Friday, 20 October 2017


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DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover's Big Christmas Event 4311. Fun for all...
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.


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Post 4329
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of extra pictures from today...the Havila Phoenix as she sits at Cruise Terminal 2.




Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 17:50
 
Post 4328
  Sea News, Dover
Well done EdSmiley great getting those pictures in the post below. It was beyond yours truly to get anything yesterday what with the mire and the murk .. so got these ones ready from our archives. Top shot shows Havila Phoenix arriving with us way back last February. We haven't used this pic before. Fascinating ship isn't she. And, still in port as we speak over at Cruise Terminal Two, so perhaps later we will have some more pictures.

Also as Ed showed in the previous post below...we had Eastern Bay with us yesterday... she is now in Rotterdam.


You will remember the items on the Paul Watkins retirement (4270 and 4282)...here we have the new man...

Cllr Keith Morris has been elected as the new Leader of Dover District Council.
A ward councillor for St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, Cllr Morris was first elected to the Council in 2011 and has been a Cabinet Member since 2015.


Cllr Morris hails from Northumberland and began his working life in the army spending nine years in bomb disposal, followed by a short spell with the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

He joined the Civil Service beginning in a local Job Centre and moving eventually to Whitehall where he worked in a number of policy jobs mainly in the employment and education departments. He has spent the last 20 years working in the charity sector at a local, regional and national level.

Outside of work Keith has, among other things, been the treasurer at a children’s nursery, a school governor, a trustee of the Dover and Deal Volunteer Centre and spent eight years as a governor of the then Thanet College, now East Kent College. He has an MBA from Durham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a keen supporter of Newcastle United.

Cllr Morris lives in the ward he represents, St Margaret’s, with his wife. They have two sons.

Cllr Keith Morris, said: “It’s an honour to be leading the Council at such an exciting time with new investment and jobs across the district. I look forward to working with the community to build on this success to ensure that alongside the physical regeneration we’re now seeing, we deliver a step change in opportunities for all

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 06:23
 
Post 4327
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Eastern Bay at the DCT today.



Havila Phoenix on the Admiralty Pier today.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 22:13
 
Post 4326
  Sea News, Dover


Maths student and keen rower beats all bidders for Port Bursary.


Dover maths student Ellie Fordham has won backing for her university education after successfully bidding for a Port of Dover bursary.
The former Dover Rowing Club member and Dover Girl’s Grammar School pupil will get £3,000 a year to support her studies for a BSC honours degree in mathematics at Portsmouth University.

She was one of six very strong candidates vying for the award in the 2017 round of funding, which also gives the successful applicant a valuable work placement in the Port to enhance their education.

Ellie, 18, who will be working with the Port’s business optimisation team, said: “I researched the Port of Dover and wider port management and operations while I was preparing my bursary application.

“That research showed the value mathematics can bring to the maritime industry - in particular, the master planning process which identifies port capacity, future demand and the impact of long term traffic forecasts. Much of my university course centres on statistics, operational research and modelling.

“In addition, Dover Western Docks Revival is a significant undertaking, and the opportunity to be involved in some way would be really exciting for me.”

Ellie – Student of the Year 2015 at Castle Community College, Deal, and ‘Maths Ambassador’ at Dover Grammar School for Girls – also has experience of working in a busy environment. Last year, Dover District Council gave her a placement with its accountancy team between July and December.

Port of Dover Chief Executive, Tim Waggott, said: “Ellie’s application was incredibly professional and stood out among some very strong contenders from around Dover.

“Ellie researched the port industry and saw not only where the Port could help her progress but also where her skills could bring value to our operation.
“I’m extremely pleased that we’ll be supporting her at this crucial time in her education, and I look forward to working with her.”

Port of Dover bursaries offer up to £3,000 per academic year for students in the postcode bands CT14 to CT17 who are looking to start port-related studies at university. These courses could range from civil, mechanical or marine engineering to accounting, economics or business management.


Pictured; (L-R) Ellie Fordham, Port of Dover CEO Tim Waggott, Port Business Optimisation Manager Phil Horne

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And now some more pictures of the dazzling red sun...
as mentioned previously many are very excited. Since Hurricane Ophelia the sun has gone extra red as the atmosphere is full of blown-in Saharan dust and smoke from fires in Spain and Portugal... turning the sun red..
here she is over Dover yesterday..


