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CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight

CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight 28/11/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise market. • View the "Cruise to Cowes" digital, interactive guide. Cowes offers exceptional visitor appeal with cruise ship passengers able to visit world famous tourist attractions such as Queen Victoria’s magnificent Osborne House in East Cowes, the palatial royal residence used as the setting for the major feature film Victoria and Abdul. Every year, a number of small and medium-sized read more

Emergency response training exercise


29/11/2017

On Friday, 24th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) afloat teams from Kingston Marine Services and Shepards Wharf Marina underwent a day of emergency response refresher training covering oil spill response, vessel towing, fire fighting, and man overboard rescues. CHC’s working vessels

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IW Council update on Chain Ferry


29/11/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC) stated in a press release on 8th November that the findings from a review into the design, build and delivery of the new Cowes Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry) will be made public in January 2018. Alongside the review, major efforts are ongoing into bringing the

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Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance


30/10/2017

At the October Board meeting, Cowes Harbour Commissioners discussed the three strategic, interlinked harbour and marine employment sites that are currently at various stages of development. These are the Cowes Outer Harbour Project/Venture Quays development in East Cowes, Kingston Marine Park at

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Annual Moorings Survey results


30/10/2017

We would like to thank all our customers who completed the recent Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings questionnaire. The survey closed on Friday, 20th October with 212 entries submitted, a very good return and representing over 40% of annual mooring holders. We are keen to listen to what our customers

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Community projects for Cowes Harbour


30/10/2017

Last month, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) proposed a number of community-based projects that CHC could potentially help facilitate for the harbour and River Medina. After discussion and feedback from September’s Harbour Advisory Committee meeting, the focus will be on expanding opportunities for

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CHC Marine Services Review 2017


30/10/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has recently completed a review of its marine services, which comprise Shepards Wharf Marina, Kingston Marine Services, Cowes Harbour Moorings and Cowes Harbour Fuels. Regular reviews are carried out in order to ensure that the Commission provides and invests in

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Water taxi service stakeholder dividend


30/10/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission invites all water taxi operators to apply for a stakeholder dividend towards the delivery of a reliable water taxi service for mooring holders, stakeholders and visitors to Cowes and the River Medina, for the 2018 season. Full details on qualifying criteria,

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economia magazine interviews CHC Chairman


30/10/2017

economia, the business, finance and accountancy magazine, has interviewed CHC Chairman David Riley for their October publication. David Riley, a veteran of the financial world, and partner at haysmacintyre, combines accountancy with his passion for sailing as Chairman of Cowes Harbour

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Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey 2017


28/09/2017

Cowes Harbour Moorings is conducting a survey to find out our customers' views on Annual Moorings, to help inform Cowes Harbour Commission's continued investment into our mooring facilities. Unless you have already completed the 'Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey', you may fill in the

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Harbour water taxi service provision


28/09/2017

In order to ensure harbour users had a 7-days-a-week water taxi service, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has been providing a stakeholder subsidy contribution to Cowes Water Taxis Ltd for the 2017 season. This subsidy was discussed and agreed with the Harbour Advisory Committee at the beginning of

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Vacancy for Harbour Designated Person


28/09/2017

Maintaining a safe harbour for all users is Cowes Harbour Commission’s overriding priority. In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has an appointed ‘Designated Person’ with direct access to the Board of Commissioners who provides independent assurance about

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Limit your speed and wash


28/09/2017

You’ve had a great day on the water, a delightful run ashore for dinner and you’ve arrived safely back aboard for a peaceful night in your bunk. You’re just drifting off when you hear an ominous rumble drawing closer at a worrying pace. You prick up your ears at the sound of shouts from adjacent

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Royal opening of CECAMM


28/09/2017

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, carried out a number of engagements during her visit to the Isle of Wight on 13th September 2017. After visiting Shanklin Chine and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, The Countess travelled to East Cowes to officially open The Isle of Wight College’s new

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Disposing of out-of-date flares


28/09/2017

Flares contain explosives and once they are past their expiry date it is essential that out-of-date flares or Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEPs) are disposed of carefully. Ultimately, the responsibility for the safe disposal of TEPs rests with their owner. The eventual disposal of TEPs should become

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Cruise ship Ocean Majesty calls at Cowes


28/09/2017

Cowes makes a fantastic port-of-call for cruise lines catering for northern European cruises. Cowes Harbour Commission is working to increase the number of small to medium-sized luxury cruise ships visiting the Island and we were therefore extremely pleased to welcome cruise ship MS Ocean Majesty

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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - latest update


31/08/2017

FLOATING BRIDGE TO BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has today (Thursday, 31 August) announced that as of Monday (4 September) the Floating Bridge will be removed from service until such time as it can be demonstrated that the bridge, and the service it provides,

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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - news update


25/08/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC), in consultation with their marine engineering consultants Burness Corlett Three Quays (BCTQ), have carried out further surveys and adjustments to the Floating Bridge ebb tide check chains over a 3-day period of the current large spring tides. These works and

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57 years of powerboat racing at Cowes


23/08/2017

This Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th August will see the 57th year of offshore powerboat racing at Cowes. Cowes is recognised as the birthplace of international powerboat racing. It is therefore fitting that every year some of the biggest, brightest, loudest and most

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Advisory Committee meeting notice


23/08/2017

The next meeting of the Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) is on Friday, 1st September 2017 and all harbour users are welcome to submit their ideas or raise any issues of concern for discussion by the CHAC. You can use our web contact form to send your suggestions direct to the

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Raising awareness on dangers of CO


23/08/2017

At approximately 1200 (UTC) on 12th November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) that had been emitted from failed rubber bellows forming part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system. Although rescuers came to the

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