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lastsixmonthsTHEAtoNREVIEW2010TheGeneralLighthouseAuthoritieshavenowcompletedtheirlatestfiveyearlycomprehensivereviewofaidstonavigationrequirementsforthewatersaroundtheUnitedKingdomandIreland.Indeterminingtheongoingrequire-mentsmoderntechnologyhasallowedtheGLAstomakefulluseofdataonvesseltrafficanalysisprovidedthroughtheAutomatedIdentificationSystemsAIS.ThisdatatogetherwiththeuseofGeographicInformationSystemGISoverlaysincludingtheconsiderationofleisureroutesandaprofessionalassessmentofneworchangingoffshoredevelopmentshasfacilitatedtheformulationofdecisionsthatwillensurethesafetyofnavigationforthecomingyears.InthereviewthefollowingprincipleshavebeenappliedtoensureaconsistentapplicationaroundthecoastGenerallyThelightssystemcanbeconsideredacomplementarybutsecondarysystemtoGlobalNavigationSatelliteSystemsGNSSsuchasGPSHavingonelightinviewisacceptableAmaximumrangeof18milesisconsideredsufficientformostlightsRotatingopticsarenolongerarequirementIfpracticaltherecanbeareductioninamountanddiversityofflashcharactersonlighthouselightsFogsignalsarenolongerconsideredtobeaidstonavigationandwillonlybeusedashazardwarningsignalsMajorfloatingaidstonavigationincludinglightvesselscanhavethesamelightcharacterifnotincloseproximityThedecisionsweremadefollowingawidescaleconsultationexercisewithusersandrepresentativeorganisationsacrossthewholespectrumofusersfromleisuresailorstolargecommercialoperators.TRINITYTIDEOn26thMaytheAnnualMeetingoftheCourtwasheld.HRHThePrincePhilipDukeofEdinburghwasre-electedMasterfortheensuingyear.Rear-AdmiralSirJeremydeHalpertwasre-electedDeputyMasterandCaptainDuncanGlassandCaptainNigelPrykewerere-electedRentalWardenandNetherWardenrespectively.AtStOlavex19sChurchthepreacherwastheRtReverendGraemeKnowlesRNRDeanofStPaulx19s.Seealsopage23.InTrinityHousetheactualchangeswillbeDiscontinuanceofOrfordnessandBlacknoreLighthousesAreductioninnominalrangeof15mainlightsandfoursectorlightsDiscontinuanceofninebuoysoneradarbeaconraconandfivefogsignalsSynchronisationoftwolightsOnelighthouseMaryportonelightfloatBarandfourbuoyswillbetransferredtolocallighthouseauthorityresponsibilityastheyareconsideredtobeforlocalnavigationonlyratherthangeneralnavigation.ConsiderationastohowandwhenthechangeswillbeimplementedisnowbeingundertakenintheOperationsDirectorate.Thechangesarelikelytobeprogrammedinoverthecomingyearsasandwhencostingsdictateandresourceallocationallows.BlacknorePointLighthousewasbuiltin1894andconvertedtoautomaticelectricoperationin1941toassistshippingmovingintoandouttothedocksatAvonmouthontheriverSevern.OrdfordnessLighthousedesignedbythearchitectWilliamWilkinsthesonofaNorwichplastererandstuccoworkerwasbuiltforLordBraybrookeofAudleyEndisover200yearsoldandhassurvivedraidsbyprivateersstormsmachine-gunfireandflying-bombs.summer2010horizonPAGE3PHOTOGRAPHICCOMPETITIONWINNERSHONOUREDWinnersofthe2011LighthouseCalendarPhotographicCompetitionwereguestsatapresentationatTowerHillon3rdJune.ThetelevisionhistorianDanSnowpicturedrightwithSirJeremydeHalpertattendedthepresentationinhisroleasHeadJudgeandthewinnerswerepresentedwithaframedprintoftheirentry.CommentingonthestandardoftheentriesDansaidx1cIhavebeenanadmireroflighthousesforsometime.WhilstmycareerhasleanttowardsmilitaryhistoryIhavealwayshadafascinationwithlighthousesandfondlyremembertryingtoavoidcrashingintothemwhilstsailingwithmyDadasachildThestandardofentriesmeantthatIcouldhavechosenmanywinners-itwasatoughdecisionx1dIntheendDanchoseashotofGodrevyLighthouseastheoverallwinningimage.ThewinningphotographerwillnowbenefitfromashortstayinoneofthelighthouseholidaycottagesruninconjunctionwithRuralRetreatslocatedaroundthecountry.The2012competitionisnowunderway.EntrantscanfindrulesandanentryformbyvisitingtheTrinityHousewebsitewww.trinityhouse.co.ukThecalendarwhichwillbeproducedasaresultofthisyearx19scompetitionwillbeavailablelaterintheyear.