Irish Maritime Festival 2018
To: Agents, Stevedores, Ship Masters, Pilots, Skippers, users of sailboats, motorboats and other water craft on the River Boyne commercial estuary and those participating in the Irish Maritime Festival 2018
Drogheda Port Company hereby gives notice to all commercial port users and persons in charge of sailboats, motorboats and other operated water craft that restrictions to normal navigation will be in place during the period of the Irish Maritime Festival between the dates of Friday 15th June and Sunday 17th June 2018.
Users and persons in charge of water craft entering the River Boyne should in advance reference British Admiralty Charts 44 & 1431 and the Admiralty Sailing Directions Irish Coast Pilot NP40 (20th edition) for general directions on Drogheda Port and its associated navigational features, in particular directions for entering the estuary and passage to the town of Drogheda. All users and persons in charge of watercraft are reminded that the river Boyne is a tidal estuary and subject to strong flows. Tidal Prediction information with times for high and low water and Cautionary Notes may be found on the Drogheda Port Company website www.droghedaport.ie. Marine communications are on the ports dedicated marine VHF Channel 11.
Users and persons in charge of water craft entering and operating in the commercial estuary are reminded that the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea 1972 given effect by Statutory Instrument No. 507 of 2012, Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) Order dated 11th December 2012, in particular Rule No. 2 – Responsibility, Rule No. 5 – Look - out, Rule No. 6 – Safe Speed & Rule No. 9 - Narrow Channels.
Users and persons in charge of water craft should note that during the period of the Irish Maritime Festival from Friday 15th June to Sunday 17th June 2017 that navigational restrictions will be implemented between the Tom Roes Point navigational beacon in position 53 43.23N 006 18.67W (ref: BA 1431, plan ‘B’) and St Mary’s Bridge in the town of Drogheda.
Throughout the period of the Irish Maritime Festival the directions of the Harbourmaster in respect of all non commercial traffic will be relayed to users and persons in charge of water craft on VHF channel 11, with particular emphasis to speed on the water, berthing locations, arrivals and departures and general conduct on the water.
Users and persons in charge of water craft are reminded that during the Irish Maritime Festival period raft mooring will be employed.
Attention is also drawn to the requirements under Irish Law in relation to the wearing of lifejackets, alcohol usage and age of those in charge of water craft. Reference is also drawn to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Code of Practice for The Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.
Users and persons in charge of water craft during the period are requested to advise the Drogheda Port Company of their intended passage to Drogheda Port by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00353 41 9838378 Mon – Fri 0900 – 1630hrs with details of their vessels name, skippers name, type of vessel, length, draft, e.t.a., contact number and number of persons on board.
Capt. Martin J. Donnelly