Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Rising Bridge below :

You can see the new bridge rising 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 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 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... 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.

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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- 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
- 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 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 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 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 ....


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.



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 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 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.


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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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 1205
  Ed Connell, Dover
The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza passing down the Southwest lane past Dover at 1630 today bound for Funchal in Madeira.

Friday, 10 October 2014 - 23:53
Post 1204
  Mike J., Dover
The Seacat berth demolition continues.

Most of the steelwork has gone & the contractors are demolishing the concrete supports while local diving firm SEALIFT DIVERS are cutting away at the piles underwater.

If the Western Docks project goes through most of the sea visible in the photos will disappear when land is reclaimed & the public will lose access to the Prince of Wales pier.

Friday, 10 October 2014 - 21:57
Post 1203
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Port of Dover commits £¼ million to launch community fund

The Port of Dover is delighted to announce that it has committed £¼ million to launch the community fund.
The fund will also benefit from an ongoing annual contribution of 1% of pre-tax profits.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:
“We have been working hard to establish a community fund for Dover and have positively engaged with our community on how to make it really effective. I am personally very grateful to the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, for his guidance and input and offer my sincere thanks to all those who have given their time to help us move forward in delivering a key element of our shared vision for Dover.”

The Bishop of Dover, Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, said:

“People are passionate about Dover and are passionate about how this fund should be used. We must come together to ensure that Dover receives the best opportunity from this significant new fund which the Port is establishing together with its community. I am delighted to be playing my part in guiding this process on to make sure this happens. ”


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Good news for the community above. Moving forward together.Smiley

All this talk of money has prompted me to use this photo taken on Wednesday evening. My personal leprechaun tells me regularly that there's gold at the end of the rainbow. So there must be stacks of it onboard the Pride of Kent. I'm off, shovel in hand, to join the search for treasure. Although why I would need a shovel onboard the Pride of Kent I don't know but its an obligatory piece of equipment for the gold prospector!... The featured picture shows that brief moment in the midst of all the horrible weather when the late sun bursts through, creating strange intense colours and...yes...the magical rainbow.

Friday, 10 October 2014 - 07:14
Post 1202
  PaulB, Dover
A rough oul day again yesterday and probably with more to come today. Took the pictures shown at different times of the day yesterday, and conditions didn't improve much if at all as the day wore on... and today once again it looks a tad dismal ( a master of the understatement). Perhaps not the best spell of weather to take advantage of the offers from the Ferry Companies...not for bringing your granny over perhaps. As they say in pubs everywhere...'beware the mal de mer'

Top shot shows the ever busy Nord Pas de Calais which of course is a freight only vessel with MYFerryLink. A hard working vessel too and seems ever popular with the truckers. Below we have another pic from yesterday, this time from the afternoon which was perhaps a mite less rough, and we see the old favourite Calais Seaways again... battling homeward. Look at that crewman right on the bow and up at top right you can see the Captain (?) checking out the angle of lean !

By the way Mike...meant to say, that was a great piece of film of the Norman Spirit/Calais Seaways approaching the harbour. You have to be full of admiration for the crews when you see that. Easy to see it too... I just copied your link in post 1129 and placed it at the bottom of page in Windows 8.1 and it does the need for the http:// bit.

Blimey Colette I mustnt be getting out enough...yours truly hasn't been to either Lille, Bruges or Amsterdam..Smiley

Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 06:58
Post 1201
  ColetteB, Dover
Terrific Ferry photos there Guys & with some great deals for half term too Smiley

I love Lille, Bruges & Amsterdam, I remember doing these with my daughters on school breaks when they were younger, sweet memories. We actually done Bruges again not so long ago Smiley

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 14:54
Post 1200
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

From DFDS SEAWAYS - Join the 12.5 million British people taking multi-generational holidays from just £35 each way for a short break to Europe for a car+9 passengers

If you’re stuck for ideas for the family this autumn, then a short hop across the Channel with the kids and their grandparents could be just the ticket. And with ferry travel from Dover-France with DFDS Seaways starting at just £35 each way for a car and up to nine passengers for a short break, you needn’t go overboard on the cost!

Recent research shows that a third of the 12.5 million people who go on a “3G” holiday with at least three generations travelling together, find it more enjoyable than a conventional holiday. The vast majority (80%) of those surveyed said having multiple generations together had a positive impact on their break away.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “Taking a trip to France, Belgium or Holland can be a great way to spend a fun family time together. There are some fantastic places to visit on the other side of the Channel, and in under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk you could be sitting down to a delicious family lunch in a local French restaurant in Dunkirk or Lille, or sampling Belgian chocolates and beer in Bruges.
“For those living further north, a two-night mini cruise to Amsterdam could provide the perfect mix of historic sights, culinary delights and adventure for all the family.”

