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Newsletter - July 2016

Newsletter and updates from ICCPublications Ltd.

Dear ICC Publications Subscribers,

Just a quick newsletter update to our sailing directions. The latest updates are always available on our website -

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Hopefully we shall all enjoy 'Fair winds and safe passages' this season.

ICC Publications Ltd.


Amendments and updates from ICCPublications Ltd.

Norman Kean our editor has been busy with updates and amendments to our latest publications

Dungarvan buoyage now finalised

The marking of the channel to Dungarvan has been finalised, and the new buoyage scheme is slightly different from that shown on page 49 of the 2016 edition of the South & West Coasts Sailing Directions. The new scheme is shown on the plan above. A new port-hand buoy, called Razor Channel, has been stationed between the Deadman South and Davy Murray buoys. Thanks to Donal Walsh for the information

New pontoon at Dunmore East

A 60-metre pontoon has been installed inside the outer breakwater at Dunmore East. The new facility is specifically for the use of leisure craft, and will allow the main harbour to be reserved for the fishing fleet. This follows the dredging carried out in 2015 and is the latest phase of Harbourmaster Harry McLoughlin's programme to upgrade the fishery harbour and also encourage more yachts to visit Dunmore East.

Dredging at North Harbour Cape Clear runs into some problems

The outer basin to the north-west of Duffy's pier at North Harbour has been partially dredged, but part of the old quay wall has shown signs of subsidence. The dredging work has been suspended pending repairs, and meantime there is no berthing in the basin. However the existing deepwater berths on the rebuilt piers at the basin entrance are unaffected. The long term plan is to complete the dredging and install a 65-metre pontoon in the basin, which will enormously improve access and facilities for visiting yachts. (photo caption - North Harbour basin in June 2016. The steps on the left are undermined. The spoil heap from the dredging is just visible on the right. The yacht is berthed alongside the ferry)

Harbour works at Castletownbere

In preparation for a southward extension of the quays on Dinish Island, site investigation works by a jack-up barge in the entrance to Castletownbere harbour will continue through July. The harbour will remain accessible but the barge should be given as wide a berth as possible. 

Kay Rock beacon still missing

The beacon on Kay Rock, in the entrance to Valentia Harbour from Doulus Bay, collapsed in 2015 and has not yet been reinstated. The following are directions for avoiding the rock when approaching from Doulus Head. Give Black Rocks a berth of 0.5 cable. When Reenard Point opens E of Beginish, turn to starboard and steer for the E end of Beginish. When Lamb Island is almost open of the N point of Beginish, turn to port and steer with this transit astern. When Reenard Point is open E of  Church Island, turn to starboard and steer to leave the Passage Rock W Cardinal buoy to port. 

Killybegs marina will be open by the end of August

Harbourmaster Martin Connell reports that visitor berths will be available on the new marina (see photo by Alex Blackwell) by the end of August.

Strangford Seagen dismantling 

The Seagen tidal generator in Strangford Narrows is being decommissioned and dismantled. The work will continue until 2017 but will cause minimal disruption to navigation. 


The new pontoons at Bunagee (north Donegal), installed during the winter, quickly sustained significant storm damage. Access to the pontoons is very restricted and the facility unfortunately can't be recommended to a visiting yacht. The facility is marked by a pair of lateral beacons, with a south cardinal beacon on the breakwater end.

New hazards found at Rathlin 

Several drying and underwater obstructions have been found close east and west of the west breakwater, and north-east of the east breakwater at Rathlin harbour. Give the breakwaters a berth of at least 50 metres. 

More AIS beacons established

Dunree Head lighthouse (Lough Swilly) and the Dunany buoy (Dundalk Bay) have been equipped with AIS transmitters. 

Three chandleries in Northern Ireland closed 

The chandleries of BJ Marine in Bangor, Caters in Carrickfergus and Jamison & Green in Belfast have closed. 
Cruising Ireland - A companion guide to our sailing directions.
East & North Coasts of Ireland sailing directions.
South & West Coasts of Ireland sailing directions.
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