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Council reports Chain Ferry enters final commissioning stage

Council reports Chain Ferry enters final commissioning stage 18/07/2017

The Isle of Wight Council released the following press statement on Monday, 17th July 2017 regarding the Cowes Chain Ferry: The Cowes Floating Bridge will enter the final phase of commissioning this week, at the end of which, all being well, the Floating Bridge will officially become the property of the Isle of Wight Council. Mainstay Marine will be on site throughout this week and will be aiming to address any outstanding snags; carrying out any additional work as required; and undertaking trails and performance testing on the vessel. In order for Mainstay Marine to inspect and test the chain wheels and troughs, the Floating Bridge will be taken out of service from 0800 on Tuesday, read more

Kingston Marine Services job vacancy at East Cowes


05/02/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission is recruiting a Junior Port Operative for our Kingston Marine Services (KMS) team at East Cowes. The successful applicant will work with both the afloat and boatyard teams. Training afloat will be given to become a member of the marine services crew deploying

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Harbour Patrol Officer job vacancy at Cowes


04/02/2016

Cowes Harbour Commission requires a Harbour Patrol Officer to join our team based at Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes. Harbour Patrol Officers are on the water to assist and advise mariners. They are a friendly, welcoming and helpful presence in the busy marine environment of the harbour and River

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CHC recruiting Board members


26/01/2016

Four non-executive members are being sought for the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC). The Board is responsible for the strategic oversight of a wide range of activities that are vital to the safe management and economic prosperity of the ‘Trust Port’ of Cowes.Cowes Harbour is currently

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Medina Village workshops go up in flames


27/01/2016

As reported widely in the local and national press, a devastating fire broke out at the Medina Village industrial estate in Cowes on Monday, 25th January. The multi-agency response to the blaze was led by Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue, along with other emergency services from the

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Dredge Licence Application - 02/2016 Royal Yacht Squadron


19/01/2016

An application has been received for a maintenance dredge licence at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Location: Royal Yacht Squadron, The Castle Cowes, IW. Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes the complete basin and approaches up to the fairway boundary. The final dredge

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Dredge Licence Application 01/2016 Shepards Wharf - Town Quay


05/01/2016

An application has been made for a maintenance dredge licence at Shepards Wharf Marina and approaches and the Town Quay mooring basin. Locations: Shepards Wharf PO31 7HT and Town Quay PO31 7AS Description of the Proposed Work: The area to be dredged includes Shepards Wharf Marina and the

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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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Cowes Harbour Moorings customer news winter 2015


08/12/2015

Welcome to our first newsletter - I hope you enjoy reading about what's happening at Cowes Harbour Moorings and if you don't already keep your boat in the harbour or on the river, then do consider us for next season! All about Cowes Harbour Moorings Cowes Harbour Commission owns and

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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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The summer of 2015 at Shepards Wharf


16/11/2015

It was a truly historic summer in Cowes this year as spectacular classic yachts and superyachts converged on the UK with event highlights including the Royal Yacht Squadron’s celebrations of its bicentenary year, the Panerai British Classic Week and Charles Stanley Cowes Classic Week. Anakena at

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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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