Monday, 28 September 2020

The Shape of Things to Come....

Trucks to the left of us...trucks to the right of us...into the Valley of Dover drove the 7,000 ..

DFDS and the Dover7 sunrise.

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Post 2228
  Sea News, Dover
To add to our woes down here on the main road, as if the situation isn't difficult enough, this thing went on fire a few moments ago as I write...I have just heard the wail of the fire engine approaching just out of view. A fire in this building is alas alas a regular occurance. PB.
Time below..

Suggestion: Demolish it and put in a 24 hour café for world-weary travellers.

Friday, 24 July 2015 - 16:13
Post 2227
  Sea News, Dover

Hi ,
With the ongoing grief at Calais and the inaction of the French government (is there one ? -- no wonder the Germans had no problems walking in 3 times) you'd think other ideas would be tried -- divert all ferries to Dunkirk ( allow P and O there too) Open up Boulogne again -- used to use it for many years up to 2009 -- Speedferries and LD lines . No big deal going to Dunkirk --we live in France and last 3 times out of 4 , before all this crap started , we arrived at Calais --operational problems and we drove the 30km or so to Dunkirk. Are some DFDS ferries trapped at Calais ? --

Dave Robinson-- 86400 St Macoux

Hi Dave - Thanks for your email above. All ferry services are operating normally now to both Calais and Dunkirk. There is a full service now to Calais by both DFDS SEAWAYS and P&O FERRIES. I hope I am not speaking too soon but the roads look a little easier today.

Never nice queuing like that Vic. Paul.

Friday, 24 July 2015 - 10:07
Post 2226
  vic matcham, Dover
Best go to Scotland.SmileyI would hate to be in a Q like that.

Friday, 24 July 2015 - 08:24
Post 2225
  Sea News, Dover

..........having a fag in the fast lane !

One guy Tweeted
"Adrian Felton: @AdrianFelton 6 hrs6 hours ago - It's taken longer to get 100 yards into @Port_of_Dover than it did to drive 100 miles. How NOT to organise things. Still no sight of check-in."

Pictures above from Midday yesterday and so it went on and on. In fairness though everyone is working very hard to do what they can, but with Channel Tunnel disruption and the sheer volume on the busiest weekend of the year.. things are immensely difficult.
Operation Stack still in place.. SEE UPDATED POST 1773 BELOW.

Friday, 24 July 2015 - 06:35
Post 2224
  Sea News, Dover

Another couple of pictures here to add to the mix. Disney's visit created great excitement once again. Top pic shows the ship (Disney Magic ) gently languishing at Cruise Terminal 2 during the morning, with our top model friend the seagull joining in the celebration ( at great expense of course ). Below we have a picture of the giant ship leaving last night. Yours truly heard the blast of 'when you wish upon a star' but somehow missed its exit. One should never take one's eye of the ball, isn't that so..but here we are out in the open sea and all's well.
Smiley PB

See about Operation Stack below...
to see our previous pictures of the Disney Magic type Disney Magic into our search engine above.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 - 07:45
Post 2223
  Sea News, Dover
Operation Stack Ongoing

Operation Stack remains in place ...

Operation Stack (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 11) remains in place following further problems at the Channel Tunnel and high volumes of freight traffic seeking to use all the Channel Ports. The Port of Dover remains open for business with both P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways operating a full service.

All coastbound freight traffic is being directed to join the back of the queue at junction 8 (Hollingbourne). Any lorries approaching the ports are reminded that, without an Operation Stack ticket, they will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8. Non-freight traffic is being directed to come off the M20 coastbound at junction 8 to join the A20 and should follow the yellow circle diversion route. Alternative routes are expected to be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Tourist traffic heading for the Port of Dover is, however, strongly advised to use the A2/M2 route, but please still allow plenty of time for your journey.

The Port and the ferry operators are together working hard to serve all customers travelling to and from the continent. We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of traffic congestion.

