SHANNON-ERNE WATERWAY - Lock 6 Closure
WI has advised (MN#129 of 7/11/13) that the SEW will be closed to navigation at Lock 6 Ballinamore from 14 November 2013 until early April 2014 to facilitate the necessary repairs to lock gates. A section of the canal bank walkway adjacent to Lock 6 Ballinamore will also be closed for the durations of the works.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Acres Lake - Mooring Upgrade
WI has advised (MN#128 of 5/11/13) that works to upgrade the fixed pier and access ramp to the floating moorings at Acres Lake, Drumshanbo will commence on Wed 13th November 2013. There will be no access or mooring permitted at the floating moorings, by land or water, during the upgrade works which are due to be complete by 20th December 2013. Alternative mooring facilities are close by at Drumshanbo Lock.
GRAND CANAL - Tullamore - Restricted Navigation
WI has advised MN#127 of 4/11/13) that navigation on the Grand Canal from the 34th Lock at Clonony to the 21st Lock at Ballycommon will be closed from Monday 4th November until Friday 20th December 2013 to facilitate maintenance works.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Athlone Bridge - Flow Measurement
WI has advised (MN#125 of 25/10/13) that OPW will be making flow measurements from Athlone Town Bridge on Fri 25 Oct and also on Tues 29 Oct. These measurements will hinder passage through the navigational arch for short periods. Masters should approach the bridge with due caution and be prepared to delay their passage until the navigation is clear. Masters should heed instructions from OPW staff involved. Contact number: 353-(0)868112267.
GRAND CANAL - 13th Level - Temporary Closure
WI has advised (MN#124 of 25/10/13)
That the GC will be closed from Monday, Nov 4 2013 to Feb 2014 on the 13th Level, downstream of Ponsonby Bridge near Ardclough, due to water main laying works by Kildare County Council.
LOWER BANN NAVIGATION - Coleraine - Head of the River
WI have advised (MN#123 of 24/10/13) that the Head of River Rowing Event will take place on Sat 16 Nov 2013 from 09:00 to 15:00 between Seaton's Marina and Bann Rowing Club Boathouse, Coleraine. Masters should heed advice from race marshals and travel at slow speed with minimum wash as race craft are easily capsized by a vessel's wash.
LOWER BANN NAVIGATION - Underwater Lock Inspection
WI have advised (MN#122 of 21/10/13 that they will be conducting underwater surveys at all locks which may result in some delays to lock passage. Users should proceed with due caution and note works signage and the instructions of lock keepers.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Ardnacrusha - Station output
WI have advised of a new phone number which will automatically give real-time information on the current output from the powerstation at Ardnacrusha. The number is +353-(0)87-6477229. If the station output exceeds 20MegaWatts (equivalent to 1 turbine), passage is not advised in the Limerick Ardnacrusha section. It the automated service fails, the ESB can be contacted on the main number +353-87-9970131.
GRAND CANAL - Circular Line - Gate Replacement
WI has advised (MN#120 of 16/10/13) that the Grand
canal Circular Line will be closed to navigation between Lock C3 (Upper Mount Street) and Lock C5 (Leeson Street) from Monday 21 October 2013 for approx 6 weeks for the installation of new lock gates.
LOWER BANN - Toome & Coleraine - Sluicegate adjustment exercise
WI have advised (MN#119 of 15/10/13) that the sluice gates at Toome will be opened from the morning of Tuesday 15 October for a testing exercise at the Cutts gates in Coleraine. They will remain open until the morning of Saturday 19 October. Boaters may experience strong flows during this exercise. For queries contact: The Rivers Agency on 028 7034 2357 Rivers.firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAND CANAL - Sallins - Public Mooring - Temporary Closure
WI has advised (MN#117 of 10/10/13)that the public moorings immediately east and west of Sallins bridge have been closed temporarily for refurbishment works and will re-open in mid-March 2014. This area is now a construction site and all users should take note of warning signs associated with these works.
