Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Port of Dover with early ferry.


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P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.
Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.
DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.

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Post 5816
  Sea News, Dover


Release time: immediate

TWELVE schoolchildren from Kent attended a special afternoon tea on board a P&O Ferries ship last week (5th October) to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The youngsters from St Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Dover, aged 9 and 10, met with veterans from the Royal British Legion to mark the charity’s ‘Thank You’ campaign, which remembers some of the individuals who took part in the war a century after the event.

The children were met on board P&O Ferries Spirit of France ship by Chief Officer Tom Hackford, who at 31 is the youngest acting-up captain in the company’s fleet. They were also given a presentation about the war by Cherrie Harris, the first female vice chairman in the 100 year history of the Royal British Legion Kent.

Ms Harris explained that the children were sailing on the same route as the soldiers would have taken to the Western Front and that the armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month in 1918. She added interesting facts about the war including how it heralded major social change such as votes for women and how the tommys took cats with them to the trenches in order to catch rats.

The children enjoyed an afternoon tea – a famous P&O tradition dating back to the last century – which was specially prepared by chef Jason Chappell to include WW1 nostalgia items such as bully beef sandwiches and trench cake. The day ended with the children writing their own thank you poems and making poppies with their eyes closed or only using one arm, to emulate the disabled veterans who were the first makers of commemorative poppies 100 years ago.

James Blomfield, Headmaster of St Richard’s School, said: “I would like to thank P&O Ferries for inviting the pupils to attend their WW1 ‘Thank You’ afternoon tea party. The trip was a remarkable and moving experience for our children – they have learned a huge amount about the war as well as the significance of remembering all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, added: “We are proud to be a longstanding supporter both of the Royal British Legion and also the schoolchildren in the communities where we operate. We hope that the children will now be able to tell their friends why the First World War still matters even today.”


Nice picture of little Luke above there. Well done Luke and all the schoolchildren. Smiley

Many thanks to the guys at P&O Ferries for the story.Smiley

As a compliment to the above item which features the Spirit of France..a couple of pictures now of said ferry.
The Spirit of France ...

The pic above .. taken just two days ago as the Spirit of France makes an early morning departure under a gorgeous sky. All natural picture. Below we see the ship again, a familiar shot this time with the older logo, taken in Calais a while ago.

Well done with Comoros Stream below there Mike. Smiley
yes indeed a significant transformation from a model in a glass case. (to see glass case pic type 2852 in Search Engine)
Will have a few pix myself to follow along in due course.



Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - 07:09
Post 5815
  Mike J., Dover

First arrival of the COMOROS STREAM ?
First time on ‘Sea News’ anyway, apart from a model in a glass case in an earlier post.

She arrived Dover Tuesday afternoon from Puerto Barrios in Guatemala & was held in the bay by the tugs for a short while the COTE DES FLANDRES unusually shifted from No.2 to No.6 berth.
In the backgroumd the CANTERBURY heads for Western & No.7 berth.

Re Paul’s pix of the recovery exercise by Viking Marine - in real life the ‘casualty’ would float much deeper in the water & would be a lot heavier & harder to recover !

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 22:42
Post 5814
  Sea News, Dover
The Maritime Skills Academy in Dover Harbour

Some pictures above there of teams from the Maritime Skills Academy out in training action in Dover Harbour on the afternoon of the 11th of October. They were obviously practising how to retrieve a dead or wounded victim from the water .. as you can see in the shots above, as well as other training exercises..
Good to see them in action.

Nice pictures from Ramsgate below Mike...right in the heart of it. Great to see those boats up close. Fascinating too to see those eateries recently in your shots..right at the waters edge over there in Ramsgate, have personally never seen them. Wetherspoons right in there in the harbour, and now the Royal Harbour Brasserie...fascinating..


Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 15:10
Post 5813
  Mike J., Dover
Like Dover, Ramsgate is having contractors working in the harbour, but not perhaps on the same scale as DWDR.

Like Dover, piling works are taking place & this little workboat was busy on 3/10 with preliminary work on the pontoons before the installation of replacement piles.
She [it ?] had arrived in Ramsgate [by lorry] a few days previously.

Dunkirk Little Ship 'LA MOUETTE' under overhaul in the Inner Harbour at Ramsgate.
She has an interesting history which can be found on the website of the ‘Association of Dunkirk Little Ships’

Ramsgate Port Control atop the Royal Harbour Brasserie & sun deck at dusk.

