A major programme of works, designed to improve the layout and facilities of the visitor pontoons along Berths 4 & 5 at Albert Pier, St Helier continues to make great progress.
The £3 million project – which is scheduled to reach completion in April 2015 – comprises the construction of a new direct access bridge for pedestrians, together with the replacement of pontoons along the length of the berths. In addition, the project is also providing an improved birthing arrangement facility for both the RNLI and commercial operators, including South Coast Cruises.
The Albert Pier project is being funded by the Ports of Jersey trading fund and is being carried out by local contractors Geomarine, with Marina Projects Ltd overseeing the scheme as project managers.
The scope of work undertaken by Marina Project Ltd has included a detailed consultation with all key stakeholders and harbour users. During this consultation, Marina Projects Ltd delivered a comprehensive business case analysis to support the application to the Ports of Jersey Executive Team and ultimately to secure Ministerial political approval.
Simon Goodhead of Marina Projects, said:
“Berths 4 & 5 are a linear length of pontoon, in the order of approximately 140m in length. In its physical presence it is quite modest, but when you understand what the berths are used for they are intrinsic to the operation of St Helier Harbour.
“As the two largest marinas on the island are tightly locked, Berths 4 & 5 are used as a waiting pontoon for visiting yachtsman as well as for use by a commercial vessel and as an access route to the RNLI facility. The project is the backbone of the harbour.”
Some significant changes can now be seen in St Helier Harbour; not least the removal of the old link-span bridge. The removal of the bridge structure highlights the potential for additional berthing facilities in the future and is in line with the long-term aspiration of Jersey Marinas to continually improve the services and facilities offered to its customers.
As well as the removal of the existing bridge, Geomarine has successfully completed the installation of 11 rock socketed piles, ready for the subsequent installation of new pontoon equipment. Repairs to St Helier Marina wind wall and impoundment wall are also well underway and continue to be managed closely to mitigate any potential impact or disruption to both harbour users and nearby residents.
“The biggest risk element of the project was the piling works. This aspect of the scheme involved a specialist piling contractor coming from the UK to rock socket the piles. Following the successful installation of the piles we have been able to work towards our goal of completing this project on time and within budget.”
“To oversee this project is fantastic. Marina Projects Ltd has been working with the Ports of Jersey since 2009 and by mid-April we will have seen this project progress from its infancy through to completion. Being part of this project is simply great – this project is just one of what will hopefully be a succession of projects to continually enhance and develop the marina and port business.”