Monday, 11 December 2017
The guys onboard Trinity House Vessel Alert pause briefly before tackling the raging seas of Storm Caroline at Port of Dover. This is a zoomed-in cropped version of our picture further down the page with more emphasis this time on the rough seas.. PB.
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Port of Dover's Big White Christmas Ice Event. Delightful fun for all...see..http://www.whitecliffschristmas.co.uk/
See also post 4460 below.
Charlie Elphicke MP : On being suspended...see below 4424.
P&O Ferries- Britain's favourite 4465
Mammoth Tooth Find - Extraordinary at Port of Dover see 4389.
DFDS - Helping to tackle Breast Cancer - see 4377.
PORT of DOVER: COOL CARRIERS..great cargo coup. New Trade for Dover.. 4336.
P&O FERRIES...women in the workplace .. also 4336..also see 4370 for the new graduate seafarers.
also see 10 new local apprentices 4451.
PORT: Latest DWDR news and drone pictures...see 4330.
DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.
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The Costa Rican Star gets ready for departure yesterday in the rough conditions around 1pm. Several ferries were delayed around that time due to the rough seas and as a consequence the local traffic became congested. You can see how rough the sea is in the background. Both tugs were in active assistance. I believe there was a Force 8 in play at the time..even holding the camera steady was a challenge. The tugs got the Costa Rican Star safely on her way to Antwerp.
Cant say I have noticed the Costa Rican Star before, perhaps she is a new visitor. Found out a little bit more about her via the general internet...and quite an interesting tale here about her eventful recent journey.
On Jan 27, 2014, around 7:30 ,a.m. the "Costa Rican Star" notified the CROSS Joburg about losing two empty containers. The reefer was located west of the traffic separation scheme of the Caskets, about 50 nautical miles west of Cap de la Hague (Cotentin). The CROSS Joburg immediately informed the vessels transiting the area. The maritime prefecture then issued an urgent notice to mariners.
The Maritime Operations Centre deployed an EC 225 helicopter of the French Navy base in Maupertus to investigate the situation. Due to the relatively accurate initial position provided by the ship the helicopter crew quickly identifed the two containers and marked the boxes with a tag which allowed the maritime prefecture to track the containers in real time and thus avoid collisions. Around 6:20 p.m., the beacons ceased to work so it was very likely that they sank. The "Costa Rican Star" which was enroute from Dakar, where it had sailed on Jan 21, to Antwerp where it was expected on Jan 28, docked at Dover port on Jan 27 around 10.20 p.m. "
And speaking of all things maritime.. as we do. Here is an interesting and related press release from DDC...
VIKING RECRUITMENT STARTS CONSTRUCTION
OF MARITIME SKILLS ACADEMY
A £6.5 million investment in state-of-the-art facility provides a boost to local economy.
Dover based Viking Recruitment Ltd has started construction of a state-of-the-art maritime training and conference facility at its head office on the Beechwood Business Park in Dover. The Maritime Skills Academy will include a specialist fire fighting and a sea survival centre with wave pool and accompanying environmental effects. The new complex will meet the increased demand for such training with new regulations coming into force in 2017 requiring all seafarers to undertake increased training as well as refresher training every five years.
In addition to providing safety and sea survival training, the centre will also feature numerous training rooms for professional development, simulator training equipment, a conference provision for 120 people, modern kitchens, a restaurant, and coffee shop/bar, all utilised for maritime hospitality training. The Maritime Skills Academy also provides a boost to the local economy, as trainees will require accommodation in local hotels and B&Bs.
Viking Recruitment, established in 1988, has secured financing for the development along with an initial interest free loan of £1.3 million from the East Kent Expansion Fund, part of the £40 million Regional Growth Fund.
Dieter Jaenicke, Chairman and Founder of Viking Recruitment, said: “Dover has a rich seafaring heritage with many people employed in the maritime industries across East Kent. Up until now, they have had to travel further afield and even abroad for such training, but from 2015 they will be able to train here in Dover. The new centre will also provide an important showcase for maritime careers to young people whether at sea or ashore.”
Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is another example of renewed investor confidence in the Dover District. Viking Recruitment has built a strong business in Dover, and has spotted a great opportunity to expand their business and build on Dover’s reputation for maritime innovation and excellence.”
Interesting post below there Ken. Yes its a lovely ship, let's hope they can get that item attended to fairly swiftly. Yes you are indeed a busy continental traveller, good luck with all that. Hope weather will be reasonable in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 07:49
Ken Tranter, Dover (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As someone who uses P&O at least once a week I am always conscious of following safety announcements and signage, but I was horrified at a sign on the truck deck of the Spirit of France. It was printed on a note pad sized piece of paper and sellotaped to the bulkhead door and bore the wording TO BE KEPT CLOSED AT SEA.
I would have expected a more permanent sign but this is classic spoiling the ship for a 'happorth of tar.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 09:14
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Top picture shows the Berlioz heading over to Calais guided by a rising sun.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 07:56
Hello Antony in London.
