Ireland. Marine Notice No. 30 of 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters,

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised by Nexen Petroleum Ltd, that a 2D seismic survey will be conducted in the Southern Porcupine Basin off the South West Coast of Ireland, and will last approximately 6 operational days depending on weather conditions. The aim of the proposed “Iolar” geophysical survey is to accurately determine water depths, the nature of the seabed material and, locate and identify any seabed and sub-seabed features. The survey will commence from the 12th of July 2017. The vessel involved will be the “M/V Fugro Venturer” (Callsign: C6CG3).

The survey operations will be carried out within the following areas:

Point ID





50o 54’ 54.36” N

13o 19” 19.20” W


50o 53’ 35.52” N

13o 17” 53.88” W


50o 51’ 33.84” N

13o 22” 28.92” W


50o 52’ 53.40” N

13o 23” 56.04” W

Location of the Iolar Survey working area relative to offshore licencing grid quadrants.

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 Water Craft 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) 6476834/1890213434.  They are also available online at:

Marine Notices are issued purely for maritime safety and navigation reasons and should not be construed as conferring rights or granting permissions.

Irish Maritime Administration,

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,

Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02 TR60, Ireland.

For any technical assistance in relation to this Marine Notice, please contact:

The Marine Survey Office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02 TR60. tel: +353-(0)1-678 3400. 

For general enquiries, please contact the Maritime Safety Policy Division, tel: +353-(0)1-678 3418.

Written enquiries concerning Marine Notices should be addressed to:

Maritime Safety Policy Division, Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02TR60 Ireland.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 July 2017 )