Cowes Harbour Commission
Harbour Authority & Marine Services
Newsletter 24th March 2020
CHC RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS
Following the UK Government’s announcement and instructions last night (Monday, 23rd March 2020) that all non-essential movements and operations should cease, Cowes Harbour Commission has taken the decision to close Shepards Marina in Cowes and the Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard at East Cowes to customers, the general public, and all contractors. CHC’s Harbour Taxi service, which had been operating under restricted conditions, has also been stopped until further notice.
 
CHC will continue to maintain harbour patrols to ensure vessels and assets remain safe and protected. These patrols will carry out daily checks of the harbour and boats on moorings and will include a scheduled walk of the pontoons. The harbour patrol staff will also undertake health and security checks of all CHC sites.
  
The Cowes Harbour Services fuel barge is currently on the slip for maintenance but it will be re-launched this Friday, 27th March. CHC plans to provide a fuel service for essential customers and vessels, such as harbour vessels, pilot boats, the RNLI, and any works vessels required to carry out key supplies duties. This fuel service will be run on a request basis.
 
All leisure vessels arriving from outside the UK have been asked to proceed to Trinity Landing and phone the Harbour Commission or the destination they are bound for in Cowes Harbour. See Local Notice to Mariners No. 08(T) of 2020 COVID-19 Leisure Vessels .

Additionally, instructions for commercial vessels calling into Cowes are detailed in Local Notice to Mariners No. 07(T) of 2020 COVID-19 Commercial Vessels .

Until further notice, we request that all enquiries to CHC are made by email to the Harbour Office: chc@cowes.co.uk .

Customers of Shepards Marina are requested to email any queries to the Marina via: shepards.chc@cowes.co.uk .

Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard customers are also requested to contact the yard via email for any queries: boatyard.chc@cowes.co.uk .

CHC customers can still manage their accounts via the online portal at: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/portal .

See also our coronavirus statement on the CHC website ; this page will be updated as required going forward.

We are indeed living in unprecedented times. I hope that you and your families remain safe and well and that we can overcome this coronavirus crisis. 

Capt. Stuart McIntosh - Cowes Harbour Master