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Easter Greetings to All. Top picture taken yesterday Easter Saturday looking across the Port of Dover at the rising sun.
The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

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Post 1096
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover

Further Steps Towards Community Director Appointment

In accordance with the published timetable, the panel met at the Port of Dover on 26 August to review what were acknowledged by all present to be 27 high quality applications for the recently advertised non-executive Community Director role on the Dover Harbour Board.

Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, Tim Waggott said:

“It is very encouraging that we received such a substantial response as we continue the momentum of working together with our community to deliver for Dover. I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time to express an interest in the role for their commitment to being part of a shared vision for the future.”

Candidates who have been shortlisted will be invited for interview on the 18 or 19 September, and will be met by the panel which includes the Leader of Dover District Council, the Deputy Mayor of Dover and the local MP. Alongside these locally elected representatives, candidates will also meet the independent Chairs of the Port & Community Forum and Port Users Group as well as members of the Board’s own Nomination Committee and the Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr.Waggott added:
“Local elected representatives form around one third of the interview panel. We feel the group reflects an equitable distribution of responsibility and input between locally elected representatives, independent community and customer representatives and Dover Harbour Board itself.”

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Departure time for the great ship...yes its the MSC Magnifica moving off late yesterday in slightly blustery conditions. Turning south heading for the delightful St Peter Port in the channel island of Guernsey.

Great pictures below guys. Glad Ed was able to add that one for you Kevin.
Thanks for all the comments guys. Onwards and upwards as they say...Smiley

Friday, 29 August 2014 - 12:19
Post 1095
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Hi Ed. The dates on your photograph correspond with my voyage from Portsmouth to Plymouth on HMS Illustrious in 1983! I'm guessing the photo was originally owned by one of my fellow Sea Cadets from Dover or the unit from Rye who were also onboard.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 22:15
Post 1094
  Ed Connell, Dover
HMS Illustrious entering Dover in 1983, picked this up on eBay a few years ago.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 21:47
Post 1093
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Just checked my records and it was actually 31 years ago this week that I was onboard HMS Illustrious with Dover Sea Cadets!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 21:33
Post 1092
By far the best page for comments and photos and news about the port please keep it up. Thank you.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 19:44
Post 1091
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Congratulations, PaulB on overseeing a year of Sea News!

Today saw the decommissioning of HMS illustrious which had strong links with Dover and visited the port on two occasions I recall. She was affiliated to the Cinque Ports, and as a Sea Cadet with TS Lynx in Dover I got to spend a week onboard, sailing from Portsmouth to Plymouth.

Let's hope the Royal Navy recognise the important role that Dover and the Cinque Ports played in the nation's maritime history and pass the honour to another major warship - the new HMS Queen Elizabeth would be great, although I am not sure she would fit in the port!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 19:39
Post 1090
  PaulB, Dover
The Magnificent MSC Magnifica is in harbour today. The weather was abysmal for its arrival prior to 7am but conditions are slowly getting a wee bit better. Obviously all the very welcome visitors don't see Dover at its best in driving rain and awful visibility...the White Cliffs and Castle vanish from view for a start. But as we looks to be improving now as we write. The top picture shows its arrival early today in the slate grey rain, you can see that some of the ships lights are still visible, the picture below better shows the great ship on a previous visit.


Just to mention that this new SEA NEWS page was one year old as of yesterday. This page had been quietly languishing, no longer in use, so we re-launched it as Sea News on the 27 August 2013 and here we are one year on...busy busy and intending to keep busy. We are always interested in nautical items from contributors...just click 'add your comment' above or send direct to me Paul Boland on It has been excellent receiving all the contributions and we have been very happy to receive full info from all the main players operating in and from the harbour...the ferry companies and of course especially the Port itself. Many thanks to one and all. PB


Nice set of pictures below there Mike showing the working boats coming in and out. Smiley

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 15:12
Post 1089
  Mike J., Dover

Off to work we go . . . . .

Wednesday morning with the DOVER WORKER & the TOPLIFT en route for the Southern Breakwater & the Range Safety Vessel SMIT ROTHER heading off to defend Hythe Ranges [or perhaps Lydd ranges ?].

Quite a contrast in bows, the OCEAN PRINCESS & the TOPLIFT !

