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    • Jun152017

      ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM EXPORT CABLE REPAIR –DIVING OPERATIONS

       

      ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM

      EXPORT CABLE REPAIR –DIVING OPERATIONS

       

      Attached are two NtMs issued by Transmission Capital concerning the repair to the EXPORT CABLE at the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM.

       

      These NtMs give the details of the work area shown as Figure 1 on the attachments, and noted below, as well as showing pictures of the two vessels involved, the Cable Lay Barge ‘STEMAT 82’ and the DIVE PLATFORM/SUPPORT VESSEL ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’.

       

      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.

       

      The main cable repair vessel is the ‘STEMAT 82’ assisted and supported in the initial stages by ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’

       

      ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’ is on site and carrying out Dive Operations at the Sub-Station and along the Export Cable within the work area as shown in Fig.1 on the attachments and noted below

       

      Dive Operations are expected to last for approx. 7 days, depending weather and conditions, and the ALPHA FLAG (White and Blue) will be displayed whenever DIVERS are in the water.

       

      ‘STEMAT 82’ is in Barrow and can be expected on site shortly.

       

      The repair work in total, involving ‘STEMAT 82’, is expected to run until around Sunday 11th June, approx. 16 days, again depending on weather and conditions.

       

      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

       

      Two CTVs ‘WINDCAT 27’ and ‘WINDCAT 37’ will assist as required from the base in Barrow

       

      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.

       

      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

      Ormonde_OWF (new chart)
      Ormonde Export Dive Works 110517

    • Jun152017

      BURBO BANK 2 (EXTENSION) CARDINAL and SPECIAL MARKER BUOYS

      BURBO BANK 2 (EXTENSION)

       

      CARDINAL and SPECIAL MARKER BUOYS are marking the site, see chartlet attached, and as this area is still recognised as a construction site 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 fully commissioned with the Buoys removed and you have been informed.

       

      CTV’s and other service craft will continue to transit between the shore base at the Camell Laird Shipyard and the Wind Farm site ferrying out technicians engaged on monitoring and testing work until final commissioning.

       

      WAVE RIDER BUOYS

       

      The North WAVE RIDER BUOY is on station to support the operational phase of the Wind Farm

       

      Attached for information is a small chartlet which shows the Wind Farm Site and the Buoy positions

      …………………………………………………………………………………………

       

      REPLACEMENT OF INFIELD (OR INTER-ARRAY) SUBSEA CABLE

      BETWEEN TURBINE POSITIONS A02  –  C02

       

      The Cable Lay Vessel ‘WILLEM de VLAMINGH’ is on site to continue the work of replacing the 1900m long section of subsea Infield (or Inter-Array) Cable between Turbine positions A02 and C02.

       

      ‘WILLEM de VLAMINGH’ will be assisted and supported by ‘SEACAT DEFENDER’ and one other CTV in an operation that is expected to last for 21 days, depending on weather and conditions.

       

      A wide berth, minimum 500 meters, is requested around the vessel at all times while on site and any passing vessels are requested and advised to stay clear of the area between the two mentioned Turbine positions.

       

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 14 as well as monitoring VHF Channel 12 for Mersey VTS and ‘WILLEM de VLAMINGH’, or accompanying support vessel, can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only.

       

      The second attachment shows a picture of ‘WILLEM de VLAMINGH’

       

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

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

                         Home 01253 875565

       

      BURBO BANK 2 (EXT) BUOY POSITIONS
      CABLE LAY VESSEL-‘WILLEM de VLAMINGH

       

    • May232017

      Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm – Export Cable: Diving Works May 2017

      Notice to Mariners
      Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm – Export Cable: Diving Works
      May 2017

      Ormonde Export Dive Works 110517
      Ormonde_OWF (new chart)

    • May152017

      ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM DIVING OPERATIONS – OFFSHORE SUB-STATION

      ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM

      DIVING OPERATIONS – OFFSHORE SUB-STATION

       

      Attached is a NtM issued by Transmission Capital concerning Diving Operations that are to be carried out at the Offshore Sub-Station at the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM

       

      The DIVE PLATFORM/SUPPORT VESSEL will be ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’ and Dive Operations are expected to start on Thursday 18th May and will last for approx. 7 days, depending weather and conditions.

       

      All work will be carried out in the immediate vicinity of the Sub-Station.

       

      ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’ will display the ALPHA FLAG (White and Blue) whenever DIVERS are deployed but a minimum 500 meters Safety Exclusion Zone is requested for this vessel at all times when on site.

       

      During Dive Operations the bow of the vessel will be connected to the ORMONDE Sub-Station (or Offshore Platform) by two Poly-Ethelene/Propylene lines of up to 25 m length, anchors at the stern of the vessel will be deployed at approximately 175 m from the vessel in a NE and SE alignment.

