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THORA seen here on 17 August 2018, is a replacement for GRIMA (which has been sold) on the Jersey to Granville  cargo service. She is owned and operated by Harbour Facilities (St Helier) Ltd.

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Cruise ship PACIFIC PRINCESS anchored in St. Aubin’s Bay, Jersey on 3rd August 2018.










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COMMODORE GOODWILL seen in Jersey on 1st August  two days after having returned to service after

a major refit including further changes to her funnel, and the upper section now being painted yellow.







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Above and below two pictures of the R.N.L.I. training vessel  ROBERT S ELLSMOOR which came to Jersey for crew training in July 2018.  





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The St. Helier Lifeboat and the St. Catherine’s Inshore Lifeboat in La Rocque Harbour whilst attending the Sea

Sunday  Service on 27th May 2018.








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Jenkins Marine tug POLMERE which stood in twice during 2017 for DUKE OF NORMANDY which was

away on contract work. Pictured here on 14th October as she about to leave for England.









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H.M.S. IRON DUKE anchored off Elizabeth Castle, Jersey, 11  November 2016. With no second tug to assist her in berthing, it was decided to sail her back to Portsmouth and she departed at 11:20 shortly this after picture was taken. See pictures below.




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H.M.S. IRON DUKE was due to dock in St. Helier Harbour on Friday 10 November, to allow her crew to take part in the Remembrance Sunday services. To allow her to berth in the Elizabeth Harbour, the tug SANDSFOOT CASTLE from Poole was engaged to assist.

In the event the English tug developed a problem resulting in IRON DUKE anchoring in St. Aubin’s Bay. Crew boat LIBERTY LASS then provided transport duties.


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Tug DUKE OF NORMANDY towing in SANDSFOOT CASTLE which had developed a problem when readying to assist in the berthing of IRON DUKE.  





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H.M.S. IRON DUKE anchoring in the Bay.





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LIBERTY LASS leaving harbour to service IRON DUKE.







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        Following  their  ceasing  to  provide services at St. Helier, the harbour  tug TITAN of

        Harbour Facilities (St. Helier) Ltd.  was placed ashore  at La Collette for  overhaul and

        re-painted at La Collette, pictured on 02 November 2016.




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Yacht DESIREE of the Jersey Heritage Trust picture on 02 November 2016 ready for re-launch after an overhaul undertaken  by members of the Friends of the Jersey Maritime Museum.

The vessel is one of the last remaining vessels which took part in the Evacuation of Saint Malo in June 1940.






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               LA DUCHESSE DE NORMANDIE formally DUCHESS OF NORMANDY (IV)          pictured laid-up at  St. Aubin on  01 November 2016 having  been  placed on the sales          list.




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GRIMA arriving Jersey 03 August 2016. Vessel was built in 1974 for service in the Shetland Islands, being sold in 2004 and converted into a work boat. Acquired by Rozel Shipping in July 2016 she now operates between Jersey and Granville.  





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CHANNEL CHIEFTAIN V also seen arriving Jersey 03 August 2016, she was acquired by Iris Shipping to convey the Jersey printed national newspapers from Jersey to Guernsey starting on 23 May, but the service has yet to start, though the vessel operates most days.




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CONDOR RAPIDE pictured departing Jersey 26 March 2016, two days after returning to service in the new Condor Ferries colours.







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                       The tug  DUKE OF NORMANDY  now flies the Red Ensign in

                       place of the States of Jersey defaced Blue Ensign which has been

                       flown by States vessels since July 1907. The reason for this is that

                       the Harbours and Airport were privatised on October 1 2015, and

                       now trade as Ports of Jersey Ltd.





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Two pictures of COMMODORE GOODWILL arriving Jersey 18 November 2015 in her new Condor Ferries livery, and showing the new “top hat” to her funnel, ready for the fitting of scrubbers in February 2016.






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Tug SANDSFOOT CASTLE which stood-in for DUKE OF NORMANDY while she was away working for the R.N.L.I. on moorings in the Bristol Channel and along the south-west coast between October 21st and November 4th 2015.  










Below are three pictures of COMMODORE CLIPPER departing Jersey on October 13 2015 following overhaul at Falmouth. The work included the installation of “scrubbers” to her exhaust systems, and the application of a deep blue / black hull colour and the company’s new logo, even pink on the top of the bridge. The funnel was all white.

It was announced on October 21 that in fact the “scrubbers” had not been fitted during the overhaul, and that the vessel would be out of service between November 4 and December 14 2015 for this work to be undertaken.




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The new Ports of Jersey logo was applied to the DUKE OF NORMANDY (IV) by October 12 2015.








