"A special welcome to our July 2017 newsletter ahead of Lendy Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race," writes Capt. Stuart McIntosh
. "Do please make a point of reading the relevant Local Notices to Mariners for upcoming events, which can all be found on our website
, as well as Notice No. 17 of 2017
on the ‘Safety of Navigation within Cowes Harbour’.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to promote and deliver a safety first culture and manage enforcement responsibilities, the Commission has invested in the installation of a harbour CCTV system using the latest available technology. You can read more on the delivery of harbour safety in our lead story below.
"Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has informed the Isle of Wight Council that the successful and early resolution of returning navigational clearance depths over the new floating bridge chains to the previous charted depths is a CHC priority. The Isle of Wight Council and their engineering design consultants have provided proposals to rectify the situation, which will be actioned and surveyed on the next set of spring tides.
"Mainstay Marine, builders of the new floating bridge, are also working with the IW Council to complete the commissioning of the ferry as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Cowes Local Notice to Mariners No. 15(T)
is still valid for Chain Ferry clearance depths. All mariners will be advised of any changes to clearance depths via a further Local Notice to Mariners.
"Meanwhile, I would like to congratulate our Assistant Harbour Master Ed Walker on successfully completing his pilotage training to become our fourth authorised Pilot for the Cowes Pilotage Area. Cowes Harbour is the only entry port for commercial shipping trading to the Isle of Wight, with commercial traffic on the rise and therefore our pilotage services in increasing demand. 170 acts of pilotage have been carried out since the beginning of the year; this is 13% up on the same period last year. In 2016 a total of 314 pilotage acts were carried out, up 33% on 2015. These increases are driven to a large extent by the Island Roads highway maintenance project that is likely to continue to produce a high throughput over the next few years.
"Do join us next month for all the latest harbour news, plus event previews for the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes offshore powerboat race and the Little Britain Challenge Cup."
• 26th July 2017 CHC NewsletterPhoto: Cowes Week fireworks © Paul Wyeth