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Colwyn Grace
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« on: April 01, 2017, 09:20:53 am »

I am considering a run to Canvey Island to indulge in a days shipspotting. Can anyone advise re best place to park up etc,when is the best time to see ships bound for London Gateway, and also the tanker berths? I've looked on Google Earth and the area looks quite built up, are there any recommended spots? Where do the local Shipspotters go? 
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 03:34:33 pm »

You will be aware that you will be facing south, so early and late in the day are better.

Anywhere on the sea-wall above Western or Eastern Esplanade is probably as good as anywhere else; there is the Labworth Café near the car park (though I have never tried it, and do not know opening times) and other eateries (and presumably toilets) nearby.  The view eastward gives uninterrupted view of approaching vessels if you do not have mobile AIS.

Although the unobstructed angle of view is more limited, The Lobster Smack pub right at the end of Haven Road is worth a visit.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 01:18:11 pm »

As David says, the Esplanade is good for all movements but the sun can be a problem. The cafe was open the other week and quite reasonably priced and its right on the seafront. The adjacent car park only cost a max of £2 (pay & display). Just follow the road signs for the seafront.
It can be a bit windy so wrap up warm.

Ship movements can be found at http://www.pla.co.uk/Port-Trade/Ship-movements/Ship-movements

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Bob
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2017, 01:39:33 pm »

Thank you both very much. I shall have a run down there in the next three weeks.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2017, 02:03:14 pm »

Hi Colwyn

With regard to ship movements, its worth noting on arriving vessels that NESPP times are a couple of hours before they pass Canvey and the SUNKP times are 3 - 4 hours before.
eg: SUNKP 0800 means round midday at Canvey

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Bob
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 08:49:13 pm »

Hi Bob and David

That is excellent information for including in a Shipspotting Locations upload.  So that others may see and use it when this series of posts is buried in our files

See http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Shipspotting%20Locations

Clyde
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2017, 09:19:13 pm »

Perhaps you could do one, Bob?  I don't have any photos to base it on (or the possibility of goinf there to do one!).  Feel free to copy the map.

David
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 01:02:09 pm »

Yeah, I'll see what I can do

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