Monday, 24 November 2014


Scroll down the page and over the page for all the stories...
Winter Getaway through Dover 1213 plus Christmas ideas from MYFERRYLINK just below in 1214.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING with P&O see Post 1208 below latest news on THE P&O CHOIR in 1209.
REMEMBRANCE pictures below in post 1199....
INCIDENT at PORT see posts 1196, 1197.

HARBOUR RESCUE BELOW see 1189 ........
FREE Magnum of Wine with MyFerryLink see 1178.
Also latest...Port gives Quarter Million to Community Fund...see 1136.
Phoenix Angling Club raise Fab Sum for LIFEBOAT...see 1117.
Dover Harbour Board chairman reappointed...see post 1097.

CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955 and at 1061,1179...also LATEST BELOW 1205.
SAILING BOATs in DOVER HARBOUR see post 1177..
The LIFEBOAT in the thick of the action again. See 976 also 1012. see also LATEST LIFEBOAT PICTURES 1156.
Merchant Navy Memorial Service on seafront see 1052.
A Great Summer Season for the Port of Dover, see 1049.
THE SEA DREAM I FIRST VISIT in posts 987, 989. ALSO See latest picture of the inaugural presentation 1020.
The Ryndam - leaving Dover for the last time..see 1041. Also 1064 for latest.
Summer at the Port of Dover, see 944. also Breaking New Ground with the Port of Dover see 1016.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918 and 929..also 920 for THE BLADES.

A Fishy Sunday Lunch 1106
MyFerryLink..New Appeal in Post 906
UK Border Agency in close operation..see 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
THE TOUR de FRANCE passing through see posts 870, 877, 882.
Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.
Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.
Aerial Map of berths 815.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799
MARCHING FORWARD see 411 and 687.

Picture: The Hellas Reefer.

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Post 1225
  Sea News, Dover
Much brighter morning this monday morning and no mistake...but chilly with it. Ones assets are frozen ! Smiley
Yours truly's ancient Nikon is still delivering above. Smiley See also pictures from Sunday just below.

Monday, 24 November 2014 - 08:38
Post 1224
  Sea News, Dover

Twas a rather grey ol sunday morning for the arrival once again of the Schweiz Reefer. This ship was a new arrival to the scene fairly recently.. as I understand it anyway, but now appears to be something of a regular player here in Dover and very welcome too. As we have said previously there is a much wider range of cargo ships coming lately which is good to see. Dover marches onwards and upwards. You wont need me to tell you the weather got much worse after these pictures were taken and it turned into a gloomy miserable wet Sunday along the harbour. Not a soul ventured out. All outdoor life abandoned!...well...mostly. Sadly the pictures are a bit grey in tone.

Below we have a picture of our two tugs returning to base yesterday, making their way slowly back across the harbour, their job over with the Schweiz Reefer.

Mike mentioned HMS Gleaner a few posts below and here she is above late last week meandering around the harbour. Surveying...I think Mike said. There are clearer closer pictures of HMS Gleamer by Mike in post 1180 now on page 3 where he mentions that she is the only Royal Naval vessel to have made it inland as far as Basel in dear old you see how all this brilliantly links together ! Smiley

Not sure if the post below from New York is a genuine attempt or just spam from the big apple. John in case its a real attempt could post that in our Politics Section in the main forums which would be the best place for it. The Politics Section is ideal for that sort of thing. We don't do politics on here unless its something directly related to the Port of Dover or maritime related generally. I will leave the post in place for another day in case its genuine and then I will have to delete as it doesn't fit our remit. Thanks. PB.

