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  1. #1
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    Default Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    I vaguely recall someone here mentioning that it is now acceptable to sail through certain Dutch windfarms, but cannot find any details. Could anyone point me in the direction of a definitive list/document?

    I am specifically interested in the one off Ijmuiden.

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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    Is it unacceptable to sail through windfarms if they haven't created a prohibited zone around them?
    And how many of those are there? I don't see prohibited areas on my charts?

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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    As a general rule in Belgium and Holland the wind farms are prohibited zones. But the Dutch created some exemptions. There was a thread on the Forum courtesy of a Dutch member (was it westhinder?) who provided a link to the named wind farms. I recall they were the Ijmuiden wind farms that were exempted.
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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    They are described here:
    https://www.noordzeeloket.nl/en/func...nd-farms-open/

    From the website:
    As of May 1, 2018 three wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands are open for ships with a length up to 24 meters. These are the wind farms: Offshore Windpark Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ), Prinses Amalia Windpark (PAWP) just offshore IJmuiden and Luchterduinen (LUD) 12NM west of the coastal town of Noordwijk.

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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    Thank you.
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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    Thanks all, that is just the information I needed.

    For others who don't wish to read the code of conduct document from the linked webpage: the windfarms are only accessible during daylight, you must have a class B AIS transponder as well as monitoring channel 16. Maintain 50m clearance to turbines and 500m to substations. No anchoring.

    Sadly that means I will have to go round as I don't have an active AIS transponder.

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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    Doesn't sound like it would be very relaxing anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by TLouth7 View Post
    Thanks all, that is just the information I needed.

    For others who don't wish to read the code of conduct document from the linked webpage: the windfarms are only accessible during daylight, you must have a class B AIS transponder as well as monitoring channel 16. Maintain 50m clearance to turbines and 500m to substations. No anchoring.

    Sadly that means I will have to go round as I don't have an active AIS transponder.

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    Default Re: Sailing through Dutch Windfarms

    Quote Originally Posted by Tradewinds View Post
    Doesn't sound like it would be very relaxing anyway.
    Possibly not but I have been through a few and the spacing is much larger than it appears from a distance. Some have designated passages, and I believe that the one between here and the Roompot has a specified route. For some reason the wind seems to drop in their vicinity.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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