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CHC Supports WHO World Drowning Prevention Day

CHC Supports WHO World Drowning Prevention Day 23/07/2021

Cowes Harbour Commission has launched a campaign to support both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) in recognising the first World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) on Sunday 25 July.  This historic and recently declared initiative recognises the necessity to reduce the ‘deeply concerning’ global annual figure of deaths due to drowning.The date for WDPD is especially timely as the schools have broken up and the number of incidents in Cowes harbour historically increases during the summer months. The WHO reports that drowning is in the top ten global causes of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14. read more

Cowes Harbour Commission Recent Central Collection for Out of Date Flares a Success


Supporting the government-led Maritime Safety Week, Cowes Harbour Commission provided a central collection point for out-of-date distress flares at Shepards Marina between Sunday 4 and Sunday 11 July 2021.  The provision was limited to Isle of Wight residents only but despite this, over 2,100

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Annual Public Meeting


Cowes Harbour Commission has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Annual Public Meeting.The meeting will cover the activities and events of the past 12 months in Cowes Harbour, including Governance, safety, finance, harbour development, people, and environment.This will

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Sugar Store open for RTI 2021


Over the weekend of the Round the Island Race, the new look Sugar Store will be open, serving fantastic pizzas and a superb range of cold beers, ciders and wines.With 20 tables of six indoors and a further 20 tables along the pier, this is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the pre and après

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Cowes is welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021


On Tuesday 29 June, Cowes will be welcoming its first cruise ship visit of 2021.  The Hebridean Sky underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small ships in the world. Accommodating 75 passengers from around

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New Environment and Sustainability Commissioner


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

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New Cowes Weather Station goes live


Environmental monitoring stations deliver tide and weather data for harbour users Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and OceanWise Ltd. have completed a Stakeholder Benefit project to install two environmental monitoring stations on the River Medina to provide harbour users with tide and weather

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Recruitment open for Harbour Commissioner at Cowes


Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is seeking a non-executive member to join the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners. This voluntary role offers an exciting opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the work of Cowes Harbour, a leading Trust Port, key economic driver and the Isle of Wight’s

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Coronavirus statement


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


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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Kingston Wharf regeneration plans


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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Cowes Harbour Commission suspends public consultation until 2021


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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Extension to public consultation time plan for Cowes Harbour proposals


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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Public consultation launched on proposals for Cowes Harbour


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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Cowes Harbour welcomes new Board members


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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COVID-19 Easter message to boaters from Cowes Harbour Commission


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 statement in response to MAIB investigation report - Red Falcon and Greylag


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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Cowes seeks new Harbour Commissioners


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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Hassle-free laying up at Cowes Harbour


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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Essential safety information for boat users at Cowes


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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Style of Wight appointed publisher of Cowes Harbour Handbook


Cowes Harbour Commission has today (Tuesday, 30th July 2019) announced that Style of Wight Ltd, producer of the inspirational lifestyle magazine, Style of Wight, will be the new publisher of the annual Cowes Harbour Handbook. The Cowes Harbour Handbook will be managed by the same team that

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