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    • Sep072017

      2017 Photographic Competition

    • Jul112017

       ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM – DIVE INSPECTION OPERATIONS -ALL TURBINE POSITIONS

      MV Carrier

       

      Ormonde_OWF (new chart)

      From: Tom Watson

      Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017 9:29 AM

      To: Tom Watson

      Subject: ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM – DIVE INSPECTION OPERATIONS -ALL TURBINE POSITIONS

       

      Dear All,

       

      The Dive support/Utility vessel M/V ‘CARRIER’ is on passage back site to continue with the SUB-SEA INSPECTION OPERATIONS at each Turbine position in the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM.

       

      M/V ‘CARRIER’ will continue to 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

       

      M/V ‘CARRIER’ will work during daylight hours only and the programme of work is expected to 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

       

      Support craft (CTVs) will also be in attendance.

       

      Fishermen are requested and advised to avoid setting any pots within 500 meters of any of the mentioned Turbine positions, or Turbine strings, that will be advised during this period, if in doubt please contact me.

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

       

      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.

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

       

      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

       

      Attached for information is the ‘Kingfisher Flyer’ which gives all of the relevant information concerning the ORMONDE OFFSHORE WIND FARM, also attached is a picture along with the details of M/V ‘CARRIER’

       

      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

       

       

    • Jul112017

      Free Tickets to Southampton Boat Show For RYA Members

    • 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

       

    • Jun152017

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4) PRE-LAY GRAPNEL RUN (PLGR)– WOWO4 EXPORT CABLE

                                                                                                                                                                                061/17

       

      WALNEY EXTENSION (WOWO3+4)

       

      PRE-LAY GRAPNEL RUN (PLGR)– WOWO4 EXPORT CABLE

       

      A pre-lay grapnel (PLGR) run along a section of the WOWO4 EXPORT CABLE ROUTE, from the landfall at Middleton Sands through Heysham Lake/Lune Deeps and out to the West and South of the Lune Buoy, is scheduled to start on or around Friday June 16th.

       

      The grapnel run will be carried out by the 27.7m Briggs Marine Multi-Cat Work Boat ‘FORTH WARRIOR’ between the two KPs below and as marked on the attached chartlet :

       

      KP 3.7                          to                                      KP 22.5

      Lat 54° 0.28”N   Long 002° 56.86”W                                   Lat 53° 54.98”N  Long 003° 11.01”W  

       

      ‘FORTH WARRIOR’ will be operating at reduced speed while towing heavy equipment at up to 60 meters astern and with limited manoeuvrability therefore a wide berth, 500 meters, is requested from passing vessels.

       

      Depending on weather and conditions as well as the requirement for any boulder or debris removal the PLGR can be expected to last several weeks.

       

      ‘FORTH WARRIOR’ will keep a listening watch on VHF Channels 16 and 12 as well as monitoring Channel 14 and can be contacted for information relating to vessel movement only.

       

      The attachment has a small chartlet which shows the general run of the Export Cable with the two KPs clearly marked as well as the Lat & Long in WGS84 Format Degrees, Minutes, Decimal, there is also a picture of ‘FORTH WARRIOR’.

       

      Please note that the chartlet is provided for information purposes 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

      PLGR WOWO4 – ‘FORTH WARRIOR’
    • May232017

      June Regatta Sat 10th and Sunday 11th June

    • 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
    • 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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      West_of_Duddon_Sands_2015_LRes

    • 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