Mariners are advised that hydrographic survey operations are due to be carried out off the North Wales coast in the vicinity of the Great Orme and within the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm during July – August 2018. A Notice to Mariners has been issued, which is summarised below and can be downloaded here.
Survey operations are due to commence on 30th July 2018, weather permitting. The survey is to be carried out by the MV Proteus and Cougar, with a DriX unmanned survey vessel. The location of the survey work is illustrated in the Notice to Mariners which can be downloaded here.
The survey is expected to take 5 days. The vessel details, including a link to their present location, are:-
- MV Proteus: survey vessel | Call sign 2HBL7
- Cougar: guard vessel / safety boat (RIB) | Call sign MQKB2
- DriX: Composite Unmanned Surface Vessel
DriX is an 8m long composite Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The hull is dark orange, with a dark orange mast, 2m high. Information about the DriX is provided in the Notice to Mariners and is also available on the manufacturer’s website here.
The vessels will be operating on a 12 hour basis. Survey speed will generally be around 4 knots.
During the course of these operations the vessels may be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre.
The vessels will be displaying the appropriate lights and shapes. Other vessels are asked to maintain a wide berth at all times.
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.