A presentation on the evolution of the work of Trinity House as a maritime charity and as the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, The Channel Islands and Gibraltar.
The origins of Trinity House go back over 500 years and roles and responsibilities have constantly evolved over that time, as has the technology used to deliver this essential safety service. Developments in light, solar and battery technologies in particular have been instrumental in delivering improved performance and organisational efficiency, but the service does not stop at buoys and lighthouses. Communications for remote monitoring, the use of RACONs and AIS, along with the hydrographic survey capabilities of the vessels to locate wrecks and new dangers, and the operation of the Differential GPS system all fall within the remit of the Lighthouse Authority, with the aim to facilitate the safe transit of shipping to our ports and through our waters as required under International Convention.
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