Thursday, January 7, 2010

Channel Tunnel Blocked By Train Whilst Felixstowe Port Remains Closed

Weather responsible for ongoing problems SEE UPDATE BELOW - Train Cleared from Tunnel
Shipping News Feature

UK – With most of the country under varying depths of snow and ice and temperatures plunging to -20 degrees Centigrade in places another problem has struck at the operator of Eurotunnel when a Eurostar train broke down whilst in transit this morning. Before Christmas services had to be suspended due to “fluffy snow” blowing into motor intakes and fouling the locomotives’ electrical circuits. This time “traction problems” are reportedly the problem. Eurostar are advising passengers to check departures and warning of possible delays and cancellations. Eurotunnel say freight drivers will be able to access the terminal normally but to expect delays of two hours to services and possibly more problems to come. UPDATE - The broken down train was cleared from the tunnel at 11.30 am but delays may persist for some time.

The weather continues to affect access to the ports and Felixstowe was still closed at 10.30 am today (Thursday) by the adverse conditions although all other RoRo ferry and container ports appear to be functioning as normally as possible considering the restricted access caused by road conditions.

We shall continue to update with any other delays or closures whilst the cold snap persists.Contact numbers are easily accessible from the Handy Shipping Guides International RoRo/Ferry and Domestic Service Directories.

Photo: ©Eurotunnel