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Possible Debris in Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) from the Launch of a Soyouz Flight

Description: Department of Transport - An Roinn Iompair    

Marine Notice No. 23 of 2016


Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers


The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised by the Government of France about the planned launch of the rocket Soyouz VS15 from Kourou Spaceport in French Guyana on or around 24th May 2016.  Following the launch, some elements of the launcher may land in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Ireland.  Some fragments will land in the Atlantic Ocean, 356 KM off the coast of Ireland.  The co-ordinates of the area where the parts are expected to fall are as follows:




48° 21’ N

11° 08’ W

47° 52’ N

10° 38’ W

45° 07’ N

16° 06’ W

45° 34’ N

16° 37’ W


The attached Map shows the location of the area:



Any shipping within these co-ordinates during the launch period is hereby advised to be alert to the general maritime safety risk in the area.


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