Marine Notices

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MARINE NOTICE No. 111 of 2017 – ALL NAVIGATIONS  – Hurricane Ophelia – Dangers at Harbours, Jetties and Moorings during Stormy Weather

Waterways Ireland advises Masters and Owners of vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or moorings against visiting any vessels or boats during periods of extreme weather such as storm force winds and heavy rainfall.  Strong winds are a hazard to personal safety if walking on or near navigation infrastructure and also because of blown debris from trees or buildings in the vicinity. There is also the hazard of the unpredictable nature of rising water levels and their effect on built infrastructure.
Canal banks will be muddy and slippery. Access to vessels could be hazardous.  At present a number of mooring facilities and access ramps to same and the
approach roads and paths to their associated car parks are underwater or are inaccessible across all navigations. Fast flowing currents, eddies and turbulent water will be experienced in and around these structures for some time after the storms have passed.
Mooring lines and cleats on vessels at these facilities will be under strain as will the shore bollards that they are made fast to. Extreme care should be exercised when releasing lines in these circumstances to avoid them snapping back and causing injury. There is also the danger of deck cleats, which may have been weakened whilst under strain, pulling out and striking a person when engaged in this activity.  Waterways Ireland further advises that full personal protective equipment such as lifejacket and foul weather gear be worn if it is deemed necessary to visit a craft in a harbour that the visit is undertaken in company with a colleague and that someone has been advised of an expected return time. A fully charged mobile phone should be carried in the event of an emergency and the visit should be made during daylight hours.

Shane Anderson
Lt Cdr (rtd)
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
16 October 2017
Tel: 00 353 (0)90 6494232
 

MARINE NOTICE No 102 of 2017 -Shannon Navigation – Winter Mooring Period and Payment

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018. Masters are advised that the associated charges, €63.50, must be paid prior to 1st Nov 2017. Masters are further reminded that Bye-law 17. Mooring and use of Harbours i.e. the “5 Day Rule” continues to apply during this period and that masters not wishing to avail of winter mooring should continue to observe the mooring time limits for public harbours. Payment may be made by cheque, bank draft or postal order, made payable to Waterways Ireland, Scarriff Harbour, Ballyminoge, Scarrif, Co. Clare, Ireland. Credit/Debit card payments may be made by contacting Finance Section, Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen, Tel: 048 6632 3004 (from RoI) Masters should also note that fresh water and electricity supply may not be available during this period at public moorings therefore any on-board services which may be depending on this electrical supply should have an alternative source of power. Masters are reminded that if availing of winter mooring that they continue to routinely monitor their vessels especially during periods of adverse weather and also be aware of rising/falling water levels that will require adjustment of mooring lines. Owners please note that vessels berthed in public harbours are at the owners risk at all times and may be directed to other harbours as operational exigencies require.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation.

Shane Anderson
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
03 October 2017
Tel: 353 90 6494232
Fax: 353 90 6494147

 

MARINE NOTICE No 100 of 2017 Shannon Navigation Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Marine Notice No 91 is withdrawn and replaced by this notice, with a revised
schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 during hours of operation as shown below.

WEEK 1: 2nd Oct 15.00 – 18.00 5 Oct 8.00 – 11.00
WEEK 2: 8 Oct 8.00 – 11.00 11 Oct 9.00 – 12.00 14th Oct 13.00 -16.00
WEEK 3: 17th Oct 16.00 – 19.00 19th Oct 16.00 – 19.00 22nd Oct 8.00 -11.00
WEEK 4: 24th Oct 8.00 -11.00 26th 0ct 9.00 – 12.00 28th Oct 11.00 -14.00
WEEK 5: 30th Oct 12.00 – 15.00
Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric powerstation (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their
journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha. It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is
operating (~20 MegaWatt), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in
real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.
Shane Anderson
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
2 October 2017
Tel: 353 (0)90 6494232

MARINE NOTICE No 91 of 2017 Shannon Navigation Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Marine Notice No 78 is withdrawn and replaced by this notice, with a revised
schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 during hours of operation as shown below.

SAT MON THUR
2nd Sept 4pm – 7pm 4th Sept 4.30- 7.30pm 7th Sept 9am – 12 am
9th Sept 8am – 11am 11th Sept 8.30am -11.30 14 Sept 11.30am -2.30pm
16 Sept 3pm -6pm 18th Sept 4.30pm- 7.30pm 21 Sept 7am -10am
23 Sept 8am -11am 25 Sept 8.30 – 11.30 am 28 Sept 11.30am -2.30pm
30 Sept 1pm – 4pm
Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric powerstation (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha.
It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is operating (~20 MegaWatt), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.

MARINE NOTICE – No 90 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION – PORTUMNA SWING BRIDGE
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise Masters and owners of vessels that Portumna Swing Bridge is now fully operational and Marine Notice 89/2017 is
withdrawn. Waterways Ireland apologies to their customers for any inconvenience caused.

