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Bulletin Vol 9 No. 5 September/October 2006


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New lighthouse at Clerke Island, Queensland


Clerke Island Lighthouse, QLD
Photo: AMSA

This new light tower at Clerke Island, off Cape York near Lockhart River in Queensland, is a recent addition to AMSA's national network of integrated aids to navigation that meet the needs of commercial shipping for safe and efficient coastal navigation. 

The light was built in June 2006 and is a five-tier, hexagon structure made of fibreglass, with category five cyclone rating. Next to the light is the raised helicopter land pad, which was built on the ferro-concrete pillars that used to be the base of the first lighthouse built on the island in the early 1900s. 

The new light replaced a galvanised steel latticework tower originally installed in 1990.

The fibreglass tower is expected to have a greater resilience to the elements leading to savings in maintenance and better reliability. It illustrates AMSA's adoption of the latest advances in aids to navigation technology and hardware.

Source: AMSA Calender 2007, Australian Govt; Australian Maritime Safety Authority


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