Hydrosphere wins order to supply 32 lights to Belfast Harbour
Mon, 07 September 2015
Aids to Navigation specialist Hydrosphere, has won an open tender to supply 32 self-contained lights to Belfast Harbour.
The order is for a mix of Vega lights that will be supplied on a rolling basis with completion set for October. This continues the successful relationship between the two organisations with several lights supplied by Hydrosphere to Northern Ireland’s principle maritime gateway in the past.
“Belfast Harbour sees more than 4,000 large vessels movements each year and needed reliable navigation lights to ensure optimum safety,” explained Jeff Gibson, Hydrosphere director. “The harbour is upgrading and replacing all of its old solar powered navigation lights with self-contained units, most of which will have GPS synchronisation.”
And he explained the advantage of this is that it makes the pattern of the lights more obvious to the user, particularly at night when there may be confusing background lights.
“The GPS synchronisation presents the independently flashing lights in unison,” explained Mr Gibson. “Belfast has a long, straight channel, so this reinforces the flashing sequence making the entrance clearer and safer to navigate.”
The order consists of VLB2s designed to provide 2NM performance, VLB67s set to provide 3NM performance and a VLB36 set to provide 5NM performance. All the beacons are LED and available in five colours, red, green, white, yellow and blue with around 250 standard flash characters and one customisable flash character setting.
All the colours meet the IALA chromaticity requirements. Energy efficiency optics reduces the solar panel and battery requirements in the overall design. “I’m delighted to have won the tender process to supply the new lights and look forward to working with Belfast Harbour again,” added Mr Gibson.