Guidelines for drone usage at or near Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
The drone operator will be held responsible for any incident or damage arising from failure to comply with the above.
Drones aboard Defiance
On our trips to the Rampion Windfarm construction site. We are able to witness the installation of wind turbines at various stages. Pictured is MPI Adventure lifting a tower onto the base installed last year.
MPI Adventure and the other wind turbine installation vessel MPI Discovery can carry a total of 8 turbines per load. Each load of the the Vesta turbines are loaded in Denmark, and the vessel then sails to the Rampion windfarm off Sussex. The towers are stacked either side of the vessel and can be easily seen stood up on deck. The blades are stacked horizontally behind the bridge and are a bit horder to see. The generator itself or nacelle are also on deck, but not visible.
Once in position, the vessel turns from a ship to a working platform by jacking up on its six legs. The process of assembing the 5 main components usually only take 24 hours. Once the tower is in position the nacelle is lifted on top. Lastly each of the the three blades are lifted from the stack using the specially designed cradle visible in the picture and each one bolted on. Once complete the vessel lowers itself back down to become a ship once more in order to move to the next location. Where the process starts again.Share this
In Europe divers should be aware that there have been changes to European Standard EN250. This Standard concerns the manufacture of underwater breathing apparatus. The changes concern how alternate air sources are used.
As equipment manufactured under the requirements of the previous version of the standard will be around for many years, the implentation of these changes will be slow. However, divers should be aware of these changes and know when to implement some of the changes concerning the configuration of alternate air sources.
The main changes that will affect any regulators manufactured in accordance with the new (2014) version of the standard are as follows:
These changes will come into effect gradually as more regulators are manufactured according to the revised standard. If you have any questions on how you can use a particular regulator, you should approach the manufacturer for advice.Share this
In January 2016 the area located in the eastern English Channel, approximately 45km south of Selsey Bill, West Sussex has been designated the Brighton Offshore Marine Conservation Zone
The area covering some 862sqKm stretches from Brighton to the West and the southerly edges touch onto the median line with French Waters.The actual position is the area bounded by the following coordinates:
The seabed in the Brighton Offshore MCZ is predominantly coarse sands, gravel and shingle with areas of exposed bedrock and mixed sediments. There is a diverse range of species found living within the sediments. Hydroids, bryozoans and sponges occupy the boulders and cobbles, where hermit crabs and starfish also thrive. Burying animals such as worms, sea anemones, burrowing anemones, carpet shell clams, venus cockles and other bivalves live within the mixed sediments
The purpose of the MCZ is to protect features of this habitat. Activities will continue in this area that maintain the current situation, but will be reviewed if a deteriation is recorded. Activities that harm the environment will be limited to allow the location to recover. Benthic trawling will almost certainly be restricted.
Date of loss – 29 March 1918 sunk by torpedo from UB57
Voyage – Benisaf – Middlesborough with a cargo of iron
The TR Thompson was torpedoed by UB57. All but three of the 36 crew were lost in her sinking.
Built – 1897 – Short Brothers, Sunderland
Owners – J. Westoll
Dimensions – 3538 tons 109m x 14m x 7m
The TR Thompson lies in a general depth of 30m and stands up to 14m. The wreck lies E/W with the bow to the east. She is upright but the stern is collapsing and the superstructure has collapsed. Wreck was identified in 1994 when the bell was recovered.Share this
Date of loss – 20 May1917 sunk by torpedo from UB40
Voyage – Portland – Sheerness with a cargo of coal
The Porthkerry was torpedoed by UB40 whilst picking up the crew of the SS Tycho which was also torpedoed by UB40. The engine struck in the boiler room causing the boilers to burst.
Built – 1911 – J Crown & Sons, Sunderland
Owners – Porthcawl Steamship Co.
Dimensions – 1920 tons 85m x 12m x 5m
The Porthkerry lies in a general depth of 45m and stands 8m high.Share this
Date of loss – 11 October 1917 foundered
Voyage – Under tow to breakers in Germany
Discovered in 1974 but no recorded dive until 1982. Originally thought to be the wreck of an L Class destroyer and named as the Laforay. Later identified by the makers plate as the M Class Destroyer HMS Minion (1992).
Built – 1915 – Thorneycroft & Co, Stockton-on-Tees
Owners – Royal Navy
Dimensions – 1025 tons 84m x 8m
The HMS Minion lies in a general depth of 54m and stands 8m from the seabed. She is upright with much of the bridge collapsed. Wreck lies NE/SW.Share this
Date of loss – 16 May 1917 sunk by torpedo by submarine UB40
Voyage – Sheerness – Barry with a cargo of military stores
The Pagenturm was torpedoed by UB40 on the starboard side by No 2 hold. 4 crew lost their lives in the explosion and the rest of the crew abandoned ship. The ship sank at 0730 just 80minutes after the torpedo struck.
Built – 1909 – JC Tecklenborg AG.
Owners – Royal Navy
Dimensions – 5000 tons 122m x 16m x 8m
The Pagenturm lies on her starboard side in a general depth of 44m. The bow points to the North. The wreck stands almost 20m high with a deep scour on the east.Share this
For the third year, I have taken part in the Brighton Pollack fishing competition sponsored by Daiwa. The competition this year took place on March 17th. For a change we were blessed with good weather which improved during the day, until we could sit in T-shirts in the sunshine.
This year we headed slightly East and started with a few drifts on the wreck of HMS Keryado. This was to break up the journey and get the rods all set up as everyone wanted. Just one pollack weighing about 5lbs was caught so we headed further out into the shipping lanes. A good few fish were caught up to about 8lbs. A final move resulted in catching a lot of Pouting.
A fair number of fish caught but not not large enough for a prize. So I will have to make do with the cup for the best cup of tea for the day.
The top prize for the largest pollack went to Alan Coombs at 16lb 12Oz. The junior prize went to Michael Parker who landed a 12lb pollackShare this