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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 by Williams Shipping, was utilised during the exercise where a punctured fuel tank was simulated and oil spill response instigated. Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh said: “This scenario was designed to exercise our Oil Spill Response Plan and the cooperation between CHC, Adler and Allan and other external parties that could be involved in an oil spill incident and clean-up in the read more

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


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


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


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


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


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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CHS moorings expertise on show for Cowes SailGP


29/10/2019

Cowes Harbour Services (CHS) are specialists in the design, supply, and positioning of mooring systems and navigational or racing marks. The CHS team started initial planning for the Cowes SailGP regatta back in November 2018, and this continued right up to August 2019 when actual delivery of the

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The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships - return to Dunkirk 2020


29/10/2019

The 13.4m Nelson motorboat Boscawen was recently at Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard and we caught up with owner Graham Hitchcock to find out more about the Dunkirk Little Ships and Boscawen’s forthcoming part in the 80th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk next May. BOSCAWEN - Nelson 44 Escort

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2019 Little Britain regatta report


16/10/2019

Once again the great and the good of the construction industry started arriving on Thursday, 12th September at Shepards Marina for the 32nd running of the Little Britain Challenge Cup, an annual event that was borne out of one construction project (Little Britain, a street in London) whose

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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


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


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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Handbook publisher’s offer to businesses


30/09/2019

• 15% discount on Handbook business adverts to end October:In July, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) was delighted to announce that the contract for next year’s Cowes Harbour Handbook had been awarded to Island-based media company Style of Wight. The Style team are excited to be working with CHC on

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Medina Estuary water quality update


30/09/2019

This year, there have been particularly high levels of growth of algae within the Medina Estuary and this has caused some issues for stakeholders and wildlife. High levels of nutrients in coastal waters cause the increase in algae growth and these nutrients come from a variety of sources, mainly

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Topsail schooner joins Small Ships race


30/09/2019

Saturday, 5th October 2019 sees the annual Small Ships race return to Cowes; this end of season event sees many of the UK’s smaller Sail Training vessels race around the Solent after a start off the Royal Yacht Squadron. This year’s fleet has three new entries; the Island Trust is bringing

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Job vacancies with CHC


25/09/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission is currently recruiting to fill three vacancies; if you are interested, please see the "Jobs" section on our website. The positions open are: Patrol Officer; Marina / Port Operative; and Part-Time Receptionist.Applications close on Friday, 4th October 2019.

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Cowes Powerboat race weekend


19/08/2019

The 59th Cowes Powerboat race weekend will see teams competing for the UKOPRA World Championships over the August Bank Holiday weekend (24th/25th August 2019). Teams will be participating in the final round of three for the UKOPRA Worlds for Offshore Classes 1/2/3. Richard Carlton currently leads

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Essential safety information for boat users at Cowes


07/08/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission’s number one priority and responsibility is to maintain a safe harbour for all. Equally, it is the responsibility of all boat owners, agents, charterers, marinas, yacht clubs and sailing organisations to ensure the Cowes Harbour General Directions and Local Notices to

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SailGP ready for European debut in Cowes


07/08/2019

On 10th and 11th August, SailGP, the fastest sail racing in the world, will serve as the opening feature of the iconic Cowes Week regatta when it makes its debut on European waters. Teams made up of some of the finest athletes from Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United

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What’s new for Cowes Week 2019


07/08/2019

This is going to be a very special Cowes Week as organisers integrate SailGP as a feature event of the first weekend. The Cowes Week Sailing Instructions have been updated so that hopefully racing can be completed in all reasonably normal wind scenarios, bearing in mind that well known saying

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