Learn about the ship that maintains the island’s lighthouses

One of the two ships that maintain the Isle of Man lighthouses will hold two open days this month.

NLV Pharos, of the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), serves marine aids to navigation in the island and in Scotland. It will be moored alongside Victoria Pier in Douglas Harbor and the public will have the chance to take a tour of the ship on July 23 and 24 from 2-4 p.m.

Mike Bullock, NLB General Manager, said: “This is a rare opportunity for the public to come on board and meet the crew. Visitors will get a real insight into our operations and vital safety service to seafarers in Scottish and Isle of Man waters.

“We know Pharos is often seen in Manx waters, but this is a chance to board our most modern vessel.”

The NLB also conducted work on the Chicken Rock Lighthouse.

Phil Day, Director of Operations at NLB, said: “The job is to fix the grates to ensure the tower is safe for the NLB team and visiting contractors. We will also carry out surveys for future project work and carry out annual engine maintenance. NLB technicians will be at Chicken Rock until July 19 with our Pharos vessel and helicopter present. We have another trip planned later this month to upgrade the crane/winch, and in August the technicians will be back at Chicken Rock to complete the maintenance work.

“These essential maintenance works mean that this iconic lighthouse will operate reliably and be accessible safely for years to come. Further work at Chicken Rock is planned for 2023/24 or 2024/25 to improve facilities.

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