Undersea Cable Survey Update: Sound of Scalpay, Sound of Gigha, October 2015

Mariners are advised that submarine power cable surveys are due to be carried out in the Sound of Scalpay and the Sound of Gigha during October 2015.  Notices to mariners about this work have been issued for each of these surveys and are listed below.

Survey locations

Details of each survey area are given below.

1.  Harris to Scalpay survey – completed

Survey work has been completed between Harris and Scalpay.  The notice to mariners that was issued on 25th September 2015 (here) has now been closed.

2.  Gigha to Kintyre – underway

A notice to mariners was issued about survey work between and Kintyre was issued on 25th September 2015.  This work started in the Sound of Gigha on the 16th October 2015 and is expected to last for 2-3 days (weather permitting).  The survey will be carried out in a corridor 250m either side of the electricity cables that run between these points:-

  • Kintyre 55°40.853’N, 05°40.611’W and
  • Gigha 59°40.959’N, 05°43.498’W.

A notice to mariners about this work can be downloaded here.

3.  Corran Narrows, Loch Linhe – due to start on 18th October

A notice to mariners has been issued about survey work between Corran Point and Corran Shoal, covering the full width of the Corran Narrows.  This work is due to start on the 18th October 2015 and is expected to last for less than one week (weather permitting).

A notice to mariners about this work can be downloaded here.

Survey details

This survey work will be carried out by the vessel Humber Guardian. Information about the survey vessel (including a link that shows the current location of the vessel) is provided below:-

  • Humber Guardian: survey vessel | Call sign 2ENC3 | Vessel Master +44(0)7525 238 176

Survey operations will be carried out during the hours of daylight.  Humber Guardian will display the appropriate day shapes / signals and at times of reduced visibility will display appropriate lights as required by IRCPS.  The vessel will actively transmit an AIS signal.  A continuous listening watch will be maintained on VHF Channel 16 and DSC.

During survey operations, Humber Guardian will be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre.  All vessels operating in the area are requested to maintain a safe distance and pass at minimum speed.

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.

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