MARINE NOTICE No 89 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION – PORTUMNA SWING BRIDGE

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise Masters and owners of vessels that Portumna Swing Bridge is currently non-operational in the closed position. Navigation through the bridge is not possible at this time.  Further updates will be issued as soon as possible.
Waterways Ireland apologies to their customers for any inconvenience caused.
MARINE NOTICE No 85 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION – PROPOSED CLOSURES OF ROOSKEY AND VICTORIA LOCKS

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise Masters and owners of vessels that due to essential lock maintenance (Lock Gate Replacement) Rooskey and Victoria Locks will be closed to all navigation traffic from 16th October 2017. Limited passage will be facilitated between 9th October and 16th October while contractors mobilise on site.  Lock Gate Replacement is scheduled to take three (3) months.  Waterways Ireland apologies to their customers for any inconvenience caused.

MARINE NOTICE No 78 of 2017 – Shannon Navigation Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule
Waterways Ireland wishes advise masters and owners of vessels that Marine Notice No 74 is withdrawn and replaced by this Notice, with a revised schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown below.
Fri 4th AUGUST 2pm – 5pm
Tue 15th AUGUST 10am – 1pm
Fri 18th AUGUST 1pm – 4pm
Tue 29th AUGUST 10am – 1pm
Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha. It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is operating (20MW), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.

MARINE NOTICE No 77 of 2017 – Shannon Navigation Bridge Underwater Inspections

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that underwater inspections, by divers, will take place on Portumna Bridge on Wednesday 2nd August and on Tarmonbarry Bridge and Carrick-on -Shannon Bridge on Thursday 3rd August

Masters of vessels are requested to follow instructions and directions issued by the safety boat monitoring the divers and to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when in the vicinity of the bridges while these operations are taking place. Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 74 of 2017 Shannon Navigation – Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule
Waterways Ireland wishes advise masters and owners of vessels of the current schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown below.

Fri 4th AUGUST 2pm – 5pm
Fri 11th AUGUST 10am – 1pm
Fri 18th AUGUST 1pm – 4pm
Fri 25th AUGUST 10am – 1pm

Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha.  It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is operating (20MW), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.
MARINE NOTICE No. 69 of 2017 SHANNON NAVIGATION Lough Derg Garrykennedy
Pump-out Facilities Currently Unserviceable Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the vesse pump-out facilities in Garrykennedy are currently unserviceable. Expect repairs to be effected within two weeks. Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause it customers.

MARINE NOTICE No. 67 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION Lough Derg Terryglass Bay Powerboat Racing
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that OCRI Powerboat Racing will take place in Terryglass Bay on Sat 29 and Sun 30 Jul from 1100hrs until 1800hrs. During this period three races will take place each of 20 minutes duration on each day. Races will be run to avoid conflict with boating traffic aiming for Portumna Bridge open times. Masters are requested to note any advice or instructions from safety boats marshalling the course.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No. 66 of 2017 SHANNON NAVIGATION
Lough Derg Benjamin Rocks – Mark Repositioned Marine Notice No 64 refers. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the Red Conical (no. 1168) at the
Benjamin Rocks has been repositioned. – Marine Notice No 64 is now withdrawn

MARINE NOTICE No. 65 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION  
Lough Derg LDYC Regattas and SOD National Championships
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that sailing regattas and championship racing will take place from Sat 12 Aug until Sat 19 Aug in Dromineer Bay and
the surrounding area. Masters of power boats are requested to navigate with due caution and give sailing vessels a wide berth when navigating in this area.

MARINE NOTICE No. 64 of 2017 – SHANNON  NAVIGATION 
Lough Derg – Benjamin Rocks –  Temporary Mark
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the Red Conical (no. 1168 ) at the Benjamin Rocks is off station and presently lies to the North by 200 metres approx. A temporary mark has been placed in the correct position.
Masters are requested to navigate with due caution when in this area. 

MARINE NOTICE No 56 of 2017 – Shannon Navigation – Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule
Waterways Ireland wishes advise masters and owners of vessels of the current schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown below.
Fri 30TH JUNE: 9am – 12pm
Thurs 6TH JULY: 2pm – 5pm
Mon 17TH JULY: 10am – 1pm
Fri 21TH JULY: 2pm – 5pm
Mon 31TH JULY: 10am – 1pm

Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha.
It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is operating (20MW), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.
 

MARINE NOTICE No 49 of 2017 SHANNON  NAVIGATION – ACCOMPANIED SWIMMER IN WATER
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that there will be an accompanied swimmer swimming the length of the Shannon Navigation (main channel) commencing in Lanesborough on Monday 19 June 2017. 
It is expected that the swimmer will complete the swim in Limerick by 8 July 2017. The swimmer will be accompanied by an escort boat bearing large banners port and starboard indicating “SWIMMING IN MIRACLES”.
Owners and Masters are requested to give wide clearance, proceed with caution and comply with guide boat instructions if the vessel and swimmer are encountered. 
Waterways Ireland thanks their customers for their assistance in this matter. 

