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The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

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Post 6003
  brian dixon, dover
cheers paul for pointing that one out, never noticed it at the time. Smiley

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 14:06
Post 6002
  Sea News, Dover


Despite all the Brexit political turmoil and the various experimentations...normal life goes on at the Port of Dover. The pictures above there show familiar friend and visitor Nederland Reefer arriving yesterday monday mid morning. Two reefers in the port at one time...obviously more capacity needed and yes its coming.

Winding the clock back a few minutes below and you can see Nederland Reefer approaching the Port from distance. Visible there over the top of the Atlantic Klipper which had moved over to the eastern arm so that the Cargo Terminal could accommodate Nederland.

Some time later the Atlantic Klipper moved away heading for Flushing (or Vlissingen if you prefer) and we will have pictures of that one leaving in due course. We may have more Border Force shots first...

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News on yesterday's Truck Experimentation
From ITV NEWS ….

Authorities hoped up to 150 trucks would be involved, according to letters which emerged last week, but 89 arrived on the morning at the disused airfield which has a capacity of just under 4,000.

Some 10,000 lorries may be held on Kent roads on a routine basis if there is no deal, the council previously warned.

The exercise was "too little too late" and could not "possibly duplicate" the anticipated reality, according to the Road Haulage Association's chief executive Richard Burnett.

He said the test may need to be repeated, adding: "This process should have started nine months ago. At this late stage it looks like window dressing."

The criticism comes just days after questions were raised over a £13.8 million no-deal Brexit contract awarded by DfT to a ferry company which has not yet run services and faced accusations it copied part of its terms and conditions from a takeaway firm.


Press Release below from the Road Haulage Association

"Its too Little too Late"

January 7th : Today’s Kent truck trial at Manston Airport, part of the county’s Operation Brock contingency plan in the event of hold ups at the port of Dover has been a success in as much as approximately 80 HGVs trucks now know what to do in the event of lengthy, local traffic queues between Manston and Dover.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Of course it’s good to have a plan in place but today’s limited scope trial will need to be repeated to stress-test other aspects of the management of thousands of lorries properly.

“Today’s trial cannot possibly duplicate the reality of 4,000 trucks being held at Manston airport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“It’s too little too late – this process should have started 9 months ago. At this late stage it looks like window dressing.”


Some news above there Del. There was some good filming by helicopter on the news programmes last night. On the grand scheme of things this was a very small scale experiment .. and very spartan when viewed from the air which gave a good assessment of scale.
Sadly Del our own budget for helicopters has exhausted itself!Smiley Smiley

That was a funny one Brian.. it raised a chuckle or two..Smiley
We have to have a smile in these bewildering times.
Congratulations you have just made our 6000th nautical related postSmiley



Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 07:17
Post 6001
  Del Styan, Norwich
Be interested on any news of the Manston convoy - staggered, of course. And I loved your point and shoot pic of the western docks at dusk.

Monday, 7 January 2019 - 23:16
Post 6000
  brian dixon, dover
as for manston what a farse, only 89 turned up including 2 removal lorrys and a dust cart. lol

Monday, 7 January 2019 - 15:45
Post 5999
  Sea News, Dover
Cornelis Vrolijk
As promised here we are with pictures of trawler Cornelis Vrolijk, first one taken as she waits in the harbour here for a fresh crew.

She never lingers too long and a short time later with replenished crew...away she goes with the pilot boat alongside. Both pictures taken on friday.
Out into the gloom, once more ...

Yes gloomy conditions prevail camera-wise particularly over longer range.
First picture below shows Border Force Vigilant out there...gently moving by..
tried to zoom in closer but 'twas no good.

Just to confirm that HMS Mersey is also out she is yesterday just off the Port of Dover. Alas this picture is atrociously bad and shouldn't be used...but we thought we would show it for record purposes.

This is the day that 100-150 trucks will be accumulating at the former Manston Airport and descending on the Port at the behest of HMG. This is part of the no deal Brexit strategy...or so it seems....

From the BBC:
More than 100 HGVs will travel the 20-mile route from Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, to the Port of Dover from 08:00 GMT. Hauliers fear a no-deal Brexit will create additional border checks, leading to queues of up to 29 miles.

The government said it had to "prepare for all eventualities... including a possible no deal".
The trial, between 08:00 and 11:00 GMT will test how the A256 copes with increased lorry traffic.

Check for that lot thundering into your rear view mirror...


Monday, 7 January 2019 - 07:32
Post 5998
  Sea News, Dover
We're in colourful mode for Sunday morning, both pics taken on Friday at both ends of the day...
Cornelis Vrolijk; yes that's our ol friend the long distance trawler Cornelis Vrolijk above there early on Friday 4th. Every few months she comes into the Port here for a crew change and there she is. The computer decided to make a painting of this one, but we will have some real pictures on Monday which were taken on the other camera just to be sure. The machines are taking over...

