Friday, 18 January 2019
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BREXIT READY statement from Port of Dover/DFDS/P&O Ferries see 6021.
P&O Spirit of Britain - notable Cyprus reflagging see 6017.
Deal Pier Kitchen restaurant opens 6016.
Charlie Elphicke MP - making our borders stronger, safer 6014.
BORDER FORCE SEARCHER and migrant boat.. see 5969 below..
Port of Dover supports Women in Maritime 5975.
Christmas Lifeboats in Ramsgate see 5937.
P&O: Britain's Favourite see 5922.
DFDS: Voted Worlds Leading Ferry Operator...see 5918..
Charlie Elphicke MP: Migrant Crisis 5894.
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.
The Royal Navy - HMS Mersey off Dover.
Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881, 5882 ...
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.
DFDS: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 5831.
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812. see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.
Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.
DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.
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Another picture of the fender as mentioned in the earlier posts (946 in particular). This shows the severed section lying on the pier (ED9 or Dover 9) yesterday afternoon. Pier ED9 is back fully operational despite the loss of said fender. I initially thought they must have welded or fixed it back in place so that the pier could again be operational, but no they made it operational without doing so. Once again hard to give the scale but as mentioned before the fenders are large...that looks like a man sized booth to the left which gives an idea of scale. You can also see its previous location on the face of the pier below.
Oh dear an interesting if dangerous tale there below Vic. Sounds like a bit of a nautical nightmare. Glad you got out of that nasty situation okay.
Good to have you still with us today for sure..
Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 06:51
vic matcham, Dover
Some years ago I was called to a ship out of Ramsgate it was berthed the otherside,
They had holed just above the water line .
It was midnight when I went over the side on a rope ladder to weld it up.
I had a watchman on deck ,he went for a cup of tea, crew not seeing him thinking job done matcham back on deck so they sailed off with me hanging on over the side still .
I am lucky to live to tell the story .
They had to hold me back after I went after the watchman.
Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 06:13
vic matcham, Dover
Indeed Paul I love looking at the photos of the work being carried out and my kind of work to ,
As I said I do miss it all and if it had not been for my legs I would still be doing it.
I was asked only last week if I could do some welding down at the western end of the port but I had to say no but nice to be asked,
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 07:58
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
DFDS Seaways named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at World Travel Awards
DFDS Seaways was named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the European leg of the 2014 World Travel Awards in Athens, Greece (2 August 2014). It is the eighth consecutive year that the ferry company has been recognised for its outstanding service at the World Travel Awards.
The 2014 World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry and the premier industry awards programme, with the winners decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers. The cruise and passenger ferry firm fought off competition from rival firms Brittany Ferries, Color Line and P&O Ferries.
The award-winning ferry company puts its success down to its quality onboard offering with restaurants, bars, live entertainment, children’s play areas and exceptional customer service. The operator also offers a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg p roviding a gateway to Europe.
Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways, comments: “We're incredibly proud to be recognised by the World Travel Awards as Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator. We strive to always deliver the very best service to our passengers and act as a gateway to Europe. This award recognises the commitment and hard work of our staff who all contribute to delivering an outstanding passenger service across the UK.
“We’ve also got our fingers crossed ahead of the Grand Final Gala Ceremony, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on November 29, where we are nominated in the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ category.
The World Travel Awards, founded in 1993, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Ends.
Top picture shows Andrew Crowe Head of Sales at DFDS SEAWAYS receiving the Award.
The AIDA Stella moving slowly into position upon its arrival early yesterday morning..
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 06:59
Howard McSweeney, Dover
Mike/Ray's photos have cleared up the confusion on the main forum "Spirit of Britain" thread.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 20:02
A great bit of info in the post below Mike, great stuff, now we are clear as to what happened. Thanks to Ray for the pictures. Excellent. The berth ED9 is now open again and fully functional but before it was I got the following pictures of all the activity yesterday afternoon and early evening...wasn't really sure what I was photographing at the time but went for it anyway. Here is a selection..
Those fenders are very large, almost larger than they look at first glance, but when you see them in relation to the cars/van/men on the pier it shows the scale. For an aerial map of the piers see Ed Connells post 815 now on Page 7.
Thanks Vic, I am sure you will be liking the engineering info and pictures currently showing.
AIDA Stella coming in...Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 06:16
Mike J., Dover
If you look at PaulB’s photo of the arrival of the PACIFIC REEFER in post 944 you can see, above the two holes in the pier, that one of the vertical black rubber fenders is missing - it’s location is marked by two square marks on the concrete & there are four more fenders to the right of it.
This is the site of the fender & its mounting bracket that fell into the dock after being struck by the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN.
I have just been sent a photo of the fender mounting bracket laying on the quayside after being recovered from the seabed.
Also one of the very neat repair to the stern of the BRITAIN - it looks like a giant steel Elastoplast !
Both photos © Ray Goodfellow.
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 23:46
vic matcham, Dover
Thanks again some great photos of our world beating port working 24/7 never sleeps .
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 20:07
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
It’s easy to see that summer starts at the Port of Dover....
More than 250,000 passengers sailed to mainland Europe from the Port of Dover at the start of the summer holidays on Dover’s luxury ferries.
