NLV Pharos

NLV Pharos

NLV Pharos is the tenth lighthouse tender with the same name to work for the Northern Lighthouse Board.   She is based at the NLB Oban Lighthouse Depot.

The multi-function tender carries out maintenance work on buoys and delivers lighthouse stores and supplies.  She is also used to inspect aids to navigation on oil and gas rigs in Scottish and Manx waters.

NLV Pharos is capable of carrying out helicopter operations and has a helideck on her forward deck.  The vessel is equipped with dynamic positioning meaning she can keep an accurate position, and she has 30-tonne crane on her aft deck. She is capable of carrying out hydrographic surveys and wreck finding and can also be contracted for other commercial work.  

Pharos at Oban Depot
NLV Pharos at Oban Depot

Between NLV Pharos and NLV Pole Star, there are 57 crew members, four Engineers and four Masters who work on a shift pattern.

The current NLV Pharos was built, along with her sister ship THV Galatea in 2006 in Gdansk, Poland.  THV Galatea was built for Trinity House Lighthouse Service.  She came into service on 9th May 2007.

The first Pharos was a wooden sloop that operated from 1799 to 1810.  The name Pharos comes from the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  The Northern Lighthouse Board traditionally re-use the names of their vessels. Former lighthouse tender Fingal is now a luxury floating hotel in Edinburgh. 

One of the best ways to find out where NLV Pharos is operating is by using the Marine Traffic app.

NLV Pharos

  • Length overall: 84.25 metres
  • Beam: 16.5 metres
  • Draught: 4.25 metres
  • Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Capacity: 30 cabins