Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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Christmas Spectacular at the Port 6648.
MP Charlie Elphicke moving aside for wife..see 6646.
P&O: St Richards School trip to Calais for 6 year olds see 6630.
DFDS: Contract Cancelled see 6626.


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Post 1411
  brian, trapped dovorian.
some bad news the rodin has gone for refit. one less big ferry to cart off these infernal lorries.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 10:22
 
Post 1410
  Sea News, Dover


Look at this beast. This great ship moved down the channel on Tuesday heading for foreign climes. At the time of launch in 2013 she was the biggest ship in the world...

"MV Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller is the lead ship of Maersk's Triple E class of container vessels. At the time of its entry into service in 2013 it was the largest ship in the world, it had the largest cargo capacity of any vessel, and was the longest ship in service worldwide. Constructed for Danish company Maersk by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, it was launched in February 2013 and entered operational service in July 2013. It was named after Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the CEO of Maersk between 1965 and 1993.The ship is the first of a class of 20 identical vessels. "

See also Ed Connells post number 1265 for another of the Triple E's...
See also 1305.

I noticed late yesterday as it was getting dark, too late for a picture, that the Nord Pas de Calais, the familiar ol' warhorse, was back in action. The picture above is from a recent time but as the traffic situation is still very bad with trucks still queuing all through the night, spare a thought for the poor trucker, the extra capacity will help for sure.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 08:53
 
Post 1409
  Sea News, Dover


Vic I think you make a fair point there. Reduce capacity in any sector and this is what we get...and of course the citizenry of Dover feel the brunt of the disruption. The Tunnel is still in turmoil and with a couple of ships down here at Dover the result is what you see. Without MyFerryLink surely this chaotic situation would go on.

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Operation Stack Phase Two in place.
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Phase Two of Operation Stack was put in place on the M20 southbound in the early hours of Wednesday 21 January due to reduced capacity at the Channel Tunnel.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoining the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway.

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.

What is Operation Stack?

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network. It is only introduced as an emergency measure after consultation with other agencies and implemented following a thorough assessment of issues, including safety concerns and disruption on the road network.

Check with your operator
Contact your travel operator before setting off on your journey. Here are a few useful numbers:
Eurotunnel - call 08444 630000.
Eurostar - visit www.eurostar.com
The Port of Dover - call 01304 240 400 or visit www.doverport.co.uk


...the message above is from Kent Police.

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Good selection of pictures below there Mike. Yes indeed I bet it was rather cold down there on the Prince of Wales Pier...brrrr ! PB




Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 14:40
 
Post 1408
  vic matcham, dover
With all what is going on tells me we still need all the ferry companys working just think if My Ferry Link had already gone there would have been 3 less ships that means the hold ups would have been longer .Smiley It is crazy to get rid of one company they are all making money and giving locals a job .JusSmileyt crazySmiley

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 11:36
 
Post 1407
  Mike J., Dover
The elderly self-discharging bulker HENRIETTE [built 1971] came into Dover for bunkers late Monday night & docked on Cruise-2.

She rather unsportingly sailed on Tuesday morning while I was trudging up an icy Prince of Wales & I had to make do with the tug AFON CEFNI who was berthed on the Ad.Pier.

The HENRIETTE has been involved with rock-dumping operations down at Dungeness & the AFON CEFNI has been popping down there to help out from time to time.

In Wellington Dock the Environment Agency’s survey vessel SOLENT GUARDIAN was tied up ahead of our old friend TOPLIFT who has been laid up there since she was involved in the Southern Breakwater reairs a few months back.

Looking at her AIS track on Marine Traffic the SOLENT GUARDIAN was heading upchannel from the Eastbourne area & passed Dover during Monday night, but changed her mind off Deal & came to Dover instead.

