We are fast approaching the shortest day of the year, when we can
begin to look forward to longer days and shorter nights. However,
winter is far from over, and we've still got many more dark,
overcast and gloomy days and nights ahead.
Having high performance navigation lights at this time of year is
essential. Of course there is navigation during the nights to
consider, and then you need to ensure the safety of those
travelling by your offshore assets and through your harbors,
ports and waterways.
Safety is always paramount, but it is especially necessary when
daylight conditions are poor. Just as on the roads, on the water
there is a seasonal increase in accidents because of poor
visibility. While mariners bear responsibility for ensuring they
are navigating safely in adverse conditions, you will need to
make sure that navigation lights are in good order too.
Winter Inspections, Maintenance and Replacements
Mid-winter is not a time when you want to be repairing and
replacing failed navigation lights. Ideally you want the peace of
mind that your navigation lights are in top condition and doing
the job they're designed for 24/7. Maintenance work will be very
difficult to manage in stormy weather conditions, so it is
important to inspect lights now if conditions are favorable.
Self-contained solar lights are an efficient, effective and
convenient way to navigate. But in some instances, poor sunlight
can result in a decrease in performance and with the resulting
poor visibility, accidents can happen. Therefore, if you haven't
already, you may wish to inspect your lanterns to check they're
in good working condition.
Self-contained solar lights do have a back up battery, but if
that's not been tested recently, you could find it's been drained
over the summer and autumn months. Not all solar lights will
suffer from this issue, though, and there are many high
performance self powered lanterns that can cope very well with
the winter months - it's just a question of having the right
If you want long uninterrupted operation, we recommend
self-contained lanterns from SABIK such as the SABIK SC 160I or
the SABIK SC 160II. These include solar panels, battery and
charge controller and are designed for harsh marine environments.
The SABIK SC 160II has a range* up to 8 NM (Tc=0,74), 11 NM
(Tc=0,85), and the SABIK SC 160II a range* up to 10 NM (Tc=0,74),
14 NM (Tc=0,85). These are best in class LED lanterns that will
see you through the winter months and beyond.
Synchronized Navigation lights
As well as inspecting lights to ensure they're working, and
replacing those that are not, you should also consider whether
synchronized navigation lights would improve safety. Poor
visibility can make it difficult for mariners to judge the
distance between navigation lights, especially against a
background of other lights such as in a port or harbor. Using
synchronized navigation lights that are set to demarcate a
navigable channel, can reduce accidents and protect structures
and other assets.
*depending on geographical location