Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Rising Bridge below :

You can see the new bridge rising towers above the Seasports Centre and the now renamed Dover Patrol Restaurant (formerly the Hythe Bay restaurant...we understand the ownership is still in the same hands). The new marina cuts across the seafront road into the old marina, hence the need for a bridge (a 'bascule' bridge, you might need to look that one up!). Traffic gets paused from time to time to accommodate the incoming/outgoing was paused at the time of shot as you can guess.... otherwise everybody would......

The advertising truck shown above is obviously touring the roads of a harassed Kent informing everyone about the need for new paperwork now that we have left the if we didnt know already. But like they say...every little helps...

Below we have a picture of the self-discharging bulk carrier Tertnes leaving the Port of Dover a few days ago. She had just self-delivered a considerable amount of aggregate to pier WD4 here at Dover... here we see her heading back to Norway and the Port of Eikefet...

Tertnes...the self discharging bulk carrier leaves the Port...

Dover Seafront below in the approaching fog.....

The Disney Magic finally moved away on Saturday from its position on the eastern arm Port of Dover. It moved off through the fog, but the situation cleared partially to allow us to capture the shot above...also in the picture, which shows the western entrance to the Port, is one of the Border Force patrol vessels, these vessels are on constant local patrol. The Disney Magic is expected to return after a 'channel run'... ( ...and she has!).

Reuters are reporting that...Trade flows between Britain and the European Union have remained low this week after many companies stockpiled goods in late 2020 to avoid having to cross the new customs border in the first week after Britain left the EU's orbit on Dec. 31. Despite the quieter period..."We are experiencing a high volume of vehicles being refused and delayed at the Ports of Calais, Dunkerque and Dover, due to incorrect paperwork being presented at check-in," DFDS said on Twitter.

The early morning ferry nearing France... can just about see the rolling hills ...

The spectacular sky above lasted for such a brief few-minute period a couple of days ago, afore long we were shrouded in drizzle and dark skies, skies that have barely lightened since.The Port isn't busy as of yet, the expected new year drama hasn't quite begun, but we wait with anticipation and concern to see how it will all play out post Brexit.

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A bit of a grim oul picture now of the departing Nederland Stream ( formerly Nederland Reefer) taken a couple of days ago. The grim nature of the beast however is in keeping with the grim times we find ourselves in yet again, with yet another Coronavirus lockdown. Although there hasn’t been a surge to the EU as of yet.. at the ferry end of things...the reefer cargo ships have been coming steadily and frequently to the Port of Dover over the past few days....

The Nederland Stream looking a little weatherbeaten as she departs the Port of Dover.

Extra picture added immediately below of our Media friends as January gets underway... we continue to witness/enjoy the frenzy of reporting from Dover...Waiting below to send in their reports from the mini pier mid harbour Dover, are a team from TV station France 24. Brexit and its consequences are still fascinating the world it seems.... all round though Dover so far remains quiet.

In the space of one hour midday on New Years Eve we saw four, yes four, media teams in the immediate hundred yards. There were many more too just out of vision reporting from hither and thither, every Dover vantage point seemingly used. They all had the .. ermm 'original' idea of reporting from weary Dover on our final day with the European Union. Dover however was eerily quiet...everyone giving it a miss for fear of holdups. There were no holdups as nobody turned up! ... except the media...and of course they were all very welcome....
(That's ITV News in shot 2, not sure who that is in shot 3)

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The Manor Endurance again... not the best quality this time but we couldn't resist the explosive sea...

The Manor Endurance in fine action approaching the Port of Dover.

Manor Endurance... an extra crop pic of this shot now added further below...

Manor Endurance...the windfarm support vessel, seen above approaching the Port of Dover recently, accompanied by some delightful wildlife... cormorants at a guess...

As mentioned... the picture below is a close up crop of the one above, detailing the birds a tad (cormorants !).

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TRAFFIC : The good news continues on the local traffic front...the town of Dover is clear and functioning. Much relief to all.
For the non-functioning scenario see pix below.

