Saturday, 16 January 2021


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Sea Pictures from DOVER ....



Rising Bridge below :


You can see the new bridge rising there...it towers above the Seasports Centre and the now renamed Dover Patrol Restaurant (formerly the Hythe Bay restaurant...we understand the ownership is still in the same hands). The new marina cuts across the seafront road into the old marina, hence the need for a bridge (a 'bascule' bridge, you might need to look that one up!). Traffic gets paused from time to time to accommodate the incoming/outgoing craft....it was paused at the time of shot as you can guess.... otherwise everybody would......


The advertising truck shown above is obviously touring the roads of a harassed Kent informing everyone about the need for new paperwork now that we have left the EU...as if we didnt know already. But like they say...every little helps...


Below we have a picture of the self-discharging bulk carrier Tertnes leaving the Port of Dover a few days ago. She had just self-delivered a considerable amount of aggregate to pier WD4 here at Dover... here we see her heading back to Norway and the Port of Eikefet...


Tertnes...the self discharging bulk carrier leaves the Port...


Dover Seafront below in the approaching fog.....



The Disney Magic finally moved away on Saturday from its position on the eastern arm Port of Dover. It moved off through the fog, but the situation cleared partially to allow us to capture the shot above...also in the picture, which shows the western entrance to the Port, is one of the Border Force patrol vessels, these vessels are on constant local patrol. The Disney Magic is expected to return after a 'channel run'... ( ...and she has!).



Reuters are reporting that...Trade flows between Britain and the European Union have remained low this week after many companies stockpiled goods in late 2020 to avoid having to cross the new customs border in the first week after Britain left the EU's orbit on Dec. 31. Despite the quieter period..."We are experiencing a high volume of vehicles being refused and delayed at the Ports of Calais, Dunkerque and Dover, due to incorrect paperwork being presented at check-in," DFDS said on Twitter.


The early morning ferry nearing France...
..........you can just about see the rolling hills ...



The spectacular sky above lasted for such a brief few-minute period a couple of days ago, afore long we were shrouded in drizzle and dark skies, skies that have barely lightened since.The Port isn't busy as of yet, the expected new year drama hasn't quite begun, but we wait with anticipation and concern to see how it will all play out post Brexit.

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A bit of a grim oul picture now of the departing Nederland Stream ( formerly Nederland Reefer) taken a couple of days ago. The grim nature of the beast however is in keeping with the grim times we find ourselves in yet again, with yet another Coronavirus lockdown. Although there hasn’t been a surge to the EU as of yet.. at the ferry end of things...the reefer cargo ships have been coming steadily and frequently to the Port of Dover over the past few days....


The Nederland Stream looking a little weatherbeaten as she departs the Port of Dover.

THE MEDIA DESCENDS ON DOVER....
Extra picture added immediately below of our Media friends as January gets underway... we continue to witness/enjoy the frenzy of reporting from Dover...Waiting below to send in their reports from the mini pier mid harbour Dover, are a team from TV station France 24. Brexit and its consequences are still fascinating the world it seems.... all round though Dover so far remains quiet.


In the space of one hour midday on New Years Eve we saw four, yes four, media teams in the immediate hundred yards. There were many more too just out of vision reporting from hither and thither, every Dover vantage point seemingly used. They all had the .. ermm 'original' idea of reporting from weary Dover on our final day with the European Union. Dover however was eerily quiet...everyone giving it a miss for fear of holdups. There were no holdups as nobody turned up! ... except the media...and of course they were all very welcome....
(That's ITV News in shot 2, not sure who that is in shot 3)


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The Manor Endurance again... not the best quality this time but we couldn't resist the explosive sea...


The Manor Endurance in fine action approaching the Port of Dover.

Manor Endurance... an extra crop pic of this shot now added further below...

Manor Endurance...the windfarm support vessel, seen above approaching the Port of Dover recently, accompanied by some delightful wildlife... cormorants at a guess...

As mentioned... the picture below is a close up crop of the one above, detailing the birds a tad (cormorants !).



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TRAFFIC : The good news continues on the local traffic front...the town of Dover is clear and functioning. Much relief to all.
For the non-functioning scenario see pix below.

