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Contract Tender for Water Taxi Service

Contract Tender for Water Taxi Service 20/10/2021

We would like to invite any interested parties to review and submit their responses to the tender document below for the 2022 - 2025 Water Taxi Service within the Cowes Harbour Commission jurisdiction.CHC Water Taxi Tender Document read more

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming


01/10/2021

The weather over the past few days has given us a reminder that winter is on its way.  It’s time to make plans for what you are doing with your boat now the season is all but over.  You may want to leave it out in the river.  Alternatively, you know what you are doing but fancy a

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Harbour Master's Safety Briefing - October

Harbour Master's Safety Briefing - October


14/09/2021

This month, I want to draw your attention to Rule number 5 of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (IRPCS) and recently revised in 2018. These COLREGs are maintained by the International Maritime Organization and applies to every ship on the sea,

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E10 The Environmentally Friendly Future of Petrol

E10 The Environmentally Friendly Future of Petrol


07/09/2021

From Friday 10 September, only the more environmentally friendly E10 petrol will be available from the CHC fuel barge.Details of the change from E5 to E10 are detailed below from the gov.uk website...During summer 2021, the standard (95 octane) petrol grade in Great Britain will become E10.

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Harbour Master's Safety Briefing - September

Harbour Master's Safety Briefing - September


03/09/2021

We have seen an increase in boat fires over this season. One such call for the Cowes Lifeboat took place on 29 August. These have partly been caused by new owners being unfamiliar with basic boat maintenance that ensures their vessels are seaworthy.  I would urge all boat owners to

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Annual Public Meeting

Annual Public Meeting


01/07/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Annual Public Meeting. However, due to the increasing case of COVID-19 on the Island we have chosen to hold the meeting online via the following link here.The meeting will cover the activities and events of the past

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Harbour Master’s Safety Briefing – August

Harbour Master’s Safety Briefing – August


06/08/2021

The Red Funnel passenger vessels, commercial cargo vessels, along with the chain ferry, are the largest and most obvious dangers for smaller craft on the river. Cowes Harbour General Directions inform all harbour users how to interact with each other safely, however, if you undertake shocking and

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CHC Launches 'How Cool' Safety Campaign

CHC Launches 'How Cool' Safety Campaign


28/07/2021

In April 2021, The World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a historic directive to tackle the hundreds and thousands of deaths caused by drowning each year across the globe.  The directive launched the newly created World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) on 25 July.  Organisations,

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Sugar Store open for RTI 2021

Sugar Store open for RTI 2021


24/06/2021

Over the weekend of the Round the Island Race, the new look Sugar Store will be open, serving fantastic pizzas and a superb range of cold beers, ciders and wines.With 20 tables of six indoors and a further 20 tables along the pier, this is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the pre and après

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Cowes is welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021

Cowes is welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021


24/06/2021

On Tuesday 29 June, Cowes will be welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021.  The Hebridean Sky underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small ships in the world. Accommodating 75 passengers from around

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Dredge Licence Application - 03/2021 Clarence Boat Yard

Dredge Licence Application - 03/2021 Clarence Boat Yard


03/06/2021

An application has been received for a maintenance bed levelling licence at the Clarence Boat Yard, Clarence Road, East Cowes site. Location:Wight Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6TA.Description of the Proposed Work:Bed levelling of the existing pontoon berthing

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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

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Delivering assets for everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water taxi services for 2021


01/04/2021

CHC will continue to subsidise the water taxi service throughout the 2021 season 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

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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