Tidal surge Dover – Eurotunnel gets Social – Wine City

Last updated 21:00 GMT.

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Channel delays: Very strong winds: P&O Dover-Calais 100mins (also Hull-Zeebrugge leaving 22:00). DFDS Dover-Calais 2hr, Dover-Dunkirk 60mins. MyFerryLink 45mins.

Late departure Stena Line Hook-Harwich. DFDS Amsterdam-Newcastle King Seaways services cancelled due to adverse weather.

Weather alerts: New red alert for high winds Austria + continuing red alert for high winds Germany, Sweden and Poland, with amber alerts for high winds across much of northern Europe. Also amber alert for ‘coastal event’ northern France.

Weather: Heavy snow East. Dry and sunny across the South.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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DOVER. Port of Dover is preparing for a possible tidal surge later today as gale force winds combine with high tides. A full scale inspection was carried out last night. The advice is to contact ferry operators before travelling and to keep updated via the Port’s website at www.doverport.co.uk or twitter feed @Port_of_Dover.

update: by late evening the storm looked done and dusted. @Port_of_Dover tweeted at 22:00 that there was a gentle breeze, force 3 with good visibility. Not long after that however the tidal surge arrived, flooding parts of the port and knocking out the electricity supply. The Port closed but reopened around 04:30.

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—A Moldovan must see is Cricova ‘Wine City’, 10 miles north of capital Chisinau, with its 75 miles of underground roadways. Hosting top US diplomat John Kerry this week who was gifted his own shelf containing 500 bottles. The wine making tradition stretches back thousands of years in Cricova, the best known product being sparking red wine. Exports to Russia are in limbo following Moldova initialling an agreement on closer ties with the EU at the Vilnius Summit last week despite Vladimir Putin holding his 50th birthday party at Wine City in 2012. Was also a stop on this year’s Moldova-Ukraine-Poland Porsche Performance Drive (above).

A Moldovan must see is Cricova ‘Wine City’, 10 miles north of capital Chisinau, with its 75 miles of underground roadways. Hosting top US diplomat John Kerry this week who was gifted his own shelf containing 500 bottles. The wine making tradition stretches back thousands of years in Cricova, the best known product being sparking red wine. Exports to Russia are in limbo following Moldova initialling an agreement on closer ties with the EU at the Vilnius Summit last week despite Vladimir Putin holding his 50th birthday party at Wine City in 2012. Was also a stop on this year’s Moldova-Ukraine-Poland Porsche Performance Drive (above).

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Eurotunnel steps into Social Media.

Despite its hi-tech image Eurotunnel is one of the few cross channel operators which doesn’t use social media to keep customers informed.

Apart from pre-recorded telephone messages the only way for passengers to find out what’s happening is via the company’s website. That’s fiddly to access from a smartphone, especially on the move.

Happily, Eurotunnel is working on making its travel updates more accessible, though in what form is not yet clear, or exactly when it will happen.

A Eurotunnel spokesperson told @DriveEurope last week, ‘We are in the process of taking a step into social media, but for a company that operates 2/3 departures an hour it takes some planning. Especially for each service we offer and how we communicate that.’

see: Crossing the Channel: When Things go Wrong.

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Interesting map of

Interesting schematic of trade flows around the Continent. Produced by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs with Rotterdam at the north end of the thick dog leg line. The ‘elbow’ of the dog leg is Frankfurt. Note how most of the goods headed south go via Paris and avoid the Alps. Slide via @PortofRotterdam.

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SWITZERLAND. From 1 January 2014, daytime running lights (DRL) – or dipped headlights – will be mandatory for all vehicles. The fine for not having them is 40CHF. DRLs have been compulsory on all cars built/imported in the EU since 2011. The rule does not apply to pre-1970 cars. According to the Swiss Touring Club, using regular headlights increases fuel consumption by 2%. Read thelocal.ch roundup.

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