Friday, 27 February 2015


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MOTIS Invests in DOVER...see 1384 below ... also ...
EU Funding Boost for Ports Dover and Calais...see 1348.
Record Freight Levels at Port of Dover...see post 1304.

DFDS SEAWAYS latest deal below 1404, see also post 1343...also news on the new DFDS Sea View Lounge in 1387.
MYFERRYLINK kids eat FREE at half term.. see 1365...see also the current 72 hour break deals in 1381.
FREE WINE with P&O..see post 1326.
Quarter Million Pound handover to Community from the Port of Dover see 1270 also NOTE - FUND NOW OPEN SEE 1334 !! and have merged to produce an entirely local and comprehensive Dover website. Nautical contributions are welcome on this page with a max of 4 pictures preferred per contribution, all pictures remain own photographers copyright. to send Sea News pix or info..or click ADD YOUR COMMENT below to post direct, no membership needed. Paul Boland. SAY HELLO TO OUR NEW SEA NEWS SEARCH FACILITY...
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Post 1408
  Sea News, Dover

Port Moving Forward with Regeneration in South East Smiley

The new Dover Western Docks Revival Marketing Suite was officially opened on 25th February 2015 by George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board and Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, to support this major regeneration project for the Port of Dover.

Situated on Dover’s seafront esplanade, the suite will be an opportunity to highlight the ongoing progress of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) and provide a platform for the local community and prospective developers to engage with the Port.

Hosted by the Dover Harbour Board, the reception was attended by members of the Port and Community Forum (PCF) and gave PCF representatives an opportunity to meet some of the DWDR team and see the many initial works which have already started including the demolition of the Western Docks fast ferry berth and the demolition of some redundant structures.

Tim Waggott said he was thrilled to open the suite up to the local community and prospective developers:

“I am genuinely excited with the opening and believe it represents a further step forward in the regeneration of Dover. The opening of the Marketing Suite demonstrates clear ongoing momentum for Dover Western Docks Revival that will bring the town and the port closer together. This project will bring potential new businesses to the area and offer exciting opportunities for everyone in Dover.”

Open every Wednesday afternoon, the DWDR Marketing Suite will allow the public to drop-in and discover how the developments are progressing. It will also give the opportunity for the local members of the community to speak to the DWDR team.

Derek Leach, Chairman of the Port and Community Forum (PCF), said:

“The Port of Dover has made a real commitment of taking the development of a shared vision for Dover Western Docks Revival to the next stage. With the launch of the DWDR Marketing Suite, we are very excited to see the Port of Dover make an even greater contribution to Dover, its community and the local area.”

The Dover Western Docks Revival would see the redevelopment of the Western Docks and creation of more than 600 quality jobs involved in the handling of fresh produce and other cargo logistics activity for customers using the Port. The vision will provide an opportunity to kick start regeneration of the local area and create inward investment opportunities.


· Image 1 - Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover and George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board (right to left) cutting the ribbon.
· Image 2 – Steve Rawlings, Senior Port Development Manager, Port of Dover and George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board (right to left) cutting the DWDR cake.

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Many thanks to the team at the Port for the information above. We are expecting a slice of that cake to be sent round! Smiley
Many thanks to Howard and Phil for the picture below.
Great stuff all round!

Friday, 27 February 2015 - 07:42
Post 1407
  Howard McSweeney, Dover

Belgian navy frigate F-930 Leopold 1 in the channel last Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Phil Smith.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 19:58
Post 1406
  Sea News, Dover

The UK Border Agency were having a very high profile day yesterday, patrolling up and down the immediate channel. It was actually Seeker doing its thing and here we are with a couple of pictures of the vessel in action. See also the post below of the Nord Pas de Calais fresh up on display this morning.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 09:10
Post 1405
  Sea News, Dover

We just caught these couple of shots on tuesday of the old battling warhorse the Nord pas de Calais moseying across the harbour to leave through the western nice and bright conditions as you can see, looks like she has had a recent 'makeover'. Conditions are a tad different in the pictures above to the pea-souperish situation this morning as I write, with the electronic pulse wailing mournfully across the harbour...I hope its not a banshee wailing so I do... PB.


Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 07:31
Post 1404
  Sea News, Dover

Take a short break to Europe with DFDS Seaways from only £59
- Three and five day short break ferry crossings from just £59 per car Smiley

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has extended its short break offer on its Dover-Dunkirk route to include a five day return for a car and up to nine passengers for only £59. This offer is in addition to the current three day short break return offer of £59 on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais services. These offers are valid on bookings made before 31 May 2015 for travel until 30 June 2015, subject to availability and selected exclusion dates.

