Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Annex 1

THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE

  Trinity House Lighthouse Services (THLS):

    —  provides, maintains and inspects;

    —  72 lighthouses;

    —  11 light vessels;

    —  two light floats;

    —  18 beacons;

    —  429 buoys;

    —  six DGPS stations;

    —  45 radar beacons;

  together with two lighthouses abroad:

    —  constantly reviews the overall mix of aids to navigation to match the changing requirements of all classes of mariner;

    —  undertakes hydrographic surveys to provide information on changing conditions to aid decision making;

    —  inspects all Trinity House major aids to navigation every year:

    —  inspects around 9,000 local aids to navigation every year;

    —  gives consent or advises on the marketing requirements in local lighthouse authority areas and on offshore installations;

    —  maintains a control centre 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide constant monitoring and control of its aids to navigation and a contact point for immediate response when new dangers to navigation such as wrecks arise;

    —  employs 451 staff;

    —  works from five strategically located depots with a small headquarters in London;

    —  operates two lighthouse tenders and three offshore launches and contracts the services of one helicopter.


 
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