Carrick On Shannon
Discover Your Waterway
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Waterways Ireland manages the Grand Canal under the No. 3/1986 – Canals Act, 1986; which details the duties, powers and responsibilities of the organisation and the boat owner.
The lowest bridge on the Grand Canal is the Ringsend Railway Bridge
Location: Shannon Harbour
There are two dry docks (one covered dry dock and one open dry dock) at Shannon Harbour with power facilities (110v). Power is paid for by means of meter readings.
Tullamore CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WORKS
One covered dry dock with power facilities (110v). Power is paid for by means of meter readings.
€126 for first 3 days inclusive and €13.90 per day + security deposit of €250. Payment can be made by either cash or cheque to the Tullamore Office as part of the application procedure for the Dry Docks located on the Canals.
Waterways Ireland Dry Docks are suitable for flat bottomed vessels only. Any other hull shape will require a shoring/propping certification by a qualified person, before entry will be permitted into the dry dock. Some dry docks may require pumping out prior to use and to a lesser degree during usage. It will be the responsibility of the person hiring the dry dock to have this carried out.
Before hiring a Waterways Ireland's dry dock facility to carry out boat repairs read the General Regulations Relating to the Use of Dry Docks.
Read more about dry docks here.
Electricity shore power bollards are available at Grand Canal Basin and Lowtown. Please see below links for full details.
On Shore Services
Fuel is available from garages adjacent to the canal.
The Waterways Ireland Inspectorate are responsible for the enforcement of the Bye-laws relating to each waterway. They issue Marine Notices, Permits and enforce compliance with the bye-laws as required.
The Assistant Inspector responsible for the Grand Canal is Shane Anderson, Harbour St, Tullamore Co Offaly Tel no +353 (0)87 2865726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Length & No of Locks
Main Line 131km from Dublin to theShannon with 43 locks
Barrow Line 45km from Lowtown toAthy with 9 locks
Naas Branch 4km from Main Line toNaas with 5 locks
Opening Hours of Locks
Length of locks: 18.5m
Beam of locks: 3.9m
Draft: 1.2m (1m in Dublin)
Draft dimensions are given as a guide only and cannot be guaranteed.
Boats travelling through Dublin, Locks 1-12For boats intending to travel through Main Line locks 1 – 12, two days prior notice must be given to the Eastern Regional Office, who will then arrange passage and inform the relevant lock-keepers. Lock-keepers must be in attendance for passage through Locks 1 – 12.
For assistance with locks, contact the lock-keepers on the numbers below:
Maintenance works on the waterways are, where possible, carried out during the winter. When navigating any waterway between 1 November and 17 March you are advised to contact Waterways Ireland Operations Division or the Inspectorate before making your journey to confirm that the waterway is open.
For further information on navigating and boat queries contact the Inspectorate:
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
Waterways Ireland, Harbour Street, Tullamore, Co OffalyTel no +353 (0)57 935 2300
Marine Notices are used by Waterways Ireland to inform the public of changes to the usage of the waterways and may be permanent or temporary. Temporary notices are followed by a withdrawal notice to inform customers of the end to the impediment to navigation. They are issued by the
Inspector Of Navigation to whom all queries can be directed. If you would like to receive marine notices by email, send a request to email@example.com
On the Grand Canal all boats must display a valid Combined Mooring and Passage Permit. This annual Permit includes mooring and lock passage charges and is the only permit required if boats intend to cruise continuously staying 5days or less in any one location. Boats intending to stay more than five days in any one location will require an Extended Mooring Permit.
Combined Mooring & Passage Permit €126
Extended Mooring & Passage Permit €152
You can apply for a permit online here. You can also contact Waterways Ireland, Harbour Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly Ph: +353 (0)57 93 52300 to request a copy of the application by post.
On the Grand Canal a boat holding a Combined Mooring & Passage Permit can moor at the same public mooring or within 500 metres of the same place for 5 days.
ServicesToilets, showers and laundry facilities are available in the Service Block at Shannon Harbour. Smart Cards are used to operate the services and can be purchased online, from the Lock-keeper on Tel no +353 (0)87 245 6587 or from Waterways Ireland Offices and local outlets.
Slipways are provided at the following locations to facilitate access to the Grand Canal:
Smart cards are used to operate the locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation and service blocks along the waterways. The cards are also used to gain access to the service blocks and to use the services.
Services use the following number of units:
• Locks: 1 unit (Shannon-Erne Waterway)
• Locks: 2 units (Shannon Navigation)
• Bridges: 2 units (Shannon Navigation)
• Pump-outs: 2 units
• Showers: 2 units
• Chemical Toilets: 2 units
• Washing Machines: 5 units
• Tumble Dryers: 5 units
• 2kwh Electricity: 1 unit
The smart cards cost €6.35 for a 10Unit card or €12.70 for a 20Unit card and can be purchased from the Patrollers, Lockkeepers, Waterways Ireland’s online shop www.shopwaterwaysireland.org and retail outlets along the waterway. Information on all outlets can be found here.
You are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forward. Look behind you frequently to check the effect that your wash is having on other users. You are advised to reduce your speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of birds' nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.
Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Irish Sea is via the River Liffey and the sea lock at Ringsend. Currently the basin is only open to craft intending to travel the Grand Canal (see the navigation dimensions for the canal). To reservea passage through the sea lock and for further information contact the Dock Superintendent Tel no +353 (0)87 258 4713.
Information and guidance on entering Dublin Port is available from Dublin Port. Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1. Tel no +353 (0)1 887 6000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.dublinport.ie
Marine Notice No 46 of 2021 - Grand Canal Barrow Line - Low water levels on 26th Level - Cautionary advice
Notice Number 46 of 2021
Marine Notice 109 of 2018 - All Canals - Permit requirements for mooring of vessels and prohibition of discharge of polluting material (holding tanks)
Notice Number 109 of 2018