It is a statutory requirement that all major accidents and incidents, especially collisions, are reported to Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC). This is to ensure that “lessons learned” can be carried forward to improvements in harbour safety.
The Master, or person responsible for the safe navigation, of any vessel involved in an incident or near-miss should complete the online 'Incident Information form' at:
Full instructions are on the form and the required fields are marked with a *.
The online 'Incident Information form' should be submitted as soon as practicable, and in any event within 48 hours of the incident.
Please note: Even “minor berthing incidents” - bumps and scrapes etc. - involving other vessels, need to be reported to either the berth / marina operator or to Cowes Harbour Commission. A telephone call or email in the first instance would be appropriate.