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Post 1274
  PaulB, Dover
Beach Find
On Tuesday ones eye was drawn to a group of luminously clad officials looking headscracthingly bewildered on the beach. With the naked eye it looked like something long and silvery had washed up...oh nooo thought I...not an unexploded device of some short, a shell perhaps. So with tin hat donned one waited for the emergency services to arrive with wailing sirens. But... nobody came. I had taken some pictures, so at that point I examined them on the computer and realised it wasn't a device of any sort but a very big fish indeed. Porpoise like ...but definitely not a mackerel! By now everyone had left presumably to allow the tide to return the monster to the deep. Which it duly did.

Hollywood style strapline: We just don't know whats down there..Smiley

Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 06:57
Post 1271
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


Strong growth figures buoy Port of Dover.

The link between the Port of Dover and the Chancellor, George Osborne, might not seem an obvious one, but the latest figures for the Port are more than a reflection of the state of the UK economy and should be seen as an ideal barometer to measure how well the country’s economy is performing in real terms.

The Port of Dover’s 2014 third quarter results show a 3% increase in passenger numbers in comparison to last year’s figures. This was far higher than UK’s growth of 0.7% for the same period. More importantly freight (road haulage vehicles) rose by nearly 10% both on the quarter to quarter figures and on the year to date figures. These figures are a true reflection of how the Port and its major ferry customers are securing increased market share against a backdrop of overall growing markets.

· Road haulage 2014 up nearly 10% compared to Q3 2013 (64% market share)
· Passenger numbers up 3% compared to Q3 2013
· Coaches up by just over 8% compared to Q3 2013 (68.5% market share)
· Car numbers down slightly by 0.8% compared to Q3 2013 (54.7% market share)
· The number of ferries entering the port remains the same

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, sees these latest figures as hugely encouraging for the Port.

“These growth figures show that we are on the right lines with our business model and development plans for the Port. They reflect our joint commitment to providing brilliant customer service and continued investment in Port capacity. The Port of Dover is often cited as the barometer of the UK economy’s state of health and as the UK looks set to be the fastest growing advanced economy this year, our figures reflect that and show we are both on the right lines. We have ambitious plans for growth and the development of the Port for the benefit of our customers and the community.”

The Port of Dover recently confirmed the Marine Management Organisation has approved the Dover Harbour Board's application for additional powers through a Harbour Revision Order. This will now see the start of the Dover Western Docks Revival project, which should help to kick start the regeneration of the area.


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A lone yachtsman enjoys the quiet tranquillity in Dover Harbour...but the sky suggests the tranquillity wont last for long.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 07:17
Post 1270
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

These beautiful Remembrance pictures were sent across to us from our colleagues at the Port of Dover and we are very happy indeed to be able to show them. They show the moving commemorative ceremony taking place down at the Memorial in the western harbour on Sunday. The services of Remembrance this year marked the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war but of course all the fallen are always movingly remembered on this day.
Many thanks once again for these sensitively beautiful pictures.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 07:19
Post 1269
  PaulB, Dover
Picture of the scene this morning monday ( 07.40 )...very menacing skies and driving rain, with added thunder and lightning just out of shot!
See also the posts below re Dover Seaways.

Monday, 10 November 2014 - 07:41
Post 1268
  PaulB, Dover
Its one stormy morning !
Above we have a picture of the Dover Seaways against the eastern outer wall yesterday afternoon. The ship has moved away since on its way to Rotterdam presumably for repairs although it appeared from the distance that the damage was minor, although no doubt we will find out the exact situation in due course. We wish well all those that suffered the shock of it all and wish a get well soon to those that sustained injuries....and an all-round thumbsup for the responses of the crew and the emergency services.

Below we have a picture of the ship in the happier days of only last week.
Now with lightning flashing all about and thunder rattling in the ears..yours truly heads for the burbling coffee.

Monday, 10 November 2014 - 07:25
Post 1267
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


Port of Dover can confirm that an incident has occurred this morning involving Dover Seaways making contact with one of the harbour walls.

All relevant emergency services are in attendance dealing with the incident.