Customers are still advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website ( or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

Ferry Operator Contacts

DFDS Seaways
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 874 001
Tourist: +44 (0) 871 230 0440
Twitter: @dfdsseaways

P&O Ferries
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 863 340
Tourist: +44 (0) 8716 64 64 64
Twitter: @POferriesupdate


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Nice pic there from Phil..we all love the tall ships for sure. Thanks Howard as ever.
Great story Vic - all enjoyed it I'm sure. The European Seaways is operating today as you can see in major post 1769...
....but alas the seemingly ever-present Operation Stack is back with us. Sigh...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 16:44
Post 2222
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Photo by Phil Smith of the "young Endeavour" passing Samphire Hoe.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 09:46
Post 2221
  vic matcham, Dover
That was only part of the story, before we started the job,I wrote a report out on how we was going to do the job in it I wrote the men in the tank will not work more then 10mins at a time after that they get out wash put on clean working gear and take their turn working out side the tank before going in again.The report was then sign my myself the C/Engineer and my boss.Well half way into the day the crew changed over and a new one came on,a young second Engineer came to see me and told me to speed the work up as the ship was missing sailing times.I told him to go away the job will be done the way I said in my report,he was not happy and moaning in the end I told him to get out.Anyway my lads changed over after 10hours I stayed on to run the job After 18hours I said to my mate things are moving OK so I am going home for a few hours rest if you need me ring my home.Well I just got home late at night just about to get in bed and my phone went off, it was my mate on the ship he told me after I went the second engineer told him to make the lads stay in the tank for 45mins not the 10 I had told them. Right pull them out now and I am on my way back.

By the time I could there I was not a happy man on seeing that engineer I was wrong but I got hold of him and told him to------off he went and got the C/Engineer and Captain .After I showed them my report which was sigh by both P.O. and my boss the Captain turned to the second Engineer and said we need to talk ,but I never saw him again till the job was done in the way I said it was to be done.I will never forget this true story because my son was working with me and a few weeks after that he died.Sorry.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 08:49
Post 2220
  vic matcham, Dover

Seeing the Seaway on here takes me back some years when it first came into service,when it fuel up it was taking more fuel then it should have done and what had happen they had not done up some of the bolts on the pipe line and fuel was geting out to a space which was very very dark and not very big. They called me out to find a way of cleaning it all out of the space.The crew would not go in there and do it .So it left up to me and my lads to get in there to clean it all up. We could only used 25watt lights to see with ,I had to use the gas meters so we could get out if the need be.

I put rope around us so if something went wrong we could be pulled out I went in first lieing on wood with oil all round and filling up cans etc and passing them back to the next man and so on so we could get it out and into drums I had put outside the hole.

The job last over two days ,and one lad who never did this kind of thing before was behind me in the hole and he started to fight to get out that is why I had the rope round us so with the lads pulling and me holding him we did get him out,He was very sorry about it after but I told him there was no need to be sorry this kind thing happens he could not help it. So I gave him a job outside the tank. Must say it was not one of my better jobs but I had been trained up so I did know what to do.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 07:39
Post 2219
  Sea News, Dover
DISNEY MAGIC arriving as we write 06 38. Looking good...Smiley

Here we are with the latest news from P&O Ferries ......


Release time: immediate

P&O Ferries announced that the European Seaway has re-entered service on the English Channel today - ten days ahead of schedule.

The news means that P&O Ferries has a sixth ship operating on the route immediately and will be able to carry more freight customers to reduce the backlogs which have been seen in recent weeks.

Janette Bell, Commercial Director at P&O Ferries, said: "I am delighted to be able to inform all of our customers that the European Seaway has returned to service a full ten days ahead of its scheduled start at the beginning of August."

"This means that we now have a sixth ship in operation on the Dover to Calais route immediately and our freight capacity has increased by around 12 per cent to 6,000 units a day."

"Demand for cross-Channel freight transport is increasing for both structural and temporary reasons and the return of the European Seaway can only help the market to function more effectively. I would urge anyone looking to transport freight to the continent to contact us to find out more about the availability of space on the European Seaway and our five other Dover to Calais ships."

