Saturday, 20 December 2014




SEA NEWS



Scroll down the page and over the page for all the stories...
Quarter Million Pound handover to Community from the Port of Dover see below.
PORT COMMUNITY DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED...see 1252 below
DFDS SEAWAYS and the Christmas Markets...see 1266 below
Multi-Million Pound Flood Defences see below 1267.
Port Safety Forum 1264.
Follow in the footsteps of TOWIE with MyFerryLink see 1256.
Restoring the Fairbairn crane...see post 1247.


CHRISTMAS SUCCESS FOR P&O FERRIES see 1244.
DFDS STAFF RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL see below POST 1231..
Winter Getaway through Dover 1213 plus Christmas ideas from MYFERRYLINK just below in 1214.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING with P&O see Post 1208 below ..plus latest news on THE P&O CHOIR in 1209.
PORT PRODUCES HUGELY ENCOURAGING Q3 FIGURES SEE POST 1200.
REMEMBRANCE pictures in post 1199....

INCIDENT at PORT see posts 1196, 1197.
HARBOUR RESCUE see 1189 ........
PORT CELEBRATES NEW POWERS TO DELIVER FOR DOVER see post 1145.
DOVER HARBOUR BOARDS BIGGEST EVER INVESTMENT IN DOVER...plus..see post 1119.
Also latest...Port to give Quarter Million to Community Fund...see 1136.
Phoenix Angling Club raise Fab Sum for LIFEBOAT...see 1117.

Dover Harbour Board chairman reappointed...see post 1097.
CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955 and at 1061,1179...also LATEST BELOW 1205.
The LIFEBOAT in the thick of the action again. See 976 also 1012. see also LATEST LIFEBOAT PICTURES 1156.
A Great Summer Season for the Port of Dover, see 1049.
THE SEA DREAM I FIRST VISIT ...pictures in posts 987, 989. ALSO See latest picture of the inaugural presentation 1020.
The Ryndam - leaving Dover for the last time..see 1041. Also 1064 for latest.


Picture: harbour dramatique.

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Post 1271
  Sea News, Dover


Port of Dover goes to TownSmiley
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What better way to say Merry Christmas to the local community than handing over the initial cheque to launch the Port of Dover Community Fund.

A cheque for £250,000 was presented by George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board and Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, to the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, who is leading the independent community fund panel and The Lady Colgrain, the Chairman of Trustees of the Kent Community Foundation, which is providing administrative support.

The official handover took place in Dover town centre’s Market Square by the Christmas tree that the Port had erected for the town’s recent Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Tim Waggott said:

“I am absolutely delighted to present the cheque for £250,000 as a real and visible sign of our commitment to our community. This kick starts the Port of Dover Community Fund which will see an ongoing tangible and significant contribution to supporting learning, education and skills as well as enriching the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities. Today sees the result of much hard work with the local community in establishing the priorities for the fund and enables us to achieve even more together in the years ahead.”

On receiving the cheque, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott said:

“It is not just money. It is a pledge to help bring hope to young people and to the community of Dover. A great day!”

The ceremony was attended by a number of local dignitaries and community representatives including Charlie Elphicke MP, Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Sue Jones and Chairman of the Dover Society and Port and Community Forum Derek Leach.

To celebrate the happy occasion, the Port handed out festive drinks and mince pies to members of the public whilst Christmas carols filled the air.

The first round of funding is planned to open from the middle of January 2015 and close on 31st March 2015 with the first awards being finalised in early June.

ENDS


PinnedSmiley


NOTE: There were huge volumes of traffic heading into the Port all through the night. Much congestion currently. Be aware...lots of extra travel time needed.



Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 07:47
 
Post 1270
  vic matcham, Dover
Just glad I have packed up going to events like this seeing so many that jump ship over to the winning side would have made me tell them so.Smiley Then rub it in by having a group photo of it taken like a happy family makes me feel sick.Smiley

Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 14:39
 
Post 1269
  Sea News, Dover

DOVER RACE FESTIVAL


Kick-start 2015 with Port of Dover Race Festival
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Thinking of your New Year’s resolutions and ways of getting fit after Christmas? Europe’s busiest ferry port is challenging runners and those looking for fun to come to Dover’s award-winning esplanade and Prince of Wales Pier for next year’s Port of Dover Race Festival 2015, taking place on 27-29 March. The Port of Dover is encouraging novice and experienced runners to sign up to run in aid of The Brathay Trust charity for its second multi-race event.

The Port of Dover Race Festival weekend is only three months away but there is still time for entrants to train in time for the big day. The event will kick off with the Kids Mile on Friday at 4.00pm followed by a 9.00am start on Saturday for the first Marathon and a 2.30pm start for the Half Marathon. Sunday will bring a close to the weekend’s activities, with the second Marathon starting at 9.00am followed by the 10k Race at 2.30pm.

Set against the iconic back-drop of the country’s famous White Cliffs and magnificent Dover Castle, the event will comprise multi-looped courses from the eastern end of the seafront along to the west and to the end of the Prince of Wales Pier. Offering runners views of a busy harbour and beach, the 2015 course will also be the last time that runners will be able to race along the Pier in its current form ahead of changes planned under Dover Western Docks Revival.

“We'd love to have entries from people at all levels of experience or who are members of their local running club,” says event organiser and Port of Dover staff member, Karen Webber. “We have fantastic bespoke medals for all participants that were designed by our team to reflect Dover’s maritime connection and its link to the Port.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive for the Port of Dover said: “We are delighted to host this second Port of Dover Race Festival. The participation in the first event in 2014 exceeded our expectations and provided great fun for the community. Such events give us an opportunity to attract people from all over UK and showcase Dover and its hospitality. It is also a fantastic way or fundraising for a very worthy cause – improving the life chances of children and young people. I would like to encourage people to either enter the races or come and support the runners on the day.”

All of the races are inclusive, whether entrants are experienced, multi-racers or novice runners. The multi-lap nature of the course makes for a friendly atmosphere for both the runners and the supporters. The promenade and beach will remain open to the public who wish to watch the races or go for a weekend stroll. So come along and cheer them on!

ENDS

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A typically moody December day with heavy clouds powering through on the high breeze, and the sun doing its level best to burst through. The ferry on show above is one of the P&O Spirits, not entirely certain which one ( the Spirit of Britain or the Spirit of France ? ). The picture shows the ferry exiting through the western exit yesterday and bound for Calais. Once again it was a very busy day yesterday Thursday and it is expected that it will be a busy weekend too. No real surprises there...the Christmas gold rush is on..

Below we have another shot of the Atlantic Reefer to add to the one further below...this gives a better view. I overlooked this one initially .

That's a great community idea above from the Port of Dover....for kids of all ages. And its a solid fund raising opportunity too for a charity of your choice. Interesting to note that the press release mentions it will be the last time on the Prince of Wales Pier. PB





Friday, 19 December 2014 - 06:16
 
Post 1268
  Sea News, Dover
Some more cargo ships now which of course can be regularly seen tooing and froing to the ever busy terminal here at the Port of Dover. First one on display is the Magellan Strait...seen here arriving yesterday in dull but calm conditions. The ship had a quick turnaround for sure, as she left again late last night at a quarter to the ghostly hour of midnight... heading off to the busy Port of Antwerp.


The picture below is from a day or so ago..taken across the harbour rooftops as it were, its a long range shot of the Atlantic Reefer out in the open sea. We just caught the tail end of her departure. The picture is not super-duper quality but you can just see the pilot boat alongside.


Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 07:51
 
Post 1267
  Sea News, Dover


MULTI MILLION POUND FLOOD DEFENCE INVESTMENT TO HELP PROTECT HOMES
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Dover District Council is welcoming news that the Environment Agency has announced a range of flood and coastal protection development schemes across the district. This is in addition to the Deal Sea Defences completed this year, and the £21.7m Sandwich Town Tidal Defences currently under construction.

The news was part of a national £2.3bn flood defence programme unveiled by the Government earlier this month. Local projects include the ongoing Beach Management schemes for Deal and Kingsdown. In addition, the Government has announced development projects to replace the timber groynes from Walmer to Kingsdown, as well as plans for Flood Alleviation schemes in Dover and Deal.

Dover District Council is a key partner, working with the East Kent Engineering Partnership to deliver the Kingsdown projects and the Deal Beach Management scheme, with support from the Environment Agency. Dover Harbour Board will be instrumental in delivering the Dover Flood Alleviation scheme, which will be subject to a value for money exercise run by the EA before being implemented.

Martin Leggatt, DDC Head of Assets and Building Control said: “Coastal protection and flood defences are vital for the safety of residents and the future of the district. We are very pleased to see that key schemes are being progressed, as we continue to work closely with the Environment Agency and other partners to help protect homes and businesses, and the environment.”

For more information, please see www.gov.uk/government/publications/programme-of-flood-and-coastal-erosion-risk-management-schemes

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Many thanks to DDC for the above. Good to see this problem being tackled.
Below we have the Pride of Canterbury , pictures taken yesterday on a chilly afternoon. She is back in action and looking clean and spruced. This is the ferry that was involved in the fire a short while ago so good to see the ship back on the run. I myself am not totally sure when she restarted work, sometimes when things are right in front of you ..well you dont see the obvious. But good to see her back in action...might help with the ongoing freight backlog. PB


The other ferry in shot is the Pride of Burgundy.



Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 07:37
 
Post 1266
  Sea News, Dover


CHRISTMAS MARKETS - NEWS FROM DFDS SEAWAYS
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Germany ranked top country by South East for best Christmas markets and delicacies
- Going away as a mini break and experiencing local traditions cited as the most popular reasons for going away
- 84% agree they are more adventurous at trying new delicacies at festive markets
- DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France

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A recent survey commissioned by Europe’s leading ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, reveals that people living in the South East believe Germany has by far the best Christmas markets, with Bruges, Cologne and Munich topping the city leader board in joint first position. Overall, a third of those polled (34%) rated German Christmas markets as the best, followed by Belgium (7%) and France (4%). Only 3% of those in the South East believe the UK has the best Christmas markets. London and Copenhagen were ranked fourth and fifth respectfully as the cities with the best Christmas markets to visit.

Why visit?

When asked what would motivate people in the South East to visit a European Christmas market, going away as part of a mini break came out as the most popular choice (43%). 39% said the desire to experience local traditions would motivate them to visit a European Christmas market and a third (34%) said to enjoy a magical experience. 27% of those in the South East would visit a Christmas market to buy Christmas gifts with a difference and 14% to buy Christmas decorations.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France, taking just two hours, offering customers fast and regular transport to a wealth of Christmas cheer.

UK knowledge of European delicacies...

Most people were able to identify where traditional European delicacies originated from, with 65% of people in the South East having heard of German Stollen and able to identify its origin. 46% of people in the South East had heard of Dutch Advocaat and were able to identify its origin, whereas 13% of people in the South East had heard of France’s Pain D’épices and were able to identify its origin.

Denmark’s Ris a l’amande was the least known treat with only 6% of respondents having even heard of it. As to be expected with easy access to the continent and local delicacies on their doorstep, those in the South East have a marginally better understanding and knowledge of traditional European delicacies than the wider UK population. For example, 84% of those surveyed in the South East had heard of Advocaat, compared to 73% of all Brits surveyed, and similarly, 77% are aware of Stollen compared to 71% of all Brits surveyed.

Thinking about the different treats and foodie traditions each festive market has to offer, 84% of those surveyed in the South East agreed they are more open to trying new and exciting delicacies when they visit festive markets.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments: “Over the last few years we have noticed a greater interest in European Christmas markets from people living in the South East. Christmas is such a magical time of the year and one of the great things about travelling by car and ferry is that there are no luggage restrictions, so picking up special presents and delicious Christmas food and drink is easy.”

Current fares for a car and up to four passengers from Dover to France with DFDS Seaways start at just £35 each way for travel before December 17.

For further information and the latest special offers, please visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between the UK and France, as well as daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam, providing flexible crossing times and convenient travel options. All DFDS Seaways ferries are equipped with a range of high quality onboard facilities so your holiday starts as soon as you board the ferry.


- ENDS –



Great selection of pictures below there Ed. Excellent to see the ones from Dunkerque. Some fascinating equipment on show there. Only been to Dunkerque myself once, would like to go again and have a hotel right overlooking the docks there as shown in your pictures below. It would be for me a kind of 'busman's holiday'..
Smiley

Also I saw that huge ship yesterday but couldn't get a shot of it as light wasn't good for me here. I mumbled to myself that the ship passing down the Channel was...'bigger than Calais'..an absolute giant beast. So there we are... for a while it was the biggest ship in the world. Amazing indeed!

Many thanks to DFDS Seaways for the information above. Added Picture shows the Calais Seaways with the coast of France in the background. PB.Smiley



Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 05:58
 
Post 1265
  Ed Connell, Dover

Alerted by Ben the QM and Colin the 2/O to this vessel passing down the Southwest lane past Dover at 0830 this morning. This is the Mayview Maersk, one of the Maersk Triple-E class boxboats which have briefly been the largest container ships in the world. Seen here with the Dunkerque Seaways passing in the foreground.




A couple of photos from a few weeks ago when the Dover Seaways was in drydock in Rotterdam. This is the ultra deepwater pipelaying vessel "Lewek Constellation" departing from Damen Shiprepair in Schiedam.



A river cruise boat in for maintenance at the Damen facility. They also now own Arnos in Dunkerque where the Dover ferries usually go for refit.


Monday, 15 December 2014 - 16:31
 
Post 1264
  Sea News, Dover

Port’s Contractor Safety Forum delivers industry best practice
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The Port of Dover has welcomed over 30 professionals to the Port’s first ever Contractor Safety Forum. The event, organised by the Port of Dover and held at Cruise Terminal 2, provided contractors and Port staff with an opportunity to explore some of the latest developments on key health and safety issues at the Port, as well as to network and share best practice.


The Forum has been set up to provide a platform whereby initiatives, best practice, underlying trends and process safety strategy can be distilled and shared across all the contractors working at Europe’s busiest port, with the aim of enhancing safety.

Following a welcome to the Port by Tim Godden, General Manager Strategy and Risk Management, the Port of Dover’s safety team explained the Port’s incident reporting system and looked at underlying trends. Other topics included Asbestos Awareness, the Contractors Code of Conduct, working at height and contractor engagement.

Tim Godden, General Manager Strategy and Risk Management, Port of Dover, said:

“As Europe’s busiest ferry port, we are committed to making the Port the safest place to work, and the Contractors Safety Forum is a reflection of the strong safety culture we hold throughout the organisation. We hope the forum will be beneficial to our contractors. Everyone working in or at the Port, in whatever capacity, is part of the Port of Dover team and this is another demonstration of how we are working together to be the best port in the world.”

ENDS

Extra Note :The forum included eighteen contractors.... AD Construction, AMS Engineering, Bam Nuttall, B Young Grounds Maintenance, Charlier Construction, DDS Demolition, E J Dittons, FM Conway Hi-Ways, Hollandia, New Concept Asbestos, NT Rix, OCS, Quaterhall, R B Air, Southern Total Maintenance, Total Support Services and Wardle Painters.

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Two images below of the Cote D'ivoirian Star leaving us in choppy blustery conditions on sunday, no doubt having delivered another consignment of much loved bananas to us here in the Port of Dover. The tugboats once again providing invaluable support in the conditions.


Smiley



Monday, 15 December 2014 - 07:11
 
Post 1263
  Sea News, Dover
Interesting ideas lads...could be a low flying santa or even a disappearing ghost sub. I have another shot that is less clear, where the flying or sailing 'whatever' goes behind the Rodin but never re-appears. I dunno..a bewildering headscratcher extraordinaire. Well there you are ...a wee bit of Christmas magic. Magic and Sparkle...
Smiley
PaulB.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 18:40
 
Post 1262
  brian., dover.
either a ghost sub or a bad santa clause flying low wave hopping to avoid radar.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 16:53
 
Post 1261
  vic matcham, Dover
good photo but I think it is a ship in the back ground and looking like a small war ship.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 09:26
 
Post 1260
  Sea News, Dover
Another couple of pix from Friday. Above is the Rodin approaching across the sulphurous sea, the colours are ever changing, with one of the giant international tankers moving past in the background. The sea was still rough but calming. But the next picture provides the curio moment and I have used this picture following here more or less as large as I can go. It is the Rodin again of course...but here's the thing, while photographing it and focusing on keeping the Rodin as sharp in the camera as possible...I noticed what I thought was a grey ship moving from left to right in the background.

I assumed it was one of those shadowy naval or border force vessels. So I thought I will come back to that and get a picture. So I looked down at the camera screen to see how the pictures of the Rodin went and when I looked back to photograph the grey ship....there was nothing there. Gadzooks thought I !

A ghost ship. This was reminiscent of the ghostly picture I took last Christmas along the seafront which was even used in the Dover Express. I don't know...some people are having turkey dinners but I'm having apparitions. Look to the left...
Smiley
What is it...I dunno. Perhaps a flock of geese...not seagulls you can see seagulls to the right. But there you are..


Thanks to Mike and Colette below there...lots more to come.
PaulB


Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 06:34
 
Post 1259
  Mike J., Dover
Paul -

Excellent pix of the ferries heading for Eastern !

Holyhead Towing’s 2002-built tug/workboat AFON CEFNI has been in the old Jetfoil terminal in Western docks for a few days.

I heard that she came in for shelter.




Friday, 12 December 2014 - 21:40
 
Post 1258
  ColetteB, Dover
Great dramatic photo there of all three ferry companies battling against the high winds outside the harbour wall, good to see all three together Smiley


I heard that Towie were celebrating Essexmas this week on MyFerryLink. I've just had a little look on catch up after seeing the voluptuous Gemma Collins on our Sea News, its always good to see Dover featured on TV. That's a very nice country hotel they stayed at, the Maison de Plumes & it's not a bad price either Smiley

Friday, 12 December 2014 - 16:12
 
Post 1257
  Sea News, Dover
The traffic has been very heavy for the past few days. The much used recent phrase 'weather bomb' ie the extremely bad weather which hit us early this morning didn't help the flow at all. That line of trucks as seen on left of shot above seems to go on forever, stretching in never ending line into the Kent countryside...it is always there lately, something of a permanent fixture sadly. If anyone has doubts about the volume of trade going to the EU through the Port just come down to the waters edge here and take a look. The picture was taken this morning Friday.

Our ol' friend below, the Nord Pas de Calais, taking a bit of a bashing around midday as she sets off for Calais. They clearly need the window wipers going full blast on the bridge... look at the height of the wave! Strewth !


Friday, 12 December 2014 - 15:05
 
Post 1256
  Sea News, Dover

TOWIE in TOWN.


The only way is Essexmus with MyFerryLink
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A 24hour / day return for a car and up to 9 passengers costs from just £24 or take a 3 day short break fare from just £49 return.

Visit Calais Vins to stock up on some festive and new year tipples. Customers spending over €100 on French wines will receive a 10% discount just by showing their MyFerryLink lane hanger or booking confirmation.

Stay overnight in the exact rooms the cast stayed in at the gorgeous Maison de Plumes and enjoy a free glass of wine or Pastis on arrival if you show them your MyFerryLink lane hanger or booking reference. Double rooms cost from just 99 Euros (£78) per night.

MyFerryLink also has a number of very special offers for their customers including great discounts on accommodation in Calais and money off vouchers in the Carrefour hypermarket at Calais Coquelles. Visit the partner offers page on the MyFerryLink website for all available discounts and offers.

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £35 each way any duration, with special offers often available online.

To find the best fares, visit www.myferrylink.com or call 0844 2482 100

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Smiley Exclusive picture of Gemma Collins above there knocking back the Champagne onboard the..was it the Berlioz, I think it was. The programma was shown Wednesday and featured a surprise turn by Gemma " I never miss a good booze cruise!" Collins...she is now surprisingly back in TOWIE as you can see and recently fresh out of the jungle where she appeared as one of the stars in I'm a Celebrity get me Outa Here. Top picture is of course the Rodin and Berlioz in fine action just off Calais beach...we have used the pic once before but worth another look for sure. It was great to see the MyFerryLink ships on the programme.

Thanks for the traffic update below Brian. It will probably be busy again today...and the rough blustery weather wont speed things up either. PaulB.

Smiley



Friday, 12 December 2014 - 05:06
 
Post 1255
  brian, dover outpost.
the traffic well past samphire hoe,both lanes at a stand still.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 15:18
 
Post 1254
  Sea News, Dover

I know things are getting competitive in the Ferry business and here we are with all three companies appearing to jostle and jockey for position on the approaches at mid-day today thursday. It all made for interesting pictures. Although not terribly windy the sea was quite rough as you can see. Earlier in the day we had a build up of freight traffic on the roads once again...but all seems to be flowing okay currently. But don't hold your breath as its a very busy season.

Thanks for those comments below Vic...interesting as ever. PB.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 15:10
 
Post 1253
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Well we have it both Mr Wiggins and the MP jumped off the sinking ship on to a band wagon, all the talk they have done over the last 3 years about how bad the DHB has been in running the port which we know was not true, but as I said IF YOU CAN NOT BEAT THEM JOIN THEM and that is what both of them done .
I have all ways been a supporter of the DHB and all they have done is got rid of the main men that they were up against, but by giving a seat on the D.H.B. to one of them a very good move. But as a person I am saying that should not have happened. Smiley

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 12:51
 
Post 1252
  Sea News, Dover

The following announcement is directly from the Dover Harbour Board....


