Stevedoring Licence reissued

From Port of Jersey,
29 November 2019

Following a comprehensive open tender process, Ports of Jersey has reissued the General Stevedoring Licence to incumbent operator, Solent Stevedores Ltd to provide a cargo handling service at St Helier Harbour. 

The licence, which is valid for a further nine years, has been given to Solent Stevedores to continue to provide stevedoring services across both the Elizabeth Harbour Ro-Ro and the New North Quay Lo-Lo facilities.

Stevedoring is the process involved in the loading and unloading of materials on and off ships. Solent Stevedores has held the licence since August 2012 having taken over from the previous operator, George Troy Ltd, which had gone into voluntary liquidation earlier that year. During the subsequent years Solent Stevedores have continued to invest heavily in upgrades to its Jersey cargo handling equipment and
in-house maintenance provision, improved operational procedures and its skills training delivery as well as improved welfare for its 22-strong local workforce.

On behalf of Ports of Jersey, Harbour Operations Manager, Aaron Gavey, said, “98% of goods arriving into the Island come via the Port of St Helier. This is the reason why the relationship we have established with Solent Stevedores is so important; allowing the delivery of an efficient and customer focused operation while ensuring we, as a business, remain open, safe and secure. Ports of Jersey has further demonstrated its commitment to this proven relationship by awarding Solent Stevedores with additional responsibilities for facility management and the security provision of our sites, which can only enhance the quality of our port operational services. We look forward to working alongside Solent Stevedores in the future and congratulate them on their reappointment”.

In response, Solent Stevedores Jersey Operations Director, Glen Mourant, said, “We are delighted with the reappointment and look forward to building upon our excellent collaborative working relationships with both Ports of Jersey and our valued customers in the Channel Islands. I am very proud of our team and of the achievements we have made together during our tenure and welcome this fantastic opportunity to expand upon the services we deliver within the Port of St Helier”. 

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