Oddly her AIS information has her as a ‘Law Enforcement Vessel’

















Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 00:56
 
Post 1406
  Sea News, Dover


Port of Dover Remains Resilient
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Passengers stranded by the problems with Eurotunnel over the weekend were offered a safe alternative to reaching their destinations by the Port of Dover and its world renowned and reliable ferry services.

Over the weekend, the Port of Dover and its three major ferry operators provided emergency assistance in getting stranded Tunnel passengers across the Channel. The Port continued to maximise available capacity for the additional traffic whilst maintaining a first class service for customers already heading to Europe’s busiest ferry port. Nearly 35% extra traffic resulted in increased ferry services over the weekend to cope with the stranded travellers.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s Chief Executive, believes the Port reacted in very quick time to assist the hundreds of passengers and freight vehicles caught in the Eurotunnel problems:

“Despite the increased number of customers heading through the Port, we succeeded, along with our ferry partners, in providing a safe and reliable service to help those passengers frustrated with their travel issues. Our staff embraced the challenge and passengers have expressed their appreciation of the extra effort made to keep them informed. We were happy to help those who passed through the Port and hope we managed to rescue travel and commercial plans.”

As Europe’s busiest ferry port, Dover is used to handling large volumes of traffic heading across the shortest route between the UK and mainland Europe.

ENDS




The ferries above working hard as ever but despite that we still have a freight backlog this morning tuesday with trucks extended back as far as this eye can see. We are several ships down at the moment too so it doesn't take much to cause the build up of commercial freight and with the tunnel also in backlog....well...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 09:06
 
Post 1405
  Sea News, Dover

Yesterday sunday was slate grey and dismal all day, so the two images above are from the much more dramatically coloured satuirday morning when the sun rose in spectacular blinding fashion....as you can see here. Hopefully the ferry captain had his Ray-Bans on as he powered towards the all conquering sun hovering over the sleeping Calais.

Sunday morning below and the Lifeboat was back in action in further training. Conditions were cold and grey but we got this shot below while they paused in the procedure. While this was all a-happening.. further out in the cold grey channel the glorious Queen Victoria passed by. One could hardly get an image through the gloom but with much camera dial manipulation we just managed to capture the 90,000 tonner as it headed to Southampton. Sea News also had the Queen Elizabeth a while back too...very impressive.




Don't miss the FREE WINE offer with P&O below....Smiley



Monday, 19 January 2015 - 07:54
 
Post 1404
  Sea News, Dover

SIX FREE BOTTLES of WINE with P&O FERRIES DAY TRIPS Smiley
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FREE WINE !

Book a Dover to Calais daytrip with P&O Ferries and receive six free bottles of Vive La Vie red, white or rosé.

Fares are from £24 return for Sunday to Friday departures or £29 return for Saturdays when travelling with a car and up to 9 passengers.

The offer is available from now up until the 27 February at www.POferries.com by using discount code DIRECTDT.

ENDS

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This is the Channel yesterday morning Friday. Get a clear day like that and you can enjoy the spectacular visuals and still pick up SIX BOTTLES of WINE absolutely free to savour later at leisure. Best deal of the moment for sure. Well done to P&O for that one.

Below another shot of the Pride of Burgundy moving across the harbour towards the cruise terminals yesterday. She has since departed. Also in the shot is the Coral Water.




Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 06:30
 
Post 1403
  Sea News, Dover

A rather weatherbeaten looking Pride of Burgundy was taken out of service earlier today about 10am. She moved across to the cruise terminal presumably for refit purposes...so that's another ship down at the moment, leaving us with even less carrier-ability taking up the backlog of freight and so on.

Some time later I took the following shot when I noticed the Lifeboat in attendance...clearly a safety drill was also being carried out. Since these pictures were taken...the ship is still in place but has turned around 180 degrees. The bow now faces France. PB.


Friday, 16 January 2015 - 15:01
 
Post 1402
  Sea News, Dover


When visibility and conditions improved a tad yesterday afternoon we were able to get the pictures above of the Calais Seaways approaching. There was a short period where the light improved and the horrendous wind dropped...but it didn't last, we still seem to be in the grip of miserable weather.

