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Navigation News Items

 From Waterways Ireland, concerning obstructions, planned works, etc. on the navigation system. 

Code of Conduct for Boat Owners and Users

(See also theAdditional Code of Conduct for persons using Fast Water Craft (including Jet Skis ,Air Boats, Hovercraft ,and Float Planes )


The purpose of this “Code of Conduct” is to encourage boaters and other waterways users to be more aware of their duties and responsibilities towards other users and the environment. It does not purport to cover all situations users may encounter but rather attempts to raise the level of awareness about the issues involved. Some of the remarks apply to the general use of boats and others apply to navigation on the larger rivers and Lakes.


The Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws and the Shannon Navigation (Construction of Vessels) Bye Laws are contained in Statutory Instruments Nos. 79 and 80 of 1992.  These may be purchased for a small fee from the Government Publication Sales Office, Molesworth St., Dublin 2.  An abridged list of the main Bye Laws are set out below.  These are also printed on the Shannon Navigation Charts.

Lifejacket Compliance

 Applies to all recreational craft (other than personal watercraft (PWC)):

  • All persons on board any craft of less than 7m in length must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or a life jacket while on board an open craft or while on the deck of a decked craft, other than when the craft is made fast to the shore. More

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