Our Locations and Ships

Our headquarters are in Edinburgh and it’s from here that we remotely monitor our network of lighthouses and aids to navigation. Around 80 staff are based at HQ. Technical operations are carried out at our Oban base where there are maintenance workshops and facilities for the construction of buoys and beacons. Our ships, NLV PHAROS and NLV POLE STAR are based in Oban. We also have Technicians based in Inverness, Shetland and Orkney.

Exterior of 84 George Street with flags

84 George Street
Tel: +44(0) 131 473 3100
Email: enquiries@nlb.org.uk

Oban base taken from above

NLB Oban
Gallanach Road
PA34 4LS
Tel: +44(0) 1631 562146
Email: enquiries@nlb.org.uk

Our ships carry out buoy work, deliver stores and supplies to lighthouses and inspect navigation aids on oil and gas rigs in the Scottish sector. PHAROS is also able to carry out helicopter operations, hydrographic surveying and wreck finding and other commercial work under contract. Between the two ships, there are 57 crew members, four Engineers and four Masters who work on a rotating shift pattern.


Pole Star ship






Pharos with helicopter

Heli deck