Mariners are advised that marine geophysical survey work will commence in the North Channel over both the Moyle Interconnector Cable and the Scotland to Northern Ireland Pipeline in September – October 2018. Survey work will also be taking place on the Larne Lough Crossing and Belfast Lough Crossing pipelines. An updated Notice to Mariners describing the work can be downloaded here and is summarised below.
Geophysical survey work is due to be carried out by two vessels (detailed below). The vessels will survey the route of the Moyle Interconnector cables, the Scotland to Northern Ireland Pipeline (SNIP) in the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland and also the route of the Larne Lough Crossing and Belfast Lough Crossing pipelines.
The nearshore survey work is ongoing and is due to end 28th September. The offshore survey work is due to start on the 2nd September and to be completed by the 3rd October.
The location of the survey area is illustrated in the Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here.
Details of the vessels involved in these operations, along with their present location can be found on MarineTraffic.com via the links below:-
Both survey vessels will be towing survey equipment at all times. All mariners are requested to maintain a safe distance (500m) from the survey vessels at all times.
The vessels will monitor VHF Channel 16 at all times and can be contacted on this channel.
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.