Biggest vessel ever to berth in Alderney harbour

300ft Island Sky to stop at island's redeveloped quay

History was

made this week when Alderney played host to its largest ever maritime visitor.

Described as ‘one of the finest small ships in the world’, the 300ft (90m) MS

Island Sky
is a luxury

cruise liner which regularly voyages as far a field as Cape Town and the

Falkland Islands.

The ship docked

at the new commercial quay in Alderney harbour, on the north of the island near Braye, which was recently upgraded to allow

larger vessels to visit and hopefully increase tourism to the island. Other

vessels to use the quay include HMS Leadbury, a 200ft (60m) hunt-class minesweeper and Ocean

a 240ft (73m)

Antarctica cruise ship.

In 2009 the

59-passenger ferry, Victor Hugo, ran aground when leaving the commercial docks. It took three boats

to get the ferry back to the quay where passengers disembarked before being

flown back to Guernsey.

See a video of the ship berthing in Alderney