Famous lightvessel to be replace by special buoy

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A veteran will make way for new technology, as Trinity House is to replace the bright red Channel Lightvessel which has indicated the start of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the English Channel since 1979. She will be replaced in August by one of the largest Safe Water Mark buoys, specially adapted for the situation. The 9NM Navigational light will come from an LED source that only requires nine watts of power and lasts ten years. The buoy has also has been adapted to continue the flow of meteorological information. Trinity House made the decision to change to a buoy after assessing thatthe vessel marks only the start and finish of the TSS and not any physical hazards to navigation, and could be removed now that traffic patterns in the area are well established. The Vessel took up its position following the grounding of the tanker AMOCO CADIZ in 1978 and the disastrous oil spill that followed, leading the International Maritime Organisation to set up the Off Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme. Trinity House is responsible for all lights and markers around Britain, and the picture shows the crew of their ship PATRICIA, performing maintenance on the Lightvessel. Photo’s : Raymond Wergan, Newton Ferrers.(c)

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