Trinity House Vessel Replacement Project update

An update on the process to replace Trinity House’s multifunction vessel THV Patricia

Trinity House will not award a contract for the replacement of THV Patricia under the current procurement process and intends to commence a new procurement process in due course.

The decision was made following a procurement process which was conducted in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The process resulted in no bids that fully met Trinity House’s requirements, and therefore no award will be made.

Delivery of its statutory obligations to provide aids to navigation for the safety of navigation within its areas of responsibility remains a high priority for Trinity House.

THV Patricia completed dry-docking this year, has been fully recertified to UK Flag State requirements, and can for the time being continue to operate safely with our experienced crews.

The requirement for Trinity House to replace the multi-function tender THV Patricia (built in 1982) was agreed by the Maritime Minister following the conclusion of a thorough Fleet Review in 2018 that a layered fleet of seven ships provides the most pragmatic solution to meet the three General Lighthouse Authorities’ statutory obligations.


Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

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Neil Jones, Public Relations and Records Manager