The UK's ports are vital gateways for trade and travel. Over 388 million tonnes of international freight and 177 million tonnes of domestic freight moved through UK ports in 1999. Thirty-two million international passengers use UK ports each year. Another 38 million use them for domestic journeys, including river crossings. Our national economy needs a thriving ports industry.

The General Lighthouse Fund Reports and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2010

Section 195 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and Section 634 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 in respect of the Republic of Ireland, state that: Responsibility for the provision and management of lighthouses, buoys and beacons on the coasts and seas around the British Isles is vested in three GLAs

23 February 2011

Report on the State of the Navigation of the River Mersey (2009) to the Secretary of State for Transport

The role and purpose of the Mersey Conservancy as an independent statutory authority on the tidal River Mersey has been clearly verified by the wide range of and enquiries that have been received throughout 2009.

23 February 2011

Assessment of the Provision of Marine Aids to Navigation around the United Kingdom and Ireland

The overall aim of this Assessment is to ensure that the GLAs continue to be European and World Leaders in delivering a reliable, efficient and cost effective AtoN service for the benefit and safety of all mariners in the medium- to longer-term with the economic and international prestige that this provides.

16 March 2010

Explanatory memorandum to the merchant shipping (light dues) (amendment) regulations 2009 (84 kb)

These regulations make the following increases in the amount of light dues leviable by a general lighthouse authority in respect of aids to navigation under their management.

16 July 2009

Raven Trading Limited (2 Mb)

The Department for Transport commissioned Raven Trading to carry out a forecast of future revenue up to the year 2020. The GLA is the body that oversees the operation of lighthouses around the coasts of the British Isles.

10 June 2009

Raven Trading Limited: The Impact of Light Dues Increases (350 kb)

The Department for Transport, on behalf of the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA), commissioned Raven Trading to review the impact of light dues increases with a view to assessing the accuracy of press articles as well as to establish the proportion of the light dues of the whole cost of UK port attendance by vessels of different size. The purpose of this assessment is to determine whether higher light dues will affect shipping patterns and potentially divert ship calls away from UK ports.

10 June 2009

Decision letters

Decision letters on harbour and container terminal proposals.

Inspectors' reports

Inspector's reports on proposed port projects.

Modern ports

Various documents on Government plans and objectives for UK ports.

Ports policy review

Review of Ports Policy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the ports policy review interim report, update of port demand forecasts and transhipment studies and UK port demand forecast updates - terms of reference.

Port Marine Safety Code (162 kb)

The Port Marine Safety Code (the Code) applies to all harbour authorities in the UK that have statutory powers and duties. It has been developed with help from a wide range of interested parties in the ports and shipping industries.

02 September 2009

Guide to good practice on port marine operations (1 Mb)

This document is intended to supplement the Port Marine Safety Code. It contains useful information and more detailed guidance on a number of issues relevant to harbour authorities. It is designed to provide general guidance and examples of how a harbour authority could meet its commitments in terms of compliance with the Code. This Guide should not be viewed as the only means of complying with the Code and for some harbour authorities, it may not be the best means of achieveing compliance.

02 September 2009

Modernising trust ports

Guide providing national standards of good practice for all trust ports in the UK, and guidance concerning the procedure for the sale of trust ports.

Port environmental information

A series of reports, organised by theme, by members of the port environmental information working group.

Review of funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights Evidence Report

To gather evidence to inform the review of the 1985 Agreement on the funding of the provision of aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland and to develop proposals on future funding arrangements.

03 March 2008

General Lighthouse Fund Report and Accounts

The General Lighthouse Fund report and accounts consolidate the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights.

Harbour Orders

This table shows progress of the harbour revision orders.

07 January 2008
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20 April 2011

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