Monday, 24 November 2014 - 06:03
Post 1223
  John Newell, NYC USA (
Procedure By which conservatives Could Win Control of Parliament

If UKIP  is  Lucky,  UKIP could  get,   perhaps,  get   five  to  ten   seats
in  Parliament.  Do  not   forget,   the  public  still regards  UKIP  as   a
one  issue  party.  To gain  control of  Parliament  UKIP  and  (and frie-
nds) should  form a  new  conservative  party  with  a  platform that is 
close to that of the existing Conservative party, omitting, of course, 
policies that are objectionable to conservatives. The purpose would
be to make a bed that would be easy for conservatives to slide into,
including  the eighty  percent  of  the Conservatives who left Conser-
vative  associations. UKIP and the  conservatives  should   then  form
 a  political  association  in  each  parliamentary  district.   UKIP   could
merge with the new party, thus getting rid of the one issue problem. 
Every one who would have worked  to  form  the new,  conservative,
 party   should   be   prevented   from    joining    the    new   party    for
a  period   of time  to  prevent  the  impression  that  UKIP  controls  it.

The two or three conservative parties should hold a primary election
to determine who runs as the Parliamentary candidate, with the losers
to help the winner. The cost of forming new associations can be raised
by local contributors. It is suggested that the  new   conservative   asso-
ciations and the political party be controlled by the lowest level of con-
servatives, such as teachers, small businessmen, solicitors, professionals
etc. If the  above   procedure   can  not  be  completed  in  time  to   get 
candidates   elected   to    Parliament,  the  new  party  must  wait  until
after the  election  and  hold  a  petition  demanding  that  the  elected
MP  resign. Note: an MP  represents   every  person  in  his  district,  not
just members and   supporters of his party. When the petition reaches
fifty percent of those who voted in the prior election, the conservatives
will be morally justified in demanding their MP"s resignation. Then the
new party could run their  candidates  in  the  following by elections. 
To select a candidate, a local  association should  advertise  for applicants
for the position of candidate for  Parliament, then  select   the   best  app-
licant  by using rigorous tests, including, most importantly,  psychological 
evaluation. Psychological evaluation is an absolute necessity, as psych-
ological evaluation is the only way to tell who is honest and who is a con-
artist; members of the public  cannot.  Without psychological evaluation,
we will get corruption until the end of time, and there is nothing we
could do about. Testing  could  be  required  of the association  officers, 
committee  members and delegates, etc.

The platform selected by new party associations,  should be some what
 vague in order to facilitate integration  the platforms of the  new  assoc-
iations into one platform. It is suggested that self forming cliques of those
who are  honest  and  trust  worthy   be   formed;  then form   self  forming
cliques of those who have   political skills  and  capabilities,  within  the first
described clique.
Please  forward  to those  who  might  be  interested.
Request more information.     Comments welcome,       Questions answered.

Sunday, 23 November 2014 - 16:02
Post 1222
  Sea News, Dover
All week there were guys marking up the seafront. Red arrows this way, green ones that way, yellow ones the other. Eventually we could see why...this convoy from SSE rolled into town. Oh think of energy companies nowadays and the word fracking is never far behind, dark images were being conjured up in yours trulys brain. But no..after several tranquilisers I realised it wasn't freaky fracking Friday but just some serious cable laying by the French group.

Our ol' friend the Dover Seaways was back in action again yesterday which was good to see. She was only out of service for a relatively short time and I suspect the much talked about crash was probably not much more than a jolt, but no doubt the official enquiry will get the accurate picture.
Here she is heading for Dunkerque yesterday around 13.15..

We still don't have any news on the Pride of Canterbury and as we know the Spirit of France is out of service for the moment too..
....this always puts a strain on local traffic.
Yes that is indeed a sinister looking vessel in your post below Mike... hadn't spotted that one.
Yes Daryl the Port of Dover and all the ferries always keep going no matter what is thrown at them.

Sunday, 23 November 2014 - 06:45
Post 1221
  brian, dover
daz, see ferry problems on main forum.Smiley

Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 06:51
Post 1220
  Daryl Dixon, North Yorkshire (
I have to say hats of to all officers and crews on all the ships, I'm a coach driver and a regular traveler on P&O, both to Calais and Zeebrugge, and no matter what the weather throws at them they always get through

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 22:32
Post 1219
  Daryl Dixon, North Yorkshire (
Cheers for that, thought it was its dreaded vibration come back to haunt it,, prop problems would explain slow speed,,,, Any news on Pride of Canterbury`s progress

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 22:28
Post 1218
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
The Spirit of France has gone to dry dock, propeller problems apparently.

