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    • Dec172017

      LIVERPOOL BAY AREA – BENTHIC SURVEY

      Dear All,

      Attached is a NtM issued by NIRAS Consulting Ltd (NIRAS) informing of a Benthic Survey in the Liverpool Bay area, off the coast of England/Wales, which will be carried out by the 18m survey vessel ‘MERSEY GUARDIAN’ (picture attached)

      The survey is part of an ongoing scientific monitoring programme and has a start date of Monday 18th December, it will consist of grab samples of the seabed which will be taken from the survey area as advertised on the attached chartlet.

      Survey operations are expected to last for 4 days although, depending on weather and conditions, the days may not run consecutively. Survey operations should not interfere with any other vessel but as ‘MERSEY GUARDIAN’ will be restricted in its ability to manoeuvre during sampling passing vessel are requested to give a wide berth and keep clear.

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 14 as well as monitoring VHF Channel 12 for Mersey VTS and ‘MERSEY GUARIAN’ can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only

       

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information regarding this survey.

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

                         Home 01253 875565

      Area 392_393 Notice to Mariners – Mersey Guardian Dec 17

    • Dec042017

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO4) – COMMISIONING OF SUB-STATION Z04

      From: Tom Watson

      Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:00 AM

      To: Tom Watson

      Subject: WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO4) – COMMISIONING OF SUB-STATION Z04

       

      Dear All,                                                                                                                                                                93/17

       

      On or around Monday 4th December, and depending on weather and conditions, the Jack-up vessel ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ is scheduled to jack-up at the Offshore Sub-Station Z04 in the section of the WALNEY EXTENSION defined as WOWO4.      

       

      ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ will be supporting commissioning works and although this work is not expected to interfere with any other vessel and as there will be a considerable amount of activity with numerous other vessels involved a wide berth is requested from any passing vessel during the time that ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ can be observed on site.     

       

      Attached for information is a small chartlet that shows the layout of the WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) WIND FARM with both sections WOWO3 and WOWO4 as well as the two Sub-Stations Z03 and Z04 clearly marked, there is also a picture of ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’

      ………………………………………………………….

       

      The primary Wind Farm Site guard vessel ‘KARIMA’ will be on site and can be contacted for any information regarding vessel movements, a listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12.

       

      ’KARIMA’ will conduct 6 hourly Securite broadcasts informing Mariners of site relevant safety information, these will be announced on VHF Channel 16 and broadcast will take place on VHF channel 67 at 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 & 00:00.

       

      Please note that the chartlet is provided for information purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

       

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about any of the above or require any further information, also please pass this information to any of your colleagues who you think might be interested.

       

      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.

       

      Regards :  Tom Watson

      Tel………. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

    • Dec042017

       KEY Notice, Warning of the Bigger ‘Extension to Walney’

       KEY Notice,  it warns of the bigger ‘Extension to Walney’ & constant traffic.

      Mike

      From: Tom Watson

      Sent: Friday, December 01, 2017 4:18 PM

      Subject: WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) – CONSTRUCTION – INSTALLATION VESSELS – CABLE LAY VESSELS FOR INFIELD AND INTERLINK CABLES

      Dear All,                                                                                                                                                                               092/17

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) – CONSTRUCTION

      BOTH SECTIONS OF THE WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) REMAIN A DESIGNATED CONSTRUCTION AREA

      CARDINAL AND SPECIAL MARKER BUOYS ARE MARKING BOTH AREAS

       Please note that the whole of this area remains a designated construction site and all mariners are requested and advised to mark the positions of these Buoys on their charts/plotters and unless there are matters relating to their own safety or the safety of others they should keep clear and not enter the buoyed area until the Wind Farm has been commissioned with the Buoys removed and you have been informed.

       Please refer to attachment Page 1

      All mariners should also note that there will be a constant stream of traffic between the Wind Farm Site, Belfast, Barrow and Heysham.

      …………………………………………………………………………….

      CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION PROGRESS

      SUB-STATIONS

      Both Offshore Sub-Station Z03 (section WOWO3) and Z04 (section WOWO4) have been installed

      ZO3 (section WOWO3)

      The accommodation Jack-up ‘SEA FOX 2’ is jacked-up close to this Sub-Station while commissioning work is ongoing.