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Workboat HALCYON towing Geomarine rig across the harbour 22 September 2015, with Geomarine’s new workboat acting as rudder!.






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A closeup of Geomarine’s new workboat.








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The two pictures above and below of tug DUKE OF NORMANDY taken on August 22 2015 show the alterations made during her ten year refit carried out at Portland. The area between the two bollards has been plated in, extra fendering added on the quarters, and the Jersey Coastguard logo on the side of the wheelhouse painted over.






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The vessel arrived back on August 4 2015.





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CONDOR EXPRESS seen leaving Jersey on Saturday April 4 2015, her third attempt to leave the Islands service. The vessels final sailing should have been when she closed the Weymouth route on March 23 , but as the caption for the picture below indicates she was drafted in to cover for CONDOR LIBERATION on Good Friday April 4. With repairs still not completed EXPRESS had to cover again on the Saturday, and as if to go out on a high note, she was given her head after leaving Guernsey and AIS indicated that for most of the final leg her speed was mostly above 35 knots. As she approached the English coast she was above 36 knots with a maximum indicated at 38.8 knots, and she docked at Poole five minutes early.

A fine end to her service!








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CONDOR EXPRESS seen approaching St. Helier at 18:55 hrs on Good Friday April 3 2015. The vessel had been drafted back into service to cover CONDOR LIBERATION which had been withdrawn from service due to contacting the quay in St. Peter Port on Saturday March 28. EXPRESS had been stripped of most of her catering and duty free facilities, and made two rotations from Poole to the Islands.






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In the gathering gloom at 17:35hrs on March 23 2015 CONDOR EXPRESS docks in St. Helier Harbour, on the last sailing from Weymouth to the Channel Islands.




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CONDOR LIBERATION arrived in Jersey for docking trials on Tuesday March 17 2015, and the following pictures show her crossing St. Aubin’s Bay, and entering the Small Roads.



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CONDOR EXPRESS, soon to follow her sister out to Greece, is seen following overhaul in an all white colour scheme departing Jersey on March 17 2015. She was about to passed the inbound CONDOR LIBERATION.






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CONDOR VITESSE pictured arriving Jersey on January 16 2015. Her last Condor service was a Weymouth - C.I. rotation on Friday February 6 2015. She then proceeded to Falmouth for overhaul and hand over to her new owners. Renamed CHAMPION JET I on March 5 2015, she sailed for Piraeus at 15:35 on March 9, passing COMMODORE CLIPPER in dry dock as she left.




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VTS VECTOR arriving St. Helier, Jersey from Falmouth 14:45hrs   February 08 2015

IMO 8738330  Built 2008  84gt  22m x  9m. The vessel had arrived to tow barge ARAN250 back to England. The tow departed at 20:20 hrs on February 09 2015 bound for the Helford River.





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        Jack-up barge ARAN250 which arrived in Jersey on November 17, working on the re-

        development of St. Helier No. 5 Berth. Pictured on November 24 2014.





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The barge having drilled and placed piles close to the quay is now about to drill in the area for

 the new lifeboat berths.   Pictured on January 16 2015.








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Tug DUKE OF NORMANDY (IV) entering St. Helier Harbour January 14 2015 on return

from Guernsey where she had assisted COMMODORE GOODWILL into port. She continued to travel up to St. Peter Port for many weeks during bad weather due to the freighter having problems with her bow thruster.





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A group from the Jersey Model Boat Club have constructed a model of s.s. VEGA, a Red Cross vessel which brought in vital supplies to Jersey and Guernsey just before the end of World War Two. The model has now gone on display in the Red Cross shop in Queen Street, St. Helier being placed in the window on Saturday December 20 2014.

s.s. VEGA arrived in Jersey on the first of five trips on December 30 1944.



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Above and below, two views of the model in the Red Cross shop window.




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Part of the team in front of the shop window. A job very well done.





The model was completed and put on display in the Westward Room at St. Helier Yacht Club on Saturday 20 December, before being moved later that day to the Red Cross shop.

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A fine depiction of the unloading of the Red Cross parcels, with figures of German forces undertaking and checking the operation.






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The fine detail of the boat deck.




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A view over the stern with two lorries on the quay.







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The fore deck with alongside the companionway the black cat which was part of the crew.







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The three pictures below taken on December 1st 2014, show the model nearing completion, now with its Red Cross markings applied and having been moved into their clubroom.     



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The Red Cross cartons are now seen on a scale board with attached chains ready for lifting ashore, also to be noted are the hatch boards.







Below are four pictures taken on November 12 2014, and show the progress made since October 29, see pictures lower down.





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General view of the model shows the progress which has taken place.








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Mid-ship section with the detail which has been added.      