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MOTIS NEWS - BOXING DAY DOVER TRAFFIC UPDATE....

- The A20 & Manston Airport are now clear of vehicles.
- Still significant numbers of Vehicles on the M20
- The Ferries and Eurotunnel are running an optimised timetable to help remove the back log
- Covid testing continues on the M20 and also in the Buffer zone at Port of Dover
- Lydden Hill race circuit (CT4 6RX) is also available for Testing for Vehicles below 7.5 Tonnes only (no HGV's)
- No Negative Covid Test within the last 72 hours= No Travel

Certainly looking more positive there.....that will cheer us all up in Dover.
Many thanks to MOTIS once again for the info...
...and a huge thanks to all those who are working hard to clear the backlog. Smiley


The Pride of Canterbury ferry heads to Calais early on Christmas Day...



Ferry heads for Calais in the early gloom of Christmas Day
The Port remained open and the ferries worked all through Christmas day to try and clear the backlog....
although having said that, this particular ferry doesn't look terribly packed...but it may just be the early light.

Motis News: Christmas Day latest....

The Traffic Situation in South East Kent is improving and definite progress is being made. However due to the sheer volume of Vehicles in the Backlog this will inevitably take some time to clear.

- A20 Main road through the Town of Dover is now Clear of traffic - This was a key point to resolving the issue as allows
Vehicles access to the port when they are released from Manston Airport / Operation Brock/Stack and traffic to be managed
properly.
- 800 Military Personnel were deployed last night to increase testing capability. This seems to have improved the situation.
- The Ferry Operators and Eurotunnel are running a robust timetable to deal with the back log (full credit to all for re-staffing on
Christmas day to clear the backlog).
- Whilst there is still some way to go, we believe that the process is now in a good position to manage the reduction of the
back log as quickly as possible.

- Note, No NEGATIVE Covid Test = No Travel, Please don't attempt travel to the port without one. Testing continues at
Manston Airport & on M20 (join queue at Junction 8).
- UK Government advises no vehicles to travel to Kent at the moment.

Many thanks to MOTIS for sending through the info above.



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Dover on Christmas Eve below...


Port of Dover Traffic Surge :

The great lunge towards the Port gates above...yes you are seeing it right, illegally from both sides of the carriageway the vehicles push to move forward. The picture above was taken at 07.53 on Christmas Eve morning, amid horrendous gridlock all around the town and increasing desperation.

Since then the overall situation has improved somewhat with the authorities working hard to restore some order.
The BBC are estimating that we are up to more than 6,000 trucks now...so quite a backlog to clear....
and the Covid tests still apply.

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Dover: Truck drivers abandon their vehicles to demonstrate at the Port gates amid the chaos....


Frustrated truck drivers march towards the Port entrance...as the weary wait goes on...


Latest: Port of Dover is re-opening slowly, but everyone travelling must have a valid Covid test. Mass testing has begun. Because of the testing it will take quite some time to clear the backlog...we now have up to 4,000 trucks waiting...waiting... Only EU nationals are allowed to travel we understand.

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Port of Dover: France and other EU countries have closed their borders to the UK for 48 hours. This is due to the new Coronavirus variant sweeping the southeast UK. No trucks will leave Dover but the inward operation is still running....but the issue is whether trucks bringing supplies inwards will want to come for fear of being trapped in the UK. There have been calls for an extension to the Brexit deadline due to the ongoing chaos.

Overnighting below..... trucks laid up for the night.


Sleeping Trucks everywhere......at Dover:
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps naively said yesterday there were 170 trucks queuing at Dover. That of course was inaccurate spin, we can see that many from our window here, the BBC more accurately estimate 900 trucks queuing (latest estimation 1500, now 3000 and growing).... we have sympathy for all those drivers stuck.


See also the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO
Doug Bannister further down page...


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Also the Port responds to funding shortfall....Note in particular paragraph 3 below re funding detail ....

PORT OF DOVER RESPONSE TO PORT INFRASTRUCTURE FUND ANNOUNCEMENT

Keeping the nation’s trade flowing should be a partnership effort. The Port of Dover has worked positively together with both UK and French partner agencies located in the port, to establish the requirements for maintaining a smooth flow rate of traffic through the port following Brexit under the special arrangements of the joint UK-France Le Touquet Treaty, which is an international agreement that governs the provision of juxtaposed border controls in Port of Dover.