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- The A20 & Manston Airport are now clear of vehicles.
- Still significant numbers of Vehicles on the M20
- The Ferries and Eurotunnel are running an optimised timetable to help remove the back log
- Covid testing continues on the M20 and also in the Buffer zone at Port of Dover
- Lydden Hill race circuit (CT4 6RX) is also available for Testing for Vehicles below 7.5 Tonnes only (no HGV's)
- No Negative Covid Test within the last 72 hours= No Travel

Certainly looking more positive there.....that will cheer us all up in Dover.
Many thanks to MOTIS once again for the info...
...and a huge thanks to all those who are working hard to clear the backlog. Smiley

The Pride of Canterbury ferry heads to Calais early on Christmas Day...

Ferry heads for Calais in the early gloom of Christmas Day
The Port remained open and the ferries worked all through Christmas day to try and clear the backlog....
although having said that, this particular ferry doesn't look terribly packed...but it may just be the early light.

Motis News: Christmas Day latest....

The Traffic Situation in South East Kent is improving and definite progress is being made. However due to the sheer volume of Vehicles in the Backlog this will inevitably take some time to clear.

- A20 Main road through the Town of Dover is now Clear of traffic - This was a key point to resolving the issue as allows
Vehicles access to the port when they are released from Manston Airport / Operation Brock/Stack and traffic to be managed
- 800 Military Personnel were deployed last night to increase testing capability. This seems to have improved the situation.
- The Ferry Operators and Eurotunnel are running a robust timetable to deal with the back log (full credit to all for re-staffing on
Christmas day to clear the backlog).
- Whilst there is still some way to go, we believe that the process is now in a good position to manage the reduction of the
back log as quickly as possible.

- Note, No NEGATIVE Covid Test = No Travel, Please don't attempt travel to the port without one. Testing continues at
Manston Airport & on M20 (join queue at Junction 8).
- UK Government advises no vehicles to travel to Kent at the moment.

Many thanks to MOTIS for sending through the info above.

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Dover on Christmas Eve below...

Port of Dover Traffic Surge :

The great lunge towards the Port gates above...yes you are seeing it right, illegally from both sides of the carriageway the vehicles push to move forward. The picture above was taken at 07.53 on Christmas Eve morning, amid horrendous gridlock all around the town and increasing desperation.

Since then the overall situation has improved somewhat with the authorities working hard to restore some order.
The BBC are estimating that we are up to more than 6,000 trucks quite a backlog to clear....
and the Covid tests still apply.

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Dover: Truck drivers abandon their vehicles to demonstrate at the Port gates amid the chaos....

Frustrated truck drivers march towards the Port the weary wait goes on...

Latest: Port of Dover is re-opening slowly, but everyone travelling must have a valid Covid test. Mass testing has begun. Because of the testing it will take quite some time to clear the backlog...we now have up to 4,000 trucks waiting...waiting... Only EU nationals are allowed to travel we understand.

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Port of Dover: France and other EU countries have closed their borders to the UK for 48 hours. This is due to the new Coronavirus variant sweeping the southeast UK. No trucks will leave Dover but the inward operation is still running....but the issue is whether trucks bringing supplies inwards will want to come for fear of being trapped in the UK. There have been calls for an extension to the Brexit deadline due to the ongoing chaos.

Overnighting below..... trucks laid up for the night.

Sleeping Trucks Dover:
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps naively said yesterday there were 170 trucks queuing at Dover. That of course was inaccurate spin, we can see that many from our window here, the BBC more accurately estimate 900 trucks queuing (latest estimation 1500, now 3000 and growing).... we have sympathy for all those drivers stuck.

See also the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO
Doug Bannister further down page...

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Also the Port responds to funding shortfall....Note in particular paragraph 3 below re funding detail ....


Keeping the nation’s trade flowing should be a partnership effort. The Port of Dover has worked positively together with both UK and French partner agencies located in the port, to establish the requirements for maintaining a smooth flow rate of traffic through the port following Brexit under the special arrangements of the joint UK-France Le Touquet Treaty, which is an international agreement that governs the provision of juxtaposed border controls in Port of Dover.

