'Behind the Scenes' at Maritime House
From Port of Jersey,
08 December 2017
An 'Open Day' is being held on Saturday 16 December 2017 for members of the public to get a better understanding of the work carried out by Jersey Harbours.
Officers from Jersey Coastguard and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) along with Marine & Port Operations will be opening their doors at Maritime House, St Helier between 10:00am and 12:00pm with a chance to learn about a typical day in the life of a Watch Officer together with the variety of activities that the team deal with on a daily basis.
Although Jersey Harbours has always welcomed pre-arranged visits to the centre and Jersey Coastguard actively promotes its services and offers safety advice at a number of community events throughout the year, this is the first time it has opened its doors to the public in this way.
Many mariners and members of the public will have spoken to officers either by telephone, VHF Radio or email, this is a great chance to meet the friendly faces behind the voices, according to Jersey Coastguard & VTS Manager, Aaron Gavey. He says, "We always like the opportunity to show off our state-of-the-art Maritime Operations Centre, which acts as the 24/7 hub for all aspects of Coastguard, Vessel Traffic Services and general harbour operations. The Centre itself underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 and the team would be delighted to walk you around, answer any questions about sea safety. We'll also show you the new technology available, which aids our operation, provide a better understanding of the process involved for a ship's arrival into port as well as how we co-ordinate a Search & Rescue. At the very least we can offer you a free cup of tea and mince pie"
Entry to the family-friendly event is free and pre-booking is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.