We have listed below some of our top family-friendly destinations for your trip:

· France – Dunkirk boasts a unique combination of traditional Flemish cooking and excellent seafood, as well as 15km of sandy beaches, offering an ideal family trip for kids, parents and grandparents alike.

· Belgium – At under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk, and around an hour and 20 minutes from Calais, Bruges is not only ‘choc full’ of culinary delights, it is also one of the prettiest cities in Europe, with the state of the art, interactive Historium museum, complete with special effects designed to catapult you back to Bruges’ Golden Age in the mid-15th Century.

· Holland - Amsterdam Zoo is a great place to visit in the heart of Amsterdam, with over 900 species of animals and more than 200 species of trees to see. It is the oldest zoo in Holland and offers a selection of zookeeper talks and guided tours. DFDS Seaways offers a dedicated mini cruise, offering entrance tickets and return transfers to the zoo with two nights onboard accommodation as part of the package.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France, as well as two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. All DFDS Seaways ferries are equipped with a range of high quality onboard facilities so your break starts as soon as you board the ferry. The cruise ferries, which sail on the Newcastle-Amsterdam service, also offer passengers a range of comfortable cabins to relax in during the overnight crossing.

To find out more or to book your trip visit Crossings from Dover-France with DFDS Seaways are available from just £35 each way for a car and up to nine passengers. Mini cruise deals on our Newcastle-Amsterdam route start at just £39.50 per person, based on five people sharing a family cabin.

DFDS Seaways operates sailings between Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre and Newcastle-Amsterdam.

Many thanks to DFDS Seaways for the information above. Pictures added to the info from the Sea News files.
Both pix taken recently. The Delft Seaways top of page and the Calais Seaways immediately above.
Picture below shows one of the rainbows yesterday..a by-product of the turbulent weather. Brrrrr...
Nice pictures Ed. Great to get the close up of the Atlantic Klipper and most definitely an unusual one of the Dunkerque Seaways.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 07:49
Post 1199
  Ed Connell, Dover
This is the Dunkerque Seaways entering as viewed from Port Control. I enjoyed a look round a couple of years ago with members of Dover Ferry Photos but we were asked not to post any photos. Guess this one is OK unless the pot plant is on the secret list.

Here is a cargoship I forgot to put on weeks ago but shall add now as think she had not paid a visit before. Atlantic Klipper at the DCT on 22nd September.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 08:29
Post 1198
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Running a little late with this one. To get the offer book now....see the details below.
Many thanks to MyFerryLink for the info as ever.


Book now and receive a free “François Ferret the chef” cuddly toy

Dover-Calais ferry operator MyFerryLink is offering families travelling during October half term free children’s meals in its onboard restaurant Le Relais and an exclusive free soft toy of its mascot, François Ferret.

This offer is valid on crossings between 23 October and 2 November 2014, subject to availability, and must be booked before 8 October 2014 using the offer code HALFTERM. For each adult meal purchased (main course, dessert and drink) a child’s meal will be given free. An alternative breakfast option is available on morning crossings. In addition, families who book the half term kids’ meal offer will also receive a complimentary MyFerryLink cuddly toy – an exclusive François Ferret, complete with chef’s uniform!

Le Relais is a family-friendly self-service restaurant offering a range of delicious French and international cuisine for the whole family to enjoy, all prepared on board by MyFerryLink’s chefs. The Relais’ seating is situated adjacent to the children’s soft play area, meaning that parents can relax whilst kids run off their meal, and there are also microwaves available for warming up babies’ bottles.

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers during October half term start from £35 each way, with special offers often available online.

To find the best fares, visit or call 0844 2482 100

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 07:47
Post 1197
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks Mike - will have a look at that link.
Forgot to mention, the ferry in the picture (1128) is the Dunkerque Seaways.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 07:25
Post 1196
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB -

Excellent photo of the DFDS heading for the 'Hole in the Wall'

For a most impressive video of the CALAIS SEAWAYS, when she was sailing as the NORMAN SPIRIT for LD Lines in 2012, coming in on a very rough day,
try this link

To get the link to work you'll need to put 'https://' in front of it.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 00:12
Post 1195
  PaulB, Dover
No room for error...
Its a rough oul day and no mistake. But the work goes on..

