Following two days of disruption “special arrangements” have been made to the Floating Bridge’s service ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday) Cowes Week fireworks display.

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio earlier today (Thursday) East Cowes’ Mayor has called the on-going issues with the chain ferry an “absolute shambles”.

The Cowes – East Cowes link has been suspended twice in the last two days.

This evening the Isle of Wight Council has confirmed a passenger launch will continue to run until 11pm tonight, due to “a mechanical issue with the prow hinge”.

The chain ferry will not be taking on any cars tomorrow, with the passenger launch resuming from 5am. That will then be replaced by a foot passenger only service aboard the Floating Bridge from 6pm until 3am.

Council Leader Councillor Dave Stewart said:

“This issue was totally unexpected but officers have worked quickly to address the situation. Working alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Cowes harbour master, everyone has made every effort to ensure the vessel is operational for firework night.”

Councillor Stewart added:

“We run the service for foot passengers from 6pm, as we do every year during Cowes firework night. We have contacted the Mainstay, who built the floating bridge, and they will be investigating the problem with the aim of making a full repair as soon as possible.”