The storm in early December caused problems for CMP. Work in the port was even interrupted for a few hours due to the bad weather. Luckily nobody was injured in the storm, which nevertheless caused a good deal of damage at the port terminals.
The storm came to a head during Friday 6 December. It is hard to say exactly how strong the wind was on that day. The fact is that at lunchtime the storm knocked down the automatic meteorological station located out on the jetty in Malmö.
”By then we already had damage to roofs on buildings in the bulk port and in Northern Harbour. A door to a tent in Frihamnen has also been destroyed by the wind”, says Ulf Bohlin, installation manager within CMP.
The storm wasn’t as intensive in Copenhagen. Nevertheless, a few containers were blown down in the wind. The water level rose, breaking the almost 100 year old record by a substantial margin. In 1921 a rise of 1.52 m was noted, the storm pushed this record up to 1.66 m.
The wind turned
For much of Friday Ulf and his colleagues were engaged in driving around the port in Malmö checking on the damage, making inspections and putting temporary measures in place. Several fences were destroyed and later the tent in Frihamnen was also overturned. The wind got stronger and stronger and moreover, turned to the north west. In combination with the high water level this meant that the waves were coming in from the worst possible direction.
”The water came up over the quays and with the extremely hard wind, a dangerous situation was created for everybody who was outside. We therefore decided to stop work early in the afternoon”, says Ulf Bohlin.
The RoRo ferries were not able to get into Northern Harbour, but had to dock later in the evening when the wind had abated a bit. It was then possible for work to resume to a fairly normal extent. Now that an overall assessment has been made, the damage is estimated at close to five million kronor.
”The worst damage is to our embankments. The fine sand and gravel material which is on the shoreline to keep the larger blocks of stone together has been washed away”, Ulf Bohlin observes. It concerns about 4 kilometres of coastline where our contractors now have to refill with new material – a job that will probably take a couple of weeks to complete.