Sunday, 29 March 2015


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Post 1454
  Sea News, Dover
It is a grim oul day on the seafront and no mistake. Horrendous wind and torrential rain is the order of things today sunday. Not a day for the marathon runners to enjoy...totally abysmal. Its one thing doing 26 miles and another coming down along the seafront with the fierce wind behind, but once the runners had to turn round and head back into said wind it was terribly difficult. Many struggled bravely on with true grit. We take our proverbial hats off to anyone who made it to the finish. It was a tough ol day for sure.

In the midst of all the running into view came the Schweiz Reefer...and you can see from the picture at the top of the page just how rough conditions were. Tugboat Dauntless tussling here with the turning almost listing ship. Tugboat Doughty pulling just out of can just see the cable.
One word describles the day...fierce!

Just noticed: its a sheer fluke but I managed to get runner 37 two days running.. what are the odds. SmileyPB

Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 15:55
Post 1453
  Sea News, Dover
SEAFRONT: Further marathon to enjoy today...the weather situation isn't very nice so far today, but probably good for marathon runners especially when they reach around the 20 mile mark. Scheduled to start at 9am. Good luck to them all.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 07:53
Post 1452
  Sea News, Dover

Wowser!! the marathon guys are hard at it as we speak (see earlier post) ....yours truly is working up a sweat just gawping from the wings. We managed to get these pictures quite early on, it was very foggy and had to force the pictures a tad, or more than a tad, to try and reduce the amount of mist in the shots. But the marathon runners look great with the raging surf behind them.. just fab! For a fleeting moment there it looked just like California, if you forget the cold and the fog and the drizzle! Smiley

As we know though
"it never rains in California...."
Smiley PB.

Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 11:44
Post 1451
  Sea News, Dover
Its damp dark dank dreary and dismal this morning..cant see a damn thing from my harbour location. Fogbound! I hear the wailing bell! Smiley
"I see no ships" but those excellent pictures below from Ed will keep us buoyant. Particularly amazing shots/story 1449. PaulB.
ps: just a reminder that the Port of Dover Seafront Marathon and half marathon are on today...starting at 9.30am.
Type in Race in the search engine for more details.

Saturday, 28 March 2015 - 06:42
Post 1450
  Ed Connell, Dover
Global Marine cableship "CS Sovereign" in the Dover Strait this afternoon.

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 19:29
Post 1449
  Ed Connell, Dover
Very unusual sight in the Southwest lane yesterday. Small craft making extremely heavy going in a slight sea, enveloped in spray. Turned out to be a Royal Norwegian Navy "Alta" class minesweeper, HNoMS "Rauma". Reason for all the spray given below.

From Wikipedia: "The Alta class was built by Kvaerner Mandal during 1996 and 1997, while the related Oksøy class was built in 1994 and 1995. A total of 9 vessels were built, 5 minesweepers and 4 minehunters. The catamaran hull is built in a fibre-reinforced plastic sandwich of very low magnetic signature. Two large fans located on each side create an air cushion between the two hulls and a front and aft rubber skirt, lifting the vessel, giving small drag and a high cruise speed, as well as low susceptibility to the shock of exploding mines since only a small portion of the hull is actually exposed in the water. Propulsion by water jet, again one in each hull, gives a low acoustic signature. A degaussing system gives the vessels extremely low electromagnetic signature."

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 12:38
Post 1448
  Sea News, Dover

Two ways to Celebrate 15 Years of the Dover-Dunkirk route with DFDS Seaways Smiley

- Day return sailings to Dunkirk for £15 each way for car +9
- 15% discount on all return sailings over 5 days on Dover-Dunkirk route

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has launched two special offers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the cross Channel Dover-Dunkirk ferry service.
15th anniversary offers

· 15% discount - take your car and up to nine passengers from £34 each way with the 15% discount on offer by DFDS Seaways on its Dover-Dunkirk route. The offer is available on return of more than five days. Book by April 15 for travel on selected departures until 16 May, using code E15YEARS

· Day return – take your car and up to nine passengers on a day return from Dover to Dunkirk for £15 each way using code E15DAY . This offer must be booked by April 15 and is for selected departures until 16 May.

