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Keeping St. Helier Port
OPEN
&
TROUBLE
FREE
With 98.6% of what the island established at Fort Regent to centre”, Jersey Radio and The
needs to survive entering communicate with merchant Harbour Office. The
through the Port of Jersey, the vessels, with the call-sign Coastguard is now one of the
objectives of Jersey “Jersey Radio”. In those days four options offered by the
Coastguard are to keep the the station, which was was operator when 999 is dialled.
port and territorial waters run by the Post Office, would
open, safe and pollution free. relay distress messages to In order to provide the best
the Duty Harbourmaster who possible service to the island
In doing so they set targets: would act as Search and the coastguard has aligned
Rescue Mission Coordinator itself with UK coastguard
• to reduce the number of and dispatch the most service standards of training
fatalities occurring in local appropriate asset to the and service provision.
waters casualty. Jersey Coastguard also
• to reduce the number of provides Vessel Traffic
local boats involved in In 2003 Jersey Harbours took Management Services for the
incidents over the direct management of Port of Jersey in St. Helier
• to reduce the decision Jersey Radio and in 2005, and its approach channels.
byCAPT. PETER MOORE
times for response to SAR staff from Jersey Radio and Staff are dual trained in VTS
Deputy Harbour Master
Jersey Harbours
incidents St. Helier Port Control were and coastguard coordination
• to reduce the time on integrated to form a new activities, holding V103
scene for SAR incidents Marine Communications International Association of
• to increase the number of Centre, based at Maritime Lighthouse Authorities
Traffic Reports received House alongside Jersey Certificates appropriate for
Harbours. They would provide the local harbour environment.
Background the joint service of Coastguard Qualifications also include
The first Harbour Master Jean and Vessel Traffic Services (the DSC Shore Based Station
Le Hardy was appointed in marine equivalent to air traffic training, GMDSS Restricted
1752 and his organisation had control). In 2006, following an Operators Licences, UKCG

The Coastguard
the responsibility for launching evaluation of incidents, it was SAR planning and local port
responds to about
boats to rescue distressed decided to adopt the formal operations training.
140 incidents a year,
mariners. The first dedicated name Jersey Coastguard. The
lifeboat wasn’t provided by the idea was put forward at a The service is provided by ten
many of which occur States until 1830 and it was meeting with the UK SAR staff, comprising 6 Marine
during the summer
kept at Havre des Pas. The Committee and endorsed by Officers (equivalent to UKCG
months.

RNLI opened a station at both the UK and Irish Watch Officers) and 4 Senior
St. Helier in 1884 and has Coastguards. The branding Marine Officers (equivalent to
maintained a continuous removed the confusion of UKCG Watch Managers).
service ever since. In 1948 a names and functions
marine radio station was performed by the “sea rescue The Station is double manned
It takes the right people to do the right jobs
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