Saturday, 25 February 2017

Evening at Ramsgate and the Lifeboat from Thurso arrives...more below page. Picture by Sarah Hewes.

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Post 3511
  Colette B, Dover
What a tremendous array of photos the Sea News team have put together over the last few days, with our tugs and lifeboats battling against the tumultuous seas whilst Storm Doris throws her full weight at our shores, Well Done Guys! Smiley

Plus the Good News from DFDS Smiley

Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 13:31
Post 3510
  Sea News, Dover
Tugs in the Thick of It.
And a bit later in the day below...  
Some more pictures of tugboat action above there..similar to the ones previously shown but closer to the action. You can feel and indeed see how strong the wind was in that top shot, it was pretty difficult for the tugs but as ever they came through. The second picture....look at the spray coming off the rope in the strong wind. Woe!

Following along from Mike's pictures which were probably taken a tad later...the picture below shows the Lifeboat also out there in action. Moving with the wind in this picture.  

And the last one below, its after the storm and the Olympic Triton returns to its usual location off Shakespeare/Samphire to get on with the job...all's calm..

Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 07:02
Post 3509
  Sea News, Dover
Yes indeed Mike it was a wild and woolly day as Storm Doris moved through. Other parts of the country probably had it slightly worse than we did, with snow being driven on the wind etc etc but nevertheless it still beat us up considerably. The tugs were in action all day helping the ships load and unload...despite a pause at one point the Port mostly kept going in the face of all the difficulty.
Whipping up a storm .. Doris lashes in... and below the tugs work hard in the wild wild weather..   

Look at that sea out there.. crikey!

Interesting stormy pix in the post below from Mike
Don't miss the impressive Post-Brexit-Vote report from DFDS in 3507 just unpinned.

Friday, 24 February 2017 - 07:20
Post 3508
  Mike J., Dover
Thursday, a wild windy day with the tugs kept busy assisting the ferries as storm DORIS passed thru.

The OLYMPIC TRITON & HAVILA PHOENIX spent the day sheltering on the Admiralty Pier.
The HAVILA PHOENIX sailed for Norrkoping in Sweden about 2130 after the winds dropped.

Dover's lifeboat took the chance to carry out heavy weather trials, an impressive sight.

The Castle & the church of St Mary in Castro & Victoria Park [Ed’s home until recently] looked good in the occasional patches of afternoon sunlight.

Friday, 24 February 2017 - 00:55
Post 3507
  Sea News, Dover


· Ferry and logistics operator posts eight per cent increase in revenue for full year in 2016

· Profit before tax was up by 52 per cent, fuelled by strong growth in freight volumes across the company’s UK and European network


Ferry and logistics business DFDS reports no negative impact on volumes from the Brexit effect as it continues to post record earnings.

The company’s annual report for 2016 showed that freight volumes and UK-Continental trade flows are holding up well despite the result of the UK referendum last June. Full-year revenues for the group were up by eight per cent at DKK £13.4bn (Danish Krone) (£1.56bn), compared with 2015 (adjusted for currency changes and excluding bunker surcharges). Its Shipping Division accounted for £1.08bn of this, up from £1.03bn, driven by a 21 per cent increase in freight volumes. The company also carried 12 per cent more passengers during the year.

Higher earnings for the Shipping Division helped pre-tax profits jump by 52 per cent to DKK £1.6bn (£182m), compared with last year. Improved earnings on DFDS’ cross-Channel routes from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk accounted for almost half of the increase following the deployment of additional ferry capacity since February 2016 and continued growth in the freight market.

Rising freight volumes in the final quarter of 2016 indicate no impact on cross-border trade between the UK and Europe following the Brexit vote. Across the European route network 17 per cent more freight was carried during this period than at the same time in 2015. Passenger numbers on its routes also increased by six per cent over the same period.

Whilst depreciation of the British pound in the last six months of the year impacted on the full-year result, this was offset by the continued increase in volumes and rates in the freight market. Volume growth was supported by increases in capacity, thanks to the introduction of two new ferries - the Cote de Dunes and the Cote de Flandres - on the Dover to Calais service, and on the key freight corridor between the UK and the Netherlands on the North Sea.

