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Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance

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 Whippingham, and Medina Yard in Cowes. Cowes Outer Harbour Project (OHP) CHC continues to fulfil its commitments to the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) led Outer Harbour Project and has been ready to deliver Phases 2 and 3 of the harbour infrastructure, a dredged Eastern Channel and extension to the Shrape breakwater, since December 2016. However, the 'Harbour read more

Progress on Outer Harbour Project (OHP)


22/02/2017

There has been some encouraging progress this month (February 2017) on the Cowes Outer Harbour Project recently with Cowes Harbour Commission able to report that a new provisional timeline has been agreed with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the HCA’s development partners VQEL (Camper

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Commissioner vacancy


22/02/2017

If you would like to help steer a course for Cowes Harbour – then have you considered volunteering as a Harbour Commissioner? Applications are welcomed from all those with an interest in public service who can demonstrate commitment and local knowledge. See the CHC website to find out more

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Update on Marine Conservation Zones


22/02/2017

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has now embarked on Tranche 3 (the final tranche) of the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designation programme with three MCZs under consideration in the Solent; Yarmouth to Cowes, Norris to Ryde, and Bembridge. The aim of this

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New water taxi service for 2017 season


22/02/2017

In order to ensure the provision of a cost-effective water taxi service that meets the needs of harbour stakeholders during the 2017 season, CHC has reached an agreement with Cowes Water Taxis Ltd to provide a 7-day-a-week service from 1st April to 30th September. CHC has decided to make a

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Cowes Harbour Handbook 2017-2018 out soon


21/02/2017

This year’s Handbook, to be published in time for Easter, will include increased information on Cowes High Street, marine businesses, and events. The publication will have improved distribution in Cowes and further afield. A limited number of advertisement pages are still available - but selling

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Fuel berth maintenance


22/02/2017

The Cowes Harbour Fuels storage barge will be slipped at South Boats on 27th February 2017 for her three-yearly inspection. The fuel berth will be open as usual on Saturday, 25th February, but will be closed from Sunday, 26th for a period of up to 10 days, with remediation works being carried out

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Cowes Week 2017 at Shepards


20/02/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) announces the appointment of JHAV Ltd as the new event partner for Shepards Wharf Marina, an affiliate shoreside venue at Cowes Week. Cowes Harbour Commission has today (Monday, 20th February) welcomed JHAV Ltd as the new event partner for Shepards Wharf Marina,

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Make a difference to Cowes! Become a Commissioner


24/01/2017

One of our Cowes Harbour Commissioners, Ben Board, has taken the decision to resign due to family and work commitments. In his resignation letter, he commented: “I think the work the Commission do is extremely important and you have a team of people on the Board that care passionately about what

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How the Harbour Advisory Committee works for you


25/01/2017

John Corby has been Chairman of the Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) since last May and here he talks about the CHAC and its relevance to all who live and work in our harbour. “I’m John Corby, I’ve lived in Cowes since 1982 and spent almost all that time designing and building yachts.

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KMS helps Portsmouth prepare for new aircraft carriers


25/01/2017

Our Kingston Marine Services (KMS) team from East Cowes has recently been involved in preparations at Portsmouth ahead of the arrival of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, the largest and most powerful warships ever built for the Royal Navy. KMS was contracted by Island company MMC Diving Services

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Harbour maintenance dredging


25/01/2017

The maintenance dredge at Shepards Wharf Marina and its fairway approaches is taking place in February as part of a programme of harbour maintenance dredging, which also includes Thetis Wharf, Kingston Marine Services hoist dock, the Town Quay mooring basin, and the Royal Yacht Squadron basin. The

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Annual moorings in Cowes Harbour for 2017


25/01/2017

If you would like to have an annual mooring in Cowes Harbour for 2017, now is a good time to contact our Cowes Harbour Moorings team as we process renewals and mooring changes for the year ahead to determine availability. May we also remind you that if you still need to pay your annual mooring

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RTI 2017 entries open on 27th January 2017


25/01/2017

Entries for the iconic one-day yacht racing extravaganza, the Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, will open at 00.00 on Friday, 27th January.Race Day in 2017 is on Saturday, 1st July with the first start at 0530. The 2017 event marks the 81st actual Round the

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Works Licence Application - Kingston Marine Park


13/01/2017

This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), seeks to secure consent to complete dredging, construction and associated works for the proposed Kingston Marine Park boat hoist and lay-by pontoons. The proposed site is south of the commercial

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IW Council announcement on Cowes Chain Ferry


21/12/2016

The Isle of Wight Council issued a press release on Tuesday, 20th December regarding changes to the floating bridge (Chain Ferry) over Christmas and the New Year: Residents are being reminded of changes to the floating bridge service over Christmas and into the new year as preparations get

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Changes to advertised tidal predictions for Cowes


20/12/2016

Please note that there have been some changes to how the tide tables are compiled for Cowes. As from 1st January 2017, the Admiralty Tide Tables will give the time of High Water Cowes that corresponds to the beginning of the High Water period, rather than the peak High Water time. The timing

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Harbour maintenance dredge works 2017


20/12/2016

Harbour maintenance dredging will be carried out in the early part of 2017 at Shepards Wharf Marina and approaches, the Town Quay mooring basin, and the Royal Yacht Squadron basin. These maintenance dredge works were originally planned to take place in 2016 but have been re-scheduled for 2017 due

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Christmas and New Year information for Cowes Harbour


20/12/2016

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Friday, 23rd December 2016 and re-open at 0900 on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017. Over the Christmas break, all phone calls will be redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted on 01983 297821 for visitor

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Annual mooring licence renewals for 2017


20/12/2016

All Cowes Harbour licenced annual mooring holders should have received their renewal forms by now; please ensure that these are completed and returned promptly. The deadline for payment of annual mooring licences is Friday, 6th January 2017. If you are planning to give up your mooring for

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Consultation on MMO Draft South Marine Plan


20/12/2016

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) recently announced that a consultation would take place on the Draft South Marine Plan; this is now underway and will close on 27th January 2017. The South Marine Plan covers the inshore and offshore waters from MHWS to 12nm between Folkestone and the

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All At Sea - Boating People


20/12/2016

Have you read the December issue of the popular All At Sea waterfront newspaper? If not, then pop in to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to pick up your free copy or view the paper online. There’s fantastic news on Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team who have been crowned America’s Cup World

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Spring sailing escapes


20/12/2016

The Cowes tide tables for 2017 are now available to view online, for those who may wish to plan their 2017 sailing calendar over the Christmas and New Year holidays - and remember - the Isle of Wight is a year-round destination for sailors and boaters, not just for summer time! After the

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