Friday, 27 November 2020
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

See the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister further below....

Border Force Vigilant seen here returning to the Port in the past few 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.

Below...the Sun Rising through the drizzle on the Dover Straits

Yes the Sun rising through the drizzle... it begins to climb over we look across the ever busy Dover Straits.

This picture taken a few moments before the one above....

November Sky - Dover Seafront

Dover Seafront November:
Striking evening sky as we look along Dover Seafront at sundown.....

The Disney Wonder:
The Disney Wonder pulled away from Dover on the recent saturday heading for Funchal we understand...
.......a rough ol' trip in the prevailing conditions....

Dover Harbour: something of a rare site this...fog shimmering across the surface in this way, as shown above. Picture taken on a recent chilly but dazzlingly bright and sunlit morning.

" smoke on the water, fire in the sky "


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....

Fire on Western Heights

Something of a forced picture taken on friday night of the fire on Western Heights here in Dover. It seems a stray rogue firework caused it, setting scrubland alight. Four fire engines were in attendance we understand. The picture is of poor quality taken through the darkness, but it gives the general gist as we look across the rooftops.

Full Moon over Dover....

The 'Blue Moon' over the Port of Dover in recent times.
Look at that rugged terrain...

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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 7076
  matcham, DOVER (
Well both my wife and myself still in lockdown been 12weeks now ,so it is great to look what is happing in our great port and the only way to do it is by looking on this great page with very good photo,s so thank you.Smiley

Saturday, 20 June 2020 - 13:29
Post 7075
  Sea News, Dover
Pacific Worker

A couple of further pictures above there of the striking looking Pacific can see her there approaching the port early. Yours truly will have some more pictures to follow along in due course, she is still in port as we speak...
...but just want to catch up with some shots now of Arcadia for record purposes from her recent visit a few days ago...time of first pic 05.26 on June 17...

And a bit later below...Disney Magic, Arcadia and with the ever present David Church dredger just fitting nicely into slot there...

Nice collection below from Mike so don't miss those. Good show re Dame Vera Lynn Smiley

Del with great difficulty I should imagine....but it seems the recent-ish very rough weather caused the problem Smiley

Patrick as long as they don't find 'our' pot of gold...its ours I tell you, after all dem rainbows.. SmileySmiley


Saturday, 20 June 2020 - 06:29
Post 7074
  Mike J., Dover

Arrival of the Singapore-flagged offshore support vessel PACIFIC WORKER from Bergen at 0830 Thursday.

She berthed on the Admiralty Pier ahead of the aggregate dredger SAND FULMAR who sailed for the Thames about 1330 the same day,

By the new reefer shed one of the two big mobile cranes was receiving some support & a little TLC.
It looks as though the crane wires were being replaced.

Friday, 19 June 2020 - 02:10
Post 7073
  Mike J., Dover

A lasting memory of an unforgettable Lady who sadly passed away on 18th.June.

Also see post 6546

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 23:21
Post 7072
  Del Styan, Norwich
I hate to be dim - well that's my normal state, I think - but how do you lose an anchor?

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 23:03
Post 7071
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Apparently found a 3 metre timber pile protruding from the seabed whilst still searching for that lost anchor.

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 12:33
Post 7070
  Sea News, Dover

Dover Grafter in amongst the ferries in the pic above, pictured a few days ago...presumably still searching for the lost anchor? or the lost chord? Meant to get more pictures of the scene and will do in due course.

A couple of pix now catching the arriving Carnival Breeze at the last minute as she backs towards the Eastern Arm...and slipping out of view. Pictures from Tuesday evening. She is certainly out of view now as gazing towards the Eastern Arm this morning, I notice she is gone again. Must have left in the night..or at least sometime when yours truly didn't see it.Smiley

Dizzifying comings and goings...Smiley
Arcadia came and went too, will try to keep up..bear with! Have some pictures ..still in camera.

Smiley Yes twas amazing Del that so many people spotted Cummings on his round trip. Obviously he had an orange beacon tied to his car as he's not a guy you'd notice is he...ah well ..

Havent heard anything at all about the crews imagines that they are stripped back to just the basic few onboard....and those few kept busy with all the frantic comings and goings.


Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 06:20
Post 7069
  Del Styan, Norwich
I wonder if a certain D Cummings took the orange marker thingys on his journey around the UK to avoid something or another. Maybe that's the way the public spotted him? Still, as long as the advice is clear, all is well.

Apart from that, I wonder how the crew of the liners calling into Dover are getting on - do you know?

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 23:10
Post 7068
  Sea News, Dover
The Swimmers.

