The maritime prefect of the Atlantic has planned to deploy several state ships (maritime gendarmerie, national navy and customs) in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, where the wind farm site officially began on Monday. “The objective is above all to guarantee the safety of navigation, people, goods and the environment” declared the maritime prefect, the vice-admiral of the squadron Olivier Lebas.
Fishermen, who had planned to demonstrate at sea this Monday morning, finally changed their minds, for the moment… As a reminder, decree 056/2021 of April 29, 2021 of the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic establishes a restricted area for the duration of the work. The anchoring of any vessel or gear, as well as diving and the practice of any type of fishing are prohibited there. For vessels of less than 25 meters, navigation remains authorized, however, on condition that they do not approach within 500 m of the vessels chartered for the site.
“Flexible and scalable” system
The prefect, via a press release, indicated that “the state system at sea will be flexible and evolving, based above all on means specialized in the navigation police missions, such as the coastal patroller of the maritime gendarmerie (PCGM) Geranium, the coastal maritime surveillance boat (VCSM) Trieux or customs resources. Taking on board judicial police officers empowered to observe any type of offense, they are the most suitable for this type of mission ”.
Last Wednesday, six ships of the French Navy were already present in the bay of Saint-Brieuc.
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