Marine Notice No. 30: Notification of Subsea Fibre Optic Cable pre-installation activities off Galway and Mayo

Marine Notice No. 30: Notification of Subsea Fibre Optic Cable pre-installation activities off Galway and Mayo 

The Department of Transport has issued Marine Notice No. 30 of 2022 giving notice to all shipowners, fishing vessel owners, agents, shipmasters, skippers, fishers, yachtsmen and seafarers of Subsea Fibre Optic Cable pre-installation activities off Galway and Mayo. 

The Department of Transport has been advised that SubCom will be carrying out pre-lay grapnel and route clearance operations along the route of the IRIS Subsea Fibre Optic Cable System in the Ireland TS, CZ & EEZ. The operations are expected to be carried out from 31 May 2022 until 10 June 2022.However, the Department wants to note the start date and the duration of the activity are weather dependent. 

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IRIS is a new high-speed undersea cable system, spans approximately 1,700 km in length and connects southwest of Iceland to Ballyloughane Strand in Galway, Ireland. 

The IRIS cable system is designed as a six-fibre pair trunk with a total system capacity of 108 Tbps with each fibre pair delivering 18Tbs. 

The IRIS cable system is privately owned and operated by Farice. Farice is fully owned by the Icelandic Government and plays an important role in Iceland’s infrastructure for the greater public good and economic life in Iceland. In additional to the new IRIS cable system, Farice owns and operates two submarine systems connecting Iceland to Europe, FARICE-1 and DANICE. 

The IRIS cable system is supplied by SubCom. 

The operations will take place in the locations indicated in Appendix 1. Further information on the locations is available in the map at Appendix 2. Click here to view.

The work will be conducted by the ACSM vessel, OSV Artabro (call sign EAQK). The vessel will have stern deployed equipment and will be restricted in manoeuvrability. All vessels operating within this area are requested to keep their distance and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash. The vessel will always be listening to channel 16 but can set any other channel as required. 

Enquiries regarding the contents of this Marine Notice, or any other matters, should be directed to: Andrew Yost, Marine Project Coordinator, MOBILE +1 603 828 9031, EMAIL ayost@subcom.com. 

All mariners are reminded of their responsibilities under the International Collision Regulations and are reminded of Marine Notice No. 17 of 2007, which gives general advice in relation to the activities of vessels engaged in survey work for hydrographic, seismic, fishing research and underwater operations.

The International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are implemented in Irish law by the Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Watercraft on the Water) Order 2012[S.I. No. 507 of 2012] and the Signals of Distress (Ships) Rules 2012 [S.I. No.170 of 2012]. See Marine Notice No. 06 of 2013. These Statutory Instruments may be purchased by mail order from Government Publications, Office of Public Works, 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.  Tel: (01) 6476834/1890-213434.  They are also available online at: www.irishstatutebook.ie. 

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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Notification of Subsea Fibre Optic Cable pre-installation activities off Galway and Mayo 

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