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Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge

Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge 28/11/2018

As many of you will be aware, Homes England (formerly The Homes and Communities Agency) has informed Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) that their East Cowes development partner Victoria Quay Estates Limited (VQEL) has decided they are unable to proceed with the Victoria Quay development and will be terminating their agreement with Homes England. CHC understands that Homes England will now require a review period to determine the options and way forward for the East Cowes Regeneration and Outer Harbour developments. CHC raised concerns over the last year to both Homes England and the IWC about the risk that VQEL may not deliver on the development agreements based on the following two main read more

On-the-go with CHC’s responsive website


28/06/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has just launched an upgraded responsive designed website to meet on-the-go demand for informative content about the harbour and its services. The website at cowesharbourcommission.co.uk has been developed to feature a fully responsive design, adapting its display

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Introducing Assistant Harbour Master for Cowes Ed Walker


28/06/2017

Ed Walker from Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales was appointed as Assistant Harbour Master at Cowes in May of this year, joining Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) after a seagoing career spanning 15 years throughout various sectors of the marine industry. As Assistant Harbour Master (AHM), Ed is

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International fleet gathers for Dragon Edinburgh Cup


28/06/2017

With 38 teams from as far afield as Russia and Turkey and across the UK and Europe already entered, and 40 boats expected on the start line, the 2017 edition of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup is lining up to be a bumper edition. Sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction and hosted

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Celebrating classics in Cowes


28/06/2017

Cowes Harbour hosts two major classic yacht regattas in July of each year, the Panerai British Classic Week and Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week. Panerai British Classic Week, the annual regatta of the British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), will see the 16th edition being held this July

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Keep the Solent waters safe


28/06/2017

With the sailing season in Cowes well under way, and several major events of the year just around the corner, we feel it is the right time to remind all harbour users and visiting yachtsmen to dispose of black water from their boats responsibly. All boaters are encouraged to make use of the

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Get involved with the Harbour Advisory Committee


28/06/2017

Did you know? The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) represents the different stakeholder groups within Cowes Harbour and plays a key role in maintaining successful two-way communications between harbour users and the Harbour Commission. Our harbour users vary from leisure sailors to

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Annual port security exercise


28/06/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) will be conducting its annual port security exercise at the end of June in compliance with the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS Code). The exercise will be hosted by Isle of Wight Fuels and will involve CHC’s trained Port Facility Security Officer

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BOAT LIFT trailer – first in UK


22/06/2017

Here at Kingston Marine Boatyard in East Cowes we have just taken delivery of a new self-propelled boat mover, the first trailer of its kind in the UK from Italian brand BOAT LIFT. The boat mover has a maximum lift capacity of 30 tonnes with multi-directional, 90° steering on all four wheels

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Marine operations with KMS


22/06/2017

Our Kingston Marine Services (KMS) team has been busy with a wide variety of marine operations in and around Cowes Harbour and locally in the Solent. Back in March, the KMS team found themselves on “night shift” work for Red Funnel when they teamed up with Red Funnel engineers, hydraulic work

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IWC announces passenger only service at low tide


14/06/2017

The Isle of Wight Council has announced that it will offer a passenger only service across the River Medina during periods of low tide, for two hours immediately before low tide throughout June 2017, to ensure that a planned service is maintained while issues with the floating bridge (Chain Ferry)

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Moorings available on the River Medina


12/06/2017

Cowes Harbour Moorings has a number of Annual Moorings currently available to let in the more picturesque and quieter areas of the River Medina. If you have trouble viewing the following slideshow, click the link below to view on Flickr:• The River Medina If you are interested in one of these

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Explore the Medina Estuary in Cowes Harbour


12/06/2017

Walking or cycling around the Medina estuary is a wonderful way to enjoy this beautiful area, see local wildlife and discover some great places to eat and drink. You might spot some of our resident or visiting birds. Often feeding along the waters edge is the little egret, which is bright white

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New Cowes Chain Ferry commissioning works


07/06/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) continues to work with the Isle of Wight Council (IWC) throughout the ongoing Chain Ferry commissioning works to ensure that navigational safety is maintained. During the Chain Ferry consultation and design phase, CHC obtained confirmation from the IWC that the

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May 2017 Annual Public Meeting report


31/05/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission’s 2017 Annual Public Meeting was held last Thursday (25th May) on a beautifully warm and sunny evening at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. Even though it was one of the nicest evenings we have enjoyed so far this year, the meeting was well attended by harbour users and

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Medina Estuary sedimentation management


30/05/2017

At the beginning of May, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) hosted a forum meeting for dredging stakeholders at which a presentation was delivered on the basic hydrodynamics and evolution of the Medina Estuary. A review of sediment management monitoring reports was presented, and discussion was held

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Revised General Directions for Cowes


31/05/2017

A revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions will come into force on 1st June 2017, after consultation with the Harbour Advisory Committee, the Chamber of Shipping and the RYA. The amendments to existing Directions (3.17 and 3.19) and the introduction of two new Directions (3.17.1 and 4.7)

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Destination Cowes website now live


31/05/2017

New web content to help boost Cowes tourism has recently been launched on the official tourist board’s top ranking website (visitisleofwight.co.uk) with a whole collection of detailed pages designed to showcase the towns of Cowes and East Cowes and everything they have to offer. The new web

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New race Committee Boat for Cowes


31/05/2017

The official launch of Cowes United, a brand new Committee Boat for Cowes, took place on 13th May on Trinity Landing, attended by Ben Rouse, High Sheriff of the Island, and a host of local sailors. This purpose-built catamaran is a state-of-the art Committee Boat, which is fully equipped to a high

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Safe boating in Cowes


31/05/2017

With summer just around the corner, Cowes is preparing for an increase in river traffic as the harbour gets set to welcome thousands of visitors over the next few months. All vessels approaching Cowes should do so at a safe speed, maintain a good lookout and give full consideration to other

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New Boat Museum opens soon and call for volunteers


31/05/2017

The new Classic Boat Museum at Medina Yard in Cowes, next to the Hammerhead Crane, is due to open later this summer and a special exhibition is being prepared now that work on the building is reaching completion. More information will be available soon on a new website to be launched in

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Vessels of interest visit Cowes


31/05/2017

Following the visit to Cowes in April of the Nao Victoria, an authentic wooden replica of the ship that first sailed around the world, this May also saw a visit from the Caravel Boa Esperança. The Boa Esperança is a replica of the famous Portuguese ship that seafarer Bartolomé Díaz took beyond the

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Annual Report 2016-2017 published online


18/05/2017

The Cowes Harbour Commission Annual Report for 2016-2017 has just been published online and can be viewed, printed and downloaded. Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh will deliver a presentation of the Annual Report at our Annual Public Meeting on Thursday, 25th May 2017, at 1900 at the

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