Indeed, this work was presented to the UK Government a year ago, with the rationale for a specific project concerning the outbound border controls to be government funded. The port was encouraged to seek funding via the Port Infrastructure Fund to deliver it. This was based on the identified and agreed need for additional French passport control booths to compensate for slower transaction times and a reordering of controls within the port to enable any non-compliant traffic to have been detected before reaching the French control. It also catered for further EU immigration system changes in 2022.

The Government’s own border planning assumptions, as well as those of French counterparts, were predicated on that work and in good faith the port applied for £33 million of funding, but at the eleventh hour the Port has only been offered just one tenth of one per cent of what was needed. For the primary gateway handling unitised trade with the EU, to reach this conclusion so late in the piece undermines so much work by all parties in preparation for the end of the Transition Period.

The port wishes to reassure customers and our community that it will continue working hard to keep traffic flowing, having already shown its resilience by doing so throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic and more recently as businesses choose Dover in order to stockpile ahead of the end of the Transition Period. Dover will still provide the highest frequency, highest capacity and therefore ultimately the best supply chain resilience as the closest point to Britain's largest trading partner, but the lack of financial support will make a smoother transition more difficult. This should and still could be avoided as we continue to seek support from Government ......
but the clock is ticking.



The Disney Magic pictured above in the approaching gloom.
As you can see the weather was turning rough...the Disney Magic, a short time later, moved away from new pier WD4 above to a more secure footing on the eastern arm Port of Dover.


Border Force Vigilant returning to the Port of Dover through the mist.
The Border Force RIB following along behind towing a migrant dinghy....
Recent pictures....

The Spirit of France:
The picture above is actually one from the past, one from our own archives....yours truly was reminded of it when seeing it recently on Google. We're using it again today as the picture sums up the current weather situation quite very rough in the Channel..... but the ferries keep right on going...

Dover: Rising Sun dramatically encircling a ship early morning on the Dover Straits ...

Indian registered tanker Jag Lokesh waiting offshore recently for a crew change ...

Border Force Vigilant seen above returning to the Port of Dover in recent days...we believe the Border Force rib powering alongside contained some migrants as several incursions were reported on the day.

The Disney Magic resting tranquilly at new pier WD4 Port of Dover, the tranquility making a change from all the recent rough weather...while in the foreground the Harbour Patrol Boat meanders along keeping everything safe and secure... In the far distance you can just see the Vasco da Gama cruise ship heading for Portugal.


The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic

If you quietly wish upon a star, hoping for even more wondrous magic in Dover,
...well you might just end up with two Disney's....

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Dover is the right choice for business and consumers now more than ever

The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (‘UKMPG’) has issued a ‘briefing paper’ intended to encourage businesses to transfer cargo away from the Short Straits, the UK’s most vital link to European markets.

The paper points out that the Short Straits, which includes ferry links between Dover and Calais, as well as the Channel Tunnel, has a 60% market share of ‘British-Continental EU trade’. The Short Straits has achieved this market share because it is the right choice for business. Indeed, the paper acknowledges that the routes businesses use today are the right ones and the reason businesses choose the Short Straits is simple; it offers the most time efficient, cost effective and resilient access to international markets, delivering an estimated £3 billion saving for British businesses and consumers compared to alternative routes.

Our own independent analysis (Oxera 2018) has previously suggested that it would cost around £2.7 billion to take just 20% of our existing traffic in order to pay for new ferries operating on longer and slower routes. Importantly, these new ferries do not exist today and need to be built. With shipyard capacities and construction lead times, delivering such a fleet of new ferries holds significant lead time.

The UKMPG paper suggests that other ports might have capacity to take up to 60% of Short Straits traffic now, but acknowledges that this requires both Government and trader support for this offer of ‘resilience’ to be possible. Exponentially, this suggests that the cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer could be up to around £8 billion.

For Port of Dover, when looking at the overall UK Trade Resilience we take a systemic view – across ports, vessels, capacities, frequencies, operating models and traffic management schemes. To focus only on port capacity is terribly one-dimensional.

The geographic advantage that Port of Dover holds with the UK’s largest trading partner means that a single vessel can complete up to five round voyages in a single day, making our ferries hugely productive assets. Further, our operating model delivers an average inbound dwell time at our port of just five minutes, providing unparalleled port efficiency.

