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 1185
  PaulB, Dover
This is cargo ship Fegulus arriving early yesterday morn under a blazing yellow sky. She is already unloaded and gone. They certainly know how to do the business swiftly down there at the cargo terminal.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 15:29
 
Post 1184
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Lifeboat Volunteers Say Thank You Smiley

 
The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Phoenix Angling Club when a cheque for the grand sum of £1177 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.

They raised the money through a number of events including an auction, a live music event and a collection outside the local branch of Morrisons. Over the years the club has now donated over ten thousand pounds to their local lifeboat and its volunteer crew.

The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham and members of the lifeboat crew.

Dover’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Couzens said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Phoenix Angling Club for their continued support.

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Well done the Phoenix Angling Club. Brilliant fund raising above.
It was quite special in the harbour last night with the two great cruise liners, Aida Mar and Albatross, looking fabulous as it got dark in a diamond dazzling lighting display. A thousand, nay, a million lights shone from the two vessels in fine style...it was enough to gladden the landlubbers corpuscles so it was.



Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 07:09
 
Post 1183
  PaulB, Dover
Early morning appearance for the AIDAMar, seen here reversing all 71,000 tons into position on CT2 around 07.15. Very colourful as ever...
The Albatross also in harbour arrived too early for a decent picture from my aspect. Maybe later.
Smiley lol! well done Brian.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 15:48
 
Post 1182
  brian, dover
all sorted paulb,had a blonde moment.Smiley

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 08:35
 
Post 1181
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

In light of what happened yesterday re the P&O fire ( see further down the page ), this release was held back..
.........but events show clearly that these safety drills are extremely important for us all...


MyFerryLink participates in major safety drill
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Dover to Calais cross Channel ferry operator, MyFerryLink, is participating in a major simulated safety drill in assistance to the French government and Maritime Authorities on Monday 29 September 2014.

MyFerryLink will be providing its vessel Rodin to participate and it is likely the drill will simulate a major at sea disaster. The exercise is designed to give relevant authorities, MyFerryLink staff and crew practice in emergency procedures.

Raphaël Doutrebente, CEO MyFerryLink, says,
‘MyFerryLink is delighted to be part of this safety drill. Safety is our absolute priority and, whilst major emergencies are incredibly rare, it is imperative that our staff are as well prepared as they possibly can be.’

The Rodin

-Ends-


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And now just to catch up with the Swedish Reefer as previously mentioned. The cargo terminal continues to be very busy with lots of new vessels coming. While this one, the Swedish Reefer, was unloading during the day.. the Columbian Star was waiting offshore...
While the Swedish Reefer was waiting to berth on Sunday the Spirit of Britain rounded her to make its way out of the western exit. Quite unusual to see.. although happily much more use is being made these days of the western exit.
Another one of the Swedish Reefer.

Interesting collection of pictures below Ed. Those harbour patrol guys keep very busy. I also wonder if there may have been a suspicion of illegal immigration there too...everything and anything that floats of a small and perhaps delicate nature is being looked at now, or so it appears...and of course we also have the hi-profile presence of vessels like Vigilant from the UK Border Agency patrolling up and down the channel everyday.

Yes Colette the Sea News guys are busy these days with lots of variations with both the pictures and the information which is ace indeed.Smiley



ADDED: AIDAMar and Albatross now in at 07.20. A late season flurry of cruise liners.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 06:51
 
Post 1180
  Ed Connell, Dover
Whilst we were down on Shakespeare Beach on Sunday, the harbour launch came powering round from the docks and headed over to a small dinghy which two chaps were paddling round from the direction of Samphire Hoe. On closer examination through the zooms lens, it could be seen that their outboard motor was raised up and obviously not working. The DHB stalwart had a word with them and, clearly satisfied that they were not in need of help, the harbour launch returned whence they had come.






Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 04:36
 
Post 1179
  ColetteB, Dover
You turn your back for a minute & it's all happening on Sea News!!!

You guys have been busy. Great photos of DFDS Calais Seaways out in the channel in such rough conditions & the final departure this year of Saga Pearl II complete with fly past. Also love 'The Ladies' steam tugs too, very interesting. Terrific stuff all round SmileySmileySmiley

And that seal is just adorable with his mackerel lunch at the ready Smiley

Keep up the good work guys Smiley

Good to hear that no one was hurt on the Pride of Canterbury, we were on it ourselves just recently, hopefully she will be back with us very soon.


Monday, 29 September 2014 - 20:11
 
Post 1178
  PaulB, Dover

This is a picture of the tough old warhorse the Pride of Canterbury in rough sea action recently. The fire this morning has taken the ship out of service but we imagine only temporarily. The fire happened as it arrived in Calais and all passengers and crew, under 500, were evacuated safely.

P&O said: "The Pride of Canterbury had a fire in the engine room at around 8am as it arrived into Calais. It was extinguished by the ship's own fire protection system ... the sprinklers. Nobody has been injured and the ship disembarked all the passengers safely."

The good news here of course is that nobody was injured.

Thanks once again to Jacqui for the initial info.
Brian you say the Pride of Calais in your post on the main forum. You need to change that to the Pride of Canterbury.


Monday, 29 September 2014 - 15:34
 
Post 1177
  brian, dover
I have put the link on the main forum about the ferry fire,Smiley

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 12:47
 
Post 1176
  PaulB, Dover
Jacqui thanks for that info.
Its possible to put up a link if you leave out the http bit...just trying this now anyway

www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/fire-on-channel-ferry-24235/

Yes there we are...
Just copy and paste the link and you're there.


Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:25
 
Post 1175
  Jacqui, Dover

Just seen this on Kent online but can't cut and paste the url.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:18
 
Post 1174
  Jacqui, Dover
Just been told that the PO Canterbury suffered a fire on her approach to Calais at around 8am this morning. Everyone got off ok and berth 5 was sealed off for investigation. No-one was hurt as far as I know.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:11
 
Post 1173
  PaulB, Dover
I was poised ready to photograph the Swedish Reefer when this guy popped up right in front of me...you just don't know what's down there !! Smiley


Clearly he enjoyed a nice sunday lunch even before I had mine...some cheek..showing off with his mackerel too! Smiley
This is the last picture below of the Saga Pearl for this year, Mike has some great shots below of the final departure for this year... this one shows her arriving early morning saturday.

Cracking pictures below there Mike. You played a blinder with number 3 for sure. Yes there is a fascinating mini air shows every time a Saga ship departs lately which is something of a great and novel idea. As you say must be great if you are onboard to be buzzed by these fab planes ...ones cocktail would be both shaken and stirred ! ooh I say !
Smiley

Did eventually get a picture or two of the Swedish Reefer which I will sort out afore too long.
Also just to mention...the overhyped Port Blockade on saturday was a monumental damp squib. A mere handful of NF protesters showed up and there was no Port blockade. Pictures on the main forum.. including a couple from yours truly.



Monday, 29 September 2014 - 07:18
 
Post 1172
  Mike J., Dover
Recent SAGA departures seem to be accompanied by Spitfire displays.

When the SAGA PEARL 2 sailed for Gibraltar on Friday afternoon two Spitfires [perhaps a Spitfire & a Hurricane ?] gave a display.

A bit far away for pix from the clifftops but they must have been an impressive sight from onboard.







I struck lucky with one photo - a sheer fluke !




Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 12:38
 
Post 1171
  PaulB, Dover
It was one of those days when you wonder if you did the right thing getting out of bed at all...never mind making that early journey to France. The wind was blustering and swirling, the sea was choppy, the ship was rolling, and the sky looked menacing and didn't promise too much for the day ahead. Looking back on it from rose coloured hindsight it all remembers better than it was....but all day I kept the camera clicking away and the pictures worked out okay, a little threatening maybe but okay. And.. it was one of those days you remember..

The ship featured is the DFDS Calais Seaways, shown here and also on show currently at the top of the page as she leaves Calais Harbour a few days ago. This ferry in former recent times sailed between Dover and Calais in the colourful livery of LD Lines. It was called the Norman Spirit then. A hard working ship of long standing. She started life in Belgium in 1991/92 as the Prins Filip.


ADDED at 07.20: The Saga Pearl II has just arrived for the final time this year.
Also note that the Port Blockade is planned for today from 1pm. Traffic chaos will almost certainly ensue. Avoiding action needed.


Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 06:05
 
Post 1170
  PaulB, Dover
Don't worry at all John. Nice post that.
Earlier Mike's post was pinned for the morning so that Ged could see it easily re tug Diligent. The numbers and posts revert to normal once the pinning is over...if that's clear. Hope so.
Smiley

Thanks to Mike for the info ..great stuff.
And to Colette for the latest cruise liner visits - only a few now.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:30
 
Post 1169
  John Mavin, Dover
(It seems my post 1099 below is out of sequence - it should follow Mike's. Perhaps it filled the slot of a deleted post .... oh well , ne'mind eh?)

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:16
 
Post 1168
  John Mavin, Dover
My own particular interest is "The Ladies" - the steam tugs that operated in the harbour from the beginning of the 20th C. until the last one retired in, I think, 1958. These were the Lady Duncannon, Lady Crundall, Lady Brassey, Lady Vita and Lady Curzon.

There is a model of the Lady Curzon in the departure lounge at Cruise Terminal 2. She had a relatively short career at Dover which ended in 1912 and she was last heard of in Iraq in 1953.



Another one was the tender/tug Delphinus. I thought I had a picture of this one but I can't seem to find it. Delphinus was mainly responsible for transporting passengers to and from liners as they laid off the port. Having two decks she tended to roll like a pig and was not regarded as particularly successful. She operated in Dover from 1957 - 1967 before finally ending up in Cyprus.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:56
 
Post 1167
  ColetteB, Dover


Just to remind everyone that tomorrow Saturday 27th September the Saga Pearl II will cruise into CT1, TR. for the last time this year.

Nothing then until Tuesday 30th September when two cruise ships arrive for their last PoC's this year, the Albatros at CT1 & the AIDAMar at CT2. They were both seen here back in May.

Only two cruises left this year, Monday October 20th the AIDACara is back for a PoC at CT1. She was last here in August.

We end the year on Monday December 8th with another PoC from the AIDASol at CT2, she was also our last cruise in December last year.

That's it for this year folks Smiley Smiley



Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:20
 
Post 1166
  Mike J., Dover

The DILIGENT left Dover in 1984 & went to Poole.
In 1989 she was sold to Canadian owners & renamed OMNI ST.LAURENT & was reported still to be in service in 2002.

This information is from the excellent 'Dover Ferry Photos' website which is packed with information about Dover marine operations.


We can't post 'live links' here but Googling 'doverferryphotosforums' should bring up the website.


Just in case you'd not noticed, all DHB service craft's names always begin with 'D'
Apologies if you know this already !



Friday, 26 September 2014 - 08:04
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