Undersea Cable Surveys: Orkney, September 2015

Mariners are advised that submarine power cable surveys are being carried out in the Orkneys.  Notices to mariners about this work have been issued for each of these surveys and are listed below.

Survey locations

Surveys are due to be carried out at 3 locations in the Orkney Islands.  These surveys will take place along the undersea power cable routes between Mainland Orkney and Shapinsay, Shapinsay and Stronsay, and between Rousay and Westray.  Details of each survey locaiton are given below.

1.  Mainland Orkney and Shapinsay

Survey work is due to be carried out in a corridor 250m either side of the electricity cable that runs between these points:-

  • Orkney 59°00.43’N, 02°55.23’W and
  • Shapinsay 59°01.75’N, 02°54.77’W.

A notice to mariners about this work can be downloaded here.

2.  Shapinsay and Stronsay

Survey work is due to be carried out in a corridor 250m either side of the electricity cable that runds between these points:-

  • Shapinsay 59°04.80’N, 02°49.00’W and
  • Stronsay 59°05.82’N, 02°40.34’W.

A notice to mariners about this work can be downloaded here.

3,  Rousay-Westray submarine cable

Survey work is due to be carried out in a corridor 250m either side of the electricity cable that runds between these points:-

  • Rousay 59°10.57’N, 02°57.22’W and
  • Westray 59°14.33’N, 02°52.35’W.

A notice to mariners about this work can be downloaded here.

Survey details

This survey work is due to be carried out over a period of around 2 weeks, starting no earlier than 20th September (dates are weather dependent).  The survey will be carried out by the vessel Humber Guardian.

Information about the survey vessel (including a link that shows the current location of the vessel) is provided below:-

  • Humber Guardian: survey vessel | Call sign 2ENC3 | Vessel Master +44(0)7525 238 176

Survey operations will be carried out during the hours of daylight.  Humber Guardian will display the appropriate day shapes / signals and at times of reduced visibility will display appropriate lights as required by IRCPS.  The vessel will actively transmit an AIS signal.  A continuous listening watch will be maintained on VHF Channel 16 and DSC.

During survey operations, Humber Guardian will be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre.  All vessels operating in the area are requested to maintain a safe distance and pass at minimum speed.

Please contact Jim Andrews, Fishery Liaison Officer by e-mail or phone (+44(0)7908-225865) if you have any queries or concerns about this notice.

Posted in AWJ Updates, Fishery Liaison, SSE Subsea Cable Surveys

Comments are closed.