Our first priority is to ensure safety of all those on board the vessel. Clearly we are very concerned for the well being of passengers and crew and we are supporting DFDS and emergency services in assessing any injuries to passengers and crew.The crew of the Dover Seaways ( SEE PIC OF SHIP IN POST 1190 BELOW ) and our own team have immediately put emergency plans into practice to ensure the safety of those on board. The vessel, Dover Seaways, is safely berthed in the Eastern Docks. We praise all concerned for their swift response.

Naturally the incident will be subject to our own internal investigation and that of the appropriate statutory authorities.

UPDATE @ 11.45am

Port of Dover can confirm that an incident involving Dover Seaways is ongoing. All relevant emergency services were in attendance but have now left the scene.

All passengers and vehicles have now been discharged from the vessel. A small number of passengers and crew were dealt with by South East Coast Ambulance Service at the scene. Four of those passengers were taken to hospital for further checks; none are believed to have suffered serious injuries.

Our first priority is to ensure safety of all those involved and we are supporting DFDS and emergency services in supporting passengers affected by this incident. The crew of the Dover Seaways and our own team have immediately put emergency plans into practice to ensure the safety of those on board. The vessel, Dover Seaways, is safely berthed in the Eastern Docks. We praise all concerned for their swift response.

LATEST: The emergency is now stood down. The ferry is resting at the outer wall east.

Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 10:42
Post 1266
  PaulB, Dover
Saturday morning around 8am and one of the tugboats awaits the arrival of the Costa Rican Star, a regular visitor here to Dover. The second tug is already out in the open sea helping with the arrival. And here we see the arrival below...just as the sun bursts through in dazzling style. The weather deteriorated pretty swiftly after this though and we were back in very windy blustery conditions.. The Costa Rican Star is just this moment leaving again as I write sunday 7.40am. No dazzling sunlight today alas to help her on her way..she heads for Antwerp.

Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 07:43
Post 1265
  PaulB, Dover

A couple of blustery weather pictures above there taken yesterday. Friday was indeed a dramatically rough day and the weather threw everything but the kitchen sink at us here in Dover. There were some delays on the ferries as you would expect but all and all the Port managed very well. Its early on in winter so no doubt there will be much more of this kind of weather to come. Very dramatic picture opportunities all day but.. Note for diary: don't run out of battery power when its needed most !

Smileylol Brian you are wickedSmiley Stella and fry up in a Force 9 !!..Smiley

Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 06:19
Post 1264
  brian, dover
better to have a full English and washed down with a few pints of stella .Smiley

Friday, 7 November 2014 - 15:54
Post 1263
  PaulB, Dover
You wont be needing me to tell you at this juncture that it has been a rough ol' day, and its not over yet. The weather boffins tell us that there has been a Severe Gale 9 out there in the channel and I can well believe it. The sea is very rough indeed... rough enough to rattle Long John's timbers and no mistake. Not a day for a genteel crossing with the Pimms and cucumber sandwiches..

That's a terrific get that one in the post below Ed...the Ernest Shackleton well I never.Smiley
Just to add this extra picture here from a couple of days ago as I try to catch up with events. Its our old friend the Magellan Strait, yours truly was disappointed to miss it while in harbour as she would have turned about right under our noses. But here she is nonetheless heading off into the distance with quite a load..

Don't forget to check out those latest deals and ideas from DFDS...see post 1190.

Friday, 7 November 2014 - 15:12
Post 1262
  Ed Connell, Dover
Royal Research Ship "Ernest Shackleton" heading down the southwest lane past Dover this afternoon. Operated by the British Antarctic Survey as a research and supply vessel in the Antarctic.

Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 23:16
Post 1261
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Fall in Love with DFDS Seaways’ Autumn Offers to France
- Save £10 on a return crossing from Dover to Calais
- Exclusive discount on entry to Nausicaà aquarium in Boulogne

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, is offering passengers a range of short break offers on its Dover to Calais ferry service this Autumn.