      ZO4 (section WOWO4)

      On or around Monday 4th December, and depending on weather and conditions, the Jack-up vessel ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ is scheduled to jack-up at this Sub-Station to support commissioning works.

      ……………………………………………………………………………….

      Section WOWO3 

      All 40 of the Wind Turbine Generators in this section of the Wind Farm are installed, 6 WTGs have now been commissioned and are producing power to the National Grid : A03, E01, E02, E03, F03, G02.

       Work on commissioning in this section will continue as weather and conditions permit.

      Section WOWO4

      All of the Mono-piles complete with the Transition Piece are now installed in this section of the Wind Farm. 

      INSTALLATION VESSELS ON SITE

      There are no Turbine installation vessels on site at this time

      Various support and Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs) are on site to assist in manoeuvring and installation CTVs will also be operating between the area of the Wind Farm site and Barrow.

      A 500 minimum meter Safety Exclusion Distance is requested around all of the construction vessel at all times while on site

      Pictures of the Installation vessels as well as some of the Anchor Handling and Transport Tugs that can be expected on site and in the area are on page 2 of the attachment.

      ………………………………………………………………………

      CABLE LAY/CABLE BURIEL/ROCK PLACEMENT VESSELS

      The 15 meter Cable Trenching vessel ‘HERMES 1V’ (picture attached) is scheduled to carry out trenching operations at a section of the WOWO4 Export Cable in the Lune Deep/Heysham Lake area (off Middleton Sands) as soon as weather and conditions permit. The section is identified as being shaded green on the attached chartlet.

       The Rock Placement vessel ‘ROCK PIPER’ is on site to carry out cable protection by rock placement at specified sections of the Inter-Array/Inter-Link Cables.

      If required the site Guard Vessel ‘KARIMA’ can be contacted on VHF Channels 16 & 12 for information relating to any Cable Lay, Cable Pull In, Turbine Installation or vessel movement.

      …………………………………………………………………………………….

      WIND FARM SITE GUARD VESSELS

       There are currently five Guard Vessels engaged :

      ‘KARIMA’ is primary Wind Farm Site,

      ‘FAIRLINE SURVEYOR’ secondary Wind Farm site/Export Cable

      ‘OCTOPUS’, ‘MARY ANN’ and ‘BENAIAH’ along the Export Cable Route.

      (Attachment pages 3 & 4)

      ’KARIMA’ will conduct 6 hourly Securite broadcasts informing Mariners of site relevant safety information, these will be announced on VHF Channel 16 and broadcast will take place on VHF channel 67 at 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 & 00:00.

      …………………………………………………………………………………….

      Please note that the chartlets are for provided for information purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about any of the above or require any further information, also please pass this information to any of your colleagues who you think might be interested.

      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.

      Regards :  Tom Watson

      Tel………. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

       

      Installation and Support Vessels WOWO3+4
      CABLE TRENCHING VESSEL ‘HERMES IV’
      ROCK PLACEMENT VESSEL ‘ROCK PIPER’

    • Dec012017

      MOD Eskmeals – Activity Alert: 4th December to 29th December 2017

      Detailed below is advance notification of activities which may be noticed in your neighbourhood. All of the limitations and stipulations outlined below apply.

      Date            Reason for Notification
      04 to 08 Dec No Firing
      11 Dec Firing
      12 to 15 Dec No Firing
      18 to 20 Dec Firing
      21 to 22 Dec No Firing
      25 to 29 Dec No Firing

      I hope that you find this information useful. Please feel free to pass it on to your neighbours.

      Yours faithfully,

      Penny

       

    • Nov292017

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO4) – COMMISIONING OF SUB-STATION Z04

      From: Tom Watson

      Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 11:00 AM

      To: Tom Watson

      Subject: WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO4) – COMMISIONING OF SUB-STATION Z04

       

      Dear All,                                                                                                                                                                93/17

       

      On or around Monday 4th December, and depending on weather and conditions, the Jack-up vessel ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ is scheduled to jack-up at the Offshore Sub-Station Z04 in the section of the WALNEY EXTENSION defined as WOWO4.      

       

      ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ will be supporting commissioning works and although this work is not expected to interfere with any other vessel and as there will be a considerable amount of activity with numerous other vessels involved a wide berth is requested from any passing vessel during the time that ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’ can be observed on site.     