Indeed, this work was presented to the UK Government a year ago, with the rationale for a specific project concerning the outbound border controls to be government funded. The port was encouraged to seek funding via the Port Infrastructure Fund to deliver it. This was based on the identified and agreed need for additional French passport control booths to compensate for slower transaction times and a reordering of controls within the port to enable any non-compliant traffic to have been detected before reaching the French control. It also catered for further EU immigration system changes in 2022.

The Government’s own border planning assumptions, as well as those of French counterparts, were predicated on that work and in good faith the port applied for £33 million of funding, but at the eleventh hour the Port has only been offered just one tenth of one per cent of what was needed. For the primary gateway handling unitised trade with the EU, to reach this conclusion so late in the piece undermines so much work by all parties in preparation for the end of the Transition Period.

The port wishes to reassure customers and our community that it will continue working hard to keep traffic flowing, having already shown its resilience by doing so throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic and more recently as businesses choose Dover in order to stockpile ahead of the end of the Transition Period. Dover will still provide the highest frequency, highest capacity and therefore ultimately the best supply chain resilience as the closest point to Britain's largest trading partner, but the lack of financial support will make a smoother transition more difficult. This should and still could be avoided as we continue to seek support from Government ......
but the clock is ticking.

ENDS


THE DISNEY MAGIC STORY CONTINUES at the PORT OF DOVER.

The Disney Magic pictured above in the approaching gloom.
As you can see the weather was turning rough...the Disney Magic, a short time later, moved away from new pier WD4 above to a more secure footing on the eastern arm Port of Dover.


BORDER FORCE VIGILANT at the PORT OF DOVER

Border Force Vigilant returning to the Port of Dover through the mist.
The Border Force RIB following along behind towing a migrant dinghy....
Recent pictures....





The Spirit of France:
The picture above is actually one from the past, one from our own archives....yours truly was reminded of it when seeing it recently on Google. We're using it again today as the picture sums up the current weather situation quite well...ie very rough in the Channel..... but the ferries keep right on going...


Dover: Rising Sun dramatically encircling a ship early morning on the Dover Straits ...



Indian registered tanker Jag Lokesh waiting offshore recently for a crew change ...



Border Force Vigilant seen above returning to the Port of Dover in recent days...we believe the Border Force rib powering alongside contained some migrants as several incursions were reported on the day.



The Disney Magic resting tranquilly at new pier WD4 Port of Dover, the tranquility making a change from all the recent rough weather...while in the foreground the Harbour Patrol Boat meanders along keeping everything safe and secure... In the far distance you can just see the Vasco da Gama cruise ship heading for Portugal.

DISNEY at DOVER

The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic

If you quietly wish upon a star, hoping for even more wondrous magic in Dover,
...well you might just end up with two Disney's....

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OPEN LETTER FROM DOUG BANNISTER, CEO, PORT OF DOVER




Dover is the right choice for business and consumers now more than ever


The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (‘UKMPG’) has issued a ‘briefing paper’ intended to encourage businesses to transfer cargo away from the Short Straits, the UK’s most vital link to European markets.

The paper points out that the Short Straits, which includes ferry links between Dover and Calais, as well as the Channel Tunnel, has a 60% market share of ‘British-Continental EU trade’. The Short Straits has achieved this market share because it is the right choice for business. Indeed, the paper acknowledges that the routes businesses use today are the right ones and the reason businesses choose the Short Straits is simple; it offers the most time efficient, cost effective and resilient access to international markets, delivering an estimated £3 billion saving for British businesses and consumers compared to alternative routes.

Our own independent analysis (Oxera 2018) has previously suggested that it would cost around £2.7 billion to take just 20% of our existing traffic in order to pay for new ferries operating on longer and slower routes. Importantly, these new ferries do not exist today and need to be built. With shipyard capacities and construction lead times, delivering such a fleet of new ferries holds significant lead time.

