£1 million Government grant scheme designed to increase supply of local seafood

fishing trawler

Bob Seely MP urges all businesses on the Isle of Wight in the seafood industry to look at this funding pot to see if it can help them

Thursday, 30th April, 2020 2:39pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

Maritime UK Solent aims to bring together marine-related businesses in the Solent region

High tech boat in the solent

Maritime UK Solent is a new business-led body that will bring together the array of maritime assets based in the Solent region, to promote and strengthen them

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 8:24am

By Bex Pearce

Worried about economic future of seaside towns? Don’t forget wider maritime economy, the ‘Coastal Powerhouse’

red jet 7

Iain MacKinnon, Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance, shares his views on the issue of seaside towns and the wider maritime economy, focusing especially on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 1:09pm

By Iain Mackinnon with one comment

Isle of Wight boatbuilder wins new contract

Diverse Marine Seacat Weatherley

Diverse Marine is a brand now synonymous with high quality new builds and refits with a committed workforce and loyal supply chain.

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 1:13pm

By Charles Skillings

Isle of Wight council cabinet agree to buy Venture Quays

venture quays

The purchase of the sites will be funded by regeneration funds, approved by the council in its budget for 2019/20, but is subject to being able to agree a purchase price with Homes England.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019 6:40pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Cowes Enterprise develop cutting-edge curriculum to help pupils win jobs in maritime sector

Pupils having training

The new curriculum will include boat-building, including specifications and designing prototypes; navigation electronics; celestial navigation; tides; admiralty chart conventions; shipping forecasts; practical boat-handling skills; and attending Cowes Regatta to celebrate the production of boats.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 6:32pm

By Yasmin

Ryde Town Council agree way forward for Ryde Harbour

ryde harbour wall by les lockhart

In front of a packed meeting last night, Ryde Town Council discussed the possibility of buying the scenic harbour. Details of what was agreed within.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 1:22pm

By Peter Gruner

Harbour Commission patrol boat to be built on the Isle of Wight

Diverse Marine RIB design

Diverse Marine are "delighted and thankful" to be given the contract to work with Cowes Harbour Commission in developing this new vessel and for boat-building on the Isle of Wight to be supported.

Friday, 11th January, 2019 11:37am

By Charles Skillings with 2 readers' comments

Jobs at South Boats saved by Diverse Marine

south-boats and diverse marine

The Director of Diverse Marine, says that "starting afresh and leaving the past behind has been invigorating for everyone involved".

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 12:30pm

By Charles Skillings with one comment

Floating bridge: Council finally bring back early morning and late night sailings

floating bridge cowes

With the Isle of Wight Festival opening its gates on Thursday 21st June, the council are getting the Floating Bridge to run at the times the old service used to - 5am, then into the wee hours.

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 6:30pm

By IW Council Press Office with 7 readers' comments

Proposed ‘blue belt’ sites around the Isle of Wight revealed in public consultation (maps)


A public consultation has opened for two coastal areas off the Isle of Wight to become Marine Conservation Zones. It's proposed the areas become part of 41 ‘blue belt’ sites.

Friday, 8th June, 2018 4:48pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

Isle of Wight built Red Jet 7 nearing completion

red jet 7

Built on the Isle of Wight by Wight Shipyard in East Cowes, Red Jet 7 is getting close to being completed and ready for sea trials.

Thursday, 10th May, 2018 12:07pm

By Stuart Hunt