Harbours and Marinas

Notices to Mariners

Kilroot Power Station East Cardinal Buoy (1) Not In Position

Notice no.23 of 2023
Issue Date: 29 November 2023

Mariners are advised that Kilroot Power Station East Cardinal Buoy (1) is currently not in position.

The buoy has been recovered and taken for repairs after it broke from its mooring chain on Tuesday (28.11.2023) afternoon.

AtoN Details
Name: Kilroot Power East 1
Type: Lighted Beacon (buoy)
Mark: East Cardinal
Characteristic: Q (3) 10s
Normal Lat: 54°43.252'N
Normal Long: 005°45.315'W
AtoN Number: LA0219.4000

A further NtM will be issued once this Aid to Navigation is back in position.


Zoning of Carrickfergus Harbour

Notice no.22 of 2023
Issue Date: 20 November 2023

Mariners are advised that, following a trial period and subsequent consultations with local stakeholders, Carrickfergus Harbour has been divided in to two zones with the purpose of improving safety of Navigation within the Harbour.

The intention of the Zones is to reduce the potential for conflict between powered and unpowered craft whilst also prohibiting powered craft from entering the shallower Eastern side of the Harbour due to the danger of grounding.

Please see attached notice and map (PDF 126KB) which shows the position of the newly installed buoys which mark the separation line between Zone A and Zone B.

Zone A: powered craft prohibited unless transiting to the Slipway or Inner Harbour

Zone B: unpowered craft can only use this area with prior permission from the Harbour Master

These Zones are in force with immediate effect and will be continually monitored and reviewed as necessary to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

The buoys are not to be used for mooring and any vessel found to be misusing the buoys will be moved / removed by Marina Operational Staff.

Mariners are reminded that it is the responsibility of the Master to keep a proper look out and to satisfy themselves that adequate depth is available for safe navigation at all times. Therefore, the map is to be used as guidance only (PDF 126KB) and not for navigation.


Aid to Navigation in Position– Ballygally Slipway

Notice no.21 of 2023
Issue Date: 31 October 2023

Mariners are advised that the Aid to Navigation at Ballygally Slipway is now back in position.

This hereby cancels Notice to Mariners no.20 of 2023.


Aid to Navigation Not in Position– Ballygally Slipway

Notice no.20 of 2023
Issue Date: 23 October 2023

Mariners are advised that following damage caused during the recent storm the Aid to Navigation at Ballygally Slipway is not in position.

The Mark will be replaced as soon as possible and a further Notice to Mariners will be issued accordingly once works are completed.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution until the Mark is replaced.


Survey Vessel Operating at Carrickfergus Harbour and Marina on Tuesday 12 September 2023

Notice no.18 of 2023
Issue Date: 11 September 2023

Mariners are advised that a Survey Vessel will be operating at Carrickfergus Harbour and Marina from approximately 11am on Tuesday 12 September 2023.

SixWest will be carrying out Hydrographic Surveys and all Mariners should make best efforts not to impede the vessel in any way.

A listening watch will be maintained on VHF Channel 80 by both the Harbour Master and the Master of the Survey Vessel.

Callsign: SixWest
VHF Channel: 80


Change of Aid to Navigation Mark – Ballygally Slipway

Notice no.17 of 2023
Issue Date: 7 September 2023

Mariners are advised that as of Thursday 07.09.2023 the Aid to Navigation (AtoN) at Ballygally Slipway has been changed to ensure compliance with International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) guidelines.

This is a change from the old, non-compliant AtoN which was a RED CIRCLE to a new, compliant AtoN of a YELLOW CROSS.