Trinity House has the responsibility of delivering marine Aids to Navigation around the coast of England, Wales, The Channel Islands & Gibraltar.
As an Island Nation it is easy to forget the importance of shipping and our reliance on it for trade and supply of goods, Trinity House is well aware of this and with 66 Lighthouses, Beacons and some 450 Navigation buoys to look after to strives to provide the mariner with safe passage in our waters.
With the fast changing technical landscape, Trinity House embraces new technologies to ensure that the demanding Aid to Navigation availability targets are met whilst reducing costs and maintaining reliability. The areas of activity range from considering Ancient Monument protection to satellite transmissions and differential GPS corrections, LED light sources, solar energy & remote monitoring.
Trinity House has many facets, it is a Charity, based in Trinity House, London and as well as its Aid to Navigation work delivers significant training to young Engineering and Deck cadets, looks after ageing seafarers and supports a range of other charities engaged in seafarer welfare. Trinity House also licences Deep Sea Pilots for North European waters.
First recorded by Royal Charter in 1514 by King Henry V111 Trinity House is over 500 years old and pre dates many historic institutions whilst being a world class Aid to Navigation provider.
This lecture will look at the works and functions of Trinity House and some of the technologies it uses to deliver Aids to Navigation.
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