Survey warning for seafarers

SEAFARERS near Dundalk Bay and Carlingford Lough are being advised to give a wide berth to the hydrographic and oceanographic survey operation, which is being carried out in the area this month.

SEAFARERS near Dundalk Bay and Carlingford Lough are being advised to give a wide berth to the hydrographic and oceanographic survey operation, which is being carried out in the area this month.

The RV Celtic Voyager is carrying out survey operations between Kildeel and Clogherhead from September 2-15. The vessel will display lights and markers and will be towing different sensors from time to time with a single cable of up to 100m long.

The vessel will also deploy water level recording equipment on the seabed at certain locations. These will be marked with buoys and lights. Seafarers will also be alerted by Irish Coast Guard radio notices.

All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing are being asked to give the RV Celtic Voyager, and her towed equipment, a wide berth and to keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas.

Mariners are being reminded of their responsibilites under the International Collision Regulations.The INFOMAR supported hydrographic and oceanographic survey is being carried out as part of the ‘INIS Hydro’ project. For more details on this survey contact The Marine Institute on 091-387200 or visit www.inis-hydro.eu.