       

      Included with the attached NtM is a small chartlet which shows the location of the works in relation to the Wind Farm as well as a picture of ‘YORKSHIRE LADY’

       

      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

      Ormonde Export Dive Works 110517
      Ormonde Export Dive Works 110517

    • May102017

      MOD Eskmeals – Activity Alert: 15th to 26th May 2017

       

      MOD Eskmeals – Activity Alert: 15th to 26th May 2017

       

      Dear Resident,

       

      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
      15 to 19 May Firing
      22 to 26 May 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

    • May092017

      WALNEY 1 & 2 OFFSHORE WIND FARMS BATHYMETRIC SURVEY

      Dear All,

      WALNEY 1 & 2 OFFSHORE WIND FARMS

      BATHYMETRIC SURVEY

       

      A Bathymetric Survey that will cover all 102 Turbine positions, all of the Infield or Inter-Array Cables as well as the two Sub-Stations is scheduled for the WALNEY 1 & 2 OFFSHORE WIND FARMS.

       

      The survey can be expected to start on or around Thursday 11th May and will be carried out by the Bibby Hydromap’s 15 meter survey catamaran ‘LIA’ as soon as this vessel completes and then demobilises from the ORMONDE EXPORT CABLE SURVEY.

       

      ‘LIA’ will operate on a 12 hr daylight only schedule and start date and length of survey is dependent on weather and conditions but the survey can be expected to run for approx. 7 to 9 days

       

      All mariners should please note that as ‘LIA’ will be using highly sensitive Multi Beam Echo Sounding Equipment a wide berth, minimum 500 meters, is requested around the vessel at all times and passing vessels are requested to reduce speed if possible.

       

      Attached for information is a small chartlet which shows the Wind Farm Layout with the Turbine positions as black dots, the Infield (or Inter-Array) Cables as red lines and the two Sub-Stations red triangles, there is also a picture of ‘LIA’

       

      Also attached is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning WALNEY 1 & 2 (WALNEY 1 is shaded blue – WALNEY 2 is shaded red).

       

      Please note that the ‘Flyers’ are 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.

       

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel………..  Mobile 07903 173 624

                          Home 01253 875565

      Walney1_2_2015_LRes
      WALNEY 1&2 Bathy. Survey-‘LIA’ -May 17

    • May082017

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) – START OF CONSTRUCTION

      Dear All,                                                                                                                                                                             048/17

       

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) – START OF CONSTRUCTION

      CARDINAL AND SPECIAL MARKER BUOYS 

       

      CARDINAL and SPECIAL MARKER BUOYS are marking the site of the WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) WIND FARM SITE.

       

      Please note that as this area is now designated as a construction site 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

      …………………………………………………………………………….

      CONSTRUCTION

       

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

       

      The accommodation Jack-up ‘SEA FOX 2’ is on site and jacked-up close to the WOWO3 Offshore Sub-Station (Z03), ‘SEA FOX 2’ will remain at this location for approx. 2 months.

       

      Mono-piles complete with Transition Pieces now installed section WOWO3 :  B01, B05, C02, C04, C05, C06, D02, D03, D04, E01, E03, F02

      Mono-piles complete with Transition Pieces now installed section WOWO4 : G05

       

      Two installation vessels are on site, ‘AEOLUS’ that will make regular journeys to Belfast to re-load and the jack-up ‘SVANEN’ which will remain on site and be serviced by the tugs ‘VIKING’ and ‘NEPTUNE MARINER’ transiting between the Wind Farm site and Belfast on a regular basis towing Mono-Piles and Transition Pieces out for ‘SVANEN’ to install.

       

      Various support and Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs) are on site to assist in manoeuvring and installation

       

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

       

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

       

      At least two CTVs will also be operating within the construction area

       

      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 is on page 2 of the attachment.

      ……………………………………………………………………………….

      WIND FARM SITE GUARD VESSELS

       

      There are three Guard Vessels currently engaged :

       

      ‘KARIMA’ primary Wind Farm Site, ‘FAIRLINE SURVEYOR’, secondary Wind Farm site/Export Cable and ‘OCTOPUS’ Export Cable.

      (Attachment page 3)

       

      ’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
    • May042017

      RIG MOVE WARNING DESTINATION WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4)

      Dear All,

       

      The unsettled weather has caused a delay but please be advised that the accommodation rig ’SEAFOX 2’ will shortly leave Holyhead under tow for the WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) WIND FARM SITE.

       

      ‘SEAFOX 2’ will be accompanied by three tug boats, ‘ALP ACE’ will act as the lead tug assisted by ‘DMS STORK’ and ‘MULTRATUG 3’.

       

      Once on site at the WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) ‘SEAFOX 2’ will jack-up close to the WOWO3 Offshore Sub-Station (Z03), ‘SEA FOX 2’ will remain at this location for approx. 2 months.

       

      All of the towing vessels will keep a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 & 12 and can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only, mariners are requested to give a wide berth, minimum 500 meters, when passing.

       

      The attachment shows pictures of ‘SEAFOX 2’, both afloat and under tow as well as jacked up on station, there are also pictures of the tug boats involved.

