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Post 469
  vic matcham, Dover
Will they do a good job or just a patch up one,you can see the holes is the sheet piles the good job and what needs to be done is that they are all pulled out and replaced by newones,or newones put down on the faces of the old ones,all we done last time was weld patchs over the old ones,if they do it that way it will not last a year because the rest of the pile around the new patch is all rotton.
If they go for new ones then there will be no sleep for any of you living down there or half of Dover if done at night if the tide is low .Cover your ears up ,Thats why I can not hear much today because of the years puting down piles and cuting them off.Smiley

Sunday, 2 March 2014 - 18:40
Post 468
  vic matcham, Dover
THis job is just up my street I need to get down there and offer my help.Smiley

Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 09:47
Post 467
  PaulB, Dover
DEMOLITION DOVER! see also RNLI LIFEBOAT information re our Mystery below.
The work began in earnest on our seafront defences last night in the dark. This is the scene at about 6.10pm last night friday. The guys were working while the tide was out for obvious reasons. On page 3 you can see the official notification in a news release re the work commencing... and here we are in earnest has kicked off. The seafront groynes, as they are called, are being replaced and renewed.

Have added the extra pic below just to give a better idea of the exact location of the work..its at the eastern end of the main beach, if I can put it that way. The groyne being tackled in the pictures is now partially gone as I write. The guys are working again right now to once again make hay as it were while the tide is out.

Another chance to see the initial news release below.......saves trawling back to page 3.

PORT OF DOVER: Having withstood the elements for many years, the seafront groynes are to be replaced and upgraded with the highest quality of rock groynes in order to provide the best beach protection and frontage for Dover’s community.

The current groynes are reaching the end of their life and the Port of Dover wants to ensure that they are replaced with the very best to support the wider waterfront regeneration agenda being pursued for Dover.

From 24th February, work will commence to replace the existing groynes with new rock groynes made of Larvic rock from Norway, one of the most durable types of rock, that will both defend and protect the beach but also create a much more visually appealing beach environment. Part of the promenade sea wall will also be repaired at the same time.

Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Technical Services, Port of Dover, said: “We were determined to combine our desire to preserve and enhance the beach for the long term with our wider vision of a quality waterfront that is part of reviving Dover as a destination.”

Access to parts of the beach will be limited as the work progresses in order to ensure the safety of everyone. The Port is currently engaging with all those who live or work on the seafront and interested local organisations on the project in order that they are fully informed about the works.

Mr Goodhew added: “We are starting the work this month in order that it is completed for the Summer season. The beach is valued greatly by our local community and we want to ensure that it is ready for when the summer holidays begin.”

The Port apologises for any inconvenience that the work may cause as it works to deliver an improved seafront for the benefit of its community.



Had the following through from the RNLI LIFEBOAT guys.. from James Clapham in fact, much thanks to James for this.

Hi Paul

Was looking on the Dover Forum this afternoon, and saw a picture of the lifeboat near the Castle jetty.

To put your mind at rest the lifeboat was on a training exercise at anchor using our breeches buoy to the jetty. Not that clear in the photo.

Hope that helps.

Kind Regards


James Clapham
F/T 2nd Coxswain / Mechanic
Dover Lifeboat Station


Many thanks again James. Smiley

Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 07:12
Post 466
  PaulB, Dover

Channel Dash Memorial – keeping Dover’s important memories alive

Whilst the Dover Straits are today synonymous with the movement of cross-Channel ferry traffic between Europe’s busiest international ferry port and the Continent, 72 years ago the Straits represented a narrow divide between Great Britain and occupied Europe. The Port of Dover is extremely mindful of the extraordinary wartime heritage that exists in Dover, much of it associated with the role of the Port itself.

As such, having supported the establishment of the Channel Dash Memorial in 2012, commemorating the incredible bravery of those who took part in Operation Fuller, the Port is once again honoured to support the Channel Dash Memorial Trust in developing an IT educational project to remember such a poignant episode and honour the memories of those who took part.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “It is really important for us to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the 146 young men who gave their lives fighting for our country. The IT Educational Project, proposed by the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, will help keep it in our memories and we are very proud to be able to support it. We recognise that this part of history is hugely important for both the town and community of Dover.”

Together with representatives from the local community through the newly established Port and Community Forum, the Port has been developing a heritage strategy that connects important parts of Dover’s history in order to tell its unique story. A significant part of that is revealing Dover’s maritime heritage, both in war and in peace. The educational project will make a very meaningful contribution to that work in remembering and interpreting what was an amazing chapter that recognises such incredible commitment to a cause, whatever the odds.

Jim Williams, Trustee of the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, said: “Dover Harbour Board supported us in 2012 with the Operation Fuller Memorial and has kindly offered to help us take this project a step further. It is fantastic to know that the Port is keen to be a part of this community initiative to keep the memory alive of the airmen who took part in the wartime Operation Fuller - known as the Channel Dash.”

