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Marine Notice No. 20 of 2012 Amended 24/04/12 (Ireland)

24 April 2012

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

East –West Interconnector Project - Cable Laying/Burial Operations in the Irish Sea

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that Cable Laying Operations will be carried out in the Irish Sea in the locations highlighted red in the chartlet below.  Operations will commence on 22nd April 2012 for duration of approximately 18 days subject to any weather delays.  Works will be undertaken from “AMC Connector” (call sign LAKY7).

The Department has been further advised that Cable Burial Operations are to be carried out at the same locations.  Operations will commence on 30th April 2012 for duration of approximately 3 months.  This work will be undertaken from “Island Pioneer” (call sign YJUX4).

Start Position: 53º 32' 32.8” N, 005º 58’ 12.9” W

End Position:  53º 35' 24.3” N, 004º 24’ 45.0” W

The vessels will operate on a 24hr basis and will display appropriate day shapes & lights during operations and will transmit an AIS signal.  The vessels will be keeping a listening watch on VHF Channel 16 at all times during the operations.

Operations will involve deployment of cable and ROVs which will restrict the vessels’ ability to manoeuvre.

All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the “AMC Connector” and the “Island Pioneer” a wide berth.

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 are implemented in Irish law by the Collision Regulations (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) Order, 1984 [S.I. No. 29 of 1984], as amended by the Collision Regulations (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) (Amendment) Orders, 1990, 1993 and 2005 [S.I. No. 36 of 1990, S.I. No. 287 of 1993 and S.I. No. 47 of 2005].  These Statutory Instruments are available from the Government Publications Sales Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Tel: (01) 6476834, or from the website: www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Director General,
Maritime Safety Directorate,
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,
Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland.

20/04/2012
Amended 24/04/2012