Monday, 15 October 2018 - 23:42
Post 5812
  Sea News, Dover

Lower Thames Crossing to boost road capacity by 90 per cent

A major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex would nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve northbound journey times at Dartford Crossing, under updated plans just released by Highways England.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
"We are making the biggest investment in improving our roads since the 1970s, ensuring journeys are quicker and safer. The multi-billion pound project will connect communities, boost the economy and add vital extra resilience to the road network while reducing pressure on the existing Dartford Crossing. It is set to be the most ambitious road project since the M25 opened 30 years ago and will include the UK’s longest road tunnel.

47,000 people had their say in a previous consultation on the proposals – a record for a UK road scheme. A new, ten-week consultation on the latest designs for the improvements will start on Wednesday 10 October and run until Thursday 20 December.

The improved proposals published today include:

Making the whole route a three-lane dual carriageway to improve traffic-flow;
A new rest and service area to the west of East Tilbury;
A new design for the Tilbury junction, removing the proposed Tilbury link road toreduce traffic on the local road network, and;
An improved junction with the A2.

The 14.5 mile route connecting Gravesham in Kent and Thurrock in Essex is expected to reduce traffic at Dartford by 22 per cent with 14 million fewer vehicles using it every year. It will almost halve the morning peak average journey times between M25 junctions 1b and 31 from nine minutes to just five.

"The Lower Thames Crossing will help transform journeys, create new business opportunities in Kent and Essex and unlock productivity across the UK.

"It will also cut congestion at the Dartford Crossing and improve connectivity from our industrial heartland to our ports in the South East."

Tim Jones, Project Director for Lower Thames Crossing, said:
"For too long the Dartford Crossing has been the only way to get across the Thames east of London. It is a vital gateway, but carries more traffic than it was ever designed for and drivers there suffer from regular delays, severing communities and holding back economic growth.

"The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious project of its kind ever in the UK and the biggest single road upgrade since the M25 was completed more than 30 years ago. It would almost double road capacity across the Thames cutting congestion, significantly easing pressure at the Dartford Crossing and boosting the resilience of the whole road network. This consultation is an important opportunity for people to share their views on our proposals and I urge anyone who has an interest to have their say."

The project will create a new, three-lane dual carriageway connecting the M2 near Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockenden. It would include a 2.4 mile-long tunnel under the Thames between Gravesend and Tilbury – the longest road tunnel in the UK – and, at over 50 feet wide, the third largest bored tunnel in the world.

The plans published today include an updated, more detailed design which aims to maximise the project’s huge benefits and includes significant changes to minimise the impact on local communities and the environment.

Numerous measures have also been included to reduce the impact that the new road will have on local communities, including:

Extending the tunnel so the tunnel entrance in Kent is 600 metres further south to reduce the visual impact and protect access to a community church;

Lowering road by five to six metres in places to reduce its visual impact;

Moving the road 80 metres further east where it passes Chadwell St Mary to increase the distance from residential properties.

The preferred route was announced last April by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Some 25 public information events are being held across Kent and Essex, as well as 30 visits to local communities to help people understand more about the proposals and put any questions directly to the project team. At each event, specialists will be on hand to explain the proposed route, how it would be built and operated, and how Highways England plan to minimise the impact on the local environment and community.

All information is also available online ...
The consultation starts today and runs for ten weeks.


Port of Dover Richard Christian, Head of Policy & Communications, Port of Dover, said:
"The UK’s reliance upon continued frictionless trade at the Port of Dover has been accepted at the heart of Government. So has the need to preserve it. For a port handling £122bn or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods, and with half of that trade moving beyond London to keep factories busy and shops full in the Midlands and the North, the Lower Thames Crossing is an investment in the long-term economic success of the UK as a whole. The Port continues to press hard for a Government commitment to other complementary strategic investments such as the dualling of the A2 to Dover which, together with the Lower Thames Crossing, will help protect jobs and livelihoods, keep traffic flowing and prices low for British consumers."

Dover District Council are also involved and we will have more of that to follow in due course.

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The following pictures feature the departing Saga Pearl II. She left us here at the Port of Dover on Friday at 6.20pm for the final time. It was getting dark so the pictures are not sprightly clear. She left in a strong wind too, so the acknowledgement spray from the tug was dispersed somewhat in said wind. She left to the sound of horns and hoots in celebratory style. Sad to see her go......

