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Post 654
  PaulB, Dover
This is cruise liner number 3 this season but it is the first of the big players, the first of the heavy hitters. It is totally huge. Kevin mentions below that it weighs in at more than 90,000 tons ( update: 95,000 tons +) and of course is carrying masses of passengers, all eager to see both the local sights and the treasures further afield. Let us hope many stayed locally but as ever the ship was met by a large number of coaches.
The massive ship turned around on a tiny didnt appear to need a great deal of input from the tugboat Dauntless, and then reversed into its position at CT2. It was all accomplished with what appeared to be considerable ease...however yours truly wouldn't like to try reversing something on that scale. No Sirreee ! A wider view below as she reverses into position.
Wot a whopper ! Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 11:31
Post 653
  PaulB, Dover


BRIDGE strengthens links between Dover and Calais Smiley

With freight traffic between Dover and Calais expected to rise by 40% by 2030, the importance of strengthening the route between the two independent ports is currently the focus of cross-Channel collaboration and major investment.

Seeking to protect the long-term resilience of this internationally important trade link, described as a ‘European motorway of the sea’, the BRIDGE (Building the Resilience of International and Dependent Gateways in Europe) Project brings together the Port of Dover and Port of Calais.

Currently those two busiest Roll–on Roll–off (Ro-Ro) ferry terminals in Europe handle more than one third of RoRo cargo between the UK and continental Europe, representing goods worth more than 70 billion euros.

The BRIDGE Project, which aims to ensure that Dover and Calais are part of European efforts to create a fully integrated freight corridor combining road, rail and maritime transport and linking the UK with Northern France, Benelux and North-East Spain, was recently unveiled at a joint event held in the French port.

Calais Port 2015 sets out plans to increase capacity through the development of a new harbour, a new cross-Channel terminal with a further three cross-Channel berths and one Ro-Ro berth, and 80 hectares of new platforms. To handle the increased traffic, Calais, like Dover, is reorganising cross-Channel traffic flows and the road networks in and around the Port. Major investment being undertaken under the Calais 2015 banner also includes the development of a rail motorway terminal linking the Port in Nord-Pas de Calais with Perpignan in the south of France, enabling the transhipment of trailers between rail, road and ferry in the Port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:
“BRIDGE recognises that, by collaborating, we can complement each other and enhance the resilience of this international trade route. We connect the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with the continental mainland, so it is essential that Dover works closely with our opposite numbers in Calais. By developing efficient port facilities and transport connections on both sides of the Channel we will be perfectly placed to meet the needs of our customers, communities and strengthen the local economies.”

In the short term, the BRIDGE project will ensure that the two ports operate efficiently by adapting the berths to the highest technical standards of ship accommodation, as well as focussing on the enhancement of the local transport networks to improve the resilience of the trade route.

At the Port of Dover, three berths are being enhanced with two piers recently extended. To improve the short-term operational performance and safety on the Kent side of the English Channel, a further three major berths will be refurbished by 2015.

The ports of Dover and Calais, each recognised by the European Commission as strategically important, and designated as ‘core ports’ under the TEN-T network 2014-2020, have been working together on the BRIDGE Project.

During the event, and in the presence of their stakeholders and the Nord-Pas de Calais Council (as the owner of the Port of Calais), a Memorandum of Understanding between the two ports was signed by the Côte d'Opale Chamber of Commerce and Industry (as the port manager) and Dover Harbour Board.

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Thanks for that ace reminder Kevin. I have a tendency to forget what's coming where and when myself. Always great to get a tip off.
No sign of anything as I write.

Terrifically encouraging to see these new moves forward as shown in the press release above.

ADDED EXTRA: Cruise liner MSC Magnifica arrived into harbour at 07.25. Truly magnificent. We will have pictures later. Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 06:35
Post 652
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Just a quick reminder that the first of the big cruise ships of the season is due tomorrow, the MSC Magnifica. At over 90,000 tons and with 2,500 passengers, it should be a busy day for Dover!

