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Two special-purpose vessels, Relume and Pioneer, are scanning a vast area of the North Sea to provide accurate imaging of the seabed – and what lies beneath it. The seabed under the future energy island and a series of new offshore wind turbines is being mapped.
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The vessels survey
  • What the sea depth in the area is – 20, 30, 50 metres?

  • What the seabed consists of – solid ground, soft ground, rocky ground?

  • Whether the seabed is stable – sand migrations or mobile seabed?

  •  Whether the seabed is already home to other things – shipwrecks, naval mines, existing pipelines, animal habitats?