The recent picture below shows her off better.

And her replacement below...due in July 2019. The Spirit of Discovery.
See also post 5776 for more detail on the new ship ... type 5776 in our Search Engine above for easy access.


Monday, 15 October 2018 - 06:16
Post 5811
  Sea News, Dover
Ah...its sunday morning again - time for something a little different.
A big day for the swimmers is sunday. They gather on a near corner of beach, revving up for the physical endeavours ahead. And then they're off... scything through the surf with energetic aplomb.

The pictures below...well what can you say. We have had better ones before so let's call this collection...
"an artistic interpretation of swimmers in action"Smiley

We watch the swimmers approach and go
powering through tides both high and low.

There you are ...we've got Shakespeare worried SmileySmiley

Smiley A rather odd bit of parking below on Friday. As this post is a swimming special, perhaps the chap in the interesting car wanted to be close to the statue of Capt Webb...that other swimmer of note.

However if Mr Pod ( see number plate) is spotted by Mr Plod he may well be ticketedSmiley

ps: we will have some final shots of the Saga Pearl on Monday, showing her as she moved away on Friday evening for the last time.

Sunday, 14 October 2018 - 07:00
Post 5810
  Sea News, Dover
Hi Howard - I changed it. You did indeed put 'this morning' but I changed it to 'yesterday morning' .. the Saga Pearl ship came in yesterday morning (Friday). She left for the final time last night (Friday) about 6.20pm.
Smiley Cracking colourful pictures. Well done Paul Sampson.


Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 17:31
Post 5809
  Howard McSweeney, dover
Apologies the post below should read this morning.

Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 15:22
Post 5808
  Howard McSweeney, dover
Photos of the Saga Pearl 2 arriving yesterday morning taken by Paul Sampson of WCCP.

Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 08:50
Post 5807
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Sikinos moving away yesterday at 13.10, She had been supplying bunker services to the Saga Pearl, the Saga Pearl being on her final visit here... more on that in due course. But here we are with Sikinos on a bit of a rough oul day...
heading back to Dunkerque ...

Some general new-era info now on Dover Museum and the Bronze Age Boat Gallery...

First Stage of Plan to Revitalise Dover Museum Gets Go Ahead

An ambitious and exciting plan to enhance Dover Museum and the Bronze Age Boat Gallery located in Dover’s Market Square has been given the go ahead by Dover District Council’s Cabinet.

The proposals aim to harness the full visitor potential of the museum, seize on the increasing tourism opportunity resulting from Dover’s emergence as the UK’s second busiest cruise terminal, and to ensure that the museum forms a key part of the regeneration of Dover Town Centre.

The programme is due to start by the end of this year with a full audit of the Museum collection, the majority of which is in storage spread across a number of sites in the District, and not normally accessible to the public. This will take around two years to complete and will be led by the appointment of a new Museum Collections Manager, supported by two apprentices/research assistants.

The collection will be entirely reviewed, and catalogued, and a new collections policy will ensure that the collection’s focus remains relevant to the District’s heritage and future development, and enabling the stores to be rationalised. This will reduce the storage space required, and enable the Museum to vacate storage space in the Maison Dieu, in preparation for that building’s restoration following the District Council’s successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

The review of the Museum collections leads into a wider DDC/KCC partnership project looking at how the Dover Discovery Centre might be developed into a cultural hub, including space for the Museum to expand through the creation of:

Temporary exhibition space so that more of the Museum’s collection can be put on display, and so that the District has the capacity to show visiting national exhibitions;

Joint archive and study centre so that the public/students/researchers/ businesses have access to the District’s significant collections of historical documents and records, and;

Expanded on site storage provision at the Museum where valuable items of the collections can be properly protected and maintained.

Dover Museum is one of the oldest museums in Kent. It was founded over 150 years ago, and moved from the basement area of the Maison Dieu to the current location in Market Square in 1991. It contains the award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery housing the oldest boat in Europe, a wonderfully diverse collection highlighting the fascinating history of Dover and the wider District, and last year was visited by 26,417 people. Entrance is free, with special arrangements for student/school groups with education forming a key part of the Museum’s offer.

