Sailors told to avoid Cardigan Bay as Ministry of Defence prepares to carry out trials

By Dylan Davies   |   News editor   |
Wednesday 1st June 2022 1:36 pm
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A map released by the Ministry of Defence with mariners being advised to stay clear of the yellow circle for much of June (Ministry of Defence )

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A LARGE swathe of Cardigan Bay is to be closed to mariners from next week as the Ministry of Defence prepares to carry out trials.

The no-go zone stretches from the tip of the Llyn Peninsula down to Cardigan with sailors being advised to avoid the danger zone on weekdays from 6 to 24 June.

In a message sent to local sailing clubs, the Ministry of Defence says: "We have a Trial activity coming up which starts on the 6 June, running for three weeks (unless if they complete earlier).

“Unfortunately this Trial has one of the biggest weapon safety traces that we use, which results in us needing to keep most of the bay clear of shipping. “Hopefully the map gives you an idea of the size of the safety trace (yellow circle – 18NM), and we realise that it is a lot to ask but can you remain clear of this area from 9am through to 4.30pm each week day (not weekends). “We realise that the sailing season is now getting underway and that you have a lot of activities planned, but can we ask that you make your members aware of our Trial activity and ask that they steer around the safety area during this period please.

“We will be making hourly broadcasts on IMM channel 16 and 11 throughout the day, and you can also get in contact by phone by dialling 01239 813 760.”

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