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MN#85/17 - SHANNON NAVIGATION - Rooskey & Victoria Locks - Gate Replacement Works

Posted by Colin Becker 
MN#85/17 - SHANNON NAVIGATION - Rooskey & Victoria Locks - Gate Replacement Works
04 September, 2017 11:52

Just talking to WI and they say they are planning to close Victoria and Roosky locks for major gate replacement works from October 16. (The eastern deep gate at Meelick has been out of action for at least a year which has hampered lock operations somewhat)

Don't have the full details yet and a Marine Notice should issue shortly but I understand they plan to start initial works on site on October 9 and lock passage will be somewhat restricted during that week with final closure on 16th.

They hope to have the works completed by Christmas but of course that's very weather dependent.

The works at Meelick are a major challenge for them because they think they will have to bring a big crane down the river on a pontoon. The access bridge over the new cut can't take the weight of the crane.

The gates for Meelick are being manufactured in Holland and will be assembled in Munster Harbour, Portumna and floated up to the lock on a pontoon.

And before somebody asks how did the Victorians do it in the olden days, they used a device called a "gin-pole", basically a stout pole supported by guy-wires with a hefty block and tackle. While WI do have such a contraption, it seems it no longer meets current health and safety rules so they need a crane.

So the point is, anyone planning a trip that involved passage of either of those locks over the October Bank Holiday weekend or whatever needs to think again!

Whenever we get more details I'll post them here.

Best Wishes,


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2017 15:47 by Colin Becker.
MN#85/17 - SHANNON NAVIGATION - Rooskey & Victoria Locks - Gate Replacement Works
04 September, 2017 15:47

Further to my note this AM, the attached Marine Notice just in from Waterways Ireland

Best Wishes,

GMY Chang Sha
MARINE NOTICE No 85 of 2017


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.

Shane Anderson
Lt Cdr(rtd)
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
04 Sept 2017

Tel: 353 90 6494232
Fax: 353 90 6494147
Re: MN#85/17 - SHANNON NAVIGATION - Rooskey & Victoria Locks - Gate Replacement Works
26 September, 2017 16:30
3 months..............................confused smiley Shame they woulden't get a private marine contractor in .
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