Brian Fitzgerald

MARINE NOTICE No 29 of 2021 All navigations Legislation and guidance on the use of Personal Water Craft (Jet skis)

MARINE NOTICE

No 29 of 2021

All navigations

Legislation and guidance on the use of Personal Water Craft (Jet skis)

 

Waterways Ireland wishes to provide advice to operators of Personal Water Craft (Jet skis) in order to ensure the safe enjoyment of the waterways for all.

 

Personal Watercraft (PWC) are largely enjoyed responsibly, yet they present a risk to other water users, protected wildlife and can be a source of nuisance.  This note provides legislative guidance for enforcement officers.

 

  • Definition[1]. PWCs, often referred to as jet-skis, are a rapidly increasing in popularity. PWC is a watercraft that is less than 4.88 metres, propelled by a two or four stroke petrol engine that powers a water jet pump. Capable of speeds exceeding 100 km/hr and are highly manoeuvrable.

 

  • Associated Hazards.  Recent experience has identified: 

Ø  Fatal[2] or near-fatal accidents involving collisions with swimmers.

Ø  High incidence of accidents with PWCs and collision with other craft.

Ø  Breach of local speed limits.

Ø  Associated anti-social activity; noise, nuisance/aggressive driving and disregard for other water users.

Ø  Disturbance of protected wild-life.

 

  • Legislation.  PWCs are subject to Local Authority Bye-Laws[3] and the Maritime Safety Act 2005[4] the majority of which require users of PWCs to:
  • Be familiar with relevant bye-laws in force in the waters they use, as bye laws differ, and many inland lakes prohibit PWCs e.g. Corrib and Mask.
  • Have a permit granted by the Council or Waterways Ireland, that can be produced when requested by an authorised officer or member of An Garda Síochána.
  • Comply with local water speed limits. Specifically, 5 knots when entering and exiting launch areas or areas with designated speed limits.
  • Exceptional care and attention in the vicinity of bathers, no more than 5 knots.
  • Irrespective of local speed limits; no PWC should be navigated at such speed or in such manner as to cause or be likely to cause nuisance, injury or damage to persons or property or to other vessels or boats.
  • Wear Personal Flotation Device / Lifejacket at all times, including when being towed.
  • Act in such a manner as not to cause annoyance to any person using a beach or swimming in the sea or to disturb naturally occurring flora and fauna.
  • On coastal areas the use of PWCs within 300 metres of the foreshore is prohibited except at the designated launch areas.
  • No person shall bring a jet-ski or fast power boat into a Designated Bathing Area.
  • Persons under the age of 16 years should not operate a PWC (SI 921 of 2005).
  • PWCs must be launched and recovered from designated sites.
  • Penalties vary depending on Local Authority Bye-Laws.

 

Exempt from bye-laws are craft operated in the course of duty of the Council, An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, Revenue Commissioners, Central Fisheries Board or a Regional Fisheries Board, Irish Coast Guard, Commissioners of Irish Lights and Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Community Rescue Boats or any craft involved in bona fide law enforcement, emergency or rescue missions.

 

Waterways Ireland thanks waterways users for their co-operation in relation to this matter.

 

 

Patrick Harkin

Inspector of Navigation

02 June 2021

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MARINE NOTICE No 28 of 2021 Grand Canal Dock Dublin Diving Operations

MARINE NOTICE No 28 of 2021
Grand Canal Dock
Dublin
Diving Operations
10 June 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to notify Masters and owners of vessels in Grand
Canal Dock Dublin that diving operations will take place on 10 June 2021 in
order to conduct an underwater survey of the anchor systems on the existing
moorings in Grand Canal Basin

Waterways Ireland apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
02 June 2021
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MARINE NOTICE No 27 of 2021 Erne System Lower Lough Erne

MARINE NOTICE No 27 of 2021
Erne System
Lower Lough Erne
Notice of Diving Operations – Devenish Island (East) & Davy’s Island
  3rd and 4th June 2021

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of all craft that archaeological
diving operations will take place at the following locations on Lower Lough
Erne:

• Devenish Island East jetty;
• Davy’s Island jetty;
• Bay between Davy’s Island and Castle Archdale.

