Pilotage, services and facilities
Our job as Ports of Jersey is to keep the port open, safe and secure at all times.
The commercial port is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for working vessels. All other vessels must book a pilot 24 hours in advance. This must then be confirmed four hours before arrival and then again one hour before arrival.
Guides for vessels visiting St Helier
Jersey makes a great base for visiting cruise ships and super yachts. You’ll find you’re only a short stroll from some of Jersey’s best food, wine, shops, fashions and events.
Guide to visiting St Helier – super yachts and training vessels
Guide to visiting St Helier – Cruise Ships
Goods declaration forms
Goods Inwards Declaration Form
Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels over 35 metres in length, except for government owned and military vessels. This includes pleasure and fishing vessels, as well as commercial vessels.
Ships of less than 35 metres in overall length, which if carrying passengers are carrying no more than 12 passengers, are exempt from taking a pilot.
The Pilotage (Jersey) Law 2009 requires the Harbour Master to issue directions on pilotage. These directions, along with pilotage charges, are available on the Notices to Mariners page.
The General Pilots Syllabus for all Jersey waters is available through the link below. This publication is regularly updated to include changes to landmarks, depths and aids to navigation.
There are five commercial working berths:
- tanker berth
- numbers 6 and 7 berths (dredged depth 5.2m)
- east and west cross berths
- two ro-ro berths
- numbers 2 and 3 (reserved for small passenger vessels and cruise ships, dredged depth 3.4m)
The tanker berth is located to the south of the port and can accommodate vessels of up to 105 metres. The berth is dredged to a depth of 5 metres below chart datum.
The east end of the berth has a distance limit from the arms to the sump edge. New vessels must submit a New Vessel Arrival form before its first visit in order to provide information to the pilots about manoeuvrability and dimensions for gangways and manifold distances.
Numbers 6 and 7 berths
Numbers 6 and 7 berths are within the main harbour on the New North Quay.
The total berth length is 158 metres with a dredged sump length of 170 metres.
Number 7 is the discharge berth for feeder services from the UK and international ports. Number 6 is used for the discharge of bulk cargoes.
East and west cross berths
East and west cross berths are within the main harbour on the Victoria Pier.
The east cross is used as a discharging berth for cement carriers. It also has a heavy lift crane and can be used as a back-up berth for the discharge of containers if there is a breakdown on the main discharge berth.
The depth of water in these berths is maintained at 2.2 metres.
Two ro-ro berths
The two ro-ro berths are on the east side of the main harbour. Both berths can accommodate vessels of up to 136 metres and have a dredged sump depth of 6 metres.