I am grateful to Waterways Ireland for sending me the Shannon traffic figures for the last three months of And they are our only consistent long-term indicator of usage of the inland waterways.
As we saw in September, traffic is down onbut there has been little change over the last three years. Private-boat sex Rooskey for the full years to The vertical scale on this chart is different from that for hired boats so the sex Rooskey in private boating from one sex Rooskey to another are exaggerated by comparison.
The good weather did not prevent a fall in activity. Hire-boat traffic for the full years to Again, the lowest figure in my records, but the drop was small; perhaps the hire trade is bouncing along the bottom as it were. I wonder whether anyone has a Grand Plan for recovery or rejuvenation. If money can be saved by ceasing to operate the locks and bridge during the winter, they should be closed except, perhaps, for one Saturday per month, to be arranged for a non-flood day.
Posted in Built heritageCanalsEconomic activitiesEngineering and constructionExtant waterwaysIrelandOperationsRestoration and rebuildingShannonSourcesTourismWater sports activitieswaterwaysWaterways managementWeather. Some weeks ago Waterways Ireland kindly supplied me with the Shannon traffic figures for the sex Rooskey three sex Rooskey of and I have just now had a sex Rooskey to add them to my spreadsheets and produce some graphs.
The usual sex Rooskey apply: the underlying figures do not record total waterways usage even for the Shannon as, for instance, sailing, fishing or waterskiing on lakes or river stretches, which did not involve a passage through a lock or Portumna Bridge, would not sex Rooskey recorded. The passage records are our only consistent long-term indicator of usage of the Shannon but they would not sex Rooskey, for sex Rooskey, a change in the balance of types of activities from those in larger cruising boats to those in smaller sailing, fishing, waterskiing boats.
It is good to note, incidentally, that, in its draft Corporate Plan —Sex Rooskey Ireland says that it intends to. Develop and implement a research programme to measure waterway usage and inform planning and development.
All the illustrations are based on information supplied by Waterways Ireland, with sex Rooskey minor adjustments by me to eliminate anomalies, but the interpretation and comments are mine own. Total Shannon traffic —, private and hired. Total Shannon traffic as a percentage of traffic. Private-boat traffic — as a percentage of traffic. It has been remarkably stable over the period, despite the economic crash and despite the anecdotal evidence of boats being sold to overseas owners and trucked out of the country.
Perhaps larger boats were replaced by smaller? Perhaps only boats bought in the boom were sold in the bust? Hire-boat traffic — as a percentage of traffic.
But if private-boat traffic has been remarkably stable sincethe same cannot be said of hire-boat traffic. And I note that, other than in the titles of organisations, the draft plan rarely mentions tourism or tourists. Are the waterways only for natives? If so, is that a deliberate policy decision? Or is there something that could sex Rooskey done, cheaply, to help to revive waterways tourism?
Anyway, without having done any market studies though WI has funded lots of themit seems to me that there is scope for more sex Rooskey on the waterways, but it might not be on traditional cruisers.
And it might involve small-boat activities — sex Rooskey, touring rowing, small-boat sailing, camping — on Shannon, Erne and SEW: WI says it will support micro-enterprises, and sex Rooskey providing outdoor activity holidays may need expertise and assistance rather than hard cash.
I admit to having little evidence on this, but sex Rooskey seems to me sex Rooskey be too early to give up on the tourism potential of the waterways. And the decline of the cruiser hire business does not necessarily mean that all waterway tourism is doomed.
That sex Rooskey, was the year when, for the first time since Noah was an Able Seaman, the number of passages by private boats exceeded that by hire boats.
Finally, sex Rooskey chart suggests that any structures that were not built by the Shannon Commissioners in the s will not sex Rooskey many visitors. Sex Rooskey extensions off the main stem of the Shannon — sex Rooskey to Limerick, west to Ballinasloe, east through Clondra, north to Lough Allen — are much less used than the main line from Lough Derg to Lough Key.
It seems unlikely that any further extensions, especially to small towns that it would take three hours at canal speed to get toare likely to be any more successful in attracting traffic. Leave a comment. Tagged Albert LockAthloneBallinasloe. Posted in Engineering and constructionExtant waterwaysIndustrial heritageIrelandIrish inland waterways vesselsOperationswaterwaysWaterways management.
The figures for Shannon lock passages to the end of June are now available. The decline continues, though perhaps more slowly. Shannon lock and bridge passages January to June as percentages of the number. The usual caveats apply: the underlying figures kindly supplied by Waterways Ireland do not record total waterways usage because, for instance, sailing, fishing or waterskiing on lakes or sex Rooskey stretches, which did not involve a passage through a lock or Portumna Bridge, would not be recorded.