       

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

       

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

       

      ‘SEAFOX 2’ & ESCORT TUGS
      Subject:
      RIG MOVE WARNING ADVICE – ‘SEA FOX 2’

    • Apr272017

      DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – BATHYMETRIC SURVEY

      WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – BATHYMETRIC SURVEY

      WIND FARM INFIELD (OR INTER-ARRAY) CABLES AND SECTIONS OF THE EXPORT CABLE

       

      The 15 meter Bibby Hydromap survey catamaran ‘LIA’ can be expected on site shortly to start the Bathymetric survey that will cover all of the Infield (or Inter-Array) Cables as well as all of the crossings along the Export Cable Route.

       

      The survey will, as previously advertised, be using highly sensitive equipment which includes high resolution multi-beam echo sounders and a wide berth, minimum 500 meters, is requested around the vessel at all times and passing vessels are requested to reduce speed if possible.

       

      Please note that the survey along the Export Cable Route will be concentrated at Cable crossings and at sections of cable where scour mitigation/protection works have been carried out.

       

      ‘LIA’ will operate mainly from Fleetwood on a 12hr (daylight only) schedule and survey operations are expected to last for approx. 8 days, depending on weather and conditions.

       

      Attached for information is a small chartlet which shows the Wind Farm Layout with the Infield (or Inter-Array) Cables to be surveyed shaded red as well as the general run of the Export Cable with the main areas of survey identified, there is also a picture of ‘LIA’

       

      Also attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning the WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM including the Export Cable Route.

       

      Please note that both the ‘Chartlet’ and the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ are provided for information purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

       

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 and ‘LIA’ can be contacted for information relating to survey operations only, ‘LIA’ will also monitor Channel 14 when in the approaches to Heysham

       

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

      Regards  :  Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

                        Home 01253 875565

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    • Apr222017

      Debris Clearance Shell Flats

      Subject: DEBRIS CLEARANCE SURVEY (BATHYMETRIC) – SHELL FLATS – BATHYMETRIC SURVEY – WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – INFIELD (OR INTER-ARRAY) CABLES AND SECTIONS OF THE EXPORT CABLE CROSSINGS

      Dear All,

      SHELL FLATS – MET MASTS

      The delayed Debris Clearance (Bathymetric) Survey for the area around the two Met Masts that are situated on the Shell Flats Bank will now start on Sunday 23rd April

      The survey will, as advertised, be carried out by the 15 meter Bibby Hydromap survey catamaran ‘LIA’ using highly sensitive equipment which includes high resolution multi-beam echo sounders to map any debris on the seabed in a 300m x 300m box around each Mast and a wide berth, minimum 500 meters, is requested whenever the vessel is on site at either Mast

      Attached for information is a small chartlet which shows the locations of the two Met Masts on the Shell Flats identifying Masts 1 and 2 with the Lat and Long positions in the top right hand corner. (1st attachment)

      This survey will last for one day only, ‘LIA’ will then transit to Fleetwood and berth overnight

      As long as weather and conditions remain favourable ‘LIA’ will then sail on Monday 24th to start the delayed Bathymetric Survey at the WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM SITE AND EXPORT CABLE ROUTE

      …………………………………………………………………….

      WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM – BATHYMETRIC SURVEY

      WIND FARM INFIELD (OR INTER-ARRAY) CABLES AND SECTIONS OF THE EXPORT CABLE

      This Bathymetric survey will cover all of the Infield (or Inter-Array) Cables as well as all of the crossings along the Export Cable Route.

      All mariners should please note that as on the previous survey ‘LIA’ will be using highly sensitive Multi Beam Echo Sounding Equipment and a wide berth, minimum 500 meters, is requested around the vessel at all times and passing vessels are requested to reduce speed if possible.

      Please note that the survey along the Export Cable Route will be concentrated at Cable crossings and at sections of cable where scour mitigation/protection works have been carried out.

      ‘LIA’ will operate on a 12hr (daylight only) schedule and survey operations are expected to last for approx. 8 days, depending on weather and conditions.

      Attached for information is a small chartlet which shows the Wind Farm Layout with the Infield (or Inter-Array) Cables to be surveyed shaded red as well as the general run of the Export Cable with the main areas of survey identified, there is also a picture of ‘LIA’ (3rd Attachment)

      Also attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning the WEST of DUDDON SANDS WIND FARM including the Export Cable Route.

      Please note that both the ‘Chartlet’ and the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ are provided for information purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

      A listening watch will be kept on VHF Channels 16 & 12 and ‘LIA’ can be contacted for information relating to survey operations only, ‘LIA’ will also monitor Channel 14 when in the approaches to Heysham

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

      Regards : Tom Watson

      Tel……….. Mobile 07903 173 624

      Home 01253 875565

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      WOW032145_ShellFlatsMetMastsLocation_20161207_RevA
      WoDS Exp. Cable Survey – ‘LIA’ April 17