Western HVDC Link: Update on Irish Sea Cable Operations, April 2019

This is an update to our previous notice about operations on the Western HVDC Link cable in the North Channel between the coasts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Mariners are advised that urgent operations are required at an offshore section of the Western HVDC Link cable.  An initial survey of the cable has been carried out and the location for the operations has now been identified.  The vessel Olympic Artemis is presently on site at this location and the vessel Lewec Connector is due to be on site from the 28th April 2019.

Details of these operations are provided in a Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here and is summarised below.

Location

This work is due to be carried out at the location specified below:-

  • North Channel, Irish Sea: in an area approximately 18km east of Millisle in Northern Ireland, between the points 054°36.76’N 005°15.080’W to 054°34.702’N 005°14.259’W.

This work is due to commence on the 28th April 2019, weather and sea conditions permitting.  A map showing the location of the work is given in the Notice to Mariners which can be downloaded here.

Vessel details

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

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

The vessels involved in this work may be restricted in the 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: Update on Cable Operations, April 2019 – this notice is described above.  It was issued on the 22nd April 2019 and provides further information about operations in the North Channel in the Irish Sea.  The Notice to Mariners can be downloaded here.
  • Western HVDC Link: Cable Operations, April 2019 – this notice was issued on the 12th April 2019 and provides information about operations in the North Channel in the Irish Sea.  The Notice to Mariners can be downloaded here.

Earlier notices are all rescinded.

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