The last shot below taken at 5.25pm yesterday as she sinks behind Western Heights...delightfully a seagull flew into shot just at the right moment.


This is a further picture of the 'canal gates' and it shows the area without the drilling/hammering platform...see how pink everything has gone with the sun. A bog standard all natural picture.




PaulB



Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 07:01
 
Post 4325
  Sea News, Dover

The pic above shows the piling being earth-shatteringly pulverised into position right at the 'canal gates' two days ago, it looks like they have reached their goal with this particular line of piling... it all looks fantastic so far. Once again ignore the clock.

Below we have Holyhead Towing's Afon Lligwy working hard as ever amongst the drilling barges. These two pictures were taken in very grey conditions but hopefully all fairly clear. It the background amongst other things...you can see our regular tugs Doughty and Dauntless moored up, but as ever primed ready and waiting.



The BBC website yesterday was making much fuss about the red sun. It seems the colour of the sun was affected by Hurricane Ophelia as she hurled Saharan dust and smoke across the British Isles. So we had a stab at getting a picture of the red sun when she presented herself over Dover at 4pm yesterday through the murk and here she is...yessir red indeed.

Fortunately we seemed to have escaped much of Ophelia here in our Dover Ramsgate Dunkerque Calais corner....but our friends in Ireland were not so lucky.


Following along from Ed's welcome picture of Atlantic Reefer at the Dover Cargo Terminal...here we are with a couple of pictures across the rooftops taken later in the day yesterday as she unloaded cargo ...you can just see the crane doing her business...


Atlantic Reefer left the Port last night at 7.15pm on a dark oul black night....bound for Hamburg she was. PB

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 05:58
 
Post 4324
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Atlantic Reefer at the DCT today.


Monday, 16 October 2017 - 09:26
 
Post 4323
  Sea News, Dover
DFDS BECOMES FIRST UK FERRY OPERATOR TO OFFER MARITIME CATERING APPRENTICESHIP
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Europe’s leading ferry operator, DFDS, has become the first UK maritime company to recruit apprentices for a brand new maritime catering apprenticeship programme.

The three new catering apprentices join a 12-strong group, made up of a further six deck and three engine apprentices. The group have started a 24 month programme of classroom training at North Kent College in Gravesend and on-the-job skills training on board DFDS’ Dover-Dunkirk ships as they work towards qualification as Able Seafarers, Marine Fitters and Maritime Caterers.

DFDS held a welcome reception to celebrate the new apprentices, with guest speakers including Gemma Griffin, Vice-President of HR & Crewing at DFDS; Captain Paul Mount from DFDS ship Delft Seaways; Steve Watkins, Nautical Lecturer at North Kent College’s National Maritime Training Centre; and Donna Stephens, Operations Manager at the Merchant Navy Training Board.

Gemma Griffin said: “We’re proud to offer young people in the South East the opportunity to build a career at sea through our apprenticeship scheme. The UK shipping industry faces a particular challenge in attracting young people to join as ratings and we’re delighted to be trailblazers in this area by providing three exciting routes into a maritime career.

“I’m particularly pleased that this year we welcome the first-ever maritime caterer apprentices into our business, leading the way and setting the standard for future apprentices in the UK to follow. It’s hugely rewarding for our teams to welcome new faces into our business and to share their knowledge with the next generation of seafarers, helping them achieve qualifications that will give them skills for life. We look forward to following their progress and supporting them through their courses over the next two years.”

DFDS’s apprenticeship programme has been running since 2012 and has seen two groups of deck apprentices and one group of engineering apprentices qualify and take up full-time jobs with the company. The apprenticeships are offered in partnership with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector-specific education and training skills.

Donna Stephens, Operations Manager at the Merchant Navy Training Board said: “DFDS sets a great example to others in the way that they recruit people into our industry and train their workforce. The company has led the way, from being the first UK ferry operator to offer an apprenticeship scheme with their first cohort of apprentices in 2012, to now becoming the first business to offer the new maritime caterer apprenticeship programme in the UK.

