New Harbour Pilots join the roster in 2020
From Port of Jersey,
23 January 2020
completed their training last year, Ports of Jersey welcomes two new General
Pilots to the roster in 2020; further strengthening the provision of qualified
pilots able to operate in and around Jersey waters.
Nicolas and Pierre Chays both joined Ports of Jersey in June 2019 as Marine
Operations Manager and Marine Safety Manager respectively, passed their General
Pilot’s examination for Saint Helier Harbour in July 2019. Following a further
period of practical training and assessment on various vessels, Donford, who has
previous experience in supply vessels and towage operations and who joined
Ports of Jersey from Melbourne, Australia, also has responsibility for several
vessels owned or operated by Ports of Jersey and took his place in the pilotage
roster in October 2019.
Chays joined Ports of Jersey after a career involving both sea service on
cruise vessels and shore postings in the finance industry and with a background
in Safety Management is now responsible for managing Ports of Jersey’s
compliance within the Port Marine Safety Code. Having completed more than 50
acts of pilotage under the guidance of other Jersey Pilots and undertaken a
bespoke ship handling course, involving simulators and manned models at
Southampton Solent University, he was awarded his Pilotage Certificate at the
end of December 2019.
General Pilots provide vital navigational advice and guidance to vessels
visiting the Island, on average between 300 and 400 times a year, as well as conducting
annual assessments of the holders of Pilotage Exemption Certificates. Between
the pilotage team, they provide a service 24 hours a day every day of the year,
boarding vessels in most weather conditions using pilot boats LE FRET and RIVAL.
the two officers on the successful completion of the pilotage, Jersey
Harbourmaster, Bill Sadler, says, “Donford and Pierre have worked very hard and put exceptional
effort into the rigorous training required to become licenced Jersey pilots and
I very much welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to
ensure that our lifeline port remains
open, safe and secure”.
Donford and Pierre will, following a further examination, extend their pilotage
duties to cover Gorey by the summer of 2020