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Posted: 21/10/2020

Marine Notice No 96 of 2020 - The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation - COVID-19 Response - Availability of Services - With effect from 22 Oct 2020

Notice Number 96 of 2020

MARINE NOTICE
                                                               
No. 96 of 2020

The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation

COVID-19 Response

Availability of Services

With effect from 22 Oct 2020

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and water users on The Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation of the following notice in relation to the services available on the navigations. These restrictions are in line with the measures announced by the Northern Ireland Executive.

• All Waterways Ireland locks and service blocks will be closed from 22 Oct 2020.
• Pump-out facilities are available for use.  Owners must ensure that travel to pump-out facilities must be undertaken in a responsible manner minimising the amount of essential movement out on the water.
• When on jetties please be aware of other users. Wait or move aside to allow others to pass at a safe distance.
• Social distancing continues to be maintained with only members of your household permitted to go onboard your boat until further notice.
• Owners are reminded that the Northern Ireland Executive has advised that no unnecessary travel should be undertaken at this time.
We will continually review such measures in light of direction and advice from Government and health professionals and any decisions on service provision will be communicated via the issuance of Marine Notices. If we all continue to observe government guidance, follow advice to limit use, and strictly observe social distancing, together we can combat this pandemic – and be able to enjoy getting back out on or by our waterways when we've beaten it.

While our staff are working from home, they are available by phone during normal working hours. Should you need our assistance please do contact us by email at info@waterwaysireland.org or by phone https://www.waterwaysireland.org/contact-us.

Waterways Ireland thanks all vessel owners and operators for their co-operation in relation to this matter. 

P Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
Waterways Ireland
21 Oct 2020

“Waterways Ireland, managing and promoting the inland waterways for the benefit of all…”


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