Cllr MJ Holloway OBE, Cabinet Member for Tourism said: “This ambitious programme will transform the Museum making it a key part of the District’s overall tourism offer, and ensuring its development complements the exciting and far reaching regeneration plans for Dover Old Town. The appointment of the Museum’s new Collections Team will kick start the programme with a full audit of the extensive collection. Over the coming months we will be updating and consulting stakeholders and residents as the programme progresses.”


Nice all round collection below Mike. Well done with that. Smiley


Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 07:39
Post 5806
  Mike J., Dover

Spectacular effects with Paul’s AIDA pix & a very nice 'mid-morning & sunbeams' shot as the 'headline picture' - plenty of water in the harbour that morning !

Windcat CAPTAIN P in the Tidal Basin after coming down from Brightlingsea, arriving Dover about 0930 Friday.

SAGA PEARL 2 on Cruie-1 in the background.

Catch-up time - on 3/10 I got the latter part of the haul-out of the MILLENIUM DIAMOND [post 5789] on the Ramsgate slipway as dusk was falling.

She is expected to be on the slipway for another two weeks & a second ‘City Cruises’ vessel may come to Ramsgate in the New Year.

Friday, 12 October 2018 - 23:53
Post 5805
  Sea News, Dover
The AIDA cruise ships at the Port of Dover. AIDAsol ...

AIDAsol was back with us again yesterday.. she is currently doing those 4 night trips to Hamburg. Cruising in fine style as ever... leaving last night past 9PM in a blaze of dazzling light.

And speaking of dazzling light...don the Raybans for the next couple of pictures. As she turned to reverse into Cruise Terminal 2, the sizzling low and ultra bright morning sun caught the bridge in an explosion of light. Rather than discard the pictures as one might do normally...yours truly went with the flow this time, well its late in the season, and added to it. And here we are...

New Seating On Deal Pier In Latest Phase Of Refurbishment

Work is set to start on the installation of new seating on Deal Pier during week commencing 22 October – with work on repairs to the lower deck to begin the week before.

Hipperson, based in Walmer, have already started making the new seating, using sustainably sourced Iroko, matching the timber used for the restaurant building. Initially the colour is a rich russet but, quickly, this will oxidise to the colour of the restaurant timbers.

Teignmouth Maritime Services are currently making replacement grilles for the areas of the lower deck damaged by storms earlier in the year. Grilles are being installed, which will last many years, rather than replacing the timber planks, which are being damaged more and more frequently by storms.

The pier stem will remain open during the works, but the lower deck will be closed until the replacement grilles have been fitted. DDC apologise for any inconvenience during these works.


PS:we might lose one of those sunbursts later...

Friday, 12 October 2018 - 07:55
Post 5804
  Sea News, Dover
Jetstreams: This picture above was taken just a few days ago. it shows the amazing golden jet streams in the sky very early morning. The sun hasn't yet appeared for us mortals on ground level, but high up there it catches the jets streams in the high sky and turns them bright gold. The Port itself is still relatively dark but as ever working away.

Yours truly had forgotten that we have quite a few Jetstream pix in the archives. Just re-realised. Smiley Two below here from a former year..catching the frolicking birds early morning at the same time as the jetstreams.


Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 08:15
Post 5803
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of shots of Emerald moving away from the Port on Monday evening. Spotted her too late in the departure procedure so had to shoot across the top of Dover 8 again. Its becoming a habit!Smiley Carrying a full load there as you can see and heading for Hamburg. Time of pictures 18.10 or if you prefer 10 minutes past 6pm.

You can just see the pilot boat alongside above there, and in fact you can just make out the pilot too, just having left the ship. Its not terribly clear...but at least here we are below with a better shot of the pilot boat, this time up fairly close...and indeed while we are delving into archive territory, finally we have another one of Emerald from a former time as she pauses in the bay area of Dover Harbour.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 07:25
Post 5802
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of heavy lift ship Bokalift 1 moving on by on sunday morning. We saw a distant glimpse of her in one of the pictures yesterday. Some closer ones here now, but not ideal as shooting into a low sun but the computer helped out later. Time of pictures 08.50. She did not have a destination marked on the AIS..very impressive vessel..
I have made these pix as large as I can so hopefully all can see fairly clearly.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 07:34
Post 5801
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover choose Sanderson Group software solutions for new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal

In another milestone for the Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development, Sanderson Group has been appointed to supply the Warehouse Management and Cargo Terminal Management software for the new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal (RCT).