Kasper Moos, vice president for DFDS in the UK, said: “Our earnings increased considerably during 2016, with the vote for Britain to leave the EU having little real impact on volumes. We will continue to monitor developments, however. Thanks to our work to continuously improve our service and to offer customers the capacity they require across our network, we have continued to grow our markets and we’ve posted another year of record financial results. Our pursuit of continuous improvement will continue in 2017, with further investment in our fleet, a focus on bringing digital innovation that benefits our customers, and a drive to further improve customer satisfaction with the services that we provide.”

Looking ahead to 2017, DFDS expects revenues to increase by a further 4 per cent (excluding bunker surcharges) across its ferry and logistics business. With the Bank of England adjusting its growth expectations for the UK economy upwards to 2 per cent, freight volumes, seen as a marker of economic growth, are expected to continue to increase. Moos added: “As a ferry and logistics operator with more than 2,200 employees in the UK, we are at the heart of the ongoing Brexit process and based on trends for the last few months of 2016, we expect to see continued growth in trade.”

The company will invest almost £20m in 2017 to expand capacity and renew its fleet. Two new, large chartered freight ships for its route from Immingham to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, are due for delivery in May and September. The investment programme also includes improvements to passenger and freight facilities on two cruise ferries on the Newcastle-Amsterdam service and on one of its Dover-Calais ships.



Many thanks to DFDS for the hugely interesting Post-Brexit information above.Smiley

An extra DFDS pic now in homage to the storm about to land on our immediate doorstep...Storm Doris. (I once had an aunt called Doris and she wasn't stormy at all!). Gusts of up to 87mph were recorded in Galway on the western coast of the Irish Republic according to the BBC...and its coming this way, so batten down the hatches today.
All pictures show the Cote des Dunes.  

Well done guys with the pix below.Yours truly was out of office yesterday and didn't see any of it.
Mike ah yes more difficulty - Best to stick to a max of 5 Mike as we said before as the site works better all round.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 06:03
Post 3506
  Mike J., Dover
Excellent pix Patrick - we posted almost simultaneously ! -

Dunno what happened to my last two photos, lets try again -

The yellow piece of tracked equipment under the gantry is lowered to the seabed & moves along exposing or burying cables or pipelines.
[I think].

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 00:04
Post 3505
  Mike J., Dover
Activity in the old Jetfoil terminal on Wednesday morning with work taking place on AFON LLIGWY’s survey equipment which had been placed on the flat-top barge.

The tug AFON CEFNI was also in the terminal, ‘off duty’ from her guard-ship work as the OLYMPIC TRITON had left the power cable works area off Capel during the morning & came in thru the Western Entrance just after midday & tied up on Cruise-1.

The yellow piece of tracked equipment under the gantry is lowered to the seabed & moves along exposing or burying cables or pipelines.
[I think].

Unfortunately I was away from Dover during the afternoon & missed the HAVILA PHOENIX’s second arrival at dusk.
She has been working on the power cable job between Ramsgate & Belgium & is currently docked on Cruise-2.

Both ships are presumably in Dover for crew changes, stores etc.
A road tanker & a rubbish lorry were on the quay waiting for the OLYMPIC TRITON.

A little bird has told me that serious work on the Wellington Dock ‘cut’ will start in April.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 22:14
Post 3504
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Multi Purpose Offshore Support Vessel 'Havila Phoenix' berthed at Dover Western Docks this afternoon. Turned on a sixpence off Prince of Wales Pier

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 22:09
Post 3503
  Sea News, Dover
Here we are with more images of the Seatrade show her leaving for Dunkerque with a full load yesterday morning Tuesday around 09.40. Conditions were a bit brighter for the pictures this time...thankfully.
And away she goes ....
Thanks to Mike for the info on the ship and pix...see post below number 3501. A bigger than usual reefer for sure. Great to see...
The Discovery Bay is in today as well so the show goes on.
Great work Sarah once again below...cracking shots of the Thurso Lifeboat Plus ( 4 in one shot!) and now also at tip top of page too.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 05:48
Post 3502
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Thurso Lifeboat left us early this morning heading for the next overnight at Scarborough, it is a long journey back to Thurso.

