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Post 449
  PaulB, Dover
There were two cargo ships offloading in the harbour yesterday. One was the Polarstream and the other one of the regular Star ships. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the Polarstream as didn't spot it arriving. I noticed it though in position next to the regular cargo terminal on the eastern arm. A bit out of camera range for yours truly. The Star Service slipped in beside it there about 4.30pm yesterday. I didn't get a picture of that one either as the light was so poor...but here's one I did earlier of The Star Service...
Dover struggles to cope with more than one cargo ship at once at the current time...so the vision to expand cargo activity could be very achievable and a great boost..the immediate obvious benefit being more jobs, apart from anything else. More ships, more jobs...Both ships yesterday appeared to be carrying full loads too. Trade is on the up!

A few days back we had this one below... the Pacific Reefer.
The flow goes on and on like never before, good news for Dover, but most people recognise now that more terminals are needed. Have just checked with our Channel Traffic link, see top of page Dover.uk.com, and both ships the Polarstream and the Star Service are still in harbour.. if anyone wants to see them in the flesh. Also alas heading towards harbour as I write is the unfortunate vision of the MV Joline...she of the live animal exports.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 07:10
 
Post 448
  PaulB, Dover
I understand that yesterday was the second anniversary of the launch of the DFDs Dover to Calais run. We haven't had any official notification through but heard it through the grapevine as they say. Yours truly has travelled with DFDS to Dunkerque, not to Calais as yet, and it was all very enjoyable and very clean. I did the trip on the Delft Seaways....good luck to DFDS for a solid future on the run.
Smiley

I took the picture of the Dover Seaways above in the past 7 or 10 days. It looks great as you can see, all brand spankingly super clean and smart... all ready for the new season. Ed is on there I'm sure as we speak.
The picture below is a DFDS shot.. the ships always look good with the cliffs as backdrop.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 07:03
 
Post 447
  PaulB, Dover
"They stretched in never ending line along the margin of the bay
Ten thousand saw I at a glance..." Smiley

But cheer up the worst of the weather and the worst of the traffic problems are now behind us...aren't they!?

Well done with those pics below Steve...always welcome.Smiley

Monday, 17 February 2014 - 08:44
 
Post 446
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
the photo from paul below would make a good promotional piece for dover.

calm before the storm indeed, these two from steve walker of wccp were taken during the storm at samphire hoe.




Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 17:55
 
Post 445
  PaulB, Dover
Everything seems to be operating normally again, there is no backlog of traffic as I write. Yesterday we had the storm and indeed the after effects of the storm to deal with ( see also the post below ), all this combined with the massed half-term getaway...so the immediate Queens Highway was in a state of near chaos. But all tranquil again - touch wood!
This is the scene looking west across the harbour before the worst of the storm broke on Friday night.


Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 07:05
 
Post 444
  PaulB, Dover
Traffic and Weather update through from the Port of Dover
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Please be advised that the Port of Dover remains open with delays to ferry crossings caused by the adverse weather conditions. The Port was closed last night due to high winds and concerns over customer and staff safety.

Phase one of Operation Stack is still in place due to bad weather and a build up of freight traffic queuing for the Port and the Channel Tunnel. For more information please visit www.kent.police.uk/news/latest_news/140215_stack.html.

The terminal continues to be busy and Port of Dover staff and ferry operators are working hard to keep the traffic moving and to get our customers on their way. The uplift of traffic is improving with multiple ferries being able to enter the Port with support from tugs. Ferry operators are also reporting space available on some crossings. A shuttle service is in place with passengers being embarked on the first available vessel.

We understand that a number of customers have been affected by the disruptions to ferry crossings and we do apologise for any inconvenience caused. We would also like to apologise to our community for the traffic disruptions in Kent due to queues caused by the adverse weather conditions.

We would like to thank everyone for patience and understanding that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. We will aim to provide the next update as soon as possible but please be advised that the adverse weather is due to continue until the late hours.

Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator for further updates. Please also visit our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information. Sea condition in the Channel are rough with West-Sou-Westerly moderate gale (force 7) and good visibility

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A sad tale there John about the passenger on the Marco Polo. Conditions were totally abysmal out there last night and it was a most unfortunate incident.
Good that you were able to show us a picture of the ship in question.



Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 19:06
 
Post 443
  John Mavin, Dover
Today's stormy conditions gives us a sad item of news involving an occasional visitor to Dover. The veteran cruise ship Marco Polo was hit by a freak wave in the south-western approaches of the Channel. A window was smashed and an 85 year old male and a woman in her seventies sustained injuries which required them being airlifted to hospital. Sadly the man later died.

A number of other passengers received minor injuries and are being treated on board.

As I write Marco Polo is just off the Cherbourg peninsular en-route to her home port at Tilbury where she is due to arrive in the early hours of Sunday.




Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 01:51
 
Post 442
  Andrew MacLean, Canterbury (jazzandy@btinternet.com)
Only six weeks to go until Dance to France on the MV Spirit of Britain with disco in the forward lounge. Saturday March 29th.
Book now - numbers are strictly limited!

Phone 01227 732414 for tickets



Friday, 14 February 2014 - 17:36
 
Post 441
  PaulB, Dover

PORT OF DOVER COMMUNITY REGATTA – BIGGER AND BETTER - the date for the Regatta is July 26, 2014.

Whilst we all wait for the winter wind and rain to pass, here’s some summer fun to look forward to. We said that the Port of Dover Community Regatta would return bigger and better and that is what we are going to deliver.

Facilitated by the Port of Dover with the support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and the Dover Sea Sports Centre, the free event will return with all of the family fun of last year but with some notable additions such as a big vintage car rally and a cutting edge aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover stated; “We’re delighted to support the Regatta, making the most of our beautiful harbour and providing a great event for the community to enjoy, whilst supporting a local charity. The event couldn’t take place without the dedication of our enthusiastic partners and the support of the community. After a successful launch last year, we look forward to staging a bigger, more vibrant event this year to provide a fantastic festival of family fun on land and sea at the Port of Dover.”

Back by popular demand will be the ‘Dover Port Dash’ tournament, sponsored by the Port of Dover, which will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’ pitting their wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise money for local charity, the Cinque Port Pirates. The charity’s aim is to ensure sailing is accessible to all, no matter of ability, cultural, social-economic, racial or religious background they come from, by offering every child low-cost membership and weekly sailing lessons, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and experience a wide variety of sea-based activities in a safe environment.

Mr Waggott added; “We are delighted to sponsor the Dover Port Dash for such a worthy beneficiary.”

There are places for 14 adult mixed teams and, for the first time, 14 mixed junior (ages 10-16 years) crews. Teams will comprise six rowers plus a cox. Entry will be free to the junior teams. So the call is well and truly out to all aspiring Dashers, to get their teams together, get practicing and get set to join in all the fun!

Also on the water will be paddlesports, sailing tasters, pedalos and more, organised by Dover Sea Sports Centre. On land there will be demonstrations by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and a range of blue light services as well as community agencies organised by the Dover District Community Safety Partnership as well as a host of stalls offering entertainment and local produce.

Karen Amber, Commodore of the Cinque Ports Pirates, said: " 'Sailing isn't just my hobby mum, its my passion!' Jarrod, age 12. This comment is just one of the reasons we are so delighted and grateful to the Port of Dover Community Regatta for choosing the Cinque Ports Pirates Sailing Club as the beneficiary of this year's event. Sailing is traditionally an elitist sport but we believe ALL children should have the opportunity to learn to sail and sail regularly. The money raised from this event will help us get more of Dover's children on the water; sailing for fun, friendship and fitness on one of the countries most fantastic expanses of water - Dover Harbour. "

Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "We are looking forward to another successful event on Dover Seafront. Incorporating the Community Safety Day within the Port Regatta is a great way to create a fun day out for the whole family, and to show the community how the partnership continues to work to keep our district a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Further event details are to be announced in due course but in the meantime please register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash by emailing Alyson Hudson at PODCommunityRegatta.co.uk
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The Regatta was huge fun last year. It was great to see it revive..there were literally thousands and thousands of smiling faces on the day enjoying the event and enjoying the cracking sunshine too. Lots of people worked very hard and one person in particular did a fine job...not here with us in Dover any longer though.