Now the picture below is not good quality and too long range... but thought it worth including nonetheless. It shows the Lifeboat powering through those same rough seas yesterday about midday.. out on a 'shout' as they say. I only spotted it at the last second and managed to grab the camera and fire across the top of one of the P&O ships. Very tough and dangerous conditions for the Lifeboat crew but if you are in distress miles out there on a very rough sea can there be a more welcoming uplifting sight? PB.



Friday, 16 January 2015 - 06:56
 
Post 1401
  brian, trapped dovorian.
operation stack was supposed to on,who are they trying to kid.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 19:14
 
Post 1400
  Sea News, Dover


Just a couple of pictures from earlier today to add to the mix. As we know the weather has been 'orrible beyond words. The shipping forecast early this morning said the Channel was going to veer between severe gale 9 and violent storm 11 earlier today...so not a recommended day on the briny for the casual rubber-legged landlubber Nosirreee ! not a day at all for those of nautical faintheart. Its a miracle how guys are able to keep anything running in these conditions, as I write now around 1500 hours ( 3pm) its a wee bit calmer...lets hope it stays that way. Huge freight backlog as we can see .. but...what can ye do.

The top picture shows the entrance to the Port at around... 09.20 this morning.,,after a very wet and rough night.
The second picture shows the trucks inching their way down the hill near Megger around midday.

Nice picture below there Ed of our old friend Esmeralda. I wont do that old one again 'The bells The bells' as its been done so often previously by yours truly..Smiley

PaulB

Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 14:51
 
Post 1399
  Ed Connell, Dover
Regular visitor Esmeralda at the DCT during a brief lull in the weather yesterday.



Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 08:04
 
Post 1398
  brian, traper dovorian.
that tweet is a right larf init.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 18:57
 
Post 1397
  Sea News, Dover
From TWITTER...3.30pm approx

Port of Dover
#PortofDover apologises to #customers & #community experiencing delays on #Dover #A20 -We are working with ferry operators to reduce impact.




Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 15:37
 
Post 1396
  Sea News, Dover
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING ... or ermm in this case...going..


Yes indeed this Russian Cargo ship the Mekhanik Semakov took shelter with us here for the past day or so. The weather in the channel was abysmal so she turned up here in Dover, presumably to get away from the terribly rough seas which approached Storm force 10 at times. She paused here with us while on her way to St Malo and she recommenced her journey yesterday afternoon...heading northwards initially before turning south for St Malo.

The picture above shows how the ferries struggled. This is the Spirit of France tackling those same rough seas. There were the inevitable delays of course and as a result we had the usual backlog of freight vehicles stretching back miles and miles.
A winters day - a calm interlude.



Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 08:25
 
Post 1395
  ColetteB, Dover
Brian Smiley

Hear! Hear! Howard, incredible valour indeed Smiley

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 16:26
 
Post 1394
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
I very nearly put my name down to volunteer for RNLI some years back,
II must have been drunk or suffering from some temporary insanity.

Those photos below show their incredible valour.

Monday, 12 January 2015 - 20:01
 
Post 1393
  brian, disgruntald dovorin.
Colette completely agree with your post..Smiley

Monday, 12 January 2015 - 19:12
 
Post 1392
  ColetteB, Dover
I just had to say what Superb photos of the Dover Lifeboat on New Year's Day shot from the small craft by Deputy Coxswain Jon Miell. I was down there myself on the day & watched the lifeboat going through its training in extremely rough conditions, those guys do a great job for sure.

It was good news to read that the Port of Dover had a 'Best Year Ever' Smiley

Then follows the depressing news about MFL which is a real downer. There is nothing good about this except a reduction of competition, choice & just more local traffic chaos which is already causing a major headache. Lets hope here is a good solution to this saga.

Monday, 12 January 2015 - 17:36
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