NASH Maritime named shipping and navigation lead for Irish wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 29/11/2022 NASH Maritime
Shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy, NASH Maritime, has been appointed as shipping and navigation lead for the Shelmalere offshore wind farm. 

NASH Maritime is part of the marine EIA team of Fehily Timoney and Company, Intertek and MarineSpace and has been commissioned to undertake early design and development support, vessel traffic surveys and the navigation risk assessment in support to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAR). 

The navigation risk assessment will be supported by vessel traffic surveys commencing this winter and stakeholder consultation which is already underway. 

Jamie Holmes, NASH Maritime Project Director said: “Managing potential navigation impacts and risks is key to achieving successful coexistence with other sea users as offshore energy projects grow in scale and number.  Our early appointment on this project, coupled with our extensive project portfolio across the Irish and Celtic Sea, places us well to work with the developer and stakeholders in developing the project and preparing the EIAR.” 

Located off the coasts of Wicklow and Wexford, the Shelmalere Offshore Wind Farm is a 1,000 MW fixed-bottom offshore wind project. The proposed project is currently in its early development stage, with ecology surveys underway and site investigation surveys being planned. Once operational, it is expected to generate enough green energy to power the equivalent of nearly 860,000 homes.
The Maritime Area Consent application for Shelmalere Offshore Wind Farm is expected to be submitted early 2023 and Planning Consent application following in 2024. The project is scheduled to be operational by 2030.
It is one of three Irish offshore wind projects being developed by the joint venture DP Energy and Iberdrola. 

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