Smiley


Friday, 14 February 2014 - 07:07
 
Post 440
  PaulB, Dover
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 14:36
 
Post 439
  PaulB, Dover
Great to see the info on the Lizrix and the French Cutter lads..and great pictures too. And a big well done too to Brian for getting those storm pix just outside the western arm. Brian and the camera are newly acquainted and his pictures below show exactly what it was like yesterday.
Smiley
Yes Jan always good to get the information coming in from both DHB and the ferry operators..all of them are adding to the mix and very welcome they are.
Have more news and general information in the pipeline as I write.
What awful weather.. it was horrendous here yesterday. Hurricane force winds in some areas. Off the south coast of Ireland a 110mph wind was recorded. A heck of a gale...You wouldn't get me out on the Princess Maud in that one.
Smiley Smiley

Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 07:46
 
Post 438
  JanT, Dover
Not sure about any of you guys but I am sure fed up with this weather,Smileyhad enough of this wind and rain.Smiley

But well done guys you have been busy with those camera's,to get some great pictures for the sea news page.Smiley

And its always good to get up to date info from DHB especially at the moment.Smiley

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 16:52
 
Post 437
  brian, dover.
western arm howard westrn arm.Smiley

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 15:46
 
Post 436
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
Nice action photo of the cutter.

paul spoke of the calm before the storm, brian took these of the eastern arm a little while back.




Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 14:45
 
Post 435
  Ed Connell, Dover
French customs cutter overtaking a fishing boat in the Dunkerque approaches yesterday. Jason the Second Mate and Ben the Quartermaster drew it to my attention. We saw crew preparing the RIB for launching from the cutter and thought we were witnessing a drugs bust but the cutter carried straight on by!



Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 11:16
 
Post 434
  Mike J., Dover

The LIZRIX returned from Zeebrugge & was on Pier D on Monday evening.

By Wednesday morning she was anchored off Deal, probably to avoid the imminent unpleasantness.





Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 10:49
 
Post 433
  PaulB, Dover
Ive probably got a tad over-excited picturewise today, thanks to being thoroughly spoiled with the wee bit of sunlight late yesterday, and have featured the Nord Pas de Calais again ...mostly because she was the one in immediate range when the sun burst through. Also in the pictures is the Calais Seaways. See also the extra pic at the top of page. They were both heading for the standard eastern exit/entrance but at seemingly the last minute the Nord changed course and bore down on the western entrance/exit. Our old friend as you can see has clearly had a magnificent makeover or wash n brushup or refit and is looking spic and span for the new season. But...Don't let the pictures lull you into a sense of sunshine and better days...maybe, but not just yet, more storms are scheduled for later today. When will it all end !!?
The sea was calming down somewhat as the pictures were taken but was still a bit rough as you can see.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 07:24
 
Post 432
  PaulB, Dover
Ah yes indeed Howard. The oul Nord pas de Calais seems like it has been around forever under various guises. Its not a ship one gallops out to photograph, so it did tend to get overlooked...its not quite the swan but always there as a workhorse almost un-noticed. But she is still going strong and still battling the elements. I think I even have very grainy pictures of her somewhere in the files from years ago when she broke down mid-channel one time. So even oul tough workhorses have their bad days.

Yes Vic these are very tough times for the crews and the port staff generally. But yes the crews have had to endure that buffeting and rolling day after day lately. Very tough. Weather has been exceptionally bad as we know. Sea conditions are dire...and still remain so. Today looks bad again...but maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Having said all that yesterday was a calmer day...you get these brief lulls and away it goes again.

The vessels shown here look slightly the worse for wear after all the 'orrible weather...the picture was taken yesterday late afternoon during the brief tranquil lull. On the left we have another one of the Stars...its the Star First this time and there she is above setting off for Antwerp with the help of both tugs Doughty and Dauntless. On the right anxious to get into its slot and not be held up is the Pride of Burgundy. The Burgundy had just arrived via the Western Entrance.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 07:38
 
Post 431
  howard mcsweeney, dover
the "nord pas de calais" seems to have been around for ever, must have earned its owner a few bob.

some time back i remember paul b bemoaning the fact that he couldn't find a picture of said ferry, by sheer coincidence i had been on a non lander the day before and i had taken one of the "npdc" in calais harbour.

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 18:52
 
Post 430
  vic matcham, Dover
I feel sorry for the poor old crew, no rest up from it all for weeks now ,and some do a week about now,so to have to stay on them for a whole week going across 6times or more a day, no fun, when I worked on them it was 12hours on 12hours off so not to bad.But keep up the photos,as you know I still have my L PLATES up but geting better photos as I go along.
Smiley

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 12:30
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