Late in the day Friday 4th now...and for a brief period there was a dazzling sky over the Port of Dover and of course Dover Seafront as you can see below. An all natural bog standard shot...a point 'n' shoot shot Smiley

The huge Baldwin crane now absent from our immediate horizon.

We spotted HMS Mersey out there she has arrived. Visibility was way too poor for a new picture...she moseyed up and down as did the Border Force. will aim to get a picture or two in due course.

Del yes its all happening...but in an unhappy way for those trading with the its going to be an 'interesting' month in parliament and beyond that's for sure.Smiley

Harald many thanks for that info. Good to hear from you again...always welcome.Smiley


Sunday, 6 January 2019 - 07:47
Post 5997
  Del Styan, Norwich
Well, hope you can get out to town come Monday morning, and the Manston HGV exercise. I suspect it will all come to nowt, as 100 - 150 extra lorries won't make a hell of a difference to the normal traffic. Still, it's a response - too late, and woefully small, but at least it's a start.

Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 23:19
Post 5996
  Harald Boot, Tholen, The Netherlands
The Spirit of Britain on her way to the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg last Thursday.

On this webcam you can see her live Smiley

Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 15:58
Post 5995
  Sea News, Dover
This is a shot from our archives dates from a few years back and shows HMS Mersey just off the Port of Dover here with the old train terminal frontage in the foreground. It looks like the dashing modern HMS Mersey will be coming back here to patrol the Dover we understand anyway.
Although...things are so fluid these times...
We wait with baited breath.

Man on a Cold Tin Roof !
A couple of weekender shots of the Premier Inn extension.

Just an update above there of the ever rising Premier Inn extension. The pictures were taken on a cold Dec 28th...and the roof has since been completed. These guys are fast and efficient. The roof though is so doubt it will weather-in like the rest of it.... but when the sun hits it at the moment it's so bright it even dazzles the guys in the passing space station...

As mentioned see it rise from ground level, just type in Premier Inn in our Search Engine above and you will see it all go up piece by piece ( sort of ).

Brian yes that was Vigilant out there. Yours truly saw her more clearly at the end of the day...tried a few shots. Grey subject very grey day... have yet to have a proper look but I'm sure there will be a shot or two worth using. She slowly moved away around about 4pm...I assume heading for Ramsgate, and within minutes and as if by magic, another cutter took her place just off Shakespeare Cliff...presumably this one was Searcher as the others wont have returned from the Med just yet.

Del yes bizarre seems the Government have hired between 100 and 150 trucks to test the feasibility of using Manston Airport if there is a No Deal Brexit situation. Difficult times ahead for the road haulage people for sure....not even mentioning the traffic strangulated locals.


Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 06:28
Post 5994
  Del Styan, Norwich
I hope your contributors will spot any action from the Govt no deal "HGV exercise" on the Manston runways - or perhaps they are too far away? Thats a sort of joke - I hope.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 23:12
Post 5993
  brian dixon, dover
I see a border force cutter lurking in shakesphere bay at lunch time today.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 16:21
Post 5992
  Sea News, Dover
Some extra shots now following along from Patrick's pictures of the departing Anneliese. Yes much removal activity was noticed yesterday morning and here we go....
We have lift off...

And then she was off...

And following along from Mike's picture...a section of the huge Baldwin crane moves off too.

Just including this one below...yes the media activity continues over the migrant crises... an ITV team settles in below yours trulys 'observation tower'...the latest news being we understand it, is that HMS Mersey is joining the fray.

Note the camera on the extreme left...that's us watching them watching us...

Brian yes indeed, heard that one about 'who will pay the £20,000 per day'. An amazing cost..Smiley

Patrick well done with those shots..spotted it myself too. Anneliese finally goneSmiley

Yes Mike it was all happening..crane as wellSmiley

Thanks For the info Sarah. It will be interesting to see all 4 patrolling.Smiley

Thanks for that info Phil...Smiley


Friday, 4 January 2019 - 07:21
Post 5991
  Mike J., Dover
Patrick - good 'catch' with the removal of the ANNELEISE-3.
I wonder whether she'll be scrapped or repaired - the hulls looked reasonably intact despite the 'attentions' of the digger when she first came ashore.
Mr Rolls looks distinctly uninterested.

Phil - thanks for the AIS info, I often flick between the two as their info must come from different sets of receivers & one is often more up-to-date than the other.
Useful info from you for Sarah.

Thursday afternoon & the big Baldwins crane that was involved with installing the major components of the bascule bridge [post 5935] is being dismantled with the aid of a smaller Baldwins crane.

Interesting time-lapse sequence on DHB Twitter of the arrival of the KERTUN on 27/12, filmed on the bridge by the pilot.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 00:54
Post 5990
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Following on from Mike J's photos at #5880-2 of the recovery of the submerged 'Anneliese III' from the outer harbour in November, it has finally been taken away

Meanwhile the 'battle of midway' continues in the Channel

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 23:02
Post 5989
  brian dixon, dover
1 navy ship lined up for patrolling the channei,just waiting for what department is coughing up the 20 grand a day for it being there.

