Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Longitude, an LOC Group Company, announce on 22 January that it has been awarded the contract for the Trinity House Vessel Replacement Project Technical Specialist.
This agreement will, it is understood, see Longitude work on the requirements definition and tender specification for the Trinity House new aids to navigation service vessel. Support will then continue through the procurement and build phases of the contract, with the end goal of delivering a vessel to replace THV Patricia commissioned in 1982.
Longitude will provide a conceptual design of the vessel to Trinity House, to facilitate a thorough analysis of the vessel’s requirements, and look into incorporating new technologies, including hybrid systems. Once the design phase is complete, Longitude will work alongside the chosen shipyard to ensure that the design and build phases are successfully executed and that the end product is in accordance with Trinity House requirements.
Jake Anderson, Group Director of Longitude, commented:
‘We are very pleased to be working with Trinity House on this high profile project to deliver a new ship for their fleet. As 90% of the goods consumed in the UK arrive by sea, the need for safe navigation is critical and we will bring together our expertise in the design and operation of offshore ships, with our experience in specification-driven projects to deliver Trinity House with the ship they need to provide this service. The tender process was highly competitive and we are delighted to have been awarded this important contract for LOC Group.’
Dean Goves, Managing Director of Longitude Southampton, commented:
‘The Trinity House vessel replacement project is a perfect fit for the Group, as we can make the most of our cross-discipline team, from the mariners in the LOC Shipping team to the designers and engineers in Longitude. We look forward to ensuring the new ship incorporates the latest technology to maximise safe operations, whilst also minimising its environmental impact.’
To learn more about the LOC Group and Longitude see: www.longitude-engineering.com
And of Trinity House: www.trinityhouse.co.uk
See here the journal FLASH for an introduction to the work of Trinity House Service: https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/about-us/media-centre/flash-journal
Photo: Trinity House / LOC Group / Longitude ©.
Coronavirus: Let’s keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing
Statement on 25 March by UNCTAD Secretary-General, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi
Note: There is a series of related links to be found at the foot of this article*
‘As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the global maritime transport industry is playing a critical role in the response.
‘A call by the industry to all governments to keep maritime trade moving by allowing commercial ships continued access to ports worldwide and by facilitating the rapid changeover of ships’ crews should not go unheeded.
‘Around 80% of global trade is transported by commercial shipping, which moves the world’s food, energy and raw materials, as well as manufactured goods and components, according to UNCTAD statistics.
‘This includes vital medical supplies, which are sorely needed at this time, and items that are necessary for the preservation of many jobs in manufacturing – without which modern society cannot function.
Trinity House has been closely monitoring the developments of the impact of COVID-19 and has followed advice provided by HM Government.
With regard to its function as the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, the Trinity House priority is to keep staff safe while delivering its statutory functions.
The three GLAs of the UK and Ireland* are deemed essential services vital for the safety of marine navigation and the continuous flow of food, fuel, medical and hygiene supplies, along with the many other commodities upon which the nation depends daily.
In accordance with Government advice a significant majority of Trinity House personnel are now working from home where possible, but some staff are required to attend their normal workplace because of the essential nature of their work.