Floating bridge to be suspended for final snagging

The floating bridge will be out of action Tuesday and Wednesday as it enters the final stage of commissioning.

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The Council share this latest news. Ed

This week, the Cowes floating bridge will enter the final phase of commissioning, at the end of which, all being well, the floating bridge will officially become the property of the Isle of Wight Council.

Mainstay Marine will be on site throughout this week and will be aiming to address any outstanding snags; carrying out any additional work as required; and undertaking trails and performance testing on the vessel.

In order for Mainstay Marine to inspect and test the chain wheels and troughs, the floating bridge will be taken out of service from 8.00am on Tuesday 18 July until 8.00am on Thursday 20th July.

The replacement launch, The Jenny, will run as an alternative for foot passengers until 11.00pm over this two day period.

The Floating bridge will operate as per its normal scheduled timetable today (17 July) and resume the scheduled timetable again, from Thursday 20 July of this week.

The Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, Cllr Ian Ward, said:

“Once again I would like to thank the community for their patience, as the Cowes floating bridge enters this final phase of commissioning.

“We will be working with partners this week, including the harbour commission, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, to ensure that we are satisfied that all potential issues outstanding have been addressed and that it is deemed fit for purpose, in order to officially take ownership of the floating bridge. I have no doubt that this service will become as well loved as the previous floating bridge in time.

“We are consulting with partners currently on the wider operation of the floating bridge service, specifically the pedestrian and traffic management at East Cowes, in order to ensure the service can be used in better manner than any previous floating bridge has done, in that area.”

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The Council hasn’t even done an independent engineering audit to know what all of the problems are! You don’t have the same people who want you to pay them tell you what the problems are; they won’t give you a comprehensive list! Why would any organisation pay the full amount for a product that is subject to a full audit by Price Waterhouse Consultants before the audit… Read more »
Luisa Hillard
I question whether PWC have the expertise to carry out a proper engineering audit? They are accountants. I get the impression that their role is to check if the tendering process and project board monitoring was carried out correctly, rather than if the design itself has faults. I thought that perhaps the Royal Institute of Naval Architects would be better placed to carry out a peer review… Read more »

Luisa, we’ve already asked all of these questions and made these points to the Council, to the press, etc.. Literally every single one. If you come to the many meetings, you’ll know what’s going on. People have been working on this day in and day out for well over two months now.

How can Cllr Ward accept this vessel on behalf of the IW Council before all the requirements of their Technical Specification have been conducted successfully? The designers have unequivocally stated in the contract document that the vessel shall operate with specific Environmental Conditions (G1.3). These criteria include “Ebb flow of 5 knots and wind speed of 55 knots.” Why rush the acceptance this week? Next week on… Read more »
Steve Goodman
The latest fickle FB cost over £3milion of the almost £15m of our money granted to the SLEP; the rest is for lucky greedy Red Funnel, who are demanding in addition more valuable land at E.Cowes rather than get on with improving their own site without needlessly threatening other businesses, jobs, and homes. Reinforcing the conclusion that those with the power and our money might make some… Read more »