J5082 : The 'Heather Belle' at Bangor

taken 8 years ago, near to Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The 'Heather Belle' at Bangor
The 'Heather Belle' at Bangor
The Fraserburgh registered trawler 'Heather Belle' FR.382 LinkExternal link at Bangor harbour. The boat was not here to fish but called before heading out to the North Channel to act as a guard vessel for the 'Nexans Skagerrak' ( LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link ) which is currently replacing the Moyle Interconnector LinkExternal link , a subsea cable which connects the National Grid in SW Scotland to the Northern Irish electricity network.

The trawler is one of many which can be provided by the Northern Ireland Fish Producers Organisation Ltd (NIFPO) for such guard duties. NIFPO states that they can

"provide for any offshore activity suitable fishing vessels to act as Guard/Survey/Chase Vessels for the purpose of protecting any vulnerable sub-sea installation, exposed cable, or Platform etc. from the dangers arising from fishing activities or other shipping movements.

Our respected skippers will communicate the dangers/hazards to masters/skippers of any vessel operating in the vicinity and provide early and suitable warning to enable such vessels to take ample avoiding action.

Offshore clients should recognise the wider mutual benefits of using fishing vessels as guard boats. NIFPO Ltd uses vessels that are known to fish the area of where an offshore project is taking place.

These vessel have the local knowledge and expertise that NIFPO Ltd believe is a crucial factor to an effective project. By using fishing vessels to act a Guard vessels it provides another way for fishermen to earn a living and also at the same time easing the pressure on fishermen with ever increasing fishing restrictions.

It also is widely known that in using fishing vessels as guard vessels, it creates a better environment when liaising with other fishermen fishing in the area when they are speaking with one of their fellow fishermen." (from LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) , August 2015).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Bangor  Bangor Harbour 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 504 822 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.9761N 5:40.1826W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 500 821
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Trawler  Fishing Trawler  Bangor (Co Down)  Guard Vessel 

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