Abloy UK has supplied a number of its Super Weather Proof padlocks for use at the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.
Commissioners of Irish Lights, a Maritime organisation focused on delivering Irish coastal safety, specified the high security padlocks for the lighthouse on Fastnet Rock – a small remote island, 13 kilometres from County Cork on the Irish mainland.
Designed by William Douglass and constructed between 1897-1904, the lighthouse’s inhospitable environment means that it must withstand severe weather conditions, from both cold temperatures to relentless waves.
Due to the lighthouses remote location, access can only be gained by helicopter. It is therefore of utmost importance that appropriate security measures are in place to allow authorised persons access when needed.
Abloy’s range of Super Weather Proof padlocks were specified because of their ability to withstand regular exposure to extreme weather conditions, from heat or cold, storm-driven salt water or a dry desert environment.
The range includes both mechanical and electromechanical models in a number of sizes. All padlocks in the range can be combined within the same locking system, and are designed to offer the same level of durability no matter the size or type.
Phil Lawlor, Lighthouse Team Lead at Commissioners of Irish Lights, commented: “Many of our towers and dwellings are secured with Abloy locks, and I don’t think you could place them in a more harsh environment. Several of them – such as Fastnet – are constantly washed over with corrosive salty seawater.
“With technology moving forward so fast, we only need to visit some of our lighthouses once a year for maintenance and it is Abloy locks keeping the towers and dwellings secure.”
Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, added: “The Fastnet lighthouse is one of the most iconic lighthouses in the world, so we are extremely proud that Abloy padlocks are the chosen solution for securing this site.
“We are totally confident that our Super Weather Proof padlocks can be installed in any location – regardless of the environment or exposure to the elements – and they will continue to perform correctly whilst offering a superior level of security.”
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