ERNE NAVIGATION - Lower Lough - Jetty & Slipway Closures
WI has advised (MN#116 of 26/9/13) that the jetty and slipway at Camagh Bay and Inish Davar island will be closed for improvement works until the end of November 2013. Further details from Lough Erne Warden on +44 (0)28 6632 2836
GRAND CANAL - Tullamore/Cappincur - Rowing Event
WI has advised (MN#115 of 25/9/13) that Offaly Rowing Club will be holding a series of time trials at Cappincur, Tullamore between locks 23 & 24 on Sat 5 Oct from 08.00 to 16:00 hrs approx. Navigation will be restricted during the trials. Vessels should heed stewards instructions.
ERNE NAVIGATION - Portora Lock - Restrictions
WI have advised (MN#114 of 25/9/13) that due to essential maintenance works, navigational access through Portora Lock Gates will be restricted on Wed 2 & Thurs 3 Oct between 8am & 5pm. The lock gates will be in operation during the maintenance works. Whilst navigational access will be facilitated, delays of up to 1 hour can be expected as the works involve the use of an underwater dive team. Access for emergency services will be prioritised should the need arise. Further details from Rivers Agency on 028 6638 8529.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Ree - Low Water Levels
WI have advised (MN#113 of 24/9/13) that due to the prolonged spell of dry weather water levels on Lough Ree have fallen below normal summer level. Masters of vessels and particularly those of deep drafted vessels should navigate with due caution and at an appropriate speed to avoid striking the bottom. WI have further advised (MN#118 of 11/10/13) that masters of vessels moored in this area should tend to their lines frequently to avoid problems.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Killaloe Water Festival
WI has advised (MN#112 of 23/9/13)that the Waterways Ireland Killaloe Water Festival will take place from Fri 27th to Sun 29th Sep 2013. Festival events will take place north and south of the bridge and will involve kayaks, sailing dinghys, rowing craft, swimmers etc. Masters of vessels are requested to note the advice of safety marshals associated with the event and to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash. Through traffic will be catered for at intervals during the events.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lock & Bridge Time Changes
WI has reminded boaters (MN#112 of 18/9/13) that lock and bridge operating hours change to the autumn schedule on 26/9/13. Full details here.
SHANNON & SEW - Winter Mooring
WI has advised (MN#110 of 16/9/123) that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2013 and end on the 31 Mar 2014. Masters should pay the winter mooring fee of €63. 50 prior to 1 Nov 2013. Bye-law 17 Mooring and Use of Harbours ie the “5 Day Rule”, continues to apply during this period for vessels not paying winter mooring fees. Payment may be made by cheque, bank draft or postal order, made payable to Waterways Ireland, The Docks, Athlone, Co.Westmeath. Credit/Debit Card payments may be made by contacting Finance Section, Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen, Tel: 028 [048 from RoI] 6632 3004.
ROYAL CANAL - Summit Level Closed
WI has advised (MN#109 of 13/9/13)that the Royal Canal summit level is closed until further notice due to low water levels.
SHANNON ERNE WATERWAY - Lock 8 - Weir Repairs
WI has advised (MN#108 of 28/8/13) that maintenance works to the weir at Lock 8, Castlefore, Co Leitrim are scheduled to take place from 29 August to 27 September 2013 As part of these works an ‘Aqua Barrier’ style dam will be placed in the navigation and users are asked to give this a wide berth.
SHANNON ERNE WATERWAY - Lock 8 - Re-opened
WI has advised (MN#107 of 27/8/13) that emergency repairs at Lock 8 Castlefore Co. Leitrim are complete and the lock has re-opened
ROYAL CANAL - Richmond Harbour - Canoe Polo Event
WI has advised (MN#104 of 21/8/13) that the International Canoe Polo Irish Open 2013 will take place in Richmond Harbour on Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep from 0800 to 2000hrs daily. Masters and owners are requested to clear the harbor prior to the event. Masters wishing to make a passage through the area can do so between 1300 & 1400hrs each day.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Ree - Inchturk - Shoal
WI has advised (MN#101 of 15/8/13) that a shoal area has been reported approximately 100ft / 30m north of the starboardhand mark at the northern end of Inchturk Island. Boats should give this mark a wide berth until further notice.
ROYAL CANAL - Kilcock - Canoe Polo Cancelled
WI has advised (MN#103 of 21/8/13) that the Canoe Polo event scheduled for Kilcock on on Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep has been cancelled. MN#100/13 is withdrawn.
