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UK Prime Minister Promotes Maritime Careers at LISW Against Backdrop of Scottish Ruling on Parliament Suspension

13th September 2019
UK prime minister Boris Johnson on board NLV Pharos for a 'Maritime Careers' event when moored in the Pool of London as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW19) which concludes this Sunday, 22 September. Note in foreground, one of the slanting funnels of HMS Belfast which is a key visitor attraction on the Thames located downriver of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. UK prime minister Boris Johnson on board NLV Pharos for a 'Maritime Careers' event when moored in the Pool of London as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW19) which concludes this Sunday, 22 September. Note in foreground, one of the slanting funnels of HMS Belfast which is a key visitor attraction on the Thames located downriver of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photo: LISW19-twitter

UK prime minister Boris Johnson visited London International Shipping Week (LISW19) yesterday where he boarded NLV Pharos, a Scottish aids to navigation tender which moored alongside HMS Belfast, writes Jehan Ashmore.

In between promoting maritime careers to an audience of students, professionals and school leavers, the prime minister spoke to the media among them BBC which reported Boris Johnson had denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the advice he gave her over the five-week suspension of the UK Parliament.

The prime minister was speaking after Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday the shutdown was unlawful.

Click here to watch an interview of Boris Johnston onboard NLV Pharos (heli-deck) in the Pool of London. Afloat adds the vessel as a venue was ironic given NLV Pharos operates for Northern Lighthouse Board, which is responsible for the waters off Scotland and the Isle of Man.

The NLB is the Scottish equivalent of Irish Lights and Trinity House as previously reported, is responsible for the waters of England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar. Together the trio form the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA's) in the UK and Ireland.

As Afloat previously reported Princess Anne officially launched the opening of LISW19 on Monday. Earlier this year the Princess Royal, whose role is Master of Trinity House as part of the ongoing 150-year relationship between Irish Lights and the Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland, paid a visit to Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Princess Anne toured the Irish Lights ILV Granuaile (see related London reinactment sailing story) and visited the Baily, Rockabill and Kish Lighthouses. In addition the tour outlined Irish Lights’ work providing vital maritime safety services and modern navigation aids.

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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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