 

MARINE NOTICE No 34 of 2017 – Shannon Navigation – Limerick – Sarsfield’s Lock Opening Schedule
Waterways Ireland wishes advise masters and owners of vessels of the current schedule. The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown below.
Friday 26th May                       09:00……….11:00
Friday 2nd June                        10:00……….14:00
Friday 9th June                         09:00……….11:00
Friday 16th June                       11:00……….15:00
Friday 23rd June                       09:00……….11:00
Masters are advised to contact the ESB Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station (00353 (0)87 9970131) 48 hours in advance of commencing their journey to book passage through the locks at Ardnacrusha.

It is advised NOT to undertake a voyage if more than one turbine is operating (20MW), due to the increased velocity of flow in the navigation channel, which can be dangerous. To ascertain automatically in real time how many turbines are running, users can phone 00353 (0)87 6477229.

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 25 of 2017 – SHANNON NAVIGATION – O’BRIENS BRIDGE

Triathlon/ Open Water Swimming Training Course

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of all craft  that a swim training course will be set out upstream of OBriensbridge, Co Clare/Co Limerick . It will be in place until the end of September and will be marked by orange and white floating buoys.
Swimmers on the course will be wearing high visibility swim hats and also utilise a number of floating orange personal floats. 
Training will take place: 18:30-20:00hrs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 08:00-10:00hrs Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
09:00-11:00hrs Saturday and Sunday mornings
Masters of all craft (including motor boats/fishing boats and rowing boats) are requested to navigate at slow speed and with a low wash when passing the area, and to exercise due care when swimmers are in the water.

Further information may be had from : Tom Moriarty Chairperson Limerick Triathlon Club 087-6091586  chairperson@limericktriathlon.com
Waterways Ireland thanks it customers for their cooperation in this matter.

 

> MARINE NOTICE No 20 of 2017 – Shannon Navigation, Lough Derg – Mount Shannon
>
> Protection of Protected Bird Species
>
> Waterways Ireland has been advised that rare and protected birds are
> present and breeding on Cribby Island, near Mount Shannon and on
> Church Island adjacent to Portumna Forest Park.
>
> To protect and minimise disturbance to these nesting birds in the
> area, masters are requested to observe a voluntary exclusion zone by
> not encroaching within 250m of the islands and to proceed directly
> passed and without stopping near the islands, between now and August
> inclusive. In particular masters are requested not to attempt to
> approach or disembark onto the islands using smaller punts, canoes or
kayaks.
> Masters should note that deliberate disturbance to nesting birds and
> their habitat is illegal under the Wildlife Act (1976-2012).
> Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation in this
> matter.

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 18 of 2017 – Sarsfield Lock

WI has issue MN#18 of 20/4/17 giving times for opening of Sarsfield Lock in Limerick until 19th May. Details in linked notice.

http://www.iwai.ie/forum/file.php/1/5382/MN_2017_018_Sarsfield_Lock_m_Times_

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 3 of 2017 – Mountshannon
Work to Upgrade Decking on Floating Moorings
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all waterway users that work to upgrade the decking on the floating moorings at Mountshannon will commence on 30 Jan and finish in or about the 10 Mar 2017. These moorings will be a construction site for this period, masters/owners with vessels presently berthed there are requested to move their vessels to alternative moorings before the 30 Jan. The public are also requested not to enter upon the site and to be aware of warning notices in place.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in the matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 158 of 2016 Shannon Navigation – Killaloe
Silver Eel Fishing
Waterways Ireland has been advised by ESB Fisheries that silver eel fishing will be taking place at Killaloe from today onwards, including setting nets in the navigation channel, between 1600hrs and 07 00hrs the following day.  Nets will be removed from the water during daylight hours.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 154 of 2016 SHANNON NAVIGATION – Victoria Lock, Meelick
Marine Notice No 121 advising that it may be necessary for operational reasons to lower the minimum water level Victoria Lock, Meelick is now withdrawn.

 

MARINE NOTICE No.148 of 2016 SHANNON NAVIGATION WATER LEVELS CAUTIONARY WARNING
WATERWAYS IRELAND WISHES TO ADVISE ALL MASTERS AND USERS OF THE SHANNON NAVIGATION THAT WATER LEVELS CONTINUE TO FALL DUE TO LOW RAINFALL IN RECENT WEEKS.
MASTERS OF VESSELS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH DEEP DRAFTS, ARE ADVISED TO NAVIGATE WITH DUE CAUTION.

 

MARINE NOTICE 147 of 2016 Shannon Navigation Victoria – Intended closure for works
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Victoria Lock, Meelick will be closed from Mon 21st November until Fri 16th December.

