St Helena Recognises World Maritime Day

L-R Steve Kirk & Gene Henry

Thursday, 26 September 2019, was World Maritime Day. World Maritime Day is used as a way to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, and to emphasise a particular aspect of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) work.

In recognition of the day, we hear from two members of St Helena Port Control:

Harbour Master

St Helena’s Harbour Master is Steve Kirk. Steve’s main roles are to ensure the health, safety and security of the Jamestown Wharf and Rupert’s Jetty and to maintain a clean and safe environment for all that use the wharf and ocean.

Logistics Coordinator

The Logistics Coordinator is Gene Henry. Gene uses both the SHG cranes and stacker as part of his role. Often Gene will use the crane to lift locally owned boats and yachts. Gene is also responsible for making sure that all empty containers are ready for loading once the MV Helena has offloaded cargo.

Collectively both Steve’s and Gene’s roles include boat inspections/MOTs, licencing local boats, inspecting lifting slings and chains, liaising with all stakeholders/general public and wharf users and making sure that the wharf is used in a safe manner, also keeping the wharf clean and tidy.

Harbour Master, Steve Kirk, said:

“Here on St Helena it is no different from any other port except we have many users of the wharf in Jamestown and Rupert’s which at times can prove to be very challenging but also very rewarding. Both the ports of Jamestown and Rupert’s are there to be enjoyed by all of us. Port Control’s role is to ensure it is done in the correct and safe/secure manner.”

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27 September 2019


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