from 09:00hrs on Thursday 3rd June to 17:00hrs on Friday 4th June 2021
The dive zone will be marked using buoys and flags. Please adhere to all
instructions from the Safety Marshall boat which will be in the area. 
The navigable channel will remain open outside of the dive site.
Waterways Ireland wishes to apologise for any inconvenience that this
operation may cause our customers.
                                                                            
                     
Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
01 June 2021

€180,000 investment at the Red Bridge, Ballymahon

Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Longford County Council are delighted to announce the joint development of new facilities at the Red Bridge, Ballymahon on the Inny River, Shannon navigation.

Following the formulation and publication of the Shannon Tourism Masterplan, a number of new developments and projects are being advanced and funded through a collaborative and partnership arrangement between Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Local Authorities.

The Red Bridge is one such location. In partnership with Longford County Council, Waterways Ireland identified an opportunity to develop world class boating facilities at Red Bridge. With its proximity to Center Parks and the town of Ballymahon, the location is considered as a key destination for waterway and waterside development. The Shannon navigation extends to the Red Bridge and is a popular destination on the eastern shore of Lough Ree, however no waterway or waterside facilities have been developed at the location to date. The development will consist of new boating facilities with eight berths, a canoe launch area, car parking and ancillary land-based facilities.

Éanna Rowe, Regional Manager, Waterways Ireland said we manage and maintain some 8,500 metres of jetty space at over 52 locations along the Shannon navigation. Some locations are extremely popular, and the jetty provision cannot cater for the demand. An investment programme in new jetty provision has been developed by Waterways Ireland and a number of new facilities are now being introduced at specific locations with the support of Fáilte Ireland and in the case of the Red Bridge by Longford County Council. This partnership approach of developing much needed tourism infrastructure is central to the effective implementation of the Shannon Tourism Masterplan and the collaboration of both Fáilte Ireland and Longford County Council in delivering at the Red Bridge is greatly appreciated by Waterways Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, Paul Ross, Cathaoirleach, Longford County Council said “This is a fantastic addition to the tourism offering in Longford. It will increase footfall in the rapidly developing town of Ballymahon and come as a welcome boost to business there. We look forward to seeing Shannon cruisers stopping off at this new jetty and cycling through the beautiful six kilometres of countryside into Ballymahon town to sample the local hospitality, heritage and culture. Ultimately, we hope it will become another direct link between the River Shannon and the Royal Canal Greenway, through Ballymahon along the River Inny.”

Paddy Mathews, Head of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands said “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be able to contribute funding towards the development of the new jetty at the Red Bridge in Co. Longford. This new facility will expand the capacity for mooring cruise boats along the Shannon in general and will open up access for hire boat users to Ballymahon and the eastern shores of Lough Ree, bringing economic benefits to more businesses in the area. This is clear evidence of the Shannon Tourism Masterplan in action and of the collaboration between Waterways Ireland, Longford County Council and Fáilte Ireland in growing the visitor economy in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands”.

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council explained that the development is yet another step forward for Longford’s Tourism Strategy.

“With thanks to our partners Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, the facilities at the Red Bridge will create yet another memorable visitor experience where tourists can access the county by boat, kayak, bike or on foot.

The Red Bridge is a fine example of the impact the Shannon Tourism Masterplan is having, breathing further life into underutilised rural areas near the key Longford tourism offerings of the Royal Canal Greenway, Corlea Trackway and Visitor Centre and Center Parcs Longford Forest.”

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MARINE NOTICE No 26 of 2021 Grand Canal – Barrow Line Monasterevin Lifting Bridge Closed for repairs until further notice

MARINE NOTICE No 26 of 2021
Grand Canal – Barrow Line
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge
Closed for repairs until further notice

Waterways Ireland wishes to notify Masters and owners of vessels that due to
technical difficulties the lifting bridge on the Barrow Line at Monasterevin
cannot currently be opened for navigation traffic. Waterways Ireland are
working to put the bridge back in operation and hope to issue an update on
this item by the coming weekend.

Waterways Ireland apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
01 June 2021