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ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM-UPDATE- MORE DIVING OPERATIONS

ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM-UPDATE- MORE DIVING OPERATIONS
21st Jul 2017 Richard Hoad
In Dock, Sailing [NTM]

 

 

From: Tom Watson

Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:33 AM

To: Tom Watson

Subject: ORMONDE WIND FARM – DIVE OPERATIONS

Dear All,

ORMONDE WIND FARM – DIVING OPERATONS

 A programme of underwater inspection involving DIVE OPERATIONS is scheduled to start tomorrow Wednesday 7th February and can be expected to last for a period of at least 12 weeks.

 The Dive Support vessel will be the 14meter Bay Towage vessel ‘ARGUS-G’ and DIVE OPERATIONS are scheduled to be carried out at all of the Turbine positions in the Wind Farm but will start at the Turbine positions listed below.

A4, D1, C7, C1, C5.

DIVERS will access Turbine position according to the conditions of weather and tide at the time and because of this fishermen are requested and advised to avoid setting any pots within 500 meters of any of the above mentioned Turbines during this period, if in doubt please contact me.

 ‘ARGUS G’ will display the ALPHA FLAG whenever DIVERS are in the water and a 500 meter safety exclusion distance is requested at all times whenever this vessel is observed to be on site.

A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 and ‘ARGUS-G’ can be contacted for information relating to DIVING OPERATIONS only

Fishermen using pots are requested to note the Turbines to be inspected and move their gear away from any Turbine on that list to at least 500 meters.

Weekly notices will be broadcast giving the progress of the works.

Attached is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning the ORMONDE WIND FARM there is also a picture of ‘ARGUS-G’.

 Please note that the ‘Flyer’ is for provided for information purposes relating to the Wind Farm only and should not be used for navigation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information also if you know of any fisherman who works the area and does not receive this information or anybody else who would benefit from this information please let me know.

 FISHING INSIDE THE WIND FARM

For more information on the boundaries of the 50 metre Advisory Safety distances please ensure that you have the latest KIS-ORCA information installed – this can be downloaded from http://www.KIS-ORCA.eu

Please also consult the MMO website : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/marking-of-fishing-gear-retrieval-and-notification-of-lost-gear

If fishing inside the Wind Farm you are advised to use Dhan Buoys anchored towards the middle of the lane with a long weighted feed line rather than Marker Buoys that can be moved by the strong tides and so foul the Turbines.

 REMINDER OF THE MAILBOX DROP FACILITY THAT HAS BEEN SET UP ENABLING ANY FISHERMEN WITH STATIC GEAR DEPLOYED EITHER INSIDE THE PERIMETER OF OR IN THE CLOSE PROXIMTY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED WIND FARM TO REPORT THE POSITIONS OF THE GEAR TO THE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT TEAM IS STILL OPERATIONAL, THIS INFORMATION WILL SUBSEQUENTLY BE RELAYED TO THE CTVs

Please use the E-mail address WF_FishingActivities@dongenergy.co.uk to identify the position/s of the gear providing a contact mobile telephone number which can then be passed on to the service craft so that they can monitor it and also keep clear of it when carrying out their maintenance routines, also arrangements can be made if there is a requirement to move the gear to facilitate any maintenance activity.

If in any doubt please contact me

Regards  :  Tom Watson

Tel………..  Mobile 07903 173 624

                    Home 01253 875565

 

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ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM

CONTINUING EXPORT CABLE REPAIR –DIVING OPERATIONS

 

Repairs to the Export cable are ongoing and the cable repair vessel ‘STEMAT 82’ is on site in the area of the Sub-Station at the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM and continuing with repair operations.

 

Attached are the NtMs issued by Transmission Capitol in relation to the ongoing work.

 

As part of the Export Cable Repair Dive Operations will be carried out as requiredboth at the Sub-Station and along the Export Cable and the ALPHA FLAG (White and Blue) will be displayed whenever DIVERS are deployed

 

IN CONSIDERATION OF THE ANCHOR PATTERN THAT WILL BE DEPLOYED BY THESE VESSELS A SAFETY EXCLUSION ZONE OF AT LEAST 1,000 METERS IS REQUESTED AND ADVISED AT ALL TIMES WHENEVER THESE VESSELS ARE ON SITE.

 

Repair work is being carried out on the Export Cable along the stretch from the Sub-Station and out to at least 1’000 meters and all mariners are requested to keep clear of and give a wide berth to the work area as shown on the attached chartlet and as noted below.

 

Support craft will also be in attendance.

 

Work area co-ordinates :

Lat 54     03     53.5N              Long 003     24     59.6W

 

Lat 54     04     20.5N               Long 003     23     09.4W

 

Lat 54     05     00.8N               Long 003     25     47.3W

 

Lat 54     05     27.8N               Long 003     23     57.0W

 

Please mark these on your chart/plotter and keep clear

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POWER OUTAGE – TEMPORARY NAVIGATION LIGHTS

EXTINGUISHED  AVIATION LIGHTS

As part of the work programme to repair the section of Export Cable there is a power outage.

 

Temporary Navigation Lights have been fitted to cover all existing Navigation Lights but it should be noted that the Aviation Lights will not be covered and these lights will now have extinguished.

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UNDERWATER INSPECTION OPERATIONS

ALL TURBINE POSITIONS

 

The Dive support/Utility vessel M/V ‘CARRIER’ (picture and details attached) is continuing with the programme of SUB-SEA INSPECTION OPERATIONS at each Turbine position in the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM, as weather and conditions permit.

 

M/V ‘CARRIER’ will first inspect all of the sub-sea workings of each Turbine along the D String, which is the inshore section, before moving off to inspect the next string and is currently carrying out inspections at Turbine D05

 

Please note M/V ‘CARRIER’ will work during daylight hours only

 

As each Turbine inspection is expected to take 3 to 4 days the full programme of work will last for approx. 44 days, depending on weather and conditions.

 

The ALPHA FLAG (White and Blue) will be displayed whenever DIVERS are in the water and a minimum 500 meters Safety Exclusion Zone is requested at all times whenever this vessel is on site

 

Fishermen are requested and advised to avoid setting any pots at positions extending for at least 1 mile from the Sub-Station and along the Export Cable Route during this period, if in doubt please contact me.

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For more information on the boundaries of the 50 metre Advisory Safety distances please ensure that you have the latest KIS-ORCA information installed – this can be downloaded from http://www.KIS-ORCA.eu

 

Please also consult the MMO website : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/marking-of-fishing-gear-retrieval-and-notification-of-lost-gear

 

If fishing inside the Wind Farm you are advised to use Dhan Buoys anchored towards the middle of the lane with a long weighted feed line rather than Marker Buoys that can be moved by the strong tides and so foul the Turbines.

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A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 and any of the vessels, can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement and DIVING OPERATIONS only

 

Also attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM

 

Please note that the ‘Flyer’ is provided for information relating to the Wind Farm only and should not be used for navigation.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information

 

Regards  :  Tom Watson

Tel………..  Mobile 07903 173 624

       Home 01253 87

 

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