SHANNON NAVIGATION/ROYAL CANAL - Longford Marathon - Bridge restrictions
WI have advised (MN#99 of 13/8/13) of bridge restrictions at Begnagh, Tarmonbarry & Roosky on Sunday Aug 25 associated with the running of the Longford Marathon. More details here.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Key - Triathlon
WI has advised (MN#98 of 5/8/13) that the swimming element of the Lough Key Triathlon will take place in the vicinity of Castle Island and the Forest Park recreational facilities on Sun 8 Sep from 0900 to1200 hrs. Vessels should heed the advice of event marshals and proceed at slow speed with minimum wash.
ROYAL CANAL - Towpath Closure - Level 1
WI have advised (MN#97 of 28/7/13) that the section of canal towpath on Level 1 of the Royal Canal Dublin has been closed to the public due to a wall slippage that occurred following heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. Electrical and gas services run along the towpath so it has been closed as a precautionary measure until repairs are carried out. Navigation will remain open as normal throughout this period.
GRAND, ROYAL & BARROW _ Caution - Low Water & Weed
WI has advised (MN#96 of 25/7/13) that due to the prolonged dry and warm weather, water levels have fallen in recent weeks and weed growth accelerated on the waterways. Vessels, particularly those with deep drafts, are advised to proceed with due caution and allow extra time for passages.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Derg - Brian Boru Triathlon
WI has advised MN#94 of 19/7/13)that the swimming element of the Brian Boru Triathlon will take place At Two Mile Gate (Approx 3km north of Killaloe on the western shore) on Sat 31Aug between 1100hrs and1500hrs. Masters should heed advice from event marshalls in the area.
SHANNON NAVIGATION & SEW - Single Point Mooring Buoys
WI has advised (MN#91 of 18/7/13)that it is a requirement of the Shannon Navigation Bye-laws to have permission to lay mooring buoys for vessels and boats in both the Shannon Navigation and on the Shannon Erne Waterway. Owners with the required permission should ensure that their mooring buoy is clearly marked with the registration number of the craft that it is intended for. Owners without permission should apply to: The Inspector of Navigation, Waterways Ireland, The Docks, Athlone, Co.Westmeath.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Cootehall - Derelict Mooring
WI has advised (MN#89 of 18/7/13)that a derelict floating mooring exists on the east bank, immediately south of the public quay at Cootehall. This structure is in a dangerous condition and should not be used for mooring up to as it is unstable and the decking is in poor repair.
SHANNON NAVIGATION -Lough Ree - Hare Island - New Marker
WI has advised (MN#87 of 17/7/13)that a new red navigation buoy has been placed at the north eastern point of Hare Island on Lough Ree.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Devenish Island - Shallow patch reported
WI has advised (MN#85 of 10/7/13)that a shallow patch has been reported between a half and one km south of Devenish Island, towards the west bank. Masters are requested to proceed at slow speed and with due caution when passing this area.
ERNE NAVIGATION -Fisheries Research - Net Alert
WI has advised (MN#80 of 3/7/13)that DCAL Inland Fisheries and the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute will be carrying out fishery survey work using a small number of set nets on Lough Erne from July to September 2013. Nets will be 30 to 60 metres long and marked with a 25 to 30 cm diameter yellow buoy each end. The Floats will be marked with the words: "AFBINI RESEARCH" or "FISHERIES RESEARCH" Nets may be set adjacent to shore or occasionally in open water. Nets will not block narrow navigation channels and will leave sufficient clear water to allow safe access to normal boat passages. Boat users are instructed not to drive between the markers of a net or line of nets due to the risk of fouling propellers. Further information may be had from: Paul McAleavey, Senior Fisheries Officer, Tel: 028 6634 3136(ext: 35136); Mob: 07825 789 290; Textphone: 028 9052 9304; Web: http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/
ERNE NAVIGATION - Trial Bay - Derryvore Jetty Open
WI has advised(MN#78 of 28/6/13)that the mooring jetty at Derryvore will re-open on 28/6/13. MN#76/13 is withdrawn.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Ree - Killinure - New Navigation Mark
WI has advised (MN#66 of 14/6/13) of the installation of a new red porthand mark at Killinure Pt. opposite the new extension to the moorings at Coosan Pt. Athlone. The number 628 is affixed to this mark. See here for diagram.