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The picture from our collection shows the Channel Dash Memorial on Dover Seafront.. taken during the balmier days of last summer.

Friday, 28 February 2014 - 06:26
Post 465
  PaulB, Dover
Here we see our old friend the battling Nord Pas de Calais grinding its way homewards in dire conditions an hour or so conditions that fluctuated between a gale force 8 and a severe gale 9. it was rough and tough out there but all home safe and sound now.
Fortunately as i write all is almost benign again now with the sea...but it was difficult for a time there this morning. It is amazing how quick it all changes, sometimes for the worst and of course sometimes for the better.

Yes Mike you might well be right re an exercise. Normally they let people know about exercises and the like...but we will wait and see and perhaps we will get some info through in due course.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 11:22
Post 464
  Mike J., Dover
A training exercise perhaps ?

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 08:48
Post 463
  PaulB, Dover
Yes its very odd Howard, there has been no news at all anywhere about what was going on with the Lifeboat. I have had a trawl around several times now to see if there is any news anywhere...but no mention. As you say even if its a false alarm 'shout' some news is usually issued. The guys I knew there previously have left I believe guess we will just have to wait on this one.

Weather extremely grim again today out on the ocean waves. Very rough with poor visibility. But..better days ahead...says he hopefully. It has been a long gruelling winter for sure this time.
Here is a picture of the Rodin in the fairly rough conditions of Tuesday mid-day.. but alas its even worse out there today.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 07:39
Post 462
  howard mcsweeney, dover
all rather strange, nearly 24 hours since the incident and no press release from the rnli as far as i can ascertain.

they always report on false alarms as well as rescues.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 20:14
Post 461
  PaulB, Dover
A bit of a drama was played out last night right under our noses here on Dover Seafront.
The Lifeboat arrived around 8pm and appeared to be searching the water with floodlights and so on...with several of the crew standing at the bow looking directly into the water. They remained for 40 minutes in approximately the same spot...while other personnel appeared to be searching the main beach in the near distance with lights/torches etc.

It was very dark at the time but I attempted to get some sort of image and there we are. If and when we hear anything further will let all know.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 07:17
Post 460
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the info again as ever Mike. It turned out to be a bit of a filthy day alright..very rough at times with a gale force 8 a-blowin'.
There was a bit of a burst of sunlight at one time so I gave a few pictures a go, the brightness caught me out though...the picture was a bit brighter than expected, have had to try and tone it down. But it captures the battling conditions around lunchtime today. The ship is the Pride of Kent. Another tough day!

Just a further note about how important the cargo terminal has become. No sooner had the Wild Lotus moved out than the Fegulus moved in to slot.
Its like a warm bed in a doss house. As soon as one guy gets out another one gets in !! Smiley

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 15:55
Post 459
  Mike J., Dover
The BURGUNDY is about to go off for refit & will probably be having an MES [Marine Escape System] deployment sometime today, so expect some activity around her when the rafts are in the water.

The majority of the crew will go down into the rafts. All good fun.

Filthy day for it.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 07:31
Post 458
  PaulB, Dover
Another busy time for cargo vessels. Above..currently on the western arm at Cruise Terminal 1 is the Ugurs. It did some posing for us the other day as it arrived, doing the 360 degree turn outside the rear window. It arrived two days ago and it has been here ever since..also at the same cruise terminal as we speak is the Coral Water which recently had mechanical failure but is now returned to the fray with all bits fully functioning.

The ship below from NYK COOL is the Wild Lotus. Don't remember this one previously but this vessel slipped into position at the regular cargo terminal yesterday and is now as we speak being helped with departure by the tugboats in the very strong gale force wind. The cargo terminal as we see is in very big demand and ripe for way or another. More expansion with cargo equals more jobs.
Our old friend the veteran warhorse the Pride of Burgundy is currently resting at CT2, been there since last night..presumably she is experiencing problems..anybody know anything re her condition?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 06:58
Post 457
  PaulB, Dover

The Port of Dover Expertise Goes Global

The Port of Dover, together with its international partners Mott MacDonald and Buchan Group, is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing a significant contract to guide the major future development of three ports managed by Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd (TIPC).

Having established strong relationships with TIPC, cemented through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011, the Port of Dover’s world-class expertise in port management and port development has been showcased both in Taiwan and in the UK. The contract is a clear recognition of the global reputation that the Port has now achieved as a valuable consultancy partner when requiring a team made up of the best international experts.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Port team, its partners, and for the global reputation of the British maritime industry. Moreover, it gives our staff an incredible platform for career development and reflects the vision that we have for our community in providing new and inspiring opportunities.”

As the consultancy business develops and Dover’s port expertise is required elsewhere as well as still in Dover, this will lead to the creation of high quality jobs at Dover with exciting prospects for all those associated with the Port. This is a further strand of the Port’s drive for transformation, nurturing talent in Dover that then delivers expertise all around the world with Dover’s name becoming synonymous with opportunity, quality and excellence. In turn, this will contribute towards inward investment as Dover becomes a hub for maritime expertise, furthering the Port’s ability to act as a catalyst for regeneration.

Beating off stiff competition, the partners also received fantastic support from UKTI (the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan) in promoting British expertise in Taiwan.

Chris Wood, Director, BTCO said: “This is a great boost to Britain’s international reputation in port planning and with such a strong partnership evident between Mott MacDonald, Buchan Group and the Port of Dover, goes to show that with the right expertise and our support, the UK can play a major role in global maritime affairs.”

The contract is focused on carrying out master planning activities for the three Taiwanese ports of Keelung, Kaohsiung and Anping in order to promote the ports’ domestic and international passenger transport and tourism services, including the construction and modernisation of passenger terminal facilities.

Glen Curry, Mott MacDonald said: “This is a very exciting contract to have won and with the specialist skills and experience of the Port of Dover supporting our port planning and engineering expertise, we are confident we can plan great things for Taiwan’s ports.”

The partners will conduct research and analysis on the location and characteristics of Keelung Port, Kaohsiung Port and Anping Port in order to carry out a detailed investigation of possible domestic and foreign development projects. They will then produce the final master plan presenting the most appropriate developments, their location and size, configuration and the types of industry suited to the ports.

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Yes Howard I suspect half term may have something to do with the seafront being deserted. Lots of traffic going over all week. Busy busy!

Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 17:48
Post 456
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
very stark photograph of the rainbow paul, two answers to your question.

a) people were still indoors because of the storm.

b) parents, usually the mums, are at the end of their tether towards the end of any half term/easter/christmas break and just want to park their offspring at the school gates.

Saturday, 22 February 2014 - 21:56
Post 455
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks Mike. I didn't realise that re the Polarstream. I am not at all surprised that occasionally some of the stacked up containers take flight...this is the Star Service departing about 2 or 3 days ago and you can see she has a very full load onboard. Well stacked up for sure this time. Must be heck of a handful in very rough weather.

Saturday, 22 February 2014 - 08:04
Post 454
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB -

Superb photo of the JOLINE & the big boxboats !

The POLARSTREAM apparently had damage when she came in the other day, she had lost containers overboard in bad weather.
Some containers still on deck were damaged & the ship herself had received minor damage.

For photos Google ‘vessel tracker polarstream’ & follow the links.

She was luckier than the MAERSK SVENDBORG who lost 520 containers overboard in bad weather in the Bay of Biscay on 14th.February.

Friday, 21 February 2014 - 08:00
Post 453
  PaulB, Dover
A touch of the ould King Canute is needed these days..forever commanding the sea to go back, or in our case more particularly, commanding the beach to go back to the beach. Despite all the recent massed effort with assorted guys brushing and shingle shovelling, the big guns were needed yesterday and here we are...bring on the JCB...
While it all goes on.. there is of course business as usual..getting ready below for the arrival of the Spirit of France

Thanks Howard. Will hopefully have lots of topical shots to come with the cruise season not that far away. Yes indeed the Joline carries on.

Brief Note For All : If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 you can click on the open book icon at the bottom of the page in the address bar and the whole page takes on a different personality completely and goes into reader mode...moving from left to right. Looks very different..and very good too says he with all humility.

Friday, 21 February 2014 - 07:52
Post 452
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great photos paul, especially the one of the sun rising, such a pity that the "joline" continues to ply her unpleasant trade.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 21:22
Post 451
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned earlier the Joline paid us a visit this morning. This vessel as we know is involved in the trading of Live Animal Exports ..which horrifies many. The craft is a strange beast itself, hardly suitable for the task in hand. The visit this morning was quite has long since returned to Calais. Whether it carried a load this time around I know not. But here are a few pictures of the scene early this morning.
The Joline arriving in harbour, but look at those monsters out in the channel. Huge ships indeed. To the left you can just see Calais.
Picture left shows the Joline waiting offshore prior to entering harbour. In the foreground you can see the lifting cranes of the Polarstream. Picture right shows the busy channel at the same time with Calais playing the role of backdrop.

and from a day or two ago...nature exactly as is..
The Sun rising over the water.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 18:49
Post 450
  JanT, Dover
So good to see the weather back to some sort of normality,and the pictures below show how calm the sea is now lets hope we have seen the worst of it.Smiley

But there has been some great pictures,and I see yesterday the guys were about shovelling all those pebbles back onto the beach.SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 11:23
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