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 22:04
Post 1217
  Daryl Dixon, North Yorkshire (
Hi just been watching the fleet Mon tracker, noticed Mv Spirit of France limping towards Rotterdam, got a lot of tweets from p&o saying all service cancelled,, anyone know whats up with her ?

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 21:56
Post 1216
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
After reading about the passengers stuck on Eurostar for 15 hours yesterday after a power cut it is worth remembering how well our ferries run in all sorts of weather.

The port and ferry companies manage to keep going regardless.

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 18:01
Post 1215
  Mike J., Dover
With her work on the Southern Breakwater completed the workboat TOPLIFT is laid up again in the Wellington Dock.

She has been joined by the sinister-looking CWIND ENDURANCE, a high-speed catamaran crew transfer vessel which came into servcie in 2014.

HMS GLEANER [post 1180] continues to carry out survey work in the bay & is expected to continue until mid-week next week.

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 17:39
Post 1214
  Sea News, Dover

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Friday, 21 November 2014 - 06:47
Post 1213
  Sea News, Dover

Dover offers a fast Winter Getaway this year.

The start of winter signals the ideal time to get away with skiers, partygoers and Christmas travellers looking to use Europe's busiest ferry port as their preferred departure point this year either by car, coach or on foot.

Christmas markets in Paris, Mulhouse, Avignon and across northern France kick into action at the end of November and run right through to Christmas Eve giving day trippers and travellers an opportunity to stock up on wine, Christmas gifts and sample the wide range of seasonal food and drink on offer.

It is not only day trippers taking advantage of the 90 minute crossing on the shortest route between the UK and France. There are more than 300,000 British skiers and snowboarders who travel to Europe each year driving to the French Alps to resorts such as Chamonix, La Plagne and Les Arcs. The benefit of taking your vehicle from Dover to Calais is that you can stop off along the way to relax, shop and enjoy the Winter treats of France. More importantly you don't have to suffer the pain of excess baggage charges for all your equipment and those delicacies you decide to bring back on the ferry from Calais.

Passenger and vehicle numbers continue to increase as more people appreciate the relaxed travel and round the clock departures from Dover's recently revamped ferry terminals. Dover is the UK's leading ferry port and has seen an increase of 6% in coaches and 3% in passenger traffic compared to 2013 year to date.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Starting any journey, particularly when it's a Winter Getaway for Christmas shopping or skiing and snowboarding, should be about comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. The Port of Dover is the ideal departure point into the heart of northern France and for the French Alps. Travelling should also be about the journey and Dover's ferries are as much a part of the enjoyment as the destinations."


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Picture shows the early ferry, it was taken just a few days ago..just before the onset of all this current grey weather. You might need to don some sun glasses to look at it. But it shows that its still a great time of year for a nice getaway through Dover. All the immediate people I know seem to be 'going continental' in the next few weeks to those wonderfully exciting Christmas markets. PB.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 07:31
Post 1212
  Sea News, Dover
Busy once again on the approach roads to the Port. This is the traffic a few moments ago as I write ( 3pm ) but as you can see its mostly a build up of freight vehicles, some getting a bit fraught with the freight ! The casual tripper should be fine n dandy...ermmm touch wood!

Yes should be a great night up there at the Castle with the fab P&O Choir Barry...all for worthy causes too - the RNLI and the Martha Trust. Excellent.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 15:19
Post 1211
  Barry W-S, Dover
To watch the P&O choir at the Saxon church by Dover Castle is a must for a great way to boost the Christmas spirit, not forgetting to have a glass of mulled wine or two with a mince pie on the side Smiley

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 10:55
Post 1210
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of the cargo ship Hellas Reefer departing around midday Monday. Great to see the upsurge in trade in recent times and here we are with one of our regular reefers, Both tugs were in operation lending assistance on a gloomy ol' day. In the background passing is at a guess one of the Trinity House vessels. Not sure which one...meant to look it up on our channel traffic device on sister page but forgot completely at the time.

