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Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success

Cowes Harbour Commission recent collection for out of date flares a success 13/07/2022

Supporting the government-led Maritime Safety Week, Cowes Harbour Commission provided a central collection point for out-of-date distress flares to be handed in at Shepards Marina over a weeklong period.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

Marine apprenticeship opportunity

Marine apprenticeship opportunity


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission is offering an exciting ‘Marine Operative’ apprenticeship, providing a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain extensive knowledge and a valuable qualification in a challenging and rewarding industry. This apprenticeship will cover all aspects of the

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Success for apprentice Sam at Shepards

Success for apprentice Sam at Shepards


28/02/2018

Twenty-two-year-old Sam Saunders was selected in November 2016 as the first Apprentice Port Operative at Shepards Wharf Marina. He said: “After trying a few different jobs, I was fortunate enough to be offered an apprenticeship at Shepards in Cowes. This was an exciting job prospect for me as I

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Studio School sets sail

Studio School sets sail


28/02/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission recently received an application from the Isle of Wight Studio School requesting stakeholder support for the School’s Mini Tonner yacht. The Commissioners agreed at their January Board meeting that the application matched a number of stakeholder dividend objectives; namely

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New Designated Person appointed

New Designated Person appointed


28/02/2018

In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour has a “Designated Person” to provide independent assurance on the operation and effectiveness of CHC’s Marine Safety Management System and to ensure compliance with the Code. The Designated Person (DP) is duty bound to carry out regular

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Island Stowaway

Island Stowaway


28/02/2018

Island Stowaway is a successful family run business catering to the needs of boat owners, businesses, and households requiring that extra storage space. Owners Glenn and Rachael Hobson have provided a flexible, bespoke and friendly service over the years but are now retiring from the

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Careers with CHC

Careers with CHC


28/02/2018

There are two job vacancies open with Cowes Harbour Commission, for a Seasonal Marina Operative and a Seasonal Patrol Officer. Seasonal Marina Operative Shepards Wharf Marina is looking for someone with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, who can assist in all aspects of marina operations

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Commissioner vacancy

Commissioner vacancy


02/02/2018

In brief: Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is seeking to appoint a new Board member. Would you like to play an important role in helping to determine the policy and business decisions for Cowes Harbour? If so, then CHC is looking for exceptional people with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in

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Destination Cowes reports on a successful first year

Destination Cowes reports on a successful first year


15/12/2017

Following the launch of “Destination Cowes” last autumn at London’s World Travel Market, the partnership has had a busy first year working to attract increased cruise ship business and new events to Cowes, and has also laid strong foundations for further achievements in 2018. Destination

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Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 information

Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 information


15/12/2017

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and re-open at 0900 on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. 

Over the Christmas break, phone calls will be redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted directly on 01983 297821 for visitor

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Annual mooring licence renewals 2018

Annual mooring licence renewals 2018


18/12/2017

All Cowes Harbour annual mooring holders should have received an invitation to renew their mooring for 2018, and we would be grateful if you could please return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note that annual mooring renewal payments are due by Friday, 5th

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Christmas comes this time each year

Christmas comes this time each year


18/12/2017

Christmas comes this time each year, and all those Christmas songs, remind us of the cheer and fun, and where the heart belongs. Families nestled round the tree, with brightly coloured lights, please spare a thought for those at sea suffering long and lonely

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CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight

CHC promotes cruise calls to Cowes - Isle of Wight


28/11/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise

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Emergency response training exercise

Emergency response training exercise


29/11/2017

On Friday, 24th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) afloat teams from Kingston Marine Services and Shepards Wharf Marina underwent a day of emergency response refresher training covering oil spill response, vessel towing, fire fighting, and man overboard rescues. CHC’s working vessels

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IW Council update on Chain Ferry

IW Council update on Chain Ferry


29/11/2017

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC) stated in a press release on 8th November that the findings from a review into the design, build and delivery of the new Cowes Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry) will be made public in January 2018. Alongside the review, major efforts are ongoing into bringing the

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Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance

Harbour and marine employment sites of strategic importance


30/10/2017

At the October Board meeting, Cowes Harbour Commissioners discussed the three strategic, interlinked harbour and marine employment sites that are currently at various stages of development. These are the Cowes Outer Harbour Project/Venture Quays development in East Cowes, Kingston Marine Park at

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Annual Moorings Survey results

Annual Moorings Survey results


30/10/2017

We would like to thank all our customers who completed the recent Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings questionnaire. The survey closed on Friday, 20th October with 212 entries submitted, a very good return and representing over 40% of annual mooring holders. We are keen to listen to what our customers

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Community projects for Cowes Harbour

Community projects for Cowes Harbour


30/10/2017

Last month, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) proposed a number of community-based projects that CHC could potentially help facilitate for the harbour and River Medina. After discussion and feedback from September’s Harbour Advisory Committee meeting, the focus will be on expanding opportunities for

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CHC Marine Services Review 2017

CHC Marine Services Review 2017


30/10/2017

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has recently completed a review of its marine services, which comprise Shepards Wharf Marina, Kingston Marine Services, Cowes Harbour Moorings and Cowes Harbour Fuels. Regular reviews are carried out in order to ensure that the Commission provides and invests in

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economia magazine interviews CHC Chairman

economia magazine interviews CHC Chairman


30/10/2017

economia, the business, finance and accountancy magazine, has interviewed CHC Chairman David Riley for their October publication. David Riley, a veteran of the financial world, and partner at haysmacintyre, combines accountancy with his passion for sailing as Chairman of Cowes Harbour

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Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey 2017

Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey 2017


28/09/2017

Cowes Harbour Moorings is conducting a survey to find out our customers' views on Annual Moorings, to help inform Cowes Harbour Commission's continued investment into our mooring facilities. Unless you have already completed the 'Cowes Harbour Annual Moorings Survey', you may fill in the

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Vacancy for Harbour Designated Person

Vacancy for Harbour Designated Person


28/09/2017

Maintaining a safe harbour for all users is Cowes Harbour Commission’s overriding priority. In accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has an appointed ‘Designated Person’ with direct access to the Board of Commissioners who provides independent assurance about

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Limit your speed and wash

Limit your speed and wash


28/09/2017

You’ve had a great day on the water, a delightful run ashore for dinner and you’ve arrived safely back aboard for a peaceful night in your bunk. You’re just drifting off when you hear an ominous rumble drawing closer at a worrying pace. You prick up your ears at the sound of shouts from adjacent

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