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Resumption of Guernsey Port Agency Services For Visiting Yachts (Exit From COVID-19 Lockdown )

15 May 2020

We are delighted to announce with effect from  00:01 on the 16th May 2020 that Oceanskies are able to resume our Guernsey port agency services  for yachts arriving from outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey on a limited basis.

This follows a period of island-wide lockdown to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 which prohibited the visit of any non-local yacht to Guernsey.

Fortunately at the time of writing Guernsey is virtually free of all reported COVID-19 cases and under isolation from the outside world the island istself is therefore  in a good position to return to normality.

For the time being, non-locally based yachts are  only permitted to call into Guernsey for one of the following purposes: 

  • Registration (or similar documentation purposes); and/or
  • Customs clearance;  and/or
  • Refuelling. 

The visit of all non- local yachts will be subject to strict rules and all visits must be organised and handled by an officially recognised port agent.

Oceanskies are a specialist yacht registration agency and we are also the only dedicated yacht specific port agency based physically in the harbour of St. Peter Port in Guernsey and we are always very pleased to act as agents for the visit of any non-local yacht.

It is important that the visit of any non-local yacht should be notified to us well in advance of estimated arrival in order that we can provide the harbour authorities with a minimum of 48 hours notice so that prior permission can be obtained.

We have a berthing guide and an online enquiry portal though which we welcome enquiries from any yacht of any size intending to visit Guernsey here on our website:

Guernsey Berthing Guide & Request Form

The arrival and handling of all visiting yacht by Oceanskies are subject to the following conditions agreed with the Guernsey public health and harbour authorities:

  • Yachts will be required to complete and submit a Maritime Declaration of Health to Oceanskies prior to arrival. for onward submission by Oceanskies to the local authorities.
  • Yachts will only be permitted to berth directly outside the offices of Oceanskies on the 'Boatworks + fuel berth and certain other allocated berths within the harbour that are secure and with  restricted access. Under no circumstances will visiting yachts be permitted to enter one of the marinas. 
  • Yachts handled by Oceanskies may be permitted to stay in St Peter Port Harbour overnight at the discretion of the Duty Harbour Master, but will only be permitted to stay on certain secure restricted access berths.. 
  • Yachts will be welcomed by an Oceanskies team member on arrival but under no circumstances is there to be any physical interaction between any Oceanskies team members and crew. 
  • Yachts should expect to be visited by the Guernsey Border Agency and/or Guernsey Harbours staff on arrival.
  • Crew will not be permitted ashore, except in an emergency or to put lines ashore if berthing alongside a pontoon (Oceanskies will organise linesmen which are required if using a commercial berth).
  • Crew changes are not permitted. 
  • Fuelling operations will be conducted in accordance with existing standard operating procedures subject to additional social distancing and personal and equipment cleaning measures as advised by Public Health Guernsey. During any fuelling operations, enhanced hygiene and social distancing measures will be maintained at all times.
  • Oceanskies will organise pilotage for visiting yachts requiring pilotage under local regulations but the yacht must  ensure that strict hygiene and social distancing regimes are in place on the vessel prior to the pilot boarding. A vessel that does not comply with the standards required shall not be permitted to enter the Harbour. 

Oceanskies welcomes the re-opening up of Guernsey to visiting yachts and we look forward to hopefully welcoming many visiting yachts to the island as we move through spring towards a hopefully glorious summer season.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or to reserve your berth.

 

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@oceanskiesltd

04 July 2020 at 13:56

Earlier this week we were pleased to act as agents for the visit of this @BenettiYachts Benetti 120 Classic motor yacht to @gsyharbours #Oceanskies #benettiyachts #itsabenetti #Guernsey @VisitGuernsey #ThatIslandFeeling #superyacht #yacht #BelowDeck pic.twitter.com/130L7MfCQD

@oceanskiesltd

03 July 2020 at 09:36

We were pleased to welcome the latest @princessyachts Princess V40 to the fuel berth outside our offices in St Peter Port Guernsey this morning for customs clearance and fuelling #PrincessYachts #princessaroundtheworld #Guernsey @visitguernsey @guernseyharbours #ThatIslandFeeling pic.twitter.com/aEWGyCi3jT

@oceanskiesltd

02 July 2020 at 07:38

On the day that Malta welcomes its first commercial flights in three and a half months as it reopens its borders to 21 countries our Malta office were very pleased to act as local agents for the visit of this stunning by @arcadiayachts A105 to @GrandHMarina #Malta #VisitMalta pic.twitter.com/eH09PjF9XA

@oceanskiesltd

25 June 2020 at 20:26

Very pleased to welcome as local agents the latest @PrincessYachts Princess 30M yacht to the fuel berth outside our offices here in Guernsey for registration, fuel and customs clearance #yachtregistration #yachtagents #crewpayroll #Guernsey @VisitGuernsey @gsyharbours pic.twitter.com/Mh1PcE3goJ

@oceanskiesltd

11 June 2020 at 07:03

Very pleased to handle the 2nd visit of EMINENCE by @abekingworld to @gsyharbours on provisioning stop with duty free fuel by @Rubis_CI - pls ctc us for agency services for any yacht interested in visiting the Channel Islands @VisitGuernsey @LocateGuernsey #Guernsey #superyacht pic.twitter.com/o7sljee3tu

@oceanskiesltd

06 June 2020 at 16:49

BREAKING NEWS - MALTA RE-OPENS FOR VISITING YACHTS! Oceanskies Malta are delighted to announce with immediate effect that we are able to resume our Malta port agency services for yachts arriving from outside Malta on a limited basis #Malta#VisitMalta #MaltaFlagpic.twitter.com/CzSF0FTRmAA