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Specialist ship arrives in Guernsey to conduct marine survey in Belle Greve Bay

Specialist ship arrives in Guernsey to conduct marine survey in Belle Greve Bay

Van Oord, Guernsey Water's main contractor from the Netherlands which specialises in marine engineering, is undergoing a final survey of the island's two outfall pipes, following the completion of their replacement a year ago (October 2015).

The company has commissioned Geo Focus, a specialised ship equipped with ultra-advanced hydrographic measurement equipment, to carry out a bathymetric seafloor survey as the final part of Van Oord's contract.

The vessel arrived in Guernsey on Sunday 9 October and is expected to take a few days to gather the data ahead of Van Oord's final post 12 month completion report.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager for Guernsey Water said:  "The survey is part of the 12 month maintenance period following commissioning of the works, which comes to an end later this month.

"Geo Focus is an impressive vessel and an unusual visitor to our shores so likely to raise a little interest to marine users and passers-by. The work began on Wednesday 12 October and will take a few days to complete its sweep of the line of the two outfall pipes, to check for any significant movement of the pipe or changes in sea bed level since completion last year."

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