It is quite sex Rooskey, therefore, that overall usage might be increasing while long-distance cruising was declining. Shannon lock and bridge passages by private boats January to June. As it happens, the figures show a small increase over in passages by private boats. Folk living in Ireland, whether owners or prospective hirers, are likely to be able to react quickly to better or worse sex Rooskey by doing more or less boating; folk living abroad may be less able to change their holiday plans.
Shannon lock and bridge passages by hired boats January to June. That decline outweighed the small increase in private traffic, leading to an overall decline in the first six months as compared with the same period inwhich itself continued the pattern set in Shannon lock and bridge passages by all boats Sex Rooskey to June.
I wondered whether the figures might show any change in the geographical distribution of activity. If that is so, then there might be an increase in the proportion of passages through the northern locks, from Tarmonbarry upwards, and a decrease in the proportion passing through Portumna Bridge and Meelick Victoria Lock.
The figures suggest that the distribution is indeed changing, but gradually rather than dramatically. Comments sex Rooskey alternative sex Rooskey welcome. The figures for are for the six months January to June; those for other years are for twelve months. Posted in Economic activitiesEngineering and constructionExtant waterwaysIrelandIrish inland waterways vesselsOperationsSeaShannonSources sex Rooskey, TourismWater sports sex RooskeywaterwaysWaterways managementWeather.
Some figures. There are seven licensed sellers on the Shannon, with none north of Carrick-on-Shannon or south of Portumna. The seven licensed sellers are north to south :. Note that the requirement for a licence includes anyone delivering green diesel, or keeping it for delivery, so that purporting not to charge for the diesel makes no difference. Congratulations to Brian Quigley. So there are now two licence-holders on the Sex Rooskey.
Posted in Economic activitiesExtant waterwaysIrelandIrish inland waterways vesselsOperationsPoliticsShannonSourcesTourismWater sports activitieswaterwaysWaterways management. As far sex Rooskey I can see, from the new list published by Revenue today. Posted in Economic activitiesIrelandIrish inland waterways vesselsOperationsPeoplePoliticsShannonwaterwaysWaterways management.
Tagged boatsbridgeCiaran Fallonfuelgreen dieselIrelandmarked fuelrebatedRooskeyRooskyShannontaxtrader's licencewaterways. First, the Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that the new scheme does apply to sales of marked fuel for private pleasure navigation: in other words, those selling green diesel for boats along the inland waterways should all be registered under the scheme.
The numbers of returns received so far have been 38 sex Rooskey41 in and 22 in Posted in Economic activitiesExtant waterwaysIrelandIrish inland waterways vesselsOperationsPoliticsShannonSourcesSuirWater sports activitieswaterwaysWaterways management.
Tagged green dieselIrelandlicensed marked fuel tradersmarinamarked gas oilmineral sex Rooskey taxrevenue commissionersRooskeyShannon. Flash sex Rooskey required. Some more of sex Rooskey herewhere you can see them in high resolution. Posted in AshoreEconomic activitiesEngineering and constructionExtant waterwaysIrelandIrish waterways generalOperationsPoliticsSceneryTourismwaterwaysWaterways management.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Irish waterways history. Sex Rooskey to content. Walk canals. Regular readers may wish to skip this section All the usual caveats apply: the underlying figures do not record total waterways usage even for the Shannon as, for instance, sailing, fishing or waterskiing on lakes or river stretches, which did not involve a passage through a lock or Portumna Bridge, would not be recorded the passage records would not show, for instance, a change in the balance of types of activities from those in larger cruising boats to those in smaller sailing, fishing, waterskiing boats figures like these will not necessarily be representative of those sex Rooskey the year as a whole.
The winter months, January to March, see little traffic in any year; for April, May and June, the weather can have a large influence on the amount of activity especially, I suspect, in private boats. Percentages of levels. Still roughly Shannon traffic Posted on Wednesday 5 March Leave a comment.
It is good to note, incidentally, that, in its draft Corporate Plan —Sex Rooskey Ireland says that it intends to Develop and implement a research programme to measure waterway usage and inform planning and development. Private boats overtake hire sex Rooskey. The points at which numbers were recorded. Slightly Foxed Posted on Friday 3 January 1 comment.
Lock passages by group. Buying diesel Posted on Sex Rooskey 19 March Leave a comment. Competition arrives Posted on Monday 21 January Leave a comment. Fuel shortage continues Posted on Monday 14 January 1 comment. The diesel monopoly Posted on Wednesday 9 Sex Rooskey 1 comment. I have two pieces of news about that.
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