Take your car to France and explore the world’s most popular holiday destination at your own pace. Our port in Dunkirk is just 30 miles from Calais and is well-connected with transport links to a variety of popular holiday destinations and cities in France, as well as further afield to Belgium, Holland and Germany.

With 24 daily sailings between Dover and Dunkirk in both directions, you’re sure to find a sailing which suits both your wallet and your diary. Each crossing takes just two hours, and Dunkirk is well situated for people wanting to visit fantastic European cities such as Bruges in Belgium and the white sandy beaches of Le Touquet in northern France. Both cities are around an hour’s drive from the Port of Dunkirk.

There’s plenty to keep you busy as you sail, with a café bar, self-service restaurant, fast food outlet and shops onboard, as well as a dedicated children’s play area. You can also visit our Sea View Lounge for just £8pp and enjoy the complementary drinks and snacks.

To find out more information, visit, or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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That is a great piece of news below there Kevin. Will be polishing up the lenses for those visits...Smiley

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 06:47
Post 1447
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Exciting news on the cruise front for 2016! Disney Cruise Line have confirmed they'll be back in Dover next year with new itineraries, including their first round Britain cruise. Disney Magic is due in Dover for its first call of 2015 on 10 July.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 07:54
Post 1446
  Sea News, Dover
Our great Port of Dover wednesday morning early - getting ready for the EASTER Getaway.


More than 225,000 passengers are expected to pass through the Port of Dover for the start of this year’s Easter getaway – making Dover the gateway of choice to mainland Europe.

Over the Easter period from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, the Port will welcome around 40,000 cars and 2,000 coaches as they take a convenient ferry to access the motorways of France, Belgium and the Netherlands for that special holiday break. It will not only be day trippers taking advantage of the shortest route between the UK and France, but also families heading out across Europe even as a far as Italy and Spain for sun, sea and shopping.

The cross-Channel route has fewer restrictions than any other form of transport with the benefit of taking your vehicle from Dover to either Calais or Dunkirk in order to relax and enjoy the local treats of northern France, explore historic towns in Belgium or simply head further east and south to the attractions of Germany or even the French Riviera.

The great advantage of choosing from the excellent choice of frequent ferry services from the Port of Dover is that you do not have to suffer the pain of excess baggage charges and can bring back those holiday souvenirs with peace of mind. Add to this the comfortable 90 minute sea journey with a range of food and drinks on board and a place to rest and it is hard not to think of a reason to use a ferry from Dover to get into the heart of Europe.

Barbara Buczek, General Manager – Business Development, Port of Dover, says:

“This Easter, Dover ferry passengers will find a quality service and a dedicated team creating the perfect start to their Easter holidays. Dover offers customers a flexible and convenient way of crossing the Channel and is well placed for those travelling to Northern France, Belgium, Holland and beyond. Customers can rest assured that the Port of Dover will be working hard with its ferry partners to keep the Port and its customers moving into Easter.”


And now below pictures of the cargo ship Southern Bay leaving us yesterday wednesday through the Western Exit at 4pm...seen here getting lots of sterling assistance from the tugboats Doughty and Dauntless. Much better for us picturewise to see them leaving through this Exit. Smaller picture above shows the Port's Barbara Buczek with Cruise ship officers on an inaugural visit last year.

Great to see that one below Ed - I believe we may have featured it before, cant remember for sure off the top of my head...
I must search the new search engine. PB Smiley

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 06:53
Post 1445
  Ed Connell, Dover
CSCL Globe passing up the Northeast lane at lunchtime. Briefly the largest container ship in the world. She entered service in December and has already been surpassed by the MSC Oscar which can carry a handful more containers.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 13:18
Post 1444
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of pictures here of the Braemar from yesterday tuesday. The shot above shows the arrival early morning with tugboat Dauntless in attendance, and the shot below shows her languishing at Cruise Terminal 2 in the late afternoon. The cruise visits are now in full swing as you can see...and very welcome too.


