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Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and other users of the Shannon-Erne Waterway that Inland Fisheries Ireland will be conducting a fish stock survey on Lough Scur between Monday 14 and Thursday 17 August.

All nets will be clearly marked by orange buoys marked ‘IFI Survey’, adds the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways.

Masters of vessels and all water users should proceed with additional caution when operating on Lough Scur during this period.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Dromod Harbour in Co Leitrim will be without power supply on Wednesday 9 August due to a notified ESB power supply interruption from 9.30am to 4pm.

This planned power outage will affect the service block and pump-out facilities during this time, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Connaught Harbour in Portumna will be closed from this Thursday 10 August for a period of one month to facilitate works in the area.

The area of closure will be from the inner wall of the slipway towards Connaught Harbour, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters of vessels currently moored in Connaught Harbour are requested to remove their vessels from the harbour before Thursday 10 August. Vessels remaining in the harbour after this date will be removed by Waterways Ireland.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland wishes advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation of high water levels and fast flows throughout the inland waterway.

Masters of vessels and other water users should proceed with additional caution and bear the following in mind when on the water during high-water conditions:

  • Air draft is reduced under all bridges and power lines.
  • Water velocity is significantly increased.
  • Access to jetties can be difficult as gangways and pontoons are elevated.
  • Navigation markers, pontoons and jetties may be submerged.
  • Mooring lines should be checked regularly if it safe to do so.
Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that the in-river works for the construction of the Killaloe Bypass bridge continue to progress as planned.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the bridge is being constructed around 1km downstream of the current Killaloe–Ballina bridge.

Three bridge piers will be constructed in the navigation by December. The first 10 piles were installed on the east side of the river by early June with 10 more on the west side by late June.

Barges and piling moved from the west side to the centre of the river in early July and will be relocated to the west side of the navigation from Monday 7 August.

The crane barge will move to the east jetty and load out precast shells on Tuesday 8 August. It is intended to lift precast concrete shells into position on Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August. This is a heavy-lift operation and deemed high-risk work, requiring calm waters.

A buoyed navigation channel is being provided for 100 metres either side of the in river works, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters of vessels are requested to proceed at slow speed (5 knots, no wash) with additional caution in the vicinity of the works and to follow the instructions of the safety boat crew as there are hazards such as steel piles and mooring lines to navigate.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises all masters on and users of the Shannon Navigation of mooring and navigation restrictions in Carrick-on-Shannon to facilitate the rowing club regatta on Sunday 6 August.

The regatta will be held on a 500-metre stretch of water immediately south of the town bridge commencing at 9am and finishing at around 6pm.

Craft wishing to make a through passage will be facilitated approximately every two hours during the regatta.

Masters should note that only vessels of an overall length of 6.8m (22ft) or less will be permitted on the floating jetties from next Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 August. This is necessary in the interest of marine safety and to facilitate the laying of the competition course.

Vessels berthed from next Wednesday at 4pm will be required to remain in place until racing finishes on the Sunday, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

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.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Grand Canal in Co Tipperary that the waterway will be closed from Campbell’s Bridge in Ballycommon adjacent to Lock 21 as far as Lock 22 for a short period before and after noon on Tuesday 25 July.

This temporary closure is to facilitate the removal of the RTÉ mast at Ballycommon. The towpath and navigation will be closed from 10.30am to 1pm and there will be an exclusion zone around the work site, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that high water levels exist from Athlone to Banagher, with the jetty downstream of the lock in Athlone currently under water.

Fast flows also exist from Athlone to Meelick. Masters of vessels are advised to navigate with additional caution, particularly when proceeding downstream, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Shannon Navigation that an ESB contractor will be carrying out repairs on the tail-race bridge at Parteen, Co Clare from Monday 17 July for a period of six weeks.

The works involve repairing some of the deteriorated structure from a pontoon, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters of vessels using the Ardnacrusha tail race during the repair works should contact the contractor on 087 6494454 prior to entering the tail race in order to coordinate safe passage.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Erne System that dredging operations will commence on the Kesh River at Lower Lough Erne this Tuesday 18 July.

Dredging will occur at two locations along the Kesh River and at the mouth of the river in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Dredging on the two river sections (Central and East) will continue for approximately two weeks until Wednesday 2 August. During this time the river will be closed to boating traffic from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Dredging will then commence at the mouth of the Kesh River (West Section) on Thursday 3 August and will continue for approximately three weeks until Friday 26 August 2023.

The navigation will be open during the dredging at the mouth of the river but boaters should expect delays, advises the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways.

Published in Inland Waterways
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Accidents can happen fast on water and there may not be time to reach for a lifejacket in an emergency therefore don't just carry a lifejacket - wear it; if it's not on you, it can't save your life.

Irish Water Safety's Safe Boating Alert:

Check condition of boat and equipment, hull, engine, fuel, tools, torch.

Check the weather forecast for the area.

Check locally concerning dangerous currents and strong tides.

Do not drink alcohol while setting out or during your trip.

Carry an alternative means of propulsion e.g. sails and oars or motor and oars.

Carry a first aid kit on board and distress signals (at least two parachute distress rockets, two red hand flares).

Carry a fire extinguisher, a hand bailer or bucket with lanyard and an anchor with rope attached.

Carry marine radio or some means of communication with shore.

Do not overload the boat - this will make it unstable.

Do not set out unless accompanied by an experienced person.

Leave details of your planned trip with someone ashore - including departure and arrival times, description of boat, names of persons on board, etc.

Wear a Lifejacket at all times.

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Lifejackets Checklist

Ensure Cartridges have not been punctured and are secured firmly.

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Check that fitted lights are operating correctly.

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