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Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success

Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success 13/07/2022

Supporting the government-led Maritime Safety Week, Cowes Harbour Commission provided a central collection point for out-of-date distress flares to be handed in at Shepards Marina over a weeklong period. The facility was limited to Isle of Wight residents only but despite this, almost 700 flares were collected. The number handed in was down on the 2,100 collected in 2021 but the Harbour Commission is pleased that over 3,000 flares have now been disposed of in a safe manner.The service was provided as a Stakeholder Benefit by the Harbour Commission, so it was free of charge up to a limit of four flares per person.  More than four could be handed in but additional items were charged for read more

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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Spring dredging works in the harbour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Cowes Harbour Commission appoints new CEO

Cowes Harbour Commission appoints new CEO


06/01/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Hall as new CEO. Mr Hall will start on 1st February 2021 with a planned CEO handover date following the Board meeting on 26th February.Mr Hall will be moving to the Island with his family to immerse himself in the new

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Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 opening times

Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 opening times


15/12/2020

Festive opening and operation times for Cowes Harbour Commission, Shepards Marina and Cowes Harbour Services are shown below. Harbour Office: Cowes Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1700 on Thursday, 24th December 2020 and re-open at 0900 on Monday, 4th January 2021. Emergency:

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Mooring licence renewals for 2021

Mooring licence renewals for 2021


14/12/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission annual mooring holders have recently been sent an invitation to renew their mooring for 2021. If you hold an annual mooring, we would be grateful if you could return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note annual mooring renewal payments

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Virtual Annual Public Meeting

Virtual Annual Public Meeting


17/11/2020

CHC’s Annual Public Meeting, which has been delayed from May due to Government COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, will now take place online via a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, 16th December 2020 at 1900hrs. Invitations and a link to join the virtual Annual Public Meeting will be emailed out

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New Harbour Engineer for CHC

New Harbour Engineer for CHC


17/11/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the promotion of Port Operative Jeremy Smither to the newly created role of Harbour Engineer for Cowes. As Harbour Engineer, Jeremy Smither will provide support to the Marine Services Manager Jock Rafferty and be responsible for the

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Top five reasons for calling out the RNLI to boaters

Top five reasons for calling out the RNLI to boaters


17/11/2020

The RNLI shares a new video highlighting their top 5 reasons for a call out to boaters plus tips on how to avoid them and we catch up with the Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for some local advice. The RNLI was called out over 13,000 times to boaters from 2017 to 2019. A new video,

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Marine flare explosion at Island waste management park

Marine flare explosion at Island waste management park


17/11/2020

As reported by the Isle of Wight Council last week, a marine flare left out with normal household waste caused an explosion at the Council's Forest Road waste plant. Fortunately, the incident was contained immediately by staff on site and nobody was injured. The Isle of Wight Council's Waste and

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Cowes Harbour Commission to recruit new CEO

Cowes Harbour Commission to recruit new CEO


21/09/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission has confirmed that after over 20 years as CEO/Harbour Master, Captain Stuart McIntosh is planning to retire in 2021. Stuart made the decision last year and since then work has been underway with the Board of Commissioners to split his combined role of Harbour Master and

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