“We value DFDS’ input into our work and look forward to continuing to work together with Gemma and her team to develop our apprenticeship programmes further in the future.”

The apprenticeship programmes are aimed at 17 to 24 year olds with a minimum of Grade C Maths and English at GCSE level (older age groups can also apply). The Deck Scheme will see students qualify as Able Seafarers, working in the deck department as a watchman and assisting with loading and unloading the ship; apprentices on the Engine Scheme work towards becoming Marine Fitters within the engineering team, responsible for maintaining and repairing the ships; and the new Catering Scheme will see students qualify as Maritime Caterers, working as chefs in the ship’s galley to prepare the food served on board.

For more information on the apprenticeship schemes, visit www.careersatsea.org/opportunities-for-ratings or watch the MNTB’s new careers at sea film:www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLai9EIK5_4


ENDS

Many thanks to DFDS for the information above. That's a great scheme for sure Smiley
Top picture shows the new DFDS apprentices with Gemma Griffin, Vice President of HR and Crewing, Captain Paul Mount (both centre) and Steve Watkins from North Kent College (far right)..pictured on Dover Seafront.
Thanks to DFDS for that one, a nice shot...the black and white pic below was also from DFDS....from a previous more colourful time. We have turned it into a study in monochrome.



An extra picture below...similar to another one we used recently showing Cote des Flandres leaving Calais.


Nice Collection below there Mike Smiley


Smiley




Monday, 16 October 2017 - 06:51
 
Post 4322
  Mike J., Dover
Ramsgate, Saturday - poaching on Sarah’s territory !

Taking a stroll around the harbour I was about 30 seconds too late for a decent view of survey vessel HMS GLEANER as she left the fuel pontoon after a very brief visit whilst en route Lowestoft from Gosport.

The GLEANER is thought to be the smallest commissioned vessel in the RN.
She was built in 1983 & is notable as the only RN vessel to have visited Switzerland when she steamed up the Rhine to Basle in 1988.
She visited Dover in October/November 2014 for a spot of surveying, posts & pix - 1180/1224.

Three windcats were laid up in the Inner harbour, Spectrum Offshore’s SPECTRUM 1 & Turbine Transfers’ RHOSCOLYN HEAD & PORTH DIANA.
Turbine Transfers are a subsidiary of Holyhead Towing who have tugs & worksboats working on the DWDR project.


Absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with shipping was this delightful ‘James Handy-Van’ of mid-30s vintage on display outside one of the Inner Harbour ‘arches’
Well worth a photo though.




Sunday, 15 October 2017 - 10:28
 
Post 4321
  Sea News, Dover
Just idly watching the world go by...

or in this case just idly watching the Spirit of Britain amble by just off Calais, from onboard the Pride of...ermmm which one was it...yes that's it...The Pride of Canterberrry...

and there goes the Spirit out into the Channel on a lovely sunny day...



Some of the guys were up on the Thames last week aboard the Waverley and quite by chance I came across this picture of one and the same yesterday. I didn't remember I had this one...
The Waverley passing Dover in 2014.


Thanks Sarah, glad you liked those pix of Alert...always a photogenic vessel for sure. Hope all good over there in Ramsgate...SmileySmiley

PaulB.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 - 06:08
 
Post 4320
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Loving the superb Alert photos SmileySmileySmiley

Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 18:25
 
Post 4319
  Sea News, Dover
The sun rises over Dover 7 and so begins another day at the Port of Dover...



Dover and Deal are on the up...says Charlie Elphicke MP
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We’re working hard to build a brighter future in Dover and Deal. And it’s clear things are on the up in our beautiful corner of Kent.

The new cinema and shops at St James are set to open in the coming months. The £120 million Western Docks development is underway. Deal continues to go from strength to strength and was recently ranked as one of Britain’s top coastal towns.

There are exciting times ahead and people I speak to when I’m out and about are really positive about the future. Indeed, last week research was published which said happiness in Dover and Deal has reached its highest levels since records began.

