Boat-owners in the Shannonside region may be hit with new charges and possible fines, if potential proposals from Waterway Ireland go ahead.
The proposed changes to the Shannon Navigation by-laws include a permit system, similar to the system in place in the Royal and Grand Canal, and on-the-spot fines for boat owners who break mooring time limits.
At present, boats can moor at public harbors or jetties for up to five days in summer months. Waterways Ireland would like to replace this limit with the “winter mooring system” where boats can stay at a harbor for up to three days in the one location.
President of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, Alan Kelly, says that the proposals are not concrete and the organisation is yet to be consulted by Waterways Ireland.
The IWAI is undertaking an internal process to gauge reaction from their members in regard to the reduction of services into the winter mooring facilities.
Mr Kelly says that the changes may come as a “shock to the system” to some boat owners, as leisurely travel on the Shannon has always been free-of-charge:
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