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John Mavin, Dover
Howard, that's a grain carrier called the Rimini. During the cruise closed season a lot of grain boats use the Admiralty Pier. There's easy access, a convenient weighbridge and minimal risk of the inevitable dust affecting the ferry trade.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 - 18:23
howard mcsweeney, Dover
you were quick of the mark paul digging out those photos, brought back memories.
all the best to mr dodridge for his retirement.
now a mundane one, saw this earlier and cannot work out what this vessel is for.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 - 16:01
ROBIN DODRIDGE to RETIRE March 2014
After a career at Europe's premier ferry port spanning more than thirty years, the Port of Dover today announces that Director of Corporate Assurance, Robin Dodridge, will retire in March 2014.
In paying tribute to Mr Dodridge, Tim Waggott, Port of Dover Chief Executive, said "I will personally miss Robin's great sense of humour and good judgment, and I would like to place on record my admiration for his many achievements in a long and successful career with the Port of Dover. I am sure our staff and many stakeholders will join me in wishing Robin a long and happy retirement."
Reflecting on his career, Robin said, "It has been a privilege to work with truly professional colleagues designing, building and operating the World's busiest ferry port. I am certain that going forward, Tim Waggott and the team will lead the Port from strength to strength for the benefit of both its customers and community".
The pictures above and below are from our own collection and the one above shows the Leader of Dover District Council Paul Watkins with Robin Dodridge onboard the inaugural sailing to Boulogne with LD Lines. The pictures were taken by ColetteB...I wasnt there myself but if I am remembering the situation correctly this is the ship pictured below that took them over that very day. Pictured prior to departure.
Sadly the LD route to Boulogne didnt last as we know.
Note the seagull getting in on the shot in the foreground and the anticipating passengers waiting to depart, mostly media I believe. The ship of course is the Cote d'Albatre which I later saw used as a ferry out of Dieppe.Wednesday, 13 November 2013 - 10:25
The cameras have been busy with lots of great pictures below, showing us the busy channel with all the cargo ships that pass through, and also our choppy seas, those guys sure needed some sea legs.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 13:49
Mike J., Dover
Good pix of one of the Range Safety Craft losing interest rapidly on her way down to Hythe Ranges.
They usually head off down there in the morning when the ranges are ‘active’
John M put up pix & details of them on 21/9.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 07:53
Fascinating pictures and info below lads..well done with all those. great stuff!
Look at these ones from yesterday too. Cripes!..as we used to say in olde Galway..
I was waiting to be picked up yesterday morning and was gazing blankly out on a rough ould sea, when two small near-identical motor boats came rushing out from the inner harbour and headed at speed to the open sea. As soon as they hit open water they were both tossed into the air. To the landlubber, yours truly, it looked foolhardy. I reached for the camera and took the pictures above. It was very rough out there at the time. Could hardly hold the window open or keep the camera steady.
The two boats were heading west into the teeth of it, heading towards Folkestone etc, but within minutes, say three to four minutes, they had returned back to harbour... Gave it up as a bad job I guess.Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 07:15
Mike J., Dover
I was clicking away soon after PaulB, but after the sun had risen & the dawn was a little less dramatic, but still impressive.
The DELFT SEAWAYS came in, the CALAIS SEAWAYS was pottering about in the bay & the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN was on No.9 berth.
Highly tickled by Ed's remarks about lifeboats . . . .
Monday, 11 November 2013 - 22:45
Ed Connell, Dover
Regular visitor Hansa Lubeck approaching the Eastern Entrance yesterday and securing a stern tug.
Cargoship Ivar Reefer at the Dover Cargo Terminal today, not seen this one before. Previous name still showing under the new one.
Cargoship Tingo passing Dover today on her way to Italy with a deck cargo of lifeboats, probably for a newbuilding cruise ship at Fincantieri. Can never have too many lifeboats on an Italian cruise ship, I say.
Monday, 11 November 2013 - 20:42
The stunning dawn a short while ago as I write..06.57am..on a very windy morning again. Hold on to yer hat!
