Jersey Coastguard

Jersey Coastguard duty officer supervising a UK helicopter landing on main road in St Helier.

Jersey Coastguard is responsible for the safety of life at sea along with the security and protection of the maritime environment for Jersey’s territorial waters. The service is provided by the Ports of Jersey from the Maritime Operations Centre in Maritime House in the port of St Helier, Jersey.

Search and Rescue (SAR)

Jersey Coastguard is a tier-one emergency service in the island of Jersey. If you dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard or call up on VHF marine radio channel 16 you will speak directly with the team 24/7 to coordinate the rescue. They work closely with adjacent services, including Guernsey Coastguard, Cross Jobourg, Cross Corsen, and HM Coastguard in the UK.

If there is an incident at sea, there are several assets available in the island. Two lifeboat charities operate in Jersey. The RNLI operates three lifeboats, and The Jersey Lifeboat Association currently have one. Jersey Fire and Rescue Service have two inshore boats that can be deployed at various locations around the coast. Ports of Jersey Marine Services have many vessels that can be readily called upon with a crew on standby 24/7. There are additional lifeboats in Guernsey and around the French Coast which will also assist if required, as can a number of air assets, including Channel Island Air Search in Guernsey and several military and civilian search and rescue helicopters in France and the UK.

There are 124 life rings around the coast provided and maintained by Jersey Coastguard for those in difficulty inshore. The beaches of St Brelade, St Ouen, Portlet and Greve de Lecq have RNLI beach lifeguards that operate in the primary season. The bathing pool at Havre de Pas also has lifeguards on duty in summer months provided by the Jersey Government.

Core maritime rescue assets available to Jersey Coastguard
Type Name / call sign / tail number VHF radio 'name' Location Operated by
Ex Tyne class all weather lifeboat Sir Max Aitken III Jersey Lifeboat St Helier Jersey Lifeboat Association
Tamar class all weather lifeboat George Sulivan St Helier Lifeboat St Helier RNLI
Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Page St Helier ILB St Helier RNLI
Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Eric W. Wilson St Catherine's Lifeboat St Catherine RNLI
D class inshore rescue craft Fire Alpha Marine Fire Alpha Marine St Helier Fire Station Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
D class inshore rescue craft Fire Bravo Marine Fire Bravo Marine Red Houses Fire Station Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
Damen Shoalbuster tug MHZS8 Duke of Normandy St Helier Ports of Jersey Marine Services
Nelson 44 pilot cutter MAMW8 Rival St Helier Ports of Jersey Marine Services
Nelson 38 pilot cutter WJG7 Le Fret St Helier Ports of Jersey Marine Services
Sims Lepard workboat ZINL8 Halycon St Helier Ports of Jersey Marine Services
Britten Norman Islander G-CKYC Air Search One Guernsey airport Channel Islands Air Search
Leonardo AW189 helicopter G-MCGO * Rescue 175 Lee-on-Solent airport HM Coastguard
Airbus AS-365N Dauphin helicopter Rescue Cyclone Xray Rescue Cyclone Cherbourg airport Marine Nationale
Airbus EC-145 helicopter F-ZBPF * Dragon 50 Bréville-sur-mer, France Sécurité Civile

* Helicopter tail numbers subject to operational change

Station ID, channels and frequencies

Jersey Coastguard Maritime Mobile Service Identity Number (MMSI) - 002320060

VHF Channels Used by Jersey Coastguard
VHF Channel Frequencies MHz Channel Type Comments Aerial site
14 156.700 St Helier VTS Monitored 24/7 St Helier, Gorey
16 156.8 International Distress, Safety and Calling Monitored 24/7 Fremont, Gorey, St Helier, Five Oaks
82 157.125 161.725 Working Channel Monitored 24/7 Fremont, Five Oaks
25 157.250 161.850 Working Channel Fremont, Five Oaks
70 156.525 Digital Select Calling Monitored 24/7 St Helier, St Ouens

Routine Broadcasts

The following routine broadcasts are made by Jersey Coastguard on VHF Channel 82 & 25 (with a prior announcement on VHF Channel 16) at the following times:

Shipping Forecast (also available on Jersey Coastguard website)

  • 0645 UTC
  • 0745 UTC
  • 0845 UTC
  • 1245 UTC
  • 1845 UTC
  • 2245 UTC

Strong Wind / Gale Warnings

  • 0307 UTC
  • 0907 UTC
  • 1507 UTC
  • 2107 UTC

Navigational Warnings

  • 0433 UTC
  • 0833 UTC
  • 1633 UTC
  • 2033 UTC

Navigational Warnings and Strong wind warnings are made on receipt and included in the shipping forecast broadcasts.

Equipment

Jersey Coastguard uses the latest technology in their Maritime Operations Centre for routine and SAR working. A coastguard officer has available at their desk a communications screen which has VHF Radio, TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) and phones integrated into one user friendly screen. They have an electronic radio and incident log. Electronic charting (ECDIS) with AIS (Automatic Identification System) and RADAR overlay, with a direction finder interface displaying the direction of VHF calls on ch16 from the old radio tower at La Corbière. For Search and Rescue planning the latest SARIS software is used[1] allowing the officers to input data relating to an incident which then uses multiple calculations involving wind, tide and drift formulas to predict where a person or object may have drifted to. Jersey Coastguard also has an emergency response vehicle, which is equipped with TETRA and VHF radios.

C-SIS Scheme

Jersey Coastguard launched the C-SIS Scheme (Coastguard Safety Identification scheme)[2] in 2014 for water craft that do not fall under the category required by the law to be registered.[3] This scheme assists with locating owners of craft if they're lost and come ashore or are found adrift at sea.

Education

Jersey Coastguard works closely with local Primary and Secondary schools delivering an education programme on Sea Safety focusing on beach safety, dangers of rip currents, being stranded by the tide and importantly whom to call in an emergency. These key messages are also promoted at other Island events which Jersey coastguard attends. Jersey Coastguard is also involved with ‘advice on board’ and lifejacket clinics run in conjunction with the RNLI.

History and background

Jersey is an independent Crown dependency located in the English Channel close to northern France. Jersey’s territorial waters encompass approximately 840 square miles with more than 28 miles of coastline.

In May 2007, Jersey Coastguard was launched from an amalgamation of services provided by Jersey Harbours, primarily the ‘Jersey Radio’ coastal station, for the States of Jersey , with official recognition as a Category 1 emergency responder on the Island, along with the Police, Ambulance and the Fire and Rescue Service.

In October 2015 Jersey Harbours and Jersey Airport became incorporated under Ports of Jersey with the primary objective to provide essential public services to the island in a sustainable manner. Jersey Coastguard moved with Jersey Harbours under Ports of Jersey who now provide this service for the Island community.

Between 2002 and 2015 Jersey Coastguard have dealt with between 99 and 175 incidents annually.[4]

External

  • Jersey Coastguard website
  • Channel Islands Air Search
  • radio tower
  • Ports of Jersey

References

  1. ^ "BMT's SARIS 4 technology is world first for Jersey Coastguard". BMT Group. 28 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Coastguard safety ID scheme launched". Jersey Government. 27 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Harbours (Inshore Safety) (Jersey) Regulations 2012". Jersey Law.
  4. ^ "Jersey Coastguard statistics". States of Jersey.
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