Marine Notice # 45 of 2012 – Lifejackets & buoyancy aids

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued marine notice # 45 of 2012 – Lifejackets and buoyancy aids. These are collectively known as PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices). This Marine Notice provides a useful summary of the legal requirements to wear PFDs, advice on selecting PFDs and useful maintenance guidance.

A copy of the marine notice is available from the Department’s website or by clicking here.

Marine Notice #43 of 2012 – Live air to ground firing practices at Gormonston

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has recently issued Marine Notice #43 of 2012 advising of live air to ground firing practices at Gormonston, Co Meath.

The Aer Corps’ “Flying Training School”, will conduct live air to surface firing practices on the following dates;

14th August to 18th August 2012 Inclusive.
20th August to 25th August 2012 Inclusive.
27th August to 31st August 2012 Inclusive.
Time: 08:00 to 17:00 Hours daily

The danger area comprises the lands of Gormanston Aerodrome and the Air and Sea areas contained within a radius of 3 nautical miles centred on Gormanston Aerodrome with an additional area contained within a segment centred on Gormanston Aerodrome and bearing of 015º degrees true, through Mosney Railway Station and 106º degrees true, through Gormanston Railway Station seawards for a distance of 10 nautical miles. For the periods whilst the Range is active the sea zone within the danger area is excluded to all vessels.
Surface area to be engaged will be the beach area inside the D1 area at Gormanston. A Naval Service patrol vessel will enforce the exclusion zone. The exclusion zone ‘D1’ is indicated on British Admiralty Chart No. 44.

All vessels are advised that they are required to remain outside of the exclusion zone whilst the Range is active.All vessels in the area are recommended to carefully monitor the Radio Navigation Warnings that will be broadcast during the firing period.

A copy of the full marine notice is available from the Department’s website

Marine notice #25 of 2012 – deployment of oceanographic moorings in western Irish Sea

The Department of transport, tourism and sport has issued marine notice #25 of 2012 advising of the planned deployment of three oceanographic moorings in the western Irish Sea.

These oceanographic moorings will be collecting data for the Greater Dublin Drainage scheme of Fingal County Council.

From the 22nd May 2012 and for a period of 30 days, three oceanographic moorings will be deployed at various locations along the Fingal coast, approximately from Loughshinny to Portmarnock. The exact coordinates of each mooring is provided in the text of the marine notice, which can be accessed by clicking here.

These moorings will be visible on the surface of the water (picture shown above) and will display a light sequence of 5 yellow flashes every 20 seconds. All vessels are requested to give these moorings a wide berth.


Marine Notice No.4 of 2012 – Rock placement offshore at Rush North Beach

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has issued a Marine Notice (No.4 of 2012) to advise that rock placement works will be undertaken offshore at North Beach Rush, North Dublin and the Irish Sea. Operations will commence on 20th January 2012 and will continue for approximately 14 days. The works will be undertaken by the vessel DPFPV Tideway Rollingstone, further details and photos of the vessel are available from or on the company’s site.

The vessel will operate on a 24hr basis and will display appropriate day shapes & lights during survey/rock placement operations and will transmit an AIS signal. The vessel (callsign PHYR) will be keeping a listening watch on VHF Channel 16 at all times during the operations. Operations will involve deployment of survey ROV and fall pipe which will restrict the vessel’s ability to manoeuvre. 

All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the “Tideway Rollingstone”, and her equipment, a wide berth and keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas

A full copy of the marine notice is available from the Department’s website.

Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard

Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty, even if you only think someone could be in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.