Cowes Harbour Handbook 2019-2020 2019-2020 - Page 80

HARBOUR INFORMATION HARBOUR FAST FACTS SPEED LIMITS AND WASH e speed limit in the Inner Harbour is 6 knots through the water. e Harbour Master’s Patrol Officers ensure this limit is enforced at all times. Please be conscious that this is the limit and not a ‘target’. Be mindful of your wash and its effects on others, especially cra moored up on pontoons or mooring buoys. Small vessels and tenders may well be embarking or disembarking passengers and be especially vulnerable. Please note, Cowes Harbour Commission utilises harbour-wide CCTV for harbour safety management. FERRIES AND COMMERCIAL VESSELS Vessels over 20m will report on VHF Ch 69 at selected reporting points, which include approaching the harbour limits, the Chain Ferry, Kingston, e Folly, and prior to departing berths. Such vessels shall also sound one prolonged blast when approaching the Chain Ferry from the north or south. All vessels are strongly recommended to maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch 69. ere are frequent ferry movements in the harbour and its approaches. Vessels should not overtake on the starboard side of the Red Jet fast passenger ferries when they approach their berth at Town Quay; the Red Jets sound one short blast and swing their bow towards the terminal. Red Jets also sound one short blast on departure when they set course into the fairway. e Red Funnel vehicle ferry berth lies between the Union Flag shed and the Chain Ferry on the East NEW RED FUNNEL LAY-BY BERTH A new 'freight only’ Red Funnel ferry service will enter operation in 2019. This will see an additional large ferry transiting the Fairway and manoeuvring off East Cowes. A lay-by berth for the new freight ferry has been constructed just north of the existing vehicle ferry berth. Please see the latest LNTM for a more detailed description of this operation. All vessels should proceed with extreme caution in the vicinity of the East Cowes ferry berths and shall not impede the safe passage of the ferries. 80 Cowes side. e vehicle ferries will turn to port at No. 6 buoy to approach their berth. Red Funnel vehicle ferries, Red Jets and cargo vessels can only safely navigate within the fairway. Sailing vessels, fishing vessels and vessels under 20m must give way to these vessels. Sailing vessels are reminded to have their auxiliary engine, if fitted, ready for immediate manoeuvre (General Direction 4.6). ANCHORING Anchoring is not available in Cowes. ere are many obstructions, such as ground chain, so it is prohibited (other than in emergencies). Osborne Bay, 2nm east of the Shrape Breakwater has excellent holding ground, and is reasonably well protected from prevalent winds. Vessels up to 150m may anchor in one of the dedicated commercial anchorages in Cowes Roads by prior arrangement with the Harbour Master. WEATHER An overview of local weather conditions is available on the Cowes Harbour website. Live feeds include wind and tide with forecasts for the Cowes area: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/weather COWES HARBOUR RADIO VHF CH 69 – CALL SIGN ‘HM1’ The Cowes Harbour Master afloat maintains a listening watch on VHF Ch 69 from 0800-1800, increasing to 0800-1900 during British Summer Time (BST). Hours may be extended at weekends in the summer. When navigating in and around Cowes Harbour, vessels over 20m must, and all vessels are strongly recommended to, maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch 69. All vessels over 20m must give notice of their intentions on VHF Ch 69 to ‘All ships in Cowes Harbour’ as follows: Inbound: Approaching the harbour limits, approaching the Chain Ferry, Kingston Wharves and the Folly Inn. Outbound: Prior to departing a berth and/or passing the Folly Inn, Kingston Wharves and approaching the Chain Ferry. Chain Ferry: See also Cowes Chain Ferry information on page 79. COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK