Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Tours

Terms and conditions
“BDC” means the company Brighton Diver charters.
“Customer” means the person, company or organization booking a trip.
“Fee” means the cost of the trip as published on the BDC website or otherwise agreed in writing.
1.1 A booking will be provisional until BDC receives the following:
a. Deposit or Payment as defined in Section 2 below.
b. Customer name, address, telephone number and (if possible) an email address
1.2 upon receipt of the above BDC will confirm the booking in writing or by email.
1.3 These Terms and Conditions of Booking apply to all bookings confirmed to a Customer by BDC and by entering into a confirmed booking the Customer agrees to be bound by them (unless otherwise agreed in writing).
1.4 A copy of these Terms and Conditions of Booking is available on request, on the BDC website
2.1 A minimum deposit of £200 is required for booking the whole boat. The remainder of the fee is payable on the day in cash or bank transfer before the day, unless prior arrangements have been made with BDC.
2.2 Gift vouchers are non-refundable/transferable and must be used before the expiry on the voucher or 31st October that year, unless stated on the voucher.
2.3 For Individuals payment for the entire cost of the trip is payable in advance to secure the booking.
Gift vouchers are not refundable and must be used on another date.
3.1 More than 6 weeks before the booked date then the Deposit or Payment is returned.
3.2 Less than 4 weeks before the booked date then the Deposit or Payment is forfeited.
3.3 Less than 2 weeks before the booked date then the full Fee is payable.
3.4 If the Customer requests an early return to harbour then the full Fee is payable.
4.1 Due to bad weather either the previous day or on the morning of the trip, the Customer has the option of the Deposit or Payment being returned in full or moved to another suitable day. Gift vouchers are non refundable and must be used on another date.
4.2 Due to illness, mechanical breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances, the Customer has the option of the Deposit or Payment being returned in full or moved to another suitable date. Gift vouchers are non refundable and must be used on another date. In this case every attempt would be made by BDC to find another suitable boat, if suitable with customer.
4.3 BDC cannot be held liable for any loss incurred by the Customer in arranging the trip if BDC has to cancel the trip. Party trips /Hen/Stag day trips. If the sea is to rough to go out to sea{Skippers decision}the trip will continue in the shelter of the marina at the depart time that was arranged and the price reduced
5.1 The Customer MUST telephone BDC the evening before the trip before 1800 to check the weather is suitable for the trip to go ahead and finalize details. Telephone 07901 822375
5.2 Failure to telephone will be taken as acceptance by the Customer of any decisions made by BDC for the following day.
5.3 BDC decision is final with regard to the weather but we try to get out if possible with due regard to safety and common sense.
6.1 Due to changes in insurance company no Alcohol will be allowed on board , unless Pryor agreement with Skipper.
6.2 Drug abuse or excessive alcohol consumption will cause an immediate return to port.
6.3 Any injury or loss sustained on board must immediately be reported to the Skipper.
6.4 Children under 16 years old are only taken by prior agreement by GEC in writing.
6.5 BDC,s Vessel, Brighton diver 4 is licensed for a maximum of twelve passengers and two crew.
6.6 Any medical conditions that might affect a customer during the trip MUST be reported to the Skipper at the time or booking or before departure.
7. Diving
7.1 The Customer shall be responsible for:
7.2 identifying the dive marshal and his reserve to the skipper, their ability and good conduct.
7.3 Any damage caused by the group to the vessel
7.4 The supply of; safe working condition of; and suitability of, all diving equipment likely to be needed by the group.
7.5 Notifying the skipper of type and depth of the dive site required
7.6 Notifying the skipper of all planned in water times
7.8 Any necessary diving permits
7.9 All cylinders being in test
7.10 The stowage of all divers’ equipment
7.11 BDC is not responsible for any equipment left onboard.
8.1 All dives over 40m will be classed as a single dive day unless prearranged with the skipper
8.2 All dives over 40m at least 1 Nitrox drop tank per group should be available on board
8.3 All dives over 40m all divers are required to carry two DSMBs
8.4 A Normal days diving (under40m) will consist of a wreck dive and a shallower 2nd dive (wreck or drift) on the way back to port
8.5 All charters are based on 10 miles from Brighton marina any extra miles will be added to the charter fee.
8.6 The chartering group will be responsible for their own air fills
9.1 Anything you catch you can keep if above the minimum landing size and not subject to a temporary landing ban.
9.2 It is illegal to sell any fish caught on board.
9.3 BDC’s Vessel and Skipper are licensed to operate as required by the MCA – Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
9.4 BDC maintains £3 million Public Liability Insurance.
9.5 These Terms and Conditions of Booking and all other express and implied terms of the contract shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
9.6 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions of Booking shall affect the rights of Consumers.
9.7 All clauses and sub-clauses of this Agreement are severable and if any clause or identifiable part thereof is held to be unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction then such enforceability shall not affect the enforceability of the remaining provisions or identifiable parts thereof in these Terms and Conditions of Booking.
Brighton Diver Charters
Revised November 2018

From Brighton Diver, Introducing

Rampion Wind Farm Boat Tours

The new Brighton Diver 3 fast ultra-stable 900hp catamaran with 360 degree viewing and heated inside cabin 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

The crew of Brighton Diver III 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 11m ultra stable 900HP Southboats fast cat catamaran the famous Brighton Diver 3, 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 range between £35 and £40 pounds per person.

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




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 complete in 2018, it will create 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.


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.


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.