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Sediment Waves Survey in Irish Sea Starts This Weekend

22nd March 2021
The RV Celtic Voyager will be used on the upcoming MOVE 2 survey The RV Celtic Voyager will be used on the upcoming MOVE 2 survey Credit: Marine Institute

The Department of Transport has been advised that the MOVE 2 Survey of the mobility of sediment waves and sand banks will be carried out from this Friday 26 to next Tuesday 30 March in the Irish Sea between Wicklow and Wexford.

This survey is being carried out in support of ongoing research at the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation (MaREI) and the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG).

It will involve the use of multi-beam echo sounders and sub-bottom profilers at various sites, and sediment grabs samples will also be taken.

The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager (callsign EIQN). The vessel will display appropriate lights and signals. Work will be performed on a 24-hour schedule.

Sediment sampling using cores will be carried out during daylight hours due to limited ship mobility. Acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) units will be deployed and retrieved at both night and day as dictated by survey conditions and will be adequately marked.

Full details of the survey areas are included in Marine Notice No 13 of 2021, a PDF of which is available to download below.

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