LOUGH NEAGH - Kinnego Bay - Missing Marker
Kinnego Marina have advised that parker 25 (Red Port) Marker in Kinnego Bay is missing and is lying just below the surface. The fallen marker is currently marked with a yellow buoy. Masters are advised to take extra care in this area.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Lough Key - Swim Training Area
WI has advised MN#43 of 24/5/13 that a triathlon swim training course is now set out in Lough Key between Castle Island and the mainland to the west off the navigable channel. It will be in place until the end of September and is marked by four yellow buoys.
ROSCOMMON BOIL WATER NOTICE
Roscommon Co. Co. have issued a "Boil Water" notice for parts of the county that include a number of North Shannon jetties. Full details of the notice can be found here. WI have repeated the warning in MN#39/13
ROYAL CANAL - Locks 12-17 - Weekend Water Patrollers
WI has issued (MN#35 of 10/5/13) revised arrangements for water patroller cover for locks 12-17 on the Royal Canal. Details can be found here.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Mountshannon - White Tailed Sea Eagles
WI has advised (MN#34 of 10/5/13) that protected White-tailed Eagles are breeding on Bushy Island, Lough Derg. Masters are asked to observe a 250m exclusion zone around the island and to proceed directly in and out of the harbour without stopping near the island especially in the period May to August inclusive. Deliberate disturbance to nesting birds is illegal under the Wildlife Act (1976).
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Coosan Point - New Jetties
WI has advised (MN#29 of 30/4/13)that an extension to southern end of jetties at Coosan Point is presently being installed. This section is a construction site and users are requested heed the warning signs. Mooring on the new extension is prohibited until it is fully installed.
ROYAL CANAL - 41st Level - Emergency Repairs
WI has advised (MN#26 of 22/4/13) that the 41st level between Mullawornia and Coolnahinch Bridge will be closed from Monday 29 April to Friday 17 May for emergency leakage repairs.
ERNE NAVIGATION - Crom Jetty - Emergency Works
WI has advised MN#28 of 26/4/13) that the mooring jetty at Crom has been re-opened following emergency repair works. MN#24/13 refers.
ERNE NAVIGATION - Portora Lock - Bank Maintenance
MI has advised (MN#21 of 28/3/13)that The Rivers Agency are undertaking essential bank maintenance immediately upstream of Portora Lock which may result in some disruption to traffic. Masters should follow instructions from the onsite safety boat.
SHANNON NAVIGATION - Tarmonbarry - Lock Maintenance
WI have advised (MN#17 of 14/3/13) that maintenance work on Tarmonbarry Lock is now complete and MN#1/13 has been withdrawn.
ROYAL CANAL - Passage through Dublin
WI has issued (MN#16 of 12/3/13) details for the passage of vessels through Dublin on the Royal Canal. Details on the forum here
GRAND CANAL - Passage through Dublin
WI has issued (MN#14 of 12/3/13) details of arrangements for the passage of vessels through Dublin for the coming season. Details can be found on the forum here
ERNE NAVIGATION Portora Lock - Essential Maintenance
WI have advised (MN#9 of 25/12/13)that The Rivers Agency are undertaking essential lock gate maintenance at Portora lock resulting in some disruption to traffic. Masters should follow instructions given by the onsite safety boat.
GRAND CANAL - Ringsend Basin - Maintenance Works
WI have advised (MN#3 of 10/1/13) that major renovations will take place from 14/1/13 until mid May. Diving operations will commence on 14/1 for strengthening quay walls at Charlotte Quay, replacement of slipway and installation of stop planks at Camden Lock. All works will take place from pontoons and warning markers will be placed as required. Water levels in the basin may fluctuate and masters are advised to tend their mooring lines as required. Vessels may be required to move to facilitate works on Charlotte Quay. Advance notice will be given where possible. Masters are requested to keep vessels clear of all works and comply with instructions from safety craft in the works areas.