The locks will be closed to facilitate preliminary investigations and allow detailed measurements to be taken to enable the procurement manufacture of replacement lower gates at Victoria Lock. Any essential maintenance identified in the process will be addressed in order to maintain the lock operational until the major element of inserting the new gates takes place in the autumn of 2017. Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause and thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter. Further information may be had by contacting Waterways Ireland’s Carrick-on-Shannon office at 07196-50563 or the lockkeepers at 00 353(0)87-9638018 Roosky or 00 353 (0)57- 9151359 Victoria

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 138 of 2016 Shannon Navigation Temporary Closure of Victoria and Rooskey Locks
Marine Notice No 128 of 2016 refers. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that
the intended inspections of Victoria Lock, Meelick and Roosky Lock, will not
now take place until after Wed 2 Nov, the locks will remain open in the
intervening period.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 135 of 2016 Shannon & Shannon-Erne Navigations Winter Mooring Period 2016-2017

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2016 and end on the 31 Mar 2017.
Masters are advised that collection of the associated charge, in arrears, has ceased and they are now requested to pay the winter mooring fee of €63.50 prior to 1 Nov 2016.
Masters are furthered reminded that Bye-law 17. Mooring and Use of Harbours i.e the “5 Day Rule”, continues to apply during this period and that masters not wishing to avail of winter mooring should continue to observe the mooring time limits for public harbours.
Payment may be made by cheque, bank draft or postal order, made payable to Waterways Ireland, to the office below. Credit/Debit Card payments may be made by contacting Finance Section, Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen, Tel: 048 6632 3004 (from ROI).
Masters should also note that fresh water and electricity supply may not be available during this period at public moorings therefore any on-board services which may be depending on this electrical supply should have an alternative source of power.
Masters are reminded that if availing of winter mooring that they continue to routinely monitor their vessels especially during periods of adverse weather and also be aware of rising/falling water levels that will require adjustment of mooring lines.
Owners please note that vessels berthed in public harbours are at the owners risk at all times and may be directed to other harbours as operational exigencies require.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation.

 

MARINE NOTICE No.133 of 2016 SHANNON NAVIGATION -Public Moorings
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise customers that electricity supply to power pedestals and the supply of water to taps on public moorings will be disconnected during the winter period for environmental and reduced maintenance cost reasons.
These services will be restored prior to the commencement of the 2017 boating season. A further Marine Notice will issue at that time.

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 128 of 2016 Shannon Navigation Temporary Closure of Victoria and Rooskey Locks

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Victoria Lock, Meelick on the south Shannon and Rooskey Lock, on the north Shannon will be closed to navigation and dewatered for inspection commencing in the last week of October for a four week period.
Depending on the outcome of this first inspection a further closure is possible in Feb 2017.
Further Marine Notices will be issued as necessary to advise boaters.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 121 of 2016 – SHANNON NAVIGATION – Victoria Lock, Meelick
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that it may be necessary for operational reasons to lower the minimum water level on the upstream sill at Victoria Lock, Meelick from 1.80 metres to approximately 1.65 metres at certain times over the coming weeks.

Masters of vessels with a deep draft that could potentially be affected by this change are advised to contact the lock keeper at Victoria Lock, Meelick, tel. number 00 353 (0) 57 915 1359.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 119 of 2016 – Shannon Navigation – Limerick
Lock Operating Schedule
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise the following schedule for lock operation of Sarsfield Lock, which are subject to change.
Saturday 17th September 1000hrs to 1300hrs
Saturday 24th September 1400hrs to 1700hrs
Saturday 1st October 1000hrs to 1300hrs
Saturday 15th October 1300hrs to 1600hrs
Saturday 29th October 1400hrs to 1700hrs
The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown above when he will be in attendance to operate the lock.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 116 of 2016 SHANNON NAVIGATION

CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY LIMERICK – TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Marine Notice No.115 of 2016 refers – The Custom House Quay jetties has reopened; Marine Notice No: 115 of 2016 is now withdrawn.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 105 of 2016 Shannon Navigation Limerick City to Parteen Weir Navigation Reopened

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that this section of the navigation is now open and that the immediate operational schedule for Sarsfield Lock is as follows :

Thursday 11th August 1pm to 4pm
Monday 15th August 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 18th August 9am to 12pm
Monday 22th August 12pm to 3pm
Thursday 25th August 9am to12pm
Monday 29th August 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 1st September 9am to12pm
Monday 5th September 11am.to 2pm
Thursday 8th September 12pm to 3pm

The lock keeper can be contacted at the following number 087-7972998 only during the hours of operation as shown above when he will be in attendance to operate the lock.

Marine Notices Nos. 16, 84 and 95 of 2016 are now withdrawn

Waterways Ireland thanks it customers for their patience in this matter.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 68 of 2016 – All Navigations – Dangers Associated with Over Head Power Lines

Waterways Ireland wishes to remind masters and users of the navigations of the dangers associated with Over Head Power Lines.

Special Marine Notice No 1 of 2016 refers to Overhead Power Lines (OHPL). The attention of all is drawn to the dangers associated with overhead power lines in particular sailing vessels, sailing dinghys and workboats with cranes or large airdrafts. Vigilance is required especially in the vicinity of slipways and dinghy parks, while voyage planning is a necessity in order to identify the location of overhead lines crossing the navigations. If the vessel or its equipment comes in contact with an OHPL, do NOT attempt to move the equipment or a person if either is still in contact with, or close to, the OHPL. The conductor may still be alive or re-energise automatically. Maintain a 5 m clearance, if possible, and prevent third parties from approaching you or your vessel because of the risk of arcing.