Other operating models, for example containers and unaccompanied trailers may have inbound dwell times from several hours to even several days, adding inefficiency to the system-wide supply chains. For those routes with longer sea voyages, a single vessel may only make a single round voyage in a day – meaning to replicate the capacities and frequencies offered via Port of Dover would require five times as many vessels.

The UKMPG paper admits that a ‘short term’ constraint might be the availability of additional ferries to handle the trucks being encouraged to divert to other routes, whilst also citing wider capacity issues on the southern North Sea corridor.

The report is right to focus on resilience as we approach the end of the Transition Period, but what resilience do you have if you are sending traffic to ports where the ferries do not exist? Neither is that a quick fix. The market dynamic is important here. In fact, rather than investing in new ferries, operators at some of the alternative ports have actually been closing these longer routes with tonnage moving back to the short routes as that is what the market wants – Dover has of course kept going throughout the pandemic. This dynamic applies to the European side too, with the majority of freight vehicles choosing to route through northern France to Calais and Dunkirk as it is simply closest.

All EU-facing UK ports will be under the same rules – there will be a standard process and transaction applied everywhere. We know from examples elsewhere, such as ‘Operation Wellington’ on the Humber, which anticipates using parts of the M62 and M180 as holding areas for HGVs, that if there is disruption it will be everywhere. The report itself admits that there is already a risk of disruption at these alternative ports due to new systems for HGVs. Therefore, on top of this, sending more traffic to ports that do not even have the ferry capacity will make the situation far worse and create far less resilience for UK trade.

In contrast, the traffic management regimes for the Short Straits are tested and proven – in short, we know they work. For example, the recent national security operation that affected all ports with additional screening and searches left around 4,500 lorries in Operation Stack. When the security operation ended, Dover had cleared all queuing traffic and was back to normal operations within just 12 hours. Nowhere else could do that. It would take weeks with the current vessel capacities and frequencies available elsewhere. For UK trade resilience, supply chains must have the confidence in managing periods of disruption, and crucially recovery and restoration of normal flows as swiftly as possible – both areas in which Port of Dover has excellent credentials.

As we all navigate the massive economic difficulties caused by COVID, and the uncertainties as we approach the End of Transition, it is right to showcase the incredible efforts of the maritime sector, and the excellent ports that we have across the nation towards ensuring supply chains are robust and functioning well.

Come what may, we will keep working to keep the nation supplied with the essential goods people need at this difficult time and give all businesses wherever they are the benefits of Dover’s unrivalled service. This is what we do all day, every day.

Indeed, as the Maritime Minister said on a panel discussion with us only the other day regarding the national trade network; ‘you have to have goods and people moving around freely. So if you are to have parts moving quickly and efficiently across the Channel, and through Dover, and through the country, you have a much easier opportunity for companies that might exist in the Midlands or in the North to get involved in whatever that industry is.’

The report says that the UK has not always been reliant on the Short Straits, harking back to pre-Single Market days. Equally, the UK has not always been reliant on the internet and same day/next day/just-in-time deliveries, but it is now.

A vision that takes the UK backwards is not the vision of the future we want to see. We need one that backs consumers and businesses everywhere for the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We feel that we should celebrate our impressive, modern and efficient supply chains across all ports and modes throughout the nation.

For Dover, we fully appreciate the essential role that we conduct for the nation, and will continue to take our responsibility with all of the due care and attention the British people would expect of us, which is why Dover will remain the clear market choice.

Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover.

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Post 6916
  Sea News, Dover
A picture above there of the fog yesterday morning Saturday about 10 am. It looked to be pulling away and clearing up, but no sooner had the picture been taken when it swirled back in again ... as the wailing horns...wailed! Eastern Docks completely covered above there, but in the foreground the empty Premier Inn hotel comes back into view...only to vanish again soon after. As you can see...not a soul about. People are generally heeding the Governments warning...stay indoors...

