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History is made at Alderney's Braye Harbour

On the 23rd May 2011 at 14:40 history was made at Alderney's Braye Harbour, when the cruise ship 'Island Sky' berthed alongside the commercial quay.

Making her, at 90 metres by 16 metres, the largest ship to have ever been berthed at Braye Harbour. Members of the public turned out to view the arrival of the vessel and four of Alderney's States Members were invited on board and given a tour by the Captain Torbjorn Svensson

Of the 112 passengers on board 108 disembarked from the ship. Some were taken on a Wildlife and Town Walk by the Alderney Wildlife Trust, whilst others were bussed into town where they were able to enjoy the shops and soak up the atmosphere of St Anne. The vessel stayed alongside for 2.5 hours before departing at 17:55 for St Malo in France.

Steve Shaw Alderney Harbour Master said "With the Island Sky being successfully berthed alongside Alderney's commercial quay this clearly provides an opportunity for other small cruise ships and will hopefully create a window of opportunity for us to increase this business and thereby significantly contribute towards tourism on the island".

Joanna Parmentier, the States of Alderney, Marketing Manager said "The berthing of the Island Sky has set a precedent and from now on, provided that the weather is favourable, other cruise ships of a similar size will be able to berth alongside the quay. This vastly improves the visitor experience for the passengers. Previously visiting ships would have to anchor in the bay and tenders / Zodiacs would be required to ferry the passengers ashore and, as each boat could only carry 12 passengers, it could take from 20 to 30 minutes to disembark all. Yesterday it was great to see the passengers stepping off of the ship onto the quay and being on their way within 10 minutes. This is not only a more effective way of disembarking but it also give the passengers more time on the island."

Since the completion of the re-development of the commercial quay the harbour has seen a significant increase in the size and number of vessels that have been operating into Alderney.

Photos taken by Joanna Parmentier. Island Sky alongside Alderney's Commercial Quay on Tuesday, 24th May 2011

  • Island Sky alongside Commercial Quay
  • Island Sky alongside Commercial Quay
  • Island Sky alongside Commercial Quay