Friday, 31 October 2014
FREE Magnum of Wine with MyFerryLink see below.
SAILING BOATs in DOVER HARBOUR see below post 1177..
TIME to INVEST in DOVER .. see below post 1151..
MINISTERIAL VISIT in 1160
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 gives Quarter Million to Community Fund...see 1136.
DFDS SEAWAYS ideas for autumn...see post 1133.
LATEST - FREE WINE with P&O - see post 1092.
New head of Marine Operations for the Port...more below in 1127.
Phoenix Angling Club raise Fab Sum for LIFEBOAT...see 1117.
Dover Harbour Board chairman reappointed...see post 1097.
Port of Dover Exercise....see post 1069.
Merchant Navy Memorial Service on seafront see 1052.
A Great Summer Season for the Port of Dover, see 1049.
CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955 and at 1061...also LATEST BELOW 1179.
The LIFEBOAT in the thick of the action again. See 976 also 1012. see also LATEST LIFEBOAT PICTURES 1156.
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.
MY FERRY LINK - two years old, see Post 1031.
Sea News - one year old 1023.
Summer at the Port of Dover, see 944. also Breaking New Ground with the Port of Dover see 1016.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918 and 929..also 920 for THE BLADES.
A Fishy Sunday Lunch 1106
MyFerryLink..New Appeal in Post 906
UK Border Agency in close operation..see 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
THE TOUR de FRANCE passing through see posts 870, 877, 882.
Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.
Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.
Aerial Map of berths 815.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799
THE DELIGHTS of DOVER SEAFRONT..also 779
MARCHING FORWARD see 411 and 687.
Picture: Tall sailing ship Mercedes moving past Dover in rough seas one evening last week.
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Mike J., Dover
I hope that the 'stays' [good nautical term!] don't cause the top of the tree to snap off in a strong gale !
Perhaps that's the reason why trees have never become established along the seafront.
If you take a walk along the clifftops, particularly close to the edge of the cliffs, you'll see that the bushes have been 'shaped' by the mostly southerly & southwesterly winds.
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 10:06
Many of the trees along our lovely seafront had long since adopted the position above, instead of leaping skywards as you would expect, they were kinda leaping towards Margate..so that would never do ! The horrendous storms of last winter rendered them more than a tad weatherbeaten. Yours truly quite liked them like that, as it showed something of a storm force character, but ones family members have often cried over their Pinot Grigios in the Dover Marina Hotel when gazing at the 'poor bent tees'. The good news now is the trees are restored to the erect position and are leaping skywards once again ...and now fully reinforced with 'stays'.. (not sure of the correct gardeners term there but the trees are now supported fully). A team came during the week complete with a JCB thingy and now all trees are restored to the perpendicular. No pictures yet of the re-aligned trees but watch this space in due course...
Vic the good news now is that all seem to be pulling together re the Port. so we can all drive forward hopefully in top gear. All seems more optimistic now than it has been for a long time.
Nice pictures below Mike. Its amazing what turns up in Dover Harbour ..never a dull moment. Nice story about it snaking all the way to Switzerland.Friday, 31 October 2014 - 08:15
vic matcham, river
Nothing to do with the election next year then ( see post 1179 ),What the D.H.B. is doing had nothing to do with Dovers MP if he had his way it would have been sold off to a group call the Dover Port or wording of that kind, putting a rope round the neck of the port for a 100years paying ofF a loan. But port stayed a Royal Port after all now it can look forward and move ward in the safe hands of the D,H,B.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 17:10
Mike J., Dover
Inshore survey vessel HMSML [Her Majesty’s Survey Motor Launch] GLEANER was berthed in the Tidal Harbour on Thursday afternoon.
Built in 1983 & said to be one of the smallest vessels commissioned into the Royal Navy she also has the rare distinction of being the only Royal Naval vessel to have visited Switzerland, going up the Rhine to Basel in 1988.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 15:53
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
A PEOPLE's PORT IS RISING AT THE DOCKS says MP Charlie Elphicke
Last week the New Ports Minister John Hayes visited the Port of Dover. He saw the progress that has been made over the last few years and the real change we have made together. It's important to remember that back in 2010 our port was about to be sold off. The previous Government planned to sell it to the French or whoever. When I was first elected all that was needed was the flick of the Minister's pen and it would all have been over.