The European Seaway is a 23,000 ton ship with the capacity to carry up to 120 freight vehicles. It is expected to make eight sailings a day. The European Seaway will supplement P&O Ferries' existing five ship fleet on Dover-Calais which makes up to 50 sailings a day. This will make a total of 58 cross-Channel sailings a day - more than any other ferry company.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry operator, sailing on nine major routes between Britain, France, Ireland, Holland and Belgium. The company operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and two million freight units every year.



P&O Ferries has acted to meet strong demand in the English Channel ferry market and offer more choice to its customers by bringing a sixth ship back into service on the route.

The European Seaway - a 23,000 ton ship with the capacity to carry up to 120 freight vehicles - will return to the Dover-Calais route for the peak season from the beginning of August. It is expected to make eight sailings a day.

The European Seaway will supplement P&O Ferries' existing five ship fleet on Dover-Calais which makes up to 50 sailings a day.

From August, P&O Ferries will be making 58 sailings a day across the English Channel in total - more than any other ferry company.

Janette Bell, Commercial Director at P&O Ferries, said: "The European Seaway will give us more capacity, and better equip us to support our freight customers, at a time when cross-Channel traffic is increasing in volume. By freeing up freight space on our five other Dover-Calais ships, it will also enable us more effectively to carry tourists between Britain and France during the peak summer season."

"The route between Dover and Calais is vital to the British and French economies, to hundreds of thousands of businesses whose supply chains depend on cross-Channel travel, and to the millions of tourists whose holidays begin on one of our ferries. We are doing everything we can to ensure that this vital sea crossing functions as efficiently as possible."

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry operator, sailing on nine major routes between Britain, France, Ireland, Holland and Belgium. The company operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and two million freight units every year.


Smiley See also posts 1755, 1760, 1761.
Many thanks to P&O Ferries for the information above.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 06:40
Post 2218
  Sea News, Dover

You can only just make out the Disney Magic above there, behind the seafront wild wild flowers, but if you want to see it properly it is scheduled to be back in the Port of Dover tomorrow Wednesday...according to our listings. So as not to torture anyone mad keen to see it right now.. here's what to do, simply type Disney Magic into our search engine above and you will see all the pictures from all the team.

This is probably the last homage to the wild seafront flowers...they begin to fade away.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 18:57
Post 2217
  Sea News, Dover

LATEST: Statement from DFDS Seaways

Following a meeting at the Ministry of Transport in Paris on Monday 20 July, with the participation of SCOP SeaFrance, Groupe Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways, it has been announced that the blockade in Calais will be lifted and the port of Calais will re-open fully from 12 noon CET on Tuesday 21 July.

DFDS Seaways’ first sailing from Dover to Calais was the 10.15 from Dover on Tuesday 21 July.

Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK said: “We will continue talks in Paris in a constructive way and we are delighted that we can now resume a full service between Dover and Calais.

“Our first sailing from Dover to the port of Calais was the 10.15 today and two vessels will operate a full service on the route from this time. We are very happy to resume our normal service between Dover and Calais and our customers will no longer be affected by the industrial action in Calais.” ENDS.

Many thanks to DFDS SEAWAYS for the information. Smiley

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 11:05
Post 2216
  Sea News, Dover
Yes indeed that Red Bull event was a bit special Vic,
and yes indeed we all love the tall ships..saw some great ones in Dunkerque a few years back myself at a sea festival there, they came from all corners including fabulous ones from Russia. Dunkerque has a kind of fascination for sure.
But as we are on the tug boat theme following that Red Bull Race and to prove once again that Dauntless doesn't necessarily need wheels, here she is in close up action...these pictures by SARAH HEWES once again..

Many thanks once again to Sarah for the excellent pictures above.

Another dismal dog day afternoon in downtown Dover...the picture below shows the scene around 4pm. Strikers in dinghys shooting flares we understand blocked the entrance to the Port over there in Calais for an hour or two so even the favoured P&O couldn't get in. Result:immediate havoc... but... it did clear up.
When will it all end? PB.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 07:14
Post 2215
  brian, dover west
I see darth vader has got into ed's picture of the tall ship passing Dunkirk.

