MARINE NOTICE No.95 of 2020
Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation
Access to Navigations and availability of services – Wef 2359hrs on 21 Oct 2020
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and water users of the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation that the following access to navigations and availability of services is in force until further notice:
We would like to thank all stakeholders in observing the regulations and restrictions imposed on and along our waterways. Your observance of such regulations is having a positive impact on the spread of the virus, releasing pressure on our health services, which are now, more than ever, required to protect those who are most in need. We ask you to continue to keep up the good work.
Our message to all users of our waterways continues to be PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
Our towpaths remain open and accessible for local exercise. We are however asking users of our canal towpaths to limit their use, and only use towpaths which are in close vicinity (5km in ROI) of your home. Our request to everyone thinking of using our towpaths is:
We are aware that restriction of services and facilities impacts on the ability of users to enjoy our wonderful waterways. All measures are being taken to support the national effort in keeping people safe, protecting our staff, colleagues, partners and everyone who visits, or lives on and around our canals and river navigations.
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 mailto:email@example.com or by phone https://www.waterwaysireland.org/contact-us. We also have interesting articles and educational materials accessible online through our Learning Zone for use by you and your families – http://www.learning.waterwaysireland.org/.
Continual updates are provided by both the HSE in Ireland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland on 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 http://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.
Inspector of Navigation
21 October 2020