Gwynt y Môr: Export Cable Repair Underway, January 2021

This is an update to Mariners about the cable repair work that is due to be carried out on the export cable for the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

This work has now started, and is expected to be completed by the 23rd February 2021.  A revised Notice to Mariners has been issued which is summarised below and can be downloaded here.  This notice supercedes the notice issued earlier in January 2021.

Repair details

Briggs Marine Contractors has been contracted by the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) to undertake a repair to the SSEC3 export cable due to a power core fault.

The vessel Zwerver I arrived on site on the 27th January 2021 and has commenced deburial operations before cutting and recovering the existing cable.  The main repair vessel MPI Resolution is due to arrive on site over the weekend of 30th-31st January 2021. Work is due to be completed by the 23rd February 2021 (dates are dependent on weather and sea conditions).

The location of the work is shown in the Notice to Mariners.  The repair work will take place within the existing cable route corridor between the following coordinates:-

  • 53° 23.120’N 003° 35.620’W
  • 53° 22.68539’N 003 35.76643’W

Vessel details

The work will be undertaken by the MPI Resolution jack up installation vessel and the multi-purpose support vessel, Zwerver I.  Additional support will be provided by the Crew Transfer Vessel, Iceni Spirit.  Information about each vessel including a link to their current location on the Marine Traffic website is provided below.

During these operations the MPI Resolution and  Zwerver I will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre and vessels are requested, in the interest of safety, to pass with care and at a safe speed and distance (advisory 500m).

Should any vessel wish to come within 500m of the repair vessels, then direct communication with the Master is required.

The full text and location map for these works is available here.

If you have any queries about this work please contact either Steven Searle or Andrew Kinninmonth at Briggs Marine (contact details are in the Notice to Mariners available here).

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