The UKMPG paper suggests that other ports might have capacity to take up to 60% of Short Straits traffic now, but acknowledges that this requires both Government and trader support for this offer of ‘resilience’ to be possible. Exponentially, this suggests that the cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer could be up to around £8 billion.

For Port of Dover, when looking at the overall UK Trade Resilience we take a systemic view – across ports, vessels, capacities, frequencies, operating models and traffic management schemes. To focus only on port capacity is terribly one-dimensional.

The geographic advantage that Port of Dover holds with the UK’s largest trading partner means that a single vessel can complete up to five round voyages in a single day, making our ferries hugely productive assets. Further, our operating model delivers an average inbound dwell time at our port of just five minutes, providing unparalleled port efficiency.

Other operating models, for example containers and unaccompanied trailers may have inbound dwell times from several hours to even several days, adding inefficiency to the system-wide supply chains. For those routes with longer sea voyages, a single vessel may only make a single round voyage in a day – meaning to replicate the capacities and frequencies offered via Port of Dover would require five times as many vessels.


The UKMPG paper admits that a ‘short term’ constraint might be the availability of additional ferries to handle the trucks being encouraged to divert to other routes, whilst also citing wider capacity issues on the southern North Sea corridor.

The report is right to focus on resilience as we approach the end of the Transition Period, but what resilience do you have if you are sending traffic to ports where the ferries do not exist? Neither is that a quick fix. The market dynamic is important here. In fact, rather than investing in new ferries, operators at some of the alternative ports have actually been closing these longer routes with tonnage moving back to the short routes as that is what the market wants – Dover has of course kept going throughout the pandemic. This dynamic applies to the European side too, with the majority of freight vehicles choosing to route through northern France to Calais and Dunkirk as it is simply closest.

All EU-facing UK ports will be under the same rules – there will be a standard process and transaction applied everywhere. We know from examples elsewhere, such as ‘Operation Wellington’ on the Humber, which anticipates using parts of the M62 and M180 as holding areas for HGVs, that if there is disruption it will be everywhere. The report itself admits that there is already a risk of disruption at these alternative ports due to new systems for HGVs. Therefore, on top of this, sending more traffic to ports that do not even have the ferry capacity will make the situation far worse and create far less resilience for UK trade.

In contrast, the traffic management regimes for the Short Straits are tested and proven – in short, we know they work. For example, the recent national security operation that affected all ports with additional screening and searches left around 4,500 lorries in Operation Stack. When the security operation ended, Dover had cleared all queuing traffic and was back to normal operations within just 12 hours. Nowhere else could do that. It would take weeks with the current vessel capacities and frequencies available elsewhere. For UK trade resilience, supply chains must have the confidence in managing periods of disruption, and crucially recovery and restoration of normal flows as swiftly as possible – both areas in which Port of Dover has excellent credentials.

As we all navigate the massive economic difficulties caused by COVID, and the uncertainties as we approach the End of Transition, it is right to showcase the incredible efforts of the maritime sector, and the excellent ports that we have across the nation towards ensuring supply chains are robust and functioning well.


Come what may, we will keep working to keep the nation supplied with the essential goods people need at this difficult time and give all businesses wherever they are the benefits of Dover’s unrivalled service. This is what we do all day, every day.

Indeed, as the Maritime Minister said on a panel discussion with us only the other day regarding the national trade network; ‘you have to have goods and people moving around freely. So if you are to have parts moving quickly and efficiently across the Channel, and through Dover, and through the country, you have a much easier opportunity for companies that might exist in the Midlands or in the North to get involved in whatever that industry is.’


The report says that the UK has not always been reliant on the Short Straits, harking back to pre-Single Market days. Equally, the UK has not always been reliant on the internet and same day/next day/just-in-time deliveries, but it is now.

A vision that takes the UK backwards is not the vision of the future we want to see. We need one that backs consumers and businesses everywhere for the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We feel that we should celebrate our impressive, modern and efficient supply chains across all ports and modes throughout the nation.

For Dover, we fully appreciate the essential role that we conduct for the nation, and will continue to take our responsibility with all of the due care and attention the British people would expect of us, which is why Dover will remain the clear market choice.

Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover.

