2019-04 Navigation Review

2019-04 Navigation Review

Notices to Mariners

2019-04 General Lighthouse Authorities 2020 Aids to Navigation Review

04 - 2019

Issue Date: Monday 31 December 2018

Aid: All Aids


The General Lighthouse Authorities[1] (GLA) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland during 2019. The Review will be published in 2020 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following five year period.
The GLA provide a comprehensive network of Aids to Navigation for General Navigation and are responsible for the Superintendence and Management of Local Aids to Navigation provided by Local Lighthouse Authorities[2] (LLA).
The SOLAS Convention requires the provision of “such Aids to Navigation as the volume of traffic justifies and the degree of risk requires”. The 2020 review will consider all AtoN on the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain both individually and as AtoN systems.
The GLA consider good quality user input to be an essential component of this review.
Marine users of Aids to Navigation are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on:
- The usefulness and usability of existing Aids to Navigation provided by the GLAs
- Any proposed requirement for the provision of new Aids to Navigation
- The mix of Aids to Navigation provided including lighthouses, buoys, beacons, Racons, AIS AtoN and Differential GPS
- The benefit to users of providing additional data from AtoN such as meteorological data
- The effectiveness of systems used to promulgate information relating to Aids to Navigation
- Any other Aids to Navigation related issues
Comments regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around Ireland should be addressed to operations@irishlights.ie

1. The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) consist of Trinity House (England & Wales), Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Ireland).
2. Local Lighthouse Authorities (LLA) consist of ports, local authorities and state agencies but can also include larger marinas and offshore developers who provide Aids to Navigation and have local area responsibilities.

By Order, Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive