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RHA - we need to avoid cliff-edge Brexit 6069.
BREXIT READY statement from Port of Dover/DFDS/P&O Ferries see 6021.
P&O Spirit of Britain - notable Cyprus reflagging see 6017. See also latest 6041.
Tourism Thriving see 6044.
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.
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 Revitalize Dining 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 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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howard mcsweeney, Dover
this was taken early this morning by alex who was involved in setting up our food bank.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 10:11
Mike J., Dover
Dover got busy yesterday afternoon, Tuesday.
The HELENE returned with another load of rocks.
The CHARLIE ROCK came off her berth to allow the HELENE to dock, assisted by the tugs ROERDOMP & AFON GOCH.
Departing reefer POLAR LIGHT waited in the bay for the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN to enter, as soon as she sailed the DISCOVERY BAY came in with yet more bananas.
An unusual visitor was the wind farm support vessel WINDCAT 6 who popped briefly for fuel before heading off down the Channel.
& still the ferries came . . . . .
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 06:58
Kevin Charles, Dover
Looking forward to seeing our cruise ship visitors in 2014. Let's not forget that it's the job of every Dovorian to extend a warm welcome to our cruise visitors. It's the people as well as the place that make for a great destination!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 21:40
CRUISE SEASON 2014
Even more cruise lines will call this year as the Port of Dover’s 2014 cruise season gets under way this week.
Following the Port’s successful hosting of the CLIA UK & Ireland Luxury Expo last year and a fruitful presence at the recent Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 to promote the Port and the Garden of England, the Port is delighted to announce a number of inaugural calls this year that further showcase Dover’s appeal to luxury liners.
Included in the line up are five calls by Dover newcomer Portuscale Cruises, introducing the elegance of its two ships MV Funchal (formerly the Portuguese Presidential Yacht) and MV Azores to the first class facilities, globally recognised local attractions and excellent transport links to the Capital that are on offer from the UK’s second busiest cruise port. What’s more, MV Azores’ inaugural call on 30th March will be the first cruise call of the year at Dover - a fitting launch to the 2014 season!
Andy Harmer, Director, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland, said:
“We have held a series of highly successful events in Dover including a luxury expo which took place at the dedicated cruise terminal. Dover is ideally placed as more British passengers than ever before are beginning their cruise holiday from a British port. The Port of Dover and Visit Kent also form a great destination partnership, promoting the very best of Dover and Kent to an international audience.”
Other inaugural visits include AIDA Cruises’ AIDAbella, Sea Cloud Cruises’ Sea Cloud II, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud, Seabourn’s Seabourn Quest and SeaDream Yacht Club’s Seadream I.
Ben Greenwood, Business Development Manager, Port of Dover, said: “We look forward to welcoming this year’s cruise customers to the Port of Dover. Whether the cruise line, cruise vessel or one of the customers on-board, we are committed to ensuring that they all receive the very best service.
Dover regulars, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Saga Cruises, will be retaining a significant presence along with Holland America Line, a sign of the successful partnerships that the Port of Dover has established with its cruise line customers. AIDA’s growing commitment to Dover is also reflected with 21 calls booked for 2014.
Thanks for that info as ever Colette. You timed that right. I've just this minute had the above information through from the Port re the coming cruise season. Many thanks to the guys once again over there. Looks like lots of exciting days ahead. Lots of fab ships...and we will have plenty of pictures.
Good info there John. Always good to hear from you.
PS: Don't miss the information on the new Port Police Officers below in Post 530. Great to see...one a master of mathematics..wow!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 15:47
Well it's cruise season again starting this Sunday 30th, Mothers Day, with the historic MV Azores at CT2, thanks to Mike for the very interesting background information
Then on Thursday 3rd April we welcome back the AIDACara at CT1, PoC.
The following day, Friday 4th April we see the arrival of Discovery at CT1, PoC, she was last seen here in June 2012.
Then on Monday 14th April the MSC Magnifica arrives at CT2, PoC.
A break then until Tuesady 22nd April when the Ocean Nova calls into CT1, PoC. I can't recall this one before, over to Mike
On Friday 25th April the MSC Magnifica returns back to CT2, PoC.
The last call for April is the last day of April, Wednesday 30th, we welcome the AIDABella at CT2, PoC, this also looks like a first visit.
We have an abundance of cruise ships coming to Dover in the month of May with two & three cruise ships coming in some days, so a real treat to come. We start with the first of the Saga fleet on May Day, the 1st May with the Saga Pearl ll.
That's the first cruise call information for 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 12:09
John Mavin, Dover
Thanks Mike for the posting on the Saint David of London. There can't be many vessels left that flew the swastika and as far as I'm aware SDL is permanently based at Dover. I'm not sure if you're aware of her own website:
....this gives not only her remarkable history but photos showing her her dramatic transformation over the years which was so extensive her insurers re-classified her as a new build in 1992 .
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 08:57
PORT WELCOMES NEW RECRUITS FULL OF DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION
The Port of Dover has welcomed four new Port of Dover Police Officers to Europe’s busiest international ferry port as they commit to playing their part in meeting the Port’s vision of becoming the best port in the world for the benefit of customers and the community.
Dedicated to the safety and security of the Port, the 13 million customers who use it and the local community, the appointment of new officers reflects the ongoing commitment of the Port of Dover Police to provide a visible and effectiveness police service to the Port community.
Superintendent Paul Wilczek, Chief Officer for Port of Dover Police said:
“It’s fantastic to see such enthusiastic and committed new officers joining the Port of Dover Police force which has such a great heritage of serving its Port community.”
The four new recruits are:
Donna Shorter, who was previously a Courts Warrants Officer and a Kent Police Special Constable where she performed the role of A/Section Officer, responsible for up to 15 officers. Jake Griffiths has a BSc (Honours) degree in Crime and Policing and previously held the position of Freight Co-ordinater within the Port for DFDS Seaways. Jennifer Wheatley is a Master of Mathematics (2.1 Honours) and worked with Kent Police as a civilian employee in the Police National Computer (PNC) Bureau. Sarah Lavender was formerly a Community Safety Officer for Shepway District Council and has an Advanced NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and a Btec Level 3 in Neighbourhood Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added:
“I am delighted that the Port of Dover Police has been able to recruit people who are full of such enthusiasm and with relevant academic and employment experience. I am sure that they will be highly valued by the Port’s customers and community whom they will serve. I wish them well in their careers within the police service, joining at such a exciting time for the Port and for Dover.”
Pictured left to right – PC Paul Skinner, PC Sarah Lavender, PC Jennifer Wheatley, PC Donna Shorter, PC Jake Griffiths and Chief Executive Tim Waggott.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 06:57
Thanks Vic - we will continue to do our best to bring good pictures and interesting items. More to come...
Monday, 24 March 2014 - 16:16
Vic Matcham, Dover
Great photos again of one of the most busy seaports in the world working 24/7 /365days a year and with the photos come some very good write ups.
Thank you for doing them.
Monday, 24 March 2014 - 07:01
DOVER HARBOUR: Springtime Sailing on a Sunday Afternoon...and on a pea green sea too...
It all went jollying along in fine style until the showers started rolling in. One hardly spilt the Pimms at all. But being Spring it didnt last...you can see the heavy stuff approaching in the pictures below, coming in from the west with a hint of menace.... spoiling the genteel tranquillity.
I'm afraid it was a day of sunshine and showers but once again lots of people were out and about enjoying the day. The latest trend is being photographed on the Norwegian Rocks. I suppose its a great novelty while they are still in a series of large heaps. One for the scrapbooks indeed. Before too long they will be nicely laid out in groynes and the spectacular mounds of volcanic rock will be gone, be dissipated.
Nice pictures of the Saint David below there. Took a detour to take a look at her yesterday after seeing Mike's pictures and info Monday, 24 March 2014 - 06:19
Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last couple of days to aid the Dover Lifeboat and the TSS Dover restoration funds!
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Mike J., Dver
Another elderly vessel was in Wellington Dock on Saturday morning & is probably still there.
The SAINT DAVID OF LONDON was built in Sweden in 1905 as a small steam passenger vessel & was later converted to a salvage vessel/icebreaking tug.
