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The Department of Transport has been advised that a geophysical survey will be undertaken in the North Celtic Sea to provide site investigation information to facilitate SSE Renewables’ development of the Celtic Sea Array.

This survey work is anticipated to commence next Monday 17 April and is expected to be complete by the end of May, subject to weather and operational constraints.

The campaign will be confined to the proposed Celtic Sea Array offshore wind site in the North Celtic Sea, off the coast of Co Waterford and situated on the Nymph Bank, approximately 23km from the coast at its closest point.

Works are being conducted on a 24-hour and 12-hour basis respectively by the Roman Rebel (callsign 2ICA5) and Lady Kathleen (callsign EIXT2), which are currently engaged in a similar survey for the Setanta Wind Park.

During operations, these vessels will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre due to the deployment of the towed survey equipment. They will also display appropriate lights and signals.

All other vessels are requested to leave a wide berth during the operations. Mariners are also advised to keep continuous watch on VHF Channel 16 when navigating the area.

For contact details, coordinates and a map of the survey area, see Marine Notice No 25 of 2023 attached below.

Published in Power From the Sea