MARINE NOTICE, No 137 of 2017
SHANNON – ERNE WATERWAY
Portora Lock Gates – 2017 Christmas Period
Waterways Ireland has been advised by Rivers Agency of the following arrangements relating to Portora Lock.
Portora Lock gates are currently in operation due to water levels in Lough Erne.
When operational, the Lock gates are manned from 08.00am to 10.30pm daily to facilitate navigation. Given forecast rainfall and projected water flow discharge rates, it is anticipated that the Lock Gates will still be in operation over the Christmas holiday period. If this proves to be the case, DfI Rivers will be running a reduced Lock Keeper service on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day as follows:
- Christmas Eve – the lock gates will be manned from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
- Christmas Day – the lock gates will be unmanned.
- Boxing Day– the lock gates will be manned as normal from 8.00am to 10.30pm.
Rivers Agency will however have a member of staff on-call to operate the Lock Gates in case of emergencies during the period from 6pm on Christmas Eve to 8am on Boxing Day. The on-call staff member can be contacted on 028 6638 8529. Rivers Agency would stress that this is intended for emergency navigation only.
Waterways Ireland and Rivers Agency would like to apologise for any inconvenience these arrangements may cause and ask for your co-operation and understanding.
Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 21 December 2017
MARINE NOTICE, No 133 of 2017
Removal of Objects from the River Shannon
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that consequent to a recent Health and Safety Audit a number of unsafe jetties, ancillary walkways, practices and services have been identified in the vicinity of the Railway Bridge on the West Bank of the River Shannon, (Watergate, Accommodation Road (R446)), on Waterways Ireland property.
As a result of the Health and Safety Audit it has been decided to remove all un-safely moored vessels, dangerous access platforms, walkways, electrical cables and any other fittings deemed to be unsafe.
Works will commence as operationally convenient after 20 December 2017. Removed items may be stored at owner’s expense in accordance with Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws.
Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 01 December 2017
MARINE NOTICE, No. 130 of 2017
Shannon–Erne Waterway closure
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters and owners of vessels that the Shannon Erne Waterway is closed to Navigation until further notice, due to a tragic incident at Lock 16.
Further marine notices will be issued to keep you updated.
Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 20 November 2017
MARINE NOTICE, No 124 of 2017
Navigation Closure between
Lock 5 and Lock 7
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be closed between Lock 5, Ardrum and Lock 7, Ballyduff from Friday 3rd November 2017 until further notice due to a water pollution incident.
Note that Lock 5, Lock 6 and Lock 7 will be powered off and no-one should navigate or otherwise use the waterway between these locks in order to facilitate water pollution control measures and subsequent remedial actions.
Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience that this may cause and thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter.
Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation 14 November 2017