Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic


Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic, English Channel (geograph 5684240).jpg
Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic and Seven Sisters Cliffs
Trinity House Ensign.svgUnited Kingdom
Namesake: Greenwich Meridian
Operator: Trinity House
Builder: Philip & Son, Dartmouth
In service: 1947
Identification:MMSI number: 992351032
Status: Active as of 2020
General characteristics
Type: Lightvessel
Tonnage: 267 tonnes
Length: 40 m (130 ft)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft)
Draught: 4.5 m (15 ft)
Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic is located in Southern England
Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic
Greenwich Light Vessel
Coordinates50°24.538′N 0°0.095′W / 50.408967°N 0.001583°W / 50.408967; -0.001583Coordinates: 50°24.538′N 0°0.095′W / 50.408967°N 0.001583°W / 50.408967; -0.001583
Tower height12 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height12 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Range15 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl W 5s Edit this on Wikidata
Managing agentTrinity House

Greenwich Light Vessel Automatic is a lightvessel in the English Channel, off the coast of East Sussex. It is operated by Trinity House.[1] It was one of the 22 coastal weather stations whose conditions were reported in the BBC Shipping Forecast but was dropped from broadcasts some time during 2019. The name of the vessel derives from the fact that is located close to the Greenwich (or Prime) Meridian.

The vessel currently on this station is the solar powered Trinity House Lightvessel No. 5, built in 1946 and in active service at various stations around the British coast since 1947.[2]


  1. ^ "Greenwich Lightvessel". Trinity House. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Trinity House Lightvessel No. 5". 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  • "Notice to mariners". Trinity House. 9 October 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.