pks1702 Posted January 13, 2009 Share Posted January 13, 2009 Lighthouse wins reprieve as sat nav for ships not reliable enough A lighthouse has received a reprieve from closure because satellite navigation technology is not â€œreliable enoughâ€ to replace it. Southwold Lighthouse, which has protected seafarers from coming to harm on nearby sandbanks since 1887, was on a list of 11 that authority Trinity House had earmarked for closure by 2010. But it and Lowestoft Lighthouse, further north on the East Anglian coast, have now been spared the prospect of closure. A 2005 Trinity House report suggested 11 of 69 remaining lighthouses in England and Wales could be closed if global positioning system (GPS) technology and radio navigation back-up were good enough. Most sailors now routinely used such navigation aids. But Duncan Glass, Trinity Houseâ€™s director of navigational requirements, has said that the two lighthouses cannot not be replaced by technology - yet. He said: â€œAt the moment, GPS is not considered robust or available enough and, while there is a system we hope will be a radio back-up in the future, that is some years away. And, of course, mariners donâ€™t have to carry anything they donâ€™t want to.â€ He added: â€œHaving tested ourselves on what it takes to replace visual aid navigation with GPS and radio navigation, we are a long, long way from that.â€ Southwold Lighthouse has featured in a range of artistic posters by the Suffolk beer company Adnams, which has just bought out a new beer named after the landmark. It is one emblem of the popular coastal town, where Gordon Brown chose to holiday last summer. Andy Wood, managing director of Adnams, welcomed the reprieve as â€œfantastic newsâ€. He said: â€œThe Adnams brewery was established in 1872 and the lighthouse came along just a few years later, the two buildings are part and parcel of what Southwold is about.â€ Southwold Lighthouse emits a red light visible for 15 nautical miles, that serves as a warning of sandbanks both north and south of the town. Lowestoft lighthouse was established in 1609 but has undergone several rebuilds, most recently in 1874. Its beam range is 23 nautical miles. Trinity House has yet to consult on the future of the other nine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... nough.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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