New Trinity House ship to improve safety

'THV Patricia' The new vessel will replace 'THV Patricia' (pictured). Image: Trinity House
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A new ship for the General Lighthouse Authority Trinity House will provide critical navigation aids for ships to operate safely in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

The £40m investment by the UK Government’s Department for Transport will see a new ship built to replace the ageing THV Patricia – which has been in service since 1982. The new vessel will harness technological and environmental innovations to ensure the safe passage of ships, safeguarding future maritime trade and bolstering the UK’s maritime capability.

“This new ship will support the General Lighthouse Authority to help future-proof their fleet and continue to support maritime safety and trade for generations to come,” said Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani.


An invitation to tender has now been launched for the shipbuilding industry to further develop plans for the new vessel, yet to be named, which will join Trinity’s existing fleet.

“While we must ensure that value for money is central to the design, we will also be looking for new, tested and robust technologies in the vessel design; these technologies will need to offer high performance and resilience and also reduce our environmental impact,” added Captain Ian McNaught, Trinity House executive chairman.

The General Lighthouse Authority is responsible for providing more than 600 aids to navigation around UK waters, including ships, lighthouses and buoys and helping thousands of mariners every year.

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