MARINE NOTICE 121 of 2014

Grand Canal  Lock-25-30;  © esri; click picture to "Grand Canal Map Lock 25 - 30"
Grand Canal Lock-25-30; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No.121 of 2014

Grand Canal Closure

Ballycowan/Rahan 29th – 30th Level

Temporary Closure due to Repair Works

Marine Notice No.114/2014 refers.

Please note that the closure date has now been put back until Mon 13th Oct 2014.

C J Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, 25 Sep 2014.

MARINE NOTICE 120 of 2014

Lough Derg Connaught Harbour; © esri; click to "Lough Derg Connaught Harbour"
Lough Derg Connaught Harbour; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No 120 of 2014

Shannon Navigation

Portumna- Connaught Harbour

Refurbishment Works

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that Connaught Harbour, Portumna will be closed to both road and river traffic from Monday, September 29th until Wednesday 31st December 2014 to facilitate upgrading of the harbour infrastructure.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation and regrets any inconvenience that this may cause.

Charles Lawn, Inspector of Navigation,  Athlone, Co.Westmeath, 25 Sep 2014

Portumna- Connaught Harbour-Lough Derg; click picture to "enlarge"
Portumna- Connaught Harbour-Lough Derg

MARINE NOTICE 119 of 2014

Lanesborough-Ireland; © esri; click picture to "Lanesborough-Ireland"
Lanesborough-Ree; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No 119 of 2014

Shannon Navigation

Lough Ree – Lanesborough

Asian Clam
Waterways Ireland has been advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that angling at the ‘hotwater’ stretch in Lanesborough, Co. Longford is prohibited. See enclosure attached.
This is an emergency response due to confirmation of the presence of the invasive species“ Asian Clam“ downstream of the ESB electricity generation powerplant located on the eastern side of the navigation .
Anglers and boat users should be aware of the dangers posed to other bodies of water as the „Asian Clam“ can spread on fishing equipment such as keep nets, landing nets, boats, rods and clothing.
Reporting of a sighting of an invasive species can be made to the IFI 24 hour hotline on 1890 34 74 24.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation.

Charles Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, The Docks, Athlone, Co.Westmeath, 24 Sep 2014

Enclosure to Marine Notice No. 119 of 2014.

Asian Clam invasive species found in Longford – Angling prohibited until further notice
Inland Fisheries Ireland has prohibited angling at the‘hotwater’stretch in Lanesborough, Co. Longford. This emergency response is due to the confirmation of the presence of Asian Clam, Corbilcula fluminea, downstream of the ESB powerplant at the top of Lough Ree. Asian Clam has the ability to aggressively expand ranges and to rapidly invade areas in a short period of time, outcompeting native invertebrate communities and altering benthic habitats. This species can also cause severe problems for the maintenance operations of navigation authorities.
Anglers and boat users must be aware of the dangers posed to other waters. Asian clam can spread on fishing equipment such as keep nets, landing nets, boats, rods and clothing. A decision has been made to close this section of the fishery as a temporary measure to avoid the accidental spread of Asian Clam to other waters.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is working closely with all the relevant agencies, NPWS, Waterways Ireland, ESB, Bord Na Mona, OPW, Roscommon and Longford County Councils and the local community and angling groups to put immediate measures in place to re-open the Lanesboro fishery to angling.
Disinfection stations will be provided by Inland Fisheries Ireland, funded by the ESB, and managed within the local community over the next two weeks. This will, combined with a responsible attitude by all water users, facilitate the resumption of angling activity in the community.
The agencies unanimously agreed that a detailed scientific survey will be carried out within the next 7-10 days. This survey will inform decisions on the collaborative actions required for the medium and long term interventions and strategies.
Continued awareness and responsible behaviour by all water users is paramount to ensuring the work of the agencies involved has the best chance for success and the prevention of any further spread. In this regard all of the agencies appeal to the respective stakeholders to continue to observe bio-security measures, seek advice on any planned activity and assist in the efforts to manage a very difficult situation.
Inland Fisheries Ireland would also like to advise water users that they can report a sighting of any invasive species to the 24 hour hotline on 1890 34 74 24.

Asian Clam; © Inland Fisheries Ireland; click to article"Asian Clam {tab The latest invader}"
Asian Clam; © Inland Fisheries Ireland

MARINE NOTICE 118 of 2014

Map Inland Waterways Ireland;© Waterways Ireland
Inland Waterway; © WI
Inland Waterway; © WI

MARINE NOTICE, No 118 of 2014

Shannon & Shannon-Erne Navigations

Winter Mooring Period

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2014 and end on the 31 Mar 2015.

Masters are advised that collection of the associated charge, in arrears, has ceased and are now requested to pay the winter mooring fee of € 63.50 prior to 1 Nov 2014.

Masters are further reminded that Bye-law 17. Mooring and Use of Harbours i.e the “5 Day Rule”, continues to apply during this period and that masters not wishing to avail of winter mooring should continue to observe the mooring time limits for public harbours.

Payment may be made by cheque, bank draft or postal order, made payable to Waterways Ireland, to the office below. Credit/Debit Card payments may be made by contacting Finance Section, Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen, Tel: 048 6632 3004 (from ROI).

Masters should further note that fresh water and electricity supply may not be available during this period at public moorings for reasons of preventative maintenance.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation.

Charles Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, The Docks, Athlone, 24 Sep 2014

MARINE NOTICE 117 of 2014

Bagnelstown-Lock-14; © esri; click picture to "Bagnelstown-Lock-14"
Bagnelstown-Lock-14; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No 117 of 2014

Barrow Navigation

Bagnelstown Lock

Essential Repairs

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that that The Barrow Navigation will be closed at Bagenalstown Lock from Monday 22nd September 2014 until the end of February 2015. A dam is to be placed in position in the navigation channel about 150 meters downstream of Bagenalstown Lock. This is to facilitate a contractor carrying out essential wall repairs.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause its customers.

Bagenalstown Liftingbridge and Lock; click to wasserrausch
Bagenalstown Liftingbridge and Lock

C.J.Lawn, Lt Cdr (rtd), Inspector of Navigation, 15 Sep 2014