A great season for both oddball and dramatic skies. Perhaps this picture above, right on cue, heralds the new dawn for the Regatta...There was a huge turnout this year for the Regatta revival and the DHB are looking to build upon that. We did carry lots of pictures from this years event but hark back now to several years ago for the following pics from the sailpast..the information from DHB below is of course right up to date.
DHB REGATTA 2014 INFO:
Plans are already underway for an even bigger and better Port of Dover Community Regatta
that will take place on Saturday 26th July 2014.
Following the success of this year’s event, the first of its kind to incorporate the district’s community safety day into a fun-packed regatta, organisers have already received an incredible amount of interest from a variety of new major attractions and local groups looking to be involved in Dover seafront’s showcase community event.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Having delivered a successful first ever Port of Dover Community Regatta, the Port, together with its partners, has always intended improving the event. Even at this early stage of planning, much work is going on behind the scenes to bring lots more fun, more activities and more entertainment for our community to enjoy. Watch this space!"
The Dover Port Dash is set to return by popular demand, and will see teams racing across the harbour in Thames Cutters to raise money for another worthy local cause. This year’s Dash raised £2,000 for Pegasus Playscheme. Those organisations wishing to compete in the Dover Port Dash or be part of Port of Dover Community Regatta 2014 are asked to email PortCommunityRegatta@doverport.co.uk in order to register their interest.
Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "Incorporating the community safety day within the Port Regatta was a great way of showing how the partnership works to make our district an even safer place in a fun family atmosphere. I look forward to watching this event build into a real celebration of Dover over the coming years."
Howard yes nature is amazing at the moment. Always spectacular this time of year and right now we have the sun rising over Calais too.Monday, 11 November 2013 - 07:43
howard mcsweeney, Dover
those clouds don't look real to me, amazing what nature throws up.
agree about the channel traffic item paul, the only thing is that it is a bit too absorbing and a lot of time can be taken up checking the vessel specifications and history.
Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 19:58
Hello MIke. Thanks for all the latest information. Yes have seen the Nedlloyd Juliana out there. In roughly the same location as the one anchored there recently ( Dubai Attraction now page 4 ) but a bit further out this time for the camera. I did manage to get a picture of sorts but very long range. Next to the Juliana is the Union Boxer tug as mentioned and coming along on the left an unknown cargo vessel approaches. They have now moved off as Mike said.
Also Mike we have an easy access to Channel Traffic already onboard. Click on the Dover.uk.com frontpage on the link in the menu left and you will see it at the tip top of page..Channel Traffic. I always use that one and it works great..thanks to our ace man Chris.
Also just to carry on with the theme of the oddest sky/cloud formations recently, here is another one to add to the mix. A very peculiar build up of cloud with a flat calm pale green sea beneath. I dunno, all looks more than a trifle weird. Pictures taken yesterday.
and another one below showing more sea this time. It rained for most of the day immediately after these pictures.
Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 06:39
Dunno whether anyone in Dover has noticed a ship out at anchor in the southwest lane, out near the Varne lightship for the last day or two.
It’s the Liberian NEDLLOYD JULIANA a smallish container ship.
She was joined during the night by the Belgian tug UNION BOXER & after a few hours they now both heading for Zeebrugge at slow speed.
It’s hard to tell whether the JULIANA is under tow or whether the tug is merely escorting her after what must have been a serious engine problem.
You can follow the ships on ‘AIS’ which I’m sure has been mentioned here before.
It's not possible to put up 'live links' here but just do a Google for 'marinetraffic'
When 'Marine Traffic' comes up just type the ship’s name into the ‘Vessel’ box & you will be transported, as if by magic, to the ship.
Clicking on her ‘icon’ can reveal all sorts of information, such as speed & destination & much else besides.
Apologies if you know this already !
Incidentally the former PRIDE OF CALAIS has arrived off Aliaga where she is to be broken as the OSTEND SPIRIT.
Currently she is still underway, waiting for the final run up onto the Turkish shipbreaking beach.
She can also be 'seen' on AIS.
Saturday, 9 November 2013 - 15:24
The Jolly Fisherman was perhaps not so jolly yesterday when the vessel needed a tow back to Port from a fair way out.
No need for Lifeboats or anything of that nature but as the sea was beginning to get choppy it could have been dangerous in time.
....but harbour patrol was on hand.
It was about 4pm and light was fading fast...but all on board appeared to be...well ..jolly! Jolly to be near Port safely.
The pictures above were taken while she was still well outside the harbour. You can just see the tow rope.Saturday, 9 November 2013 - 07:44
Well done Phil and Howard with that one. Cracking view from up there. Terrific wide sweep. Friday, 8 November 2013 - 14:54
howard mcsweeney, Dover
one from our wildlife photographer phil smith taken last week.
Friday, 8 November 2013 - 10:53
You dont need to go to these lengths to get your Christmas drinks in anymore... no sir..
( I hope someone managed to retrieve that barrel ! )
A brief note from HMRC yesterday confirmed the following..
If you are thinking of going across the Channel or North Sea to replenish beers, wines, spirits or tobacco products, there are no limits on the amounts of duty and tax paid goods you can bring back personally from another EU country, as long as they are for your own use. You may, however, be asked questions at the UK border if you have more than:
· 110 litres of beer,
· 90 litres of wine,
· 10 litres of spirits
· 20 litres of fortified wines,
· 800 cigarettes,
· 200 cigars,
· 400 cigarillos or
· 1kg of tobacco
You have to establish these quantities are genuinely for your own use.
If from outside the EU a different criteria applies.
Generous allowances indeed..90 litres of wine! That would be one heck of a Christmas !! But would you remember it afterwards!!?
Friday, 8 November 2013 - 07:22
howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting mix of photos there, well done to the harbour board people for making such an effort with the shell shocked passengers.
the choir was great stuff with a thread on the main forum.
Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 20:18
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PICTURES: top shot shows the Dunkerque Seaways ferry arriving in Dover Harbour after one of its many crossings. Bottom shot is of the tall sailing ships in one of Dunkerque's many harbours..pictured at the end of the day a few months back. Fascinating town and we will have more on Dunkerque ( Dunkirk ) in future days.
Thanks for that info Ed. Looks like that is indeed the explanation re the smoke/steam as we have heard nothing further regarding any problems.
Glad to see yourself and Colette enjoyed the Choir as did everyone else who watched. Marvellous for the town to be seen in such a light. A feelgood programme for sure.
Colette I bet it was a bit extreme weatherwise down at CT1 for the past few days. Rough oul weather and no mistake. The Port seem determined to look after the owners of those damaged cars which is great to see..and of course so do Fred Olsen themselves.
Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 06:21
Although it was a very long day yesterday at CT1, the Port of Dover & Fred Olsen Cruise Lines did a terrific job looking after the cruise passengers whose cars were affected by the storm. The occupants of each car had a dedicated member of staff looking after their needs from arranging accommodation to hired cars etc. Both debark & embark were delayed somewhat due to all manner of circumstances but the staff did a brilliant job making everyone as comfortable as possible & all went very well indeed.
Loved the choir programme on Monday night, it was great to see the P&O staff all getting together & singing their hearts out under the direction of Gareth Malone. It certainly was a real plus for Dover, if I didn't already live here I would be wanting to visit , it was a great piece of marketing for us, a real feel good factor for sure!!!
Wednesday, 6 November 2013 - 14:49
Ed Connell, Dover
At a guess, I think it might be steam being vented off by the bunker barge Syros. The heavy fuel oil (HFO) being supplied has to be kept at a very hot temperature. Maybe there was a problem with one of the huge boilers performing this function.
What a brilliant series The Choir is. It amazes me how people can be coaxed to produce such beautiful harmonies in such a short time, and how brave they all are. The programme with the P&O choir was fascinating and was a wonderful advert for Dover. Super photo from Paul as usual showing them on the seafront, our man on the spot.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013 - 10:20