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Metocean Buoy to be Deployed at Oriel Offshore Windfarm, Outer Dundalk Bay

11th October 2019
The floating Lidar Metocean Buoy The floating Lidar Metocean Buoy

A Metocean Buoy will be towed out from Drogheda Port and deployed at the Oriel Windfarm, Outer Dundalk Bay according to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. 

The duration of deployment is 1 day, and it will be carried out in the two-week period 11/10/19 to 25/10/19, subject to weather conditions.

The Survey will involve the deployment of a Floating Lidar Metocean Buoy. The Buoy is yellow in colour with a St. Andrew Cross on top.

The buoy has an area of 4 x 4 m and height of approx. 3 m above the waterline.

The buoy is equipped with a IALA yellow light, which flashes at a rate of 5 flashes every 20 seconds (Fl(5) Y 20s). The light has a range of 4 nm.

The surveys will be completed using Vessel “AMS Retriever” (callsign: MEHI8), which is a versatile multi-purpose, shallow draft tug.

Whilst transiting from Drogheda Port on the River Boyne, the “AMS Retriever” will have the Metocean Buoy secured against the stern of the vessel. When the AMS Retriever reaches open water, the buoy will be towed approximately 30 metres astern at a maximum speed of 4 kts.

During deployment of the Metocean Buoy at Oriel Windfarm the vessel will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre.

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