re­stric­tions on ships in Fog

Practical Boat Owner - - Regional News -

Ships of 48m or longer are now not al­lowed to nav­i­gate in Cowes’ In­ner Fair­way or the River Me­d­ina when vis­i­bil­ity is less than two ca­bles (0.2NM).

Cap­tains that de­vi­ate from the re­view or­der need to jus­tify the de­ci­sion to Cowes Har­bour Master Capt. Stu­art McIn­tosh. The re­stric­tion has been in­tro­duced af­ter two in­ci­dents at Cowes in­volv­ing Red Fun­nel fer­ries in fog, which re­sulted in moored yachts be­ing dam­aged and even sunk. Ves­sel own­ers are also be­ing strongly ad­vised not to de­part berths if vis­i­bil­ity is two ca­bles or less. Full de­tails of the re­stric­tions can be found at the Cowes Har­bour web­site cowe­shar­bour­com­mis­sion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der way into in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Red Fun­nel fer­ries at Cowes

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