Brian Fitzgerald

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MARINE NOTICE No. 18 of 2021 The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation COVID-19 Response Access to navigations and availability of Services

MARINE NOTICE No. 18 of 2021

The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation

COVID-19 Response

Access to navigations and availability of Services

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and water users on The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation of the following notice in relation to access to the navigations and availability of services. These restrictions are in line with the Phase 2 measures announced by the Northern Ireland Executive.

  • All Waterways Ireland locks and service blocks remain closed.
  • Local area access to jetties and moorings in accordance with Northern Ireland Executive guidance.
  • Pump-out facilities are available for use. Owners must ensure that travel to pump-out facilities must be undertaken in a responsible manner minimising the amount of essential movement out on the water.
  • When on jetties please be aware of other users. Wait or move aside to allow others to pass at a safe distance.

We will continually review such measures in light of direction and advice from Government and health professionals and any decisions on service provision will be communicated via the issuance of Marine Notices. If we all continue to observe government guidance, follow advice to limit use, and strictly observe social distancing, together we can combat this pandemic – and be able to enjoy getting back out on or by our waterways when we’ve beaten it.

While our staff are working from home, they are available by phone during normal working hours. Should you need our assistance please do contact us by email at info@waterwaysireland.org or by phone https://www.waterwaysireland.org/contact-us.

Waterways Ireland thanks all vessel owners and operators for their co-operation in relation to this matter. 

P Harkin

Inspector of Navigation

Waterways Ireland

09 April 2021

MARINE NOTICE No. 17 of 2021 Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation Covid-19 measures Access to Navigations and availability of services – wef 12 April 2021

MARINE NOTICE

No. 17 of 2021

 Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation

Covid-19 measures

 Access to Navigations and availability of services – wef 12 April 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and water users that in line with government restrictions the following access to navigations and availability of services will apply from 12 April 2021 until further notice on the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation:

  1. Navigations are open within your home county (ROI only), provided you continue to observe social distancing at all times.
  2. All locks and bridges on above named navigations are closed.
  3. All Waterways Ireland service blocks are closed.
  4. The Winter Mooring period has been extended on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway until 30 April 2021.
  5. Stay safe and stay at home in order to protect our health services and save lives.

Future reopening of the navigations and facilities

When the government announces Level 4 restrictions Waterways Ireland will open locks and bridges on the Shannon from 0900 to 1500hrs daily and on the Shannon – Erne Waterway the lock operating systems will be activated between 0900 and 1700hrs daily. At Level 4 the Services Blocks and other on-shore services will be available for use. At level 3 Waterways Ireland will open locks and bridges at normal hours on all navigations.

Canal Towpaths

Our towpaths remain open and accessible for local exercise.  We request users of our canal towpaths to limit their use and only use towpaths which are in your home county. Our request to everyone using our towpaths is:

  • Observe social distancing protocols – keep a distance of at least 2m (6 feet) away from other people;
  • Use the towpaths for brief physical exercise only;
  • Limit use – do not take part in physical activity on towpaths which have the potential for large numbers, where social distancing cannot be observed comfortably;
  • Don’t meet up with other groups;
  • Stay in your family household group;
  • Stay within your home county;
  • As towpaths in some places can be narrow, when you pass someone, please make sure you use the full width of the towpath, keep moving, and stand aside to allow others to pass, in single file, when necessary;
  • If you can’t avoid passing a moored boat please keep as far away from it as possible and pass quickly by;
  • Be mindful of others and act always with consideration and with respect and observe the leave no trace principles and protect our environment;
  • Observe all health etiquettes when on the towpaths.

Updates on Covid-19 measures

We will continually review such measures in light of direction and advice from Government and health professionals and any decisions on service provision will be communicated via the issuance of Marine Notices.

While our staff are working from home, they are available by phone during normal working hours. Should you need our assistance please do contact us by email at info@waterwaysireland.org or by phone https://www.waterwaysireland.org/contact-us.  

 Health authority advice

Continual updates are provided by both the HSE in Ireland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland regarding the COVID-19 virus.  If you would like to access the latest information about the virus, you are advised to refer to the HSE coronavirus page (Ireland) or the PHA website www.publichealth.hscni.net. (Northern Ireland).

We ask all our stakeholders, families and colleagues to continue to be safe during the crisis and Stay at home.

Waterways Ireland thanks all vessel owners and operators for their co-operation in relation to this matter. 

P Harkin

Inspector of Navigation

Waterways Ireland

08 April 2021

MARINE NOTICE No. 16 of 2021 Shannon Navigation Ardnacrusha Headrace Canal

MARINE NOTICE No. 16 of 2021
Shannon Navigation
Ardnacrusha Headrace Canal
Ardnacrusha Power Station to Parteen Weir
Essential diving and civil engineering maintenance works
From 6th April to 7th May 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise Masters of Vessels and waterways users on
the Shannon Headrace Canal between Ardnacrusha Power Station and Parteen
Weir that essential diving and civil engineering maintenance work will be
taking along a section of the embankment between Clonlara and Blackwater
Bridges on dates between 6th April to 7th May 2021.

The Headrace Canal will remain open during these works and buoys / markers
will be placed in the canal to highlight the works area. Waterways users are
asked to maintain due attention when traversing this section of the Shannon
and to maintain their distance from the works.

Waterways Ireland wishes to thank its customers for their cooperation.

P Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
06 April 2021
Tel:00 353(0)90 6494232

MARINE NOTICE No. 15 of 2021 GRAND CANAL CELBRIDGE PADDLERS CLUB – ALYMER’S BRIDGE CANOE IRELAND – SELECTION EVENT SAT 3RD APRIL 2021

MARINE NOTICE No. 15 of 2021
GRAND CANAL
CELBRIDGE PADDLERS CLUB – ALYMER’S BRIDGE
CANOE IRELAND – SELECTION EVENT
SAT 3RD APRIL 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the Canoe Ireland Selection Event
will take place on Saturday 3rd April 2021 on the Grand Canal at The
Celbridge Paddlers Club – Alymer’s Bridge area.

This event is part of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic qualification pathway
and has been deemed an essential activity by Sport Ireland.

Masters of power boats are requested to navigate with due caution and obey
all instructions from event stewards.

P. Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
31 March 2021

MARINE NOTICE No. 14 of 2021 Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway Extension of Winter Mooring period until 30 April 2021

MARINE NOTICE No. 14 of 2021
Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway
Extension of Winter Mooring period until 30 April 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and water users on
the Shannon Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway that:

1. The Winter Mooring period on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon Erne
Waterway has been extended until 30 April 2021. There will be no additional
cost for this extension.
2. All Locks on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway remain
closed until further notice.
3. All service blocks on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway
remain closed until further notice.

Waterways Ireland is encouraging all users of our navigations not to take
part in any activity on the water in order to comply with Government
direction.

Waterways Ireland thanks all vessel owners and operators for their
co-operation in relation to this matter. 

P Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
30 March 2021
087-9852324

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