From Brighton Diver, Introducing

Rampion Wind Farm Boat Tours

The new Brighton Diver 4 fast ultra-stable 1300hp catamaran with 360 degree viewing and heated inside cabin “subject to CV19” and proper toilet.
Before you book the slower –cheaper tours of the Rampion wind farm please check our reviews onFacebook and TripAdvisor
We are operating the trips from 1st January 2022 for the year

The crew of Brighton Diver IIII aim to make your trip as comfortable and safe as possible.

Pack a picnic and climb aboard for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Brighton’s famous Rampion Wind Farm being built.

Speed out to the site Aboard our 12m ultra stable 1300HP Catapult fast catamaran the famous Brighton Diver 4, you will experience a panoramic view of England’s “South Coast Riviera” as you cruise 9 nautical miles in each direction.

Get up close and personal with the gigantic turbines standing 150m high and the jack up ships, whose hulls rise out of the water as they assemble each of the 116 windmills, till completion of Europe’s largest windmill farm in late fall 2017.

Enjoy the sea breeze as you float in between the enormous yet elegant windmills, and marvel at the epic scale of this landmark industrial project, as Skipper Paul gives a running commentary and your burning questions answered.

Tours last 2 – 3 hours depending on tides, and generally depart at 0900hrs, 1200hrs or 1500hrs on Saturdays and Sundays and some weekdays

Prices are £40 pounds per person. Group/Family private charter £440 max 12 persons any age

The larger your party, the cheaper the fare, so why not bring the whole family for a superb day out you will remember for many years to come.

Contact Brighton Diver for further details:

07901 822 375

info@brightondiver.com

http://brightondiver.com/en/rampion-wind-farm-tours/

https://www.facebook.com/rampionoffshorewindfarm/

The south coast’s first offshore wind farm

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm comprises 116 wind turbines that each sit on top of a foundation fixed into the seabed.

With an installed capacity of 400 megawatts (MW), it will generate 1,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green power each year, equal to the amount used annually by around 350,000 UK homes1, or almost half the houses in Sussex. It will reduce COemissions by nearly 600,000 tonnes a year.

The wind farm site covers 70 square kilometres, so it is larger than the island of Guernsey, and is located in the English Channel between 13 and 20 kilometres off the Sussex coast.

When completed in 2018, it created around 60 full-time permanent jobs. Rampion will be operated and maintained from a purpose-built base at Newhaven Port, and is already acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the port area.

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Offshore components

Rampion features 116 MHI Vestas 3.45 MW turbines. The turbines are made up of an 80 metre (m) tall tower, a nacelle for the generation equipment, a hub, and three 55m long blades. When vertical, the tip of the turbine blade reaches 140m, which is just taller than the Brighton i360’s viewing pod at its top height.

The turbines sit on top of foundations, comprising single steel monopiles and bright yellow transition pieces, designed so they integrate together perfectly. There are 12 rows of 10 to 12 turbines that are connected by array cables taking the power to a single offshore substation. A total of 140 kilometres of array cables are buried in a network under the seabed. Laid end to end, the array cables would stretch from Brighton to London and back.

The wind turbines generate power at 33 kilovolts (kV) and the main role of the offshore substation is to transform this up to 150kV, to reduce any losses as it is transmitted to shore. The 2,000 tonne structure houses the electrical components at the heart of the wind farm including transformers, switchgear and control systems. It sits on a four-leg jacket foundation, fixed into the seabed and weighing around 900 tonnes.

Electricity will be transmitted from the offshore substation along two 16km subsea export cables, which come to shore at the beach, next to Brooklands Pleasure Park in East Worthing.

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Next Rampion wind farm trips

January to June 2022

 

Next Rampion wind farm trips are below please call Paul if you would like to book 07901822375 email paul@brightondiver.com

Gift Vouchers

Available for 2022 and 2023

Gift vouchers are the perfect way to communicate your cool gift to see this Green energy being produced up close.

