King's Lynn Conservancy Board - Port and Pilotage Authority

King's Lynn Conservancy Board

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The Board employs fourteen staff providing a 365 day a year service, covering all functions from pilotage, port information service, port operations, pilot cutter, tug and buoy maintenance crews and administration. The Board operate two fast pilot cutters "St. Ann" & "United" to transfer the pilots to and from the ships in the Wash. The Tug "Conservator" is used to assist the larger vessels dock and undock safely and also provides emergency towage cover in the port approaches. The buoy vessel "St. Edmund" is used to maintain and move the navigation marks in the constantly changing approach channel. The Board own and maintain over 40 buoys and 12 beacons, which are deployed in the approach channel and the Wash. The Lightbuoys and Beacons are solar powered and the Buoys are changed and refurbished after 3 years on station. Almost the entire approach was changed in 2015, from the "Bulldog Channel" to the "Daseley's Sled". Because of the constant changes, the Channel and Harbour are frequently surveyed using the "Ardenfast" and pilot boats. In 2019 the "St. Edmund" carried out 20 buoy moves and changes to navigational aids, as a result of the changes to the approach channel.


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UKD Sealion working in the river for KLCB.

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KLCB Pilot boat

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KLCB Conservator

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The new tug "Conservator" being delivered to King's Lynn in 27th July 2003.

27th July 2003 - Today saw the arrival of the new KLCB Tug "Conservator". The following shows a small selection of photographs of the Tug arriving from Hook of Holland via Lowestoft on today's PM tide. The tug was dressed overall with flags for arrival. Several board members were on board as she arrived. The new tug has cost around £458,000.

The Stan Tug 1605 was built in Holland by Damen Shipyards it has a tested pulling power of 14.2 tonnes. Speed 10.2 knots. It's powered by 2 x Caterpillar TA/C resilient mounted engines. Total power 806 bkW (1080 bhp) at 2100 rpm. 2 x Reintjes WAF 164 / 5.619:1 gearboxes. Steering gear: Powered hydraulic 2 x 45deg, rudder indicator.

Accommodation: is completely insulated and finished with durable modern linings, acoustical Dampa ceiling in the wheelhouse and a floating Bolidt floor. The wheelhouse id fitted with settees and table and the control position. Below deck sanitary facilities, a kitchen unit and store are provided. This is the 5th tug the KLCB had had since 1898 and had an expected lift of 25 years.

Kings Lynn Conservancy Board, Harbour Office, Common Staithe Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1LL

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KLCB St Edmund

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Past Events

A NEW pilot boat was officially named at a ceremony in the Alexandra Dock, Kings Lynn

The St Ann which replaces the 25-year-old boat Denver was named by Borough Mayor George Pratt and blessed by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Tony Foottit.

Mr Pratt said: The port brings a great deal of business and commerce into the town, and I would like to pay tribute to the skills of the pilots who use this vessel and navigate ships into the port.

The boat is named after St Ann, the Virgin Mary s mother, who is always depicted as teaching the Virgin Mary to read. "It is a very appropriate name, because the pilots are teaching the captains to read the channel."

The St Ann can travel at around 23 knots, and will take about 35 minutes to reach the pilot boarding area, reducing the amount of time by 15 to 20 minutes. (Previous Harbour Master), Captain John Lorking said: "She has been in service this last week when we had the northerly gales. "She has exceeded our expectations in sea-keeping qualities and in crew and pilot comfort." The 13-metre boat carries two crew members and six pilots, and will land and board pilots at least 660 times in a year.

Mr Doug Benefer, chairman of Lynn Conservancy Board, said: We are very pleased that the new vessel has now come into service. It will improve facilities for the port users, and will be a boom for the pilots. I believe it will make the port more prosperous.

Guests at the naming ceremony were invited aboard the new boat and were taken on a quick tour of the Alexandra Dock.

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