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Rampion Wind Farm - Operations

Trenching

The barge Beluga, assisted by the tug Husky - 2EQ17, is planning to dig a trench (approx. 4.2km in length) from the beach at Lancing toward the offshore substation. Start date for trenching is planned to be 25/06/17, weather permitting, and is due to be completed by the 28/08/17. Upon completion of the trench, the cable will be laid. The vessels will then return to backfill the trench after completion of cable laying. Backfilling is planned to start around 29/08/17 and will last approximately 10 days weather permitting. The cable will be laid In between the 2 existing export cables

Dive Operations

Once the cable has been installed, the vessel C Fenna - MBAH3 will return to suport diving operations to clamp the cables to the installed fixings. Operations are planned to commence on the 30/08/17 and last for approximately 2 days weather permitting.

Cable Laying

The CS Recorder - MATL3, assisted by the Jif Challenger- FIYA (nearshore cable lay), will lay the cable in the neashire trench and out to the OSP. Operations are planned to start on the 29/08/17 and be completed by the 03/09/17, weather permitting.

Actions

The construction vessels will be restricted in manoeuvrability during operations. All vessels are requested to remain a minimum safe distance of 500m from the construction vessels at all times. Furthermore, all mariners are requested to make themselves aware of their obligations for conducting activities over buried cables. All mariners should be aware that High Speed project vessels (crew transfer vessels) are operating between the ports of Brighton, Shoreham, predominantly Newhaven and the wind farm.

 
Revised Export Cable shallow buried exposed sections of cable

Due to either seabed conditions, or to enable jointing/protection works planned for later in 2017, some sections of the export cables have been either shallow buried or laid exposed on the seabed. Rock bags have been placed above some parts of these exposed/shallow buried cable sections to stabilise them until all construction works are complete. The shallow buried/exposed sections of cable and rock bags represent a significant hazard to fishing vessels and their gear (if fishing gear is deployed over them) and any vessels anchoring over them. All commercial/recreational fishing vessels deploying any form of demersal fishing gears (trawls/shellfish dredgers etc.) or fixed fishing gears (pots, traps, nets etc) should ensure that:

Hazardous  Areas:

Hazard Area 1

Hazard Area 2

Hazard Area 3

Hazard Area 4

50°48.816'N 

00°20.330'W

50°44.965'N 

00°18.466'W

50°43.711'N 

00°18.308'W

50°42.179'N 

00°15.625'W

50°48.958'N 

00°19.850'W

50°44.271'N 

00°18.250'W

50°42.872'N 

00°17.117'W

50°41.626'N 

00°14.629'W

50°48.456'N 

00°19.349'W

50°44.196'N 

00°19.081'W

50°42.482'N 

00°17.677'W

50°41.129'N 

00°15.441'W

50°47.877'N 

00°18.820'W

50°44.882'N 

00°19.331'W

50°43.179'N 

00°18.919'W

50°41.686'N 

00°16.422'W

50°47.425'N 

00°18.545'W

 

50°43.432'N 

00°18.985'W

 

50°47.213'N 

00°19.327'W

 

 

 

50°48.473'N 

00°20.266'W

 

 

 

 

  • The Wind Farms requests, all such Gears DO NOT come within 500m of the exposed/shallow buried cables (as indicated above)

  • The Wind Farms requests, mobile or towed demersal fishing gears (trawls, shellfish dredgers etc) gears DO NOT come within the vicinity of the cables in locations outside of these defined hazard areas.

  • Furthermore, interaction between fishing gear (OR anchors) and the export cables could also cause damage to the export cables themselves. All mariners are requested NOT to anchor within 100m of the export cables and to make themselves aware of their obligations for conducting activities over buried cable.

The current lattice structure has failed and will be replaced in due course.

 

Met Mast

50°41.287'N  00°20.594'W

 

Project Wave Rider: Please note Wave Rider No.3 has now been relocated:

 

Wave Rider 1

50°41.409'N  00°15.816'W

Wave Rider 2

50°40.192'N  00°13.352'W

Wave Rider 3

50°46.555'N  00°19.070'W

 

Special Yellow marker buoys with 2-3nm yellow light which flashes 1 sec every 5 seconds.

 

  Cardinal Buoy Positions   Cardinal Buoy Positions
 50°41.375'N  00°21.901'W

50°42.072'N  00°17.095'W

50°42.769'N  00°12.284'W

50°41.051'N  00°11.310'W
 50°39.170'N  00°11.365'W

50°38.399'N  00°16.149'W

50°37.629'N  00°20.928'W

50°39.439'N  00°21.931'W

 

For further information: Gordon Bain (Eon Marine Coordination) +44(0)7787241442  email leadmc@rampionoffshore.com

 

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