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Port’s response to storm focuses on customers and community....
Mondays storm, the worst to hit the UK in 25 years caused travel chaos across the country, yet only kept the Port of Dover shut for around 2.5 hours. During a tough period of extreme and sustained adverse weather, the Port of Dover team worked tirelessly together with its ferry partners to maintain ferry services, whilst ensuring the safety and security of customers and staff.
Nevertheless, some damage was regrettably caused to the Port as well as to some property belonging to its customers. The storm having passed, it is now time for the Port to assess that damage and look into how best to repair it whilst at the same time giving every possible assistance to affected customers.
The Eastern Docks escaped relatively unscathed with most damage restricted to some sheet cladding. These were either removed completely or re-secured temporarily pending permanent repairs or replacement. Fenders also took a buffeting from ships as they arrived in berth in the challenging conditions but the damage appears to have been restricted to the sacrificial facing pads. The fantastic effort of Port staff, those carrying out rapid repairs and those of the tug crews helping ferries berth safely, together with robust infrastructure that stood the test meant that little disruption to operations was experienced at Europe’s busiest ferry port.
The Western Docks suffered more damage, but this is not surprising given its exposed position and the direction of the wind. There is some damage at the Admiralty Pier, but mainly to ancillary items such as hand-railing, canopies and fencing to the high level fishermans walkway and turret areas. Several cope edge stones have been dislodged to the inner quayside of the pier extension but that appears to be the only structural damage, showing the quality of the infrastructure at the Port in withstanding extreme conditions. For obvious safety reasons, Admiralty Pier is therefore closed for public access until further notice.
Cars parked at the cruise terminal were damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour. The Port of Dover is providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.
Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks is on-going. Currently a Surveyor is at the Port assessing the damage and a number of insurance companies have already been in contact. Yesterday, Port staff from all disciplines were also mobilised to clear the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "The Port will continue working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible."
Report and pictures above from DHB.
Extra Pic below..
and as you can see, its no wonder most of the beach was on the promenade !
Thanks for that info John...will certainly watch for that. Have a picture on file somewhere of her last exit from Dover harbour ..will search for that one in due course. Also as mentioned at top of page, Thor Heyerdahl sailing ship in harbour as i write.Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 06:40
Port of london Authority website that should have said.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:07
For anyone interesred, the Pride of Calais will be making one last pass thru the Dover straights tomorrow on her way to Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping! According to the play website she will be departing Tilbury at 11am.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:06
Official Latest: The Port of Dover is now re-opened and ferry services have fully resumed from the Eastern Docks. Whilst there has only been some relatively minor superficial damage to the Eastern Docks, the Western Docks bore the brunt of the storm with around 50 Fred Olsen cruise customer cars, parked at the terminal, being damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour.
The Port of Dover confirms it will be providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "Together with the Port of Dover, we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that none of our customers is inconvenienced due to this storm and will be liaising closely with them to prepare for their arrival in Dover next week."
Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks will be undertaken urgently just as soon as it is safe to do so. The Port is also clearing the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover (pictured), said: "The Port will be working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible."Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 06:51
howard mcsweeney, dover
some breathtaking photos there(love the whale) from yesterday and today, the port was only closed for less than 3 hours in all that time unless i am mistaken.
quite a staggering achievement from all concerned working at the port and of course on the ferries
Monday, 28 October 2013 - 15:03
Yikes 82 knots Mike. I can believe it too. Twas very rocky right here and the sea is still immensely rough even right now at 2.30 in the afternoon.
It is early this morning in the picture above and this great wall of water heads towards the new toilet facility..whoosh it went as it leapt 50/60 feet into the air and then it bashed down onto the roof...it was very rough at that time as you can see, even holding the camera was a challenge.
A little later and here we have below what looks like the Leviathan of the Deep. Yes its the great swishing tail of Moby Dick himself...or nearly !
At this moment in time teams of Port employees are trying to scrape the beach back onto the beach.
A big job as beaches here were stripped bare of pebbles.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 14:36
Mike J., DOVER
Western Entrance at about 0800 when Langdon Coastguard reported an 82kt gust coming thru.
Monday, 28 October 2013 - 10:29
OFFICIAL LATEST : Port re-opens. First ship into Port pictured below...the Spirit of France.
We are pleased to confirm that the Port of Dover is now open (at 09:10 Hours) and the ferry services have resumed. The Port was closed due to adverse weather conditions and concerns over customer and staff safety. The Port and ferry operators will now continue to work together to ensure that the terminal remains open and services are running with minimum disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information. Please note that there may be initial delays to services as the Port re-opens.
We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. Ends.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 09:37
OFFICIAL NOTICE : PORT CLOSURE
Due to adverse weather conditions (strong winds gusting at 65 knots) the Port of Dover is currently closed (as of 6.30hrs). The primary concern of the Port and ferry operators is the safety of our customers and staff. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information.