With the mild weather and vivid colours of Autumn in full splendor, now is a great time to make a pre-Christmas break to cities, such as Boulogne, on the northern coastline of France. The leaves are not the only things that are falling at the moment, as passengers can bag a £10 saving on return crossings from Dover to Calais if you return more than five days after your departure. This offer must be booked by the 30 November for travel any time before 17 December, for a car and up to nine passengers using offer code ENAUS.

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to visit in France, then Boulogne-Sur-Mer could offer the perfect escape. One of the most famous tourist destinations on France’s northern coast, this popular bustling port and fishing town is just 22 miles from the Calais port. Dubbed the “City of Art and History”, Boulogne is home to some striking architecture, including a 13th century castle and the city’s belfry, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As an extra treat, DFDS Seaways passengers can also take advantage of our exclusive €8 discount off entry for couples or families into Nausicaà, France’s largest aquarium and Boulogne’s most popular tourist attraction.

Nausicaà is home to more than 35,000 animals from over 1000 different marine, land and freshwater species. There are more than 50 aquariums and pools in Nausicaà, and all of the signs and exhibitions are in English as well as French so you can learn as much as possible from your visit.
The €8 discount is available for all DFDS Seaways passengers who book our £10 off Autumn offer, or one of our fixed price short break crossings detailed below. All you have to do is print off your booking confirmation and present it at the Nausicaà reception.

Short break offers:
· Day trip from Dover to Calais for £19 each way for a car up to nine passengers. Book by 30 November using offer code EDAYCB. You must return the same day, on or before the last crossing to take advantage of this offer
· 3-day fare from Dover to Calais for £24 each way for a car and up to nine people. Book by 30 November using offer code E3DAYCB. You must return on or before the last crossing 3 days after your departure.
· 5-day fare from Dover to Calais for £28 each way for a ca and up to nine people. Book by 30 November, using offer code E5DAYCB. You must return on or before the last crossing five days after your departure.

Our ferry from Dover takes just 90 minutes to arrive in Calais, meaning you can get straight onto the road and continue to your destination. The port is conveniently located with easy access to transport and motorway links to the rest of France, plus with 20 daily sailings between Dover and Calais, you can be sure to find a crossing at a time that suits you.

The crossings on our route from Dover to Calais are short, but there is still plenty to do onboard to keep you busy. While you sail why not relax in our onboard bar and catch up on the latest news or sports, have a bite to eat at our self-service restaurant or cafe or just enjoy the view from our outdoor deck area? With our dedicated children’s area, there is plenty for everyone to see and do.

To find out more information, visit, or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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Many thanks to DFDS for the above information. Great ideas there for colourful autumn travel. Don't forget to quote the offer codes when booking.
Yours truly often enjoys the best of Boulogne and surrounding coastline and for years one couldn't keep ones daughter away from the dazzling delights of Nausicaa. We took that picture of the shark there several years ago and it looks just as menacing to this day !

Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 07:04
Post 1260
  PaulB , Dover


Just before lunchtime on Tuesday this young lad featured here dropped a dinghy, with the help of a friend, into the water from the small pier. It looked precarious to say the least as he tried to get onboard. He managed to do it, but a short time later in the swell was swepped into the troubled waters at the corner as shown.. and couldn't get out. Fortunately some of the experienced seasoned guys in the larger boats out in the harbour recognised there was a dangerous situation taking place. First on the scene was a boat which is I understand usually involved in the channel swimming, then shortly afterwards the harbour patrol guys you can see in the pictures above. The upshot was that they managed to get a tow to the dinghy..pull him free from the treacherous corner and it all ended safely, but looked a dangerous situation for a while.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 - 15:20
Post 1259
  PaulB, Dover

The two pictures above are once again from Sunday, we have an over abundance of pictures at the moment so bear with..its taking a while to get everything on show. These pictures above show one of the P&O Spirits, probably the Spirit of France , battling its way over to Calais on sunday afternoon. I was trying to get pictures of this ship when out of the blue, the misty blue, came a warship right into the picture. Not sure whose navy ?? as nothing showed on the Channel Traffic System ( see top of our sister channel ). You can see how rough the sea was at the time and it continues to be turbulent. Pictures are a bit grainy sadly as taken at very long range and in poor conditions but worth showing.

