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Old pontoons to be replaced in £720,000 harbour project

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A £720,000 project to make improvements and increase the number of berths at the commercial fishing pontoons at the Harbour is due to start later this month.

Pontoons used by Jersey’s fishing fleet are to be updated in the coming months

Ports of Jersey says the current pontoon equipment, which is used by Jersey’s fishing fleet, is more than 25 years old, is beyond the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced ‘to sustain the operational requirements of the Island’s fishing industry’.

The two-month project will create approximately 15 extra berths at the site.

Works are due to be begin at La Collette berthing pontoons opposite La Collette Yacht Basin and the London Berth Landing Pontoon on the eastern side of Victoria Pier on 26 February.

Ports of Jersey, which is funding the project, says that the current pontoons do not meet the demand for the fishing fleet, as there is a waiting list for places. The organisation added that the revised design to the layout would enable the overall number of berths to rise from about 45 to approximately 60.

The works will also involve increasing pontoon widths and loading capabilities, as well as improving access to power and water for vessels.

Marina Projects Ltd, which replaced the Albert Pier Pontoon in 2015 and redeveloped La Collette Yacht Basin in 2012, is managing the works on behalf of Ports.

The supply and installation work will be carried out by Inland & Coastal Marina Systems, supported by subcontractors Geomarine Ltd and Gordon Electrical Services Ltd. Rolec Services is providing the new electrical and water equipment.

Abby Farahmand, Harbour operations manager for Ports of Jersey, said: ‘These major improvement works will provide a purposely designed and built facility that will service both today’s and our future fishing fleet.

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‘Throughout the project planning process we have worked closely alongside the Jersey Fisherman’s Association, who have played an important role in ensuring the new development will meet the ongoing requirements of the Island’s fishing industry.’

During the works programme there will be some short-term disruption to the day-to day-fishing and Harbour operations while pontoons are replaced, but Ports say it will put in place alternative options for fishermen to berth their vessels and land their hauls.

The works are due to be completed by the end of April and are not expected to have an impact on the annual Barclays Jersey Boat Show, which is due to take place in early May.

Updates and information relating to the project will be posted on the ports.je website.

Krysta Eaves

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