A week of almost continuous fog has seriously interfered with the normally very heavy shipping traffic between world ports and the great Dutch and European continental port of Rotterdam.
Two shots of the Hook of Holland radar and harbour traffic control station.
Two shots of a medium-sized liner entering the Hook harbour
Three shots of the harbour under fog
Various shots of ships entering or leaving the harbour at moments when the fog has thinned, with pilot boats busily at work.
Hook of Holland harbour nameplate.
Further shots of the fog bound harbour at the Hock of Holland
A coaster seizes a moment when the fog lifted for a brief time to go to sea
A passenger liner waiting for the fog to lift in order to sail.
A pilot boat going up the New Waterway to take a pilot to a ship to enable it to be ready to leave as soon as the fog permitted.
Two lifeboats in the harbour, ready to answer any call.
Some shots of the ferry boats which normally cross from Hook of Holland to the other side of the New Waterway -- now tied up because of the fog
Long shot of the harbour, with the lighthouse, in the fog
A shot made on the pier with anglers in the foreground
A long shot of a ship waiting in the harbour entrance
Some shots of the harbour traffic control building
Long shot of coaster entering the harbour at one of the rare moments when the fog lifted for a few minutes
Ferry boat goes up the New Waterway and returns after being unable to complete the crossing.
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Background: A week of almost continuous fog has seriously interfered with the normally very heavy shipping traffic between world ports and the great Dutch and European continental port of Rotterdam.
Entry for shipping into Rotterdam is by way of the Hook of Holland harbour and the New Waterway (Nieuwe Waterweg) canal. At times, the fog has been so thick as to prevent any ships from entering or leaving the Hook and large numbers of ships have had to anchor in the coast waters outside the harbour: at other times, the fog has thinned, or lifted, just long enough to allow ships to move very slowly in or out.
Many outgoing ships without radar have had to drop anchor once they have cleared the Hook harbour because the dense fog has made it unsafe for them to proceed further on their voyages.