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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

Dangers of swimming and diving in the harbour

Dangers of swimming and diving in the harbour


19/08/2020

Cowes Harbour is one of the busiest leisure ports in the UK and consequently, it is an extremely dangerous place to swim. The harbour is also a busy commercial port with very frequent ferry traffic as well as large commercial shipping transiting up and down the River Medina. Cowes is a tidal

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Handy guide to harbour rules

Handy guide to harbour rules


19/08/2020

There is an easy way to get to know the most important rules of the harbour (General Directions) with our new poster of Cowes Harbour Dos and Don'ts. Our Patrol Officers are giving out handy Dos and Don’ts flyers to anyone who is stopped on the water as part of our education on

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Environment and sustainability update

Environment and sustainability update


19/08/2020

CHC is working to further develop its relationship with the Isle of Wight Estuaries Partnership and move to a more project-based approach. To do this, we will be refocussing the work of our Estuaries Officer into a number of key project areas for the next 12 to 18 months. The key project areas are

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Crackdown targets antisocial behaviour on River Medina

Crackdown targets antisocial behaviour on River Medina


05/08/2020

People jumping off Trinity Landing, near misses with ferries, and inconsiderate use of powercraft - these are some of the Isle of Wight issues being tackled by Operation Wavebreaker, reports the Isle of Wight County Press today, 5th August 2020. Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Support Unit

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Extension to public consultation time plan for Cowes Harbour proposals

Extension to public consultation time plan for Cowes Harbour proposals


28/07/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) would like to thank stakeholders for the input, comments, questions and feedback received so far during the initial public consultation on harbour proposals, including the potential combining of CHC with Cowes Town Waterfront Trust (CTWT). It has become clear from

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Stakeholder consultation update on harbour proposals

Stakeholder consultation update on harbour proposals


17/07/2020

The ongoing stakeholder consultation on harbour proposals, including the potential combining of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and Cowes Town Waterfront Trust (CTWT) is generating plenty of constructive discussions, interest, and questions on both sides of the River Medina.Consultation meetingsA

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Public consultation launched on proposals for Cowes Harbour

Public consultation launched on proposals for Cowes Harbour


03/07/2020

The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee stakeholder representatives met today, Friday 3rd July, to hear about and discuss several proposals, including an idea to combine Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and Cowes Town Waterfront Trust (CTWT), a potential application by CHC to the Charity Commission to

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Hants Marine Unit Operation Wavebreaker

Hants Marine Unit Operation Wavebreaker


29/06/2020

After a significant surge in reports of anti-social behaviour on the water in the last month, Hampshire Marine Support Unit have launched Operation Wavebreaker to address the issues and to start to look for some long-term solutions to this perennial problem. In addition to working with other

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Love Your Harbour

Love Your Harbour


29/06/2020

“Love Your Harbour” is a new campaign that raises awareness of discharging toilet waste from boats. Discharging untreated sewage from a boat in a harbour is extremely damaging and anti-social. Contamination has adverse effects on bathing water quality, marine ecosystems including coastal wildlife

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CHC publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report

CHC publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report


16/06/2020

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has published its Annual Report for 2019-2020. This report captures the key events and activities of 2019 measured against the objectives set out in CHC’s Strategic Plan for public record. Writing in his annual summary, Cowes Harbour Master Capt.

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Personal Watercraft and jet skis

Personal Watercraft and jet skis


02/06/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission welcomes and proactively encourages watersports and leisure activities within the harbour, but would like to remind all Personal Watercraft and jet ski users to show respect and consideration for other harbour users on the River Medina and across the full Cowes Harbour

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Boat safety and safe navigation on return to boating

Boat safety and safe navigation on return to boating


02/06/2020

As boat users enjoy a return to the water, Cowes Harbour Commission would like to emphasise the importance of carrying out all the essential checks on your vessel after several months or more of no boating. Additionally, boat users are advised to always check the prevailing weather conditions

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COVID-19: “stay off the water” message continues

COVID-19: “stay off the water” message continues


04/05/2020

In line with the UK Government’s continued guidance to make only essential trips and to observe social distancing at all times, the message to harbour users is still, please “stay off the water”. Cowes Harbour Commission can report that the majority of boat owners are complying with the

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Cowes Harbour welcomes new Board members

Cowes Harbour welcomes new Board members


04/05/2020

CHC appoints three non-executive Commissioners Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is pleased to announce that Clive Blount, Phil Hagen and Jason Losty, have recently been appointed to the Cowes Harbour Commission Board. The three volunteer Commissioners have joined the CHC Board following an

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Annual Public Meeting 2020 and Annual Report

Annual Public Meeting 2020 and Annual Report


04/05/2020

CHC’s Annual Public Meeting, which was due to have been held on Thursday, 21st May 2020, will unfortunately have to be postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. It is proposed that the Public Meeting will be held later in the year, potentially in September, and if that becomes possible,

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New set of General Directions in force

New set of General Directions in force


04/05/2020

A revised set of Cowes Harbour General Directions has been ratified by the CHC Board at the April 2020 Board meeting and is now in force. This follows the annual review of General Directions and the now completed statutory consultation on changing the two Temporary General Directions on Restricted

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New Cowes Harbour Handbook 2020

New Cowes Harbour Handbook 2020


04/05/2020

In spite of the current challenges being faced, the Cowes Harbour Handbook 2020-21 has been published in digital format and is now online on CHC’s website, on publisher Style of Wight’s website, and available for all to view. We hope the Handbook, which includes an exclusive interview with Sir Ben

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COVID-19 Easter message to boaters from Cowes Harbour Commission

COVID-19 Easter message to boaters from Cowes Harbour Commission


07/04/2020

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) thanks harbour users for abiding by the Cowes Local Notice to Mariners advice on recreational boating during the Coronavirus pandemic and reinforces the stay at home message to boaters ahead of the Easter break. Cowes Harbour Commission has reported

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CHC safety audit delivered by ABPmer

CHC safety audit delivered by ABPmer


26/02/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission and its harbour operations are fully compliant with the Port Marine Safety Code. This is the finding from a recent safety audit conducted by ABPmer, which also found many instances of industry best practice, according to ABPmer’s press statement.Cowes Harbour

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CHC statement in response to MAIB investigation report - Red Falcon and Greylag

CHC statement in response to MAIB investigation report - Red Falcon and Greylag


20/02/2020

The MAIB has consulted Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) during the 15 months of their investigation into the October 2018 incident in fog when the Red Falcon car ferry lost situational awareness of its position and departed from the main navigational fairway into the harbour yacht mooring area,

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Changes to harbour regulations

Changes to harbour regulations


26/02/2020

The annual review of Cowes Harbour’s General Directions (GDs) has been completed. As a result, the CHC Board of Commissioners have agreed at the February Board meeting to change the two Temporary General Directions on Restricted Visibility for commercial vessels into permanent General Directions,

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UKSA receives generous donation from The TK Foundation

UKSA receives generous donation from The TK Foundation


26/02/2020

Cowes-based national maritime charity UKSA has just announced it has been pledged a generous $1.9 million donation, which will enable the youth charity to progress plans to enhance and expand facilities with the building of a new accommodation centre. The gift is the largest single amount

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