Major Remedial Work planned for St Helier Marina Gates
From Jersey Marinas,
29 November 2016
Work is due to start next Monday 04 December 2016 on the replacement of the St Helier Marina gates as part of Ports of Jersey's ongoing investment programme in the Island's marine leisure facilities. The work, which is expected to take just under 3 weeks to complete will see the removal and replacement of the storm gates, which have been in place since the marina first opened almost 35 years ago.
Access to and from St Helier Marina will need to be limited during the replacement period as the work is being carried out from a large barge and involves diving work. Access to the marina will be limited to a period of one hour either side of high water. The operation of the traffic lights will be adjusted to reflect the limited depths in the marina entrance - green will indicate 'Go' (subject to the draft of the vessel) while red will mean 'No Movement' allowed either in or out of the marina.
Along with the gates, the major works programme will include replacement of the lifting mechanisms and power systems. It will ensure greater resilience and is expected to last for another 30 years.
Following a tender process, the specialist work is being carried out by Dutch maritime construction company, Ravestein, which previously worked on the construction and replacement of the link span bridge on the western berth in Elizabeth Harbour in 2013. Ravestein B.V. is an internationally renowned shipyard and construction company, located in Deest, the Netherlands, which specializes in heavy steel constructions, including bridges, lock gates, roll-on/roll-off and landing stages. The marina gates have been constructed in the Netherlands and are currently being transported by sea to the Island. This project is significant and complex, requiring careful coordination between Ports of Jersey, its customers, two contractors and the Department for Infrastructure. The allocated budget for the works project will, as always, be funded directly by Ports of Jersey and not through government financial support.
St Helier Marina is one of 3 award-winning marinas in the Island owned and managed by Ports of Jersey, each awarded 5 Gold Anchor status by the Yacht Harbour Association. It boasts 220 berths and welcomes in excess of 6,500 vessels each year.