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Outer Harbour Project update

Outer Harbour Project update 12/10/2018

Stakeholders who attended our Annual Public Meeting in the spring may remember that Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) gave a commitment to report on and confirm the situation and proposed next stages of the Outer Harbour Project (OHP) by the end of the summer. CHC is now in a position to provide this update on recent developments, as promised. CHC delivered a detailed briefing on the OHP to the Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) at its September meeting. Key stakeholder organisations including the Isle of Wight Council, Cowes and East Cowes Town Councils, and Bob Seely MP have also received the update. In summary, CHC has continued negotiations with the developer Victoria Quay Estate read more

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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Success for apprentice Sam at Shepards


28/02/2018

Twenty-two-year-old Sam Saunders was selected in November 2016 as the first Apprentice Port Operative at Shepards Wharf Marina. He said: “After trying a few different jobs, I was fortunate enough to be offered an apprenticeship at Shepards in Cowes. This was an exciting job prospect for me as I

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Studio School sets sail


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission recently received an application from the Isle of Wight Studio School requesting stakeholder support for the School’s Mini Tonner yacht. The Commissioners agreed at their January Board meeting that the application matched a number of stakeholder dividend objectives; namely

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New Designated Person appointed


28/02/2018

In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour has a “Designated Person” to provide independent assurance on the operation and effectiveness of CHC’s Marine Safety Management System and to ensure compliance with the Code. The Designated Person (DP) is duty bound to carry out regular

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Island Stowaway


28/02/2018

Island Stowaway is a successful family run business catering to the needs of boat owners, businesses, and households requiring that extra storage space. Owners Glenn and Rachael Hobson have provided a flexible, bespoke and friendly service over the years but are now retiring from the

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Careers with CHC


28/02/2018

There are two job vacancies open with Cowes Harbour Commission, for a Seasonal Marina Operative and a Seasonal Patrol Officer. Seasonal Marina Operative Shepards Wharf Marina is looking for someone with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, who can assist in all aspects of marina operations

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Commissioner vacancy


02/02/2018

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is seeking to appoint a new Board member. Would you like to play an important role in helping to determine the policy and business decisions for Cowes Harbour? If so, then CHC is looking for exceptional people with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in

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Destination Cowes reports on a successful first year


15/12/2017

Following the launch of “Destination Cowes” last autumn at London’s World Travel Market, the partnership has had a busy first year working to attract increased cruise ship business and new events to Cowes, and has also laid strong foundations for further achievements in 2018. Destination

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Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 information


15/12/2017

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and re-open at 0900 on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. 

Over the Christmas break, phone calls will be redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted directly on 01983 297821 for visitor

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Annual mooring licence renewals 2018


18/12/2017

All Cowes Harbour annual mooring holders should have received an invitation to renew their mooring for 2018, and we would be grateful if you could please return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note that annual mooring renewal payments are due by Friday, 5th

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Christmas comes this time each year


18/12/2017

Christmas comes this time each year, and all those Christmas songs, remind us of the cheer and fun, and where the heart belongs. Families nestled round the tree, with brightly coloured lights, please spare a thought for those at sea suffering long and lonely

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CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight


28/11/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise

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Emergency response training exercise


29/11/2017

On Friday, 24th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) afloat teams from Kingston Marine Services and Shepards Wharf Marina underwent a day of emergency response refresher training covering oil spill response, vessel towing, fire fighting, and man overboard rescues. CHC’s working vessels

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IW Council update on Chain Ferry


29/11/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC) stated in a press release on 8th November that the findings from a review into the design, build and delivery of the new Cowes Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry) will be made public in January 2018. Alongside the review, major efforts are ongoing into bringing the

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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

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Annual Moorings Survey results


30/10/2017

We would like to thank all our customers who completed the recent Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings questionnaire. The survey closed on Friday, 20th October with 212 entries submitted, a very good return and representing over 40% of annual mooring holders. We are keen to listen to what our customers

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