New Cowes Chain Ferry

Friday, 25 August 2017

 

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.

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.

 

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Marine employment boost for East Cowes

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.

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

 

 

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Marine employment boost for East Cowes

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.

 

 

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

 

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Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - news update

The Isle of Wight Council (IWC), in consultation with their marine engineering consultants Burness Corlett Three Quays (BCTQ), have carried out further surveys and adjustments to the Floating Bridge ebb tide check chains over a 3-day period of the current large spring tides. These works and surveys were carried out in consultation and with the assistance of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC). Regrettably, the surveys have confirmed that there is still a significant reduction in navigable depth over the chains in the centre of the river on the mid ebb situation when the Floating Bridge is being set to the north.

 

The IWC have confirmed today, Friday 25th August, that they will be suspending the operation of the Floating Bridge during the ebb tide periods over the Bank Holiday weekend and will be reviewing the issues and ongoing situation with their marine engineering consultants BCTQ, and the builders of the Floating Bridge, Mainstay Marine, to determine the way forward.

 

CHC has responsibility for maintaining navigational safety and an open port and therefore has already lodged a formal protest to the Isle of Wight Council in regard to the reduction in navigable depth and restriction of access to the Medina River caused by the new Floating Bridge. This protest was followed up today with a letter from CHC to the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council requesting confirmation on the IWC’s proposals and timescales for restoration of the navigable depths over the chains that restrict access for commercial ships and leisure craft. CHC has asked for a formal response by 1st September, so that it can be considered by the Commissioners and used to inform harbour users and provide our stakeholders with an update at their Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee meeting.

 

All harbour users are advised that Cowes Local Notice to Mariners No. 24(T) of 2017 Cowes Chain Ferry Clearance Depths and Further Commissioning Works, issued on 14th August, is still current. Additionally, the latest survey diagrams may be viewed for further clarification. As stated in LNTM No. 24(T), the maximum permissible draught over the chains = actual tide height + 1.1 metres. All mariners will be advised of any changes to Chain Ferry clearance depths via a Cowes Local Notice to Mariners.

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