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 09:26
Post 651
  PaulB, Dover
Very long range shot of the cargo ship Baltic Jasmine after she left Dover last night. Quality isn't great because of the range and the fading light but you can get the gist of the situation. Time of picture about 7.30pm in low yellowing light as the sun went down. You can see the pilot has just departed. The ship is just off South Foreland Lighthouse as a rough estimate at the time of picture.
The Baltic Jasmine was indeed heading for the Baltic and to the glorious St Petersburg in Russia in particular. Her slot here in the harbour has already been filled by yet another cargo ship. One in one out. Very busy. There is most definitely an urgent need for cargo facility development here in Dover... as per the Ports new avenue to potential growth and prosperity lies in wait, with regard to cargo development in particular.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 08:15
Post 650
  vic matcham, Dover
There you have it in photos, wait till we see the younger ones doing it .

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 12:17
Post 649
  PaulB, Dover
Kids on the Rocks!
The rest of the beach might be entirely empty but where the rocks are the kids will surely follow. The Norwegian rocky groynes are already weaving a strange spell on kids from everywhere. These particular kids look like students passing through. Of course in time they will become slippery...the rocks that is not the kids ! and the mighty sea may well claim the odd mobile phone or dampen the odd trainer.
Yes always plenty going on Howard, will be even more too once the cruise liners get into full swing. Yes indeed the patrol vessel cut a dash yesterday.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 07:21
Post 648
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
great photos of the harbour patrol boat paul, as you say there is never dull moment in our harbour.

people station themselves on the langdon cliffs, st martin's battery etc for hours on end to watch the action.

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 20:04
Post 647
  PaulB, Dover
The harbour patrol guys powering onto the scene earlier today. I think the pictures speak for themselves but it looks thrilling and spectacular.
Very busy boat that.. always plenty to do. There's never a dull moment here in Dover.

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 15:50
Post 646
  PaulB, Dover


- Up to 50% discount available on crossings between Dover and France

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has launched a trio of discounts for passengers to choose from, with discounts of up to 50% available on both the Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais crossings.

You can choose from the following discounts, which must be booked by 21 April, for travel between 7 April and 30 June 2014:
- 50% off sailings in both directions between 02:00 and 04:00
- 20% off sailings in both directions between 22:00 and 01.30
- 10% off all remaining sailings in both directions

Whether you’re looking to travel to Northern Europe by car with your family or friends or hit the open roads on your motorcycle, crossing the Channel with DFDS Seaways is the perfect way to start your journey.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments:
“We already offer passengers a choice of ferry routes from Dover to both Dunkirk and Calais and now we’re offering even more choice by introducing our new range of discounts - so you can choose what works best for your holiday! If you like to maximise your time away, take advantage of our 50% off discount and travel through the night to enjoy quieter roads, however if you’re looking for a more leisurely start to your trip, travel during the day and save 10% off crossing prices.”

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings per day between Dover and France, offering passengers a choice of departure times and flexibility. Passengers can relax onboard during the short crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop, let the kids play in the dedicated children’s areas or explore the ship’s deck and take in the sea air.

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

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Fantastic collection of nauticals below there Ed...absolutely brilliant. Left them in pole position for as long as I could. When we look at those we can feel the salty spray on the wind and hear the yelp of the seagull on the wing. Great stuff! Some fantastic zooming there...I wonder if you have a new camera. They add wonderfully to the mix on here for sure...we are amazingly seen far and wide these days on Sea News too, more so since relaunch, never ceases to amaze. I guess its thanks to our solid positioning on the search engines Google and Bing ( just type in Sea News ) something that surprised me...but of course 'twas a very welcome surprise.


Friday, 11 April 2014 - 07:39
Post 645
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
you certainly never come up short with the photos ed along with many others here.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 23:12
Post 644
  Ed Connell, Dover
Three masted barque "Kaskelot" passing Dover Seaways in the Northeast Lane on 28th March. Used for film and charter work around the UK.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 15:30
Post 643
  Ed Connell, Dover
Reefer "Caribbean Star" approaching Eastern Entrance on Saturday with DHB Doughty making fast aft and DHB Dauntless enveloped in a brief cloud of smoke whilst waiting under the Knuckle Light.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 15:12
Post 642
  Ed Connell, Dover
French Navy patrol vessel "Cormoran" passing Dover Seaways off Calais on Tuesday.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 14:59
Post 641
  Ed Connell, Dover
French Navy command and replenishment ship "Somme" passing Dover Seaways off the Dyck buoy on Monday. Somali pirates mistakenly attacked her a couple of times in 2009 and 2010 and paid the price, their ship identification skills leaving a bit to be desired.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 14:39
Post 640
  Ed Connell, Dover
Last couple of HMS Lancaster showing her departing CT2 with Folkestone looming large in the zoom lens.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 12:18
Post 639
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Very good news that the great port of Dover is to stay a Royal one and that the new look D,H,B, will carry on running it.
Any other way could have seen the port sold off at some point and the plan of having it turned to a /public of Dover port was doomed before it got off the ground it never had worked.
But now the D.H.B. can loan more cash to make major improvements is also good news .
In my own view the Dover MP, and Mr Wiggins and the others were doing what was good for Dover in their own minds and indeed they might have help in seeing the improvements that are about to happen to the port but their plan of loaning well over £300 million pounds ad on top of that saying that they could give the town of Dover funding of around £50million was pie in the sky and I am glad that that plan is now dead.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 07:42
Post 638
  PaulB, Dover

Press release issued yesterday wednesday 9 April.......

Port Welcomes Minister to Dover.

The Port of Dover has welcomed the visit of Shipping & Ports Minister Stephen Hammond, who has today set out his plan for the Port of Dover to continue as a Trust Port.

George Jenkins, Chairman of the Dover Harbour Board, said
“I welcome the praise of the Minister for the work that has been done by the refreshed board and executive team in improving relationships with Port users, while also re-launching and developing engagement with the local community. With our recently announced vision for the Dover Western Docks Revival capable of supporting major inward investment into Dover, I am delighted that the Minister wishes to give us his backing in creating a thriving port which in turn supports and delivers for a thriving town. We will be resolute in continuing our engagement with the community; this is a real opportunity for the Port and Town of Dover to come together and deliver an exciting future for all.”

During his visit Mr.Hammond viewed some of the developments in port infrastructure that have been delivered in the last 12 months.
He said: “The port has put in an excellent performance over the past year with a 13% increase in ro-ro traffic, and an £85 million investment programme in key infrastructure projects. This includes the completed berth 6 and traffic management improvement works which include the creation of a new holding area with capacity for 220 freight vehicles. This is equivalent to taking almost 4 km of traffic off Dover’s roads.”

Mr.Hammond added “I would also like to thank everyone at the port for their remarkable resilience in ensuring that the port continued to operate effectively during the appalling weather we experienced this winter.”

Commenting on the visit and the announcement, Port of Dover Chief Executive, Tim Waggott said:
“I am grateful to the Minister for praising our hardworking team on all they have achieved, and for providing the certainty on Trust Port status they have craved for some time. Our commitment to be the Best Port in the World for the benefit of our customers and community is clear, and I look forward to further enhancing our relationships as we develop a shared vision to the benefit of future generations.”


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Just catching up today...
HMS Lancaster left us on Tuesday morning around 10.15 am. We have carried other Royal Navy pictures earlier in the process ie further down the page, but here are a couple more to wish her bon voyage on her further adventures.

Top pic shows her just after leaving the eastern exit...once outside the harbour HMS Lancaster pulled sharply right in the midst of all the traffic and headed off through the blinding sparkling sea.. as in picture 2.

Many thanks to the guys at DHB for the unsolicited info sent in below on the groyne pole. Always good.
Looks like Ray H called it right below thereSmiley

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 06:50
Post 637
  PaulB, Dover

Many thanks for your comments guys.
We also have had the following comment through from the Port re the Groyne marker problem mentioned below in post 581.

Port of Dover:
'Thank you very much for very useful observations and photos. Indeed there is a top section to add to the pole. This is because the opportunity was taken to fit the base section during the recent low Spring tides when access was good. The top mark is being galvanised and will be fitted to the correct height when returned.

We look forward to seeing more pictures posted by the Members of the Forum.'


Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 14:56
Post 636
  Ray H, Dover
Time will tell but you may just have a shorter pole there until the new fixings harden, there may be a workboat come along and drop the top section over the pole complete with new daymarker. Only a guessing but it would be easier than trying to plant a full length pole and marker on those rocks.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 23:00
Post 635
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Post #580 - Dover has always benefited economically from the port. Direct and indirect employment, local suppliers, local hotels, guest houses, etc.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 22:43
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