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Posted: 08/04/2022

Marine Notice No 32 of 2022 - Royal and Grand Canals - Boat passage in and out of Dublin 2022

Notice Number 32 of 2022

No 32 of 2022



Waterways Ireland wish to update masters and owners of canal boat passage arrangements in or out of Dublin City for the 2022 boating season.  Movements in or out of the city will continue to be organised by prior arrangement to take place as a single movement in one day.  Waterways Ireland will organise and assist passage for craft if they have the valid permit(s) & arrangements in place with WI Inspectorate.  Some flexibility may be required on dates / times of travel to align with staffing and other considerations as determined by Waterways Ireland.

In order to plan the necessary lock assistance for movements east of Lock 12 on either canal, Masters are required to contact the Waterways Ireland Eastern Regional Office by email dublincanals@waterwaysireland.org or tel: ++353-(0)1-868-0148 prior to making passage.  At time of making contact please advise the following details:

- Length, beam, water & air drafts of your craft (provide approximates if don't have exact dimensions)
- Permit number and expiry date of current canal permit
- Contact details for making arrangements

On the Grand Canal a minimum of two days’ notice prior to intended passage must be given and, with the exception of pre-arranged events, a maximum of 1 or 2 boats per day will be taken through the locks, travelling either East or West. Due to periodic anti-social activity along some of canal route into Dublin, boat passage will generally not be arranged in certain weather conditions and at weekends when less support is available. This can be planned for at time of making contact, and suitable arrangements for passage made.

On the Royal Canal repairs and upgrades continue to Spencer Dock Sea Lock, so boat passage (including Newcomen Bridge lifts) is on a reduced schedule.  Bridge lift dates are pre-set and as listed below, and normal restrictions will apply.  Two weeks’ notice in advance of these is required; and lock assistance, bridge lift operation & Sea Lock passage will then be organised accordingly.

Sunday 1st May, 9am-1pm, Liffey Low Water @0620, 1839
Saturday 4th June, 9am-1pm, LW@0915   
Tuesday 21st June, 11am-1pm, LW@1156

Masters and owners are also reminded to ensure that they have the following before making the passage through the city locks on either canal.  Waterways Ireland reserve the right to postpone passage to another day if all of these are not in place.

- adequate fuel on board
- competent and adequate crew to operate the boat and locks (minimum crew of 3)
- a lock key on board their boat
- mooring lines of adequate length to handle vessel through a lock (approx.15m length)
- no known mechanical problems with their boat

Lock passages can be arranged in the boating season from now until the end of October, subject to any other restrictions that may be advised by Notice from time to time.  Also note that aquatic weed is generally more prevalent as the season progresses which can hamper passage.  Boaters will be facilitated as far as practicable although Waterways Ireland cannot guarantee that passage will be possible on every planned date. Early contact will greatly assist planning and facilitate the making of the necessary arrangements.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
08 April 2022

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