Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishers, Yachtsmen and Seafarers
Ecological surveys to be undertaken in the Irish Sea
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that a series of ecological surveys are to be undertaken in the Irish sea off the Dublin and Wicklow coast between June 2019 and May 2020, to provide data on seabirds and marine mammal species to inform the development of the Dublin Array Wind Farm.
The survey dates are weather dependent but will comprise a survey in each calendar month, between June 2019 and May 2020 (commencing on 24 June 2019), with a second survey during the months of August and September 2019.
The location of the surveys will be off the Dublin and Wicklow coast in the vicinity of the Kish and Bray Banks, as shown in Figure 1 below.
The survey coordinates are as follows are included on the attahced report.
Surveys will be undertaken in daylight hours and each will usually be completed over a period of two days.
Each survey will be completed by one of the vessels from the following list:
1) The “RV Keary” (Callsign: EIG09) which is a 15.5 Metre Catamaran.
2) The “AMS Panther” (Callsign: 2EHC2) which is 17 Metre Windfarm Support Catamaran.
3) The “AMS Husky” (Callsign: 2EQI7) which is a 21 Metre Twin Screw, Multi-Purpose Workboat.
For the survey in June 2019, the survey vessel will not be towing survey equipment. During subsequent surveys the vessels may be towing a hydrophone up to 100 metres astern and will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre. Vessels are requested to leave a wide berth.
A map showing the location of the surveys are contained on the attached report
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,
For any technical assistance in relation to this Marine Notice, please contact:
The Marine Survey Office, tel: +353-(0)1-678 3400.
For general enquiries, please contact the Maritime Safety Policy Division, tel: +353-(0)1-678 3418.
Written enquiries concerning Marine Notices should be addressed to:
Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Maritime Safety Policy Division, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02 TR60, Ireland.
email: MarineNotices@dttas.gov.ie or visit us at: www.dttas.gov.ie