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    Ireland has biggest EU marine territory
    Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:02

    Ireland now has the biggest marine territory of any country in the European Union, a conference in Dublin has been told.

    It covers over 650,000 sq.km, more than 10 times the country's land area.

    The results were outlined at the national seabed survey conference, where an independent assessment has put the value of the work carried out by the Geological Survey Office and the Marine Institute at €275m.

    A new survey vessel is completing the first mapping of Dublin Bay since 1800 when the last one was carried out by Captain William Bligh, who later became infamous in the Mutiny on the Bounty.

    A study commissioned by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources says that potential benefits from the marine territory cover a wide range of possibilities, including hydrocarbons, marine biotechnology, fish farming, fish stocks and renewable energy and could be worth billions of euro to the economy.

    There is considerable international interest in the Irish research work and a strong overseas attendance at the conference.

    The new survey mapping vessel has been named the R.V.Keary, in memory of Raymond Keary of the Geological Survey Office, who is credited as the man who originally proposed the concept of an Irish seabed survey.


    http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/1006/marine.html
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

  • #2
    http://www.infomar.ie/
    http://www.infomar.ie/news/Seabed10/Seabed10.php
    Last edited by Victor; 6 October 2009, 19:16.
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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    • #3
      anybody got a picture of the RV keary , Another state vessel , where did this one come from and when

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      • #4
        Originally posted by spud68 View Post
        anybody got a picture of the RV keary , Another state vessel , where did this one come from and when

        Place: Dun Laoghaire
        Date taken: 16 August 2009
        Original size: 974 x 692
        Comments: Survey craft Keary moored behind Irish Lights HQ, Dun Laoghaire.

        length: 15.5m
        beam: 5.6m
        Draught: 1.5m
        Catarman Hull with 2-3 days endurance.

        Normally day tripping out of Dublin.



        The INFOMAR programme utilises a range of vessels from which to undertake geophysical surveys. This is primarily governed by the water depth in which the work is to be undertaken. Deeper bays and areas have been predominantly surveyed using the Marine Institute vessels RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager. For shallower areas under 20 metres, the new Geological Survey of Ireland vessels RV Keary (named after one of Ireland’s pioneering marine geologists, Raymond Keary) will do the majority of the surveying.
        These vessels facilitate Multibeam and Shallow seismic surveys as well as ground truthing, side scan sonar and ROV operations and are supported by RV Geo which is particularly useful for work around the inner reaches of the bays.

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        • #5
          According to Ships Monthly, it was built by Veercraft Marine in Cape Town. She came as far as Rotterdam as Deck cargo, and made the remainder of the trip on her own power, stopping at Dover, Hamble, Milford haven and eventually Dun Laoghaire.

          http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/1006/6ne...23642,null,230


          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dirtyshirt View Post
            According to Ships Monthly, it was built by Veercraft Marine in Cape Town. She came as far as Rotterdam as Deck cargo, and made the remainder of the trip on her own power, stopping at Dover, Hamble, Milford haven and eventually Dun Laoghaire.
            Hamble!?! Right across the river from me!

            God knows what they were doing in Hamble???

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            • #7
              NOAA have a 'some what' similar research vessel.

              OK it's an aluminium catamaran designed for different tasks with quite a few differences. Otherwise the video is pretty interesting and gives some idea of the Irish vessel's capability.

              Lordinajamjar
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              Last edited by Lordinajamjar; 6 October 2009, 22:47.

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              • #8
                Those alu vessels are the biz. Used on (barge type) to service moorings and also a dive boat. The Cat designs are the best suited for survey work as they provide large work areas but more importantly stable platforms that cuts down on noise on the scans.

                Our company has been involved with single beam resonance sonar surveys with the Irish Maritime Institute for a number of years. Its really interesting work.
                "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lordinajamjar View Post
                  NOAA have a 'some what' similar research vessel.
                  So does the University here in Southampton.

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                  • #10
                    i see talk to day in the seanad about irish navy have to patrol irish waters that are 4 times the size of the counrty with 8 ships thats hard work

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                    • #11
                      Policy document on our "intentions" National Submission on an Integrated Strategy for the Atlantic


                      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                      • #12
                        Don't the Marine Institute have a vessel or 2 of their own as well?

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                        • #13
                          Is there a map of what's ours?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Schmigs View Post
                            Is there a map of what's ours?
                            http://www.military.ie/naval/special...mc/lirgard.htm
                            On the map, the red line (that isn't straight) is the 200nm EEZ.

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                            • #15
                              Cool. Thanks.

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