As follows are just some of the examples of recent community initiatives:
One of the highlights of 2015 was the Liberation 70 celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Jersey from Nazi forces during the Second World War on Saturday 9 May. Retired Assistant Harbour Master, Paul Mimmack, played a pivotal in raising the Jersey flag as part of the re-enactment ceremony held in Liberation Square, St Helier. Ports of Jersey also played a major role in securing and facilitating the visit to the Island of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood, who performed during the celebrations as well as at various functions during the Jersey Liberation Festival.
NatWest Island Games
Ports of Jersey was actively involved with the largest sporting event to be held in the island in recent years during June and July 2015, responsible for the smooth transit through its terminals at both the airport and harbour of up to 5,000 participants, officials and spectators.
This wreath laying ceremony takes place annually on 24 June on the Albert Pier, St Helier Harbour to commemorate the evacuees that left and returned on that date in 1945. Ports of Jersey facilitates this event by ensuring access roads are clear and provides the PA system for the ceremony.
Holocaust Memorial Service
During the Second World War's occupation of Jersey, 21 islanders were deported to prison camps where they subsequently died, mainly for faith and lifestyle beliefs. Their deportation was through St Helier Harbour and in commemoration, a memorial of the old Gorey Lighthouse has been erected in their honour outside the Occupation Gallery on the New North Quay, St Helier.
Every year on 27 January a Holocaust Memorial Service is held on the New North Quay, with readings and a key note speech from someone connected with this part of history. The Harbour Master or one of his deputies lays a wreath during this ceremony as a mark of respect as the harbour was the last bit of Jersey soil the deportees stood on before their departure.
Hyperbaric Treatment Centre
Jersey is fortunate to have a recompression facility for divers. The centre is run as a charity and relies on the goodwill of volunteers, as well as donations and sponsorships. This facility can be used in the event of decompression sickness, when prompt treatments can be lifesaving or can mean the difference between recovery and permanent illness or disability. Ports of Jersey recognises this is an important facility for local divers and provides free rent for the chamber, which is located on the Albert Pier, St Helier.
Yacht Club Race Support
Each year Ports of Jersey donates the use of its tug Duke of Normandy fully crewed to anchor in St Aubin's Bay for the three day Jersey Regatta. The tug acts as race control platform and provides start and finish lines for various events. This event sponsorship is worth £1,500 to £2,000 in overhead costs.