CUMBRIAN ports are being used to carry out work to update marine charts and check on offshore windfarms.

Many survey vessels are currently operating out of Workington, Whitehaven and Barrow, as experts examine the sustainability of the windfarms and other offshore infrastructure.

The work being carried out is part of an annual process and helps to determine whether the wind turbines are working properly and efficiently, whilst also checking for damage.

Other vessels have also been updating Admiralty surveys, which are an on-going process for the accumulation of the latest in marine data.

Working with a wide range of partners, they look at seabed compositions, wrecks and obstructions, ship’s routes, geospatial data and updating offshore infrastructure.

Boats and ships use the latest Admiralty surveys to help navigate and stay up to date with changing coastlines and channels.