This weekend, or the weekend just gone, seemed to see a partial relaxation of the lockdown rules...that's if you can follow all the bewildering stuff coming out of Downing St re lockdown, there might have been a relaxation but who can tell anymore...however be that as it may, it was a delight to see the beach occupied by the serious swimmers again. We captured some of the said swimmers above... as they ready for the off. Looks like they are social distancing too..very good...

And then they were gone...

and all towing those orange marker thingy's...this is a relatively new thing isn't it.
Someone in full Blarney mode told me they keep their sandwiches in 'em...but that cant be true...SmileySmiley
What are they officially for??

Anyway...must say, its great to see all the swimmers again.Smiley

Just catching up now from several days ago...the Majesty of the Seas departing late evening.... Sort of a dull picture but see the orange highlight in the distance...looked like the hills are on fire beyond....

So yours truly zoomed in...but it was just a dazzling cloud formation catching the very late sun.

PS: Carnival Breeze and Arcadia back in town.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 06:59
Post 7067
  Sea News, Dover
Harking back now.. a fair way it must be the 9th of June in fact to show Aurora above leaving the port via the eastern exit. This ship was somewhat overlooked in recent days but for record purposes worth including now.
Below you can see the pilot boat accompanying her just outside the eastern exit..

And then she was on her way below, you can see the coast of France just coming into view through the evening mist...

Yes indeed the scale of the Carnival Magic was awesome...a shot below just to show the scale of the ship in relation to the whole Eastern Docks...she dwarfed the ferries and the trucks and in fact the whole scene. You could almost say it was quite...ermm magical!...if I haven't over-used the word already..Smiley

Carnival Magic and the Eastern Docks.
Great to see so many trucks still working above there...

Nice one Mike! Smiley Good info below. Yes I too was watching the Carnival Breeze turning last evening...
"you surely cant approach the port from there!" thought I aloud, and she didn't. She went back from whence she came...Smiley


Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - 06:33
Post 7066
  Cyril Jackson, Dover (

Is your journey really necessary ?

The curious track of the CARNIVAL BREEZE on Monday afternoon who was expected to berth on the Eastern Arm but changed her mind, turning around & heading slowly back down-channel.

A nice walk on the clifftops, looking for new photo angles, bot not quite what I had been expecting.

At 0200 Tuesday she was south of the Isle of Wight, still heading west but still showing Dover as her destination, updated to 1300 Tuesday which I'll believe when I see it.

Another 'size comparison' view on Saturday as the SPIRIT OF FRANCE backs to her berth.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - 02:24
Post 7065
  Sea News, Dover
A special sequence now showing the departure of the magnificent Carnival Magic on Saturday evening.....
First shot shows her leaving the Eastern Arm, then we follow her gently across the harbour in fine style.
We will let the pictures do the talking this time.

Carnival Magic ...very magical on its own, but even more magical with magical rainbow. Smiley
Crumbs! there's too many magics in that sentence! Smiley

I think we will PIN this in homage for a short while. A great ship and with nature showing its appreciation. Smiley (Now unpinned)
The sun popped in and out, the rain fell here and there, and the huge rainbow did what rainbows do best.


Monday, 15 June 2020 - 06:30
Post 7064
  Sea News, Dover

A couple of extra pictures there showing the arrival of Carnival Magic...a stunning mighty ship. Its a great treat to be seeing all these cruise liners here...yes a great treat. As Mike said in post below, she left last evening about 7pm ish with a colourful rainbow as backdrop. Will have some pictures of all that next. The pix are still in camera as we speak so yours truly has a bit of catching up to dooo... but they look okay in the camera anyway.

Ah yes ...guessed that the Dover Grafter had taken over from the Eagle re the anchor search. Yes Eagle was doing it previously...sez he fondly remembering the pictures of the diver suits drying in the prevailing breeze... will get more pictures in due course.

Nice collection of the magical Carnival Magic from Mike below...Don't Miss Those...Smiley

For a while there we had double magic...Smiley


Sunday, 14 June 2020 - 06:21
Post 7063
  Mike J., Dover

PRIDE OF KENT enters on Saturday morning with CARNIVAL MAGIC lying on EAI [Eastern Arm Inner berth].
She sailed about 1900 for Torbay.

Those lifeboats permanently placed outside the line of the hull & accommodation look unusual but allow for more cabins & more income which is what the bean-counters want !

Large modern ferries look small against most modern cruise-ships.
Size mattters !

Paul's view of the DOVER GRAFTER - she was working again on Saturday & has been working in the same area for same time, seeking the SPIRIT OF FRANCE'S missing anchor [post 7015].
The EAGLE may have been involved with the same work.