Please email paul@brightondiver.com

Other dates available for private charters

March

Wednesday 2nd               depart 1200

Saturday 5th                   depart 1200

Sunday 6th                   depart 1200

Wednesday 9th                depart 1200

Saturday 12th                   depart 1200

Sunday 13th                   depart 1200

Wednesday 16th                depart 1200—–full

Saturday 19th                   depart 1200—————full

Sunday 20th                   depart 1200————–full

Friday 25th                depart 1200———full

Saturday 26 th                   depart ———-1400

Sunday 27th                   depart 0930 —–depart 1200

Wednesday 30th                depart 1200

April

Saturday 2nd                  depart 0930—————— depart 1200

Sunday 3rd                 depart 0930 ——– depart 1200

Wednesday 6th               depart 1200

Saturday 9th                   depart 1400

Sunday 10th                 depart 0930 ——– depart 1200

Wednesday 13th               depart 1200

Friday 15th               depart 0930 ——–  depart 1200

Saturday 16th                   depart 0930—————— depart 1200

Sunday 17th                  depart 0930 ——– depart 1200

Monday 18th                  depart 0930 ——– depart 1200

Wednesday 20th               depart 1200

Saturday 23rd                    depart 1200

Sunday 24th                 depart 0930 ——– depart 1200

Wednesday 27th               depart 1200

Saturday 30th                   depart 1200

May

Sunday 1st                    depart 0930———–depart 1200

Bank holiday Monday 2nd May     depart 0930———–depart 1200

Wednesday 3rd                 depart 1200

Saturday 7th                   depart 1200

Sunday 8th                   depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

Wednesday 11th                depart 1200

Saturday 14th                   depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

Sunday 15th                   depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

Wednesday 18th                depart 1200

Saturday 21st                    depart 1200

Sunday 22nd                    depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

Wednesday 25th                depart 1200

Saturday 28th                    depart 1200

Sunday 29th                   depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

June

Wednesday 8th                depart 0930

Saturday 11th                    depart 1200

Sunday 18th                   depart 0930 ———-depart 1200

 

July

Saturday 2nd                    depart 1200

Saturday 16th                    depart 1200

Wednesday 27th                depart 0930

August

September

Saturday 17th                    depart 1200

October

November

 

Dates are subject to change.

Other dates available for group bookings the trips need min x6 persons to go ahead.

Rampion Windfarm tour departs 0900 and 1200 1430 call Paul 07901822375 email paul@brightondiver.comBoat available Diving Fishing or Windfarm trip call Paul 07901822375 paul@brightondiver.com

Gift Vouchers

Available for 2022 and 2023

Gift vouchers are the perfect way to communicate your cool gift to see this Green energy being produced up close.

Please email paul@brightondiver.com

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Rampion name

The Rampion name was entered into a schools’ naming competition by Davison High School for Girls, and went on to win the public vote. The logo is a stylised version of the Rampion flower, the county flower of Sussex (below), and uses blue and purple hues in its colour.

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Onshore cable and substation

From landfall, 27km of buried onshore cables will transport the power to a new onshore substation in Twineham, Mid Sussex. The cables have been installed in ducts laid in trenches that were backfilled prior to the cables being pulled through. A technique called horizontal directional drilling was used at four landmarks along the route – under the A27, the River Adur, railway line and, the A259 and Lancing Beach. By drilling under each of these, traffic and trains were not interrupted, the beach could remain open and environmental impact to the River Adur was minimised.

At the new substation, the electricity will be transformed from 150kV to 400kV and then transmitted to the existing National Grid substation. From here it will enter the national grid for use by homes, businesses and the wider community.

Construction time frame

Construction of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm began in 2015 and is due to be fully operational in 2018, with the final completion date being largely dependent on logistics and weather during the construction period. Reinstatement of the onshore cable route will be monitored for 10 years and the wind farm itself will have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.

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