Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Scroll down the page and over the page for all the stories...
MYFERRYLINK ruling see below 1309, 1311...

Port of Dover Remains Traffic Resilient see 1328. - Also see Latest from DDC re current Traffic problems..just below 1335.
Quarter Million Pound handover to Community from the Port of Dover see 1270 also NOTE - FUND NOW OPEN SEE 1334 BELOW !!

DFDS SEAWAYS latest deal 1343 see below
FREE WINE with P&O..see post 1326 below.
THE DOVE OF PEACE see 1279 below...
Marina retains Gold Anchor Award 1291.. Port also retains Park Mark Award see post 1294.
Multi-Million Pound Flood Defences see 1267.
DOVER RACE FESTIVAL - join in 1269
Follow in the footsteps of TOWIE with MyFerryLink see 1256.
Restoring the Fairbairn crane...see post 1247.
CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955 and at 1061,1179,1205..LATEST 1290.
The LIFEBOAT in the thick of the action again. See 976 also 1012. see also LATEST LIFEBOAT PIX 1156, 1295, 1312, 1341...
REMEMBRANCE pictures in post 1199....

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Post 1347
  Sea News, Dover

Another couple of pictures to add to the mix above...yes its another couple of the Baltic Klipper with our redoubtable tugboats included.
This vessel has since departed of course as busy the cargo terminal today is another old friend the Atlantic Reefer.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - 07:46
Post 1346
  brian, trapped agan dovorin
yes paul rather annoying it really is. back to being blocked again this morning. 0730 ish.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 07:59
Post 1345
  Sea News, Dover

The pictures above show the Baltic Klipper arriving on sunday. I don't think we have seen this one before here in the Port of Dover...seems a new name to me. Great to see the cargo trade powering on into 2015.

Brian yes the situation got very busy again last night with trucks lining up for hours. I don't think for example that we would need one of those long winded government reports to tell us that we simply don't appear to have enough capacity. One glance out the proverbial window tells the story. At 4.30pm yesterday monday I noticed the trucks were tailing back miles again and I also noted that there was just one ship in of the P&O Spirits. PB.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 07:46
Post 1344
  brian, fed up dovorian.
I note that the A20 is at a stand still again.

Monday, 26 January 2015 - 19:45
Post 1343
  Sea News, Dover


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Here are a few pictures showing the sleek lines of the Dieppe Seaways by way of a tribute... if indeed she has gone off the route. Would be sad to see her go of course, at the very least she is immensely photogenic...


Monday, 26 January 2015 - 08:06
Post 1342
  Sea News, Dover

Far Right Group en route to Blockade Port of Dover

Here are a few pictures from todays far right protest. Pictures taken at approx 13.35 (1.35pm) There was an opposing group also joining in.... from the Anti-Fascist League.

Some sinister looking images above there which is unfortunate. The Police were determined to keep the two groups apart and they were successful most of the time but when the groups moved onto the seafront scuffles broke out. The Police managed to separate them again but as ever it was an ongoing headache for the Police not to mention the other road users...unwelcome, particularly after the chaotic travel week we have already endured here in Dover. The far right group.. I'm not entirely sure who or what they are... presumably anti-foreign otherwise why target the Port of Dover, but what their ultimate aims are is unclear...other than to block the Port of course. I ought to declare at this point of course that yours truly is foreign himself so cant muster up any all-round sympathy...but there we are. We have other pictures but.... PaulB.

Pity to take Jon Miell's photo off the top...see below. Fascinating shot Jon. PB.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 15:58
Post 1341
  Sea News, Dover

Had the fascinating picture above through from the Lifeboat guys and from Jon Miell in particular. Jon is the Deputy Coxswain and he took this picture of the lifeboat out in the thick of it. He refers I understand to the picture in post 1324 below page...

Jon says.....

"There was a picture published of the lifeboat exiting the Eastern a few days ago on it’s way to search for some wreckage. The boat was out the following day, again looking for debris, with James Clapham in command. I took this picture from the flying bridge just after having a wave break over the upper steering position. It was rougher than the picture portrays but the remnants of the wave on the screen makes a nice shot."

I remember the day well and it was very rough indeed.

The opposite to rough below...a tranquil scene below as night falls over the harbour on Friday evening. We can enjoy a bit of relaxation now as the worst of the trucking backlog situation seems to be over. Brian is freed up.....