The busy boat Eagle below...she 'commutes' every day from western to eastern top of head I think Mike mentioned that they are diving off Dover 7...but anyway here she is winding her weary way homeward at the end of the picture beneath the bow of P&O Cruise Ship Aurora ( ps Oceana headed out again last night at 9pm approx. with a great blast of her horn )


Sunday, 5 April 2020 - 06:17
Post 6915
  Sea News, Dover
Pictures of hopper dredger Reimerswaal now from a few days ago, she is still hereabouts at the moment too, as we saw her again offshore yesterday...the pictures were taken through that annoying white misty stuff so had to push them a bit. The pix show the George Hammond workboat making its way out to the dredger. Yours truly thought it was the pilot boat but when the small boat turned into the light we could see that it was yellow...meaning George Hammond.

We've had Reimerswaal before too..find her via the Search Box above.

Looking eastwards to the early sun below... over the top of the Eastern Docks, still busy down there but of course no leisure traffic. Dem trucks are rollin'

Catching up with plenty of and more... will be sorted..


Saturday, 4 April 2020 - 06:33
Post 6914
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Oceana approaching on a beautiful if chilly morning after one of her occasional trips in the channel. Pictures from a few days ago (April 1st) so catching up... yours truly had a brief time away from the frontline while doing an upgrade in the gubbins department...but almost back to normal now...whatever normal is in these hard times..
Oceana at Dover

At the 8pm applause last night for the NHS carers...and once again many took part..the two cruise ships Oceana and Aurora played some magical notes on their horns to accompany the applause..a great moment in Dover...the ships gave us an excellent musical lift. The whole country takes part in the applause, which is a regular thing now, and it is indeed very uplifting.

Well done Mike re the excellent all-round collection below...great info there too from our 'inshore correspondent' Smiley
Lol!! Vic...I will be the first one out...better times ahead SmileySmiley


Friday, 3 April 2020 - 06:29
Post 6913
  Mike J., Dover

LIAMARE has now completed discharging her sea defence stone cargo, sailng on MoNday evening for the big quarry at Rekefjord in Norway, probably to reload for Dover
The stone traffic is expected to continue for some time & some reports speak of 100,000 tons of stone to be delivered.

VENTURE & SARAH GREY & their barges remain in the Eastern Docks, both barges loaded with LIAMARE’s rocks.
The VENTURE & her barge are hidden by the DCT shed, but the SARAH GREY & her barge are vislble on the Eastern Arm.

Outbound PRIDE OF CANTERBURY passes under the stern of the METTE MAERSK who had landed an over-carried Feiixstowe pilot on a murky windy Sunday & was now heading for Rotterdam.

The CANTERBURY was dwarfed by the giant METTE MAERSK, a smidgeon [technical term] under 400.mtrs in length & she can carry 18,000 TEU of containers.

If the MAERSK in a ships name is preceeded by a Christian name this indicates that the ship is owned by the Maersk family but if MAERSK comes first this means that the vessel is one of Maesrsk’s vast chartered fleet of many different types of vessels.

Seatrade reefer PACIFIC REEFER arrived from Colombia Tuesday morning & berthed on WD5.

Survey vessel SEVERN SEA remains in the old Jetfoil terminal, not seen to be have moved from there since her arrival on Friday.

OCEANA sailed about 2130 Tuesday & is is expected back in Dover on Wednesday at 0630.
At 0300 she was east of Ramsgate heading northeast at an economical 6kts.

Tidal Basin on Tuesday with the small survey vessel FUGRO SEEKER who came into Dover for shelter Monday aftgernoon.
She had been heading for Ramsgate from Gosport en route for work in the Scarborough area.

The friendly crew told me she had recently been in involved in work searching for unexploded ordnance but gets involved with all sorts of work looking for seabed objects, towing the object seen on the stern & is fitted much other equipment including multi-beam sonar, which can produce remarkably clear inderwater mages.
Weather permitting she hopes to sail to Ramsgate on Wednesday.
If you google 'FUGRO SEEKER PHOTO' you’ll find a photo of her on the back of a lorry, under escort on some UK motorway.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 03:16
Post 6912
  matcham, DOVOR

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 11:58
Post 6911
  Sea News, Dover
A further shot of P&O's Oceana...on yet another foray into the channel on the 26th. You can see tug Doughty returning after doing the necessary on a fresh day, and in the background you can just see the pilot emerging from the ship itself. On the full large version of the picture this is visible in more detail, but this is the max size we can do here...but hopefully all can see everything okay...