       

      Attached for information is a small chartlet that shows the layout of the WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) WIND FARM with both sections WOWO3 and WOWO4 as well as the two Sub-Stations Z03 and Z04 clearly marked, there is also a picture of ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’

      ………………………………………………………….

       

      The primary Wind Farm Site guard vessel ‘KARIMA’ will be on site and can be contacted for any information regarding vessel movements, a listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12.

       

      ’KARIMA’ will conduct 6 hourly Securite broadcasts informing Mariners of site relevant safety information, these will be announced on VHF Channel 16 and broadcast will take place on VHF channel 67 at 06:00, 12:00, 18:00 & 00:00.

       

      Please note that the chartlet is provided for information purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

       

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about any of the above or require any further information, also please pass this information to any of your colleagues who you think might be interested.

       

      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.

       

      Regards :  Tom Watson

      Tel………. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

       

      WALNEY EXTENSION – ‘SEAJACKS SCYLLA’
    • Nov212017

      NOTICE OF SURVEYS WEST OF ROSSAL POINT

      PREESALL UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE FACILITY (brine discharge pipeline) – NOTICE OF SURVEYS WEST OF ROSSAL POINT – BENTHIC – UXO – GEOTECHNICAL – ARCHAEOLOGICAL

       

      Dear All,

      Attached for information is a Notice to Mariners issued by NIRAS concerning three surveys that are scheduled to be carried out off Fylde Peninsula in the area to the west of Rossall. 

      Dependant on weather and conditions survey operations are expected to start on or around Monday 20th November and run until early December and will consist of Benthic, UXO, and Geotechnical/Archaeological surveys.

      BENTHIC SURVEY (APPROX 7 DAYS)

      The first survey which is expected to start on or around Monday 20th November will involve drop down camera, trawl and grab samplings and will be carried out by the 12 meter NIRAS survey vessel ‘AQUADYNAMIC’.

      UXO – MAGNETOMETER SURVEY (APPROX 3 DAYS)

      This survey will involve sidescan sonar and multibeam echo sounder and will be carried out by the 8.9 meter BIBBY HYDROMAP vessel ‘EAGLE’

      GEOTECHNICAL –ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY (APPROX 6 DAYS)

      This survey will involve 11 cone penetration tests, 9 vibrocores for archaeological purposed as well as 4 vibrocores for geotechnical purposes and will be carried out by the 26 meter FUGRO catamaran ‘VOE JARL’.

      All mariners please note that during survey operations all of the survey vessels will have limited manoeuvrability and a wide berth is requested whenever any of these vessels can be observed on site.

      Survey operations will be carried on a 12 hr basis, daylight hours only, and the vessels will be based at Fleetwood for the duration of the works. The attachment has pictures of all of the vessels involved as well as a small chartlet which shows the area of the survey operations

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

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

       

      Preesall Notice to Mariners – Aquadynamic Nov17 Arcadis input
    • Nov162017

      Notice Of Marine Operations

    • Nov162017

      UC Eskmeals Firing Programme for 14th November to 1st December 2017

       

       

      MOD Eskmeals – Activity Alert: 14th November to 1st December  2017

      Detailed below is advance notification of activities which may be noticed in your neighbourhood. All of the limitations and stipulations outlined below apply.

       

      Date            Reason for Notification
      14 to 15 Nov No Firing
      16 Nov Firing
      17 Nov No Firing
      20 to 25 Nov Firing
      28 Nov to 01 Dec Firing

      I hope that you find this information useful. Please feel free to pass it on to your neighbours.

      Yours faithfully,

      Penny

       Limitations and Stipulations

       All activity on the site is conducted in a strictly controlled environment and presents no danger to the public. Please note that the weather, tide times and other operational requirements play a crucial part in trials planning and scheduling. Any one, or a combination of these factors, may mean that the activity has to be cancelled and rescheduled at short notice and it may not be possible to provide you with an updated schedule of work.

      The flying of red flags at the range boundary, or the lima flag (yellow and black quartered) at further points, indicates to members of the public that the range is active and there will be firing activities taking place.  At those times the byelaws noted on the signs near to the flags are in force.  If the red (or lima) flags are not flying, the range is not active and there will be no firing activities undertaken and as such the byelaws are not in force.

