Monday, 8 February 2016

Time to scarper - this visitor was surprised by the mountainous thunderous waves and had to dash fot it!


Record Freight for P&O see post 2291
Key Road Scheme Regeneration...more details in post 2318
M20 Traffic Concerns...see the Newsletter from Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and 2332,
now also the Calais concerns added 2362. Also Recent Demo Pictures 2357

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Post 2376
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Great action photos Paul of Dover Lifeboat from yesterday's exercise Smiley

Monday, 8 February 2016 - 09:25
Post 2375
  Sea News, Dover
A stunning collection of Lifeboat pictures from Sarah in the series of posts below...well done with those Sarah, really ace pictures and great to see. I can add a few Lifeboat pictures to the mix now . These once again were taken yesterday but unfortunately a bit long range.

It was a wild oul day yesterday and no wont need me to tell you that. But out into the wild wild weather went our lifeboat crew here in Dover as well. Once more into the breach as it were, out into the rough and tough tumble of Storm Imogen. The top two pictures are looking into the distance across the top of Admiralty can see guys fishing on the pier in the foreground. It was a hugely bracing day to be on the pier but there we some parts of the day a chap could hardly stand upright. But out into all that wild weather went the Lifeboat...

It looked like the Lifeboat guys were on an exercise initially but then the game changed a the HM Coastguard helicopter arrived off Dover, it hung in the air very low and very close to the waves, almost stationary for a time and then the Lifeboat went out to join it. Whether the game had changed at that point it was hard to tell...was there some problem offshore?

Yes indeed Vic they all do a great job in all weathers. Well said!
Good to hear from Nigel there below too.

Monday, 8 February 2016 - 07:03
Post 2374
  vic matcham, Dover
Some great photos of the lifeboats both in Dover and Ramsgate,and what a great jobs the crews do ,when you look out on nights like tonight with winds up to 90mph and big ships do not go out of port but the small life boats put out in all weathers maned by unpaid crews 24/7 and also do a day job on top of that that takes some beating so a very big thank you to all of the crews of the lifeboat that are all round the UK.Smiley

Monday, 8 February 2016 - 00:16
Post 2373
  Sarah, Ramsgate

This photo didn't work in my last post Smiley

Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 23:37
Post 2372
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Here she is in 2014 before her recent re-spray sadly her name Warden has not been put on the new orange paint.

Photos of the three sisters to which Nigel refers follow.

Estuary Leader

Estuary Escort

and finally Estuary Guide


Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 23:33
Post 2371
  nigel stephens, littleport (
estuary warden a lovely boat together with her three sisters i was a coxwain on her from new

Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 17:32
Post 2370
  Sarah, Ramsgate
At last it was lovely sunny weather today so I was off to the harbour to see what I could photograph. Smiley
First up is one of our wonderful Pilot Boats - Estuary Warden.

Next both the Ramsgate Lifeboats went out on exercise. ALB is Esme Anderson, Trent Class, ILB is Claire & David Delves, Atlantic 85 Class.

The exercise then moved on to Broadstairs, so I jumped on the first bus & got there just in time.

Sunday, 7 February 2016 - 12:53
Post 2369
  Mike J., Dover
LIAMARE has returned with the fifth load of rock for the Shakespeare Beach job.
Still alongside the Ad.Pier Saturday morning.

Photo courtesy & copyright Dover Marina Facebook.

Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 10:12
Post 2368
  Sea News, Dover
A busy day for the David Church ( local dredger ) yesterday what with the comings and goings..its a hard working vessel for sure, always busy. I think she was manoeuvring the harbour buoys yesterday with the help later on of the harbour patrol boat seen in the picture below. Also in the pic below you can see the Coral Water in the background at cruise terminal two. All three in the one shot !
Not bad for a sleepy fridaySmiley

While I was just fetching out the David Church from the system I spotted this one below of the same vessel from a previous time. Obviously in the pic below the weather conditions were much nicer. Its all very colourful and you can see the coast of France quite clearly...but note the funnel cloud in the sky above. Never a dull moment eh! PaulB.

Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 07:59
Post 2367
  Sea News, Dover
You wont need to be reminded how rough the weather has been. We've had storm Gertrude, storm Clodagh, storm Henry...well the list goes on.. there was enough blow to more than rattle the oul timbers. Yet it has been mild. We used to shiver and sniffle in January...but not these days. Look at the picture above and below...a gorgeous balmy day was enough to bring this delightful yacht out for a bit of exhilarating winter sailing. The yacht is called ' Community Spirit' and here she is gliding about on wednesday's silver sea. Wider picture below. Tranquil tranquil..all is tranquil. For the moment anyway. Presumably she is from the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club which is located a little further up the seafront from yours trulys observation tower.

Below we have a picture of the Calais Seaways now back in serious action as you can see in this picture taken yesterday.
As you will have noted from the earlier posts she was having some difficulty a day or two ago but now all seems well.

Friday, 5 February 2016 - 06:35
Post 2366
  Sea News, Dover
The DFDS workhorse Calais Seaways had some trouble the other day...Tuesday off the top of head. I first spotted her off course and resting just outside the western one thinks immediately something isn't quite right. Then both tugboats leapt into view. It seems the vessel had developed some loss of engine power. In due course both tugs were able to nestle her into berth and she seems to be back in the fray now...with hopefully all systems fully functional. That's her below. The top shot shows Dauntless waiting to help and in the background a bright but rough sea. Just double checked - yes indeed the pictures are from Tuesday. Time of pictures 14.40 ( 2.40pm afternoon) PB.

Earlier on the same day...this little workboat from Riley Marine was circulating the harbour...
pictured here just passing yours trulys 'observation tower'.

Yes indeed Mike the times they are a-changing but we can still get good shots. Re the banana boat....the experiment was short lived as the novelty soon wore off!!

Thursday, 4 February 2016 - 06:03
Post 2365
  Mike J., Dover
Windfarm crewboat CWIND ENDURANCE in the Tidal Basin, Wednesday afternoon.
She had come down from Ramsgate.

Not so easy now to take decent photos of craft on the waiting pontoon since the swingbridge carpark, which gave a much better ‘angle’ has been permanently closed.

Interesting photo of the ELSEBETH - wIth a little more jiggery-pokery you could have produced a really banana-shaped banana boat !

Very artistic . . . . .

Thursday, 4 February 2016 - 00:50
Post 2364
  Sea News, Dover
Thanks for that tip Mike. That will be exciting .... the cameras will be on fire !Smiley
ermmmm not literally I hope. PB.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 06:56
Post 2363
  MikeJ., Dover
Word on the street has it that the COTE DES DUNES [ex-RODIN] will be over in Dover on Monday.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 06:50
Post 2362
  Sea News, Dover

KEEPING OUR BORDERS SAFE AND Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal.

The situation at Calais is of grave concern to us all. Migrants have tried to rush the port and some got onto a ferry before the boarders were repelled by the ship's crew. Migrants daily seek to stow away onto lorries and the haulage industry is calling for the army to be sent in. The conditions at the camps in Calais and Dunkirk are dreadful. Hard left militant anarchists from Britain are agitating in the camps and seeking to inflame an already bad situation.

This is an even bigger problem because the Dover to Calais route is critical for our international trade. Every time a stowaway gets on a lorry the load has to be thrown away. Lorry drivers who pick up a stowaway get heavily fined, so the haulage industry is forced to invest in expensive detection equipment and park up in secure lorry parks.

What then is to be done? Some will say the easy answer is simply to leave the EU. There are many good reasons to make that case. Yet our border security is not one of them. If we left, the border would surely move from Calais to Dover. The migrants at Calais would no longer be in Calais and this would take Dover back to the dreadful situation of some years ago.

