If you are arriving by yacht here is some information that will be of assistance to you

and what you should do when wanting to stay at St Helena Island.

If approaching from the EAST stay well clear of the chartered moorings and anchoring areas as there will be unmarked/unlit boats and buoys (most yachts approach from the east).

The mooring field is located on the WEST side of James Bay. Coordinates are as follows.

015 degrees, 55′. 400 South and 005 degrees, 43′. 500 West.

All crew must remain on board the vessel, no one is allowed ashore until the vessel has been cleared by Port Control and Customs.  The Official Boarding Party will board the vessel to conduct clearance.

Port Control working hours are Mon – Fri, 0830hrs – 1600hrs.  Port Control staff are on call at weekends and will clear vessels shortly after arrival.


Contact details for Port Control:

Please start to  make radio contact with St Helena radio on VHF channel 16 when approximately 60 nautical miles from St Helena  and Port Control when approximately 1 to 2 nautical miles from James Bay.

If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Port Control during normal working hours.  If you need assistance outside of normal working hours you can contact St Helena radio on channel 16 who will then contact the Port Control on call staff.



Port Control will allocate mooring buoys.

YELLOW BUOYS: maximum weight 20tons, maximum length 50ft.

RED BUOYS: maximum weight 50tons, maximum length 60ft.

Any vessel above 50tons or 60ft in length must use their own anchor and anchor within the vicinity of the yacht moorings.

Below is a diagram of the moorings:


Directions for securing to mooring buoy, you will find a small 8mm loop line, tie your mooring line to the loop line and then pull the loop line, this will thread your mooring line through the ring on the buoy and back to your yacht.

If yachts have email it would be good to contact Port Control 48 hrs before arrival giving us the following information:

  • Name of the vessel;
  • Number of persons on board;
  • Last port of call;
  • Length of the vessel; and
  • Weight of the vessel.

This information will enable us to allocate a mooring buoy.  In the unlikely event the mooring buoy allocated is taken then they can use any other available buoy.

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