As I got off the bus I spotted that I could get a shot of four lifeboats on the same photo.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 11:43
Post 3501
  Mike J., Dover
The SEATRADE WHITE on the Dover Cargo Terminal on Monday afternoon, she is in Dover to load empty containers after completing her maiden voyage from New Zealand at Rotterdam.
She left the builder’s yard in China late last year & is one of a class of six similar ships.
AIS shows her still alongside Tuesday morning.

Much larger than the usual reefers that we get in Dover with an overall length of 185 mtrs [606 ft in sterling, our regular reefers are usually around 140/150 mtrs] she makes an impressive sight & the blue hull makes a a refreshing change, altho’ she appeared almost to have a black hull as she entered on a misty Monday morning.

The freight check-ins were busy, as they usually are . . . . .

Plenty of empty containers stacked up by the DCT building awaiting exporting.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 08:26
Post 3500
  Sea News, Dover
The Seatrade White arriving yesterday through the swirling mist, one minute it was in view, next moment it was hard to see, but there we are anyway above. A first impressive ship, hopefully lots more new cargo ships to come in these exciting times and more visits hopefully too from the Seatrade White.
What are we looking at here...well I will tell you ...NO FOG!!!
This is the view eastwards at 3.15pm yesterday afternoon..the fog was gone.
and I zoomed in to show the Seatrade White again, this time at the cargo terminal. Probably the biggest cargo ship to come here as you can see.   

A collection of beautiful evening shots below there Sarah..stunning pictures for sure of the Thurso Lifeboat. Great work from our roving correspondent.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 06:57
Post 3499
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Loving the photos guys. Smiley Smiley Smiley
We had an overnight visitor arrive in the fading light this evening, Thurso Lifeboat 17-42 - The Taylors, on it's way back home.

Monday, 20 February 2017 - 19:44
Post 3498
  Sea News, Dover

The Baltic Klipper was in Port yesterday. Unfortunately yours truly was away from the observation tower so missed the arrival.. she left last night. The Baltic Klipper hasn't been in with us here at the Port of Dover very often but there above are a couple of pix from can tell its that long ago when you notice the MyFerryLink ship in the distance.....also coming in as we speak...a new one on me.. Seatrade White....will be trying for some pictures through the mist. PaulB.

Monday, 20 February 2017 - 10:44
Post 3497
  Sea News, Dover
Although we got a brief respite from the fog yesterday sunday, visibility was still poor and much detail was lost on the longer range pictures. You can see the Dover Lifeboat below returning to Port yesterday morning ( 11.30am) at some speed....but the pictures were not terribly clear so had to force them a tad to get usable images...pity as it was all quite spectacular.
The seafront 'lampshades' below, first thing seen as the fog cleared on saturday. The clearance was short lived on Saturday though as the gloom came back in swirls... and the eerie fog bell tolls again today monday as I write:
Ask not for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee...

Excellent post below Mike...great work there. Left it in top slot for all to enjoySmiley
The pictures are stunners. Well done Ted Ingham. Great stuff! Smiley


Monday, 20 February 2017 - 06:24
Post 3496
  Mike J., Dover
Saturday was certainly a day of gloom & fog with the high-pitched Eastern Docks foghorn bleeping away every ten seconds & the occasional deeper grunt from a ferry, but here's a couple of pix taken on a sunnier day.

Post 3379 was a photo taken by Ted Ingham in his Coastguard days of the Coastguard spotter aircraft making a low-level entry thru the Eastern Entrance.
Ted has kindly sent a few more showing G-BCEN making a similar approach to Langdon Coastguard & says -

. . . . .The pilots would often try out their low flying skills and come in at sea level, climb the gap at Fan Bay and then as low as they could over the operations room with the intention of scaring the - - - - out of us.
99 percent of the time they succeeded . . . . .

Thanks Ted !

Would have loved to have been in the cockpit with the pilots . . . .

Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 20:41
Post 3495
  Sea News, Dover
Thick fog greets us all this morning at the Port of Dover as the day wakes up. The lonely electronic bell wails out, its eerie sound skimming across the surface of the unseen water. There are no further pictures for the moment. However in the best tradition of these things, here is a shot from an earlier time, Thursday morning to be exact, as the early-ish ferry makes its way to Calais under a dramatic sky.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 06:30
Post 3494
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures above and below of Emerald as she waits patiently in the outer harbour before moving into position at the Cargo Terminal. Pictures from two days ago...she also had a quick cargo turnaround and is now back in Vlissingen in the Nederlands ( or Netherlands ).

And interesting item to ponder from the RHA ( Road Haulage Association ).

Brexit and Road Haulage – The Customs Control Danger

Brexit could seriously damage Britain’s food supplies because customs problems could cripple supply chains. The Road Haulage Association is warning that unless the Government negotiates the right customs controls during forthcoming Brexit talks the UK’s sensitive food supply could be seriously damaged. The current rationing of vegetables has highlighted the danger– and the problems with supplies of lettuce could be just the tip of a dangerous iceberg on the horizon.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Nearly 30% of all food consumed in the UK comes from the EU and it all arrives in lorries. At the moment, the process is seamless – it’s as easy to deliver from Milan to Manchester as it is from Manchester to Leeds as far as customs processes are concerned.

“After Brexit, that will no longer be the case, and we have to get the new processes right. Otherwise the system for getting food into the country could grind to a halt. "

The RHA fears that massive queues of lorries could build up at ports with not enough experienced staff to cope with a backlog while fresh food supplies rot.

“We are not re-assured by recent government statements,“ Richard Burnett added. “The White Paper suggests that HMRC has a world-class customs service. For EU continental road haulage it has NO system. It will face new challenges and government must recognise that and assure business that HMRC will have whatever resources it requires to get the job done."

Richard Burnett concluded: “The RHA welcomes the government’s commitment to cross-border trade being as frictionless as possible. But customs process for containers and air freight will not work for the millions of trucks that move through Dover and our ports.

"There are nearly 4.5 million journeys between the UK and Europe each year that are HMRC-free at the moment. These trucks carry jobs, components, products – and 30% of our food."


Interesting post below Mike. Changing times but exciting times.

Friday, 17 February 2017 - 06:33
Post 3493
  Mike J., Dover
Wednesday morning & the first signs of work for the new channel between Wellington Dock, through the Esplanade & the beach & into the new marina.
The boatyard has been cleared & the marine engineering works there have been moved elsewhere.

According to the 'Kent Live' website the new public pier & marina will open earlier than expected -

. . . . . a new marina and pier in Dover will be ready sooner than expected – with port chiefs predicting both to open by December 2018.
The two projects – part of the £120 million Western Docks Revival – will join a new cargo terminal, shops, cafes and bars on the seafront.
Residents and tourists can walk the new pier and a curved walkway surrounding the marina from that date onwards.
Shops, bars, cafes and restaurants will be added to the marina at a later date – with initial services expected to be pop-up shops and stalls.
Originally, the port gave a blanket opening date of simply "2019" for the entire Western Docks Revival project . . . . . .

The new pier & the 'Marina Curve' [the western side of the marina] will give excellent views of the town & the castle, but sadly it looks as though views of the shipping in Eastern & Western Docks will be obstructed by the new breakwater at the end of the Marina Curve unless the public is allowed access to the new breakwater which seems unlikely.
Even then views of the cruise ships will still be obscured.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 09:22
Post 3492
  Sea News, Dover
Went for the ultra close ups above there with a wider view to follow below... you can see the crew on the bridge above..
Following along from Ed's post 3490 of the Nederland Reefer at the Cargo Terminal...there we are above...a trio of pictures of her arrival taken just prior to Ed's shot. She is carrying quite a load there as you can see. The ship had a relatively quick turnaround and has since left us for Hamburg.. her slot at the Cargo Terminal was quickly taken by Emerald, which appeared to have been waiting off Deal for the Nederland to vacate. Busy busy and long may it continue.

Looking at the Channel Traffic Live Map I see Emerald has also departed the Port, must have done so in the wee small hours...will have a pic or two to follow. Have some shots still in camera...needing to catch up ...

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 05:23
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