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New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner

New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner 11/05/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Fitzherbert-Brockholes to the Board as the new Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability. The appointment follows the Commission’s successful open recruitment campaign, which this year attracted several extremely high calibre applicants seeking to volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of Cowes Harbour. Cowes Harbour Commission is committed to the sustainable management and conservation of the harbour and Medina Estuary and looks to protect the natural environment and its ecological health, whilst at the same time driving sustainable innovation. As Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, read more

Delivering assets for everyone


11/05/2021

Island writer Amber Beard talks to recently retired Stuart McIntosh. The Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has seen a sea change in the past twenty years; governance and statutes have been modernised and revised, assets have been acquired, built, and realised and the future of the harbour

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Safety tips - Accidents, incidents, and anti-social behaviour


11/05/2021

What to do if you’re involved in or witness an accident If you find yourself involved in or witnessing any type of marine accident or incident within Cowes Harbour and its approaches, you must report it to CHC as soon as possible. There’s a new, quick, and easy way to submit incident reports

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CHC team members achieve Advanced Powerboat COC


11/05/2021

Four CHC team members including two Patrol Officers have successfully completed the Advanced Powerboat CoC & Commercial Endorsement training with Cowes-based Rebel Marine. Congratulations are due to Dan Westwood, Jason Moore, Jack Jones and Troy Denham who have recently all passed the

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Cowes Clubs and Classes Association regattas 2021


11/05/2021

Once again, CHC is pleased to host the Cowes Clubs and Classes Association (CCCA) race documents on our website as a stakeholder benefit for Cowes cruiser and dayboat racing. The CCCA Entry Form, Notice of Race, the Central Solent Chart, and Cruiser-Racer Sunday Series Dates can be found at:

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What to do if you find lost or discarded fishing gear


11/05/2021

Act now to record with Fish&Click! Thanks to the new app Fish&Click developed by Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) as part of the INdIGO* project, everyone can now contribute to an inventory of lost fishing gear found at sea and on the shore. This action will

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New Cowes Weather Station goes live


01/04/2021

Environmental monitoring stations deliver tide and weather data for harbour users Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and OceanWise Ltd. have completed a Stakeholder Benefit project to install two environmental monitoring stations on the River Medina to provide harbour users with tide and weather

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Sailing into spring


01/04/2021

Blooming daffodils, warmer weather and the sun's position in the sky are some of the ways we define the beginning of spring, which astronomically started on 20th March this year. For us sailors and boaters however, one of the key dates this spring is Monday, 12th April when lockdown restrictions

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Water taxi services for 2021


01/04/2021

CHC will be continuing its support throughout the 2021 season for a water taxi service as a Stakeholder Benefit for harbour users. Based on the continuing special circumstances of the Covid-19 situation, it has been decided to retain Cowes Water Taxis as the provider for another season, during

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Cowes Harbour news on roadmap out of lockdown


03/03/2021

From 8th March, the UK Government will start to lift restrictions in England with a four-step roadmap that offers a route back to a more normal life. Cowes Harbour Commission welcomes the confirmation that outdoor sport and recreation will be the first activity after education to be released from

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Spring dredging works in the harbour


03/03/2021

We have decided to carry out a routine maintenance dredge of Shepards Marina ahead of the season, which for operational reasons is coinciding with various other dredging works in the harbour, including a maintenance dredge at UKSA, and dredging to prepare for Wight Shipyard’s construction of a

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H20 Podcast - Farewell to Stuart McIntosh


03/03/2021

BBC Radio Solent has just published an H20 Podcast of a conversation with Capt. Stuart McIntosh, who has retired from Cowes Harbour Commission after 20 years as Harbour Master and CEO. In the podcast, Stuart talks about his lifelong love of the water, serving on Donald Trump’s superyacht and the

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Harbour Commissioner recruitment update


03/03/2021

We would like to thank all those candidates who responded to our recent advertising campaign for a new Harbour Commissioner. Following shortlisting, interviews are planned for mid-March, which will be held by a selection panel comprising our Chairman David Riley, a stakeholder representative and

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Dredge Licence Application - 02/2021 Wight Shipyard


24/02/2021

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at the Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays site. Location: Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays, Columbine Building, Castle Street, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes the

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Works Licence Application - 01/2021 Wight Shipyard


09/02/2021

A works licence application for the construction of a new hoist dock at the Wight Shipyard, Venture Quays site at East Cowes, has been received by Cowes Harbour Commission. This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by Beckett Rankine Ltd on behalf of Wight Shipyard, seeks to secure a

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Dredge Licence Application - 01/2021 UKSA


05/02/2021

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at United Kingdom Sailing Academy. Location: United Kingdom Sailing Academy Marina (UKSA), Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7PQ. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes the United

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Handover to new Harbour Master


27/01/2021

Following a 23-year career with Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), Harbour Master and Chief Executive Capt. Stuart McIntosh is to hand over the Harbour Master role on 1st February to Ed Walker, current Deputy Harbour Master Marine Services. The position of CEO has been appointed to Gary Hall, who

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Recruitment open for Harbour Commissioner at Cowes


27/01/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is seeking a non-executive member to join the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners. This voluntary role offers an exciting opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the work of Cowes Harbour, a leading Trust Port, key economic driver and the Isle of Wight’s

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Visiting vessels to Cowes – changes from 1st January 2021


27/01/2021

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union at the end of December 2020, new Border Force and customs regulations have come into force. Anyone who owns or is responsible for a leisure craft that sails to or from locations outside the UK is required to provide vessel, citizen, and goods

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Medina Estuary saltmarsh project update


27/01/2021

The past year, more than any other, has shown us how important nature and the coast are for our health and well-being. As a coastal community, many of us have a deep affection for the sea that started in childhood and goes beyond its role in supporting our activities. It seems that there is more

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Coronavirus statement


08/01/2021

Updated Friday, 8th January 2021 CHC Coronavirus update on marine leisure activities Following clarification from the Department for Transport on guidance relating to boating and leisure activities, it has been confirmed that boating is allowed as exercise in England. This covers all

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