PENARTH PIER’S NAVIGATION “WARNING LIGHTS” ARE ILLEGAL- SAY SAILORS

Neither of the red warning lights at Penarth Pier's seaward end is now working - both of been substituted for illegal white lights.

Neither of the red warning lights at Penarth Pier’s seaward end is now working – both of been substituted with  illegal white lights.

As the long winter nights approach, local boating skippers are scratching their heads about a strange change in the noctural appearance of Penarth Pier .

The seaward ends of all piers and jetties around the coast of Britain are obliged at night to display two red lights – one above another – as a warning to mariners. Normally Penarth Pier complies with this requirement ….but not any more.

What Penarth Pier looks like when its compulsory red navigation lights are working

What Penarth Pier normally looks like when its compulsory red navigation lights are working

Both the navigation lights - one above the other - at the end of the pier h are meant to be red. They're now both white.

What Penarth Pier looked like last night. Both the navigation lights – one above the other – at the end of the pier are both supposed to be red. They’re now both white and give the wrong information to mariners .

Penarth’s “navigation” lights  however- which are the responsibility of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council – seem to have been recently switched from red to white – thus placing them in breach of the regulations, and rendering the lights useless as a warning to mariners.

Normally when navigation lights,  buoys and markers are changed – even temporarily  – it is a legal requirement that an official Admiralty “Notice to Mariners” is issued. This is done whenever so-called “leading lights” or lights on buoys are changed, or become unserviceable.

A close encounter with the cargo-ship Port Royal in 1947 nearly put paid to the Pier and the Pavilion

The cargo-ship Port Royal nearly put paid to the Pier and the Pavilion in 1947.

It’s by no means unknown for  boats  – and sometimes ships –  to collide with Penarth Pier .

Neither the Vale of Glamorgan Council nor the Cardiff Harbour Authority have issued any official Notice to Mariners about the change in colour of the Penarth Pier Lights  – leaving both bodies potentially liable to massive claims for damages in the event of a night-time collision .

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to PENARTH PIER’S NAVIGATION “WARNING LIGHTS” ARE ILLEGAL- SAY SAILORS

  1. Frank Evans says:

    Maybe they don’t want the end of the pier to become a red light district, as that’s why we have barry island.

  2. Mgg says:

    Of course they are white we cant have coloured lights on the esplanade any more

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    Always interesting to read about maritime developments. Noticed yesterday in the Marina a larger than usual ship called ‘Smit Towy’ which on line is described as a ‘research ship’-it still seems to be sailing around today.

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