THV Galatea arrives in home port of Harwich23 July 2007: Crowds lined the waterfront at Harwich as Patricia led Trinity House's new vessel Galatea in to her home port of Harwich for the first time. As is traditional, two tugs spraying water flanked the new arrival.
Trinity House’s new vessel, THV Galatea, arrived in her home port of Harwich for the first time today (23 July). She docked alongside Trinity Pier just after 0930 after completing the voyage from Poland.
THV Galatea is flanked by spraying tugs, a traditional greeting for new vessels
The Galatea is a Multi-Function Tender (MFT) ordered to complement and enhance the work of Trinity House in providing aids to navigation for the safe passage of mariners around the coasts of England, Wales and the Channel Islands. She will be required to undertake maintenance work, buoy deployment, wreck location marking, towing amongst other projects.
The Galatea is a replacement for THV Mermaid which will be sold out-of-service once Galatea has successfully completed an initial period of trials and crew training.
On board to welcome the Galatea home was the ship’s Godmother, Mrs Jane de Halpert, wife of Trinity House’s Executive Chairman Jeremy de Halpert, who launched the vessel at the Stocznia Remontowa SA shipbuilders yard in Gdansk, Poland, last July (2006).
‘The arrival of our new vessel has been much anticipated by all within Trinity House and as the hour of her arrival nears our excitement increases,’ said Jeremy de Halpert. ‘Her sister ship, the Pharos in use by the Northern Lighthouse Board, has proved every bit as excellent as hoped, and we look forward to putting the Galatea through her paces in the fulfilment of our vital work.
‘Her arrival completes the delivery of a £38m investment by the General Lighthouse Authorities in three vessels, the first of which was our vessel the Alert, which has proved top class since her arrival in April 2006. All of the vessels are built to the high technical standards we demand in order to complete our exacting operations around the British coastline.’
The Galatea will be formally named, with the traditional bottle smashing ceremony, towards the end of the year.
Notes to EditorsTHV Galatea
She has an overall length of 84.20 metres and breadth of 16.50 metres. The level of sophistication in her equipment is second to none and boasts dynamic positioning, a large aft working deck area, integrated bridge management system and forward helicopter flight deck. She is also able to carry out additional tasks such as hydrographic surveying and wreck finding and contract commercial work.
Shipyard: Stocznia Remontowa SA, Gdansk, Poland
Date Vessel launched: 26 July 2006
Port of registry: London
Length overall: 84.20m
Length between perpendiculars: 75.00m
Length loaded water line: 79.20m
Breadth moulded: 16.50m
Depth moulded to main deck: 7.20m
Design draught moulded: 4.25m
Scantling draught moulded: 4.50m
Air draught: 30.00m
Gross tonnage: 3569 tonnes
Two azimuth propellors
Two bow thrusters
Trial speed: 13.50 knots
Service speed: 12.50 knots
Crane capacity: 30 tonnes