Thanks Kevin for that info. Very interesting. Got some good pictures of the Dieppe Seaways over time ...must fetch a couple out as a tribute.
Thanks once again Jon Miell. See more of Jon's pictures in post 1312. PB


Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 08:36
Post 1340
  Kevin Charles, Dover
DFDS have taken the Stena Nordica on an 18 month lease to replace the Dieppe Seaways on their Dover/Calais service. A welcome capacity boost.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 21:40
Post 1339
  brian, freed dovorian.
it just go's to show in the last week what could happen when 3 ferries go missing, and the tunnel is shut.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 15:38
Post 1338
  vic matcham, dover
They must have a rethink about taking the company off the run and a good one at that, just think what would have happen if they were not there at this very time.Smiley

Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 07:52
Post 1337
  Mike J., Dover
Brian's comment in post 1333 -

'some bad news the rodin has gone for refit. one less big ferry to cart off these infernal lorries'

The RODIN has certainly gone but the NORD PAS DE CALAIS has re-entered service after her refit.
This old-timer, built in 1987 & the last of the train-ferries, carries only freight & will be most useful.

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 22:14
Post 1336
  brian., trapped dovorian.
so that's what a police man looks like. please send him up my way paul.SmileySmiley

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 14:41
Post 1335
  Sea News, Dover


Dover District Council is welcoming news that Government has ordered an urgent review of the resilience of the road network in East Kent to cope with periods of severe congestion at Eurotunnel and the Channel Ports.

The news follows a meeting today between East Kent MPs and the Roads Minister, John Hayes MP amidst on-going traffic problems caused as a result of reduced capacity at the Channel Tunnel following a fire on Saturday (17 January). Whilst praising the efforts of the Port of Dover and the ferry operators in handling a dramatic increase in traffic, the Leader of Dover District Council has lamented the lack of resilience to cope with such demand.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said:
“It is unacceptable that communities in East Kent are expected to bear the burden of what is a national issue. The UK economy relies on Dover and the Channel Tunnel to keep the nation’s trade moving. Yet time after time we are left isolated and cut off by the lack of resilience in the road network and a lack of investment to support the nation’s premier roll-on/roll-off port.

“We’re calling on the Government to take action to develop a strategy on cross-Channel freight transport resilience so that the police and highway authorities have the resources to manage the situation more proactively.

“Dover is as important to the national economy as Heathrow Airport. If Dover’s not working, the nation isn’t.”

Cllr Nigel Collor, DDC Portfolio Holder for Access, said:
“It’s frustrating that local communities in Dover, Shepway and Ashford are being left to cope with this situation. It is impacting businesses, tourists and local residents alike. We share their frustration and support the widespread calls for a more proactive response from the Government. We’re doing as much as we can to alert the police and highways authorities to bottlenecks in the town, but it’s evident that a long-term solution to deal with the issue is needed.”

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Below a lone Policeman checks each truck one by one as they come down Jubilee Way...

Friday, 23 January 2015 - 07:28
Post 1334
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover Community Fund NOW OPEN! Smiley

The Port of Dover is delighted to announce that the Port of Dover Community Fund is now open for applications.

Focused on skills, jobs and the community, the Port recently gifted the Fund £250,000 to launch it and ....
will contribute 1% of pre-tax profits each year to support it.

The Port of Dover Community Fund will be managed by Kent Community Foundation, a leading Kent charity with over 13 years’ experience of delivering effective grant-making programmes on behalf of companies, individuals and foundations. Kent Community Foundation has distributed over £20 million in grants and specialises in community grant-making reaching very local causes working at the grassroots. The management cost associated with the administration of the Port of Dover Community Fund is being covered by the Port in addition to its existing financial contribution to the Fund.

Carol Lynch, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation, says:

“Kent Community Foundation is delighted to be setting up this important new Fund for Dover, thanks to the Port of Dover’s significant commitment to the local community. We look forward to working with the advisory panel to encourage local groups to make the most of this great source of local support and bring lasting benefit to the Dover community.”

The current funding round is open until 31st March 2015, following which the Port of Dover Community Fund Panel, a local advisory panel, will assess the applications. The majority of successful applications are likely to receive grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, says:

“What a fantastic way to start 2015! I am extremely grateful to the Kent Community Foundation for taking on the independent management of the Fund and also to the advisory panel, led by the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, for its commitment to ensuring that the Fund is used to deliver the greatest benefit for our community. I therefore encourage local groups and organisations to start applying in order to make the positive difference the Fund has been set up to create.”

Under the chairmanship of the Bishop of Dover, the advisory panel consists of a number of local people including Ronnie Philpott, Roger Knight, Emma Liddiard and Jack Williams.

The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott says:

“The Port of Dover Community Fund can bring hope to young people and to the community of Dover. I and the rest of the Panel trust that the community will make full use of this fund. It is our job to ensure that it supports those projects that can make a real, positive and lasting difference to people’s lives.”

To apply for funding from the Port of Dover Community Fund, please visit: of Dover



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Thanks for the info re the Rodin Brian...trapped Dovorian ! Smiley

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 15:20
Post 1333
  brian, trapped dovorian.
some bad news the rodin has gone for refit. one less big ferry to cart off these infernal lorries.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 10:22
Post 1332
  Sea News, Dover

Look at this beast. This great ship moved down the channel on Tuesday heading for foreign climes. At the time of launch in 2013 she was the biggest ship in the world...

