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Coronavirus statement

Coronavirus statement 18/05/2020

Updated Monday, 18th May 2020: COWES HARBOUR COMMISSION (CHC) VISITOR PONTOONS - Cowes Harbour Commission’s temporary policy for CHC visitor pontoons at Cowes is for no short stay berthing or overnight berthing. Therefore, in this current phase of lockdown release CHC is not recommending that visitors should come over to Cowes with their boats from the mainland or even from other Island harbours. CHC will keep this policy under review in line with UK Government guidance and inform harbour users on any further updates. Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020: Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday evening, 10th May, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has read more

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


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


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


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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CHC Team Leader joins IW NHS Trust Ambulance Service


04/05/2020

CHC’s Commercial Marine Services Team Leader Darren Gough has recently taken the decision to move on from his 20 years at the Harbour Commission to pursue his career ambition of becoming a paramedic. Darren has worked at CHC’s Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes since 2000, alongside keeping up

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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