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Post 1249
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Another nice deal with free wine......enjoy Smiley



Free Magnum of Wine for the first 600 MyFerryLink bookings for outbound travel in November
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Issued 28 October 2014: With Christmas just around the corner, Dover-Calais ferry operator MyFerryLink is giving its customers an early present of a magnum of red wine for the first 600 bookings made between now and 29 November 2014.

With any duration fares starting from just £35 each way for a car and up to nine passengers, travelling by ferry is a great option for those planning to take a pre-Christmas break and stock up on their favourite French delicacies or for those visiting friends and family over the Christmas period.

As well as low fares, the first 600 MyFerryLink bookings will receive a free magnum of Petites Folies wine as a gift. This offer is available for all bookings made by 29 November 2014, for outbound travel between 1st to 30th November 2014 and return travel at any time in 2014.

To book, visit www.myferrylink.com and quote ‘WINE’ or call 0844 2482 100

Ends

PLEASE NOTE: THIS OFFER DOES NOT APPLY TO DAY TRIPS.

The Berlioz looking good.


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Although it is getting later in the year, there are still fantastic trips to be had on calm seas under big skies....both of which you can see in this recent picture..
We like our Big Sky pictures Smiley




Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 06:53
 
Post 1248
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
SAILBOAT SPECIAL
Saturday was a hugely exciting day for these little sailboats in Dover Harbour. The Sea Sports Centre was buzzing. There must have been something like forty boats whizzing this way and that out on the water. Tremendous colourful excitement for all the kids of all ages. Lots of safe monitoring too with much whistle blowing from the RIBs dashing hither and tither. To tell the gospel truth yours truly does not fully understand the whole procedure but just to say that everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves greatly and that these boats add a super colourful exciting content to any day out on the water. Great fun was had by all.



A special pictorial tribute post to the whole team at the Sea Sports Centre.Smiley



Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 06:50
 
Post 1247
  PaulB, Dover
Above is a picture of the two current tugboats...Boulonnais and Dauntless just after they released the Columbian Star. Returning from a terribly exciting sunday morning jaunt to the supermarkets I saw the aforementioned cargo ship turning in the bay...the turning procedure always makes for some good pictures but frustratingly there was no camera to hand. However when yours truly eventually reached the 'observation tower' I managed to get the tail end of the goings on, hence the picture above and the two below. The ones below taken just after the Columbian Star left the harbour and went out into the open sea...longer range. The Columbian Star of course is a regular visitor here to the Port of Dover.


Just to mention that Saturday was a hugely busy day for the little sailing boats out there in the harbour...there must have been, well I don't know...thirty or forty out on the water. There may have been a special event on, as it all looked mightily busy at the Seasports centre. We will have some pictures of the sailboats in the next day or so all being well.

Monday, 27 October 2014 - 05:22
 
Post 1246
  PaulB, Dover
That looks like the Columbian Star Howard...will have a few more pictures of that one tomorrow. That looks like the ship arriving..she left today with a huge load. Fast turnaround as ever.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 18:36
 
Post 1245
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
A humble container ship passing through yesterday.






Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 13:08
 
Post 1244
  PaulB, Dover


Whats this!? yes its an adorable des res in prime location with all amenities..right in the heart of all the throbbing pulsating action. Yours truly got quite excited when seeing this as was convinced it was to be the new home. Think of all the great photos from there with an added platform on the roof. I slept on it overnight, figured out all the legal paraphernalia, established how to raise the deposit....but alas alas heartbreak in the morning...the house was gone. It came Friday went Saturday...sheesh!
Smiley



Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 08:04
 
Post 1243
  ColetteB, Dover
A G&T whilst ambling gently around the harbour on the stylish Sea Dawn, what's not to like!! yes please Smiley
That's a cracking Super Sailing Ship at the top of the page Smiley


Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 13:56
 
Post 1242
  PaulB, Dover
Anyone for a G&T...
This classic style cruiser called Sea Dawn spent most of the afternoon a couple of days ago, during a calm interlude in the turbulent weather, just ambling quietly and gently around the harbour. Its old classic lines which are almost reminiscent of the best days of Hollywood prompted me to search the web to see if it was a noted vessel...and here we are.

An excerpt from famed auctioneer Bonhams catalogue in 2008..