SmileyThanks Del...yes its a strange but effective picture that of the Premier Inn Hotel below... in post 6909..That's the way of it all looks quite bleak and forlorn, these are hard times, and at night the seafront is very deserted and..well..dark on many levels.


Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 06:54
Post 6910
  Del Styan, Norwich
Having stayed in the seafront Premier Inn many times, its so sad to see it so empty. They have closed most of their hotels. I just hope the employees are getting paid - somehow.
Ditto for the ferries' staff.
In these rotten times, thanks for keeping going.

Monday, 30 March 2020 - 23:15
Post 6909
  Sea News, Dover


P&O FERRIES’ operations on the Dover-Calais route are vital to the wellbeing of the people and economies of Northwestern Europe. Today the company is announcing a significant strategic shift to reprioritise its efforts on its freight operations and maintain the flow of goods, including medical supplies, between the United Kingdom and Europe.

Janette Bell, Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ferries, said: "Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are all grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact. P&O Ferries is having to respond with new measures to keep the business operational and to keep freight moving, which is vital to the economies of the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and the wider EU.

"With respect to the United Kingdom, we bring in about 15% of all the goods that the country currently urgently needs. The biggest part of which [33%] is food, including fresh fruit and vegetables from southern Europe and North Africa, as well as vital medicines and medical equipment. P&O Ferries is also handling important but hazardous goods such as detergents and cleaning products.

"Ordinarily, for P&O Ferries to provide the service required for the transport of freight, there needs to be a mix of passengers and cargo on the ships. However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, there are now very few passengers travelling and we cannot sustain these normal operations. Consequently, P&O Ferries will be suspending its passenger business and we will be focusing all of our efforts on maintaining the flow of freight to Britain.

"This means that 1100 of our hard-working and dedicated staff in the passenger services part of our business will be furloughed onto the Government’s pay scheme. Without being able to make this decision, we would not be able to continue any of our operations. We will be doing all that we can over the next weeks and months to support all of our staff – furloughed and still working – through these difficult times."

For those employees in Britain affected, the Government scheme will cover 80% of their salary and the company will cover the rest up to their basic salary. Other European countries have similar schemes.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units every year. Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe.


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Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the information. Smiley

Following along from the P&O announcement...I think the picture of the Hotel below shows just how decimated the Leisure Industry is, and indeed how Leisure Travel is in the current situation. Coronavirus has left many places shutdown and businesses struggling hugely...the picture below shows the Premier Inn Dover and the Table Table Marine Court Restaurant mid afternoon saturday ...this scene would normally be a thriving and bustling scene...but look at it now... the picture tells the story...
Premier Inn Dover under Coronavirus lockdown.


Monday, 30 March 2020 - 07:14
Post 6908
  Sea News, Dover

Following along from Brian's post on the P&O layoffs (post 6906) 1100 staff laid off temporarily...These picture were taken early morning Thursday and below on Friday. What we can look at here is the total lack of everyday leisure traffic but thankfully plenty and plenty of trucks which keep our supplies coming through from the EU.

Janette Bell Chief Executive P&O Ferries...
"This means that 1100 of our hard-working and dedicated staff in the passenger services part of our business, will be furloughed onto the government’s pay scheme. Without being able to make this decision, we would not be able to continue any of our operations."

We will have the full press release on this tomorrow.

See also Mike's recent pictures of the Port below in post 6905...


Sunday, 29 March 2020 - 07:42
Post 6907
  Sea News, Dover
P&O Cruise Ship Aurora at the Port of Dover
Aurora :

Just catching up with Aurora on a sunny but hazy evening above there as she gently moves stern first out of the port. Pictures were taken on ...yes Tuesday evening. The two resting P&O Cruise ships are developing a pattern of coming and going. Aurora left again yesterday but came back again in the night and both are here again as we speak....
Aurora moving away southwards below in the evening light as we look across some of the new developments...

Will just add this one below...taken on my little camera as the main one rain out of power arrrgh! in harmony with the top shot...

