CSIG Charts Version B3 – announcement – Feb 2015

Brian Willson of CSIG announced today that he has released the Beta 3 version of the CSIG charts.

The B3 version includes all the waters surveyed to date on the Shannon and Erne waterways, from Limerick to Belleek.  They are now available to our Beta Test Team.

Many people have contributed to the project over the years, surveying, mapping and donating information, time, effort and money.  To quote Brian:

“I could not have done this alone, and whilst there are many people whom I need to thank I would especially like to mention:

Fergal Kerney for his surveying on Lough Derg

Pat McManus for his surveying and mapping of Lough Ree

Les Saunders for his mapping of the SEW and providing navigation mark details

Colman Byrne for his surveying and IOS expertise

Peter Maxwell and Robert Navan for their surveying on the Erne and Lough Neagh

and all the Beta Testers who have given feedback.”

Plans are afoot for a Surveyors Course, most likely in April.  If you would like to contribute to this project, do contact us at

Irish Coast Guard & CSIG – Sep 2014

The CSIG Team is delighted to announce that the Irish Coast Guard are using our charts to improve their search and rescue capabilities on Lough Ree.  Over the past couple of weeks, they have used the charts twice in their endeavours.

Derek Flanagan, Divisional Controller at MRSC Malin Head, stated “feedback from my staff has been very positive, we all like using your charting system”

Carmel Meegan, President of the Inland Waterways Association, said “Good news indeed that the CSIG charts are being recognised and used by the Coast Guard.  Well done to everyone involved”

The CSIG plan to continue to collaborate with the Coast Guard in the coming months and they hope to help us with feedback and improvements to the charts.

CSIG Beta Release – major milestone – Jul 2014

On July 26th at a training session in Athlone, the ‘Mapper 4’ became the ‘Mapper 18’ when fourteen Testers signed on to test the Beta Release of the CSIG’s Shannon Charts.

Each participant, after signing up, left with their own edition of Memory Map and the CSIG-IWAI owned Shannon Beta Charts loaded onto their PC, iPad or Android.  They also received a copy of the Beta Testers Manual, including the Chart Key and the method of providing monthly feedback to the CSIG.

Some attendees expressed interest in joining the surveying teams, so they can add data to the charts in the cruising grounds that interest them most.  It was an excellent day with excellent presentations.

Other work continues within the CSIG, surveying, gathering information and creating more charts for other parts of the inland waterways.

Boats moored off the navigation at Meelick recently

Boats and Barges at Meelick by PM