Monday, 6 October 2014 - 15:27
Post 1194
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Appointment of new Head of Marine Operations

The Port of Dover is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Masters as the new Head of Marine Operations.

Steven, a resident of East Kent, comes to the Port from Disney Cruise Line where he has held the role of Marine Operations Manager. He was previously Marine and Port Manager at Kent-based Saga Cruises.

Mr Masters said:

“It is marvellous to return to my local area having gained some wonderful experience with some of the great cruise lines that have also called Dover their home. As a previous customer of the Port, I am now looking forward to utilising this insight to further enhance the fantastic customer service that the Port already provides.

“Living locally, I am aware of all the major development plans and the shared vision being developed in Dover. These are exciting times for the Port and Dover and I am thrilled to be coming on its journey.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:

Steven brings with him a wealth of experience from some of our most valued customers. This will help us to develop and improve our product even more through a greater understanding of our customers’ needs. I and the whole organisation welcome Steven as he joins team Dover.”


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Some additions here of the tugboats in action over the weekend. Both Doughty and Dauntless into the fray. The ship featured here is the Caribbean Star both coming and going. Arriving in the top shot and departing in the two below. Soon after she left the Hellas Reefer arrived keeping the cargo flow going in fine style.

Monday, 6 October 2014 - 07:36
Post 1193
  PaulB, Dover
Two lifebelts were seen floating in the water on Saturday they got there heaven knows. Whether it was the result of some raucous activity or just accidental mishap..who knows. But there they were. Wthin minutes the Harbour Patrol vessel turned up. It is brilliant how these guys spot even the smallest tiny detail within the harbour...they sure don't miss much. Then with grappling hooks to of the guys leapt unto the pier and sought to retrieve the floating objects of value.
Above you can see the boat moving slowly into position while the waves roll them back and forth.
Then suddenly alongside the chap from the Harbour Patrol Boat was none other than Tony Hawkins of RNLI Lifeboat Dover fame and between the two guys they retrieved the items with the grappling hook. One assumes Tony was just a casual passer by so a well done to Tony. Well done those guys all round.
Then with the belts under their ermm belt...the guys on the Harbour Patrol Boat unleashed some raw power in the pic below as they sped off.
That boat knocks out some power I can tell you....whoooosh!!

Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 06:08
Post 1192
  PaulB, Dover

Some long range pictures here of the fishing charter boat Portia returning to base a couple of evenings ago. She clearly had been out for a days fishing in the well stocked channel. Initially it wasn't clear to me if this was a working service vessel approaching but a bit of research told otherwise. We may have featured the vessel before but it would have been a while back. Although it was by all accounts a lovely evening, the sea was more than a bit rough as you can see...appearances can be deceptive out there on the water.

Here is a little bit more about the vessel...


Portia is purpose built with many extra features, island wheelhouse giving all round fishing positions, Cummin's engines providing 900HP, cruise 18-20 knots top speed of 30 knots, fully silenced exhaust's, sound insulated engine rooms, flexible mounts on engines and shafts - all giving a smooth quiet ride. Engine intakes funneled through wheelhouse roof eliminating engine noise and smells onto deck area, moulded fins between hulls giving greater stability at speed, comprehensive electronics package including Simrad sat compass giving the most accurate position available on the market, making wreck fishing spot on! Only charter boat in the harbour to have this. Commercial vessel built to seafish certification and part 1 registration, 10 watertight bulkheads throughout making an extremely safe and strong vessel.


if you fancy a bit of wild fishing or even tranquil fishing you can contact the local team via Google or Bing. Just type in Portia...marina parking is great in Dover too, right next to the vessel I understand. So there you have it ...get yer tackle out !

I tried a bit of extra close cropping in the pic below but with only limited success..

Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 06:31
Post 1191
  ColetteB, Dover
From 'A New Dawn' (luvin that pic above) to dusk there is never a dull moment down at Dover Seafront from German Warships a passing to Dredgers at work not to mention those oh so cute ship watching foxes. I bet they are watching you watching them MrB Smiley

Friday, 3 October 2014 - 17:41
Post 1190
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Thank you Paul for letting it stay for all to read.
Going back to myself just maybe I should have gone for the post because I would have done it without any payment for myself. It is just some kind of payback because I have had a great life in Dover with my family and our family history going back to the 1500s .SmileyAgain great photos of the port and what ships go by and call,Smiley and the foxs

Friday, 3 October 2014 - 11:24
Post 1189
  PaulB, Dover
This is essentially a picture of the German warship Bayern, I believe its a Frigate, moving down the channel last evening. Yours truly was trying to get a closer shot of it but alas it was impossible in the misty poor long range visibility. So when the dredger David Church moved into the immediate view the picture was complete. I know nothing about military history so wouldn't profess to spout further other than to say I understand there was a German class of battleship at the time of the first world war called the Bayern-class battleship. This however is clearly the modern Bayern, I know this thanks to our channel traffic info on our sister page but.. other than that...( and it has nothing at all to do with that other well known Bayern...Bayern Munich !Smiley !! )

And now by way of a bit of light relief and some total frivolity for a friday...I saw these guys watching the ships the other evening...just 50 yards across the way from the left wing of my observation tower. They were doing some ship-watching, then in turn doing a bit of funpacked frolicking, then a bit of hi-octane scratching and biting, then a bit of yawning, then back to a bit of ship watching...etc etc..

Interesting comments Vic. I am sure all the relevant players will have seen your input there and will take the comments onboard.
These are exciting times for the Port indeed ( see more in post 1119)

Friday, 3 October 2014 - 07:15
Post 1188
  vic matcham, Dover

The post should not go to Mr Neil Wiggins as a non-executive of the D.H.B.because from day one he was against the port staying in the hands of the D.H.B. AND now like the MP is jumping ship,my old saying is "you can not run with the foxs AND hunt with the hounds.Why should the D.H.B now pay him to over see anypart of the upgrade of the Port ,after he was one of the main leaders that slowed this from happing in the first place.
I get on well with Mr Wiggins and he knows only to well how I feel about it.
Yes I would have liked to had ago for the post myself but do not have the brain for that.Smiley

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 07:44
Post 1187
  vic matcham, Dover

The D.H.B. plans are very good. If the Port had gone in any other way (1) like the public of Dover port plan which was never going to happen anyway. We would have seen the port nose dive because there would not have been the cash about to pay for any upgrade of the port ,with paying back a big loan+giving the town the £50million they said would happen Smileyit was a nonstarter from day one and the party in power was thinking the same.

Dover MP was just jumping on that ship to get votes if it happened ,as it did not happen he has now jumped ship again and backing the D.H.B. just to keep his seat in the house of power . Anyway the best is going forward now but at my age I might not be around to see it to the end.

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 07:34
Post 1186
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


Dover Harbour Board’s biggest ever investment in Dover starts now Smiley

A momentous day for the future of the Port and the fulfilment of a promise to deliver for Dover, today Dover Harbour Board has agreed to move forward on the first substantial phase of works to transform the Port through its Dover Western Docks Revival project.

Representing an initial and major part of the biggest single investment that will have ever been made by the Board in Dover and its port, tenders are being invited for construction companies to get involved in one of the most exciting development opportunities in the region.

George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said:

“Today’s positive decision is a bold one that demonstrates the Board’s commitment to deliver for Dover. It is far sighted and reflects the shared vision that has been created by the Port, together with its customers and community to create long term prosperity for Dover and for the nation.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled by this decision. It represents a further investment of up to £120 million in Dover and the employment prospects of current and future generations of local people over the next few years. The message today is that we are 100% for Dover, we are putting our money where our mouth is and we very much hope that this will give others the confidence to do the same.

“The studies have been done and the conversations have been had with our customers, with our community and with our staff. Now it is time for action. Now it is time to deliver for Dover.”

Above...The Vision.
Portrait pictures above: George Jenkins OBE left. Tim Waggott right.


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Community Director

Dover Harbour Board has announced that it is delighted with the recent interview process in respect of an upcoming non-executive Board role.

There was considerable interest in the position with a number of high quality applications from some very strong candidates.

The interview panel has unanimously agreed to invite some of the candidates to participate in the next stage of the process. This will involve a second meeting, this time with members of the Dover Harbour Board Nomination Committee only, before they make a referral to the independent representatives for a final recommendation.

The independent representatives who will make the final recommendation include the Leader of Dover District Council, the Deputy Mayor of Dover, the local MP, and the Chairs of the Port & Community Forum and Port Users Group as well as the Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

It is expected that the new Board Member will take office in January 2015.


The Port of Dover is always busy but has been exceptionally busy over the past few days with big volumes of traffic.

Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 06:42
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