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Please watch your speed and wash

Please watch your speed and wash 27/06/2018

It is not just your boat speed but also the wake from your vessel that can have an impact within the harbour. Excessive wake from vessels creates an unsafe environment for all harbour users and too much wake can cause damage. Whilst CHC works hard to ensure effective promulgation of the rules on speed and wash within our jurisdiction, there continue to be some vessels flaunting them. The sections from our General Directions highlighted in blue below are sometimes forgotten by harbour users but are a very important aspect of maintaining a safe harbour environment for all. CHC educates mariners wherever we can, although some claim that they are completely unaware of the rules. However, there read more

2018 changes to General Directions


27/06/2018

Following completion of the statutory consultation process with the Harbour Advisory Committee, Chamber of Shipping and RYA, a revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions has been ratified and will be introduced on 1st July 2018. General Direction 3.19 “VHF Communications within Cowes Harbour”

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July event highlights in Cowes


28/06/2018

Eight days to go (as of 28th June)The countdown is on to the 2018 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay with 1,186 boats entered as we write. The start times and fleet flags are shown on the event website, with the first start at 0630 on Saturday, 7th July. The Sailing Instructions

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Consultation on Tranche 3 of Marine Conservation Zones


27/06/2018

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has opened a public consultation on the third Tranche of the Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), to seek the public’s views on proposals to designate 41 new MCZs and to add new features for conservation in 12 existing MCZs. Sites

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Cowes welcomes new Harbour Commissioners


25/06/2018

The Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) has recently welcomed James Evans and Steve Cooper as new members. James Evans has practised as a barrister in London since 1993, specialising in commercial law and with experience of international litigation and arbitration of inter-governmental

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Annual Report 2017-18 published and Public Meeting agenda


21/05/2018

The Annual Report for 2017-2018 has now been published and is available to view and download from CHC’s website. • View the CHC Annual Report 2017-2018 The Harbour Master and Chief Executive’s Annual Summary of the Report focuses on six key issues that will form the framework for the

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Works Licence Application - Red Funnel Seabed Investigation


15/05/2018

Seabed Investigation at Red Funnel Terminal, East Cowes This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by Ramboll on behalf of the Red Funnel Group, seeks to secure consent to complete investigative work to establish the nature of the seabed, to depths of 30m, in the vicinity of the

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Marine industry waterfront storage land opportunity


03/05/2018

A unique opportunity for marine industry on the River Medina has arisen at the Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) owned Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes, for the rental of 1.5 acres of prime waterfront storage land with all-tide deep-water access and wharfage. • View the Kingston Wharf Letting

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Fact-finding harbour tour for MP Bob Seely


03/05/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) was very pleased to have the opportunity of taking Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely on a tour of the harbour on 11th April to view the strategic harbour and current development sites on the River Medina. Bob Seely was joined afloat by CHC Chairman David Riley and Cowes

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Studies on estuary sedimentation management


03/05/2018

Over the past few years, Cowes Harbour Commission has gained a greater understanding of sediment movement in the estuary through studies and monitoring. This work will inform a potential new and innovative approach to maintenance dredging in the estuary, which will be discussed and developed with

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Cruise ship Astor at Cowes


03/05/2018

Cruise guests from the Astor received a warm welcome to Cowes on Sunday, 29th April, in spite of the chilly spring weather! Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services, who were handling the Astor’s visit, were very pleased with the local support from Cowes Harbour Commission, Visit Isle of Wight

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Cowes hope for business boost as cruise ship comes to town


26/04/2018

Sunday, 29th April 2018 will see the second cruise ship this year moor off Cowes, thanks to work by Cowes Harbour Commission, Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes. It’s hoped that cruise passengers will enjoy the Isle of Wight’s famous hospitality and come back for a longer

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Cowes Harbour Services - one team - one name


29/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Services is the new division name for the marine services arm of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), encompassing moorings, boatyard, storage, fuel, and commercial. Following the Marine Services Review last autumn, the Commission has taken the decision to amalgamate its marine services

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Seasonal water taxi service


29/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission has just granted a stakeholder subsidy contribution towards the operation of a 7-days-a-week water taxi service to operate daily from Thursday, 29th March to 30th September 2018. In late 2017, CHC sought applications for a stakeholder dividend towards the provision of a

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General Directions - what are they and why are they important?


29/03/2018

“The Master of any vessel loading or unloading cinders, bricks or dung shall cause a canvas cloth or sheet to be fastened from such vessel to the wharf or quay”. So said Cowes Harbour Byelaws as recently as 1972!Around 400 BC Plato argued, “Good people don’t need laws to tell them to act

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Key Notice - Safety of navigation within Cowes Harbour


29/03/2018

Local Notice to Mariners No. 05 of 2018 highlights the basic safety guidance that everyone should be aware of, whether they are just visiting Cowes or a resident mooring holder. It covers some of the key General Directions (regulations) that apply to all vessels using the harbour, as well as

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Date for your diary - CHC Annual Public Meeting


29/03/2018

The date has been set for the Commission’s Annual Public Meeting, to take place on Thursday, 24th May at The Sugar Store Events Centre, which is conveniently located at Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina on Medina Road and close to the Chain Ferry to East Cowes. The Annual Public Meeting provides

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Risks to marine industry if Medina Yard application approved


20/03/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission has repeated its warnings to the Isle of Wight Council Planning Authority on the risks and threats to Cowes and Island marine industry and jobs if the Medina Yard planning application is approved. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and the Harbour Advisory Committee both

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Cowes Harbour stakeholder benefit projects


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour is a Trust Port and run for the benefit of the port’s stakeholders, who are all those with an interest in the harbour, whether they live or work here or come as visitors. In accordance with government guidance, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is encouraged to use some of the surplus

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New Classic regatta at Cowes


28/02/2018

The inaugural Cowes Spring Classics, a regatta for wooden classic yachts designed before 1970, is to take place from 11th-13th May 2018 at Shepards Wharf Marina. This new regatta is being supported by Destination Cowes, which is a partnership of key local organisations working to encourage new

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Marine apprenticeship opportunity


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission is offering an exciting ‘Marine Operative’ apprenticeship, providing a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain extensive knowledge and a valuable qualification in a challenging and rewarding industry. This apprenticeship will cover all aspects of the

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