Our level of happiness in 2016/17 was 7.69, researchers found. This is above the national average of 7.51 and a big rise locally from 7.17 last year. When the Office of National Statistics started measuring personal well-being in 2011/12, the level of happiness in Dover and Deal was 7.38.

Life satisfaction in the constituency is also up year on year, while anxiety is down. More people feel what they do in life is “worthwhile” than in 2011/12.

Too often some people talk us down. Yet the truth is that Dover and Deal are on the up. We’ve come a long way in the past seven years. We stopped the port sell-off, got a new hospital built in Dover and safeguarded Deal’s. We secured £500 million of investment for our area and unemployment has near halved.

People said we’d never get the fast train to Deal – yet now it sweeps into the station every day. People said Burlington House would be there forever – yet we kept fighting until it was torn down. Now the former St James site is transforming before our eyes. Meanwhile the rubble from Burlington House is being used to lay the foundations of the Western Docks Revival.

Of course, there is still much more to do as we build a brighter future for Dover and Deal. The most vital issue of our times is ensuring we are ready on day one for Brexit. We cannot have a situation where there are long queues of trucks clogging up our roads. That’s why I’ve been working with industry experts to put together a plan setting out the action we need to take now at the Dover and Deal frontline.

If we get it right, we can enjoy a real boost from Brexit. I got 40 MPs together to write to the Chancellor, calling for duty free sales on travel to Europe to return after Brexit. This could help boost visitor number and our ferries.

Things are changing. We are working relentlessly – taking action to secure investment, plan ahead and build a brighter future for Dover.

And if there’s one reason above all else to be happy – it’s that we finally got rid of the 40mph limit on the A20!

ENDS


An extra pic of Alert below...testing a new method used to produce the picture... PB


Smiley The return of Duty Free...is that a step forward or back?
Who knows anymore...what with the current Brexit befuddlement. At the very least it will give TV producers the notion to make more of those awful Booze Cruise films... currently never off ITV3.Smiley
Smiley



Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 06:50
 
Post 4318
  Sea News, Dover
The picture above was taken just two days ago...early morning 11 October. But since then yet more piling has been pulverised into position right up close to the 'dock gates' .. for want of a better term. The noise has been horrendous. Yours truly didn't notice his Ming vase trip ever closer to the edge of the mantelpiece with all the vibration and tumble into a thousand pieces on the floor...!!
sheesh ! ..said I with a sigh and a scratch of the head !
Smiley Smiley
Seriously though...terrific progress has been made...
You can see the progress being made in the following pictures since last March...




As we've mentioned previously...Once again pay no attention to the clock which has the delightful regularity of being right twice a day.Smiley

Fascinating tale below once again Vic. Tough times...but shows the resilience all round.

PaulB.

Friday, 13 October 2017 - 11:29
 
Post 4317
  victor matcham, Dover
And that was not end of it that night,when we got longside with the tug pushing us in,it was time for the crew to get off and the day crew to get on ,we got moored up and put down the walkway,tug master told us we would be ok now,and went off.

I was staying on the ship with my mate because of all the work that still had to be done,so the old crew were getting off the new crew was waiting to get on .and then it happen the wind got up again most of the old crew had got off but the mooring ropes was torn away and the walkway ended up going in the sea ,and this is very true, all we had on the was five members of the old crew and the capt/ and the only thing holding the ship in was one wire.

The capt/said to me some how we must cut the wire free or the ship will get even more damge done to it.SO the only thing I could do was to cut it free with a h/saw and knowing what would happen the wire would do a whip across the deck, so the remain crew got well clear so the wire did not hit them and I was cutting it as close to the end which was still fixed on the ship,so any whip would come from the birth and I was praying it would not be to long to hit me,and thank God it worked .they got the tug again to push the ship against the birth so we could retie it up with new ropes etc,, and they put out to us a new walkway so the remaining old crew could get off and the new one on.as I said we stayed on but the captain did thank me before he got off.Smiley

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 21:22
 
Post 4316
  Sea News, Dover

P&O FERRIES HELPS 170 CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES CROSS THE CHANNEL TO FRANCE .....
.... ON THEIR WAY TO DISNEYLAND PARIS
Smiley


MORE than 170 children with life-threatening illnesses enjoyed a trip to Disneyland Paris via a P&O Ferries ship last week (Friday 6th October).

