Compared to parts of the United Kingdom being battered by storms and floods the weather in the North West is quite moderate for the time of year and certainly a lot more moderate than in North America which is suffering from a Polar Vortex. According to the news the temperatures in some areas are dropping to -35 Deg C which taking wind chill into account takes the temperature as low as -43 Dec C.
On Wednesday a drive along the docks on my way into work resulted in seeing Bulk Carrier Naluhu (IMO 9520792, GT 32315, 2010) in Royal Seaforth Dock and General Cargo Ship Celtic Navigator (IMO 9003548, GT 2606, 1990) in Canada Branch Dock No.3, unfortunately it was very early and still dark so again not worth taking any photographs. In the early evening just before it
went completely dark heading down the Mersey bound for Milford Haven I saw the tanker Northern Ocean (IMO 9164495, GT 8594, 1998) and a short time later
Minitank Five (IMO 9321433, GT 5573, 2007) sailed past heading upstream for
Back in Liverpool yesterday Chemical / Oil Products Tanker Stenheim
(IMO 9261114, GT 11935, 2003) was the only new ship I saw just as it was going dark, again she was heading upstream to Eastham.
Of all the ships I have seen over the last few days only Polar King has left port and is working on the wind farms off the North Wales coast, the rest together with many others remain in the docks. Yesterday afternoon there were 83 vessels in Liverpool docks alone which appears to be a few more than usual.
There are quite a few ships I have not seen but these are unfortunately located in areas of the docks that cannot be seen by members of the public.