Contact the Emergency Services for assistance.

ESB Networks emergency number is (353)1850 372 999 and Northern Ireland Electricity Networks is (44) 0800 616 817.

Fishermen are also reminded that a minimum ground distance of 30 metres should be maintained from overhead power lines when using rod and line.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 67 of 2016  – Shannon Navigation – Lough Derg – Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) Fish Stock Survey

Waterways Ireland has been advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that a fish stock survey will take place, commencing on Mon 13 Jun, on Lough Derg (See  map here) There will be 170 sampling sites in total and most survey nets will be set on the bottom of the lake. However, there will be surface floating nets, 30m and 220m in length, also set during the survey. Every effort will be made to set these from late evening to early morning to avoid routine boating traffic. The nets will be marked with large orange buoys and where possible navigable channels leading to harbours will be avoided. The vessels associated with the survey will not hamper navigation. Masters are requested to keep a sharp look out for the net marker buoys when on passage to avoid running any entanglement.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 65 of 2016 – SHANNON NAVIGATION

Lough Derg Benjamin Rocks Temporary Red Navigation Mark In Place
Marine Notice No 62 of 2016 refers. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that a temporary RED mark has been placed in position.
Any master spotting the original red buoy is requested to inform the Inspector of Navigation
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

 

MARINE NOTICE No 64 of 2016 -SHANNON NAVIGATION
Banagher Area – Repair of Overhead Electrical Cables

Waterways Ireland has been advised by ESB Networks that emergency repairs to overhead electrical cables will be undertaken today at the eastern end of Inishee Island, approximately 2km downstream of Banagher bridge. The cables will be pulled from one bank of the navigation to the other and then hoisted into position. Navigation will be interrupted for short periods throughout this operation. Masters are requested to note the advice and directions issued by the safety craft in attendance.
MARINE NOTICE No 62 of 2016 SHANNON NAVIGATION
Lough Derg Benjamin Rocks – Red Navigation Mark Reported Missing
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the RED buoy marking the eastern end of the Benjamin Rocks, North East of Williamstown Harbour, has been reported missing. Masters should keep a sharp look-out and navigate with due caution in this area.

 

MARINE NOTICE No.1 of 2016 – All Navigations – General Caution
Marine Notice 155 of 2016 refers. Waterways Ireland continues to advise caution while extensive flooding continues across all navigations. See below advice issued by ESB networks in relation to available clearance under overhead or sunken electricity cables.

“WARNING TO THE PUBLIC AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WHEN ACCESSSING FLOODED AREAS IN BOATS AND FLOTATION DEVICES

ELECTRICITY NETWORK CLEARANCE MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE FLOODWATER LEVEL

ESB Networks is warning members of the public and emergency services to be vigilant when moving around flooded areas in boats and other flotation vehicles.
The electricity network is designed to have ample clearance for access and egress during normal conditions. However, when areas are flooded, this clearance level may be affected.
The electricity network is live and should not be approached. Electricity wires are dangerous even at close proximity and where clearance is compromised, you should not pass under them.
If you see any sagging electricity wires or wires submerged in water, please do not steer your boat over these. Do not use oars or anything else to lift or move electricity wires. Please report any poor clearance issues immediately to ESB Network at 1850 372 999.
ESB Networks is currently assessing the electricity network in flooded areas to assess damage and identify safety issues”.

 

MARINE NOTICE No. 077 of 2015
Shannon Navigation and Grand Canal – Shannon Harbour to Banagher
Sun 12 July 2015 – Fin Swim

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that
the 2015 Shannonside Sub Aqua Fin Swim takes places from Shannon Harbour,
Grand Canal to Banagher slipway on Sun 12 July commencing at 1330hrs and
finishing at 1630hrs.

Masters of vessels are requested to keep a sharp look-out for swimmers in
the water , proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when in this section
of the navigation and note any advice from safety boat officials.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No. 72 of 2015
Shannon Navigation – Killaloe- Ballina
Sun 5 July 2015

Water Based Events during Feile Brian Boru
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that a swimming race and dragon boat races will take place between the town bridge and the Coast Guard Station on Sun 5 July between 1500hrs and 1600hrs.
Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when approaching this section of the navigation and to heed any instructions issued by the event marshals and in particular to keep a look-out for swimmers in the water.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 30 of 2015
Shannon Navigation Lough Derg Portumna
Protection of Protected Bird Species

