The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust and the U.S. Coast Guard, along with the City of South Portland and the Centerboard Yacht Club, will jointly host a public forum on February 16th to brief the public and maritime users about the recent fog signal activation conversions to Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). The U.S. Coast Guard will explain the new system and give the public a chance to ask questions. The conversions will affect 17 fog signals at lighthouses across northern New England. Spring Point Ledge Light, Portland Head Light, and Cape Elizabeth Light all have the new systems installed.
Lt. Bourbeau said “The MRASS device allow mariners to activate the installed sound system by keying on a standard VHF-FM radio five times on channel 83A (157.175Mhz). The purpose of this modernization is to replace the less reliable and less efficient VM-100 fog detector with a Coast Guard-designed, radio-controlled system. The MRASS will increase mariner safety, improve operational reliability and significantly decrease maintenance requirements. The current sound signal types and characteristics will remain unchanged.”
During its January meeting the Trust unanimously approved a resolution supporting the MRASS conversion. Keith Thompson, Chairman of the Trust, said the Trust welcomes the conversion as it presents an opportunity to restore the original window in the watch room of the lighthouse that is currently blocked by the VM-100 sensor.
The public forum will be held at 6:30 PM Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at the Centerboard Yacht Club located at 271 Front Street, South Portland, Maine. All interested citizens and mariners are encouraged to attend.
The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. The lighthouse was transferred to the Trust in 1998 under the Maine Lights Program. The Trust is composed entirely of volunteer Trustees and receives no money from state, federal, or local governments.