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Mid-term review of Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Mid-term review of Strategic Plan 2016-2021 27/06/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission is carrying out a mid-term review of CHC’s current 5 year Strategic Plan and we would like to hear from you. The Board of Commissioners' focus for the review is to give consideration to increasing investment into harbour services and facilities for sustainable employment and the long-term prosperity of the harbour for stakeholders. From opportunities for commercial shipping and marine employment through to the changing leisure market and customer demands within the leisure sector, eventing and sponsorship; let us know what you think should be considered in this review.No idea is too big, small or crazy at this stage as we do not want to constrain the review read more

Make a difference to your local harbour - become a Commissioner


31/01/2019

Opportunity to volunteer as a Harbour Commissioner at Cowes. Cowes Harbour is now recruiting for two non-executive Commissioners to join the Board, offering a great opportunity for interested local individuals to make a tangible and valuable contribution to the work of the harbour. We

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Construction operations for Red Funnel lay-by berth


31/01/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission has issued dredging and works licences to Red Funnel granting permission for construction operations to commence on the new Red Funnel lay-by berth at East Cowes. This follows the relevant approvals having been accorded to Red Funnel by the Marine Management Organisation

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Exciting opportunity at CHC - Deputy Harbour Master vacancy


31/01/2019

Our current Deputy Harbour Master Jon Kidd will soon be moving on to pastures new and a fantastic opening has arisen for a Deputy Harbour Master (DHM) and Pilot at Cowes, the Isle of Wight’s main commercial, ferry and internationally renowned yachting port. Working with Cowes Harbour Commission as

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Cowes Harbour Commission signs contract for 9m Patrol RIB


11/01/2019

Diverse Marine Ltd. and Cowes Harbour Commission are pleased to announce they have signed a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 9m Patrol RIB. The new vessel, designed in conjunction with Medtec Design of East Cowes, meets the criteria of being designed and built on the

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Mooring licence renewals 2019


20/12/2018

Invitations to annual mooring holders to renew their mooring for 2019 were sent out in November and we would be grateful if you could please return the annual licence renewal form as soon as possible. Please note that annual mooring renewal payments are due by Wednesday, 2nd January 2019. A

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Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 opening times


20/12/2018

See below for Cowes Harbour Office, Shepards Marina, Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard, and Fuel Berth opening hours, plus water taxi operating times. Harbour Office: Cowes Harbour Office at Town Quay will close for the Christmas break at 1300 on Friday, 21st December 2018 and re-open

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Upgrades to harbour turbidity monitoring equipment


20/12/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC's) harbour turbidity monitoring equipment is in the process of being upgraded to enable automatic data transmission instead of the current manual data collection. CHC set up a long-term programme to monitor the turbidity of the estuary in November 2015. This

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UKSA installs Island’s first ‘Seabin’


20/12/2018

Cowes-based youth charity UKSA has recently installed the Isle of Wight’s first ever ‘Seabin’ to aid the removal of plastics from the harbour. As part of UKSA’s plastic-free initiative, their National Citizen Service students chose to raise awareness of the Seabin Project and succeeded in

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Ocean Youth Trust South season review


20/12/2018

Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South, a frequent visitor to Cowes Harbour, is a charity that uses ‘adventure under sail’ as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 30-metre vessel Prolific. Mark Todd, Chief Executive for OYT South said: “I am

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Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge


28/11/2018

As many of you will be aware, Homes England (formerly The Homes and Communities Agency) has informed Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) that their East Cowes development partner Victoria Quay Estates Limited (VQEL) has decided they are unable to proceed with the Victoria Quay development and will be

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Ferry incidents in Cowes Harbour - update


28/11/2018

As previously reported on the CHC website, on the morning of Sunday, 21st October 2018 and in restricted visibility conditions, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour at approximately 0810 hours when Red Funnel’s ferry Red Falcon whilst entering Cowes Harbour, deviated from the fairway into

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Ferry incident in dense fog


31/10/2018

On the morning of Sunday, 21st October 2018 and in restricted visibility conditions, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour at approximately 0810 hours when a Red Funnel vehicle ferry came into contact with a yacht whilst entering Cowes Harbour and ran aground off East Cowes. Cowes Harbour

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Consultation on management of net fishing in coastal waters


31/10/2018

The coastal waters of the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset are ecologically rich habitats, providing valuable nursery and refuge areas for a variety of fish species. The estuaries in these areas form an important migratory route for salmon and sea trout. Our harbours, estuaries and piers are

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Advisory Committee meeting discussions and minutes


31/10/2018

The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee meeting last month (September 2018) was very well attended with 15 stakeholder representatives present, who were joined by CHC Chairman David Riley and Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh. The Advisory Committee meetings enable members to comment on

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See the lifeboats behind the rescues


31/10/2018

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has built its inshore lifeboats at the charity’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, since 1963. Now, thanks to a new Visitor and Heritage Centre at the site, you can see the work that goes into creating a lifesaving boat for

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Incident 21st October 2018


21/10/2018

The Port of Cowes confirms that an incident has occurred within the Inner Harbour and in restricted visibility at approximately 0810 hours today (Sunday, 21st October). A Red Funnel vehicle ferry has run aground off East Cowes. At the time of this statement there are no reported

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Outer Harbour Project update


12/10/2018

Stakeholders who attended our Annual Public Meeting in the spring may remember that Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) gave a commitment to report on and confirm the situation and proposed next stages of the Outer Harbour Project (OHP) by the end of the summer. CHC is now in a position to provide this

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Sailing is not just for summer


10/10/2018

In addition to the full marina facilities available at Shepards Marina, there are several independent businesses based on-site; the Basque Kitchen restaurant, Solent Sails, Island Divers, Salty Sailing, and RigIt UK. This month, we hear from recently launched sailing school ‘Salty

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Red Funnel ferry incident in Cowes Harbour


27/09/2018

The Red Funnel vehicle ferry MV Red Eagle, whilst departing East Cowes for Southampton at 0530 this morning (Thursday, 27th September), had an incident in the Inner Fairway of Cowes Harbour. In restricted visibility, the Red Eagle departed the fairway in the vicinity of the No. 4A beacon and

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New Cowes webcams


26/09/2018

New to the Cowes Harbour Commission website this month are three webcams for stakeholders to view online. The webcams use images taken from the Cowes Harbour CCTV system, which is in operation 24hrs a day. The images are updated every five seconds and provide an overview of what is happening

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Small Ships Race and Tall Ships


26/09/2018

Every year, on the first Saturday in October, a unique fleet gathers in Cowes, when up to 25 UK Sail Training vessels used to teach teamwork and life skills to young people, meet for their annual Small Ships Race. The race is like no other; 100-year-old gaff rigged vessels compete with modern

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Cowes Offshore model powerboat racing


26/09/2018

The Offshore Model Racing Association (OMRA) is to hold its first ever race at Cowes, on 29th and 30th September 2018, at Trinity Landing by The Parade. OMRA races use powerful offshore race boats 4-6ft long, similar in design to their full-size Deep V and Catamaran counterparts, and often

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