Since that time we've come a long way. The battle against privatisation brought together the community, port workers and trades unions. It saw the foundation of the People's Port Trust with a plan to buy the port if the sell off was to go ahead. A referendum was held in Dover. The result was emphatic on a higher turnout than had been seen in the previous elections for the district council. Finally I took the battle to Parliament and defeated the Government in a key Parliamentary vote. After that Ministers decided that the sell off would not go ahead. Dover's port would be Forever England.
That was a great victory. Yet there was more. The campaign to save the port highlighted three serious problems. First the port needed to be able to raise money for investment. We need a great modern port fit to beat the competition from the Tunnel. Second people felt the port did nothing for the town. There needed to be a community fund to benefit our community. Third there needed to be a closer partnership between the port, port users and the people.
Things had to change. Business as usual was not an option. So some six months ago the previous Ports Minister, Stephen Hammond, visited Dover to set out his plan. The port would have new powers to raise the investment it needed to modernise and grow. Already the harbour revision order for this has been passed. Port management have also set out an ambitious plan for the Western Docks Revival with hopes to create 600 new jobs. A community fund would be set up which is now happening. It will help provide support for the skills, training and life chances of our young people. Finally he said there would be community directors. The first of these is currently being appointed.
The new Ports Minister was deeply impressed by what he saw. Much new investment is being made. There are plans for more. We've already seen demolition ahead of the Western Docks Revival. We have the area around the Marine Station in our sights. Alongside the moves to get Burlington House down many of the building blocks for the greater future of Dover are now in place. The next stage is to see through this change and transform our town.
Charlie Elphicke is of course MP for Dover and Deal. Charlie sends out regular Newsletters and when they relate directly to the Port we are happy to reproduce on our Sea News pages even though we don't specifically do politics on these pages here. Charlie has been more involved with the team at the Port in recent times as all can see in our regular press releases.
More on the aforementioned ministerial visit in the earlier post number 1160 below.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 07:10
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
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The Berlioz looking good.
Although it is getting later in the year, there are still fantastic trips to be had on calm seas under big skies....both of which you can see in this recent picture..
We like our Big Sky pictures
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 06:53
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Saturday was a hugely exciting day for these little sailboats in Dover Harbour. The Sea Sports Centre was buzzing. There must have been something like forty boats whizzing this way and that out on the water. Tremendous colourful excitement for all the kids of all ages. Lots of safe monitoring too with much whistle blowing from the RIBs dashing hither and tither. To tell the gospel truth yours truly does not fully understand the whole procedure but just to say that everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves greatly and that these boats add a super colourful exciting content to any day out on the water. Great fun was had by all.
A special pictorial tribute post to the whole team at the Sea Sports Centre.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 06:50
Above is a picture of the two current tugboats...Boulonnais and Dauntless just after they released the Columbian Star. Returning from a terribly exciting sunday morning jaunt to the supermarkets I saw the aforementioned cargo ship turning in the bay...the turning procedure always makes for some good pictures but frustratingly there was no camera to hand. However when yours truly eventually reached the 'observation tower' I managed to get the tail end of the goings on, hence the picture above and the two below. The ones below taken just after the Columbian Star left the harbour and went out into the open sea...longer range. The Columbian Star of course is a regular visitor here to the Port of Dover.
Just to mention that Saturday was a hugely busy day for the little sailing boats out there in the harbour...there must have been, well I don't know...thirty or forty out on the water. There may have been a special event on, as it all looked mightily busy at the Seasports centre. We will have some pictures of the sailboats in the next day or so all being well.Monday, 27 October 2014 - 05:22
That looks like the Columbian Star Howard...will have a few more pictures of that one tomorrow. That looks like the ship arriving..she left today with a huge load. Fast turnaround as ever.
Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 18:36
Howard McSweeney, Dover
A humble container ship passing through yesterday.
Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 13:08
Whats this!? yes its an adorable des res in prime location with all amenities..right in the heart of all the throbbing pulsating action. Yours truly got quite excited when seeing this as was convinced it was to be the new home. Think of all the great photos from there with an added platform on the roof. I slept on it overnight, figured out all the legal paraphernalia, established how to raise the deposit....but alas alas heartbreak in the morning...the house was gone. It came Friday went Saturday...sheesh!
Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 08:04
A G&T whilst ambling gently around the harbour on the stylish Sea Dawn, what's not to like!! yes please
That's a cracking Super Sailing Ship at the top of the page
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 13:56
Anyone for a G&T...
