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

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that hydrographic and geophysical surveys will be undertaken in the Irish Sea (off the Wicklow coast) between June and September 2019 to provide bathymetric and subsurface information to facilitate the development of the Arklow Bank Wind Park.

The survey dates provided are weather dependent but are anticipated to start in June 2019 and be completed by the end of September 2019.

The location of the surveys will be off the Wicklow coastline on an area as shown in the image at Figure 1 below, with the maximum extents of the survey indicated by the hatched zone.

The survey coordinates are provided by the corner points below and as far inshore as the coastline.

 Latitude                   Longitude
North West Corner        52° 57′ 37.58″ N        6° 0′ 8.28″ W
North East Corner         52° 56′ 38.08″ N       5° 48′ 38.84″ W
South East Corner          52° 37′ 25.43″ N       5° 53′ 12.34″ W
South West Corner         52° 39′ 8.71″ N         6° 13′ 19.02″ W

The surveys will be completed using two vessels working in parallel across the site. The vessels involved are as follows:

1) AMS Panther (Callsign: 2EHC2), a 17m windfarm support catamaran

2) AMS Retriever (Callsign: MEHI8), a versatile multi-purpose, shallow draft tug

Both vessels will be engaged in survey operations and will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre. The vessels will be towing survey equipment up to 100 metres astern. Vessels are requested to leave a wide berth. The vessels will be operating 24 hours per day during survey works.

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) 6476834/1890213434. They are also available online at: www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Marine Notices are issued purely for maritime safety and navigation reasons and should not be construed as conferring rights or granting permissions.

Irish Maritime Administration,
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02 TR60, Ireland

22/05/2019