Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers

Seabed Mapping Operations off the East Coast of Ireland

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that Clinton Marine Survey AB, will be carrying out seabed mapping operations off the East Coast of Ireland. The work will start on 22nd September 2016 and will last for approximately 15 days, weather permitting, within the following co-ordinates:

                               Latitude                      Longitude                                       

                               53°48’N                      005°36’W                      

                               53°39’N                      005°11’W

                               53°20’N                      005°15’W

                               53°20’N                      005°36’W

The work will be carried out by the Survey Vessel Northern Wind (Callsign: 2IOX2).

The vessel will display appropriate lights and markers. The vessel may be towing equipment, including a sonar scanner. The vessel will be listening on VHF CH 16 throughout the project.

All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the Northern Wind, and her towed equipment, a wide berth and keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas.

All mariners are reminded of their responsibilities under the International Collision Regulations and are reminded of Marine Notice No. 17 of 2007, which gives general advice in relation to the activities of vessels engaged in survey work for hydrographic, seismic, fishing research and underwater operations.

The International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are implemented in Irish law by the Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) Order 2012 [S.I. No. 507 of 2012], and the Signals of Distress (Ships) Rules 2012 [S.I. No.170 of 2012]. See Marine Notice No. 06 of 2013.

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