Guernsey Harbours is responsible for a wide range of maritime functions. This includes management and operation of the harbours at St Peter Port and St Sampson.
Watch this short video capturing some of the activity in and around Guernsey Harbours over the course of one day...
Both harbours have facilities for commercial ships as well as marinas for leisure craft. As the main gateway for freight to the Bailiwick, Guernsey Harbours handle approximately 98% of all Guernsey's freight imports and exports, including 100% of all liquid hydrocarbon fuel imports, along with around 33% of all passengers. St Peter Port Harbour also provides essential links to key ports on the south coast of the UK and France, as well as Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.
Commercial Vessel Code for the Bailiwick of Guernsey
The Harbour Master has prepared a draft Small Commercial Vessel Code for the Bailiwick of Guernsey (SCV (BoG) Code). The purpose of the Code is to consolidate the requirements for the operation of Small Commercial Vessels and their crews, whilst operating in and around the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Small Commercial Vessel Code Draft 1 [1Mb]
Small Commercial Vessel Code Draft 1 - Consultation Document [381kb]
Small Commercial Vessel Code Draft 2 [1Mb]
Small Commercial Vessel Code Draft 2 - Consultation Document [388kb]
Local Knowledge Endorsement - Guernsey [564kb]
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Commercial berths are available for vessels up to 135 metres in length and drafts up to 5 metres. The berth layout and tidal ranges do, however, dictate that availability and suitability for all but regular callers, do need to be confirmed in advance with Guernsey harbours.
Drying berths for vessels up to 80 metres are also available at St. Sampson.
Cargo facilities and craneage is available for lifts of up to 62 tonnes in St Peter Port and 7 Tonnes at St Sampsons. A road mobile crane capable of lifting 35 tonnes is also available.
Port safety and security
As with other commercial ports worldwide, Guernsey's harbours are required to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. With this in mind, some areas are restricted to access by authorised personnel only.
Sarnia work boat
Guernsey Harbours has a 15 metre catamaran workboat which can be made available for third party work in local waters.
Watch this short video capturing a typical day's work for the Sarnia work boat ...
Surveying and permissions
Vessels entering Bailiwick waters for the purpose of undertaking nautical and/or seismic surveying are required to obtain the permission of the Guernsey Authorities before commencing any work.
Guernsey Port Control maintain a 24 / 7 watch on all vessel movements in and out of St Peter Port and St Sampsons Harbour. Monitoring of VHF channel 12 is highly recommended for all commercial traffic and beneficial to any leisure craft while in the harbours and Little Russel.
Visiting boats engaged in commercial activities
Visiting small commercial vessels less than 24m Load Line Length are considered as visiting vessels provided that they sail with the same passengers onboard as they arrived with. Plying for Hire and Reward from Guernsey Harbours without boat and boatman's licences is an offence. Boat licences issued by an organisation approved by the MCA are not recognised in Guernsey.
Health & Safety Reporting
In the event of concern over matters of health and safety or to report a hazard you have identified, please email brief details to firstname.lastname@example.org.