Monday, 20 July 2015 - 19:25
Post 2214
  vic matcham, dover
again great photos and nice to see the lads taking part in that eventSmiley

Monday, 20 July 2015 - 16:22
Post 2213
  Ed Connell, Dover
Tall ship Stad Amsterdam passing Dunkerque West at lunchtime.

Monday, 20 July 2015 - 13:22
Post 2212
  Sea News, Dover
And now .. some Fun and Frolics....Smiley

Turbo Tugboat competes in one of the wackiest races in the world - The ‘Do Hurry Boys’ did the Port of Dover proud last Saturday as they conquered one of the wackiest races in the on....

Four fearless friends from Port of Dover’s Engineering Services team, calling themselves the ‘Do Hurry Boys’, assembled a crack team to create Turbo Tugboat and have just competed in the Red Bull Soapbox Race, in London.

Led by Sean Foord, the Port pals – Peter Bailey, Darren Wright and driver James Morton – created a replica of the Port’s tug boats, Dauntless and Doughty, to act as their transport as they careered down a 400-metre course, reaching speeds of up to 30mph.

More than 60 teams competed in the event as judges marked participants on showmanship and creativity, as well as simply crossing the line. The event attracted teams from all over the world and was held in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, with coverage of the event filmed for television channel Dave.

You never thought they could put wheels on Dauntless did you...Smiley ??
James Morton giving it some welly...

Sean Foord, Technical Engineer, Port of Dover says:

“What a great day! Turbo Tugboat performed really well until a bale of hay got in the way. Whilst that could have been the last straw, James the pilot still managed to complete the course, all in front of twenty thousand cheering fans.

A number of colleagues worked on Turbo Tugboat, all of which was done in their own spare time – particular thanks to one of the Port’s apprentices, Jamie Ward training to become a Mechanical Technician. Everyone involved deserves credit for getting her to London on Saturday. It really was a team effort, and something we put into practice day-in, day-out working at Europe’s busiest ferry port.”

Despite a forecast of rain, the track stayed dry for most of the afternoon’s racing. This year’s winners were The Breakfast Club, entered by Absolute Radio presenter Christian O'Connell and his team, who hurtled to victory in a shape-shifting, crowd-pleasing soapbox.

Well done them lads - and girls of course! Ponder...If only that straw bale hadn't got in the way...sigh! Smiley


And now .... the real turbo tugboats in action yesterday with Saga Sapphire


Monday, 20 July 2015 - 06:58
Post 2211
  Ed Connell, Dover
Sunday afternoon. Hellas Reefer at the DCT. European Seaway and Malo Seaways on the Eastern Arm.

Sunday, 19 July 2015 - 15:41
Post 2210
  Sea News, Dover

Operation Stack Lifted

Operation Stack (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 9) has now been lifted following earlier disruption at the Channel Tunnel, the on-going situation at the Port of Calais, and high volumes of freight traffic seeking to use all the Channel Ports.

Port of Dover remains open for business with a full service operating to the Port of Calais with P&O Ferries and a full service operating to Dunkerque with DFDS Seaways.

The Port of Dover would once again like to thank Kent Police for its response in resourcing Operation Stack in order to keep traffic moving. The Port will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with all its partners in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible......

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Following along from Ed's post in 1755, here we are with another view of the European Seaways taken from around the entrance of the Prince of Wales Pier this morning....pic from the little camera. The ship was holding there for a long time, presumably to get itself back into the swing of things after the long layoff.

Thanks Jan - we will all keep right on clicking. Smiley

Sunday, 19 July 2015 - 15:14
Post 2209
  JanT, Dover
Over the last week we have had a mixture of traffic news, and some great pictures, thanks chaps for excellent information and for the great mixture of pictures.Smiley
Please keep those camera's clicking, I'm sure everyone enjoys seeing what goes on down on our lovely seafront.Smiley

Sunday, 19 July 2015 - 10:19
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