      Please be aware that QinetiQ carries out work at MOD Eskmeals on behalf of the MOD, under contract with the Secretary of State for Defence.  Because of the nature of the work, QinetiQ is limited as to the level and detail of information it can provide in these communications.

      QinetiQ operates a free phone care line number, 0800 0150536 for members of the public to call with any queries or concerns.

      Please feel free to forward this message on to others who you feel may benefit.

      If you do not wish to receive these notifications please reply to this email with a request to unsubscribe.

      Yours sincerely

      “This information has been generated for the purposes of informing the public as to QinetiQ’s scheduled operations at the MOD Eskmeals Range and it is acknowledged that the information may be included in other websites and publications. Please note that QinetiQ does not accept responsibility for or endorse any independent website or publication  which features this information.”

      Penny Haworth
      Community Liaison Officer, ESKMEALS RANGE
      Tel: 0800 0150536
      email: 
      Eskmealsenquiries@qinetiq.com
      http://www.QinetiQ.com
      QinetiQ – Delivering customer-focused solutions

      Please consider the environment before printing this email

       

       

    • Sep072017

      WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – Fish Survey Update

       

      From: Tom Watson

      Sent: Monday, September 04, 2017 9:03 AM

      To: Tom Watson

      Subject: WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – FISH SURVEY

      Dear All,

      ‘BENAIAH IV’ (picture attached) has completed the Benthic Survey at the BURBO 2 (EXT) WIND FARM and is now arriving on site at the WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM to start the Fish Survey

      WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – FISH SURVEY

      This survey consists of 23 Otter Trawls and 23 Beam Trawls (using the 2m Beam) and will last for approx. 5 days, again depending on weather and conditions.

      The attached small chartlet gives an overview of the survey with the trawl survey positions in red and the beam trawl survey positions blue.

      This survey is not expected to interfere with any other vessel

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 as well as monitoring VHF Channel 14 and ‘BENAIAH IV’ can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only

      …………………………………………………………………………

      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.

      ………………………………………………………………………..

       Attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM as well as the picture of ‘BENAIAH’.

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

      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.

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

      Regards :  Tom Watson

      Tel………. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

      West_of_Duddon_Sands_2015_LRes

      ‘BENAIAH 1V’
    • Aug292017

      Benthic survey BURBO 2 (EXT) WIND FARM.

      There is a slight delay to the start date West_of_</strong><strong>Duddon_Sands_2015_LRes
      ‘BENAIAH 1V’
      of the Benthic survey scheduled for the BURBO 2 (EXT) WIND FARM.

       

      This survey is now scheduled to start on Thursday 31st August and will be carried out, as advertised, by the fishing/survey boat ‘BENAIAH IV’ (picture attached) and can be expected to last for approx. 5 to 7 days, depending on weather and conditions.

       

      During this survey ‘BENAIAH IV’ will be using drop down video camera and grab samples and although the survey should not interfere with any other vessel ‘BENAIAH 1V’ will be limited in its ability to manoeuvre whilst sampling, therefore a wide berth, 500 meters, is requested whenever the vessel is on site and passing vessel are requested to reduce speed if possible and keep clear.

       

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 14 as well as monitoring VHF Channel 12 for Mersey VTS and ‘BENAIAH IV’ can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only

      …………………………………………………………………

       

      WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – FISH SURVEY

       

      Once completed at BURBO 2 (EXT) ‘BENAIAH IV’ will transit across to the WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM to carry out a Fish survey there.

      This survey will consist of 23 Otter Trawls and 23 Beam Trawls (using the 2m Beam) and will last for approx. 5 days, again depending on weather and conditions.

      Attached with the vessel specs is a small chartlet giving an overview with the trawl survey positions in red and the beam trawl survey positions blue.

       

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 as well as monitoring VHF Channel 14 and ‘BENAIAH IV’ can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only

      …………………………………………………………………………

      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.

      ………………………………………………………………………..

       

      Attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning BURBO 2 (EXT) WIND FARM as well as the picture of ‘BENAIAH’.

       

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

       

      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.

       

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

      Regards :  Tom Watson

      Tel………. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565