Western HVDC Link: Geophysical and UXO Survey

Mariners are advised that in August 2014 a geophysical and UXO survey will be carried out at Beaufort’s Dyke in the Irish Sea.  A Notice to Mariners about these operations can be downloaded here and is summarised below.

Survey Task

The survey vessel Stril Explorer will carry out a detailed geophysical survey of the cable corridor in the North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.  The survey will be carried out using a towed Gradiometer and a Geophysical Spread (Sub Bottom Profiler & Side Scan Sonar).  If required, ROV inspections will be carried out of targets on the seabed.  The area that will be surveyed is shown in the Notice to Mariners (available here).

Stril Explorer will mobilise in the port of Belfast on the 5th August 2014, and is due to commence operations on the 8th August 2014.  The survey is planned to last for approximately 3 weeks.

Vessel details

Details of the vessel involved in this survey, along with its present location can be found on MarineTraffic.com via the link below:-

During the survey the Stril Explorer may be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre and other vessels are requested to pass at a safe speed and distance.

If you have any queries about the Western Link project, please contact Jim Andrews, Fisheries Liaison Officer by e-mail or by phone on +44(0)7908-225865.

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