Waterways Ireland has been advised that rare and protected birds are present and breeding in the vicinity of Portumna Forest Park, which is between Bonaveen Point and Silver Islands. Masters should note that this area is deemed “Non-navigable ” per the Shannon Navigation Guide and should remain in the navigation channel at all times nor attempt a passage in small craft such as a dinghy or canoe into the area, in the interest of protecting and minimising disturbance to these nesting birds between now and the 31 August Masters are also advised that deliberate disturbance to nesting birds and their habitat is illegal under the Wildlife Act (1976). Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 25 of 2015
Shannon Navigation Lough Derg
Monitoring Buoy Moorings, Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that mooring ground tackle with yellow inflatable buoys attached will be laid in the positions indicated on the attached map commencing to-day Thurs 2 Apr and finishing on Fri 10 Apr.You can see the map here: http://www.iwai.ie/forum/file.php/1/5042/MN_2015_025_Shannon_Lough_Derg_Monitoring_Buoy_Moorings_2_.pdf

MARINE NOTICE No 21 of 2015
Shannon Navigation – Victoria Lock Meelick
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Victoria Lock will be without power from 9.30am to 2.30pm Thursday 26th March, due to essential repair works by E.S.B. Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.
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MARINE NOTICE No 20 of 2015

Shannon Navigation – Killaloe/Ballina to Portumna

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that motor vessel “Dolphin” will be engaged in survey work on this section of the navigation from Thurs 26th March until Fri 12th June 2015 during the hours of daylight. The vessel has a blue hull, white wheel house and an orange roof, its call sign is EI-PV-3. A listening watch will be kept on Marine VHF Ch 16. The vessel will be required to keep a set course during its work. Other craft coming upon the vessel are requested therefore to give it a wide berth as necessary. Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.
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MARINE NOTICE No 19 of 2015
Shannon Navigation – Winter Mooring Period Ends

Waterways Ireland wishes to remind masters and owners of vessels that the winter mooring period finishes on the Shannon Navigation which includes the Shannon- Erne Waterway on Tues 31 Mar.
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MARINE NOTICE No. 4 of 2015
Shannon Navigation – Victoria Lock – Meelick

Temporary Closure for Power Outage – Waterways Ireland has been informed by the ESB that there will be a power outage at Victoria Lock on: Sat 14 Feb from 1000hrs to 1400hrs & Tue17 Feb from 100hrs to 1600hrs
The lock will not be operational during these times on the respective dates. Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.
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MARINE NOTICE No 135 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Clonmacnoise Access Ramp

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the access ramp to the Clonmacnoise floating mooring has been removed for the winter period.

MARINE NOTICE No 130 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Victoria ( Meelick) and Roosky Locks

Intended closure for refurbishment works in 2015/2016 – Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels of its intention to replace lock gates at both Victoria (Meelick) and Roosky Locks on the Shannon Navigation during the autumn /winter period of 2015/2016.

This will require the closure of these locks over this period.
Further information will be advised to customers in due course.

MARINE NOTICE No 126 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Ardnacrusha

Bridge Investigation Works
Waterways Ireland has been advised by the ESB of the following:
“ESB Ardnacrusha are carrying out investigation works on the Ardnacrusha Headrace Bridges – O’Brien’s Bridge, Clonlara Bridge and Blackwater bridge and the tailrace bridge at Parteen over the next three weeks. There will be a pontoon at each bridge to provide access. Masters are requested to be vigilant on approach to the bridges and proceed at an appropriate speed with minimum wash”

MARINE NOTICE No 120 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Portumna, Connaught Harbour Refurbishment Works

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that Connaught Harbour, Portumna will be closed to both road and river traffic from Monday, September 29th until Wednesday 31st December 2014 to facilitate upgrading of the harbour infrastructure.

MARINE NOTICE No 118 of 2014
Shannon & Shannon-Erne Navigations – Winter Mooring Period

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2014 and end on the 31 Mar 2015.
Masters are advised that collection of the associated charge, in arrears, has ceased and are now requested to pay the winter mooring fee of €63. 50 prior to 1 Nov 2014.
Masters are further reminded that Bye-law 17. Mooring and Use of Harbours i.e the “5 Day Rule”, continues to apply during this period and that masters not wishing to avail of winter mooring should continue to observe the mooring time limits for public harbours.
Payment may be made by cheque, bank draft or postal order, made payable to Waterways Ireland, to the office below. Credit/Debit Card payments may be made by contacting Finance Section, Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen, Tel: 0486632 3004 (from ROI).
Masters should further note that fresh water and electricity supply may not be available during this period at public moorings for reasons of preventative maintenance.

MARINE NOTICE No 108 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Lough Derg
Waterways Ireland Killaloe Water Festival

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the Killaloe Water Festival will take place both upstream and downstream of the Killaloe – Ballina town bridge and also in the vicinity of the Killaloe Canal from 1900hrs on Fri 5th. to 1800hrs on Sun 7th . Sep 2014. Masters of vessels are requested to note the advice of marshals when passing through the area and to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash.

