Pentland Firth Works Operations - Details For Mariners
11th March 2015
James Fisher Marine Services
Booths Park House
tel 01856831380 mob 07747843712
All positions to be quoted in World Geodetic System 1984 [WGS84], lat. / long., in deg./ minutes. & 3 decimal places of minutes.
Works schedule and purpose
Date/s: 20th March 2015 until 31st July 2015
Operations will take place during the date range at approximately 4 week intervals
Inspection of horizontal drilling exit points along with minor remedial work at drill exit holes.
Diving operations will be undertaken during slack water periods, out with that time C-Salvor may deploy cameras suspended below the vessel.
Maximum extent of projected works
058° 38' 47.80856" N
003° 07' 59.95327" W
Moorings will be located within 500m of the above coordinates
Buoys and markers to be displayed on site Mooring buoys will be deployed / recovered for the duration Colour - Yellow
Area to be avoided
As stated above and indicated on chart at Fig1
Seabed post operations
On completion of works the specified coordinates will be clear from all hazards and obstructions.
Instructions to vessels
Vessels involved will be keeping continuous listening watch on Channel 16 and will display appropriate lights and marks as required by the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
Mariners are requested to give the works a wide berth
OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW MORE PEOPLE AND CARS SAILED ACROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH FROM CAITHNESS TO ORKNEY IN 2016 FROM GILLS BAY THAN ON ANY OTHER ROUTE. Official figures recently published by Scottish Government 'spending watchdog' body Audit Scotland show that the so-called 'short sea-route' from Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope was the busiest seaway to Orkney across the Pentland Firth in 2016.
One of the contractors that has been operating in the Inner Sound for Atlantis RL's MeyGen site has been taken over by another, a much-larger one. See note on Insight Marine Services Ltd of Cornwall.
Notice of Annual General Meeting: On Tuesday 21.03.2017 @ 19.30. Gills Harbour Ltd: A Community- owned trading Company limited by guarantee.
Jack-up barge Neptune arrives in the PF's Inner Sound early this afternoon 22.09.16. German tug Elbe, which will be working closely with the self-propelled JU, is already on site.
Update From Bill Mowatt. 'Notice to mariners': Installation of first tidal-stream turbine in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound at Atlantis RL's MeyGen site c.
On Friday 18th September 2015 the 24 metre-long rectangular steel multi-cat C-Chariot built in 2013 was to be seen loading a Data-fish buoy at Gills Harbour, Caithness. North Sea systems Ltd who own the Datafish describe it on their web site (http://www.northseasystems.com/) as follows - "DataFish is North Sea System's metocean survey buoy for unforgiving marine environments.
Seabed cable-laying operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off Canisbay, which may occur in the period 10.09.15 to 25.09.15. The cable ship being used in the Inner Sound is the 121 metre long Siem Daya 1 and she will reel in the four cables at Hartlepool in NE England.
We thank John Green for his picture of what £4.5 million of marine renewables vessels + kit looks like when alongside at Gills Harbour..
The most modern vessel in the Far North of Scotland's 'marine renewables' fleet is conducting debut operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound this week. (commences 24.08.15).
Scotland's Shadow Minister for Transport Mr David Stewart, Labour MSP for the Highlands & Islands constituency, has made a fact-finding visit to community-owned Gills Harbour on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound. There he was shown around by three officers of Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL), the Canisbay company that owns and operates the Scottish Mainland's most Northerly port.
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