The DAUNTLESS doing her bit for the environment after helping to park AIDALUNA on Cruise-2.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 22:06
Post 1088
  PaulB, Dover
The Braemar leaving Dover a few evenings ago...heading south. Catching a ray of sunshine during the grimey weather. The cruise liner activity is still powering along in fine style with much more to come.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 17:57
Post 1087
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
A fab picture to show that Dover can look glamourous too, right up there with many of the exotic locations that all these cruise liners visit. It shows the team from the Port of Dover, Ben Greenwood PR Man on the left and the lovely Barbara Buczek Head of Corporate Affairs on the right, presenting the Master of the Sea Dream I Remi Eriksen with a plaque extraordinaire to mark the vessel's fab inaugural visit to Dover.

Don't forget the Sea Dream returns on the 30th of August...which is this coming Saturday. So get those cameras charged...yours truly is plugged in to the mains already.Smiley


Many thanks to our colleagues down at the Port for the picture above.
Thanks also for that cruise schedule again Colette. Excellent. Have changed the post number on the listings above. Some good ones coming.
AIDA Luna and Ocean Princess in harbour today.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 06:26
Post 1086
  ColetteB, Dover
And here we have the rest of the cruise schedule for August.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 26th August, the Ocean Princess returns to CT1, TR & the AIDALuna also returns to CT2, PoC.

Then on Thursday, the MSC Magnifica is back at CT2, PoC, she was last here in May this year.

No cruise on Friday

Saturday, we have a second chance to see the elegant SeaDream 1 at CT2, TR & the Ryndam is back at CT1, TR.

Finally, ending the month of August on Sunday 31st, the Crystal Symphony returns to CT1, TR & the Braemar is back at CT2, TR.

Be back soon with the September schedule Smiley

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 11:38
Post 1085
  ColetteB, Dover
Good to see The Dover Western Docks Revival going 'Full Steam Ahead' & a great pic of our MP with DHB Chairman & Chief Executive SmileySmiley

That's a cool pic of the Jet Streams MrB with the Channel 4 logo Smiley

We had a lovely day on the beach on Sunday, just got a little chilly late afternoon. Couldn't believe the change of weather in a mere few hours though Smiley
There were quite a few peeps swimming in the sea so good work by the Harbour Patrol Vessel re Jet Ski Smiley

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 11:21
Post 1084
  PaulB, Dover
Prior to the onslaught of the bank holiday monsoon which interjected a level of desolation along the seafront...there was abundant life the previous day sunday. All was jolly and busy. Swimmers aplenty as you would expect. Into this mix moved a jet ski at considerable tilt...jet skis and swimmers do not a good combination make. Within minutes almost out of nowhere the Harbour Patrol vessel came galloping across the bay and put an abrupt stop to the disappointed jet skier. Safety must prevail.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 10:38
Post 1083
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


It was out with the old to prepare to bring in the new when Dover MP Charlie Elphicke ( right) stood alongside Dover Harbour Board Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, and Chief Executive, Tim Waggott, on Friday 22 August. All three were there to start the demolition of the old Seacat berth at the former hoverport – the first physical step in the major revival plan for the Port.

The Dover Western Docks Revival project is a multi-million pound port regeneration project. The demolition of the old Seacat berth, to be completed by the end of 2014, is the first stage in a project that will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover, the old berth making way for a new cargo terminal and associated waterfront developments over the next few years.

Charlie Elphicke:
"It is a real pleasure to be here at the groundbreaking of the Western Docks Revival. It's great to see the commitment of the port to new investment and the creation of hundreds of new local jobs. There's a real sense of change and partnership with the town. New investment, new community directors and a new fund for Dover too. A partnership that can strengthen Port of Dover’s position as one of the UK’s leading ports and enhance its position as the leading ferry port in Europe.”

Tim Waggott:
“This demonstrates ongoing momentum for Dover Western Docks Revival that will bring the town and the port closer together as we develop a port that will protect our long-term port capacity and bring new business to Dover. We have spent a great deal of time discussing and debating the plan and this begins our journey to fulfilling those promises. This is a significant milestone as we continue regenerating the port.”


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This was the dazzling sky above the Port and above the Braemar Sunday morning. It must be the arrival of the colder air as all the jet streams showed up in spectacular fashion in the early morning sky. Almost unbelievable and the picture shows it exactly as was. No trickery even though there is a Channel 4 logo in the middle of it. Can you spot it? No such blinding sunlight today though for Bank Holiday Monday.