MARINE NOTICE No.100 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Lough Derg
Scarriff Harbour Festival

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that this event will take place from Thurs 31st July until Sun 3rd. Aug 2014 in Scarriff Harbour, Co. Clare. Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when approaching and departing the harbour.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No.78 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATIONLough Derg 39th Lough Derg Boat Rally
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the above event
will take place on Lough Derg commencing on Fri 5th. July and finishing on
Sun 12th. July 2014. The Rally intends to visit the following harbours:
Dromineer, Terryglass, Rossmore, Mountshannon and Killaloe.

The organisers may be contacted on: 00353879372683

MARINE NOTICE No 65 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Killaloe-Ballina Bridge
***Hazard to Navigation is now withdrawn***
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that part of a steel fishing frame notice No.65 below is now withdrawn.

MARINE NOTICE No 73 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Lough Derg – Dromineer Bay
Dinghy Sailing Events – Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that Lough Derg Yacht Club will host dinghy sailing events in the vicinity of Dromineer Bay, Lough Derg on Sat 28th and Sun 29th. Jun 2014 between 0900hrs and 1700hrs daily.
Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing this stretch of the navigation and note any advice given by safety boat crews marshalling the races. Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 66 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Lough Derg – Garrykennedy
Red Porthand Buoy Off Station
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the red porthand buoy marking the entrance to the marina at Garrykennedy has been reported as being out of position. It can presently be found in a position farther to the east. MN#66 said that the proper buoy was off station some distance to the east of its correct location. Masters should approach the marina entrance with due caution.

MARINE NOTICE No 65 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Killaloe-Ballina Bridge
***Hazard to Navigation***
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that part of a steel fishing frame, normally secured above the navigation arch, has fallen below the arch level and is presently reducing airdraft at this location.
Masters, particularly with vessels with high airdraft , should approach the bridge with due caution.

MARINE NOTICE No 64 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION – Shannonbridge
Electrical Power Disruption
Waterways Ireland has been advised by ESB Networks that disruption to the electricity supply to the public jetties upstream of Shannonbridge will continue until 1700hrs on Thurs 12th. Jun

MARINE NOTICE No 63 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION Lough Derg Killaloe
Navigation Restriction – Triathlon Event Sat 14 Jun 2014
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that the swim element of the above event will take place in the Killaloe Canal , from 1500hrs to 1800hrs on Sat 14th. Jun. The canal will be closed during this time.

MARINE NOTICE No. 56 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION, Grand Canal to Banagher, Fin Swimming Event
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that a fin swimming event will take place on Sun 8 June between 1230 hrs and 1630 hrs. The event will start at a point approximately 2.5km upstream of Banagher , at the junction of the Shannon and the Grand Canal, and finish in Banagher at the marina slipway. Swimmers taking part will be accompanied by a safety boat and will be wearing high visibility swim hats.Masters are requested to navigate at slow speed and with a low wash when passing the area and note any advice from the event safety boats in the interest of safety.
Further information may be had from :Jonathan O’Meara Shannonside Sub Aqua Club 353-(0)85-1735204

MARINE NOTICE No. 55 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Lough Derg – Illaunmore

****Navigation Hazard****

Waterways Ireland has received a report that there is a 2 inch (50mm) steel bar sticking out of the water by about 4 inches (100mm), approximately two thirds of the way along a direct line between the eastern end of “Yellow Island” (the largest island on the northern side of Illaunmore) and Curraghmore Point (the nearest point of land to the north of Illanunmore).
This location appears to be in an area marked unsuitable for navigation, however, until such time as the report can be verified; masters are requested to keep a sharp look-out for this hazard when navigating in the vicinity of Illaunmore

MARINE NOTICE No. 54 of 2014
Shannon Navigation – Limerick Sarsfield’s Lock – Navigation Hazard

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that sheets of corrugated iron roofing material are lying on the bottom of the lay-by quay immediately downstream of Sarsfield’s Lock , Limerick. Boats and vessels manoeuvring in the quay area especially at or near low water should be mindful of this hazard and proceed at slow speed and with due caution.

MARINE NOTICE No 48 of 2014
Shannon Navigation, Limerick, Sarsfield’s Lock

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats that Sarsfield’s Lock will be operated on restricted service from Thurs 22nd May to Fri 30th May 2014. During this time the lock will operate from 9am to 4:30pm daily.
Masters and owners are requested to ring the lockkeeper on 353 (0)87 7972998 one day prior to making their passage.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.

MARINE NOTICE No 34 of 2014
SHANNON NAVIGATION & Shannon -Erne Waterway

Public Harbours – End of Winter Mooring Period
Masters and owners are advised that the winter mooring period finished on 31 Mar 2014 and Shannon Navigation Bye-law No. 17(3) now applies i.e. vessels should not berth in the same harbour for longer than the statutory period of
5 consecutive days nor more than a total of 7 days in any one month.

