award of a £51.8 million contract to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondán S.A, for the build of a state-of-the-art hybrid powered ship to support its vital safety service to mariners.

Gondán is an established and highly respected family business with a track record of delivering quality vessels.  The tender includes a commitment to place over £2 million of contracts with UK suppliers with a requirement for any contract over £25k to be advertised in the UK. As part of the deal Gondán will also create a special fully funded internship programme for up to 15 UK based students who will benefit from a range of placements at the yard during the vessel’s construction.

Procurement process
Astilleros Gondan, S.A. of Puerto de Figueras Asturias, Spain was awarded the £51.8 million fixed price contract following an open, fair and transparent competitive tender process which followed the Public Procurement regulations consistent with UK obligations under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement.

Technical Specifications
The vessel will have the latest fuel-efficient engines capable of driving the vessel at eco speeds, batteries to allow efficient engine use, overnight stays in harbour and at anchor as well as the ability to operate and recharge in port on shore power. Built with future fuels in mind the vessel has the potential to be upgraded to net zero propulsion when this option becomes readily available.

The new vessel will be in service in Summer 2025. The vessel’s home will be at the Northern Lighthouse Board’s Oban Base on the West Coast of Scotland.