Monday, 25 August 2014 - 07:09
Post 1082
  PaulB, Dover

Meant to add this one to the mix earlier...its the Adonia of P&O Cruises making its way down the channel saturday night with France as added backdrop. Bit late in the day and the colours are very late evening but the visibility was good and here we are...would be nice if more P&O Cruise liners could come in here to see us in Dover and of course very welcome they would be. This one was bound for Southampton.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 09:13
Post 1081
  PaulB, Dover
The Ryndam a-comin and a-goin'......
The Ryndam arriving very early yesterday morning Saturday. Bleary eyed picture in a way...only goat-herders and shepherds were up and about at that hour, and of course yours truly. Always a welcome sight to see a cruise liner drifting slowly across the harbour under a big but ever so slightly chillier sky these days.
She slipped away again about 16.30..almost un-noticed as it was something of an early departure, but got a shot at the last minute with the added inclusion of the busy pilot boat darting about. The AIDA Luna left last night probably about 20.00 ( 8pm) or so with three magnificent organ-like toots but it was essentially too dark for cameras... but Howard captured the setup in the pictures below. Good ones Howard.
Yes indeed a very sad start to the weekend with that incident in Post 1012.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 06:47
Post 1080
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Not very original but was up at the castle earlier and took these.

Very sad news about the diver, the lifeboat crew would be traumatised also.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 22:23
Post 1079
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Press Release just in from DOVER LIFEBOAT:Tragic Start To the Bank Holiday Weekend 

The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat had a tragic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend when they went to the aid of a diver in difficulties on Friday evening.

Dover Coastguard requested an immediate launch following a call from a dive boat that had an unconscious male diver on board. Dover’s Severn Class Lifeboat, ‘City Of London II’ left its berth just before 2200 with a paramedic on board and met up with the diving vessel two miles off the harbour entrance. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and CPR was commenced and continued until the lifeboat was back alongside.

The lifeboat was met by medical staff from the Kent Air Ambulance which had landed close to the lifeboat station. Unfortunately despite the efforts of the lifeboat crew and ambulance staff the casualty did not recover and the matter is now in the hands of Kent Police.

All at Dover Lifeboat Station offer their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

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Condolences too from all on Sea News.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 11:22
Post 1078
  PaulB, Dover
The picture above was sent in to me a few years back from our Port of Dover colleagues just along the seafront. It shows a chap called David Anderson standing beside the aforementioned Hovercraft propeller. I use the picture now to show the scale of the propeller in relation to the size of your average citizen. Perhaps on reflection the plinth in Granville Gardens along the seafront may not be strong enough. One suspects it would need solid reinforcing. But yes Dover is the natural home for this iconic propeller...forget museums...the reputation of the Hovercraft was forged right here in the grit and spray of the Dover Strait. The propeller looks fantastic.

Here is a section of a press release from 2011 relating to the picture above:
Port of Dover welcomed hovercraft enthusiast David Anderson to the site of the previous hoverport recently. David, now 49 and pictured below, began his love affair with hovercraft at the age of five and admits to having taken over 200 hovercraft trips, many from Dover. He says; “more often than not I was fortunate to sit with the captain and the Flight Engineer.”

He was eager to see the lone propeller, the last symbol of Dover’s hovercraft era which still stands at the site of the old hoverport, up close and capture the moment through a series of photographs. Bob Goldfield, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, commented: “this chapter in cross-Channel travel fascinates many people, from the local area of Dover and much further afield. We were delighted to welcome David to the Port and enable him to fulfil his ambition of documenting this piece of maritime history.”

The picture above follows on from Mike's posting about the cranes dismantling the Seacat section. This shows the said cranes in action yesterday with the Saga Pearl II languishing quietly in the background under a menacing sky.
We received a late press release last night about this.. just come in...this will follow in due course...

The Saga Pearl II turning last evening preparing itself for immediate departure to Stockholm.
ADDED: Cruise Liners Ryndam and AIDa Luna in Port today.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 06:10
Post 1077
  Mike J., Dover
Howard / PaulB -

A quick rummage around the internet found "JAMES’ HOVERCRAFT SITE" which reckons that the propeller is awaiting transfer to the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent, the home of at least one of the Dover SRN4 hovercraft. [unserviceable].

But I agree that the seafront here at Dover would be a much better spot for it, much better than in amongst a lot of other elderly machinery.

I was chatting to the banksman at the Seacat berth site this morning & he reckons that there is several months of work there before the job is finished.
The piles will be left in situ, but cut down to a metre below low water level & divers will be needed for this job.

A second monster crane has arrived, it has a 300-ton lift & came down under its own power - the original crawler crane had to be assembled on site.

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 09:40
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