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As the summer boating season approaches its height, the Department of Transport has issued a reminder to all masters, owners and users of pleasure vessels and recreational craft to familiarise themselves with the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.

The Code of Practice is a valuable source of information, advice and best practice operational guidance for a range of pleasure and recreational craft operating in Irish coastal and inland waters.

It highlights the importance of personal responsibility for all those who take to the water. Each person must take maritime safety seriously, prepare and plan for a safe trip, behave responsibly on the water and be properly equipped so as to be able to respond to any incidents that may arise.

Contained within it is information on legislative requirements, safe operation and advice on best practice when using a range of recreational craft including:

The Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft is available as a free download from Gov.ie and can also be requested in hard copy, in both English and Irish, from [email protected] or 01 678 3434.

Owners and operators of recreational craft should familiarise themselves with Part A of the Code, the particular chapter in Part B appropriate to their type of vessel, as well as chapters 10, 11 and the appendices.

Further details can be found in Marine Notice No 40 of 2021, which can be downloaded below.

Published in Water Safety

Contradictory advice has emerged in the wake of the latest update to maritime travel restrictions from the Department of Transport.

Following yesterday’s (Wednesday 23 June) update to Marine Notice No 16 of 2021, which can be downloaded below, Irish Sailing has said its understanding is that “the previous ban on foreign leisure vessels travelling to Irish ports has been lifted”.

However, this understanding is not shared by all — with at least one marina operator telling Afloat.ie that their business will hold off on lifting any COVID-19 travel restrictions until Government guidelines explicitly allow.

At time of writing, Government advice remains to “avoid non-essential travel” until at least 18 July.

Afloat.ie has contacted the Department of Transport for comment.

The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport advises that Kinsale Energy’s well decommissioning operations at the Kinsale and Seven Heads gas fields will continue in June and July.

The Stena Spey mobile offshore drilling unit (callsign GCWP) is performing the campaign off the South Coast of Ireland with the rig to be positioned at various locations as outlined in Marine Notice No 38 of 2021, which can be downloaded below.

The Stena Spey is currently operating at the Southwest Kinsale Gas Field and will relocate to the Seven Heads Gasfield area in early July.

Pre-lay anchoring activities will get under way later this week (between 10-13 June) prior to the rig relocating to the Seven Heads Gasfield area. These will be conducted by anchor handling vessels MV Maersk Maker (callsign OZGO2) and MV Maersk Mariner (callsign OWGQ2).

Once the Stena Spey is moored at the Seven Heads location, a anchor handling vessel will be chartered to stay with the rig until the end of the campaign. In addition, the rig will retain its permanent standby vessel, the MV VOS Pathfinder (callsign 2ALO7) which will be in the field throughout all operations.

The work vessels will be listening on VHF Channel 16 throughout the operation. All other vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the rig (and pre-laid anchor patterns) a wide berth and to keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas.

Coordinates of the anchor positions and other details are included in the Marine Notice attached below.

Published in News Update

Partrac Ltd intend to deploy three Metocean buoys at the Dublin Array offshore wind farm in a one-day operation some time between this Wednesday 9 and Wednesday 23 June, weather permitting.

One floating lidar buoy and two wave buoys will be deployed by the AMS Retriever (callsign MEHI8) which will be displaying all appropriate lights and shapes.

The floating lidar buoy has a square footprint with an area of 4m2 and a height of some 4m above the water line. It is yellow in colour and has a St Andrew’s cross on top.

The wave buoys are spherical in shape with a diameter of around 1.1m. When deployed, the wave buoys appear clear with a yellow hull.

Both the floating lidar buoy and the wave buoys have a yellow light which emits five flashes every 20 seconds. The light is visible for up to three nautical miles.

The floating lidar buoy will be deployed for a period of four to eight weeks. It will then be moved to a permanent position in the south end of Dublin Array where it will be deployed for 18 months. The wave buoys will be deployed for a period of 12 months.

The floating lidar buoy will be towed approximately 30m astern of the AMS Retriever at a maximum speed of four knots.

As such, the vessel will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre so all other boats operating in proximity are requested to keep their distance, maintaining a safety zone around the deployment vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Details of the buoy locations are included in Marine Notice No 37 of 2021 which can be downloaded below.

