The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon begin underwater blasting and dredging work in Karmsundet, Rogaland. During the first week of February work will start at Garpeskjær, Haugesund, and the work in this area will be completed in the end of February.
The construction unit will thereafter move to the port of Husøy, located further south in Karmsundet, where three underwater reefs will be blasted and dredged. The work at Husøy will be completed by October 2014, after which navigational aids will be established in the fairway.
Construction areas will be temporarily marked by buoys. A navigational warning of the construction work is issued via Notices to Mariners (Efs).
During the work period, dredged mass will be transported on a regular basis by barge to the landfill area of Killingøy, located north of Haugesund.
Kvitsøy VTS, the Vessel Traffic Service centre, will provide information on blast schedules to incoming commercial traffic. VHF channel 14 is the established channel for information from and communication with Kvitsøy VTS. Vessels must continuously monitor and maintain listening watch on VHF channel 19.
All vessels sailing in Karmsundet should proceed with caution and reduced speed to avoid swell, and follow navigational aids and information provided by the construction unit on VHF channel 16. The construction unit will be equipped with AIS (automatic identification system).
A siren will sound prior to blasting.
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