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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 09:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

0940: Falmouth LB is out. She got a couple of miles into the bay,
and has now apparently stopped there...

0947: After pointing her nose briefly north, she now continues south at 5 knots...

0951: Again she turns her bows north, and stops...

0957: Another little jink, and she stops again. I'll start a new post if it gets interesting...
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 10:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

A pilot boat has joined the two tankers, which are alongside each other. South of them, but just north of the Helford, is a Dutch ship, Arctic Dawn, just come to anchor.

The LB is still east of the tankers, doing small-scale maneouvres.

1017: The LB at last heads for home at 20 knots. The PV is already back in port.

1032: The LB didn't return to base, but went up to Mylor, and now appears to be alongside there.

1135: LB under way again, heading for Falmouth along the Trefusis shoreline.

1143: LB back on station.
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 13:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tanker Ierax is sailing for Rotterdam. Lizrix stays in the bay as bunker barge.

The pilot vessel is alngside Arctic Dawn, which has just refueled, so she could soon be off too.

...and it looks like she's going into Falmouth. Perhaps she needs some TLC from the docks.
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two more ships in the south of the bay: Fast Jef is bound for Newport, and Mykola Slavov is bound for Bari, in Italy. Presumably here for fuel, as Lizrix was heading towards them.

And another ship turns up, the Bothniadiep, bound for Garston on the Mersey.

A busy day in the bay today!
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 14:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to confuse me, the PV, Lizrix, and Arctic Dawn are all cuddled up together again!
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 20:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

From being a busy day, it went to a nothing day. I was away from the Ops Room for a few hours, but when I returned all the ships in Falmouth bay were as I'd left 'em.

Lizrix and Arctic Dawn are still waltzing around together (the PV left just about when I did). Their icons overlap, and it seems to depend on their orientation which icon appears on top. It's a bit like watching a steamy sex scene in slow motion!

Fast Jef, Mykola Slavov, and Bothniadiep are still in the south of the bay, while Victress is still anchored east of the Roseland Peninsula.
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 07:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

MONDAY: Another wet and windy day forecast.

The general synopsis at midnight
Low Bailey 954 expected northern Ireland 972 by midnight tonight

Issued 27 January 04:05 UTC

Details, as usual: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/shipping_forecast
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 07:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Falmouth Bay the wind is NW 33 knots.

Lizrix has been replaced by tanker Ocean, and Arctic Dawn has gone, but the four cargo vessels remain at anchor.

Arctic Dawn is SW of Lands End, heading for Sharpness. She's got winds of 41 knots, NW there, and is making less than 6 knots.

Lizrix is SSW of Plymouth, heading east to Dover. She's making 8.3 knots.
Ocean arrived from south of Ushant.
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Stay away from sluice tunnels, warns Hayle harbour master.
By The Cornishman
Monday, January 27, 2014.

FOLLOWING the inquest into the death of Jacob Cockle, the harbour master in Hayle has issued a plea urging people to stay away from the dangerous sluice tunnels.

Peter Haddock echoed the deputy coroner's calls that Jacob's death should be a warning for others who were thinking of going into the water around Carnsew Pool.

He said: "We get people tombstoning from above the sluice tunnels.
"I want to highlight the dangers of this activity and the fact that they could get sucked into the tunnels.
"It's a very dangerous area. I want to warn of the dangers, especially near the culverts. There are signs, fencing and barriers."

Swimming in the harbour is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the harbour master.
Mr Haddock said the site was regularly checked but it was hard to stop people using the area outside the Harbour Authority working hours.

Carnsew Pool was originally built to hold water on the incoming tide which was later released through sluices to flush sediment from the harbour and keep the shipping channel clear.

Although the sluices have not been operational for many years, the pool fills and empties on the tide through the tunnels, which are encrusted with mussels and other marine growth.
Mr Haddock said the flow of water through the tunnels can often be dramatic, especially at high tide when whirlpools are formed as the water is sucked into the tunnels.
Jacob Cockle was filming the tidal phenomenon when he was pulled into the sluices and drowned.

