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Port Facilities at Cowes Harbour

Port Facilities

Cowes Harbour is the major port of entry for commercial shipping trading to the Isle of Wight, as well as an important destination for a variety of passenger and vehicle ferries, and cruising vessels.

Approximately 600,000 tonnes of cargo are handled annually including such commodities as fuel, oil/petroleum, stone, shingle aggregates, timber, grain, and general cargo. Ships of up to 100 metres (330ft) in length and with a draft of up to 5.7 metres (18.7ft) use the port and berth most frequently at Kingston or Medina Wharves.

A regular Red Funnel vehicle ferry service and a new freight ferry operate between East Cowes and Southampton whilst Red Jet high-speed passenger ferries operate from the terminal alongside Cowes Town Quay.

Red Funnel vehicle ferry and Red Jet pass The Parade in Cowes

Available wharves:
• Medina Wharf
• Kingston Oil Jetty
• Kingston Aggregate Wharf
• RWE Npower Jetty
• Trinity Wharf
• Red Funnel Link Span

Vessels generally enter/depart from about 2.5 hours either side of High Water, although vessels in ballast may enter/depart at any time during periods of neap tides. Movements may be at any time during the day or night, depending on the actual time of High Water. As a result, ships may be required to enter or leave Cowes during periods when yacht racing is in progress, although such movements will try to be arranged to avoid peak periods of yachting activity.

Each port facility will offer waste management facilities; please contact your agent for specific details.

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