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PA was along side at 04.00am this morning.

I see the Cote Dalbatre for DFDS  is mid channel and doing 6 Knots!!!!

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Cherbourg town centre was under water, there are pictures in this Facebook group called Cherbourg and Grand Cotentin.  Quite dramatic.  Not sure about a link to the group on here but it is a public group.  Never seen it like that before!

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Wow.  Do you know Brigitte whether this flooding was from landward or seaward?  Was it fresh water from rising river levels / water table / overwhelming of drainage, or seawater from tidal swamping?

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53 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Wow.  Do you know Brigitte whether this flooding was from landward or seaward?  Was it fresh water from rising river levels / water table / overwhelming of drainage, or seawater from tidal swamping?

Gareth if you scroll down there's a group of images and and explanation.

https://www.facebook.com/BrittanyFerriesShips

 

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The wind has just dropped below about 50 for the first time all day, phew, so those on Armorique tonight I have high hopes for you!

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1 hour ago, jonno said:

Gareth if you scroll down there's a group of images and and explanation.

https://www.facebook.com/BrittanyFerriesShips

 

Thanks Jonno - I am a member of Tony’s site but for some reason that page didn’t show in my newsfeed.

Dramatic pictures.  In essence, then, the answer to my question is that this was due to very high tide, low pressure and strong winds leading to the sea level becoming so high that it flooded the town with salt water.  Never seen the water level so high in Cherbourg.

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PA is tonight diverting to Cherbourg instead of going to St Malo due to the continuing storms. Those booked on Arm to Roscoff will now be taken on by coach tomorrow morning it seems. 

Gareth, perhaps you can split this thread and create a new one for 2018 updates when you get a moment. 

Ed

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2 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

PA is tonight diverting to Cherbourg instead of going to St Malo due to the continuing storms. Those booked on Arm to Roscoff will now be taken on by coach tomorrow morning it seems. 

Gareth, perhaps you can split this thread and create a new one for 2018 updates when you get a moment. 

Ed

Some passengers were transfered by coach today with the intention of going to St Malo.

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11 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

PA is tonight diverting to Cherbourg instead of going to St Malo due to the continuing storms. Those booked on Arm to Roscoff will now be taken on by coach tomorrow morning it seems. 

Gareth, perhaps you can split this thread and create a new one for 2018 updates when you get a moment. 

Ed

Good idea - thanks Ed.  Done.

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Tug for 'Normandie' please! - SMS Towage 'Guardsman' en route to assist 'Normandie' into port.

 

Wind Speed currently 29knts, gusting to 36knts.

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Good spot Tony.  Looks like Normandie aborted her entry into the Portsmouth approach channel at the last minute.  What’s the wind direction?

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11 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Good spot Tony.  Looks like Normandie aborted her entry into the Portsmouth approach channel at the last minute.  What’s the wind direction?

Wind is West/South West (WSW)

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Maybe she was told not to enter the channel by QHM for some reason?  Something going on in the harbour / something about to come out?

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*Update, Wind now Westerly at 24knts, gusting to 41knts. Both Guardsman and Irishman now standing by to escort 'Normandie' in. 'Normandie' only has 1 operational Bow Thruster.

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Barfleur arrived in Poole at 0030 this morning instead of 0700 after leaving Cherbourg early at 2100 due to the weather.

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Normandie was almost 2 hours late leaving Portsmouth this afternoon.  Tonight’s 2300 from Caen is apparently running to schedule (according to the BF updates page), but I’d be surprised if she were able to make up 2 hours in these conditions.

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Interestingly Condor are running Rapide to Jersey and back this afternoon/evening which means the wind and wave conditions are not too bad in the bay but BF decided that PA would run from Cherbourg and not St Malo. Maybe there is still a link-span problem or simply that the conditions have improved since the original decision to use Cherbourg was made and it was too complicated to reverse all the arrangements.  Ed 

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1 hour ago, Gareth said:

Normandie was almost 2 hours late leaving Portsmouth this afternoon.  Tonight’s 2300 from Caen is apparently running to schedule (according to the BF updates page), but I’d be surprised if she were able to make up 2 hours in these conditions.

The 2300 from Ouistreham is now showing as 1h45m delayed, as expected.

Might be something that I’m imagining, but it appears to me that Normandie has experienced far more difficulty than MSM keeping to schedule over the past few months, especially in bad weather.  Sign of her age?

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