Figure 1 shows the GPS/depth tracks at Slaney Patches superimposed on the Bing aerial imagery of the same area. The accepted route through the Patches is indicated by the 6 blue crosses superimposed on the figure. It is quite clear that this is not the deepest channel; that much deeper water can be found by taking a western route rather than a central path between the sandbanks.
Figure 2 shows the Bing image with the proposed new route illustrated in red. The Slaney Branch has decided to buoy this route and has received the consent of the Harbourmaster. It is hoped that the official launch of the new route will coincide with the 2014 Slaney Rally. The first of 6 marks has now been laid (Fig 3) and the remainder will be laid over the months of March and April. Note that the mark colour is red and white banding.
This represents mid-channel marking according to the international buoyage convention. This marking was required by the Harbourmaster on the basis that the new marks should be compatible with the full marking system for Wexford Harbour which extends from the Bar Buoy (also a mid-channel mark) to the Ferrycarrig isolated danger mark off the Point of Park. The Harbourmaster’s remit extends as far as Enniscorthy and if there is a significant increase in traffic on the Slaney and an increased demand for buoyage, then the Harbour buoyage system may be extended as far as Enniscorthy and will incorporate the new buoys at The Patches.