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March 13 2012.

Newhaven Port Authority has announced the imminent arrival of the Fugro Seacore Jack-up Barge "Excalibur", which will be using the port as its base for the next five weeks, including mobilisation and demobilisation. The barge will be jacked-up in the Western Bight during its stay.

Fugro Seacore is contracted by EON to install a metrological mast at the site of the proposed Rampion Offshore Windfarm. The 60m x 32m barge will be used to install the 2.5m diameter monopole foundation and be the base of operations for subsequent mast erection and installation of navigational aids and telemetry systems.

Excalibur will be mobilised in Newhaven, where the monopole will also be berthed following delivery by flat-top barge.

Several vessels will be on site to assist during the works, as required, including a vessel undertaking diving operations.

Vessels not involved in the operations are asked to keep a minimum of 500m away from the construction jack-up barge and any associated vessels.

Once constructed, the height level of the installed platform will be 17.5m above LAT, (Lowest Astronomical Tide), and upon completion will display the requisite navigational lights and aids.

The intended Met Mast location is 50 41.2N, 000 20.6W.

Upon completion of the installation, the Excalibur will return to Newhaven for demobilisation.

The eastern end of Newhaven's West Promenade will be fenced off for the duration of the project for safety and security reasons, as there will be a lot of activity both on the barge and on the quayside.

Newhaven Port Authority has requested the full support of the local population and  asks that the boundaries of the secure area are respected for health and safety reasons.