Guernsey’s harbours to be commercialised

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.