Spare light vessel (GB)

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Alternative term: Relief lightship (USA)

A light vessel held in reserve for the purpose of relieving a station light vessel when that vessel is withdrawn for overhaul or repairs.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

United States of America

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM