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The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

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Post 474
  PaulB, Dover
Glad you are liking the page Vic. We will certainly keep it going through rough weather and keep enjoying Smiley
Huge thanks Mike for the info re Lizrix. I got a wee bit baffled there on that one. I await her return now.Smiley yes Colette, Howard made me chuckle too...and yes indeed, another wow for those submarine pictures below.

All pictures showing here were taken yesterday. The camera could barely adjust to the flood of bright light after all the gloom. Top one shows the familiar Nord Pas de Calais heading out into the very rough channel yesterday morning around 11am and gosh was it rough out there! At least Severe Gale 9 but I believe it reached Storm 10 level for a while. Not a day onboard for the fry up breakfast! No sirreee bob!
It also was not a day to read the sunday papers in the seafront shelter.

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 07:49
Post 473
  vic matcham, Dover
great photos of the sub and this is very good for all the sea news and the port please keep them coming.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 20:00
Post 472
  ColetteB, Dover
lol!!! Howard re Ed's terrific submarine photos, I know what you mean, the German submarine looks Oh so menacing hovering about there in the sea Smiley

Indeed, great topical photos from the Guys Smiley I'm learning so much from this Great Sea News Blog.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 17:55
Post 471
  Mike J., Dover
Re Paul's nice 'evening light' photo of the LIZRIX & his query -

. . . . I thought it odd she should leave so soon...not sure what's afoot..perhaps the Lizrix didn't fit the bill . . . .

'Marine Traffic' AIS shows her currently in Zeebrugge with an ETA back at Dover of 0400 on Monday.

She has been stocking up with another shipful of bunkers for the ferries.

The CORAL WATER used to slip off to Rotterdam from time to time for the same reason.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 11:59
Post 470
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
great topical photos from paul and ed there.i did wonder for a moment after seeing the submarine ones that unpleasantness had started again.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 22:23
Post 469
  PaulB, Dover
Wow... exceptional pictures below Ed. Fab to see.SmileySmiley

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 15:47
Post 468
  Ed Connell, Dover
German submarine U31 passing up the Northeast lane around 1600 yesterday afternoon bound for Eckernforde, the German Navy submarine base in the Baltic Sea, via the Kiel Canal.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 14:58
Post 467
  PaulB, Dover
The Lizrix and the Ile D'aix

In the dying sun of late yesterday I noticed the Lizrix being readied for departure to the open seas. This prompted me to look her up on Chris T's Channel Traffic link ( see the frontpage of on menu left ). It seems she was bound for Zeebrugge...and off she jolly well went in the evening sun. As she came initially as a replacement for the Coral Water which is out of action due to rudder damage I thought it odd she should leave so soon...not sure what's afoot..perhaps the Lizrix didn't fit the bill.

Also while browsing the Channel Traffic device I noticed that the Ile D'aix is back in Calais. Visitors too-ing and fro-ing to Calais will have noticed here there from time to time. I got these pictures last summer and meant to use them earlier but what with one thing and another and changing the website layout we never did show them. She is a cable away out there laying cables on the ocean floor. Fascinating ship. Is that a heliport at the front or something else entirely?

Quite stormy again as I write with at least a Severe Gale 9 rattling the timber frames. A case of battening down the hatches yet again. Good luck to all today.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 07:04
Post 466
  PaulB, Dover
LATEST information below from DHB - on securing a quality beach for the future....

Having withstood the elements for many years, the seafront groynes are to be replaced and upgraded with the highest quality of rock groynes in order to provide the best beach protection and frontage for Dover’s community.

The current groynes are reaching the end of their life and the Port of Dover wants to ensure that they are replaced with the very best to support the wider waterfront regeneration agenda being pursued for Dover.

From 24th February, work will commence to replace the existing groynes with new rock groynes made of Larvic rock from Norway, one of the most durable types of rock, that will both defend and protect the beach but also create a much more visually appealing beach environment. Part of the promenade sea wall will also be repaired at the same time.

Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Technical Services, Port of Dover, said: “We were determined to combine our desire to preserve and enhance the beach for the long term with our wider vision of a quality waterfront that is part of reviving Dover as a destination.”

Access to parts of the beach will be limited as the work progresses in order to ensure the safety of everyone. The Port is currently engaging with all those who live or work on the seafront and interested local organisations on the project in order that they are fully informed about the works.

Mr Goodhew added: “We are starting the work this month in order that it is completed for the Summer season. The beach is valued greatly by our local community and we want to ensure that it is ready for when the summer holidays begin.”

The Port apologises for any inconvenience that the work may cause as it works to deliver an improved seafront for the benefit of its community.

Friday, 7 February 2014 - 08:11
Post 465
  JanT, Dover
Wow some very dramatic pictures there of yesterday's weather, pounding away at our seafront we certainly are experiencing exceptionally bad weather.
I do not envy anyone who has to cross the channel in that, but thanks to DHB for keeping us well informed.

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 10:58
Post 464
  v ic matcham, Dover
See my welding is holding up to all the bad weather and it was done years ago.Smiley

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 09:12
Post 463
  PaulB, Dover
Conditions were abysmal yesterday. Here is a pic of the situation in the grim late afternoon with the tug boats having a full battle on their hands. This is Doughty...doughty by name, doughty by nature.
The picture above is not terribly sharp but as mentioned it is almost impossible to get anything sharp in the rain and driving wind but thought it worth showing to help illustrate the difficulties facing all mariners. Look how rough it is out there beyond the tug.
It wasn't possible to open a window the get a safe shot for fear of having the window itself wrenched off ( as happened to a neighbour). Therefore took these pictures of the girls getting a bit of a drenching yesterday through the aforementioned window.. glass n all.
One of the great joys for the up-close water watcher is the subliminal satisfaction of avoiding getting rarely works..Smiley

The picture following was reproduced quite large at the top of the page when the news broke. Have taken that large version away now but will add the pic here for reference purposes. More on the Dover Vision story itself further down page.


Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 06:15
Post 462
  PaulB, Dover

Port of Dover Weather Warning

In anticipation of the high winds which are forecast for the rest of today and throughout the night, the Port of Dover is advising its customers to contact their ferry operator and check the Port’s website ( or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information on Channel crossings.

The safety of customers and staff is our priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and have made preparations to ensure that systems are in place to minimise any disruption to travellers.

Ferry service schedules are subject to delay with the Port's tugs assisting as required to ensure the safe berthing of vessels.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.


Grim situation weatherwise. But excellent pictures there below to keep us buoyant..well done guys with those Smiley

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 15:35
Post 461
  JanT, Dover
The announcements for the future of the Port and Western Docks must surely be welcome, if it brings jobs for local people that has to be a good thing.

As a major Port it is vital that we make these improvements to keep up with competition,otherwise there is a fear of lagging behind.

Agree there Howard some excellent pictures below.SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 15:09
Post 460
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
plenty of announcements coming out the future of the port and also plans for the western docks. meanwhile life goes on as we see in the photos below - loved the low tide ones.

one here from steve walker taken early morning at samphire hoe last week.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 12:07
Post 459
  Ed Connell, Dover
Another reefer, the Caribbean Star, at the Dover Cargo Terminal yesterday.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:40
Post 458
  Jan Higgins, Dover
Great pictures of the very low tide and what is only visible when they are that low. Smiley

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:22
Post 457
  PaulB, Dover

Western Docks Revival receives first wave of support from MOTIS.

Bringing a new lease of life to the Western Docks and reviving its place as a key part of a bustling Dover community has been met with great enthusiasm by one of the existing residents of that part of the Port.

Robert Hardy, General Manager, Motis Freight Services Agency, said: “As the operator of the Freight Services Agency in the Western Docks, such a vision to create a vibrancy in this part of the Port that would transform it for the long term is fantastic news for us and our customers, for the Port and for Dover as a whole.”

Since Motis came to Dover, it has been working hard to create new jobs and the vision unveiled by the Port will go a long way to creating a new generation of opportunity for local young people through the creation of over 600 new logistics industry jobs.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This is exactly the kind of reaction we were hoping for, where people can see the vision for Dover we wish to create and how it delivers on so many fronts.”

Alongside the renewed hub of activity in the Western Docks, the potential transformation of the waterfront and the creation of a new marina will create an amazing place to both live and work.

Mr Hardy added: “Dover now has the chance to realise its potential and create the destination where people will not only want to live but also want to work. We live in exciting times and I am glad to be part of it and for all those at Motis to see what opportunities there are working in Dover.”

More about MOTIS:
Freight Service Agency Motis is one of the most progressive shipping companies in Europe with over 1000 customers throughout the E.U. Their network covers over 450 Freight Ferry Routes, Motorway Tolls throughout Western Europe, Alpine Tunnels, Rolling Highways, Truck Parking and Freight Insurance, in fact you could say MOTIS are a European Hauliers one stop shop...operating 24 hours a Day, 7 Days a week with 6 Locations throughout Europe.

The pictures help to illustrate just how busy the freight terminal is here in Dover. Sometimes its role is overlooked a tad but it is indeed a very busy part of the harbour with a huge amount of coming and going...the plans shown could expand this activity much further. Top vessel here is the Star Trust being manoeuvred into position by one of our tugs prior to departure. Bottom shot from 2 days ago shows the Lady Korcula.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 06:33
Post 456
  PaulB, Dover

Dover Western Docks Revival – the Board’s Vision

Bringing the Future Forward Today

Dover Harbour Board announces today that it will pursue a major opportunity acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Discussion on the vision commenced at the Port and Community Forum which was independently chaired.

Having successfully achieved Government approval in 2012 to develop the Western Docks, the Board wishes to seize the opportunity to lock in the many benefits that this could bring just as soon as it possibly can.

By reviewing its masterplan over several months, the team at the Port has identified a significant opportunity to support its customers and the community and provide the game changer for which the people of Dover have been waiting for so long.

Through the early development of the approved consented footprint in the Western Docks, the Port could create over 600 new logistics industry jobs for Dover and safeguard another 140 positions by developing a new cargo terminal. This would revive the Western Docks, protect long term Port capacity and enable the transformation of the waterfront with the potential creation of a new marina.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader, Dover District Council, said: “Delivering major port development that protects long term port capacity but delivers jobs and opportunities now whilst creating a catalyst for major regeneration will be a significant boost to the region and shows real commitment to Dover.”

The Dover Harbour Board’s vision is an evolution of the previous masterplanning proposals and represents a possible way of achieving key benefits of the plan based upon current market conditions and opportunities within the cargo business. Delivering such a vision would enable the Port to ensure that it has the essential infrastructure in place to serve its customers in the years ahead with the additional opportunity to increase ferry berth capacity in the Eastern Docks through the transfer of the cargo operation to the west.

George Jenkins, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said: “Transforming this part of the Port estate can in turn support the wider transformation agenda, one which sees the Port and town working together, which the Port of Dover is also championing through its Dover waterfront regeneration project with Dover District Council. The people of Dover have waited long enough for Dover’s revival. That revival could start right now, breathing new life into our Port and into our community.”

Such commitment to major investment, which the Port is already undertaking through its Traffic Management Improvement Project, berth refurbishment/replacement programme and heritage works, will need to be supported and enhanced by increasing the Port’s ability to fund such a massive transformation.

Peter Jones, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Port of Dover is of national and international significance. Ensuring that it can develop and grow as a key gateway and enhancing its resilience is vital so that it can continue to support the nation's economic activity and prosperity in the years to come. Port development must be seen as part of a wider strategic vision to establish an alternative transport corridor to the midlands and the north through a new Thames Crossing while supporting new town centre investment and community development.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port is determined to do more for and with its community whilst working with its major customers to achieve mutual success for the benefit of the nation.”

He added: “This opportunity requires the support of everyone to ensure that the Board gets the powers that it needs to deliver for Dover. We want to work closely with our customers and the community in establishing and driving a shared vision. Together we can and must make it happen and we begin that journey today.”

Monday, 3 February 2014 - 15:09
Post 455
  PaulB, Dover
As well as very high tides at the moment there are extraordinary low ones too.
You could quite comfortably take the dog for a stroll around the jetties/piers these days. Highly unusual to see the tide pulling back so far and allowing us to see what goes on underneath the waves.
These are the kind of rare tides the swimmers dread as they have to walk out so far to find water. Note the marker buoy above to the left lying on terra firma.
One of the red marker 'lampshades' bit the dust in the horrendous waves the other night. Not the only victim...several of the new seafront lights took a pasting and have extinguished themselves, and the restaurant in the hotel lost its overdoor canopy and had roof damage. And its not over yet.
The shipping in the channel goes on come rain and wind.

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Great set of pictures there Ed. Excellent to have the close ups from the thick of the action. The guys being transported by bucket are fascinating to see. ahhh...Summer Wind Nassau...sounds exotic for sure.

PS: by the way the clock in the tower isn't accurate..has long since given up the ghost. The pictures were taken early sunday morning at 07.50.

Monday, 3 February 2014 - 07:22
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