Jointly awarded by EirGrid and RTE, the 2014 programme has included a geophysical survey of the route, with geotechnical and benthic surveys to be conducted during 2015. Initially a complete geophysical investigation was conducted from beach manhole to beach manhole. In addition to land survey operations, the company mobilised a range of vessels to undertake the work.
Bibby HydroMap's own shallow drafted inshore vessel “MV Proteus” and 24 hour coastal vessel “MV Chartwell” performed the coastal and nearshore aspects of the project, while 80m DPII charter vessel “RRS Ernest Shackleton” undertook the offshore element of the project.
Among the company’s most significant charters, the RRS Ernest Shackleton is an 80m, DP2 multi-purpose survey vessel accommodating up to 48 survey personnel for duration of excess of 50 days. The vessel is ideally suited to the more exposed offshore sites and can operate comfortably in 2m significant wave height.
Bibby HydroMap's Commercial Manager Patrick Clark comments
The successful completion of the first stage of this logistically complex, multi-disciplined project only reinforces confidence in the company to fulfill contracts of this nature. Over the past 5 years Bibby Hydromap has grown considerably not only in size but also in capability, reflected in this high-profile contract award.
Spec Sheet: Proteus