Guernsey's Government has agreed in principle to commercialise the island's two main harbours


The Public
Services Department (PSD) has been given the go ahead to spend £100,000 to work
out how it will happen and establish a probable timescale.

Public Services minister
Deputy Bernard Flouquet welcomed the decision, saying that the harbours are “a
21st century business, operating with 20th century practices, but with 19th
century infrastructure.” Although they will remain Government owned, St Peter
Port and St Sampson’s harbours are
likely to be run in future by their own independent States Trading Companies.

The move will anger boat
owners, many of whom had voiced concerns at the proposals. They say the changes
will inevitably lead to higher mooring fees and adversely affect leisure
boating in the island.