Safety and security

​Accident / incident / hazard reporting

Any incident should be reported as soon as possible to St Helier VTS or the coastguard. 

The problem will be dealt with swiftly ensuring safe, efficient operation of the port.

If you wish to log an incident please call St Helier VTS on +44 (0) 1534 447722.

Codes of practice

Health and safety in the Port of St Helier and Outlying Harbours

With responsibility for health and safety in the harbour and outlying harbours, Ports of Jersey have published a Code of Practice which applies to specific activities which involve:

  • Self-employed people 

  • employees

  • employers

It also covers the use of the harbour and outlying harbours by the general public and can be downloaded from the related documents section of this page.Shipping (Safety Code - Yachts and Small Ships) Regulations 2013.

Jersey commercial vessel code of practice

The Jersey commercial vessel code of practice concerns small charter vessels operating in territorial waters and can be downloaded from the related documents section of this page.

ISPS

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code came into force in 2004, and is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974 / 1988). It concerns minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies.

The main objectives of the ISPS code are to:

  • detect security threats and implement security measures
  • establish roles and responsibilities concerning maritime security for governments, local administrations, ship and port industries at the national and international level
  • collate and promulgate security-related information
  • provide a methodology for security assessments so as to have in place plans and procedures to react to changing security levels

The ISPS Code applies to ships on international voyages (including passenger ships, cargo ships of 500 GT and upwards, and mobile offshore drilling units) and the port facilities serving such ships.

The Ports of Jersey hav​e fully adopted the ISPS code. It is headed by the Port Security Officer (the Harbourmaster), and designated Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs). Procedures and strategies are in place to cover all risks and eventualities.

Restricted areas

You should only enter a restricted area if you have permission to do so.

When in a restricted area, ID cards must be worn at all times, along with the correct level of personal protection equipment (as detailed in the table below). Please be aware that an approved risk assessment for a specific task or job may indicate an alternative level of personal protective equipment.

If you are only passing through, you must wear sensible shoes. 

All those who are within a restricted area are liable to search.

Personal protective equipment

Area Minimum requirements
Yellow High visibility outer garment
Safety shoes 
Blue High visibility outer garment
Safety shoes
Hard hat 
Red High visibility outer garment
Safety shoes
Hard hat
Life jackets (non-cargo operations) 
Green Safe walkway in RZ: high visibility outer garment
Brown Yellow area plus local signage requirements