France is the most popular holiday destination in the world, and with its great cities, beautiful countryside and famed cuisine, it’s no surprise. With short break offers on our Dover-France routes, now is a great time to explore the beautiful countryside of Normandy and northern France, experience the rugged coastline or lose yourself in the wonderful city streets of Lille or Paris, the most romantic city in the world.

If you want to explore further afield, you can head to the southern coast for beautiful golden beaches and glamorous resorts, or visit neighbouring countries such as Belgium or Holland for a different cultural and culinary experience.

Our port in Dunkirk is located 25 miles north of Calais, meaning it is the ideal starting point for a break in France’s beautiful northern coast or the historic cities of Lille or Arras. You can even travel to beautiful Bruges where you will find a delicious array of beer, chocolate and Flemish delights on offer.

If you’re planning a break to central France, or the famous beach resorts of Nord-pas-de-Calais, then our Calais port is a convenient place to start your journey. With motorway access linking you to major cities and tourist destinations throughout France, you can be in Paris in under three hours and Amiens in just 90 minutes.

To redeem the three day offer use the discount code E3DAY or E5DAY for the five day offer at the point of purchase.

Our short sailings from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk take just 90 minutes and two hours respectively, but there are still plenty of facilities onboard to keep you entertained. During your sailing with DFDS Seaways, you can enjoy a meal or snack in one of the onboard cafés or restaurants, shop for holiday essentials and luxuries, or relax as the children play in the dedicated children’s area, meaning your holiday starts as soon as you board.

DFDS Seaways sails up to 44 times a day between Dover and France, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a relaxing travel experience and convenient travel options.

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

Many thanks as ever to DFDS Seaways for the information above. Smiley

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A couple of pictures to add to the collection...the one above showing the arrival of MTS Victory yesterday lunchtime (13.25 approx.)...
and below out in the channel another substantial crane on the move...this time its the Stanislay Yudin making slow progress south about 10am.
You can see Hotel de Ville Calais popping up over the horizon in the distance.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 06:25
Post 1403
  Sea News, Dover

It has been bitingly cold for the past few days down at sea level here in the harbour. The chill factor would whip the skin off yer rice pudding and no mistake. So in the spirit of Scott of the Antartic, daughter BB and myself made it the 100 yards from sunday lunch at the Dover Marina Hotel up along the seafront to photograph the beautifully restored Harbour House. ..we were showing a resilient sturdiness above and beyond the call of duty I can tell with frozen snozzle and chattering teeth, and the little compact Nikon to the fore, we got the pictures of the gorgeous building.

A beautiful restoration. Great to see. PB. Smiley

Across the harbour at high tide sunday...

Thanks for that info Mike as ever. Smiley

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 08:08
Post 1402
  Mike J., Dover
The AFON CEFNI was towing our old friend the CHARLIE ROCK who did the rock-dumping for the new groynes along the seafront last March.

Similar work has been going on for several months just beyond Dungeness, reinforcing the seawall near Camber, & the AFON CENI has been the resident tug down there, moving the barge when necessary.
They're in Dover for shelter.

Monday, 23 February 2015 - 11:12
Post 1401
  Sea News, Dover
It was Saturday evening when I saw the following approaching from the west. Through the binoculars one could see it was the tugboat Afon Cefni towing an enormous barge. Would the light last until it reached the entrance to the harbour here? ...progress was slow so the answer was sadly no. As insurance I took these long range shots. The first one is very very long range indeed so quality not great, the second picture was taken closer in so it was a bit less of a strain on the pixels! At the harbour entrance one of our own regular tugs joined in to help, getting her into dock as darkness fell.

From the BBC archive..

An Anglesey company played a key role in the salvage operation of the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia.
A tug belonging to Holyhead Towing helped pull the ship upright in a 19-hour operation.
The luxury vessel had been stuck off Italy's Tuscany coast since running aground in January last year killing 32 people.
The £500m salvage operation was described as one of the largest and most daunting ever undertaken.
Holyhead Towing's tug Afon Cefni was part of the operation to right the vessel and will continue to be used over the months ahead.


On to sunday now and it was a bleak day here in the harbour..but...for a brief time early on a person could almost have mistaken it for Spring..that was until one stuck ones snozzle outside!!
Smiley cold !!!

You can see the tidal situation again in this picture below...tide very low. You can easily stroll outside the groynes. Because of the exceptional Spring tides there has been some talk of possible flooding in various areas. This was the scene in the colourful early sun.