Last week I held a debate in Parliament on the problems of Dover gridlock. I called for the port, ferry companies and Government to take responsibility and work with our community to find a lasting solution.

Dover suffers traffic gridlock on a weekly basis. People sit in traffic for hours struggling to get home. Dover businesses lose trade because customers can't reach their premises. Emergency vehicles can't get to those in need. And large parts of the roadside on the A20 have become dumping grounds for litter (and worse) left by HGV drivers stuck in tailbacks.
Why? The Port of Dover handled record freight in 2014 - up 10% on the last year. And it's expected to grow further. There are not enough spaces for lorries to park. Ferry check in systems are antiquated and frequently fail. The seas can be rough, Calais workers like to go on strike and ferries are sometimes run aground or into the harbour wall.

When there are problems, the Police, Port and the Highways Agency are often too slow and ill-equipped to tackle problems when they arise. High volumes of Port traffic just plough into the middle of Dover, whether the Port is ready to take them or not. This creates gridlock - now happening on a weekly basis.

When there are problems at the port, it's always the people of Dover who pay the price. That must change.

I called for the traffic problems in Kent and Dover to be made a national strategic priority by Ministers. Tailbacks not only make life a misery for local people - they hamper national trade and prosperity. The Government should lead the way in finding a long-term infrastructure solution.

A dedicated lorry park for the advance check-in of lorries before they arrive at Dover is badly needed. The best location for a 1,000 space site is near Folkestone on the M20. The Government should fund for this through revenue from the HGV Road User Levy, while the Port and ferry companies should contribute.

The A20 should be made a clearway, as well as box junctions at all roundabouts and road junctions in Dover. This will ensure no parking or stopping is allowed and ease road access in Dover - particularly for long suffering Aycliffe.

The Roads Minister, John Hayes, responded very positively. He said our community should not be inconvenienced and the Government will address the problem. He said he would support Kent County Council in making the A20 a clearway. The Government is prepared to make funding available for lorry parks and improved IT systems to deal with traffic volumes. These proposals will be set out in detail before the end of the month.

When there are problems at the port, it is wrong the town should suffer in gridlock. I am doing all I can to see a lasting solution is delivered for our community.

Charlie Elphicke
MP Dover and Deal.



Introduction of Government-imposed Exit Checks at Port of Dover .....
The UK Government has introduced Exit Checks at all ports, airports and Eurotunnel effective from April 2015.

From Wednesday 8 April 2015, all ferry customers using the Port of Dover will now be asked to present passports or national identity cards at check-in. This new additional Government process at the Port will result in longer check-in procedures at Dover Ferry Terminal.

To accommodate Exit Checks and minimise disruption to the town and the Port of Dover, we will continue to seek the support of the relevant agencies with which we work closely in order to help us deliver their national security objectives.

The Port of Dover is at the heart of the UK economy handling £100 billion of UK-European trade each year. We are already working on a major Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) project to deliver increased capacity within the ferry terminal and committing extra resources to manage traffic in Dover on the approaches to the Eastern Docks. We are playing our part, but this issue affects us all and our role is to ensure that together with all partners we keep traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving.

In order to speed up your journey through the Port, please ensure that you have passports or national identity cards to hand as these will be needed when checking in with your chosen ferry operator. It is imperative that freight drivers ensure they understand the new procedures and do not arrive at the Port of Dover without the correct documentation as this will cause further delay. During periods of increased freight traffic, it is advisable that all tourist drivers use the A2/M2 route towards the Port in order to minimise delays to your journey.



These items are already being discussed in our forums. You can make up your own mind of course as to whether all mentioned represents progress or not. The case rests...and the jury is out..

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 06:32
Post 1443
  Sea News, Dover

Up to 20% off Easter breaks at top French theme parks with MyFerryLink

Great deals on Parc Astérix and Futuroscope

Families travelling with MyFerryLink will now be able to enjoy their holiday for less this Easter! Dover-Calais ferry operator MyFerryLink has teamed up with popular French theme parks, Parc Astérix and Futuroscope, to offer their customers up to 20% off entry.

