Subject: Seismic Survey at Ras Al Khaimah Offshore
Ref : Chart 3174,3404, NtM No. 24/2017 and Survey flyers.
Mariners are advised that final phase of subject seismic survey near the coastal area, azimuth west of SPA breakwater covering anchorages and adjacent to the Port approaches scheduled from 10th – 18th Feb.
During this period, all vessels / combinations anchored within SPA anchorage required to shift their anchor position further offshore to a temporary designated anchorage in order to allow the survey vessel to undertake the survey unimpeded. This anchorage is bound by the following coordinates (see attached chartlet):
a. Lat 26o 02.096’N Long 055o 50.922’E
b. Lat 26o 03.874’N Long 055o 48.936’E
c. Lat 25o 59.564’N Long 055o 46.116’E
d. Lat 25o 58.555’N Long 055o 48.583’E
Access to the relevant pilot stations’ will be affected as the survey vessel passes the port approaches. Masters are advised to keep clear to the distances stipulated in the attached flyers and be advised by the SPA and RMC Control Towers.
In addition, Vessels/combinations may require to steam for longer periods than anticipated.Therefore, Master/Owners of vessel / combinations are to ensure following prior calling Saqr Port / RMC/ Stevin Rock Harbour:
- Ensure sufficient fuel stock available onboard.
- Vessel engines and other machineries are working in good order.
- Anchor chain, Bridle, windlass and winches are in good order.
All mariners must exercise extreme caution while operating within and close to the Saqr Port Limits until completion of survey:
1. Vessels keep well clear of seismic survey area.
2. Vessels/crafts proceed with minimum speed and navigate with caution.
3. Maintain constant listening watch on VHF Channel 16 /14.
4. All movements within the Port limit should be co-ordinated with Saqr Port / RAK Maritime City Port Control.
NtM. No. 01/2018 issued on 11th Jan 2018 has been cancelled.
Notices will be issued for further updates
Capt. Michael Magee
Harbour Master, RAK Ports
Status of previously published notices:
2015: 1, 2016: 2
2017: 5, 10, 14, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24
2018: 2, 3