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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

New Harbour Assist software


05/03/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission will be launching a new customer accounts system within the next few days. The new Cloud based harbour and marina management software, Harbour Assist, will bring substantial benefits to both customers and staff by streamlining the running of our business. In switching to a

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Waterfront storage land to let


05/03/2019

Commercial land at Kingston Wharf in East Cowes, Isle of Wight is available for rent at the Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) owned waterfront site. The area for rental measures 1.5 acres and benefits from all-tide deep-water access and wharfage. Kingston Wharf is located on the eastern bank of

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Judges charmed by the Sound of the Sea


31/01/2019

A Natural Response Wins Cowes Harbour Landmark Design Competition A sculpture design inspired by the Isle of Wight’s seaside heritage, natural beauty and the seascape and shore sculptures of the great 20th century British sculptor, Dame Barbara Hepworth has won the competition to produce a

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Make a difference to your local harbour - become a Commissioner


31/01/2019

Opportunity to volunteer as a Harbour Commissioner at Cowes. Cowes Harbour is now recruiting for two non-executive Commissioners to join the Board, offering a great opportunity for interested local individuals to make a tangible and valuable contribution to the work of the harbour. We

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Construction operations for Red Funnel lay-by berth


31/01/2019

Cowes Harbour Commission has issued dredging and works licences to Red Funnel granting permission for construction operations to commence on the new Red Funnel lay-by berth at East Cowes. This follows the relevant approvals having been accorded to Red Funnel by the Marine Management Organisation

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Exciting opportunity at CHC - Deputy Harbour Master vacancy


31/01/2019

Our current Deputy Harbour Master Jon Kidd will soon be moving on to pastures new and a fantastic opening has arisen for a Deputy Harbour Master (DHM) and Pilot at Cowes, the Isle of Wight’s main commercial, ferry and internationally renowned yachting port. Working with Cowes Harbour Commission as

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Cowes Harbour Commission signs contract for 9m Patrol RIB


11/01/2019

Diverse Marine Ltd. and Cowes Harbour Commission are pleased to announce they have signed a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 9m Patrol RIB. The new vessel, designed in conjunction with Medtec Design of East Cowes, meets the criteria of being designed and built on the

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Mooring licence renewals 2019


20/12/2018

Invitations to annual mooring holders to renew their mooring for 2019 were sent out in November and we would be grateful if you could please return the annual licence renewal form as soon as possible. Please note that annual mooring renewal payments are due by Wednesday, 2nd January 2019. A

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Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 opening times


20/12/2018

See below for Cowes Harbour Office, Shepards Marina, Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard, and Fuel Berth opening hours, plus water taxi operating times. Harbour Office: Cowes Harbour Office at Town Quay will close for the Christmas break at 1300 on Friday, 21st December 2018 and re-open

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Upgrades to harbour turbidity monitoring equipment


20/12/2018

Cowes Harbour Commission’s (CHC's) harbour turbidity monitoring equipment is in the process of being upgraded to enable automatic data transmission instead of the current manual data collection. CHC set up a long-term programme to monitor the turbidity of the estuary in November 2015. This

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UKSA installs Island’s first ‘Seabin’


20/12/2018

Cowes-based youth charity UKSA has recently installed the Isle of Wight’s first ever ‘Seabin’ to aid the removal of plastics from the harbour. As part of UKSA’s plastic-free initiative, their National Citizen Service students chose to raise awareness of the Seabin Project and succeeded in

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Ocean Youth Trust South season review


20/12/2018

Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South, a frequent visitor to Cowes Harbour, is a charity that uses ‘adventure under sail’ as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 30-metre vessel Prolific. Mark Todd, Chief Executive for OYT South said: “I am

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Season's Greetings from Cowes Harbour Services


14/12/2018

• Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019 from Cowes Harbour Services, East Cowes, Isle of Wight!

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Merry Christmas from Shepards Marina


12/12/2018

• Season's Greetings from Shepards Marina, Cowes, Isle of Wight!

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Outer Harbour Project and Eastern Channel dredge


28/11/2018

As many of you will be aware, Homes England (formerly The Homes and Communities Agency) has informed Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) that their East Cowes development partner Victoria Quay Estates Limited (VQEL) has decided they are unable to proceed with the Victoria Quay development and will be

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Ferry incidents in Cowes Harbour - update


28/11/2018

As previously reported on the CHC website, on the morning of Sunday, 21st October 2018 and in restricted visibility conditions, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour at approximately 0810 hours when Red Funnel’s ferry Red Falcon whilst entering Cowes Harbour, deviated from the fairway into

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Cowes Harbour Services marine operations business news update


14/11/2018

Cowes Harbour Services (formerly Kingston Marine Services) based in East Cowes, Isle of Wight has a wealth of expertise and local knowledge gained from many years assisting with the delivery of marine and coastal works and projects, and is actively seeking new avenues of business. Marine

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Islandwide Marine


14/11/2018

We are very pleased to welcome inboard and outboard specialist Islandwide Marine to our family of independent onsite businesses at Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard. Owner Rob Kitcher has over 30 years’ experience on inboards and outboards and will be able to offer the Boatyard and its customers the

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Ferry incident in dense fog


31/10/2018

On the morning of Sunday, 21st October 2018 and in restricted visibility conditions, an incident occurred within the Inner Harbour at approximately 0810 hours when a Red Funnel vehicle ferry came into contact with a yacht whilst entering Cowes Harbour and ran aground off East Cowes. Cowes Harbour

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Consultation on management of net fishing in coastal waters


31/10/2018

The coastal waters of the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset are ecologically rich habitats, providing valuable nursery and refuge areas for a variety of fish species. The estuaries in these areas form an important migratory route for salmon and sea trout. Our harbours, estuaries and piers are

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Advisory Committee meeting discussions and minutes


31/10/2018

The Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee meeting last month (September 2018) was very well attended with 15 stakeholder representatives present, who were joined by CHC Chairman David Riley and Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh. The Advisory Committee meetings enable members to comment on

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See the lifeboats behind the rescues


31/10/2018

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has built its inshore lifeboats at the charity’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, since 1963. Now, thanks to a new Visitor and Heritage Centre at the site, you can see the work that goes into creating a lifesaving boat for

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