"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's Motor Cruiser
Length:48ft.(14.63m) Beam:11ft.2in.(3.40m) Draft:4ft.9in.(1.45m)

Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Painted white to the waterline and red below, with a black boot top.

Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system.

General arrangement: Foredeck of laid planks, with galvanised cleats, fairleads and anchor windlass. Varnished guardrail with metal stanchions, square hatch to forepeak and glazed skylight to cabin. Ventilators to engine compartment. Varnished mahogany wheelhouse with port side entry, grab rails and tabernacle for steadying sail mast. Outside steering position to the rear, with dual wheel and engine controls. Raised aft cabin top with clerestory glazing and cream roof. Step down to small aft deck, of varnished laid planks, with sampson posts, fairleads, central warping winch and ensign staff.

Open cockpit aft, with upholstered side bench seats. Gas locker stowage beneath the starboard side, open stowage to port. Step down via double doors to Saloon, with sofa/berth to port, "L" shaped sofa to starboard, which opens to double berth. Fitted with storage cupboards and bookshelf. Single doorway to Galley space, with worktop to port and fridge beneath, gimballed gas cooker to starboard with stainless steel double drainer sink and gas water heater.

Bulkhead doors to engine space. Step up to wheelhouse, with hydraulic steering to port, bench seating and chart space. Step down with heads compartment to starboard, having a pump-out sea toilet and Porta Potti. Washroom to port, with hot/cold running water and shower, draining into separate sump. Door to sleeping cabin, with berths to port and starboard, stowage beneath and hanging cupboard. Further door to crew space, with two pipe cots to starboard, warp and sail stowage to port and anchor chain locker forward.

Saleroom notices...Late entry lot.
"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's motor cruiser Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system. Estimate £52,000-55,000



Very interesting info below Mike. Smiley

That sounds like both a tough job and a great job all at the same time Vic. Yes wages were that low alright in the old days...I mentioned this wage level to my daughter just the other day, and she immediately assumed I was talking about the hourly rate...I said no...we got about £5 a week!!
Strewth!! Smiley



Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 08:39
 
Post 1241
  vic matcham, Dover
When I left school waiting till I went in the Army one of my first jobs was being a cabin boy on the pilot cutters out of Dover staying at sea one week at a time we would have the pilots living on the ship and being taken over to the ships by small boat best paid job for a boy of my age pay was £5 aweek alot of money in the 1950s SmileyBUT MOST OF THE TIME i WAS SEA SICK.

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 20:18
 
Post 1240
  Mike J., Dover
I’m sure PaulB was right about the pilot boat yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon the bulk carrier YEOMANBROOK & the container ship CAP HAMILTON called off the port for the same reasons.

This is a quite common practice when the weather is bad & the pilots are unable to leave their ships after leaving Continental ports, particularly ships from Antwerp when they leave the River Scheldt & the pilot boat there [sometimes a helicopter] operate in a very exposed area.

If the weather is still too bad at Dover for the ‘over-carried’ pilot to disembark, they usually have to stay aboard until Brixham.

When the Ostend service was running out of Dover back in the 90s I remember that occasionally an ‘Ostender’ would be delayed for a few minutes to allow the Belgian pilot to join rather than a long wait for the next service.

The pilots are usually landed by one of George Hammond’s yellow launches - a long-established Dover company founded in 1767 who have had deep involvement with the port & shipping in general for many years.
They provide a multitude of services, from stevedoring to their own pilotage service & much else besides.
Their website is worth a look -

www.georgehammond.plc.uk/

Meantime, down in the Tug Haven, the DAUNTLESS was carefully snuggling up to the BOULONNAIS after returning from a job.









Friday, 24 October 2014 - 08:46
 
Post 1239
  PaulB, Dover
It was a tough ol' day again yesterday Thursday out there on the briny blue. Especially later in the day when the weather closed in. These pictures of the giant Goonyella Trader were taken around 5pm as the ship moved in close to harbour. I think we ascertained that when they do this procedure it is usually to drop off a pilot or sometimes for a change of crew. We reckon it was the pilot option yesterday as the small pilot boat bobbed and weaved its way out to the ship in the rough seas and just as it began to drizzle too...just to add to the difficulty.