There is passenger traffic coming and going only from the Eastern Docks these times. But these Eastern Docks are very big and very busy...carrying more passengers and freight than ever. The western docks have not been used for the general passenger since the demise of the hovercrafts and seacats etc. Although over on the far western arm of the harbour is where you will find the two cruise terminals. As I understand it these are clearly marked when approaching by car.
Monday, 27 January 2014 - 15:14
antony, london, england
We are a private taxi company and we are looking for brief instructions on the pickup and drop off procedures at Dover.
Am I correct in assuming passengers both arrive and depart from the eastern and western docks? Also is there a third cruise terminal?
Thanks in advance for any help and information.
Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:18
Have also watched the video very sad to see its end that way, and seeing the picture below of her last working day, it must in its working life have carried so many across the channel to many destinations. Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:11
re pride of calais,it was a nice piece of parking too, a sad end really.
Monday, 27 January 2014 - 13:58
Colette that's a good finale to the story about the lost wallet, a wallet which seemed to have considerable content, so I bet the person herself was glad to get it back untouched as it were. It was extraordinary to see it lying there mid carpark. But all win as you say, and even the Pilgrims Hospice wins too...excellent.
Further to the videos about the beaching of the Pride of Calais. Here is another chance to see her on her last working day. We have used the picture before..and indeed we have other similar ones too, but here she is again on 20 October 2012 on her final working arrival into harbour complete with two trucks on her nose.
Of course P&O have arguably the most modern fleet and below we see one of her steady working replacements in fine action. yes its the Spirit of France photographed last week after her return from refit.
Monday, 27 January 2014 - 07:29
Just watched the video that Brian posted on the Pride of Calais, very sad indeed but I guess inevitable, she was such a popular ferry in her day.
Pity we didn't bump into you on Friday Howard, fancy that, you & PaulB taking a snap of the Survey Vessel, Sea Vigil, on the same day. Indeed a good photo but lucky he took it before he sampled the delights of Cullins ie the wine cellar
Just thought I would mention that we found a wallet outside De Bradelei on the day which I handed in to the store. The owner phoned me later & she made a donation on my behalf to a charity of my choice to say thank you, so a win win for her, me & the Pilgrims Hospice at Ashford Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 15:54
Well there you are Howard. You know what they say...great minds think alike !
Always meant to photograph the Sea Vigil but never got round to it but when I saw your mention the other day I put it on my to-do list.
Karlos yes Mike mentioned that beaching a few days ago and I see there is now a film of the beaching on the main forum under the heading...
Pride of Calais. Spectacular stuff ! Not able to do films on this page.
Good story there Mark. Like it. Quite a few years ago they used to do the Dance to France thing. It wasn't long after I moved here to Dover and I used to notice loads of girls all dressed to kill heading towards the ferries on Saturday nights. Wasn't sure what was going on, twas a headscratcher for sure...but in due course I twigged. It was disco fever!
Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 08:01
howard mcsweeney, dover
stone me paul i took exactly the same photos as you from the de bradelei boardwalk yesterday, didn't come out as well though.
Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 19:26
Mark Rushton, Northants
The chat about dancing your way across the channel reminded me of a couple of times in the 1970s when I was dragged along by my parents to staff disco's for BR Sealink employees and hangers-on (my mum worked for the Government statistics unit that still conduct passenger interviews on the boats today). These were held on the car deck of one of their ferries laid up for the winter in Wellington Dock. Clearly I was too young to consume alcohol - certainly in such close proximity to my parents - so for me the events held limited appeal - but the grown ups seemed to have fun !
Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 12:30
Re the Pride of Calais at the scrap yard - never seen anything like that before.
Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 11:06
Howard mentioned the survey vessel currently residing in the marina the other day, and there she is above, picture taken yesterday from Cullins Yard..where one was sampling the local delights...It was a cold oul day but one bravely ventured forth with camera onto the dockside to get the pic..
I believe the vessel, called the Sea Vigil, is for sale at 125,000...
"David Abels built survey vessel dating from 1991, one of a series manufactured for the Environment Agency installed with equipment specifically used for survey purposes. Fitted with twin economical Perkins Sabre engines, this craft has good range of around 1000NM and excellent working areas both undercover and deck areas. Complimentary equipment is positioned on the working deck for ease of access and management. "
The wider view of the marina below looking into the late afternoon sun. Still plenty of yachts and so on to be seen.
Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 08:24
Thanks Jan - glad you like the pic. That was nature as it was this morning, directly from the camera. Not touched up in any way.
I wrote that romantic vision stuff earlier but it didn't last...look at this..
Yes its the Coral Water as mentioned in the picture earlier, well it broke down an hour or two later. It went out into the open sea and before long the two tugs were called to tow it back in...looking a tad..ermm knackered to use the technical term. Reality alas in slate grey.
