Jersey’s harbourmaster, Captain Bill Sadler, stated that some disturbance to boat owners was “inevitable” but that the overall benefits exceeded this.
‘We have consulted and engaged extensively with a local boat, maritime retailers, and yacht clubs who have helped us assess the alternatives and design layouts,’ said Mr. Sadler. We welcomed their opinion, and the eventual solution was that the old St Helier layout was the preferred most ergonomic choice, which they overwhelmingly supported.’
The marina’s water will be drained to a lower level so that the work can be done, which means that some yachts will be temporarily transferred to other berths, moorings, or onshore storage.
Ports of Jersey CEO Matt Thomas stated: “The need for significant multi-million investment in St Helier harbor has not changed, as already demonstrated by the work being carried out on the Elizabeth Marina storm gate and the current upgrade to the Albert Pier. The much-needed refurbishment of St Helier Marina is the next stage of our broader investment plans for the area and to support our valued marina community.”