The picture at the tip top of page is clearly our best pic of the delightful Mercedes tall Dutch sailing ship. But I guess it is worth adding the one immediately above here just to show the contrast of the various vessels afloat out there. The huge ferry beats down upon the by-comparison rather delicate looking tall sailing ship but of course all was safe. I say delicate sailing ship...but it dashed through the rough water with optimum ease, so it appeared anyway. It looked terrific. Yours truly wouldn't fancy it in that weather however as ones sea legs are still trying to recover from the Princess Maud !
Smiley

Well done with those pix below Mike. Good to see those. Yes big progress has been made at the old Seacat berth, popped down there on Monday to see the cruise liners up close and got some pictures of the dive vessel, the divers were working at the time...must fetch the pictures out of the system.



Friday, 24 October 2014 - 07:30
 
Post 1238
  Mike J., Dover
Nice pix [& interesting story] from PaulB about ESMERALDA & BOULONNAIS & super sailing ship shot at the top of the page.

The DOUGHTY is currently away for refit up in Hull.

Having their own refits & a spot of TLC on the onetime Commercial Quay on Wednesday were the former lifeboat MAXIMUS & the hard-working DHB survey launch DIANA.

It looks like like the Seacat berth job is about finished with only tidying-up going on.







Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 07:01
 
Post 1237
  PaulB, Dover
We have had a couple of working boats from Boulogne right here with us in the harbour over the past few days. First of all we saw the hi-speed action from Lifeboat Boulonnais alongside our own Lifeboat, pictures further down the page in post 1156, now we have tugboat Boulonnais right in the thick of it. We understand this tug is replacing Doughty in the short term as presumably Doughty is away for a refit.

The picture above was taken over the weekend in calmer conditions...the picture below was taken in rough ol' conditions on tuesday as she went to meet the approaching Esmeralda. Some of the guys will know more about this tugboat for sure...so any further information or memories welcome.
Yes there she is above heading out to meet Cargo ship Esmeralda ( One promised not to do the joke about 'The Bells The Bells' again but alas one has a soft spot for Esmeralda and cant resist Smiley )

There is a story about Esmeralda's arrival. Both tugs were ready to meet her at about 17.50. The picture below was taken at that time as she approached. Within minutes the mother and father of a squall/thunderstorm hit us with flashing lightning and all the rest, and with driving rain like you would only see in a monsoon. In the space of five minutes.. no more, the conditions had transformed from a sunlit evening to pitch black hell. All happening as Esmeralda entered harbour. After a short while they had to abandon docking Esmeralda and she went back out into the open sea again. Clearly it wasn't safe. Don't recall seeing such a situation before. Never a dull moment here in Dover eh ! She returned later that night and all was well.


Hope all enjoy the fab sailing ship at the top of page. Wow! was that sea rough !! yet she streaked through with maximum elegance.



Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 06:41
 
Post 1236
  PaulB, Dover
Another picture above from our glorious Monday when the weather was fabulous with cruise liners 'exotique' to match. But in the midst of all this excitable cruise liner activity some of the other vital activities were going on as well and of course must not be overlooked...the pic above shows the UK Border Agency setting off on monday morning to tackle whatever the day brings again out in the channel. Here we see Seeker, our protector against all sorts of marauders .. just whispering by the AIDA Cara on her way out to sea. Note that big eye on the AIDA Cara...watching the watchers!
Smiley

By Tuesday the weather had turned rough. We were scarily promised all kinds of levels of Armageddon by the newspapers, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzo or whatever they called it, but in actual terms in transpired to be not much more than a windy day...as you can see in the pix below. First one shows the Pride of Kent just leaving the harbour and finding out just how rough it is. Several minutes later the Spirit of France began her approach once Kent was out of the way.




Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 06:56
 
Post 1235
  PaulB, Dover
Monday was a fabulous day for cruise liners in the Port of Dover and no mistake. Both the giant AIDA Sol and the smaller AIDA Cara arrived in an impressive double header and looked absolutely fantastic all day in Dover's glorious sunshine. Of course we here in Dover laid on the sunshine specially so that the season could go out in...well in a blaze of sunshine. We had not expected the AIDA Sol but here she was, all 72,000 tons of her. They both left last night around 19.40 (7.40pm) moving away in a dazzling array of electrical colour. The AIDA Sol moving slowly across the harbour first and leaving through the eastern exit...followed slightly later by the AIDA Cara out the western exit and both turned south in tandem for the journey to Le Havre.



