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Exxon Mobil Survey off Kerry Coast

28th May 2010
Exxon Mobil Survey off Kerry Coast

Oil exploration company Exxon Mobil will begin exploring underwater areas off Ireland's South West coast this June, with a three-week stint in the area planned. The area they will be surveying is close to recently-discovered areas of rare deep-water coral on the Porcupine slopes.

A notice to mariners on the Department of Transport's website reads: 

The Department of Transport would like to advise that ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Ireland (Offshore) Ltd will be carrying out a site survey off the Southwest Coast of Ireland as highlighted in the attached map.  The seismic vessel “M/V FUGRO MERIDIAN – C6QR4” is scheduled to carry out the work. The vessel will tow 1 x 3km-long streamer, and will have a minimum turning radius of 2 km. The survey vessel will be restricted in her ability to manoeuvre whilst carrying out the survey and all vessels are requested to give this operation a wide berth. The vessel will be listening on VHF CH 16 throughout the project.

The works are expected to commence in early June 2010 and last for 3 - 4 weeks approximately subject to weather.

Latitude                        Longitude

51° 20' 49.351"             12° 35' 32.935"

51° 24' 56.106"             12° 25' 57.046"

51° 18' 55.191"             12° 19' 24.114"

51° 14' 49.282"             12° 28' 59.106"

The full notice is downloadable here as a pdf file, with a map of the area included therein.

Published in Marine Warning
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