Major enhancements planned for Fisherman's Pontoons
From Port of Jersey,
13 February 2018
A major works programme to enhance the commercial fisherman's pontoons in St Helier Harbour is due to start on Monday 26 February 2018. The 2-month project will involve the replacement of existing pontoons and equipment across two key operational areas used by the Island's fishing fleet; namely La Collette Berthing Pontoons opposite La Collette Yacht Basin along with the London Berth Landing Pontoon on the eastern side of Victoria Pier.
The existing pontoon equipment is over 25 years old and regular engineering inspections have stated that it is beyond the end of its serviceable life. With the current condition of the equipment it needs to be replaced to sustain the operational requirements of the Island's fishing industry.
The works project will provide the opportunity to introduce some notable enhancements to the existing layouts. The current pontoons do not meet the demands of the fishing fleet and there is currently a waitlist for these berths. While no additional piling will be undertaken, the revised design will see an increase in the overall number of berths available, rising from circa 45 berths to approximately 60 berths. Other notable enhancements will include:
- Increased pontoon widths and loading capabilities;
- Increased berthing provisions, which, for example, will see an additional 150m extension across both sites:
- Improved pontoon services, including access to power and water;
- Internally set piles within the pontoon structures will provide unobstructed berthing and improved efficiency and flexibility of berthing arrangements.
Marina Projects Ltd is once again managing the works programme on behalf of Ports of Jersey Ltd, having already successfully delivered a number of schemes in St Helier Harbour, including the replacement of the Albert Pier Pontoon in 2015 and the redevelopment of La Collette Yacht Basin in 2012. Following a competitive tender process, the supply and installation work will be carried out by Inland & Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) supported by local sub-contractors, Geomarine Ltd and Gordon Electrical Services Ltd. The supply of new electrical and water equipment is being provided by Rolec Services.
An overall budget of £720k, entirely funded by Ports of Jersey Ltd, has been allocated to the project, which, according to Abby Farahmand, Harbour Operations Manager for Ports of Jersey, will be of major benefit to the Island's fishing industry. He says, "These major improvement works will provide a purposely designed and built facility that will service both today's and our future fishing fleet. Throughout the project planning process we have worked closely alongside the Jersey Fisherman's Association who have played an important role in ensuring the new development will meet the on-going requirements of the Island's fishing industry".
During the works programme there will be some short-term disruption to the day-to day-fishing and harbour operations while pontoons are replaced. However, while the disruption is unavoidable Ports of Jersey is putting in place alternative options for fishermen to berth their vessels and land their catch. The programme of works will be published on a dedicated page on Jersey Harbours website, where all updates and information relating to the project will be posted as and when known. Click here to visit this site. The Harbourmaster will also issue online 'Notice to Mariners' communication where appropriate to address any specific conditions or restrictions that may apply to harbour users.
The works programme is due for completion by the end of April 2018 and will not impact on the staging of the annual Barclays Jersey Boat Show, which will take place in early May 2018.