Western HVDC Link: Survey Work – North Channel & Irish Sea

[Update – the information in this notice has been superseded by more recent notices.  The notice remains as part of the historical record of notices issued for this project.  Please refer to the most recent notice for an up-to-date record of the notices presently in place for this project.  This can be accessed via the project description page here.]

Mariners are advised that survey work is due to be carried out along the Western HVDC Link cable route in the North Channel and Irish Sea by the vessel Normand Pacific.  The work is due to start in early September 2017 and to be completed later in the month.  A Notice to Mariners detailing these operations is summarised below and can be downloaded here.

Survey Work

The vessel Normand Pacific will carry out a visual and instrumental ROV survey of several sections of the Western HVDC link cable route.  The survey will cover the areas to the west of the Isle of Man where cable installation was recently completed, the area in the North Channel where rock placement works have been carried out, and the area to the south of the Isle of Man where additional works have recently been completed.

The location of the survey work is illustrated in a map in the Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here.

Vessel details

Details of the vessels involved in these operations, along with their present location can be found on MarineTraffic.com via the links below:-

The vessel will be monitoring VHF Channel 16 throughout the operations.

The vessel involved in this work will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre and other vessels are reminded to pass at a safe speed and distance.  Fishing vessels are advised to remain a safe distance (approximately 1.5 nautical miles) from the area identified in the Notice to Mariners.

Notices to Mariners

The Notices to Mariners that are presently in place for this project are:-

  • Western HVDC Link: Survey Work – North Channel & Irish Sea – this notice is described above.  It was issued on the 31st August 2017 and provides information about survey work in the North Channel and Irish Sea.  The notice can be downloaded here.
  • Western HVDC Link: Additional Works, Irish Sea – this notice was issued on the 29th August 2017 and provides information about rock placement work on the cable route being carried out to the south of the Isle of Man.  The notice can be downloaded here.

Earlier notices are all rescinded.

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