She has had an interesting & varied career, being converted to diesel power in the late 1950s.
In 1939 she was seized by the German Navy whilst carrying Jewish refugees & used as a patrol vessel during WW2.
Little remains of the original vessel apart from the hull which itself has been modified.
She has been an occasional visitor to Dover over the years.
I found most of her history on the ‘Shipspotting’ website, just Google the site & type in her name.
Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 09:31
Thanks for that info Mike, great stuff! I will certainly look out for both the cruise liner and the next Norwegian Rock delivery. Have added a pic temporarily to the top of the page which looks down from above (.. to an extent !
the helicopter was unavailable at the time! ) on barge Charlie Rock and I think you were right as you can see from the load onboard .... that they were just bringing the last of the previous rock..
Nice picture of the Athena/Azores below there too..
Yes you might be right there Howard re Folkestone...I don't know for sure either. But somehow I cant see it happening.Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 06:23
howard mcsweeney, dover
Will look forward to the "new" cruise liner, certainly has an interesting history.
richard suggests that my ferry relocate to folkestone but i thought the ships were too big for the harbour there. i'm willing to be corrected on that.
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 12:19
Mike J., Dover
My spies tell me that there is another shipload coming from Norway, but ETA is uncertain.
I think that yesterday's pix [very good !] was just dumping off some rocks that remained on the CHARLEY ROCK from the first delivery.
On 30/3 we have a 'historic' ship coming into Dover - the m/v AZORES, probably the oldest cruise ship still in ocean-going service.
She was built in 1948 as the STOCKHOLM & gained notoriety in 1956 when she was in collision in fog off Nantucket with the Italian liner ANDREA DORIA which subsequently sank with the loss of 46 lives, 4 lives being lost on the STOCKHOLM.
She now looks quite different from her original appearance & has had many namechanges & I think was last in Dover in 2010 as the ATHENA, being renamed the AZORES in 2013.
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 10:15
Mike J was spot on re further Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery. I suddenly saw this unannounced laden monster slowly creeping across the harbour yesterday. And the vessels are of monster size for sure. Shooting into the ultra blinding sunlight gave the pictures a surreal air...the first one looks almost like a watercolour.
Above in the noonday sun...Afon Goch tows Charlie Rock..
A wider shot of the same event. The huge barge Charlie Rock transporting yet more Rock to the beach for the continued groyne renewal. Lots of rock and no roll. Tons of the volcanic rock, I presume its volcanic, has arrived now and is being worked and shaped daily. Have lots of other pictures of the scene but will leave it at that for now.
Interesting comment Richard. We will have to see what happens now. I wont say much on the topic but.. it would be a shame to lose those ships.Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 06:20
Richard Moffatt, Elham
My Ferry Link-Why not retreat with all their kit and start up in Folkestone? It's not too late to challenge the forthcoming Harbour Revision Order and retain the harbour branch railway. The new seafront development of Roger De Haan can co-exist with a new cross channel operation to Boulogne. It's as simple as that.
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 21:09
Following this morning's announcement of the Competition Commission's preliminary findings.... ( Eurotunnel statement now added below)
A Statement from DFDS
DFDS is pleased with the UK Competition Commission's provisional findings that it does have the jurisdiction to decide on Eurotunnel's entry into the Dover-France ferry market with the former Seafrance ships. In June 2013, the Competition Commission ruled that Eurotunnel must leave the ferry market, but the Competition Appeal Tribunal decided that the Competition Commission should reconsider whether it was in fact a merger and therefore within the CC's jurisdiction.
As the findings announced today are provisional, we are not able to comment further on this at the moment. We can only reaffirm our objective, which is to act in the best interests of our employees and customers. This can only be achieved if conditions for fair competition are established in the Channel.
Or in other words and in simple terms.. My Ferry Link are back on dodgy ground again due to their association with Eurotunnel..
Here is the Eurotunnel response
Groupe Eurotunnel expresses incomprehension regarding
Competition Commission provisional findings
The Competition Commission has reaffirmed its competence by considering that Groupe Eurotunnel took over SeaFrance and that this takeover falls under the Merger Act. As a result, the Competition Commission has concluded that it has no reason to change its opinion and that MyFerryLink must cease operations, even though MyFerryLink provides a new and appreciated proposition for consumers.
