Welcome to our September stakeholder newsletter. We are in the process of sending out questionnaires to all our annual mooring customers in Cowes Harbour, as detailed in our lead article below, and look forward to receiving your responses. The comments you give us on the service we provide will be invaluable to the Commission in planning future mooring provision and associated services for the harbour.
At the beginning of September, the Cowes Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry) was withdrawn from service by the Isle of Wight Council until such time as it can be demonstrated that the bridge, and the service it provides, can operate properly in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. We have re-confirmed Cowes Harbour Authority’s protest to the restriction in access to the River Medina caused by the reduced clearance over the chains of the new Floating Bridge. However, we continue to work closely with the IW Council and to offer every assistance during the Council’s efforts to resolve the situation.
Finally, may I encourage you to read our article below on the issue of speed and wash, which is a timely reminder to all of us to remember to look astern – as well as ahead! In a busy harbour environment such as Cowes, it is essential for everyone’s safety and enjoyment that all water users understand how to navigate safely, and know the local regulations.
Captain Stuart McIntosh
- Cowes Harbour Master