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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - latest update

Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - latest update 31/08/2017

FLOATING BRIDGE TO BE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has today (Thursday, 31 August) announced that as of Monday (4 September) the Floating Bridge will be removed from service until such time as it can be demonstrated that the bridge, and the service it provides, can operate properly in accordance with the council’s specified requirements. Please click here to view the full Isle of Wight Council's Press Release read more

Works Licence Application - Kingston Marine Park


13/01/2017

This application, submitted to Cowes Harbour Commission by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), seeks to secure consent to complete dredging, construction and associated works for the proposed Kingston Marine Park boat hoist and lay-by pontoons. The proposed site is south of the commercial

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IW Council announcement on Cowes Chain Ferry


21/12/2016

The Isle of Wight Council issued a press release on Tuesday, 20th December regarding changes to the floating bridge (Chain Ferry) over Christmas and the New Year: Residents are being reminded of changes to the floating bridge service over Christmas and into the new year as preparations get

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Changes to advertised tidal predictions for Cowes


20/12/2016

Please note that there have been some changes to how the tide tables are compiled for Cowes. As from 1st January 2017, the Admiralty Tide Tables will give the time of High Water Cowes that corresponds to the beginning of the High Water period, rather than the peak High Water time. The timing

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Harbour maintenance dredge works 2017


20/12/2016

Harbour maintenance dredging will be carried out in the early part of 2017 at Shepards Wharf Marina and approaches, the Town Quay mooring basin, and the Royal Yacht Squadron basin. These maintenance dredge works were originally planned to take place in 2016 but have been re-scheduled for 2017 due

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Christmas and New Year information for Cowes Harbour


20/12/2016

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Friday, 23rd December 2016 and re-open at 0900 on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017. Over the Christmas break, all phone calls will be redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted on 01983 297821 for visitor

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Annual mooring licence renewals for 2017


20/12/2016

All Cowes Harbour licenced annual mooring holders should have received their renewal forms by now; please ensure that these are completed and returned promptly. The deadline for payment of annual mooring licences is Friday, 6th January 2017. If you are planning to give up your mooring for

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Consultation on MMO Draft South Marine Plan


20/12/2016

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) recently announced that a consultation would take place on the Draft South Marine Plan; this is now underway and will close on 27th January 2017. The South Marine Plan covers the inshore and offshore waters from MHWS to 12nm between Folkestone and the

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All At Sea - Boating People


20/12/2016

Have you read the December issue of the popular All At Sea waterfront newspaper? If not, then pop in to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to pick up your free copy or view the paper online. There’s fantastic news on Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team who have been crowned America’s Cup World

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Spring sailing escapes


20/12/2016

The Cowes tide tables for 2017 are now available to view online, for those who may wish to plan their 2017 sailing calendar over the Christmas and New Year holidays - and remember - the Isle of Wight is a year-round destination for sailors and boaters, not just for summer time! After the

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Outer Harbour Project update December 2016


16/12/2016

Negotiations continue towards finalising the 'Harbour Infrastructure Funding Agreement' (HIFA) between Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and the developer of the HCA’s Victoria Quay marina in East Cowes, which will enable delivery of Phases 2 and 3 of the

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Works planned to prepare for new Chain Ferry


30/11/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has issued a works licence to the Isle of Wight Council for alterations to be made to the current Cowes Chain Ferry slipways at both East and West Cowes to ensure the suitability and longevity of the new floating bridge, due to come into service at the end of March

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Your essential guide to Cowes Harbour


30/11/2016

Production has started on next year’s Handbook, led by our new editor, Cowes-based publishing consultant and boat builder Martin Nott, who is working closely with Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and Horizon Publishing. The annual Handbook is just one of the ways in which CHC works proactively

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Destination Cowes at the World Travel Market


30/11/2016

Visit Isle of Wight and ‘Destination Cowes’ attended the World Travel Market earlier this month, where more than 50,000 travel professionals gathered at Excel London to look at destination ideas from around the world. At the show, Visit Isle of Wight introduced the new Island Destination

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Port Operative apprentice on board at Shepards Wharf


30/11/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission’s first Port Operative Apprenticeship attracted a considerable amount of interest and following a rigorous interview process, the successful applicant, 21-year-old Sam Saunders, has recently been selected for the new position. Sam will be based at Shepards Wharf

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River Sailors


30/11/2016

The Medina Estuary offers a base for every type of boating and the river is currently featured in an engaging article written by CHC’s Designated Person and ex-Commissioner Capt. Peter Jackson for Sailing Today’s December 2016 magazine: Cowes, synonymous with yachting for over 200 years, is

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October 2016 news on the Outer Harbour Project (OHP)


25/10/2016

Over the past month, progress has continued towards finalising the 'Harbour Infrastructure Funding Agreement' between Cowes Harbour Commission, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and their developers Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate; this agreement is essential to provide the

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Commissioner profile on Roy Lambden


25/10/2016

Commissioner for Personnel Management, Roy Lambden, was appointed to the Cowes Harbour Board in May of this year, along with Michael Greville and Ben Board. Roy Lambden had a 30-year career in the City, working in various areas of finance around the world, accumulating considerable experience

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CHC at Cowes marine careers fair


25/10/2016

Last month, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) took part in the Marine Careers Fair organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes Castle, exhibiting alongside over 30 well-known marine industry businesses and training facilities including UKSA, SeaSafe, British Marine and Carnival UK. Jon Kidd,

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Winter 2016-17 water taxi service


25/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission has been informed by Sally Water Taxis that they will not be operating a service over the winter 2016-17. Therefore, CHC is now providing a water taxi service between the hours of 0900 and 1730, seven days a week, up to 31st March 2017. The 'Cowes Harbour Taxi' service is

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RORC relax 100ft limit for 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race


25/10/2016

Next summer’s pinnacle of offshore racing, the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 6th August 2017, is likely to be an even greater spectacle, with the event being opened up to yachts larger than the 100ft Leopard and Commanche. The biennial event is the world’s biggest offshore

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IW Council Chain Ferry Works Licence Application


24/10/2016

The Isle of Wight Council has submitted a Works Licence Application to secure consent to complete remediation and improvement works to the Cowes Chain Ferry slipways at both East and West Cowes in order to accommodate the new Chain Ferry. The works are anticipated to take place between January and

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CHC recruiting for position of Assistant Harbour Master


18/10/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is looking to recruit an additional Assistant Harbour Master / Pilot to support and provide cover for the Harbour Master's team. Rod Hodgson, the current Deputy Harbour Master will be taking up a new role with another port in January. Reporting to the Harbour Master,

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