MARINE NOTICE, No 135 of 2016 Shannon & Shannon-Erne Navigations
Winter Mooring Period 2016-2017
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2016 and end on the 31 Mar 2017.
Masters are advised that collection of the associated charge, in arrears, has ceased and they are now requested to pay the winter mooring fee of €63.50 prior to 1 Nov 2016.
Masters are furthered 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 also note that fresh water and electricity supply may not be available during this period at public moorings therefore any on-board services which may be depending on this electrical supply should have an alternative source of power.
Masters are reminded that if availing of winter mooring that they continue to routinely monitor their vessels especially during periods of adverse weather and also be aware of rising/falling water levels that will require adjustment of mooring lines.
Owners please note that vessels berthed in public harbours are at the owners risk at all times and may be directed to other harbours as operational exigencies require.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation.
Charles Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, 4 Oct 2016
Waterways Ireland has been advised by Rivers Agency that from 1st October, in keeping with water level management protocols, users of the Erne System can expect reducing water levels throughout the navigation as water levels on Lower Lough Erne are lowered, weather permitting,
to a minimum of 149 feet(Above Poolbeg Ordnance Datum), in anticipation of increased precipitation during Autumn & Winter.
If water levels do fall masters should be aware of:
To reduce the risk of grounding masters should navigate on or near the centreline of the channel, avoid short cutting in dog-legged channels and navigating too close to navigation markers.
Mooring of Vessels
Masters should be aware that water levels may change rapidly and that mooring lines will require adjustment therefore these should be checked regularly.
Charles Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, 10 Oct 2016
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise customers that electricity supply to power pedestals and the supply of water to taps on public moorings will be disconnected during the winter period for environmental and reduced maintenance cost reasons.
These services will be restored prior to the commencement of the 2017 boating season. A further Marine Notice will issue at that time.
Charles J. Lawn, Inspector of Navigation, 4 Oct 2016
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the towpath of the Royal Canal near Kilcock, from Chambers Bridge Lock 15 to the R148 road (approx. 600 meters), will be closed until December 2016 to facilitate the construction of a new cycle route.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause to its customers.
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