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 16:18
Post 5988
  Phil Chisholm, Dover
Mike J - Vessel Finder is the app I use.

Interestingly Searcher has now gone quiet too - last report was 1'st Jan but before that she was constantly pinging her position.

Hadn't checked the cutters in the Med for a while and just looked now. Seeker's last report was 25/11/18, in Gibraltar, Valiant pinged today in Greece while Protector's last report was 09/12/18 from the Greek Islands.

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 15:13
Post 5987
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Border Force cutters Protector & Seeker are returning from the Mediterranean, where is Valiant not seen her or heard anything about her.

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 15:05
Post 5986
  Sea News, Dover
BORDER FORCE: The picture above shows Border Force cutter Searcher early yesterday wednesday. She had come in to the inner harbour to pause and look round. We believe that Home Secretary Javid was onboard at the time.

Interesting about the Home Secretary...he looks strangely out of his depth when he wanders away from the Westminster bubble. Meandering about the corridors of power in Whitehall and giving bog standard interviews to the media is one thing...but when you have to get out into the real world...well.

While giving the BBC an interview here in Dover..he was almost ramblingly incoherent and when he fetched up that old chestnut about the migrants not really being 'genuine asylum seekers' the nation dozed off.

He said roughly this ' we don't believe them to be genuine asylum seekers, after all asylum seekers should seek asylum in the first country they get to.'
When he peddled out that old one we knew he had few ideas to offer.

That of course annoyed numerous groups and bodies...after all simply.. they are people out there, people in flimsy boats and something needs to be done about it.
Whether they are genuine asylum seekers has got nothing to do with it!
As my mother would have said..."whats that got to do with the price of bread!"

Ah Duncan Kennedy again. I like Duncan he does good reports, but once again his numbers baffle. The report on BBC NEWS last night showed both Border Force cutters operating showed Searcher and Vigilant...yet when Duncan mentioned we will have two extra cutters on patrol when they return from the Med...summing up he then said we will therefore have three cutters patrolling.
2+2= Four

I don't must be me. I must be missing something..Smiley
Best that I leave that one alone now as its grating on the grey cells..

Some general other pictures
First one below shows Tug Doughty out there on general duties while Cotes des Dunes arrives behind. Pictures earlier this week.

Rowers catching the winter light below...that's Pacific Reefer in the background of first shot.

More rowers on a chilly and bracing New Years Day...

Excellent info and pictures below there from Mike. Interesting view on our trading future. Smiley Great stuff!
Sounds good Brian..maximum clarity for all to see. Smiley
Phil that could be a possibility for sure... yet Duncan features the vessels in his report. Hard to know... Smiley


Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 06:21
Post 5985
  Mike J., Dover

Further to the Boxing Day post [5963] from Ramsgate I also called in at Whitstable & found three larger vessels in amongst the fishing fleet.

The NEPTUNE is Whitstable’s only regularly-visiting cargo ship & brings in aggregate for Brett’s works on the eastern side of the harbour.

The EMS VIKING is regularly seen at Whitstable & is presumably on standby for work on the nearby Kentish Flats windfarm.
Another windcat owned by Excel Marine Services, the EMS VULCAN is currently laid-up in Dover’s Wellington Dock.

The ISLA B, formerly the MAGGIE ANNE, started off as a fishing vessel but has had much of her fishing gear removed & looks to be operating now as a Guardship. She still carries her Lowestoft fishing registration number.

Phil - an interesting comment from you regarding the BA vessels & AIS, I’ve always assumed that they have their AIS switched-off for security reasons & have only ‘seen’ HUNTER once or twice on AIS.
Which AIS system are you using ? I mostly use ‘Marine Traffic’ & ‘Shipfinder’

. . . . . . . Paul mentions in post 5978 that there has been much political back-pedalling about the Seaborne ferry contract & the subject was on the BBC News again on Sunday.

However a friend of mine who worked in the import freight clearance business for over 30 years both before & after we joined the Common Market has made an interesting point that doesn’t seem to have been mentioned elsewhere or perhaps even thought of.

We don’t need extra freight capacity across the Dover Straits, we won’t be importing more ‘stuff’ after Brexit & the current ferries & Eurotunnel are handling the traffic without difficulty, so there’s no need for extra ferries.

What IS needed is more parking space for arriving freight as there will be much more paperwork & longer delays in processing this paperwork.

There’s hardly any room for this to be done in Dover so where will the freight go for clearance ?
Manston is perhaps an option, with reasonable road connections already existing, the huge runway as a parking area is already there & buildings already exist.
Any additional infrastructure could be built comparatively quickly.

Just a thought from someone who knows the import freight business, lets hope that someone in the Government is also thinking along those lines . . . . . . .

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 00:05
Post 5984
  brian dixon, dover
would it not be easier to have all the cutters and other vessels in harbour at the same time with the bbc,itv and sky ty cameras rolling at the same time along with nationl press covering the story, oh yes mr javed here to. just to clarify things a little. lol

Wednesday, 2 January 2019 - 14:49
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