Others say we should simply open our borders and allow everyone in. The same people also argue that we should take the nuclear defence out of our nuclear submarines and hand the Falkland Islands over to Argentina. These are all very bad ideas - they would undermine our national security, our border security and the safety of us all. The return to the bad old days of the open door to Britain that used to exist before 2010 would be a danger for migrants too, for once you allow anyone to wander in, more will seek to follow.

Attracted by the magnet of an open border people will make ever greater and more dangerous efforts to enter Britain. As we have seen before, this all too often ends in tragedy. This is why the Prime Minister is right in saying that we should take vulnerable people in need from close to the nations they have been forced to flee in order to discourage the making of long, treacherous and dangerous journeys.

The situation at Calais is serious. We need better security for hauliers in Northern France. We need to ensure our border remains in Calais and is not brought back to Dover. We need to keep working closely with the French Government to increase security. It would be a wrong turn to go back to the days of open borders where anyone could just wander into Britain. We need to be particularly wary not to encourage people to make dangerous journeys across Europe.


Many thanks to Charlie Elphicke MP for the above.

Difficult times for the authorities in Calais. The picture above shows the stressed police at the Port of Calais in recent times.
Also below we have a French customs patrol vessel....Jacques Oudart Fourmentin...that may or may not be its name. Not certain.

Time is running out for UK-bound hauliers at Calais says RHA

That's the stark warning from the Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett. “We have today received photographs from a haulier on his way to the Port of Calais that clearly show that Calais and its approach roads are, quite literally, becoming a war zone. Despite this, the French authorities still are not taking the action that is now desperately needed and action that the thousands of hauliers using this vital trade route are desperate for.

“We have already warned operators to make sure their drivers know not to stop within at least 100 miles of Calais. But if a brick is thrown at your truck on the final approach road and it hits your windscreen, you have no alternative but to stop. And if you stop, the trucks following are also at risk. You and those behind you instantly become a sitting target for the hordes of migrants whose sole aim is to reach the reach the UK, regardless of the consequences for HGV drivers. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.

“These drivers want no more than to do their job, unhindered and in safety. This is not happening. We are demanding that the French government responds to our call to deploy its Army as a matter of extreme urgency.

"It is inconceivable that the death of a truck driver may be the only catalyst for this catastrophic situation to be addressed.”



Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 06:25
Post 2361
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have the new DFDS SEAWAYS livery on show again...this time the new paintwork dons the Delft Seaways. We featured the Dunkerque Seaways with the new paintwork previously. The top shot shows her leaving a near empty Port and the second one shows her out there in the channel heading for Dunkerque...long range shot that one. Our nautical correspondent is probably onboard there.
To cheer us all up in these grey times we have added the shot below taken last week. Sometimes we need a bit of colour in our lives...and this is it!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 07:44
Post 2360
  brian, dover
yes paul, but the afore mentiond streach of road has been at a virtul standstill since Tuesday.

Monday, 1 February 2016 - 17:16
Post 2359
  Sea News, Dover
The Nederland Reefer is back in with us today... she arrived in rough ol' dismal drizzly grey conditions all the way from Paita in Peru as we understand it. That's a long oul haul and no mistake, particularly in deep midwinter. Probably with a cargo of yet more succulent bananas for the British table. We do like a good banana.

Brian yes indeed the traffic was backed right up on Saturday for several extraordinary situation. One is all for democracy but...
The top picture in 2357 tells the looks like a ghost town 100 metres from the busiest of busy Ports.

Monday, 1 February 2016 - 15:43
Post 2358
  brian, dover
your right paul,it was backed up from aycliffe to Folkestone .

Monday, 1 February 2016 - 15:33
Post 2357
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have a quiet standstill. All is empty, all is for one lonely policeman on his metal steed. But this is the main highway to and from the nations Port, the Port of Dover. This is the UK's main highway to continental Europe where we do £1billion pounds worth of business every year through our ferries.. And its strangled. The time of the picture is Saturday afternoon 2.12PM or 14.12hours if you prefer. These roads would normally be seriously busy and why are they not busy on this particular Saturday...
...well here's the reason below.

Monday, 1 February 2016 - 08:06
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