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

Repair Operations on the Inis Mór – Inis Meáin Cable

 The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that cable repair operations commenced on the Inismor – Inismeain cable on Saturday 10th September 2016.

The work will be carried out from an offshore platform (Callsign: OCM80) at the following location: Latitude 53’ 07’ 09” N, Longitude 009’ 38’ 13”W, as indicated in the chartlet below.

MN 39 of 2016

 The work is expected to last 2 weeks, weather permitting.

The OCM 80 barge will be manoeuvred during the repair operation with the assistance of workboats. The “ABBE” (callsign: EINJ5) will also be operational in the vicinity of the platform during the repair works. The platform and the tug vessel will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 & 16 for the duration of the project. The platform will display the day shapes / night lights as required in accordance with the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the area 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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