Sunday, 14 June 2020 - 02:40
Post 7062
  Sea News, Dover
Carnival Magic: Yes there we are...You can see this huge ship approaching the Port last evening....time of pic 19.27. The weather was a bit grey unfortunately. A mighty ship indeed and very impressive. Its now at the Eastern Arm and looks very huge indeed...dwarfing the ferries.

Will have more pictures of her following along in due course...
thanks to Mike for the timing tip off on this...Smiley

Just a few general bits now..
The dredger Reimerswaal seems to be a regular visitor now to the outser reaches as it were..pauses just outside Port and always in the same position. Here she is a couple of days ago... presumably doing a crew change.

And will add this one from a former can see her there in the same spot. Saves you going through our Search Engine above.. don't say we don't try to make life easier for you...Smiley

Mike got very nice close-in pictures of Dover Grafter with her new paint colours in post she is again, this time out there in the gloom and drizzle in the wider harbour a couple of days can also see her former colours via our Search Box above.

Also out there...the Viking she is and certainly worth a look.

See Mike's collection below Smiley...well done with those Mike.

Thanks Steve...yes we have a double bill of Magics at the moment. Fab ships for sure.. Thanks for the tip off Smiley


Saturday, 13 June 2020 - 07:06
Post 7061
  Mike J., Dover

You're certainly right there, Steve - two MAGICs in Dover Friday night, although I hear that the CARNIVAL MAGIC will disappear, as if by magic, in less than 24 hours,.

The CARNIVAL MAGIC, sIster ship to the recent CARNIVAL BREEZE, arrived at dusk on Friday, coming in from Dubrovnik by way of Barcelona & berthing on the Eastern Arm.

My ship is so small . . . .

CARNIVAL MAGIC backing down to her Eastern Arm berth, while the SPIRIT OF FRANCE makes a slow approach, waiting for the way to be clear so that she can reach her berth on Pier F.

Soon after the arrival of the MAGIC the MAJESTY OF THE SEA sailed for Southampton.

While pecking out these notes I looked to see how far the MAJESTY had got & noticed the EMPRESS OF THE SEAS heading southwest & passing the Isle of Wight & looking to be on another 'grey water cruise' from Southampton to Southampton.

The very last cruise ship still carrying passengers finally arrived in Bremerhaven on 8 June with just eight passenger aboard !

For the interesting tale of Phoenix ReIsen's ARTANIA [a Dover visitor] put 'https' in front of this link -


No problems for the passengers maintaining 'Social Distancing presumably.

Saturday, 13 June 2020 - 03:43
Post 7060
  steve newman, Dover, Kent
Could we have 2 "Magics" in town? Looks like Carnival Magic is showing destination Dover at present. Smiley

Friday, 12 June 2020 - 07:37
Post 7059
  Sea News, Dover
Majesty of the Seas: Going back a few evenings now and we capture the Majesty of the Seas departing...Monday it was.. and a fine soft evening too. We see her above exiting the Port through the Eastern Exit and in the pic below releasing the pilot having come about to head west.... twas a lovely green sea so it was...

The Maersk Connector leaving yesterday late morning...
the conditions were very dull misty/murky so needed the computer with these ones... you can see the pilot boat alongside and in the final shot, actually taken a few moments see her passing the local dredger David Church.

Maersk Connector and David Church.

Thanks to Mike and Nigel for the 'heads up' on the Maersk Connector departure... Smiley


Friday, 12 June 2020 - 07:00
Post 7058
  Sea News, Dover
We have the Carnival Breeze departure now... we catch her leaving pier we go...
Pictures from the ...lets see...yes the 8th August. Time of first shot 18.12...just like the Overture...Smiley

There she goes, all 128,000 tons of her. Enjoyable sequence there taken on a fresh but bright evening.
Will add this one heck of a helter skelter thingy on the top deck. So bright you can see it from outer space..
Yours truly's daughter would have a go at this...or would have done a while back. Smiley Not me....Nosirreee Bob!

Whooooosh! Smiley crazy but fun!


Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 07:05
Post 7057
  Sea News, Dover
Completing the sequence began in yours trulys post yesterday...Majesty of the Seas arriving in the grey murky conditions of Monday.... can see her here turning in the outer harbour prior to her settling on the Eastern Arm for a of course settled at Cruise Terminal 2..

Majesty of the Seas

Just caught the Maersk Connector arriving yesterday...Mike had given us the 'heads up' … hope to get more shots in due course. The exciting ship is now at Cruise Terminal 1. We have had her previously, just type the name in the Search Box above and see more...

Thanks Del...yes hopefully things will get a bit better soon...looking forward to the time when we can all get out there...Smiley


Wednesday, 10 June 2020 - 06:51
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