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New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner

New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner 11/05/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Fitzherbert-Brockholes to the Board as the new Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability. The appointment follows the Commission’s successful open recruitment campaign, which this year attracted several extremely high calibre applicants seeking to volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of Cowes Harbour. Cowes Harbour Commission is committed to the sustainable management and conservation of the harbour and Medina Estuary and looks to protect the natural environment and its ecological health, whilst at the same time driving sustainable innovation. As Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, read more

Medina Estuary saltmarsh project update


27/01/2021

The past year, more than any other, has shown us how important nature and the coast are for our health and well-being. As a coastal community, many of us have a deep affection for the sea that started in childhood and goes beyond its role in supporting our activities. It seems that there is more

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Coronavirus statement


08/01/2021

Updated Friday, 8th January 2021 CHC Coronavirus update on marine leisure activities Following clarification from the Department for Transport on guidance relating to boating and leisure activities, it has been confirmed that boating is allowed as exercise in England. This covers all

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Cowes Harbour Commission appoints new CEO


06/01/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Hall as new CEO. Mr Hall will start on 1st February 2021 with a planned CEO handover date following the Board meeting on 26th February.Mr Hall will be moving to the Island with his family to immerse himself in the new

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Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 opening times


15/12/2020

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 Thursday, 24th December 2020 and re-open at 0900 on Monday, 4th January 2021. Emergency:

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Mooring licence renewals for 2021


14/12/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission annual mooring holders have recently been sent an invitation to renew their mooring for 2021. If you hold an annual mooring, we would be grateful if you could return the annual licence renewal form to us as soon as possible. • Please note annual mooring renewal payments

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Kingston Wharf regeneration plans


18/11/2020

Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee supports CHC plans to redevelop Kingston Wharf in East Cowes as a marine focused industrial estate. Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has had a harbour workshop at the Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes since 2000, then leased and developed the boatyard operation

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Virtual Annual Public Meeting


17/11/2020

CHC’s Annual Public Meeting, which has been delayed from May due to Government COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, will now take place online via a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, 16th December 2020 at 1900hrs. Invitations and a link to join the virtual Annual Public Meeting will be emailed out

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New Harbour Engineer for CHC


17/11/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted to announce the promotion of Port Operative Jeremy Smither to the newly created role of Harbour Engineer for Cowes. As Harbour Engineer, Jeremy Smither will provide support to the Marine Services Manager Jock Rafferty and be responsible for the

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Top five reasons for calling out the RNLI to boaters


17/11/2020

The RNLI shares a new video highlighting their top 5 reasons for a call out to boaters plus tips on how to avoid them and we catch up with the Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for some local advice. The RNLI was called out over 13,000 times to boaters from 2017 to 2019. A new video,

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Marine flare explosion at Island waste management park


17/11/2020

As reported by the Isle of Wight Council last week, a marine flare left out with normal household waste caused an explosion at the Council's Forest Road waste plant. Fortunately, the incident was contained immediately by staff on site and nobody was injured. The Isle of Wight Council's Waste and

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Cowes Harbour Commission to recruit new CEO


21/09/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission has confirmed that after over 20 years as CEO/Harbour Master, Captain Stuart McIntosh is planning to retire in 2021. Stuart made the decision last year and since then work has been underway with the Board of Commissioners to split his combined role of Harbour Master and

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Spring finally comes to Cowes


21/09/2020

It was heartening to see the Cowes Spring Classics regatta, rescheduled from its original May date due to the Coronavirus pandemic, take place over the weekend of 4th-6th September. The regatta for classic yachts was sailed in picture perfect conditions, with sunny skies and a good sailing

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September safety message - “read the signs"


21/09/2020

Despite all the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 continues to bring, it is so pleasing to see that sailors and boaters have at last been able to enjoy the hot weather this season. However, the summer holidays also unfortunately saw numerous instances of swimming in and around the Trinity

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Job vacancy - Harbour Port Operative - Afloat


21/09/2020

We are looking to recruit an experienced Port Operative to work throughout our Marina and Boatyard, and on all our vessels. Cowes Harbour Services offers a wide ride of marine-based services both ashore and afloat. This role will require both team and individual work in a variety of environments

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Cowes Harbour Commission suspends public consultation until 2021


20/08/2020

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) launched a public consultation this summer to ascertain stakeholders’ initial views about a potential combining of CHC with Cowes Town Waterfront Trust (CTWT) and a possible application to the Charity Commission, among other proposals. The initial deadline for public

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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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