We are monitoring the weather situation closely and liaising with the ferry operators with an aim to re-open the Port once it is safe to do so. Please note that there may be delays to services when the Port re-opens.
We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of this closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. All customers are asked for their full co-operation and support.
See also below...Monday, 28 October 2013 - 08:25
Well you dont need me to tell you what a rough night it has been...and the storm goes on.
Wide disruption. Here is a picture from yesterday taken in the brief afternoon sun. The sea was and is extremely rough.
The harbour wall looms for The Rodin. The entrance to harbour becomes very narrow and difficult on days like this.
My lights are flickering as I write, so better try and upload this soonest in case the power goes.
If anyone gets some decent pictures pop them up using the ADD YOUR COMMENT button. Very welcome.
There are no ships at all in Port.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 06:27
The sky has indeed been behaving strangely lately with bizarre cloud patterns. Perhaps it is just the calm before the storm..which as we all know is very impending. It was rough overnight but by all accounts worse is due.
Most definitely a case now of battening down the hatches while maintaining the stoically stiff upper lip!
Following on from the picture by Alex below, here are some I took on the same evening...
Look at the strange bubble and sweep ( no not bubble and squeek
) Bizarre looking isnt it, if there are any meteorology experts out there then please let us know what it all means..
the wider view with the Port below.
also looking in the opposite direction towards the west
Some of the ferries further west are already disrupted. Brittany Ferries were on the News 24 channels already talking of cancellations...might well happen here too. Yes just heard..cancellations happening here too, weather "extremely poor" in Dover say MFL. Passengers who do not urgently need to travel are advised to rebook for another time.Sunday, 27 October 2013 - 06:26
PORT of DOVER WEATHER INFO...
Here in Dover today friday, sea conditions in the Channel are moderate, with a South Westerly fresh breeze, force 5, and the visibility is good. The ferry terminal is operating normally with space available.
Due to adverse weather, which is anticipated over the weekend, passengers are advised to contact their shipping operator for any further information.
Friday, 25 October 2013 - 14:54
A very dramatic picture there Alex - well done getting that. The sky was amazing the other day..not seen anything quite like it..most unusual. Your picture reminded me that I have some too of those cloud patterns. I take so many pictures I sometimes forget what i have where.
Glad you are liking the Sea News page.
Friday, 25 October 2013 - 11:48
howard mcsweeney, dover
alex of dover food bank is a keen follower of this thread and has sent in this photo taken last sunday afternoon.
Friday, 25 October 2013 - 10:21
After a briefly benign situation yesterday the weather is back in rough mode today friday. Blustery wet and windy etc. On wednesday it was much the same for much of the day but with added occasional sunshine. During these outbreaks of sunshine the Dover Seaways came into spectacular view battling the elements as she approached the harbour. I snatched these pictures at that time. Our nautical man-on-the-spot Ed Connell himself would have been onboard ( see the rainbow pictures below). Several ships were queuing, stacked up off the White Cliffs at various points in the day, as it was too rough to get into harbour easily. There was a backlog on the traffic front as a consequence, everything delayed.
Gale force winds for sure in the pictures above, marginally below that level today but still not great.. It might improve later for the half term getaway. The local hotels are already looking pretty full as I write ( see the half term ideas below from DFDS and MFL).Friday, 25 October 2013 - 07:38
Thanks for that info Jan.
Should be worth a look. Its a very sad story about that lovely ship. For anyone who doesnt know the vessel mentioned, there is a picture of it on page 3 while she was here in Dover. She visited us here just a week or so before destruction and eventual sinking off Cork. Now the rescue...Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 17:43
Jan Higgins, Dover
Real Rescues BBC1 this morning showed the tall ship Astrid rescue off Ireland plus an interview with the owner and Captain. It is such a shame that this accident happened to a beautiful looking ship.
If you want to see it on catch-up it is about 30 minutes in with another bit at the end.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 11:55
Gosh great set of pictures all round below there. Enjoying those greatly and enjoying your story Ed..hope you didnt have to do tooo much suffering for your art with the Chief. And...if you found any gold out there under that rainbow can you slip a bar or two through my letterbox
Also a thumbsup for Mary Josephine with that pic.
You made me laugh there Howard...this pasty faced landlubber kept his feet firmly encased in concrete yesterday as heavens it was rough out there on the water. Have a couple of pix of the Dover Seaways myself in the rough conditions ..will delay those so everyone can enjoy the current photos first. Great stuff !
ps KIDS : if you have kids champing at the bit see the half term ideas from DFDS and MFL by scrolling down the page.Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 07:24
Ed Connell, Dover
A photo of the rainbow over the Dover Seaways taken at the same time from ashore by Mary Josephine and posted on the Facebook group Dover for Dovorians.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 21:08
Ed Connell, Dover