We have considerable delays to freight traffic most days again. Long queues of lorries as far as the local eye can see, just as we experienced last week. Interesting to note that one of the causes being mentioned on Twitter is that we have two ferries out of service.
Interesting...think MFL !

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 06:38
Post 1209
  Sea News, Dover

The P&O Ferries Choir will bring its year to a close by performing in the stunning surroundings of Dover Castle.

The choir has had a whirlwind year since winning the BBC TV series Sing While You Work last December. Performances have included taking to the stage with mezzo-soprano Susan Boyle at the Hammersmith Apollo, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert, and in front of 40,000 people in Hyde Park for the BBC's Last Night of the Proms.

To bring its 2014 programme to a close the choir will perform at Dover Castle on Thursday 18 December, thanks to the generous support of English Heritage.
The concert will take place in the castle's Saxon church, St Mary in Castro, at 3pm. Afterwards the audience will be invited into the castle keep for mince pies and mulled wine and further entertainment by an ensemble from the award winning Blossom Street whose CD Sleep, Holy Babe was acclaimed as Christmas CD of the year on Classic FM.

"Our first public engagement after winning the television series was in Dover at the very start of this year and we wanted to close out the year on home ground, where we've enjoyed so much support," said the choir's Stacey Young. "In doing so we'll support two charities, the RNLI and Martha Trust, which provides long term residential, respite and day care for people with profound physical and learning difficulties."

Tickets are priced at £15 and are available by calling 01304 863863.

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See also the post below for the great Christmas idea onboard The Christmas Spirit of Britain.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 07:24
Post 1208
  Sea News, Dover


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The special return trips will take place on the Spirit of Britain departing from Dover on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November (leaving at 09:55 and 14:25). Prices for the Festive Christmas Crossings are £12 return for a car and two people, or £6 return per person for foot passengers. Passengers will be greeted with a mince pie and drink on the four hour crossing.

P&O Ferries' suppliers will be out in force with beauty consultants offering free Dior makeovers, Mavala manicures, a Bvlgari Pop Up Shop, free to enter Jack Daniels competition, tasting sessions from Starbucks, Stella Artois and Kent Crisps and child friendly activities including a Nerf and Nerf Rebel shooting range and Ponyification Station offering My Little Pony makeovers.

For more information or to book visit or call 08712 220 122.

The Christmas Spirit Smiley

Monday, 17 November 2014 - 07:33
Post 1207
  Sea News, Dover

Very interesting story that below Vic. We never really think about who does those kinds of jobs...but someone has do it I guess.Smiley

Monday, 17 November 2014 - 07:28
Post 1206
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Because of the fuel the ships used the crew would not clean out the s/tanks so I was given the job to get four men off the doll and clean them out going from one ship to the other.

I can tell you this was one of the very unclean jobs I have ever done .I had to take both ends off the tanks to let in some air and light but the wast oil was so bad you could not see both ends at the same time then I would go first into the tanks after having put my gas meter down to see what the air was like and cut out the wast oil it was like bread then bag it up and one of my lads would pull them out ,one would tie the bag up and date the time day etc ready for the bags to be taken away,I would have one man keep the staircase and floors clean and after we done one tank at a time.

We would have to take the bags up on deck onto my pickup when the pickup was full we had to then take it to a sealed off area in the docks and take the bags off and a dock member would see that all bags were tied up and dated then he would sign my form they were then put in a container which when filled also had to be dated with times it came off the ship name the ship and day. ready to be taken away,I can tell you it was hard to find the lads each day ,they would do it once then pack up and I did not blame them.

Sunday, 16 November 2014 - 06:51
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