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