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