Top shot AIDA Sol, then AIDA Sol and AIDA Cara...then AIDA Cara.

Great stuff below lads. Crackers below there in post 1161 Ed of the AIDA ships, the second one in particular full of atmosphere..lovin it !
Real classic ferries in post 1162 from Mike. Gosh well before my time in frontline Dover, amazing to see those..glad you enjoyed those Vic.



Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 08:20
 
Post 1234
  vic matcham, Dover
I worked on both of them +the St David alot of my welding holding them up. Smiley. IT would be great to see one of them back in Dover and made into a sea Heritage centre .Smiley

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 04:09
 
Post 1232
  Mike J., Dover
Remember the ST.CHRISTOPHER & the REINE ASTRID ?

These two former Dover ferries are laid up in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras & were photographed last week.

They've been there since 2012 following the bankruptcy of their Moroccan owners who used them in a service across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Sealink’s ST.CHRISTOPHER is now the IBN BATOUTA & left Dover in 1991.
The former RMT ferry REINE ASTRID [the second Belgian ferry with this name] left the Dover/Ostend service in 1998 & is now the AL MANSOUR.

Their full histories can be seen in the ‘Past & Present’ feature on the DOVER FERRY PHOTOS website.

Both ships face an uncertain future as do several other elderly ferries also laid up in the port & their next voyage could well be to the shipbreakers.

The ST.CHRISTOPHER’s sister ship, the ST.ANSELM remains in service in the Adriatic & can be seen on AIS as the BARI running between southern Italy & Albania.









Monday, 20 October 2014 - 23:15
 
Post 1231
  Ed Connell, Dover
AIDAsol and AIDAcara




Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:54
 
Post 1227
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.



Minister sees Positive Vision of the Future
... and the world class Port of Dover operation
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The team at the Port of Dover was delighted to welcome Minister of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP, for a tour of the Port and discussions on how the UK’s busiest port is undergoing major development whilst delivering record volumes of freight traffic as the economy continues to grow.

The Minister visited Port Control, the nerve centre that ensures safe vessel movements at the Port, as well as Terminal Control, which controls all landside activity. He also observed the ongoing refurbishment of Berth 2, part of an ongoing major programme of berth refurbishment and renewal, and saw how the ongoing Traffic Management Improvement project at Dover is already transforming the Port to deliver a better customer experience for the 13 million passengers who already choose Dover as their gateway to and from the UK.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said:

“It was a real privilege to host the Minister in our fabulous port. We were greatly encouraged that he clearly saw the benefits of our vision for the future to the Port, to Dover and the UK.

“He also recognised that alongside the positive recent developments of the community fund and progress on the appointment of community directors, the team was continuing to deliver a first class operational performance, essential for the economic prosperity of the nation. We look forward to welcoming him back to Dover in the near future.”

ENDS


Picture from left to right: George Jenkins OBE (Chairman Dover Harbour Board), Tim Waggott (Chief Executive Dover Harbour Board), Charlie Elphicke (MP for Dover), Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP Minister of State for Transport, Michael Grace (Development Engineer) and Jack Goodhew (General Manager, Technical & Engineering Services).


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Yes indeed Kevin a double whammy of AIDA ships in today. They have taken us all by surprise. We wake to find an array of cruise lights not seen here for a while. The AIDA Cara is in as expected but the AIDA SOL which is a total whopper (to give it a technical term) is also in. It looks twice the size of the AIDA Cara at a guess.

It was dark when they came so no pictures sadly so if anyone can bag a shot you know where to put it.Smiley

Lovely picture of the Nederlands Reefer Ed. We have a great collection of cargo ships coming and going through Dover now and we are getting pictures of most of them for the Sea News collection so all can enjoy.




Monday, 20 October 2014 - 07:12
 
Post 1226
  Ed Connell, Dover
Nederland Reefer at the DCT yesterday.



Monday, 20 October 2014 - 06:50
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