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Ferry incident in dense fog

Ferry incident in dense fog 31/10/2018

On the morning of Sunday, 21st October 2018 and in restricted visibility conditions, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour at approximately 0810 hours when a Red Funnel vehicle ferry came into contact with a yacht whilst entering Cowes Harbour and ran aground off East Cowes. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) initiated its emergency response procedures and informed the relevant authorities of the incident. The harbour was closed to all traffic to allow the ferry to be re-floated and brought alongside the East Cowes Red Funnel terminal. There were no reports of any injuries to anyone who was involved in the incident. The ferry was later permitted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency read more

Consultation on management of net fishing in coastal waters


31/10/2018

The coastal waters of the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset are ecologically rich habitats, providing valuable nursery and refuge areas for a variety of fish species. The estuaries in these areas form an important migratory route for salmon and sea trout. Our harbours, estuaries and piers are

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Advisory Committee meeting discussions and minutes


31/10/2018

The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee meeting last month (September 2018) was very well attended with 15 stakeholder representatives present, who were joined by CHC Chairman David Riley and Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh. The Advisory Committee meetings enable members to comment on

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See the lifeboats behind the rescues


31/10/2018

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has built its inshore lifeboats at the charity’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, since 1963. Now, thanks to a new Visitor and Heritage Centre at the site, you can see the work that goes into creating a lifesaving boat for

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Incident 21st October 2018


21/10/2018

The Port of Cowes confirms that an incident has occurred within the Inner Harbour and in restricted visibility at approximately 0810 hours today (Sunday, 21st October). A Red Funnel vehicle ferry has run aground off East Cowes. At the time of this statement there are no reported

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Outer Harbour Project update


12/10/2018

Stakeholders who attended our Annual Public Meeting in the spring may remember that Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) gave a commitment to report on and confirm the situation and proposed next stages of the Outer Harbour Project (OHP) by the end of the summer. CHC is now in a position to provide this

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Sailing is not just for summer


10/10/2018

In addition to the full marina facilities available at Shepards Marina, there are several independent businesses based on-site; the Basque Kitchen restaurant, Solent Sails, Island Divers, Salty Sailing, and RigIt UK. This month, we hear from recently launched sailing school ‘Salty

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Red Funnel ferry incident in Cowes Harbour


27/09/2018

The Red Funnel vehicle ferry MV Red Eagle, whilst departing East Cowes for Southampton at 0530 this morning (Thursday, 27th September), had an incident in the Inner Fairway of Cowes Harbour. In restricted visibility, the Red Eagle departed the fairway in the vicinity of the No. 4A beacon and

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New Cowes webcams


26/09/2018

New to the Cowes Harbour Commission website this month are three webcams for stakeholders to view online. The webcams use images taken from the Cowes Harbour CCTV system, which is in operation 24hrs a day. The images are updated every five seconds and provide an overview of what is happening

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Small Ships Race and Tall Ships


26/09/2018

Every year, on the first Saturday in October, a unique fleet gathers in Cowes, when up to 25 UK Sail Training vessels used to teach teamwork and life skills to young people, meet for their annual Small Ships Race. The race is like no other; 100-year-old gaff rigged vessels compete with modern

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Cowes Offshore model powerboat racing


26/09/2018

The Offshore Model Racing Association (OMRA) is to hold its first ever race at Cowes, on 29th and 30th September 2018, at Trinity Landing by The Parade. OMRA races use powerful offshore race boats 4-6ft long, similar in design to their full-size Deep V and Catamaran counterparts, and often

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Little Britain 2018 race report


26/09/2018

The great and the good of the construction industry started arriving on Thursday evening, 13th September for the 31st running of the Little Britain Challenge Cup, together with the majestic 32 metre Baltic Trader Queen Galadriel, host ship of The Cirdan Sailing Trust, which berthed on the outer

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Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition launches


31/08/2018

The Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition was launched on Monday, 3rd September 2018 to find an inspirational design idea for an iconic “welcome” landmark to be sited on the detached Cowes Breakwater at the mouth of Cowes Harbour, on the Isle of Wight. Organisers Cowes Harbour Commission

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Marine manufacturing and the Medina


31/08/2018

Navigating a path to economic growth and protecting jobs - Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh talks to Tom Stroud of the Chamber’s Island Business Magazine about how Cowes Harbour Commission balances the views of stakeholders on “the main road into the Island”. Read the interview on the IW

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IW Council consultation on future regeneration


31/08/2018

Earlier in the summer, the Isle of Wight Council launched its draft Regeneration Strategy with the aim of ensuring the Island becomes an inspiring place to grow up, live, work and visit. Following July’s Regeneration Conference, the discussion about the new draft strategy continues online with a

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Cruise ships calling at Cowes


31/08/2018

Wednesday, 22nd August saw cruise ship MS Europa, operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, pay a visit to the Isle of Wight, anchoring off Cowes and tendering her passengers in to Trinity Landing. Visit Isle of Wight’s Travel Ambassadors, along with our own German speaking Moorings Administrator from

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Little Britain Challenge Cup preview


31/08/2018

The third weekend in September sees the return of the Little Britain Challenge Cup 2018, an annual regatta for the construction industry organised since 1988. This year, therefore, is its 31st running. The event grew from the very modest beginnings of three co-consultants on one particular

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The Sugar Store joins Classic Buses and Beer event


31/08/2018

The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend 2018 is on its way, taking place on 13th and 14th October 2018. Joining the event this year with a brewery artefacts exhibition and local historic displays, is The Sugar Store at Shepards Marina, owned by Cowes Harbour Commission and run

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Cowes hosts Contessa 26 Nationals


31/08/2018

The 2018 Contessa 26 National Championships is taking place in Cowes over this weekend, 1st and 2nd September. The event is hosted by the Island Sailing Club, and is sponsored via the Club by Wight Vodka. Shepards Marina is helpfully providing moorings for visiting boats at Rally

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Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race 2018


16/08/2018

Now in its 58th year, this August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-26th August 2018) sees the return to Cowes of the historic Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat race, and the smaller Cowes-Poole-Cowes race. With over 30 boats already entered, including boats from the UK, America, Belgium, Bermuda

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Lessons learned from harbour incidents and MAIB reports


31/07/2018

The cause of many leisure vessel incidents in Cowes Harbour can be traced back to just a couple of key factors, lack of proper preparation and planning. Last year, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) Patrol Officers were called to over 70 incidents that could have been avoided through proper

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