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 new Chain Ferry would not reduce navigational depths over the chains in the River Medina. In addition, the IWC confirmed that the new design would allow the chains to be lengthened if necessary, after any capital dredge to increase depths within the river, thereby ‘future proofing’ the harbour to allow for larger and deeper draught vessels, both commercial and leisure.
The Cowes Harbour Master advised mariners in a recent Local Notice to Mariners that there is potential for a reduction in depths over the chains during the Chain Ferry commissioning works. Additional safety control measures are also being introduced whilst these works are underway and a new Notice to Mariners will be issued once the commissioning works have been completed.
• UPDATED 28TH JUNE 2017: Local Notice to Mariners No. 15(T) of 2017 has been issued: COWES CHAIN FERRY - Clearance Depths and Further Commissioning Works
• UPDATED 29TH JUNE 2017: The Isle of Wight Council has issued a press release - Floating bridge timetable update
UPDATED 14th JULY 2017: