N1 survey ship rescues second yacht in a week
The Askholmen, the vessel currently surveying the seabed for Jersey Electricity’s latest subsea power cable project, Normandie 1, went to the aid of a SECOND French yacht in less than a week yesterday.
The 21-metre Askholmen was returning to port from a day surveying part of the 27km new cable route from Archirondel to St Remy des Landes, Normandy, when her crew came across the French flagged Minity becalmed just outside the approach to the south passage. Only last Wednesday the vessel, along with Jersey Coastguard’s Rival, rushed to assist French yacht Fash that had lost steering off St Aubin's Bay.
David Sinclair, acting as onboard Client Representative for JE, said: ‘Yesterday’s rescue wasn’t quite as dramatic as last week’s. Minity was just outside the approach to the south passage, only five minutes away from us, so we only had to make a small deviation. There were three people on board. We had to get a line and tow it back, which meant that our transit speed back to St Helier was slower - around four knots - about half of what we would have done back, adding about an hour to our trip back.
Askholmen is a specialist near shore survey vessel on charter from Swedish company MMT. Yesterday, along with her crew of two and David there were four MMT staff and a benthic biologist.
David added: ‘That was one more than usual because the benthic biologist came along to plan her work for today. Jersey Electricity is undertaking two days of marine benthic sampling and underwater camera work, this is not required for the cable installation, but is being used to improve the knowledge of the marine habitats around the shoreline for the benefit of Jersey.
The £40m Normandie 1 is a replacement for Jersey’s first subsea supply cable, EDF1, and is expected in service in 2017.