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News on the Cowes Breakwater Project

29 May 2014

Visit the following Cowes Harbour Commission website pages for all the latest on the Cowes Breakwater Project:

Construction of the new detached Cowes Breakwater began in May 2014 following a tender process carried out by Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) and their project managers Atkins. CHC and their partners at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) appointed Boskalis Westminster on a design and build contract. 

The initial construction phase was completed in October 2014, at which point the gravel core was visible approximately 4 metres clear of Low Water spring tides. Following a settlement period, Boskalis will return in May 2015 to level up the core and bring additional gravel material to dress before placing the rock armour protection. The result will be a 350 metre long, detached breakwater that protects existing homes, businesses and harbour users.

CHC is in negotiation with the HCA to deliver the second phase of the harbour defences plan - the extension of the Shrape Breakwater and the dredging of the Eastern Channel - as part of the HCA's proposed new 400-berth marina at East Cowes. 

To ensure safety of navigation during the breakwater construction, it will be necessary to put into place 'Construction and Exclusion Zones'. The 'Construction Zone', as detailed in Figure 1 below, shows the areas where the vessels and plant associated with the works will be located. Within the boundaries of the 'Construction Zone' will be a buoyed 'Exclusion Zone', the size of which may vary during various phases of the project. See the latest Local Notices to Mariners for details of the current breakwater 'Exclusion Zone' in force. 

Fig 1. Breakwater Construction Zone: see Local Notices to Mariners for the actual size and shape of the Exclusion Zone.


You can download a PDF of the Cowes Breakwater Project flyer here.

Further information is available on the Harbour Commission’s website.

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