Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY EXTENDING NORTH FROM KILLALA BAY
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that EGS International Ltd. is scheduled to carry out a geophysical cable route survey involving multibeam echo-sounder bathymetry, side-scan sonar, magnetometer and sub-bottom profiling off the Irish coast at Killala Bay heading north to the 12nm limit.
The survey will start on 13th January 2014 and will last for approximately 1 month, weather permitting. The route of the survey from the 12nm territorial limit into Killala Bay is detailed by the following coordinates and indicated in the red line on the Admiralty chart below:
The vessels SMS Coastal Cat (call sign EIJD6) and EGS Pioneer (call sign 2EGS9) are scheduled to carry out the work on a 12 hour and 24 hour operation basis respectively and will display appropriate shapes during daylight operations and lights during night time operations and periods of reduced visibility.
The vessels will be towing survey equipment up to 200m astern and will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre whilst carrying out the survey and all vessels are requested to give this operation a wide berth. All project vessels will be listening on VHF Channel 16 throughout the project.
All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the SMS Coastal Cat and EGS Pioneer and their 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. These Statutory Instruments may be purchased by mail order from Government Publications, Office of Public Works, 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6476834/1890-213434. They are also available online at: www.irishstatutebook.ie.