As a reminder, The Competition Appeal Tribunal found unanimously against the original decision by the Competition Commission. In accordance with British procedure, the Commission has published an initial report to enable the parties involved to comment. The Competition Commission must publish its decision relating to Groupe Eurotunnel’s acquisition of three ferries from the defunct maritime operator, SeaFrance, in July 2012 and the creation of MyFerryLink, at the beginning of May.
Groupe Eurotunnel confirms that SeaFrance ceased operations in November 2011 and was liquidated six months before it acquired the ferries and leased them to an independent operating company, the SCOP. Groupe Eurotunnel cannot understand how it is possible to acquire a company six months after it has ceased to exist and nine months after the closure of all operations. Groupe Eurotunnel also points out that the decision of the Competition Commission is completely contradictory to that expressed previously by the French competition authorities.
Groupe Eurotunnel emphasises that over the past two years the market has in no way been negatively affected by MyFerryLink. On the contrary statements by a competitor confirming that it would have to leave the Short Straits are, in the light of the evidence from public statements about their financial strength and ambitions to expand, entirely incredible.
To conclude, if prior to its final decision the Competition Commission does not wish to review its perspective on the competition which exists across the Strait of Dover in the light of the current reality, and not based on suppositions from two years ago, Groupe Eurotunnel will withdraw its ferries from the Channel.
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 08:46
Kentish Hamper Winner
.......... a very satisfactory result all round.
The Hamper winner shown above is from Kent and he received a hamper made from Kentish produce supplied by a Kentish caterer for completing a questionnaire at Kent’s number one cruise port.
As part of the Port of Dover’s commitment to provide the very best Kentish service to its cruise customers as part of its award winning partnership with Visit Kent, the Port has been operating customer feedback kiosks to gain information on its performance.
Sean Chaffey, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Port of Dover, said: “We greatly value the feedback we receive from all of our customers. These are the people who are going to tell us whether or not we are achieving our vision of being the best port in the world. Our cruise customers are no exception.”
Having travelled on a Fred Olsen cruise last summer, Mr P. Troubridge completed his feedback at the kiosk and was entered into a free prize draw to win a lovely Kentish hamper kindly donated by Dover-based Riverside Catering Services, caterers to Dover’s cruise terminals. Mr Troubridge turned out to be the lucky winner of the hamper.
Rob Kirk, Co-owner of Riverside Catering Services, said: “We work closely with the Port to provide quality services to cruise passengers as well as the local community and visitors to Dover. We were delighted to provide a special Kentish hamper that reflects how we are all working together to promote Kent and showcase what we have to offer.”
What’s more, Mr Troubridge stated that he was very satisfied with the service and facilities at the Port. So it is a great result all round and shows that the Port is heading in the right direction towards the achievement of its vision.
Mr Chaffey added: “The Port is working hard to deliver the best product for its customers whilst at the same time supporting local suppliers that promotes the best of Kent and contributes to the local economy.”
Photo (left to right) is of Mark Punton (Business Manager Cargo and Cruise, Port of Dover), Mr and Mrs Troubridge, and Sean Chaffey (Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Port of Dover). Pictured right...The Braemar. A Fred Olsen cruise ship and regular visitor to Dover. Picture from last summer.
The Pride of Kent back in the thick of the action yesterday Thursday. Picture taken around 5pm.
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 05:10
Thanks for that info on the Pride of Kent Howard..wasn't aware of that. Obviously knew something was up. The ships generally are hugely reliable when you consider the pounding they get. Good to see it back in action so swiftly.
Work continued on the ever growing Groynes into the dead of night... this is the scene late last night...
The huge diggers were a-growling and a-groaning and a-spitting fire...a chap coming back late from the pub after drowning his sorrows re George Osborne's Budget... would have an attack of apoplexy if he saw these approaching. Heavens!
A more cheery photo...from last Sunday morning. The Lifeboat normally goes out and about training on Sunday morning and here it is returning to base. In the background left you can see Holyhead Towing's Afon Goch...one of the vessels involved in the Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery.
Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 07:14