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General Lighthouse Authorities Research and Development Team Changes Name

14th November 2018
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Commissioners of (Irish Lights) aids to navigation tender, ILV Granuaile at anchor in the vessel's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender's aft-deck is equipped with a Liebherr 20 tonne (SWL) safe working load crane Commissioners of (Irish Lights) aids to navigation tender, ILV Granuaile at anchor in the vessel's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender's aft-deck is equipped with a Liebherr 20 tonne (SWL) safe working load crane Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#Lighthouses - The Research and Radionavigation team (R&RNAV) that supports the three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland - Irish Lights, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House will now be known as GLA Research and Development (GRAD).

GRAD will continue with its work to undertake research and development of physical and radio marine aids to navigation, support systems and their integration to support the GLAs’ mission to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

In recent years, the team’s successes have included a number of world firsts in the fields of Radionavigation and visual signalling; GRAD and its staff are recognised the world over for their knowledge and achievements in the provision and future provision of marine aids to navigation.

The big impact made by this small team not only reflects well on GRAD but on all the GLAs and the UK and Ireland. GRAD will continue to support the GLAs’ objectives, strategies and plans while supporting operational requirements over the coming years.

More information about the work of GRAD can be found at www.gla-rad.org

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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