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 ©.
One of Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani’s last duties before leaving office on 13 February was to make a written statement on Light Dues, the means of financing the marine aids to navigation services of the United Kingdom.
In the document she said: ‘A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading maritime centre.
‘The work of the General Lighthouse Authorities2, which provide and maintain marine aids to navigation and respond to new wrecks and navigation dangers in some of the busiest waters in the world, is crucial to underpinning that vision whilst maintaining our vigorous safety record and continuously improving standards of safety.
‘Reductions in the three General Lighthouse Authorities’ running costs have enabled the UK to reduce light dues on four occasions since 2014. For 2020 to 2021 I intend to freeze light dues rates at 37½ pence per net registered tonne. This will mean that light dues will have fallen by 30% in real terms since 2010.
‘Light dues rates will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the General Lighthouse Authorities are challenged to provide an effective and efficient service which offers value for money to light dues payers.’
New hubs of business and enterprise will be opened across the UK creating thousands of jobs, regenerating communities and turbocharging Britain’s post-Brexit growth, the Government announced on 10 February.
Up to ten new innovative Freeports will be opened across the UK as the Government seeks to level up the country and seize on the opportunities leaving the EU has presented. This was the style of a news item delivered on behalf of HM Treasury.
A consultation has been launched setting out the Government’s vision for Freeports, with the aim of announcing the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021.
It is understood that once the ten-week consultation is completed, the Government will invite sea, air and rail ports to bid for Freeport status on a competitive basis.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, said: ‘Freeports will unleash the potential in our proud historic ports, boosting and regenerating communities across the UK as we level up. They will attract new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country.
‘This is all part of our mission as an open, outward-looking country, championing global free trade with vibrant Freeports that work for all of the UK.’