Isle of Man Interconnector Cable: Marine Survey Operations Ocotober-November 2021

Mariners are advised that marine survey operations are due to take place on the the Isle of Man Interconnector Cable running between Bispham on the Fylde coast and Douglas on the Isle of Man. The survey operations are due to start in late October 2021 and are expected to last approximately 2 weeks.  Details are provided in a Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here and which is summarised below.

Survey work

Survey operations along the IOM Interconnector cable will be carried out by the survey vessl Manor Brunel.  The survey area will constitute a 50m wide corridor centred on the cable route.  Survey operations will involve the use of both hull mounted equipment and towed sub-surface equipment which may extend up to 100m behind the vessel.

The Manor Brunel is a 19.6m survey vessel with a red hull and white superstructure.  The vessel details, including details on its current location can be accessed at the Marine Traffic website using the link below:-

During survey work the vessel will be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre.  It will display the lights and shapes prescribed by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and will maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 16.

Mariners are requested to give the survey vessel a wide berth and pass at a slow speed during these operations.  Further details are given in the Notice to Mariners that can be downloaded here.

The Isle of Man Interconnector Cable

The Isle of Man Interconnector Cable runs beneath the sea between Douglas on the Isle of Man and Bispham on the Lancashire coast.  It was installed in September 2000 and spans a distance of 104km (56 nautical miles), linking the Isle of Man to the UK National Grid.

Information for Mariners

The most up to date information leaflet for mariners about the IOM Interconnector Cable can be downloaded here.

Background information

More information about the IOM Interconnector cable can be found on our website here.  The Manx Cable Company is part of Manx Utilities.  More information about the Manx Cable Company can be found here.

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