MARINE NOTICE – No 24 of 2014
Shannon Navigation, Royal and Grand Canals and Barrow Navigation

LANDING OF INTERNATIONAL CATERING WASTE (ICW)
Waterways Ireland has been requested by the Dept of Agriculture, Dublin to
bring to the attention of masters and owners of vessels, returning to or
arriving from outside Ireland that it is forbidden to land ship sourced food
waste on arrival.
Re: Prohibition on the landing of ship sourced food waste in accordance
Regulation (EC) No. 1069 of 2009, Regulation (EU) No. 142 of 2011, European
Communities (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Animal
By-products)

Further information may be had from: animalbyproducts@agriculture.gov.ie and
tel. no ++ 353 1890253337.
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MARINE NOTICE No 20 of 2014 – All Navigations
Floating Jetties – High Water Levels
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that access ramps to floating jetties will be removed or lifted as necessary, as water levels rise, to prevent structural damage to the jetties. Access to the jetties will be restricted while these conditions pertain.

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MARINE NOTICE No 19 of 2014 Shannon Navigation
Lough Derg – Portumna Swing Bridge Operational
Marine Notice No 9 of 2014 refers. This notice is now withdrawn as the bridge is operational once again.

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MARINE NOTICE No 14 of 2014 Shannon Navigation
Lough Derg Middle Ground Rocks – Scarriff Bay Red Conical Buoy Replaced

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise owners and masters that Marine Notice No 12 of 2014 is now withdrawn and that the northernmost red conical buoy marking the Middle Ground Rocks in Scarriff Bay has been replaced in position.

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MARINE NOTICE No 12 of 2014 – Shannon Navigation – Lough Derg
Middle Ground Rocks – Scarriff Bay Red Conical Buoy Adrift

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise owners and masters that a report has been received that the northernmost red conical buoy marking the Middle Ground Rocks in Scarriff Bay is adrift and last sighted in the vicinity of the Red Cage Buoy “B” at Hare Island.
Masters are advised to keep a sharp lookout and navigate with due caution when in this section of the navigation.

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MARINE NOTICE No 11 of 2014 Shannon Navigation
Lough  Derg Portumna Bridge – Hayes Island

Vessel Adrift
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise owners and masters that a report has been received that a vessel has broken its moorings at Hayes Island, Portumna Bridge and is presently drifting in the navigation.Masters are advised to keep a lookout for this craft and navigate with due caution when in this section of the navigation.

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MARINE NOTICE No 9 of 2014 Shannon Navigation
Portumna Swing Bridge Closure. 

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise owners and masters that due to unforeseen circumstances
Portumna Swing Bridge will be closed for essential maintenance from next Monday 10th February until Monday 3rd. March 2014.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.

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MARINE NOTICE No. 77 of 2013 SHANNON NAVIGATION
Lough Derg Ballina – Dragon Boat Racing

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that a dragon boat racing event
will take place in Ballina on Sun 7 July between 1300 hrs and 1800hrs.
Masters are requested to note any advice from safety marshals when
passing through this section of the navigation.
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MARINE NOTICE No. 64 of 2013 SHANNON NAVIGATION – KILLALOE
Killaloe Canal Swimming Event

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that a swimming event
associated with the Feile Brian Boru Festival will take place in the Killaloe Canal
on Sun 7th Jul between 1600hrs and 1700hrs from the Pier Head to the bridge.

Masters are requested to note any advice from safety marshals when passing through this section of the navigation.
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MARINE NOTICE No. 34 of 2013 SHANNON NAVIGATION  Lough Derg
Mountshannon Protection of Breeding White-tailed Eagles

Waterways Ireland has been advised that protected White-tailed Eagles are
present and breeding on Bushy Island, Lough Derg.
To protect and minimise disturbance to nesting White-tailed Eagles in the
area, masters are requested to observe a voluntary exclusion zone by not
encroaching within 250m of the island and to proceed directly in and out of
the harbour without stopping near the island, particularly between the
months of May and August inclusive.
Masters should note that deliberate disturbance to nesting birds is illegal
under the Wildlife Act (1976).
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MARINE NOTICE No 22 of 2013 Shannon Navigation Lough Derg
Protection of Breeding Birds Mountshannon, Co. Clare

Waterways Ireland has been advised that protected birds are present and
breeding on Bushy Island, Lough Derg.
To protect and minimise disturbance to nesting birds in the area, Masters
are requested to observe a voluntary exclusion zone by not encroaching
within 250m of the island and to proceed directly in and out of the harbour
without stopping near the island, particularly between the months of April and
August inclusive. Masters should note that deliberate disturbance to nesting
birds is illegal under the Wildlife Act (1976).
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MARINE NOTICE 12/2013 SHANNON NAVIGATION & Shannon – Erne Waterway
Public Harbours – End of Winter Mooring Period

Masters and owners are advised that the winter mooring period ends on Sun 31 Mar 2013 thereafter Navigation Bye-law No. 17(3) applies i.e. vessels should not berth in the same harbour for longer than the statutory period of 5 consecutive days nor more than a total of 7 days in any one month.
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Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation in these matters
and any inconvenience caused is regretted.

Charles Lawn
Lt Cdr (rtd)
Inspector of Navigation
Tel: 00 353 (0)90 6494232

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