No 132 of 2018
General Marine Notice
Prohibition on use of Marked Gas Oil on Personal Pleasure Craft from 1st Jan 2020
Waterways Ireland wishes to inform masters and owners of vessels that the Department of Finance in the Republic of Ireland intends changing the law regarding the use of Marked Gas Oil (MGO) in Private Pleasure Craft from 1st January 2020. The change is subsequent to an EU ruling against Ireland regarding the use of MGO on pleasure craft. The Department of Finance will propose an amendment to the Finance Act 2019, once the amendment is enacted, the use of MGO as a propellant by private pleasure craft will be illegal. The practical repercussions of this are that private pleasure craft will need to use auto diesel as a propellant.
EU Directive 2003/96 defines “private pleasure craft” as “any craft used by its owner or the natural or legal person who enjoys its use either through hire or through any other means, for other than commercial purposes and in particular other than for the carriage of passengers or goods or for the supply of services for consideration or for the purposes of public authorities”.
In simple terms the change to the law means that private and hired pleasure craft operating in the Republic of Ireland must use auto-diesel from 1st January 2020. Commercial and public authority craft are exempt from the requirement.
Further information can be obtained from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation.
Inspector of Navigation
21 December 2018
Tel: 353 87 9852324
“Waterways Ireland, managing and promoting the inland waterways for the benefit of all…”
Carrick Cares Day nominated for a 2018 Outsiders Award
The nomination is under the category “Waterways Champion” which is sponsored by Waterways Ireland.
This event was the brainchild of Linda Garland and Thomas Meegan, and it began with only a few young guests about nine years ago and has blossomed into a much anticipated annual event by our guests of all ages. The event focuses on introducing and encouraging our guests to enjoy our waterways either from on land or on the water. In recent years Lough Key has been the venue, where activities have included fishing, trips on boats, walks through the Tree-top Walk, music and singing. All this energy requires feeding and the Carrick Branch BBQ’s provide a constant supply.
The event would not be the success it has been without the large number of volunteers from within the I.W.A.I ranks, along with support provided by both Lough Key and Waterways Ireland.
Linda and Tom will be attending the award ceremony on the 30th January next, and we will have everything crossed that they take home the award.
When exploring on Google Maps, drag the street view icon onto the River Shannon to get a view from the Google surveyor boat. Here is a link for a screen shot of Carrick-on-Shannon. Well done to Google. However, this is not an excuse to sit at home looking at the river – get out there and enjoy it!