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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

Outer Harbour Project update December 2016


16/12/2016

Negotiations continue towards finalising the 'Harbour Infrastructure Funding Agreement' (HIFA) between Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and the developer of the HCA’s Victoria Quay marina in East Cowes, which will enable delivery of Phases 2 and 3 of the

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Works planned to prepare for new Chain Ferry


30/11/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has issued a works licence to the Isle of Wight Council for alterations to be made to the current Cowes Chain Ferry slipways at both East and West Cowes to ensure the suitability and longevity of the new floating bridge, due to come into service at the end of March

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Your essential guide to Cowes Harbour


30/11/2016

Production has started on next year’s Handbook, led by our new editor, Cowes-based publishing consultant and boat builder Martin Nott, who is working closely with Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and Horizon Publishing. The annual Handbook is just one of the ways in which CHC works proactively

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Destination Cowes at the World Travel Market


30/11/2016

Visit Isle of Wight and ‘Destination Cowes’ attended the World Travel Market earlier this month, where more than 50,000 travel professionals gathered at Excel London to look at destination ideas from around the world. At the show, Visit Isle of Wight introduced the new Island Destination

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Port Operative apprentice on board at Shepards Wharf


30/11/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission’s first Port Operative Apprenticeship attracted a considerable amount of interest and following a rigorous interview process, the successful applicant, 21-year-old Sam Saunders, has recently been selected for the new position. Sam will be based at Shepards Wharf

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River Sailors


30/11/2016

The Medina Estuary offers a base for every type of boating and the river is currently featured in an engaging article written by CHC’s Designated Person and ex-Commissioner Capt. Peter Jackson for Sailing Today’s December 2016 magazine: Cowes, synonymous with yachting for over 200 years, is

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October 2016 news on the Outer Harbour Project (OHP)


25/10/2016

Over the past month, progress has continued towards finalising the 'Harbour Infrastructure Funding Agreement' between Cowes Harbour Commission, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their developers Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate; this agreement is essential to provide the

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Commissioner profile on Roy Lambden


25/10/2016

Commissioner for Personnel Management, Roy Lambden, was appointed to the Cowes Harbour Board in May of this year, along with Michael Greville and Ben Board. Roy Lambden had a 30-year career in the City, working in various areas of finance around the world, accumulating considerable experience

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CHC at Cowes marine careers fair


25/10/2016

Last month, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) took part in the Marine Careers Fair organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes Castle, exhibiting alongside over 30 well-known marine industry businesses and training facilities including UKSA, SeaSafe, British Marine and Carnival UK. Jon Kidd,

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Winter 2016-17 water taxi service


25/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission has been informed by Sally Water Taxis that they will not be operating a service over the winter 2016-17. Therefore, CHC is now providing a water taxi service between the hours of 0900 and 1730, seven days a week, up to 31st March 2017. The 'Cowes Harbour Taxi' service is

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RORC relax 100ft limit for 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race


25/10/2016

Next summer’s pinnacle of offshore racing, the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 6th August 2017, is likely to be an even greater spectacle, with the event being opened up to yachts larger than the 100ft Leopard and Commanche. The biennial event is the world’s biggest offshore

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IW Council Chain Ferry Works Licence Application


24/10/2016

The Isle of Wight Council has submitted a Works Licence Application to secure consent to complete remediation and improvement works to the Cowes Chain Ferry slipways at both East and West Cowes in order to accommodate the new Chain Ferry. The works are anticipated to take place between January and

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CHC recruiting for position of Assistant Harbour Master


18/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is looking to recruit an additional Assistant Harbour Master / Pilot to support and provide cover for the Harbour Master's team. Rod Hodgson, the current Deputy Harbour Master will be taking up a new role with another port in January. Reporting to the Harbour Master,

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CHC supports Visit Isle of Wight at World Travel Market


17/10/2016

In brief: Visit Isle of Wight looks to the global tourism market to grow visitor numbers over the next five years. Today (Monday, 17th October 2016), Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has announced plans to showcase the Isle of Wight at the World Travel Market this November. This new initiative is one of

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CHC Chairman's response to County Press letter


07/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission's response to the letter from Keith Hayden published in the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, 7th October 2016: With reference to Keith Hayden’s letter on the planned new Victoria Marina in East Cowes (CP, 07-10-16), Cowes Harbour Commission would like to provide

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End of season advice for boat owners in Cowes


06/10/2016

As the 2016 boating season draws to a close for most, we have been looking at what boat owners can do to prepare for winter and reduce the risk of damage to their craft. Working with leading online insurer, Craftinsure.com, we have identified some of the most common problems and can pass on the

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Decision made on final OHP design layout


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has now agreed the final Outer Harbour Project (OHP) design layout with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their development partners Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate. Following consultation with Natural England, CHC is now applying to vary

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Pilot safety day at Shepards Wharf Marina


26/09/2016

The 2016 conference of the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) was held in Cowes on 14th-15th September, in association with local lifejacket and coat manufacturer SeaSafe Systems who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of business. The second day of the conference concentrated on the

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Memories of Cowes Week 2016


26/09/2016

The title of overall Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week winner went again to Adam Gosling’s JPK10.80 Yes!, which finished the regatta counting only first places in IRC Class 3 to earn Gosling a class win and also victory in Black Group overall. Nigel Grogan’s Rehydrated gave a performance that

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Bertrand wins Etchells Worlds


26/09/2016

“I love coming to Cowes, it is one of my favourite places to sail anywhere in the world…” (Steve Benjamin) The 2016 Etchells World Championship, which was hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes from 5th-10th September, was won overall by Australian John Bertrand, representing the

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Cowes Cougar triumph for Curtis


26/09/2016

The 2016 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race will surely go down as the roughest ever run; only three boats made it to Torquay within the time limit and only two made it back to Cowes.With a calm ride through the Solent, the 14 starters were then faced with Force 7 westerly winds, which made the trip to

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New Kingston Boat Store opens for business


26/09/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is continuing a programme of investment into its Kingston Marine Services site in East Cowes with the recent development of a new indoor storage facility. The new ‘Kingston Boat Store’ on the top terrace has just opened for business, offering year-round under cover

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