Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm: Survey Operations, October 2016

Mariners are advised that scientific survey operations are due to be carried out in and around the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm during October 2016. The survey will involve the use of a drop down camera and a grab.  The scope of this work is summarised below and the Notice to Mariners can be downloaded here.

Scientific Drop Down Camera and Grab Survey

The vessel Aquadynamic is due to carry out a survey of the sea bed within and to the south and west of the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm area during October 2016.  Survey operations are expected to require 7 days at sea and are planned to take place between the 3rd and 23rd October.  Survey days may not be consecutive, and timing will be subject to weather and sea conditions.  A map showing the extent of the survey area is shown in the Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here.

The survey will be carried out using a drop-down camera and a Day grab.  Survey work will be carried out predominantly in daylight hours.  During survey work the vessel Aquadynamic will transit between survey stations, and will remain stationary at each survey station for approximately 15 minutes.  Umbilical cable may trail from the vessel by up to 25m during deployment, depending on tidal conditions.  All survey equipment will be recovered by the vessel prior to departing the survey location.

Aquadynamic is a 12m purpose built survey vessel with a white cabin and a black hull.  The vessel will operate on a daily basis from Conwy, North Wales.  The vessel details, including a link to its present location, are:-

During the course of these operations the Aquadynamic may be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre, and other vessels are requested to give a wide berth.

The exact timing of the survey work may be affected by the prevailing weather and sea conditions.

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

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