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4th November 2022

A local company will build a wet berth for the Spurn Lightship on Hull Marina.

Hull based engineering company, Spencer Group will undertake the work to create a new permanent home for the city’s cherished lightship at the northwest corner of Hull Marina, close to the Holiday Inn and Murdoch’s Connection.

Work will get underway in the coming weeks and will involve the installation of a number of mooring points.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The appointment of this contractor will enable a new berth to be created for the city lightship.

“Work will get underway shortly and once complete, the lightship will open for visitors again for everyone to enjoy and explore the vessel following its restoration.”

Richard Green-Morgan, Construction Director for Spencer Group, said: “Spencer Group is delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide the wet berth for the Spurn Lightship.

“We’re excited to be a part of the transformative Hull Maritime project in our home city and proud to aid the return of the iconic Spurn Lightship vessel to the marina, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“As a leading multi-disciplinary engineering company, we deliver major projects across the UK and the world, but we always enjoy working on our own doorstep.

“We hope to carry out some early investigation works before Christmas, with the main works beginning in January.”

Work to restore the lightship is in its final stages and will be complete in the coming months. The ship will then move to a temporary position on Hull Marina until the new dock is complete in spring 2023.

To enable these works to take place, National Highways, which is carrying out major improvements to the A63 at Castle Street, awarded Hull City Council £1,044,725 through its Designated Funds programme. This money is allocated to four funding streams focused on making improvements that will make the biggest difference and deliver lasting benefits, including environment and wellbeing.

It is expected the Spurn Lightship will open to visitors in summer 2023.

The restoration of the Spurn Lightship is part of Hull Maritime. Other elements of the project include the refurbishment of the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard which will become the new home of the Arctic Corsair.

The lightship will be berth at the northwest corner of Hull Marina, close to the Holiday Inn and Murdoch’s Connection