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Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success

Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success 13/07/2022

Supporting the government-led Maritime Safety Week, Cowes Harbour Commission provided a central collection point for out-of-date distress flares to be handed in at Shepards Marina over a weeklong period.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

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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Application for Whitegates East Pontoon upgrade

Application for Whitegates East Pontoon upgrade


13/02/2020

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Application for Whitegates East Pontoon upgrade - MLA/2019/00536. Notice is hereby given that Cowes Harbour Commissioners - Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes has applied to the Marine Management Organisation under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009,

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Cowes seeks new Harbour Commissioners

Cowes seeks new Harbour Commissioners


30/01/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is once again looking to appoint two new Commissioners to serve on the independent Board of the Trust Port of Cowes, one of the busiest leisure harbours in the UK. Each year, the Commission conducts a recruitment campaign for new Commissioners and this year CHC

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A conversation with Martin Phipps MBE

A conversation with Martin Phipps MBE


30/01/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission’s appointed ‘Designated Person’ for safety, Capt. Martin Phipps MBE (previously Harbour Master at Southampton Port), has been talking about the role of Designated Person, how it originated, and how Cowes Harbour’s compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code is

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CHC Stakeholder Benefits Policy published

CHC Stakeholder Benefits Policy published


30/01/2020

According to Trust Port Guidance, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has the ability to make investments - that do not provide the usual rate of commercial return that normal projects should do - into projects that will benefit either the harbour long-term or its stakeholders. The Commission has

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Tall ships and large yachts at Trinity Landing

Tall ships and large yachts at Trinity Landing


30/01/2020

Cowes is one of the UK’s most popular cruising destinations for tall ships and private yachts, with berthing at the Trinity Landing pontoons just inside the entrance to the harbour providing walk-ashore access to The Parade in the heart of Cowes. Following recent customer requests and to encourage

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CHC recruits for new Works and Asset Manager role

CHC recruits for new Works and Asset Manager role


14/01/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is currently recruiting for the new position of ‘Works & Asset Manager’. This is a permanent project management role with responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance and procurement of all CHC’s marine and property assets (including moorings, vessels,

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Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 opening times

Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 opening times


16/12/2019

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 Monday, 24th December 2019 and re-open at 0900 on Thursday, 2nd January

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Annual moorings for 2020

Annual moorings for 2020


16/12/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission has issued invitations to current annual mooring holders to renew their mooring for 2020. The annual mooring renewal letters were sent out around 19th November by email to most customers and by post to those for whom we do not hold email addresses. Do check to see that you

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Don't drink and go boating

Don't drink and go boating


16/12/2019

Whilst motorists are warned at this time of year “not to take the risk, it’s not worth it” in festive drink and drug-drive campaigns, the Department for Transport also warns about the risks of drinking afloat and the message is clear – “don’t mix alcohol and boating”. The way alcohol affects

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Exercise tests harbour oil spill response

Exercise tests harbour oil spill response


20/11/2019

On 7th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) hosted a multi-agency oil spill Incident Management Exercise with our oil spill response partners Adler and Allan, to test the capability and processes for dealing with a hydrocarbon spill in the harbour. Marine transfer barge Blade Runner Two, owned

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Supporting young people into maritime careers

Supporting young people into maritime careers


20/11/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is keen to promote awareness of the marine environment and opportunities for young people in the marine industry, whether that is, for example, participating in the Royal Yacht Squadron Foundation’s Maritime Careers Fairs, giving a presentation to University of

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Annual moorings availability for 2020

Annual moorings availability for 2020


20/11/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission provides a wide choice of annual mooring and berthing options in the Central Solent. As we near the end of the year, it will soon be time for us to invite our annual mooring holders to renew their mooring for 2020. There are always a few boat owners who wish to change to

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SailGP F50 catamarans to return to Cowes in Season 2

SailGP F50 catamarans to return to Cowes in Season 2


20/11/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission was delighted to hear last week that following its European debut event in 2019 that resulted in some of the most dramatic moments of Season 1, the organisers of SailGP have decided to return to Cowes again in Season 2. On 14th-15th August 2020, the world’s fastest sail

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Wind and wave safety – MCA top 5 tips

Wind and wave safety – MCA top 5 tips


20/11/2019

Autumn is well and truly here and the Isle of Wight has had its fair share of stormy weather recently, with more undoubtedly to come. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has asked people to take extra care and be ‘wind and wave safe’ during bad weather when the combination of high tides,

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Dredge Licence Application - 01/2019 East Cowes Marina

Dredge Licence Application - 01/2019 East Cowes Marina


14/11/2019

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at East Cowes Marina. Location: East Cowes Marina (ECM), Britannia Way, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6UB. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes all of the East Cowes Marina site. The final dredge level

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Incident 11th November 2019

Incident 11th November 2019


11/11/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission confirms that an incident occurred in the Outer Fairway at approximately 12 noon today (Monday, 11th November 2019) involving a yacht coming into contact with the No. 2 red port-hand navigational buoy at the fairway entrance. The 40-foot yacht was damaged as a result and

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Revised 5 year Strategic Plan

Revised 5 year Strategic Plan


30/09/2019

In June of this year, Cowes Harbour Commission commenced a mid-term review of CHC’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 and asked the Advisory Committee and other stakeholders for their ideas and input. The review is now complete and we would like to thank all those who contributed to the discussion. As a

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Hassle-free laying up at Cowes Harbour

Hassle-free laying up at Cowes Harbour


30/09/2019

As the nights draw in, it’s the time when thoughts turn to preparing for winter, whether that’s taking your boat out of the water to lay up in a Boatyard for a winter’s refit, moving your vessel into a marina to enjoy easy access to shoreside facilities, or finding the ideal self-storage for your

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Oceans of opportunities on land and sea

Oceans of opportunities on land and sea


30/09/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) was proud to join around 40 other exhibitors at the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of Wight Foundation’s third Marine Careers Fair on 18th September, which featured presentations, workshops and exhibitors from a broad range of marine careers providers, trainers and

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