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Stern details and the winch which will soon be installed.





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Close-up of the winch showing the detailed work of the model maker.




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Forward section with the details on the fore deck.











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General view of the model






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Details of the mid-ship section.






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The fine detail of the Red Cross packages in the No. 2 hold.




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Two surprise vessels were to be seen in Saint Malo in August 2014. One was COMMODORE CLIPPER, newly back from repairs following damage sustained on 14 July, which arrived in Saint Malo on 23 August, making one voyage to cover for COMMODORE GOODWILL which underwent maintenance over the weekend. This was a rare occasion as apart from a few visits when she first entered service in 1999 the vessel never calls at the port.


The second was BRECQHOU WARRIOR which arrived from Guernsey.





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The arrival of the COMMODORE CLIPPER was delayed due to the late running of CONDOR RAPIDE, and above and below are two pictures of the ship as she slowly slips up the Dinard side of the fairway.






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Having swung in the river, she approaches her berth awaiting CONDOR RAPIDE to depart






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The departing CONDOR RAPIDE passes the ever closing COMMODORE CLIPPER.





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Finally at 12:30  COMMODORE CLIPPER prepares to berth.






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BRECQHOU WARRIOR alongside the buoy maintenance depot in Basin Bouvet on August 21




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Isle of Sark Sg. Co. Ltd.’s cargo vessel SARK VIKING running along the east coast of the Island July 04 2014, having just rounded Bec de Nez





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Sark based passenger launch TE - AROHA approaching La Maseline  July 04 2014.







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Newly acquired Manche iles Express vessel GRANVILLE ex BORNHOLM EXPRESS departing Jersey after her first call on June 24 2014. The vessel had left Cherbourg the day before calling at St. Peter Port and Sark before arriving Dielette.







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Dive vessel TERRAMARE I seen off St. Catherine’s Breakwater on June 6 2014 whilst in the Island working on the installation of a new electricity cable from France.




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TOCQUEVILLE passing through the lock system at Saint Malo on May 22 2014 to undergo a four hour sea trial. She had just been repainted, and there was no name or port of registry on display.





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Above and below, pictures of CONDOR RAPIDE departing Jersey on her first trip since overhaul, sporting her new “go faster” artwork. April 7 2014.





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Dutch ZWERVER III in St. Helier Harbour April 7 2014. The vessel is involved in work on the new electricity cable between France and Jersey.  Departed Jersey Tuesday 17 June.





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During the latter months of 2013 the west ramp of the Elizabeth Harbour was replaced and other civil works including dredging were undertaken. Below are two of the vessels involved in the works.



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DOREEN DORWARD having picked up supplies in St. Helier Harbour, moves back to the Elizabeth Harbour, December 11 2013. She departed the Island on January 10 2014.





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Whilst in the Island the vessels undertook some dredging work at the entrance to the ro/ro berths. Pictured December 5 2013.







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The spud barge DOREEN DORWARD  November 28  2013






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Dump barge NEEDLES outwards to the spoil ground November 28 2013




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In early November the former Jersey Pilot Boat FULMARUS was towed from St. Aubin to St. Helier, where she was broken up. The vessel had been used in connection with a diving school since her sale by The Company of Town Pilots, but following the death of her owner her condition deteriorated and she was deemed not worthy of repair. Above and below are two pictures taken on November 13






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Another picture of LE FRET, taken on September 18.








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In early August 2013 Pilot Cutter LE FRET had yellow paintwork added to her colour scheme. Pictured here on August 23 2013




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                  Above and below, St. Helier Lifeboat GEORGE SULLIVAN ashore for maintenance






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Pilot boat RIVAL undergoing overhaul












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A former Swedish patrol boat now named BETTY MAE commenced a passenger charter operation at Jersey in early 2013.  




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                                            Aircraft Crash September 4th




On the morning of September 4 2013 in thick fog (reportedly down to .2mn), a light aircraft on final approach to Jersey Airport plunged into the sea five miles off west of the coast of the Island.

Approximately twenty craft, two helicopters, and the air search aircraft responded to the May Day call, and commenced searching in nearly zero visibility. The following pictures were taken as the fog cleared, showing lifeboats, fishing boats, yachts, inshore rescue craft, and a Royal Navy warship.   

No survivors were found, and only small pieces of debris and some private belongings were retrieved.




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RNLI Life Boat RNLB 16-27 ROY BARKER IV which was in Jersey on “work up” prior to taking up station at Mumbles took part in the search.







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The Life Boat picking up debris from the aircraft.







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Yachts, fishing boats and a life boat continue to search.








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St. Helier Life-Boat RNLI 16-12 during the search.






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Another picture with coaster VALIANT in the background.






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