Everyone started madly clapping on Thursday night at 8pm in support of our fab and hard working NHS...its a tough and stressful time for the NHS staff so the appreciation is .. well...greatly appreciated.

Aurora in port at the time (Oceana was out and about) showed solidarity with an NHS light display. You can just make out NHS in the pic below...hopefully. Her horn sounded in time with all the people clapping...quite an exciting moment on the seafront.
Aurora and the NHSSmiley

Great info and pix below from our 'Inshore correspondent' in 6905...well done Mike, great stuff below there. Don't Miss!Smiley

Thanks for the info Brian Smiley… situation is changing fast, nobody is are stark and empty around here...bleak..

Del yes its difficult...I used to get a delivery to the observation tower from that brand where 'every little helps'...its not helping now because the delivery slots have dried up..nothing...the lesser spotted toilet rolls are rare indeed...SmileySmiley


Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 06:08
Post 6906
  brian dixon, dover (
p&o have layed off 1100 staff to go frieght only

Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 05:21
Post 6905
  Mike J., Dover

All quiet on the White Cliffs.

This was the sign that greeted me when I arrived at the Langdon Cliffs carpark on Friday morning.
Presumably an attempt to encourage people to stay at home.

There was no prohibition to visitors on foot [by getting there on foot they would have met Boris's recommendation for daily exercise !], so during the afternoon I walked up seeking a photo of the workboat/tug SARAH GREY who had arrived around 0800 from Penryn, near Falmouth, with a barge in tow.

She had entered via Western about 0800 with the assistance of replacement tug WULF 7, but photos against the sun on a very hazy morning day were a total waste of time.

After waiting in the bay for ferry movements the little convoy moved to the Eastern Arm & tied up there.
The reason for their arrival is currently unknown

The wheelhouse of tug VENTURE can be seen over the DCT shed roof as she prepared to shift back to Western Docks with her stone barge.

The cliffs were eerily quiet for a nice sunny afternoon & I met only one lady who had walked up from the town.

Certainly quiet on the clifftops but down below the never-ending freight ground slowly thru the check-in booths & poured off the ferries.
Very few private vehicles & never a coach to be seen as the travel restrictions bite.

WULF 7 arrives to help with the shift whilst DOVER SEAWAYS loads freight.

Later in the afternoon an unexpected small vessel came in thru the Western Entrance.

The SEVERN SEA carries her 73 years well, being built in Sweden in 1947 & has had many jobs & names, including a spell as the Swedish minelayer KVALSUND.
Currently she is operating for Ketnvor Morlift of Bideford & arrived in Dover from that port.
Her future plans are currently unknown.
KM have an interesting website with some unusual craft.

Old she may well be, but she is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning System and can carry out a range of tasks including general towage, survey work, subsea installation including inspection and repair.

After waiting for a while off Cruise-2 she docked in the old Jetfoil Terminal.

Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 01:50
Post 6904
  Del Styan, Norwich
Hi PB,

Hope your getting your pasta and toilet rolls OK, holed up in your observation tower.

Friday, 27 March 2020 - 23:15
Post 6903
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Oceana as she returns from her first brief 'sojourn' along the channel ( She retuned last night late from her second one ) but here she is coming back to us around 1pm on the 24th which was....Tuesday...just catching up here. Both 'resting' P&O cruise ships are in port as we speak...

Oceana and the Wulf

SmileyInteresting post below Mark - thanks for that. yes definitely have a trip after the lockdown as you missed the Hurtigruten adventure...

SmileySee also the P&O post further below 6901...

ps: will have some pictures of Aurora next...all being well...

Friday, 27 March 2020 - 06:35
Post 6902
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Love the pic of Aurora's crew above the bridge approaching Dover. I hope that in the circumstances P&O have allowed the crew to occupy prime passenger suites, as they may be there a while. There is a precedent for that - when Canberra went to the Indian beaches for scrapping 23 years ago all the crew were told to abandon their crew quarters on leaving Southampton and help themselves to the best state rooms. If you google you can find the full story of her trip to the breakers as well as the Falklands campaign she was closely involved with. And as soon as this lock down is over I'm going to book a trip on a ship. Anywhere !

