UK lighthouse body brings in Adapt to run ship revenue collection system

The organisation that lights up the UK's sea lanes has chosen Adapt to manage its revenue collection system.

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The organisation that lights up the UK's sea lanes has chosen Adapt to manage its revenue collection system.

The General Lighthouse Authorities, part of the Department for Transport, uses the Automatic Light Dues Information System (ALDIS).

The General Lighthouse Authorities for the United Kingdom and Ireland (GLAs) are the organisations responsible for the superintendence and management of aids to marine navigation around the coastline of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and their adjacent seas and islands.

Part of their role is to process and calculate "light dues" levied on commercial shipping as they travel into the UK. This is managed by the internet-based ALDIS.

Light dues are based on the net registered tonnage of the vessel. The rate is set by the Department of Transport and are currently charged at 41 pence per net registered ton.

Adapt has been selected to provide the supporting IT infrastructure and ongoing management of ALDIS. The revenues raised through ALDIS support the general lighthouse fund (GLF) and are used to provide essential navigational aids.

Adapt’s enterprise virtual data centre (eVDC) platform will be used to assure ongoing resilience and uptime. The platform comprises two data centre sites 70km apart - a facility in Woking, Surrey and a data centre in central London.

Captain Ian McNaught, executive chairman of Trinity House, which oversees the GLAs, said: "The data being stored on Adapt’s eVDC is mission critical to the running of our operations. Adapt’s proposal was selected as it delivered the most innovative solution and real value for money.

"Adapt’s data centres are in keeping with our goals of becoming less environmentally impactful – we have reduced our carbon footprint through the virtualisation of our machines without compromising on infrastructure quality.”

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