You can just see the tow rope there above.Friday, 24 January 2014 - 17:58
Jan Higgins, Dover
That is an absolutely stunning picture Paul.Friday, 24 January 2014 - 11:03
This is the scene at harbour entrance no more than a few minutes ago as I write. Great colours see the P&O Spirit of France off on her journey while the same sky greets the Coral Water to another long day as she moves slowly across the harbour.
Have more general information coming through shortly. At the moment getting to grips, or trying to, with a new computer and software. Mindboggling..
While transferring old pictures I noticed some old ones from 7 or 8 years back that might be of the Pride of Calais...will check. Might be worth a look. Will try and find that video on YouTube Mike.
Vic...funny story that. I can just imagine boxers trying to pursue their craft in rough weather...balance would go all to hell for sure..indeed it would turn the contest into something of a dance so probably best to stick to the Dancing on the high seas as mentioned by Andrew below.
Friday, 24 January 2014 - 08:18
Mike J., Dover
For video footage, filmed from ashore, of the spectacular beaching of the PRIDE OF CALAIS/OSTEND SPIRIT at the Turkish scrapyard go YouTube & do a search on -
'M/F OstendSpirit - SelimSan - Beeching / Aliaga'
There are also several clips on YouTube that will probably pop up, filmed from aboard the CALAIS.
A sad but inevitable end to a popular ferry.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 15:24
Vic Matcham, River Dover
Talking about the times that they held danceing to and from France,well also we held boxing matchs as well the boxing was held on the car deck when we got to France,but one time the boxing was running late and the ship left port when the last bout was on ,it was fun to see the boxers trying to get their footing right with the ships movements it was hard to stay on their feet,in the end we had to stop the fight and call it a draw.Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 08:12
NOW WITH THE LATEST NEWS ON THE NEW PORT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES... (see the other appointments further below )
NEW INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN ELECTED FOR PORT USERS GROUP
The newly formed Port Users Group (PUG) has elected its first Independent Chairman and Vice-Chairman as the Port’s determination to transform the way in which it listens and consults with its key customers and Port users takes a further step.
James Ryeland, Managing Director of Dover Cargo Terminal operator George Hammond PLC, is the new Chairman and he will be supported by Robert Hardy, General Manager of MOTIS Freight Services Agency. Port users from the Eastern and Western Docks, James and Robert represent two key businesses within the Port and therefore a strong voice for all users.
The PUG provides a valuable platform for port users to debate issues of mutual interest. The new roles will support Port users in establishing a meaningful and independent engagement with the Port on what really matters to them as customers.
James Ryeland said: “I am delighted to undertake this important new role on behalf of all Port users. Together with Robert, I fully intend for the PUG to become a forum that is greatly valued by all participants in strengthening and nurturing positive relationships with the Port.”
Reflecting the breadth of Port interests as well as the Port’s desire for inclusive discussion, the PUG consists of ferry operators, cruise lines, the cargo terminal operator, sister ports, tenants, other local port users, cleaning and security contractors, freight agents, emergency services, trade associations and relevant government agencies.
Robert Hardy added: “I look forward to supporting James in establishing the PUG as a vital tool in working towards a collective voice for Port users and a partnership for mutual success.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added: “The election of James and Robert is a clear sign of our commitment to open, trusting and meaningful dialogue with all of our Port users as we work together in becoming the best port in the world.”
PORT AND COMMUNITY FORUM ELECTS POPULAR INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN
The Port and Community Forum (PCF), the group that is seeking renewed, positive and vibrant community engagement with the Port, has elected Derek Leach as its first ever independent Chairman following an anonymous ballot.
Mr Leach, Chairman of The Dover Society and a well respected member of the local community, will be supported by a new independent Vice Chairman, Dick Fuller, one of the two recently elected local representative members of the public. Together, they will lead the direction of the PCF as it works to deliver transformational projects for the benefit of Dover together with the Port.
Reacting to his appointment, Mr Leach said: “This is a golden opportunity that Dick and I intend to embrace enthusiastically. Over the last few months there has been an immense change for the better at the Port in how it has committed to its community. Now it is time for the community to build on that momentum to deliver the partnership for Dover that all members of the PCF and the Port wish to see. This is a role that I take incredibly seriously as we keep Dover’s interests at the heart of all we set out to do.”
The PCF is already developing a heritage strategy for Dover with practical projects that will deliver positive change. This is part of the group’s commitment to pursuing a future for Dover that is exciting and transformational for Dover as a whole.
Dick Fuller said: “As an independent local community representative, my role is to bring the views and ideas from the local community to the PCF. I look forward to supporting Derek in making things happen for Dover together with the people of Dover for whom we wish to make a difference.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added: “I am delighted for Derek and Dick and believe that their experience will be invaluable in taking the PCF forward independently but with the full cooperation and positive input of the Port. This is a critical group for us as we look to build on the vision that, together with our community, we are all working towards.”
Interesting one on the DANCE TO FRANCE Andrew. Good luck with that.
Top pictures show the Hansa Lubeck arriving a day or two ago...the buoyant cargo turnaround continues..
Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 06:23