Trinity House is currently planning to replace the somewhat iconic Channel Lightvessel in the Autumn of this year and will replace it with a buoy.
The Channel Lightvessel will be familiar to recreational boaters and to those who regularly listen to the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4; it marks the western end of the English Channel Traffic Separation Zone, approximately 35 miles NNW of Guernsey. It also provides data used by the Meteorological Office for the daily weather forecast.
The Channel Lightvessel was established as a manned lightvessel in 1979. In June 1989, the last manned lightvessel at the Channel station was towed to Harwich and an automated and unmanned lightvessel left in its place.
A Trinity House Notice to Mariners will be published later this year providing full details of the replacement.
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