Opportunity to go 'Behind the Scenes' with Harbour operators

From Port of Jersey,
18 November 2019

Members of the public are being offered the chance to go ‘behind the scenes’ at Maritime House and St Helier Harbour’s Albert Pier to get a better understanding of the work and services carried out by Jersey Harbours and many of its partner sea rescue agencies.

The free-entry event, which is being organised by Jersey Coastguard is taking place on Saturday 30 November 2019 between 10am and 1pm. During the morning, visitors can meet with officers from Jersey Coastguard and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) along with Marine and Port operations, Pilots and Marine Leisure Staff. As well as finding out more about the operational work that goes on, officers will also be on hand to offer maritime safety advice and assistance; there’s even the chance for mariners to bring along their lifejackets for a free end of season health check.

As well as representatives from Jersey Harbours, many partner agencies, including the RNLI, Jersey Lifeboat Association and the States of Jersey Fire & Rescue will also be on hand along the Albert Pier pontoons with their Search and Rescue assets, together with Ports of Jersey tug boat Duke of Normandy, which will all be open for public viewing.

Anyone interested in weather forecasting and predictions will also get the chance to meet with forecasters from the 24-hour operation Jersey Met, which will be opening its base at Maritime House between 10am and 12pm only on the Saturday morning. Due to the limited space in Jersey Met operations centre at Maritime House anyone wishing to visit this aspect of the morning must pre-book a time slot in advance, which can be done online at

Explaining the reason for the end of season ‘November Nose-Around’ open morning, Tim Hilditch from Jersey Coastguard, who is organising the event, says, “We held a similar open day last year and were delighted with the level of interest and attendance numbers we welcomed through our doors. It is very rare that the public has such an opportunity to get behind the scenes at an event such as this but living on an island as we do, where the sea plays such an important part in many of our lives, events like this is always of great interest to people, especially those who want a better understanding of what is actually involved in controlling and safeguarding our surrounding seas. We’re especially delighted to be joined this year by many of our partner agencies who have agreed to open their assets for public viewing, something that isn’t usually done. It will be a great few hours and something different to do – and of course there will be free refreshments and cake!”

The event offers free entry and, except for the Jersey Met tour, pre-booking is not required. However, children must be accompanied by an adult and the advice for attendees, regardless of weather conditions on the day is to wrap up warm and comfortably, especially anyone intending to venture onto the pontoons to view the search and rescue assets.


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