Published in News Update

Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited is scheduled to carry out maintenance work at the Corrib subsea infrastructure from next Sunday 13 June.

The maintenance work at the Corrib Gas Field will take place at Latitude 54° 20’ 20.413” N, Longitude 11° 03’ 30.769” W and is expected to take up to five days to complete.

The Edda Sun (Callsign LARF7) will undertake the subsea scope of work. All equipment used will be vessel- and/or ROV-mounted. The vessel will be listening on VHF channel 16 throughout the project.

Further information on the survey area is available Marine Notice No 36 of 2021 which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

The Department of Transport has been advised of a geophysical marine route survey operation taking place in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean off Galway and Mayo from next week.

The survey activity will take place within the Irish TS, Irish CZ and Irish EEZ and is scheduled to begin today, Monday 7 June for completion some five months later in early November, weather permitting.

The survey will be conducted by the RV Ridley Thomas (callsign V7JK2) which will undertake 24/7 cable route operations.

Survey operations will include the stern deployment of a sonar towfish tethered with steel cable at varying water depths, to collect geophysical/bathymetric mapping data for a proposed undersea telecommunications cable.

The vessel will be monitoring VHF channels 16 and 13, and will display appropriate lights and signals. All vessels operating within the survey areas are requested to keep their distance, maintaining a safety zone around the survey vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Full details of the survey, including relevant coordinates, are included in Marine Notice No 35 of 2021 which can be downloaded below.

Published in News Update

Green Rebel Marine in Crosshaven intends to conduct geophysical survey operations off the South Coast between Cork and Waterford cities over an extended period of time, up to a year from this Thursday 3 June.

The survey will be conducted by two vessels: the semi-SWATH catamaran Roman Rebel (callsign 2ICA5) which will conduct 24-hr operations, and the Lady Kathleen (callsign EIXT2), a catamaran which will conduct 12-hr operations. Both vessels will display appropriate lights and signals.

The geophysical survey will use a multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profilers, which will be hull-mounted, as well as side-scan sonars and magnetometers that will be towed using dedicated winches at cable lengths dictated by the water depth (typically four times the water depth while acquiring data).

Full details of coordinates of the survey areas are included in Marine Notice No 33 of 2021, a PDF of which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

Following the start of route clearance and pre-lay operations last month, SubCom will carry out cable installation works along the route of the Grace Hopper subsea fibre optic cable system route in the Irish EEZ from this weekend.

The first of two operations begins this Saturday 29 May and continues to Wednesday 30 June, with the second set to run from 26 July to 15 August, both weather permitting.

The operations will be conducted from the CS Responder (callsign V7CY9) which will display appropriate lights and shapes and will be listening to VHF Channel 16 (but can be set to any other as required).

The CS Responder will be towing stern-deployed equipment and so will be restricted in its manoeuvrability. All vessels operating within its work area are requested to keep their distance, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Full details of relevant coordinates are included in Marine Notice No 34 of 2021, a PDF of which can be downloaded below.

Published in News Update

Green Rebel Marine in Crosshaven is set to undertake a geophysical survey operation in the Celtic Sea from next week.

The survey from next Wednesday 26 May to 23 June, weather permitting, will be conducted by the Roman Rebel (callsign 2ICA5) using hull-mounted multibeam and sub-bottom profiling systems.

In addition, the vessel will be towing side-scan sonars and magnetometers using dedicated winches at cable lengths dictated by the water depth. Typically, the cable lengths will be about four times the water depth while acquiring data.

The Roman Rebel will display appropriate lights and signals and all survey operations will be conducted 24 hours a day, continuous over day and night.

Full details of coordinates of the survey areas are included in Marine Notice No 32 of 2021, which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

A number of acoustic listening stations have been depleted at Tory Island to detect the presence tagged marine wildlife as part of an EU INTERREG research project.

The 12 ALS units have been placed in the waters around the island off the coast of North Donegal.

Most are in depths of more than 30 metres and are fitted with acoustic releases, without the need for lines to surface.

A small number of inshore arrays are attached to 16-inch orange hard floats marked ‘SeaMonitor’ with a corresponding ID. If accidentally hauled or otherwise found out of place, they also contain contact details for retrieval by the project coordinators.

Further details, including coordinate of the ALS locations, can be found in Marine Notice No 31 of 2021 which is available to download below.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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