The children were driven from Canary Wharf in London to Dover in 100 black taxis driven by members of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers. The convoy was seen off in the capital by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, and embarked P&O Ferries' Pride of Burgundy ship to cross the English Channel.

The event - now in its 24th year - is known as the Magical Taxi Tour and involves more than £100,000 of funds raised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers over the course of an entire year being used to give the children a special day out at Disneyland Paris.

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, said: "We have been supporting the Magical Taxi Tour for 24 years and try to give every one of these children and the carers accompanying them a crossing to remember. Our captain and his crew set-up a photo booth, which proved extremely popular, where the children could have their picture taken wearing either a captain's hat or a pirate's hat and cuddling a P&O Ferries' teddy bear."

The children were chosen by the doctors and nurses at hospitals including Great Ormond Street, the Royal Marsden and Chase Farm. Their trip to Disneyland Paris included two nights of hotel accommodation and special 'queue jumper' tickets, provided because some of the children were too unwell to queue for the rides and attractions. They returned to England on P&O Ferries' Spirit of Britain ship on Sunday afternoon.

Alec Robertson, a driver participating in the Magical Taxi Tour for the ninth consecutive year, said: "P&O Ferries were absolutely brilliant. We have used them every year for 24 years and they look after us so well. The crew are very friendly and great with the children."

In addition to working with the seriously ill children on the Magical Taxi Tour, P&O Ferries' stakeholder project offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community. This is a totally free initiative. The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects. It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.

Left to right: back row - Captain Nick Jones, Food & Beverage Manager Sean Smith and Alec Robertson; front row - brothers Henry and Sam Maceachen.


ENDS




Many thanks to the team at P&O...that's a grand story above for sure.Smiley

A couple of pictures now of Blue Marlin heading down the channel two evenings ago with another of those huge drilling platforms. En route from Norway and going all the way down to Turkey at a slow steady pace.




Following on from Ed's shot of the Elsebeth at the DCT...here we are with a couple of pix of her moving off last night...bound for Flushing in the Netherlands. Time of pictures: 6PM or 1800 hours if you prefer. It was gloomy and rough so was lucky with the pictures.



Well done Ed - nice shot of Elsebeth below there.Smiley Glad I was able to follow up on that one.

Yes indeed Del..Amazing tale from the past Vic...rough tough times for sure. Very brave work.Smiley


Smiley PaulB.



Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 07:00
 
Post 4315
  Del Styan, Norwich
Vics experience sounds terrifying.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 23:04
 
Post 4314
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Elsebeth at the DCT today.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 12:08
 
Post 4313
  victor matcham, Dover
A night I will never forget, yes it was the night of the big storm in 1987, I was working at sea on the E/Clearway a very small ship carrying H.G.V. from France a Tug HELPED us to get longside in the pens,but then had to pull away from us to go to the aid of a small ship coming in the Western end of the port, sad to say it went down with the loss of all crew.

I was call on deck by the Capt/because some of the lorry,s had turned over on their sides which was stopping us getting long side ,I was asked what can be done ,I said there is only one thing we can do in a wind like this,put a rope round me and I can then burn off the bend handrails and any part of the lorrys which was hanging over the side,they did not like that plan but as I said it is the only thing I can do,and the skipper said"What happens to the steel you burn off.? "It will drop into the sea sir." and that is what we done.Two of us was on there working 4days,sleeping when we could,because we had to weld a tem/handrail back up so the ship could go off to refit on the Sunday.SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 09:24
 
Post 4312
  Sea News, Dover



A short sequence above there of old favourite the Trinity House Vessel Alert arriving back in the Port of Dover late Monday afternoon with the central shot showing one of the P&O Spirits approaching in the distance.

