Dramatic coastal photograph of a sea stack off the Isle of Lewis

Vessel Traffic Survey

On 21st February 2024, we commenced a survey of shipping traffic movements in the area of the proposed Spiorad na Mara offshore wind project. The survey is expected to run for 14 days.

The survey is non-intrusive and involves the use of a land-based radar and AIS (Automatic Information System) to collect information about types and number of marine traffic which transit the proposed array area and its surrounding waters.

The equipment being used is housed within a garage, on private land, with the radar scanner positioned securely on scaffolding, outside.

The data collected is required as per Maritime and Coastguard Agency Guidance for Offshore Renewable Energy Installations and will help inform the ongoing planning and design of the project.

For any questions about these works, or about the project generally, please email the project team at:


Typical example of an installed radar scanner
Typical example of an installed radar scanner

About Northland Power

Northland Power is a global power producer dedicated to helping the clean energy transition by producing electricity from clean renewable resources. Founded in 1987, Northland has a long history of developing, building, owning, and operating clean and green power infrastructure assets and is a global leader in offshore wind. In addition, Northland owns and manages a diversified generation mix, including onshore renewables, efficient natural gas energy, as well as supplying energy through a regulated utility.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with global offices in eight countries, Northland owns or has an economic interest in 3.0 GW (net 2.6 GW) of operating capacity. The Company also has a significant inventory of projects in construction and in various stages of development, encompassing over 20 GW of potential capacity. For further information, visit https://www.northlandpower.com

About Spiorad na Mara

Spiorad na Mara is a proposed fixed-bottom turbine offshore wind farm, set in an area approximately 5-13 kilometres off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. With a potential capacity of around 840 MW, it could meet the average annual electricity needs of around 760,000 Scottish homes with locally produced, low-cost renewable electricity and save almost 1.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Further information is available at www.spioradnamara.co.uk

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