Jersey Intl. Air Display 2017: Maritime Exclusion Zone implemented
From Port of Jersey,
11 September 2017
A maritime exclusion zone will once again be implemented in and around St Aubin's Bay as part of safety measures for the 2017 Jersey International Air Display.
On both the practice day of Wednesday 13 September between 2pm and 6pm as well as the afternoon of the Air Display itself on Thursday 14 September between 12:30pm and 5pm (approximate timings) the following safety measures will be put in place:
- A maritime exclusion zone in St Aubin's Bay that prevents the use of all water craft, including jet skis. This zone has been extended to seaward and encloses the bay north of a line between the Elizabeth Harbour west wall, south of Elizabeth Castle breakwater through to St Aubin's Fort to the outer end of St Aubin's Harbour south arm;
- Sea access to/from St Aubin's Harbour and its outer moorings by any water craft will not be permitted;
- Sea access to/from Elizabeth Marina, including the approach channel is prohibited;
- St Aubin's Fort and Elizabeth Castle will be closed to the public;
- Pedestrian access to Elizabeth Marina west wall will not be allowed;
- The beach between Elizabeth Marina and St Aubin's Harbour will be closed to the public.
Ports of Jersey has already given mariners advance warning of this exclusion zone. However, there is no restriction on mariners who wish to view the display from their vessels in the marinas.
In addition, the Director of Civil Aviation for the Channel Islands (DCA) has declared that the use of small unmanned aircraft (SUA), commonly known as 'drones' is prohibited Island wide between 1pm and 6pm on Wednesday 13 September and between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 14 September. However, this restriction does not apply to holders of a current Aviation Permit for commercial SUA operations who have obtained prior permission for their flight from Jersey Air Traffic Control.
Ports of Jersey would also remind motorists that Victoria Avenue will be closed to traffic in both directions on the afternoon of Thursday 14 September. Therefore, anyone who needs to travel to/from Jersey Airport or St Helier harbours should allow extra time for their road journey and take alternative routes as traffic delays are likely.