Notice to Mariners

Fugro USA Marine on behalf of New England Aqua Ventus will be conducting a Geophysical and Geotechnical seabed survey from Monhegan to East Boothbay 

Fishermen will need to remove gear from the path of the survey vessels. There is a compensation program in the event of gear loss that takes place outside of the survey corridor.

There will be three vessels conducting the work required for the survey. The R/V Westerly will be operating nearshore during daylight hours. The M/V Go Liberty and M/V Fugro Explorer will be operating offshore 24 hours a day.  All operations are weather permitting.

Contact Fugro Vessels: VHF Ch. 16

R/V Westerly
Call Sign: WDF7918
Vessel Master: 805 850 9593
Email: rdbraget@gmail.com 

R/V Westerly will be operating multibeam bathymetry; side scan sonar; marine magnetometer; high frequency sub-bottom profilers; core sampling; and bottom photography to map the seafloor.  Average vessel speed will be 3.5 knots when conducting survey, with towed sensors up to 200-feet behind vessel.  Maximum vessel speed is 10 knots during transits when not towing equipment. The requested safety zone around the vessel while working is 1 nm. and is at the discretion of the Captain. 

R/V Westerly will also transit to Mack Point, Searsport, and perform a geophysical survey east of the Bulk Pier.  There is no requirement to move gear for this transit or survey work.  It is anticipated that this work will occur during a weather delay day and not extend the overall schedule.

M/V Go Liberty
Call Sign:WDK6648
Vessel Master: 337 446 5346
Email: goliberty@guiceoffshore.com

M/V Go Liberty will be operating multibeam bathymetry; side scan sonar; marine magnetometer; high frequency sub-bottom profilers; core sampling; and bottom photography to map the seafloor. Average vessel speed will be 3.5 knots with towed sensors up to 500-feet behind vessel, maximum vessel speed is 10 knots during transits when not towing equipment. The requested safety zone around the vessel while working is 1nm. and is at the discretion of the Captain. 

M/V Fugro Explorer
Call Sign: M/V Fugro Explorer/3FEV9
Vessel Master: 713 369 4472
Email:bridge@epr.fugro.com

M/V Fugro Explorer will be performing a geotechnical investigation at the test site where the permanent and temporary moorings will be located, as well as along the proposed cable route where sand and/or mud is found during the geophysical investigation. The cone penetration test (CPT) equipment and the vibracore equipment are deployed to the seafloor to collect soil property data. The M/V Fugro Explorer is a DP2 vessel and the vessel will be stationary while tests are performed. The requested safety zone around the vessel while working is 1nm and is at the discretion of the Captain.

M/V Fugro Explorer will also transit to Mack Point, Searsport, and perform a limited geotechnical survey taking one CPT east of the Bulk Pier and two CPTs within the previously dredged area west of Sears Island. It is anticipated that this work will occur during a weather delay day and not extend the overall schedule.

Contact New England Aqua Ventus:

Duncan McEachern
254 Commercial Street, Suite 245
Portland Maine, 04101
207 523 3457

info@dowdev.com