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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

CHC responds to IW Council Medina Valley Plan consultation


21/12/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) submitted (on 17th December 2015) a formal response to the Isle of Wight Council's Medina Valley Area Action Draft Plan Consultation.The CHC response highlights that in the Commission’s opinion the draft Area Action Plan (AAP) for the Medina Valley provides

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CHC supports Solitaire du Figaro stopover in Cowes


21/12/2015

Cowes Harbour is set to host some of the world’s top solo sailors in 2016 when the 47th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro arrives in Cowes next June. As many as 40 skippers are expected on the Solitaire start line next year, as a fleet formed of the best ocean racers and ambitious young rookies

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Assistant Harbour Master joins the CHC team


21/12/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Kidd who has taken up the new position of Assistant Harbour Master (AHM) at Cowes. The newly created role of Cowes Assistant Harbour Master will provide support to the Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh and his Deputy

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Changes to Harbour General Directions


21/12/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission has completed a review of the current set of Cowes Harbour General Directions, taking into consideration the completion of the new Cowes Breakwater and the requirements of the revised Port Marine Safety Code issued in March 2015. As a result, CHC recommends that

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Christmas and New Year 2016


21/12/2015

The Harbour Office will close for the Christmas break at 1200 on Thursday, 24th December 2015 and re-open at 0900 on Monday, 4th January 2016. During this time all phone calls will be automatically redirected to CHC staff at Shepards Wharf Marina who can be contacted on 01983 297821 between 1000

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Heavy-lift vessel Deo Volente in Cowes Harbour


15/12/2015

The Dutch heavy-lift vessel MV Deo Volente, owned by Hartman Seatrade, entered Cowes Harbour on 14th and 15th December 2015. The Deo Volente is one of the largest ships ever to enter Cowes Harbour with a displacement of 5,486 tonnes and deck cranes, each with a lift capacity of 120 tonnes, which

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Preparations under way for Victoria Marina in East Cowes


07/12/2015

Press release issued today (Monday, 7th November 2015) by the developers of the planned new Victoria Marina in East Cowes: The developers of the new Victoria Marina waterfront in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight have begun preparations for the commencement of the project following the recent

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Dredge Licence Application - 02/2015 East Cowes Marina


03/12/2015

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at East Cowes Marina. Location: East Cowes Marina (ECM), Britannia Way, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6UB. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes the K - L basin and extends south to the M -N basin and

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Strategic planning for the Medina Valley - Isle of Wight


30/11/2015

The marine and maritime sector is central to the economy of the Solent, and it is vital that the retention of adequate waterfront employment sites is prioritised in order for our marine industries to reach their potential. Cowes Harbour Commission’s strategic policies therefore stress the

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'Love Where You Sail' 2015


02/12/2015

As part of The Green Blue's Love Where You Sail initiative, in partnership with the Environment Agency and local harbours and marinas in the Solent area, The Green Blue are promoting an online survey to help them understand current behaviours and attitudes of boaters towards the disposal of

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A welcoming place for all our winter visitors!


30/11/2015

The Medina Estuary is a haven for some of Europe’s rarest and most vulnerable migratory birds and the winter months are a great time to see them. The estuary’s mudflats, saltmarsh and surrounding land form part of a network of important and protected wetland sites around the Solent. The visiting

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Cowes Breakwater Project November 2015 report


30/11/2015

As reported in our newsletter last month, contractors Boskalis Westminster have finished the rock armouring of the new Cowes Breakwater. The removal of surplus gravel material to the north of the breakwater has been delayed due to the requirement for contractors to obtain a new MMO (Marine

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Successful salvage on the River Medina


30/11/2015

On 4th November 2015, a 20 metre converted wooden trawler foundered on her mooring at Medham, opposite Cowes Harbour Commission’s Kingston Wharf site on the River Medina.Having been involved in the initial multi-agency response with the RNLI and Coastguard to establish the boat owner’s safety and

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Cowes RNLI shout to sunken trawler on River Medina


04/11/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission patrol launches can often be found working with the Cowes RNLI lifeboat when incidents occur around the harbour or on the River Medina. The following report has just been issued by Cowes RNLI:Fears that someone was trapped aboard a sunken ship lead to the hurried launching

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Cowes Breakwater rock armouring complete


28/10/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is pleased to report that contractors Boskalis Westminster have completed the installation of rock armour layers to the new detached Cowes Breakwater. Five navigation light beacons have now been instated along the crest of the breakwater, details of which can be

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New transport link from Cowes to Portsmouth


28/10/2015

A new Cowes to Portsmouth high-speed foot passenger ferry route is due to be launched on 5th November 2015 by Scoot Ferries Ltd, operating from Trinity Landing in Cowes and arriving to the Millennium Pontoon at The Town Camber, Portsmouth. Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Harbour Master at Cowes said:

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Winter water taxis in Cowes Harbour


28/10/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission has been notified by Sally Water Taxis that they will not be operating a service over the winter period, as from 1st November 2015. As a result, the Commission will continue to provide a water taxi service to CHC moorings throughout the winter months, between the hours of

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Harbour Commission names new Port Handbook publisher


26/10/2015

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) announces the appointment of Horizon Publishing Ltd and True Angle Editorial to take on responsibility for the publication of the Cowes Port Handbook. Cowes Harbour Commission has today (Monday, 26th October) named Hampshire-based Horizon Publishing Ltd and

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Breakwater site visit for Advisory Committee


29/09/2015

Members of the Harbour Advisory Committee paid a site visit to the new Cowes Breakwater today (Tuesday, 29th September), to get a close-up view of the 350-metre long structure and learn about the construction process from contractor Boskalis Westminster. Ben Willows, Chairman of the Advisory

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Make that a double - Vector Martini wins 2015 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race


29/09/2015

On what has to be one of the most perfect Cowes Torquay Powerboat Races in the 55-year history of the event, it was stunning to see these magnificent machines racing once more from the start line outside the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. Fantastic race conditions soon sorted the field as the

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Cowes Harbour news round-up September 2015


29/09/2015

Here’s a round-up of other news from Cowes Harbour and beyond. • Solent Protection Society visit to Cowes Harbour On 22nd September, 56 members of the Solent Protection Society visited Cowes on their annual ‘away day’, to learn about recent changes in the harbour and proposed

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How the Island was formed


29/09/2015

The rich and varied history of the Medina Valley is a source of great interest to many of us who live and work here and also for the large number of visitors to the Island. The focus of interest in the Medina is often its maritime heritage and the long history of sailing, so this month we decided

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