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Mumbles Lighthouse modernisation completed

Mumbles Lighthouse, South Wales
A generator being winched from the Trinity House vessel Galatea
The LED light source

Trinity House has completed the modernisation of Mumbles Lighthouse in South Wales, upgrading the site’s aids to navigation and control systems to provide simplified maintenance and reliable performance that will extend the life of the station for a further 20 years. This upgrade included refurbishing the solar and power system that supports the new main and standby 15 nautical mile LED lights: two equal range lights which maintain the safety service to the mariner in the event of a failure.

Mumbles is an island several hundred metres off-shore with one of the UK’s largest tidal ranges, with no proper boat landing and a rocky foreshore. Two days of busy helicopter operations delivered numerous loads of equipment and materials, including five cabins, 6,000 litres of fuel and 12,000 litres of water which enabled the site to be established and facilities to be built allowing staff to stay on station, which enabled the welfare and navigational upgrade phases to commence.