Western HVDC Link: Update on Irish Sea Cable Operations – Exposed Cable Sections, June 2019

[Update – the information in this notice has been superseded by more recent notices.  The notice remains as part of the historical record of notices issued for this project.  Please refer to the most recent notice for an up-to-date record of the notices presently in place for this project.  This can be accessed via the project description page here.]

Mariners are advised of the completion of the urgent operations that were required for an offshore section of the Western HVDC Link cable in the Irish Sea.

There are currently short sections of exposed cable in this area.  Burial of these sections is due to be completed later in the summer.  A Guard Vessel has been deployed to aid in monitoring of the exposed cable and advise mariners of safe operating distances locally.  Details of the exposed cable sections are provided in a Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here and is summarised below.


The exposed cable lengths are at the location specified below:-

  • North Channel, Irish Sea: in an area approximately 18km east of Millisle in Northern Ireland, between the points 054°36.248’N 005°14.848’W to 054°35.920’N 005°14.890’W.

A map showing the location of the work is given in the Notice to Mariners which can be downloaded here.

Vessels are requested 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.

A Guard Vessel has been deployed in the area to monitor the cable and provide advice 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 – Exposed Cable Sections, June 2019 – this notice is described above.  It was issued on the 7th June and provides information about exposed cable 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Earlier notices are all rescinded.

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