MyFerryLink customers heading to Picardy theme park Parc Astérix for Easter will receive 20% off its entrance fee. Tickets cost €30 (*£21) per child under 12 years (was €38) and €37 (£26) per adult (was €46). Based on the stories of Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny, Parc Astérix is jam-packed with thrilling rides, perfect for the whole family. Tweenagers can try out the ‘Tonnerre de Zeus’, one of the largest rollercoasters in Europe, whilst younger members of the family will enjoy the six theme ‘worlds’ - from the Gauls to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire – not to mention daily dolphin and sea lion shows, acrobatics and street performances.

What’s more, MyFerryLink customers heading to Futuroscope can also save €4 (£3) per person on a day pass to the science-fuelled attraction – that’s a saving of 12%. Tickets are now €35 (£25) per adult (was €39) and €28 (£20) per child (was €32).
One of France’s most popular amusement parks, Futuroscope launched a new Fun Xperiences arena earlier this year. Here, adventurous visitors can take on thrilling sports-inspired challenges, such as free-fall slides and laser training. Children can even try floating in space, enjoy a 4D effects movie or dance with robots at 23ft!

To get the discount, travellers must simply show their MyFerryLink lane hanger or MyFerryLink booking confirmation upon arrival at the attraction. These offers are available for travel until 1 November 2015.

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £45 each way, £35 each way for a three day short break and £29 return for a day trip.

To find the best fares, visit or call 0844 2482 100


A painterly picture of the Rodin a few days ago above...looking good. Some great deals above there from MyFerryLink.
Yours truly is very keen to get across soon and to take advantage of the many bargains on offer.

Above we have some heavenly light in the channel yesterday morning. Well we can all use a bit of divine inspiration. Yours truly could have used some while trying to picture the Saga Sapphire departing last night see below. No matter what one did the low evening sun reflected off the ships hull with dazzling discomfort. Grrrrr! With no help forthcoming from on high I resorted to giving the furniture a nice satisfactory kick...still, better days ahead. PB.

The Braemar is in this morning. Weather very grey once again but very the moment.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 07:08
Post 1442
  Sea News, Dover

Just a further few pictures here to celebrate the extraordinary low tide. Pix from sunday morning at roughly 8am and this couple appeared to be doing that harbour end to end walk know the one, without getting your feet wet. You can easily by-pass the groynes and the piers and be all at sea...ermm...all on shanks' pony...yesirreee great stuff! There ought to be some award for doing is a safe thing to do as long as one keeps ones wits about one as to the turning tides.

In the previous post 1438 you saw the 'floating' lampshade. Well here she is in reality in picture 2, only this time with the tide at its lowest. You can see the huge difference in water levels at a glance if you compare it with the earlier picture in 1438. Some difference eh?

The final one below looks all made for an exciting if rather chilly sunday. Me timbers were a-shiverin' for sure...

Good luck Scott with your efforts there, a noble cause in Post 1439. Hope all well in Lowestoft.
So that's what happened to Charlie Rock Ed....its a busy barge, excellent to see the lifting platform in position. Good pictures all round guys.
Just to mention too that the Hellas Reefer and the cruise liner Saga Sapphire also in harbour today.

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 15:09
Post 1441
  Ed Connell, Dover
Charlie Rock on the Eastern Arm.

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 09:08
Post 1440
  Ed Connell, Dover
Jack-up platform Topbond conducting latest berth renovation works.

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 09:04
Post 1439
  Scott, Lowestoft (
A charity based in Lowestoft is seeking funding to try and save the historic Dover lifeboat "Rotary Service" Built in Lowestoft 1973.

The Thames Class Lifeboat Trust web: aim to use the vessel in Lowestoft as a youth training vessel operating trips as far as Dover, several times a year.

