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Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels and users of the Shannon - Erne Waterway that the stretch of navigation between Lock 14 Drumduff and Lock 15 Tirmactiernan will be closed from 7th November 2011 to the end of March 2012 to facilitate essential maintenance works. Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.
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A search and recovery operation is being conducted from Banagher bridge downstream towards Meelick Lock. A number of vessels are involved including a dive vessel and a sonar search craft.

Waterways Ireland request masters of vessels to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when in the area to avoid hindering or upsetting the search craft.

Published in Inland Waterways
18th October 2011

Lock and Portumna Bridge Times

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats of the Shannon Navigation that the schedule of lock and bridge opening times below will take effect from Nov 2 2011until 13 Mar 2012 inclusive.


Weekdays: 0900 to 1230

Sunday: 1000 to 1230

Portumna Bridge.

Weekdays: 0945 1100 1200

Sunday: 1100 1200

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Waterways Ireland has confirmed that work will begin on the Royal Canal to excavate and reline 410 metres of the canal that runs between Lock 6 and 7 in the Phibsborough/Cabra area. The work is key to keeping the Canal navigable for a range of boats and will also address seepage through the canal embankment adjacent to Shandon Gardens.

The work which requires the dewatering of the canal will remove sediment and rubbish deposits from the central navigation channel before the construction of a new impervious lining to the canal. All material removed from the canals will be transported to licensed disposal facilities. Restoration of the existing towpath walls will also be undertaken to heritage approved standards.

Environmental surveys have been undertaken in full compliance with the regulatory authorities along with the planned removal of all fish to be carried under licence before onsite work begins.
A Traffic Management Plan will be agreed with Dublin City Council and implemented to keep traffic disruption to a minimum. Works are due to be completed by year end.

To facilitate works, the Royal Canal will be closed to navigation from 19 September 2011. The towpath from Lock 6 to the Liffey Junction Bridge on the north side and the Shandon Park area on the south side of the Canal will be closed for the duration of the contract. Following consultation and agreement with residents, a temporary roadway and bridge will also be constructed to provide access for the Coke Oven Residents through Shandon Park. This access will be suitable for emergency vehicles.

An engineer will be full time in attendance for the duration of the contract to ensure that issues which arise are dealt with in a prompt and efficient manner. For further information on the project please visit the Waterways Ireland web site and check out the 'Navigation Information, Planned Works' page.

Published in Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that there will be a regatta of "DRAGON BOATS" in Grand Canal Dock on 10th and 11th September 2011 between 10:00hrs and 18:00hrs daily.

Racing will be on the North Side of the outer dock. Masters and owners of vessels operating in Grand Canal Dock should refrain from entering the race course and comply with guidance instructions from race officials.

Waterways Ireland apologises for any inconvenience caused by this restriction and thanks its customers for their cooperation.

Published in Inland Waterways
A triathlon swim event will take place on the Shannon Navigation in the vicinity of the recreational facilities in Lough Key on Sun 4th Sep from 0900 hrs until 1200 hrs.

Masters of vessels are requested to note the advice of marshals when passing near the course and to proceed at slow speed with minimum wash.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Royal Canal that the above National Championships will take place in Richmond Harbour on Sat 23rd. and Sun 24th. July.
The following timetable will apply:

Fri 22 Jul 14.00hrs onwards Course set up
Sat 23 Jul 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs Competitions
  13.00hrs to 14.00hrs "Harbour open to through traffic
  14.0hrs to 19.00hrs Competitions
Sun 24 Jul 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs Competitions
  13.00hrs to 14.00hrs "Harbour open to through traffic
  14.0hrs to 17.00hrs Competitions

All vessels will be required to be clear of the harbour by 14.00hrs on Fri 22 July to facilitate the setting up of the course but may return after 17.00 hrs on Sun on completion of the event.Further information may be had from Mr Ciaran Clinton , North Kildare Canoe Club on 00-353-87-8482191.

Published in Inland Waterways

The Docklands Summer Festival takes place this weekend in Dublin's 'Docklands' and it is to host the Waterways Ireland Inter-County Sailing Championship, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Other events taking place on the River Liffey and throughout the docklands range from a Dragon Boat display in the Grand Canal Dock (outer basin) and a Boat Show (inner basin) see map. In addition the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre will be open, noting all these activities and venues are to take place between 10am-6pm on Saturday.

On the following Sunday the Waterways Ireland Inter-County Sailing Championship Races are  scheduled between 10am-4pm in the Grand Canal Dock's outer basin. City Canal Cruises will operate each day as well as an International Food Market, held in the Grand Canal Square, opposite the Grand Canal Theatre.

The pristinely kept M.V. Cill Airne, now a floating restaurant and bar will be open at her berth alongside North Wall Quay, close to the striking Samuel Beckett Bridge and The Convention Centre.

The historic veteran vessel built in Dublin at the Liffey Shipyard in the early 1960's was launched as a passenger tender to serve trans-Atlantic liners that called to Cobh. During her tender-duties she brought the rich and famous ashore to include Laurel & Hardy and US President Eisenhower.

The festival is sponsored by Waterways Ireland and the Docklands Business Forum. To see the full festival programme and a map of the docklands click HERE and

Published in Maritime Festivals
Carrick-on-Shannon - Rowing Regatta

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation of mooring and navigation restrictions in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sun 31st July 2011, to facilitate rowing competitions.

The regatta will be held on a 400 metre stretch of water immediately south of the town bridge commencing at 08.00hrs and finishing at approx. 18.00hrs on Sun 31st July 2011.

Craft wishing to make a through passage during the course of the regatta will be facilitated every 2 hrs approximately.

Waterways Ireland will commence monitoring access to the public floating jetties on Mon 25th of Jul.

Masters should note that ONLY vessels of an overall length of 22ft. / 6.8m or less will be permitted on the floating jetties from Fri 29th July to Sun 31st of July

This is necessary in the interest of marine safety and to facilitate the laying of the competition course.

Vessels berthed from Fri 16.00hr will be required to remain in place until racing finishes at approx 18.00hr on Sun 31st of July

No vessels should approach the jetties between 16.00hr Fri and approx. 18.00hr Sun as the entrance to the berths will be closed off and manoeuvring room will be severely restricted due to the proximity of the course.

Masters are advised to proceed at slow speed and with due caution and to take note of advice from course marshals when passing through the area.

Waterways Ireland takes this opportunity to thank its customers for their co-operation with these arrangements.
Lt Cdr RNS
Inspector of Navigation
22 Jun 2010
Tel: 353 90 6494232 Fax: 353 90 6494147

Published in Inland Waterways
Shannon Navigation

Lough Key (North Shannon) -Erris Bay - Aids to Navigation

This notice supersedes Marine Notice No. 7 of 2011.

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of vessels that recent works to place additional aids to navigation in the Erris Bay area of Lough Key are now complete.

These include new red and green conical markers plus two 'End of Navigation' markers as indicated in the attached drawing.

Please refer to the drawing for approximate locations of new and existing markers in this area.

Charles Lawn
Lt Cdr (rtd)
Inspector of Navigation
22 Jun 2011
Tel: 00 353 (0)90 6494232

Published in Inland Waterways
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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.


At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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