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Description: Department of Transport - An Roinn Iompair    

Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishers, Yachtsmen and Seafarers


Works at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre


The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that the Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking dredging works at Smooth Point from November 2017 to March 2018.  Plant on site shall include the Backhoe Dredger ‘Capall Mara’ (Callsign: MBSF3) and modular pontoon flat top dredge barges, tugs and other smaller vessels.


Image No. 1 below shows the area in which these works are to take place:


Image No. 1:  Dredging Works at Smooth Point



The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is also undertaking works at the east side of the Auction Hall / Landing Pier involving the installation of additional steel fendering along the face of the pier and the construction of mooring dolphins at the start of the pier.  The works shall commence in November 2017 and shall be completed by March 2018.


The works shall involve the use of heavy civil engineering drilling and lifting plant.  There will be a jack-up barge and a spud barge on-site during the works.  Divers shall also be employed at the beginning and at the end of the project.  Image No. 2 shows the extent of the works at the Auction Hall / Landing Pier.


Image No. 2:  Fendering Works and Construction of Mooring Dolphins at Auction Hall / Landing Pier


For safety reasons mariners are requested to stay clear of these sites during the works in the harbour and are requested to proceed with caution in the area of the new pier and the Auction Hall / Landing Pier.  Wave wash from vessels should be avoided.


For further information, contact Killybegs Harbour Master’s Office: +353 (0)74 9731032.


All mariners are reminded of their responsibilities under the International Collision Regulations and are reminded of Marine Notice No. 17 of 2007, which gives general advice in relation to the activities of vessels engaged in survey work for hydrographic, seismic, fishing research and underwater operations.


The International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are implemented in Irish law by the Merchant Shipping (Collision Regulations) (Ships and Water Craft on the Water) Order 2012 [S.I. No. 507 of 2012], and the Signals of Distress (Ships) Rules 2012 [S.I. No.170 of 2012]. See Marine Notice No. 06 of 2013.  These Statutory Instruments may be purchased by mail order from Government Publications, Office of Public Works, 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6476834/1890213434. They are also available online at:


Marine Notices are issued purely for maritime safety and navigation reasons and should not be construed as conferring rights or granting permissions.


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