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Dry Docks

Dry Docks

Waterways Ireland Dry Docks are suitable for flat bottomed vessels.  Any other hull shape will require a shoring/propping certification by a qualified person, before entry will be permitted into the dry dock.

​​Dry Dock Locations​ ​
AthyBarrow Line of the Grand Canal​
Mullingar​One dry dock on the Royal Canal - CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
Richmond Harbour​End of the Royal Canal - CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
Shannon Harbour​Grand Canal Terminus. There are two dry docks at Shannon Harbour with power facilities (110v). Power is paid for by means of meter readings. (One covered dry dock and one open dry dock)​
​​Tullamore​Grand Canal - CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
​Rooskey*​Shannon Navigation: One open dry dock with power facilities (110v). Power is paid for by means of meter readings.​
Please Note: Some dry docks may require pumping out prior to use.  It will be the responsibility of the person hiring the dry dock to have this carried out.​

The following details differentiate Rooskey Dry Dock from other WI Dry Docks:

  • Rooskey dry dock is 4m deep and 28m long
  • The dry dock requires mechanical means and WI support Staff  to open and close the gates and sluices
  • The base structure and access steps around the dry dock ( 13 No. x 0.3m risers ) are 4m in height. They are of concrete construction and susceptible to slips if not washed down immediately after dewatering. This is particularly important given the depth of the dry dock and the steepness of the access
  • A special access platform is required from the dry dock wall to the vessel.
  • Risk Assessment and Method Statement for proposed works is required prior to entry to this dry dock
  • Due to the dry dock size “ smaller vessels “ should not use this particular facility, but make use of the Shannon Harbour facility.

Dry Dock Locations 


Begin the process a minimum of 30 days before the proposed date of occupation
    1. ​​Read the General Regulations Use of Dry Dock document

    2. Complete the Dry Dock Application Form (click here)

    3. Provide a written letter from your insurance company confirming that adequate insurance is in place to bring the vessel into a Waterways Ireland dry dock for maintenance, repairs or inspection work.

    4. Complete the online application form paying the necessary sum for the number of days occupation planned plus the security deposit of €250. An insurance company letter must be included.


Payments for Dry Docks use vary:

​On the Grand and Royal Canal the fee is €13.90 per day

On the Shannon the fee is €126 for the first three days inclusive and €13.90 per day thereafter. 



​Grand Canal, Royal Canal or Barrow Navigation

​Address:  Waterways Ireland,  
                Harbour Street, 
                Tullamore, Co Offaly​

Primary Contact:   Richard Toner

Telephone: +363 (0)25 935 2300

Shannon Navigation

Address:  ​Waterways Ireland
                 ​Somerview House, ​
                 Old Dublin Rd 
                 Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Primary Contact:   John Longworth​​

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