(Photo N. Leach)

The trust really need support to raise the £16,000 required to succeed. If you can help please see the website. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 01:14
Post 1438
  Sea News, Dover
Yes indeed Kevin very extremes of tidal highs and lows at the moment. As we speak the tide is the lowest ever...a chap out on a jolly canter could easy walk the length of the harbour without getting his socks wet, the shoes might be a tad damp but that's all. The following two pictures show the high tide yesterday early afternoon. The rowers would have to walk if they were in the same position as I write. Below that the obligatory lampshade looks odd looks like floating debris on a pea green sea, but not so of course. It shows how high the tide is.
Final shot shows low tide yesterday morning. As said - very very low right now at the time of posting.
That moon and sun .. they will play about in the heavens !!
Smiley PB

Picture from yesterday saturday. The tide is even lower this morning.
Yes indeed...we hope the team in Miami are doing well promoting...Destination Dover.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 07:34
Post 1437
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Exceptionally high spring tides along the Channel coast linked to the eclipse - 7.10 metres in Dover this lunchtime and 7.30 metres tonight. Good job the sea is calm!

Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 12:44
Post 1436
  Kevin Charles, Dover
The team from the Port of Dover have been busy promoting destination Dover in Miami this week at the cruise industry's premier exhibition of the year. With the stunning £10 million refurbishment of Cruise Terminal 1 hopefully more customers signed up for the future!

Friday, 20 March 2015 - 11:44
Post 1435
  Sea News, Dover

More sparkle promised at this year’s Port of Dover Community Regatta

We promised you a bigger and better event last year and our commitment to deliver even more for Dover continues this year with the addition of a new evening event for the Port of Dover Community Regatta, culminating in a grand fireworks finale over the harbour!

Taking place along Dover’s award-winning esplanade, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, 25 July. Now in its third year, the Port of Dover Community Regatta is facilitated by the Port of Dover. The Port is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and is delighted that Dover Town Council has also come on board to work with the Port and its partners for the benefit of the local community.

During the day, the free family Regatta will feature the popular Dover District Community Safety Day, an impressive classic car display, a new bike show, an entertainment stage throughout the day, family activities along the whole of the seafront and on the water, and a spectacular aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades.

The evening event, in association with Dover Town Council, will provide a wide range of entertainment both on the stage and along the promenade with details to follow over the next few months. The fireworks, sponsored by local Dover restaurant Cullins Yard, will close the Regatta in style and light up our beautiful harbour.

Allison Burton, Town Clerk, Dover Town Council, said: “Dover Town Council is very happy to provide the evening entertainment building up to the firework finale at the Port of Dover Community Regatta, one of the most important events in the town’s summer programme.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said: “Last year’s event was a great day for Dover and the reality behind our vision of bringing the Port and its community together to celebrate a shared maritime heritage. The Port of Dover Community Regatta is now a flagship event for Dover and we are committed, along with our partners, to putting on an even bigger and better event that help make Dover the place to visit, live, work and enjoy.

“It is a case of working hard to keep the traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving so that we can also enjoy our fantastic seafront together and celebrate the Port’s place at the heart of the community. We look forward to seeing you!”


Back by popular demand will be the ‘Dover Port Dash’ tournament, which will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’ pitting their wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise money for two local charities, the RNLI and a community-elected charity, soon to be revealed.

There are places for 14 adult mixed teams and 14 junior mixed crews. Teams will comprise six rowers plus a cox. Entry will be free to the junior teams. So the call is well and truly out to all aspiring Dashers, to get their teams together, get practicing and get set to join in all the fun!

Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "The Port of Dover Community Regatta promises to be a great day out for the family, and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase to the community what we are all doing to make our district an even safer place to live, work and visit."

Further event details are to be announced in due course but in the meantime please register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash by emailing Alyson Hudson at, visiting our Facebook page or tweeting us on Twitter.


The big story last night on BBC Southeast was..can you believe it...criminal gangs smuggling migrants OUT of the UK and over to Dunkerque. We are forever concerned about migrants coming this way as is often featured..but the latest story offered a bizarre twist. The programme was presented from Dover by Polly Evans and here she is in fine action on the seafront as the light was fading.

Top two pictures are from our colleagues down at the Port, third picture is from the archives here showing the display in 2009...the final picture was taken last evening as mentioned.

Friday, 20 March 2015 - 06:21
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