Interesting pictures Nick...very good to see them. Glad Mike was able to help with those questions. Excellent.
Thanks Vic .. lots more to come over the coming months...touch wood !Smiley


Monday, 23 February 2015 - 07:02
Post 1400
  Mike J., Dover
Thats it !

I am now told by one more knowledgeable than I that where the ferries are tied up was called the Continental Quay & that they are waiting for their next trip across to France.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 11:35
Post 1399
  Nick Catford, Swanley (
Many thanks now I can make sense of it. It's where I have marked with a blue arrow on this map then.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 10:28
Post 1398
  Mike J., Dover
Nick -

The photo looks to be at the western side of the Tidal Basin, Western Docks, where the tugs & dredger & DHB small craft tie up now.

The level crossing partly visible in the foreground had tram tracks across it & the tram overhead wires confirm this.

The ferries, including the CANTERBURY, are laid-up.

The old Dover Harbour station is behind the photographer.

The station closed in 1927 but the station building still exists in other use - interestingly the new owner, who has an interest in local history, has erected 'Dover Harbour' station signs there.

I'd agree with your dating as there is no sign of the Dover Marine station which was not completed until 1914.

The area can be seen at -

A splendid picture that I'd not seen before, thanks for posting.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 09:21
Post 1397
  Nick Catford, Swanley (
Apologies if this is not the right forum to post this to. Can anyone identify where exactly this busy Dover harbour location is? Bit dated but probably first decade of the 20th century. Any thoughts?

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 06:58
Post 1396
  vic matcham, Dover
Some very nice photos done there ,must say you get some great photos of both the working port and front thank you,and even good ones of what ships are passing thank you.Smiley

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 06:35
Post 1395
  Sea News, Dover

These pictures from yesterday Brian show the opposite side of the tidal coin as it were. Very high tides as seen previously with the lampshade pictures ..are now in these pictures dipped to extremely low levels...a big swing. You can almost walk the full length of the harbour at times like these without getting your feet wet...although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it just in case. Remember what the Lifeboat guys say "Respect the Water". Note the chalky base to the sea floor.

Yes for sure Vic, as long as its not on a WANTED POSTER !! Smiley lol! PB.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 06:26
Post 1394
  vic martcham, Dover
I would like to think my face will be put up some where in Dover.SmileySmileySmiley

Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 17:25
Post 1393
  brian, dover
yes paul its a spring tide,slightly higer than normal.8 meters plus.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 14:06
Post 1392
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have some pictures of the work and survey boat Diana working hard during the high tides of yesterday Friday. The top picture was taken at the distance and through the light rain, on what in anyone's book would be termed a miserable old day. The bottom picture was taken when she was in close to shore some time later. You can see how high the tide was on the famed 'lampshades' in the middle shots... 'twas a grey cold day out on the water,

Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 06:55
Post 1391
  Sea News, Dover
Let your mind hark back to last Sunday if you will, when all was sunshine peace and tranquillity here on Dover Beach. There were lots of people out strolling and following their own pursuits, all enjoying the good weather, as were these visitors below. Good to see them enjoying things, they sang and chanted and appeared to be holding a ceremony.. and then eventually did what we all do on the beach...they threw stones into the water. This is just a section of the overall group.

Bit of a difference in the weather yesterday...not much tranquillity to be had. Seas were very rough as you can see in the picture below. The Spirit of France begins to battle its way to Calais surrounded once again by loads of seabirds. You can see them on the wing and resting on the pier. Were there always this many or was it just that yours truly didn't notice?

Very interesting set of pictures below Mike. Well done getting those. Enjoyed seeing them for sure. Many's the time I stood in there clutching me ticket!
Ah we wont forget you Vic. You are the unforgettable face of Dover. Who knows you may even get one of those fancy blue plaques in time!

SEARCH ENGINE : You will notice this new facility above. This will prove very handy if searching back through the now many posts on Sea News. I never thought we would have as much info to search through so a big thankyou to all those who contribute and those who send info through to us here...and once again a huge thankyou to my good friend Chris Tutthill who did the necessary technicals. Enjoy. PaulB.

Friday, 20 February 2015 - 07:55
Post 1390
  vic matcham, dover
A lot of my hard work and welding done over the years going under the hammer will there be nothing left in Dover to remember me when I have gone.Smiley Smiley

Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 08:18
Post 1389
  Mike J., Dover
The Travel Centre disappears as work in the Eastern Docks continues.

The path up to Langdon Cliffs from sea-level at Athol Terrace will be closed on 23rd.February for path improvements.
The work is expected to take six weeks.

This will disappoint a lot of walkers but those who use it will know that the path does need some work doing on it, particularly to the railings on the lower section.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 19:34
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