Information for leisure craft owners

Berth advice

St Helier VTS can provide guidance with berthing for visiting yachts and also for local yachts who wish to hold on a berth different to their own for a particular reason. Detailed information regarding berthing should be gained from Marine Leisure staff directly.

Marine Leisure staff are always on hand, either on the pontoons, in the office or in small dories to provide assistance and guidance.

Visiting yachts

Visiting yachts can use St Helier Marina located to the north of the main harbour, which is situated within the commercial port of St Helier. Pontoons E, F and G are allocated specifically to visiting yachts.

These three pontoons provide a range of berths for vessels up to 11 metres in length with a maximum draft of 2.1 metres. Any craft exceeding these dimensions should contact the Marine Leisure Centre in advance directly, who will be able to advise of a suitable berth accordingly.

Holding pontoons

Holding pontoons, number 4 and 5, are to the west of the entrance of St Helier Marina on the Albert Quay. These pontoons are accessible at all states of tide and can be used for holding craft until access to St Helier Marina is possible.

Local boat owners have the option to use either La Collette yacht basin pontoon ‘D’ or pontoons 4 and 5 on the Albert Quay for holding when access to their berth is not possible. These pontoons can also be used for loading and unloading.

Pets / animals

Detailed guidance on pets / animals on board vessels is available on the Jersey Marinas section of this website.

Local registration of vessels

UUnder the Boats and Surf-Riding (Control) (Jersey) Regulations, 1969, all craft of eight feet or over in length, owned by a person ordinarily resident in the Island must be registered with Jersey Harbours.

Local registrations are split into two different categories depending on the type and speed of craft:

  • any mechanically propelled vessel under 30 feet in overall length designed for or capable of travelling on the sea at a speed in excess of 12 knots. The craft will be allocated a ‘JY’ number which must be displayed on both sides of the hull where it must be visible at all times
  • any boat of eight feet or over in length (except vessels registered as detailed above). Registration is required once only, but vessels must be re-registered if ownership changes by the new owner

Sailboards, surfboards, kayaks, canoes and kite surfers must also be registered, but this process is mostly completed through the respective clubs and associations who will provide third party liability insurance with club membership.

Registration of vessels which will be used overseas

International law requires registration on a national register of any vessel going overseas. A vessel taken overseas must identify its nationality by carrying the flag of the country in which it is registered.

A vessel may be placed on one of two registers in order to satisfy this requirement:

  • Small Ships Registry (SSR)
  • full registration with the British Register of Ships

Small Ships Register (SSR)

An SSR is a way of providing documentary evidence of the yacht’s nationality. The certificate is valid for five years. It is unique to the vessel and is not transferable. Application can be made by individuals (not companies) who are ordinarily resident in Jersey and is limited to ships under 24 metres (79 feet) in length.

You can find out more about SSR, including a downloadable application form, on the Ships Registry section of this website.

Full registration with the British Register of Ships

Full registration provides documentary evidence of title or ownership and nationality of a vessel. A mortgage or other charge may be entered on the register.

A full registration certificate is recognised worldwide.

You can find out more about full registration, including a downloadable application form, on the Ships Registry section of this website.

Boats and Surf-Riding (Control) (Jersey) Regulations 1969

The Boats and Surf-Riding (Control) (Jersey) Regulations 1969 covers areas such as:

  • speed
  • driving
  • noise
  • markings
  • hire

A complete copy of the current regulations is available from the States Greffe Bookshop upon request.