Below we have a picture of high tide on Monday afternoon....very high with the recent full moon...which shows the way the tidal surge swallows up ( or nearly does) the piling, leaving just little stubs visible, and that piling aint little...nosireee Bob! Smiley


The picture below is for mild amusement only as we can see nothing. Its an 'artistic interpretation' of the Schweiz Reefer departing for Hamburg through the rain and darkness on Monday night just beyond 7PM...make of it what you will..Smiley

PB.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 06:55
 
Post 4311
  Sea News, Dover

The Port of Dover is thrilled to announce the return of its popular White Cliffs Christmas Event at Dover's historic Cruise Terminal One for the second year.


The Old Marine Station will be decorated in a traditional English Christmas style for the Grand Opening on at 12pm on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Father Christmas and his friendly elves will be making a welcome return on a sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Taking up residence in his grotto, the grand old man of Christmas will once again greet children and hand out presents. His special post box will also be available for everyone’s festive wish lists.

Adding to the seasonal mood, will be last year’s favourite, the hugely popular undercover real ice-rink – only this time it will be bigger and better. With it growing by 100m² this year, skaters can again enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of gliding on 400m² of real ice without the worry of inclement weather. Booking early to secure skate times and dates is recommended, so keep an eye on the Port of Dover website and Twitter feed for the launch of the online booking site in mid-October.

The Traditional English Christmas Market will be open once more, offering a wide range of Christmas gift ideas, complemented by live music, a variety of children’s rides, and concessions serving tasty food and beverages.

Open until Monday 1st January, lots more information on the wonderful treats in store at this years’ event (including opening times and dates) will be available soon.

Port of Dover Chief Executive, Tim Waggott said: “Following the huge success of the first White Cliff’s Christmas in 2016, we are delighted to be hosting this popular event again for 2017. Last year, we welcomed in excess of 100,000 people. This year, we’re planning a bigger and better experience and I am looking forward to seeing both our community and people from all over the U.K come together to share in the festive spirit and support our local economy.

“Dover is currently undergoing unprecedented regeneration with the Dover Western Docks Revival and many other projects. The White Cliffs Christmas event is part of this drive for a better future and will assist in placing the town firmly on the map as a leading family destination.”



PICTURES: The top two ace pictures are from the guys at the Port and they show that we can all look forward to a fantastic time down at the Cruise Terminals again this Christmas. Yours truly was down there several times last year and it was great and no mistake.

Many thanks as ever to the guys at the Port for both those pictures above and for all the info.Smiley

Next picture was taken by yours truly and shows the Sea Cadets playing their hearts out....once again at Cruise Terminal One... Great stuff!



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A couple of extra general pix...
First one shows a bit of short lived rough oul sailing on Saturday. Only one yacht ventured out and you can see how miserable it was...miserable and rough, but it made for an enjoyable picture. Chop chop choppy...


Below the Schweiz Reefer has been in with us....not possible to get all the cargo ships because of the shorter days and she left last night for Hamburg about 7.30Pm in the dark with drizzling rain..... so here we are from a previous time. Another rough oul day...


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Ace work Andrew below there on Islay Trader. Great extensive all round coverage. Great to see those pix. Smiley

Great work too from our 'correspondent at large' Sarah herself. Terrific pictures all round guys.
We all enjoyed those scoops there Sarah! Smiley

Thanks for the original tip-off info Mike and thanks to Peter Barker for the first shot.Smiley
Well done Brian and Vic for the comments and info.

PaulB.



Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 05:58
 
Post 4310
  Andrew, Broadstairs






Following on from Mike’s comments and Sarah’s great coverage of the grounding of the ISLAY TRADER off Margate’s Turner Centre, I have selected some of the aspects of the day’s events. The Margate lifeboat often does practice launches on Sunday’s but with a real casualty to go too, even if it is only a 100 yards from the lifeboat house, and many more interested spectators than usual, the journey from the boathouse to the harbour launch area proved more difficult than usual.

With just over an hour to go before highwater the tug CHRISTINE gets a towline aboard the stern of the coaster. Attempts appear to be made to swing the hull from port to starboard and back again to loosen the grip of the hull on the sand and rock, aided at one point by using the coaster’s excavator even lightening the laden ship by lowering the anchors to the seabed to finally achieve the desired result, accompanied by cheers and clapping from the shore, the ISLAY TRADER was pulled stern first out to deeper water and safety.



Monday, 9 October 2017 - 01:39
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