NLV Pole Star

Pole Star

NLV Pole Star is the fourth Northern Lighthouse Board tender to have this name.

The vessel is based at the NLB Oban Depot, working alongside NLV Pharos, which joined the fleet in 2007.

Both Pole Star and Pharos carry out operational work on buoys and deliver stores and supplies to lighthouses. They are also used for the inspection of navigation aids. Like Pharos, she also has dynamic positioning, which allows her to maintain her position accurately.

Pharos and Pole Star
NLV Pharos and NLV Pole Star near Oban
Photo: Patrick Tubby

The current Pole Star was built in 2000 by Ferguson shipbuilders on the River Clyde. She replaced the previous lighthouse tender NLV Fingal, and in recognition, Pole Star has a workboat named Fingal

The Northern Lighthouse Board are currently commissioning a new vessel which will become the fifth Pole Star.

This NLB video shows buoy maintenance work being carried out aboard Pole Star.

To find out Pole Star’s current position, the Marine Traffic app is a useful tool.

NLV Pole Star

  • Length overall: 51.52 metres
  • Beam: 12 metres
  • Draught: 3.2 metres
  • Speed: 12 knots