The software solutions will be deployed throughout the newly constructed multi-purpose RCT which is uniquely positioned to deliver fast, dedicated and direct access to Europe on the shortest sea crossing.

Port of Dover Cargo specialises in the handling, storage and freight forwarding of temperature controlled commodities which include pineapples and bananas, but will also handle more than just the 5-a-day including break bulk, project cargo and abnormal loads for the energy industry across the Kent coast.

Shaun Pottage, Director of Finance & Operational Services, said:
“The Sanderson solution will make a huge difference to our operation, allowing us to grow the business and boost our efficiencies to help us deliver service improvements to our customers.

“As part of the drive to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure to customers, Port of Dover Cargo has installed the Sanderson solution to provide customers with real time updates using barcode scanning and RF functionality from the point of receipt though to put away, order processing, pick and pack and dispatch with speed and accuracy.”

With excellent road networks and transport links to the UK, Port of Dover Cargo’s software solutions will manage the complete operation across the terminal to include ships unloading at the quay, dispatch from the warehouse to road traffic entering and leaving the site while integrating with the current systems at the Port. All vehicle and container movements on the site will be live-tracked.

Dave Renshaw, CEO at Sanderson Supply Chain and Logistics, said:
"We are delighted to be working with the Port of Dover, who are delivering one of the most important cargo projects in North West Europe.

“It is really good to see how such a prestigious client will benefit from our strategy to offer a broad product capability with our solution covering Warehousing, Terminal Management and Transport related functionality.”

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and represents the next exciting evolution of the Port, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £122bn and representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.

Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “The supply of the Warehouse Management and Cargo Terminal Management software signals a significant step towards the completion of Dover’s new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal, scheduled to open in 2019.


That's the latest view of the Refrigerated Cargo Terminal as it develops. And speaking of all things cargo...below we have an 'over the rooftops' shot of the Luzon Strait loading across at the current cargo terminal yesterday. In the distance you can see a heavy lift ship Bokalift 1. We may be able to show a few pictures of that one...those pix still waiting to be assessed.

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Info on the NATO warships to follow shortly...yes here we are...
Firstly we have two shots of the Royal Norwegian Navy ship Helge Ingstad...number F313. We believe it to be a Guided Missile Frigate.

Below we have on the left L17 which is Danish, the Royal Danish Navy... the HDMS Espern Snare, and on the right of the picture from Portugal F332..the Corte Real.
The pictures of course are very very long range and taken on a grey day, so hopefully all can see them okay. That's the coast of France behind there and you can see how close to France the ships were.

Thanks Del - yes a great time of the year for the 'big sky' image ...lots of dramatic skies, will feature a few more in due course as we go along. Smiley



Monday, 8 October 2018 - 06:17
Post 5800
  Del Styan, Norwich
Lovely sun shots PB. Well done.

Sunday, 7 October 2018 - 23:08
Post 5799
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAsol has been with us all day...
here she is arriving in the dark at 6am this morning putting on a real show, a dazzling display of light. That's Calais in the distance left, also lighting up the night sky.. in reality it was much darker than shown in the picture. You can just see one of the tugs there bringing up the rear. More AIDAsol info in the Cruise post below 5796.

See also todays earlier post below...
will get those promised long-distance pictures of the NATO warships plus up tomorrow all being well.


Sunday, 7 October 2018 - 18:51
Post 5798
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now from the past few days which show the sun playing a pivotal role, an autumn sun now it has to be said. The first three featuring one of the DFDS ferries as she approaches 'out of the sun' from Dunkerque. The first shot showing that natural spread of light at the base of the sun as she comes up out of the water as it mushroom shape, and then rising slowly above the water as the ferry powers on to Dover. Dover 8 beckons...

Looking behind us now and the same low early sun washes the seafront gardens, casting long shadows...
while two burly crows devour something dead on the lawn.


Sunday, 7 October 2018 - 06:39
Post 5797
  Sea News, Dover
And now as promised, here we are with a sequence of shots of the departing Sun Discoverer...
we catch her as she heads off to Cartagena on Thursday evening..time of pictures.. around about 16.40.

See also Mike's post below 5794.
Well done to Colette and Barry re the Cruise info below. Great work there.Smiley
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Saturday, 6 October 2018 - 07:56
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