Below we have both tugs from yesterday Monday. The ferries were needing help and the tugs were delivering in the very strong winds. You can see them here nestling together between jobs as the strong winds whip across the harbour right to left, west to east.

Yes Barry it was a rough arrival for Elvira. Thought at one time we might be losing one or two of those containers as it really was bad...but all was okay in the end.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 - 06:31
Post 1258
  Barry W-S, Dover
Great Photo PaulB of the container ship battling against the storm, seeing these pictures of maritime vessels ploughing through the waves makes me glad that I am on terra firma.

Monday, 3 November 2014 - 12:42
Post 1257
  PaulB, Dover
Woe! its a rough day and no mistake. It is just after 6am as I write and its no weather for picnicking. It was getting this way yesterday sunday as you can see in the following pictures. First one shows cargo reefer Elvira approaching the harbour in very rough seas indeed. Most definitely gale force winds on show here...not an entrance for the fainthearted..its a tough game for sure..
This picture above was taken about mid-day sunday.

The following pictures were taken earlier in the day yesterday was still early morning with the sun bursting into play and 'twas fairly rough even then, rough enough for the ferries to need assistance from the tugs, but of course it got worse later and is still bad. Here we see Dauntless leaping into action...

Monday, 3 November 2014 - 06:28
Post 1256
  PaulB, Dover
Our old friend Tugboat Doughty is back in the thick of the action again. She was away for a refit we understand but here she is again back in the fray. The top picture shown here was actually taken just before her dates from roughly about two weeks ago as she battled across the harbour in the strong winds then...the other two pictures below are from yesterday as she dealth with the arrival of a regular visitor and another one of the 'Star' ships...this time the Caribbean Star.

Strong blustery winds again today whipping across the harbour with at least one tugboat assisting the ferries. The Caribbean Star pictured above only arrived here in Dover yesterday but has already long since departed. Brilliant fast work once again by the team at Dover.

Sunday, 2 November 2014 - 07:26
Post 1255
  PaulB, Dover
While we are talking about vegetation in general its worth mentioning too that all the seafront flowers have now been stripped away down along by the Gateway and around the Memorials. The lovely flowered Norwegian Flag for example is no more, but no doubt will return again in all its glory in the spring next year. This gives me an excuse to use this picture..a purposely soft focus picture of the colours surrounding the new Royal Norwegian Navy plaque. When we did pictures of the unveiling back in early September (post 1052) I don't think we managed to get one up on here of the actual plaque here we are now. We also have a sharp version in reserve should anyone prefer.

All fairly quiet at the moment generally.

Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 07:44
Post 1254
  Mike J., Dover
I hope that the 'stays' [good nautical term!] don't cause the top of the tree to snap off in a strong gale !

Perhaps that's the reason why trees have never become established along the seafront.

If you take a walk along the clifftops, particularly close to the edge of the cliffs, you'll see that the bushes have been 'shaped' by the mostly southerly & southwesterly winds.

Friday, 31 October 2014 - 10:06
Post 1253
  PaulB, Dover
Many of the trees along our lovely seafront had long since adopted the position above, instead of leaping skywards as you would expect, they were kinda leaping towards that would never do ! The horrendous storms of last winter rendered them more than a tad weatherbeaten. Yours truly quite liked them like that, as it showed something of a storm force character, but ones family members have often cried over their Pinot Grigios in the Dover Marina Hotel when gazing at the 'poor bent tees'. The good news now is the trees are restored to the erect position and are leaping skywards once again ...and now fully reinforced with 'stays'.. (not sure of the correct gardeners term there but the trees are now supported fully). A team came during the week complete with a JCB thingy and now all trees are restored to the perpendicular. No pictures yet of the re-aligned trees but watch this space in due course...

Vic the good news now is that all seem to be pulling together re the Port. so we can all drive forward hopefully in top gear. All seems more optimistic now than it has been for a long time.

Nice pictures below Mike. Its amazing what turns up in Dover Harbour ..never a dull moment. Nice story about it snaking all the way to Switzerland.

Friday, 31 October 2014 - 08:15
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