"MV Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller is the lead ship of Maersk's Triple E class of container vessels. At the time of its entry into service in 2013 it was the largest ship in the world, it had the largest cargo capacity of any vessel, and was the longest ship in service worldwide. Constructed for Danish company Maersk by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, it was launched in February 2013 and entered operational service in July 2013. It was named after Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the CEO of Maersk between 1965 and 1993.The ship is the first of a class of 20 identical vessels. "

See also Ed Connells post number 1265 for another of the Triple E's...
See also 1305.

I noticed late yesterday as it was getting dark, too late for a picture, that the Nord Pas de Calais, the familiar ol' warhorse, was back in action. The picture above is from a recent time but as the traffic situation is still very bad with trucks still queuing all through the night, spare a thought for the poor trucker, the extra capacity will help for sure.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 08:53
Post 1331
  Sea News, Dover

Vic I think you make a fair point there. Reduce capacity in any sector and this is what we get...and of course the citizenry of Dover feel the brunt of the disruption. The Tunnel is still in turmoil and with a couple of ships down here at Dover the result is what you see. Without MyFerryLink surely this chaotic situation would go on.

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Operation Stack Phase Two in place.

Phase Two of Operation Stack was put in place on the M20 southbound in the early hours of Wednesday 21 January due to reduced capacity at the Channel Tunnel.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoining the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway.

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.

What is Operation Stack?

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network. It is only introduced as an emergency measure after consultation with other agencies and implemented following a thorough assessment of issues, including safety concerns and disruption on the road network.

Check with your operator
Contact your travel operator before setting off on your journey. Here are a few useful numbers:
Eurotunnel - call 08444 630000.
Eurostar - visit
The Port of Dover - call 01304 240 400 or visit

...the message above is from Kent Police.

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Good selection of pictures below there Mike. Yes indeed I bet it was rather cold down there on the Prince of Wales Pier...brrrr ! PB

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 14:40
Post 1330
  vic matcham, dover
With all what is going on tells me we still need all the ferry companys working just think if My Ferry Link had already gone there would have been 3 less ships that means the hold ups would have been longer .Smiley It is crazy to get rid of one company they are all making money and giving locals a job .JusSmileyt crazySmiley

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 11:36
Post 1329
  Mike J., Dover
The elderly self-discharging bulker HENRIETTE [built 1971] came into Dover for bunkers late Monday night & docked on Cruise-2.

She rather unsportingly sailed on Tuesday morning while I was trudging up an icy Prince of Wales & I had to make do with the tug AFON CEFNI who was berthed on the Ad.Pier.

The HENRIETTE has been involved with rock-dumping operations down at Dungeness & the AFON CEFNI has been popping down there to help out from time to time.

In Wellington Dock the Environment Agency’s survey vessel SOLENT GUARDIAN was tied up ahead of our old friend TOPLIFT who has been laid up there since she was involved in the Southern Breakwater reairs a few months back.

Looking at her AIS track on Marine Traffic the SOLENT GUARDIAN was heading upchannel from the Eastbourne area & passed Dover during Monday night, but changed her mind off Deal & came to Dover instead.

Oddly her AIS information has her as a ‘Law Enforcement Vessel’

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 00:56
Post 1328
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover Remains Resilient

Passengers stranded by the problems with Eurotunnel over the weekend were offered a safe alternative to reaching their destinations by the Port of Dover and its world renowned and reliable ferry services.

Over the weekend, the Port of Dover and its three major ferry operators provided emergency assistance in getting stranded Tunnel passengers across the Channel. The Port continued to maximise available capacity for the additional traffic whilst maintaining a first class service for customers already heading to Europe’s busiest ferry port. Nearly 35% extra traffic resulted in increased ferry services over the weekend to cope with the stranded travellers.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s Chief Executive, believes the Port reacted in very quick time to assist the hundreds of passengers and freight vehicles caught in the Eurotunnel problems:

“Despite the increased number of customers heading through the Port, we succeeded, along with our ferry partners, in providing a safe and reliable service to help those passengers frustrated with their travel issues. Our staff embraced the challenge and passengers have expressed their appreciation of the extra effort made to keep them informed. We were happy to help those who passed through the Port and hope we managed to rescue travel and commercial plans.”

As Europe’s busiest ferry port, Dover is used to handling large volumes of traffic heading across the shortest route between the UK and mainland Europe.


The ferries above working hard as ever but despite that we still have a freight backlog this morning tuesday with trucks extended back as far as this eye can see. We are several ships down at the moment too so it doesn't take much to cause the build up of commercial freight and with the tunnel also in backlog....well...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 09:06
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