Iconic Tower to Launch ‘High Spy’ Interactive Ship Finder

Monday 21, March 2011


Iconic Tower to Launch ‘High Spy’ Interactive Ship Finder


The iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth will be launching its very own ‘High Spy’ interactive vessel locator just in time for the Easter holidays (9th to 25th April).


The 170m high landmark, the highest viewing tower outside of London, offers panoramic views of one of the busiest seascapes in the world. With the launch of its brand new ship finder, the question “What ships can you see in the harbour?” will be answered at the touch of a button, for the first time ever.


Visitors to the popular attraction will have access to a live map showing the positions of ships and other vessels both travelling through and stationed in the Solent and Portsmouth harbour via a touch-screen visual display unit. The unit will be located on one of the three View Decks and visitors will be able to identify details by pressing coloured icons representing vessels within approximately 23 miles of the Tower.


Information available can include the name of the craft, its type, size, call sign, destination and estimated time of arrival (ETA), details which are entered remotely by a member of the ships crew. Its direction and speed are also taken directly from the vessels navigation system and some will include a picture.


Vessels that can be spotted from the tower include search and rescue craft, military vessels, cargo ships, fishing vessels, cruise ships, tankers, pleasure craft, passenger vessels, sailing ships, and even coastguard helicopters, as well as landmarks such as land stations, buoys, and other miscellaneous structures.


Paul Mahy, Commercial Manager at the Spinnaker Tower, commented: “Through the clever use of data which is updated electronically at regular intervals, visitors to the tower can now get a real hands-on experience, allowing them to explore in much more detail the complex network that is one the busiest harbours in the world.”


The new ship locator is the first stage of the tower’s wider development plan which is currently underway. Thousands of pounds of investment are being ploughed into the visitor attraction over the next year in order to update and reinvigorate the offer, details of which will be revealed at a later date.


Whilst the ‘High Spy’ ship finder launches this Easter, visitors will also discover Easter themed activities throughout the holidays in the form of an egg hunt and Easter Quiz Trail.


The Spinnaker Tower is open daily from 10am (excluding Christmas Day). See 



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