Thursday, 26 March 2020 - 23:03
Post 6901
  Sea News, Dover

Release time: immediate

The link between France and Britain is vital to the flow of goods, medical supplies and the economies of the UK and EU.

P&O FERRIES is strengthening its freight operations on the Calais-Dover crossing as part of its commitment to maintain the flow of goods during the Covid-19 crisis. The United Kingdom relies on P&O Ferries for much of its fresh food, as well as imports of medicines and other vital supplies. The crossing is also critical to the economies of France, Ireland and the wider EU.

The shift to meet the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis is made possible thanks to the commitment and hard work of P&O Ferries’ workforce in the Port of Calais, who are taking on new roles in freight handling to keep food, medicines and other goods flowing. P&O Ferries is following the guidance of health authorities on both sides of the channel to protect the health and well-being of employees and customers. The check-in and loading process has been modified to avoid direct contact. Cleaning protocols have been intensified on ships, which have also switched from air-conditioning to fresh air.

Janette Bell, Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ferries, said: "P&O Ferries is doing vital work to ensure the supplies of food, medicines and other supplies to millions of people. In the average week we transport 25,000 loads of freight between France and Britain. The Calais-Dover crossing is also critical to the economy of France, as well as the UK, Ireland and the wider European Union. I want to thank every single member of the P&O Ferries team, especially our colleagues in Calais, who are keeping the flow of goods moving through this crisis. The well-being of millions of people depends on them. I urge all governments to back the commitment of our colleagues by designating port workers as key workers, to secure further the flow of goods."

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units every year. Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe.


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Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the information above. Good to see the super effort made there..Smiley
Difficult times.....

Some pictures now of our new familiar friend Lady Rosemary approaching and arriving at the Port of Dover mid morning on Tuesday earlier this week. You can see her below approaching arriving and moving across to the new Cargo Terminal.

Lady Rosemary

SmileyDel yes indeed...or as Hercule Poirot might say ( and you have to do the Belgian accent )
"I have added grey water to my grey cells!" Smiley

Good stuff below Patrick … nice to see those shotsSmiley



Thursday, 26 March 2020 - 06:33
Post 6900
  Del Styan, Norwich
Well that's a new one to me - grey water. I googled it, and added to my knowledge!
Quiet days leaves time to do such enquires!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 23:02
Post 6899
  Patrick, Marine Parade
The two P&O Cruise Liners currently laid up at the Western Docks Cruise Terminals made a short 'pootle' into the Channel this last two days.
The 'OCEANA' sailed north to discharge grey water from its tanks before returning to its original berth

with no passengers on board the crew were no doubt pleased to be able to enjoy the view of the White Cliffs as she entered the port.

Yesterday the 'AURORA' followed suit but sailed south into the Channel off Eastbourne before going about 180 degrees and also returning this morning to Cruise Terminal 2. This time not nose to nose with 'AURORA' but stern to bow (adhering to social distancing no doubt)
Here as she left astern through the Western entrance

and back this morning just after 0800

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 16:58
Post 6898
  Sea News, Dover
In his general port info round-up in post 6894 below... Mike mentions both Liamare and Duzgit Harmony. Liamare now back in Rotterdam but here she is arriving in Dover a few days ago...

Duzgit Harmony returned to us here in Dover on Monday and here she is approaching through the heat haze. Yours truly tried to limit the effect of the haze in the picture with the computer, but alas alas I may have made it worse...
but here she comes anyway..

Then inside harbour manoeuvring into place on the Eastern Arm...shorter range equals no haze..
Nice shot of the lightpole there....GrrrrSmiley!!

There are better pictures of Duzgit Harmony in our system...just type the name in our Search Box above.

Yes Oceana returned yesterday and afore long Aurora left too, presumably doing the same thing as mentioned below.

Also Lady Rosemary returned yesterday too...busy day...we will have pictures of all of it.

UPDATE: AURORA has returned now port at around 08.10

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 06:12
Post 6897
  Sea News, Dover
Matt thanks for that great bit of info - brilliant - yes she has now come back..Smiley


Tuesday, 24 March 2020 - 15:28
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