This classic style cruiser called Sea Dawn spent most of the afternoon a couple of days ago, during a calm interlude in the turbulent weather, just ambling quietly and gently around the harbour. Its old classic lines which are almost reminiscent of the best days of Hollywood prompted me to search the web to see if it was a noted vessel...and here we are.
An excerpt from famed auctioneer Bonhams catalogue in 2008..
"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's Motor Cruiser
Length:48ft.(14.63m) Beam:11ft.2in.(3.40m) Draft:4ft.9in.(1.45m)
Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Painted white to the waterline and red below, with a black boot top.
Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system.
General arrangement: Foredeck of laid planks, with galvanised cleats, fairleads and anchor windlass. Varnished guardrail with metal stanchions, square hatch to forepeak and glazed skylight to cabin. Ventilators to engine compartment. Varnished mahogany wheelhouse with port side entry, grab rails and tabernacle for steadying sail mast. Outside steering position to the rear, with dual wheel and engine controls. Raised aft cabin top with clerestory glazing and cream roof. Step down to small aft deck, of varnished laid planks, with sampson posts, fairleads, central warping winch and ensign staff.
Open cockpit aft, with upholstered side bench seats. Gas locker stowage beneath the starboard side, open stowage to port. Step down via double doors to Saloon, with sofa/berth to port, "L" shaped sofa to starboard, which opens to double berth. Fitted with storage cupboards and bookshelf. Single doorway to Galley space, with worktop to port and fridge beneath, gimballed gas cooker to starboard with stainless steel double drainer sink and gas water heater.
Bulkhead doors to engine space. Step up to wheelhouse, with hydraulic steering to port, bench seating and chart space. Step down with heads compartment to starboard, having a pump-out sea toilet and Porta Potti. Washroom to port, with hot/cold running water and shower, draining into separate sump. Door to sleeping cabin, with berths to port and starboard, stowage beneath and hanging cupboard. Further door to crew space, with two pipe cots to starboard, warp and sail stowage to port and anchor chain locker forward.
Saleroom notices...Late entry lot.
"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's motor cruiser Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system. Estimate £52,000-55,000
Very interesting info below Mike.
That sounds like both a tough job and a great job all at the same time Vic. Yes wages were that low alright in the old days...I mentioned this wage level to my daughter just the other day, and she immediately assumed I was talking about the hourly rate...I said no...we got about £5 a week!!
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 08:39
vic matcham, Dover
When I left school waiting till I went in the Army one of my first jobs was being a cabin boy on the pilot cutters out of Dover staying at sea one week at a time we would have the pilots living on the ship and being taken over to the ships by small boat best paid job for a boy of my age pay was £5 aweek alot of money in the 1950s
BUT MOST OF THE TIME i WAS SEA SICK.Friday, 24 October 2014 - 20:18
Mike J., Dover
I’m sure PaulB was right about the pilot boat yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon the bulk carrier YEOMANBROOK & the container ship CAP HAMILTON called off the port for the same reasons.
This is a quite common practice when the weather is bad & the pilots are unable to leave their ships after leaving Continental ports, particularly ships from Antwerp when they leave the River Scheldt & the pilot boat there [sometimes a helicopter] operate in a very exposed area.
If the weather is still too bad at Dover for the ‘over-carried’ pilot to disembark, they usually have to stay aboard until Brixham.
When the Ostend service was running out of Dover back in the 90s I remember that occasionally an ‘Ostender’ would be delayed for a few minutes to allow the Belgian pilot to join rather than a long wait for the next service.
The pilots are usually landed by one of George Hammond’s yellow launches - a long-established Dover company founded in 1767 who have had deep involvement with the port & shipping in general for many years.
They provide a multitude of services, from stevedoring to their own pilotage service & much else besides.
Their website is worth a look -
Meantime, down in the Tug Haven, the DAUNTLESS was carefully snuggling up to the BOULONNAIS after returning from a job.
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 08:46
It was a tough ol' day again yesterday Thursday out there on the briny blue. Especially later in the day when the weather closed in. These pictures of the giant Goonyella Trader were taken around 5pm as the ship moved in close to harbour. I think we ascertained that when they do this procedure it is usually to drop off a pilot or sometimes for a change of crew. We reckon it was the pilot option yesterday as the small pilot boat bobbed and weaved its way out to the ship in the rough seas and just as it began to drizzle too...just to add to the difficulty.
