New Zealand: Kaikoura earthquake: All lighthouses and maritime radio functioning well
Friday, 18 November 2016
Maritime NZ has confirmed that all six lighthouses and the maritime radio network on the earthquake affected areas of the North and South Island coasts are functioning normally.
Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch, said the lighthouses are monitored remotely, and all continued to work during the earthquake on Monday morning (November 14) and through all the aftershocks. Four lost mains power but automatically switched to batteries. All are back on mains power.
Maritime NZ also provides a 24/7 maritime radio service, including continuous monitoring of the marine distress channel 16. The network continued to function throughout the earthquakes and the following storm that hit the centre of the country.
Most lighthouses have now been visited by staff and all will have been by early next week.
“It has been fantastic to see messages of thanks from seafarers and recreational boaties who have seen the lights continuing to shine,” Mr Manch said.
One sailing club posted about Cape Campbell lighthouse at Seddon: “We have watched this lighthouse for hours and hours guiding us through the night. So pleased it is ok.”
Mr Manch said lighthouses are still a key part of international maritime safety networks but that is not all they are.
“They are a striking part of our country’s rich, maritime history. People love them, not just because they are aids to navigation, but also as a link to the past, and a strong symbol of safety at night and times of danger.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 November 2016 )