Moyle Returns Project: Rock Protection Update, December 2015

This is an update on progress with the installation of the Moyle Returns Cables in the North Channel of the Irish Sea.  A revised Notice to Mariners was issued for this work in October and can be downloaded here, giving up-to-date details on project progress and plans.  A further update on progress to date is provided below.

Progress Update

We can confirm that the vessel Rockpiper is due to start rock protection work on the southern Moyle returns cable on the 4th December 2015.  This work is due to be completed by the 9th December 2015 (weather and conditions permitting).

We have attached several PDF files to this e-mail that show the locations where rock is due to be placed along the cable route.  A spreadsheet is also attached which shows the latitude and longitude of the locations where rock is due to be placed, along with the actual tonnage of rock due to be placed at each location.  We hope that this information is useful.

Vessel details

Details of the vessel involved in these operations, along with its present locations can be found on via the link below:-

  • Rockpiper: fall pipe vessel | Call Sign 5BML3

During rock protection operations the vessel will be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre, and other vessels are asked to give a wide berth.

Rockpiper will display the prescribed lights and signals for underwater operations and will be monitoring VHF Channels 12 and 16.


Guard vessels

Guard vessels will be stationed as appropriate along the cable route during installation and burial to ensure the safety of marine users.  These vessels are being supplied by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO).

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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