The picture at the tip top of page is clearly our best pic of the delightful Mercedes tall Dutch sailing ship. But I guess it is worth adding the one immediately above here just to show the contrast of the various vessels afloat out there. The huge ferry beats down upon the by-comparison rather delicate looking tall sailing ship but of course all was safe. I say delicate sailing ship...but it dashed through the rough water with optimum ease, so it appeared anyway. It looked terrific. Yours truly wouldn't fancy it in that weather however as ones sea legs are still trying to recover from the Princess Maud !
Well done with those pix below Mike. Good to see those. Yes big progress has been made at the old Seacat berth, popped down there on Monday to see the cruise liners up close and got some pictures of the dive vessel, the divers were working at the time...must fetch the pictures out of the system.
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 07:30
Mike J., Dover
Nice pix [& interesting story] from PaulB about ESMERALDA & BOULONNAIS & super sailing ship shot at the top of the page.
The DOUGHTY is currently away for refit up in Hull.
Having their own refits & a spot of TLC on the onetime Commercial Quay on Wednesday were the former lifeboat MAXIMUS & the hard-working DHB survey launch DIANA.
It looks like like the Seacat berth job is about finished with only tidying-up going on.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 07:01
We have had a couple of working boats from Boulogne right here with us in the harbour over the past few days. First of all we saw the hi-speed action from Lifeboat Boulonnais alongside our own Lifeboat, pictures further down the page in post 1156, now we have tugboat Boulonnais right in the thick of it. We understand this tug is replacing Doughty in the short term as presumably Doughty is away for a refit.
The picture above was taken over the weekend in calmer conditions...the picture below was taken in rough ol' conditions on tuesday as she went to meet the approaching Esmeralda. Some of the guys will know more about this tugboat for sure...so any further information or memories welcome.
Yes there she is above heading out to meet Cargo ship Esmeralda ( One promised not to do the joke about 'The Bells The Bells' again but alas one has a soft spot for Esmeralda and cant resist
There is a story about Esmeralda's arrival. Both tugs were ready to meet her at about 17.50. The picture below was taken at that time as she approached. Within minutes the mother and father of a squall/thunderstorm hit us with flashing lightning and all the rest, and with driving rain like you would only see in a monsoon. In the space of five minutes.. no more, the conditions had transformed from a sunlit evening to pitch black hell. All happening as Esmeralda entered harbour. After a short while they had to abandon docking Esmeralda and she went back out into the open sea again. Clearly it wasn't safe. Don't recall seeing such a situation before. Never a dull moment here in Dover eh ! She returned later that night and all was well.
Hope all enjoy the fab sailing ship at the top of page. Wow! was that sea rough !! yet she streaked through with maximum elegance.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 06:41
Another picture above from our glorious Monday when the weather was fabulous with cruise liners 'exotique' to match. But in the midst of all this excitable cruise liner activity some of the other vital activities were going on as well and of course must not be overlooked...the pic above shows the UK Border Agency setting off on monday morning to tackle whatever the day brings again out in the channel. Here we see Seeker, our protector against all sorts of marauders .. just whispering by the AIDA Cara on her way out to sea. Note that big eye on the AIDA Cara...watching the watchers!
By Tuesday the weather had turned rough. We were scarily promised all kinds of levels of Armageddon by the newspapers, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzo or whatever they called it, but in actual terms in transpired to be not much more than a windy day...as you can see in the pix below. First one shows the Pride of Kent just leaving the harbour and finding out just how rough it is. Several minutes later the Spirit of France began her approach once Kent was out of the way.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 06:56
Monday was a fabulous day for cruise liners in the Port of Dover and no mistake. Both the giant AIDA Sol and the smaller AIDA Cara arrived in an impressive double header and looked absolutely fantastic all day in Dover's glorious sunshine. Of course we here in Dover laid on the sunshine specially so that the season could go out in...well in a blaze of sunshine. We had not expected the AIDA Sol but here she was, all 72,000 tons of her. They both left last night around 19.40 (7.40pm) moving away in a dazzling array of electrical colour. The AIDA Sol moving slowly across the harbour first and leaving through the eastern exit...followed slightly later by the AIDA Cara out the western exit and both turned south in tandem for the journey to Le Havre.
Top shot AIDA Sol, then AIDA Sol and AIDA Cara...then AIDA Cara.
Great stuff below lads. Crackers below there in post 1161 Ed of the AIDA ships, the second one in particular full of atmosphere..lovin it !
Real classic ferries in post 1162 from Mike. Gosh well before my time in frontline Dover, amazing to see those..glad you enjoyed those Vic.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 08:20