Over 60,000 tourist vehicles (cars, campervans, coaches and motorcycles) travelled through the Port of Dover with 278,000 passengers (including freight), proving once again that summer begins at the Port of Dover. The Port of Dover summer getaway service continues to lead the way on the cross-Channel route with the Port taking over 55% of the tourist market during the key first holiday weekend since schools broke up.
Overall passenger numbers are 3.3% up year to date at Europe’s busiest ferry port, having also recently seen a record number of freight vehicles depart through the Port earlier this month (9 July).
Shaun Pottage, Finance Director, Port of Dover, says: "Ferry passengers are experiencing a quality service, a dedicated team and what is really a mini cruise across the Channel to start their summer holidays. We are making great strides towards achieving our commitment to be the Best Port in the World for the benefit of our customers and community and the volumes of people choosing the Port of Dover illustrates this.”
Figures are for week beginning Wed 23rd July – Wed 30th July.
We saw the earlier report on the record increase in freight too..see 883..
and likewise with the cargo ships too, ever busier. Yesterday sunday was a very busy day. One ship out and the next one comes right on in..the Columbian Star out followed by the Pacific Reefer in. Keeping all in Port very active, including the busy busy tug crews.
Columbian Star departing above, and the Pacific Reefer arriving below.
Yes the Spirit of Britain has left the Port. Reversing across the harbour at 10.10pm last night. It appears to be back in service.
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 07:13
thanks paul,the spirit of brittain has now left the cruise terminal.
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 06:17
Mike J., Dover
Sunday evening - PRIDE OF KENT is back on the run but the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN remains on Cruise-1 after problems docking in No.9 berth on Saturday evening.
No.9 berth is out of action.
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 20:20
Oh dear! that's a bit nasty Brian. Well done finding that.
Looks like the ship will be laid up for a while. Good spot Mike that they were both out of action. Several P&O customers on twitter are disgruntled with the resultant delays on a hugely busy weekend, particularly as nobody is informing them of the situation on the ground. So the word is anyway.
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 20:02
the secret hole that no one is supposed to know about.Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 19:36
rumor has it the Spirit of Brittan has a hole at the stern end, hit something or other.
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 16:38
Mike J., Dover
Ferries are occasionally taken out of service for short periods for maintenance or repairs but it is a little unusual to see two off service at the same time.
Early Sunday saw the PRIDE OF KENT & the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN ‘on the wall’
But Saturday night is usually the quietest night of the week.
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 06:52
Here we have The Ryndam's arrival early Saturday morning...the ship was greeted by the sun rounding the headland in spectacular fashion and lighting the port and harbour with a dynamic and warm glow. A nice arrival for the passengers. Welcome to Dover.
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 11:58
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
The following is a press release from Dover District Council...
AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT AREA REVOKED
AT THE PORT OF DOVER
Dover District Council is lifting the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) at the Eastern Docks relating to levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2) from shipping at the Port of Dover - the revocation of the AQMA takes effect from Friday, (1 August).
The AQMA at the Eastern Docks was set up in June 2002 after air quality monitoring showed levels of SO2 higher than Government objectives. The AQMA was declared following public consultation.
Since 2002, and following changes in EU Directives, sulphur emissions from ferries using the Port of Dover have reduced. Data collected by DDC shows that recorded SO2 levels have not been over Government objectives since 2006. This was reported to DEFRA, and the Council stopped monitoring sulphur dioxide levels at the docks in January 2013. Further reductions in sulphur content in fuels are proposed to be implemented from 1 January 2015.
For more information on air quality monitoring in Dover District, please see the DDC website at www.dover.gov.uk/Environment/Environmental-Health/Home.aspx or see the Kent Air website at www.kentair.org.uk
Is the above a good move ??
Line of pollution.
Ah yes we remember the Azamara Journey..
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 06:08
jason , parker (offico@cruisebriatin .org)
I wouid like to visit you name azamara journey dover
Friday, 1 August 2014 - 16:52
Our old friend the Esmeralda (the bells..the bells...) is in a spot of bother. It seems vast quantities of cocaine (40 kilos) with a street value of millions of pounds has been found amongst the bananas by the UK Border Agency. The Border Agency has been very vigilant locally in recent times and they would regard this as a massive coup, a massive success. The ship had come from South America with its crop of bananas and was heading via Dover to Rotterdam. The Netherlands are known for a somewhat more relaxed approach to drugs but not so here in the UK and the drugs were of course seized.
The seizure took place Wednesday night we understand.Friday, 1 August 2014 - 16:07
A mid morning shot of the Crystal Serenity which shows the ship in better lighting..'tis a little bit brighter anyway than in the earlier low-light picture taken at 05.30. Bit of a shock being up and picturing the arrivals that hour of the morning indeed Mike. In fact it was pot luck seeing it first thing. A nice looking ship though - good to see it here. Good capture that of the departing Saga Sapphire, missed it completely myself. Also....there has been no further news as far as I am aware re the body in the water report...may have been a false alarm. I wonder if someone mistook the tiny canoe/dinghy shown below for...Friday, 1 August 2014 - 11:00