New Appointments bring Port and Community closer
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Dover Harbour Board is delighted to announce the appointment in the New Year of Samantha Parker and Neil Wiggins as the first Community Directors to join the Board in 2015. These new appointments strengthen the links between the Port of Dover and the community at the start of what will be a momentous period of regeneration for both the area and one of the world’s most recognised ports.

Samantha Parker was full of enthusiasm for her forthcoming role:

“I grew up in Kent and was educated at Barton Court Grammar School for Girls in Canterbury. My mother, who was one of Kent’s first Super Nurses and my late father who was a Chief Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy, instilled in me a set of virtues which I remain true to today. I am married to Carl who is a Tree Surgeon and a service veteran and we have 2 young children. I live in a village in the Dover and Deal Constituency and have dedicated over half of my life to public service. I have lived and worked in the Dover district for the past 20 years. I have worked at both the Eastern and Western Docks and my husband also worked out of the Eastern Docks on the ferries before his army career. My godfather was a Captain with Townsend Thoresen. My career has equipped me with many skills and qualities that are directly transferable to the boardroom. I am a member of a local running club and a keen supporter of my children’s primary school. I am a keen participant in my village community.”

“The Port is a vital part of the town of Dover and the surrounding area and we all want even stronger links to make it work for everyone. My role will be to bring an insight into the thinking of the community and act as a bridge between those involved in the Port and the future of Dover. This is a great day for everyone and anyone who has an interest in Dover, in the Port and in the jobs it will safeguard and create as part of its shared vision.”

Neil Wiggins was equally delighted, reflecting on his forthcoming appointment he said:

“We have been on quite a journey over the last few years, and it is time to move on as we all work together to deliver a brighter future for Dover. I am immediately resigning as both Chairman and a member of the Dover Peoples’ Port Trust in order that I can ensure my full commitment to the Port of Dover as a community voice on the board and fulfil my duties as a member of the Dover Harbour Board without any conflict of interest.”

George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of the Dover Harbour Board, welcomed the new Non Executive appointments which followed a detailed interview process involving community representatives.

“We had an overwhelming response to this important appointment and a list of high quality candidates to choose from. The Minister of State for Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, said in the House of Commons that it was important to link the Port to the town. We see these new appointments as a strong statement of that intent, offering a direct link between the Board and the community that will bring a fresh perspective to assist us in our future plans.”

George Jenkins believes these new appointments will add stability and strengthen the links to the local community as Dover moves forward together.

“We will now have Community Directors appointed to the Board who will have a wide ranging appreciation of the community and its views. This will bring another valuable element to the composition of the Board and we heartily welcome these new appointments. The Board are submitting a Harbour Revision Order to enshrine these new positions in legislation. These appointments and our proposed direction of travel shows we are moving forward with determination, integrity and a clear vision of where we want the Port to be in the future. The Port and the local community are working ever more closely together to achieve shared goals. We want to see the Port of Dover recognised as one of the world’s great ports and a vital element in the UK economy. We will continue to work to cement Dover’s reputation as the best Port in the world for the benefit of our community and customers."

Charlie Elphicke MP said that this shows real progress is being made.

“The community representatives considered the two selected candidates to be outstanding. We had no hesitation recommending them both to be Community Directors. Community Directors on the Dover Harbour Board places the community at the heart of decision making at the port. There is still further work to be done in order to ensure that the Community Director positions are enshrined in legislation and I will continue to press DHB for the HRO to enable this to happen.”
“The announcement of the community directors is a big step on the continuing road to reform. It shows what a success the People's Port has been. With this landmark development much of what the People's Port Trust set out to achieve has now been completed. Once the HRO is finalised, it will be an opportune time for the People's Port Trust to be concluded.”

Shipping and Ports Minister John Hayes MP welcomed the Community Director appointments.

“A great amount has been achieved in Dover since the plan for the Port was announced in April, showing that the port and town working together can really get things done. I’d like to congratulate both George Jenkins and Charlie Elphicke for leading this and all they have done in delivering the landmark of appointing two community directors. I extend my thanks and congratulations to everyone else involved in doing so much to bring together the Port, the town and its community.”

ENDS

Smiley

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 17:11
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