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BOAT LIFT trailer – first in UK

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 that enables side crab steering and makes the trailer immensely manoeuvrable. Powered by a 38hp Yanmar engine, the boat mover is also self-levelling. The unit will radically reduce transit times from the hoist dock area to the main yard, increasing efficiency and throughput, which will take further strides as the new custom-built cradles arrive this month and throughout the summer. Cowes read more

2016 CHC Annual Public Meeting report


30/06/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission’s Annual Public Meeting provides interested stakeholders with an update on what CHC has done over the past year, its future plans, and an opportunity to direct questions to the Harbour Master, CHC Chairman and Commissioners. At the 2016 Annual Public Meeting on 29th June,

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Provision of harbour water taxi service


30/06/2016

In previous years, Cowes Harbour has benefited from multiple water taxi operators, with most of the service provided by CHC and Sally Water Taxi Ltd, offering an all-year-round 7-day-a-week service. This service was supplemented in peak periods by other summer-only operators, and during the winter

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Next Harbour Advisory Committee meeting


30/06/2016

The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee (CHAC) will meet on Friday, 8th July at the Harbour Office. If you would like to suggest items for discussion, do send an email to: chac@cowes.co.uk. Agenda items for consideration by the CHAC in July include; the Outer Harbour Project review and way

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MV Balmoral mooring incident update


30/06/2016

As recently reported in local media and on the CHC website, the passenger ship MV Balmoral was approaching Trinity Landing in Cowes to moor on 11th June when the ship came into contact with and damaged the southernmost pontoon during manoeuvring. Conditions at the time were favourable with very

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Multi-agency test of harbour emergency plans


28/06/2016

On Tuesday, 21st June, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) hosted a multi-agency table-top exercise in association with resilience management consultancy State 21, to test and enhance emergency plans held by CHC, harbour stakeholders, and the local emergency services. The exercise was overseen by CHC

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RSS widget for Cowes Local Notices to Mariners


17/06/2016

The RSS feed for Cowes Local Notices to Mariners can now be accessed via a widget to add dynamic content to virtually any website. The RSS widget is available from Cowes Harbour Commission for yacht clubs and other organisations to install on their websites. A working example is shown below,

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Passenger ship MV Balmoral mooring incident at Cowes


13/06/2016

On Saturday, 11th June at 1300 the MV Balmoral was approaching the Trinity Landing pontoons in Cowes to moor when the ship came into contact with the southernmost pontoon section during manoeuvring. The coastal passenger vessel, operated by White Funnel Ltd, had departed Portsmouth earlier in the

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Report on Cowes Outer Harbour Project Public Meeting


24/05/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC) public presentation and review of the Outer Harbour Project was held on 19th May 2016 at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes with an audience of over 100 stakeholders and harbour users attending.Hydrodynamic consultants ABPmer and programme managers Marina Projects

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Consultation on Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy


25/05/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission attended the Isle of Wight Council’s public consultation event on the draft ‘West Wight Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy’ on 24th May at the New Holmwood Hotel in Cowes. The IW Council and the Environment Agency have developed a Coastal Flood and Erosion

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Love Where You Sail and keep the water in great shape this summer!


25/05/2016

Did you know that Escherichia coli (E. coli) is named after Theodor Escherich, the German bacteriologist who discovered it in 1885, and the species name coli, which means derived from the colon?!And did you know that every year between May and September over 600 designated bathing waters around

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Date for your diary – CHC Annual Public Meeting


25/05/2016

Each year, Cowes Harbour Commission publishes its Annual Report and Accounts and holds a Public Meeting for presentation to stakeholders. Our 2016 Annual Public Meeting will take place slightly later this year on Wednesday, 29th June 2016 at 1900 at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse on The Parade. At

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Wise up to boat fire and carbon monoxide risks


25/05/2016

As part of the national ‘Fire Kills’ campaign, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and the 'Boat Safety Scheme' are asking local boat owners to make vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks to stay safe this summer. Over the past two decades, 30 boaters

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Agenda for Outer Harbour Project public meeting


17/05/2016

We would like to remind harbour users that Cowes Harbour Commission’s public presentation and review of the Cowes Outer Harbour Project takes places this Thursday, 19th May at 1900 at the Island Sailing Club. Presentation and Review Agenda • A summary of the Outer Harbour Project (OHP)

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New Chairman to lead Cowes Harbour Commissioners


26/04/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the appointment of David Riley as new Chair to the CHC Board. He succeeds Roger Mathias who, after serving nine years as Commissioner, including two terms as Chairman, will retire at the end of his third term on 30th April 2016. David Riley, 63,

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New Cowes events added to Shepards-based J/70 fleet calendar


27/04/2016

The Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Thames Yacht Club will each be hosting a new event on the J/70 calendar this summer.The J/70 Southern Area Championships will take place in Cowes on 21st and 22nd May, under the direction of the Royal Thames YC while the J/70 Summer Championships will be

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'Storm Katie'


27/04/2016

Advice for Cowes Harbour Moorings berth holders following ‘Storm Katie’: Almost a month ago, in the early hours of the morning on Monday, 28th March ‘Storm Katie’ battered large parts of England, leaving flights cancelled, property damaged and thousands of people without power. The strongest

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Red Funnel and Medina Yard planning applications


27/04/2016

Red Funnel - East Cowes planning application: The recent refusal of Red Funnel’s East Cowes planning application has been widely reported in the local media. Cowes Harbour Commission’s position on the East Cowes development and marine employment issues was set out in a letter from the CHC Chairman

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2016 calendar of events for Cowes Harbour


21/04/2016

The 2016 calendar of events for Cowes Harbour highlights some of the new regattas, visiting class championships and key annual events taking place in Cowes this year. We will continue to add more events throughout the season and you are welcome to send us details of any yachting events not

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Cowes Outer Harbour Project public meeting


19/04/2016

The Chairman Designate of Cowes Harbour Commission, David Riley, extends an invitation to all harbour users to attend a ‘Public Presentation & Review of the Cowes Outer Harbour Project’ on Thursday, 19th May at 1900 at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes.Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) undertook a

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Red Funnel ferry mechanical issue in Cowes Harbour


14/04/2016

The Red Funnel ferry MV Red Osprey, with 103 passengers and 19 crew onboard, suffered a technical problem when entering Cowes Harbour at approximately 1500 yesterday (Wednesday, 13th April). The Red Osprey, whilst navigating in the Inner Fairway on the approach to the Red Funnel terminal in East

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Fuel berth Operative sought


07/04/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is seeking a proactive and flexible person to provide part-time cover at our river fuel berth throughout the year. Hours are limited to 1-2 days per week plus holiday cover. The position would suit someone who likes being around boats, who is competent with numbers and

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New season - new Port Handbook - now in Cowes


23/03/2016

As we write, the exciting new-look Cowes Port Handbook 2016-2017 is hot off the press and being distributed to numerous outlets around Cowes, East Cowes and other key Island locations. The Cowes Port Handbook contains all the usual essential information, including important navigation tips,

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