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Marine employment boost for East Cowes

Friday, 25 August 2017

 

This week’s announcement from Red Funnel confirming the order of another high-speed catamaran, Red Jet 7, to be constructed by East Cowes based Wight Shipyard, the builders of Red Jet 6, is excellent news for the Isle of Wight. It is Cowes Harbour Commission's policy to support local marine employment and we are therefore extremely pleased that the Red Jet 7 order will bring a significant £7m investment into the Island’s economy and secure a range of skilled marine industry jobs.


As reported in our news update below, further commissioning works on the new Cowes Chain Ferry have been carried out by the Isle of Wight Council with the aim of re-establishing a continual service throughout the tidal cycle whilst minimising the effect on the safety of navigation. Due to ongoing issues with the chain depths on ebb tides, the Council has announced that a foot passenger launch will operate during ebb tide periods over the Bank Holiday weekend. Please read our Chain Ferry article below for full information.

Following on from the success of the Royal Yacht Squadron's inaugural Marine Careers Fair in 2016, Cowes Harbour Commission will once again be an exhibitor at this year’s event, which is planned for Thursday, 28th September at the Castle in Cowes. Organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of Wight Foundation, there will be presentations, workshops and exhibitors from a broad range of marine careers providers, trainers and businesses. The RYS Foundation’s mission is to promote opportunities in the marine industry for young people aged 15 to 29 living on the Isle of Wight, and there are already a number of young Islanders who are now achieving their ambitions thanks to the Foundation.

Captain Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master