As part of the planning for South Quay the area is to be restored to its original status, which includes reintroducing sluicing to the harbour.
"There will be various controls to keep public away from there. Safety procedures will remain in place and permanent fencing put around the sluices," added Mr Haddock.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Stay-away-sluice-tunnels-warns-official/story-20478798-detail/story.html#ixzz2raItYpPm
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 08:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dorset's sand-stripped beaches replenished

Beaches in Dorset that were stripped by severe weather earlier this month are to be replenished as part of a programme to restore sea defences.
Areas around Bridport and Lyme Regis were reshaped and stripped of sand when exceptionally high tides and storms lashed the coast.
West Dorset District Council said sand recovered from harbour dredging would be used to restore the beaches.
The work will begin in Lyme Regis on Wednesday.
It will continue in Bridport in early March, the council said.

Head of infrastructure Ben Murray said: "Waves naturally erode beaches, meaning sand is lost offshore and replenishment is required every so often. The recent severe weather has also stripped the beaches more than usual.
"Sand and sediment is recovered offshore by dredging and returned to the beach. This means the beaches are able to reduce wave energy and limit the risk of damaging other sea defences."

The county's changing coastline has been particularly unstable since storms at the start of January, with visitors being warned of rockfalls and mudslides.
On Friday, a large landslip forced the closure of a five-mile (7.6km) section of coast path near Axmouth and Lyme Regis, and on 16 January a large section of rock fell from cliffs at Burton Bradstock.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-25883196
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 08:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a novelty!

'Captain Calamity' boat sale to recoup cost of ten rescues
6:00am Monday 27th January 2014
By Anna Roberts, Crime reporter

A harbour has put a boat owned by a man dubbed ‘Captain Calamity’ up for sale to recoup the costs of rescuing him ten times.
The man was given the nickname after being rescued five times in a week in Sussex in September last year.
He needed rescuing three times in Littlehampton, once in Ferring, near Worthing and once in Seaford.

He also needed rescuing five times elsewhere in the country, including in Poole, Studland, Swanage and Sidmouth.
His boat was eventually abandoned in Littlehampton, where it has rested since.

It cost Littlehampton Harbour £700 to crane and drag the 6.4m (21ft) bilge keel called Albatross – which can mean a “psychological burden that feels like a curse” – ashore.
Now it has been impounded.

In a statement the harbour said: “It has been impounded by the Littlehampton Harbour Board under Section 57 Harbours Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 as unfit for sea service.
“An MCA detention notice has also been served. To cover costs incurred by the Harbour Board sealed bids in excess of £200 may be submitted to the harbour office by Friday, February 7.”

Harbour master Billy Johnson said he had been in contact with the owner who had no desire to reclaim the boat.“We are entitled to sell it,” he said.
“The boat should be worth about £2,000 but it needs work. It is a project.
“We would welcome people to come down and have a look.”
He said there had already been some bids.

To view the boat and associated notices contact the harbour office during working hours on 01903 721 215

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10964389._Captain_Calamity__boat_sale_to_recoup_cost_of_ten_rescues/?ref=rss

I'm not normally in favour of renaming boats, but in this case I would be!
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 09:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very large tanker is entering Falmouth bay, the Yannis P.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/of/ships/photo_keywords:9411343/ship_name:YANNIS%20P.

She's come from the USA, and seems to be anchoring...
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 23:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

[Video]
Shipwrecks found on Carmarthenshire's Cefn Sidan beach

The January storms have exposed three shipwrecks on Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire.
It is thought they date from the 18th or 19th Century when it was a popular but treacherous shipping route.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25917404

Cefn Sidan sands border the SE side of the River Towy (Afon Tywi) where it flows into Carmarthen Bay.

The River Taf shares the same estuary mouth. The western part of Laugharne Sands is Pendine Sands, where many motor-car speed records were once set.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 07:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

TUESDAY Shipping forecast

The general synopsis at midnight
Low Ireland 972 expected Irish Sea 982 by midnight tonight. Low just west of Sole 1000 expected France 985 by same time

Issued 28 January 04:05 UTC

26 Gale warnings issued. Biscay and Fitzroy are the only areas to mention Force 10 as a possibility.

Details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/shipping_forecast
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 08:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still a lot of ships around Falmouth bay, but with a forecast of West 6 to gale 8 veering northwest 5 or 6 I expect quite a few will soon move on.

The current tally in the bay is 3 Tankers (Ocean, Petalouda, Yannis P), 3 cargo ships (Fast Jef, Mykola Slovov, Bothniadiep), with a new one just arriving (Altair).

Victress is still anchored off the Roseland, and SE of her is another new arrival, Emstal. And SE of her another tanker (High Mars) is heading for the bay!
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