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Jan Higgins, Dover
Isn't it nice to see that just like humans the diggers like playing in the water and on the beach when the sun is out.
Great pictures Paul.Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 17:40
Lots of dramatic action on the seafront today..so many pictures I don't know where to start. But let's start with early morning...the first two pictures were taken at low low tide in the early morning slanting colourful sunlight. Could spring be here?? The first shot below takes a wide view and you can see the overnight delivery of Norwegian larvic rock lying at the waters edge. At about 2am, in the wee small hours of the morning, the massive barge Charlie Rock, and I hope I am able to show the scale here, dropped off its first delivery...and you can see it here...these rocks will become the groynes...
These two JCB digger guys below were all at sea for a while, as ever fighting against the unrelenting unforgiving tide..fortunately the sea was benign.
Once the tide was in to a workable extent around midday, a trio of Holyhead Towing vessels arrived, the main player being this massive barge on a scale never seen in the harbour before..delivering more rock on a grand scale.
I have made the pictures quite large so that everyone can see the detail...hopefully.
Karlos I myself don't have any of the pictures you request but when Ed looks in he may have something further.
Don't miss below how DFDS are taking on six further apprentices..offering young hopefuls a life out there on the briny blue
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 14:55
Is the Langdon steps path cliff fall just out of picture? Have you a picture showing it?
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 11:06
vic matcham, Dover
great photos, is putting rocks down where the children can get on them a good plan? we will have to wait and see.Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 08:36
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK - A Life on the Ocean Waves...
DFDS Seaways Lights the Way in Launch of New Maritime Trailblazer Apprenticeships Scheme
- First ferry operator to sign up to apprenticeship scheme with six deck ratings apprentices (2012) on Channel
- DFDS to take on six further deck and engine ratings apprentices in 2014
DFDS Seaways is one of the key organisations taking part in the second round of the new employer-led Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme launched today (March 4) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Trailblazers are tasked with testing the new approach to apprenticeships recommended by Entrepreneur Doug Richards in his Apprenticeship Review in November 2012.
DFDS Seaways was the first ferry company to introduce ratings apprenticeships for deck and engine trainees on its cross Channel service to Dunkirk, underlining its commitment to both the British shipping industry, as well as local people from the South East of England looking to enter the important maritime sector.
The first six apprentices joined DFDS Seaways on the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) developed apprenticeship scheme in December 2012 as deck ratings, working towards their Able Seafarer Certificate, which will enable them to work in the navigation (deck) department of any ship. The scheme is a two year initiative which comprises a mixture of on the job training with DFDS Seaways, as well as classroom based learning, which the apprentices undertake at North West Kent College in Gravesend, Kent. Four of the apprentices are currently on track to receive their Efficient Deck Hand certificate, marking the half way point in their apprenticeship.
DFDS Seaways has launched the second wave of its apprenticeship scheme this week (Monday March 3), as part of National Apprenticeship Week, taking on an additional six apprentices, comprising three further deck ratings and three engine ratings. The engine ratings will receive practical, hands on experience and training in welding and other workshop skills designed to give them the knowledge and expertise they need to become certified Able Seafarers (engine). This includes the day to day monitoring and maintenance of the engines and equipment in the engine room, as well as maintenance activities elsewhere on the ship.
Gemma Griffin, Vice President HR & Crewing for DFDS Seaways, and Chair of the Employment Committee at the UK Chamber of Shipping, chairs the Maritime Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme, which also includes representatives from Princess Cruises, Carnival, P&O, James Fisher and the Royal Navy. She comments:
“Employer-led apprenticeships of this kind are not only vital for DFDS Seaways, but also for the maritime sector as a whole. They help us safeguard the future of our industry by ensuring that we have young people entering the industry with the right skills, expertise and support they need to be able to work effectively and safely.
“At DFDS Seaways, we also have a ratings to officer scheme, providing our Able Seafarers with the training and support they need to progress to the top of their chosen field. That means that the apprentices who sign up to our scheme could feasibly become a Captain or Chief Engineer in the space of 15 years or so, if they demonstrate the right aptitude and competence. And although we might not be able to guarantee a job for life in our particular organisation, we can definitely help our apprentices gain a life-long career in the maritime sector.”
UK Chamber CEO and former seafarer, Guy Platten said:
“The UK is known the world over for its seafaring skills and the UK has a proud maritime history, but this investment proves we are determined to build a maritime future too.
“The long-term prosperity of the UK shipping industry depends completely on the people entering it. Training must equip seafarers with key skills and develop their careers as fully as possible while meeting the needs of employers, and today’s Trailblazer announcement is a huge step towards this.”
Gemma Griffin will be attending the official launch event for the second wave of Trailblazer Apprenticeships at 10 Downing Street on Thursday March 6. She will be accompanied by DFDS Seaways deck ratings apprentice, Brandon Payne.
For more information about DFDS Seaways, which operates up to 44 crossings a day on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais services, please visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk.
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Great stuff above there from DFDS and great stuff below from Ed and Mike. Well done with all that lads and a great call by Capt Andy. Fascinating to see those pictures below there from the base of the cliffs and indeed of the old wreck of the Preussen.
NORWEGIAN ROCK ARRIVES ON SEAFRONT: As mentioned by Mike here is the Afon Goch below left from Holyhead Towing...(don't talk to me about Holyhead as I always get a touch of the tremors arrrgh!!) She was perusing the scene yesterday prior to her and other vessels dropping off a huge amount of Norwegian rock on the seafront in the dead of night last night. Worth popping down to have a look. Yes sir!...Norway has come to town in boulder-size lumps. Ed mentioned low tide, the guys picked the right time of year to do the work..there is also high tide in counter of course..here we see it below right pinning the workgroup to a tiny corner of beach.
Yes indeed will have more pictures following in due course.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 07:05
Ed Connell, Dover
Very low water on monday morning. Called on the walkie talkie by Capt Andy Armstrong and took the opportunity to take some photos:
You could see underneath the piers in the Eastern Docks.
The ladder at the bottom of the zig zag down to Fan Bay.
The wreck of the Preussen at the foot of the cliffs with the groove up which the cargo was removed.
The remains of the five masted German sailing ship Preussen, wrecked in 1910.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 01:57
Mike J., Dover
The HELENE arrived on Cruise-1 on Monday night, loaded with rock for the groyne replacement job.
On Tuesday morning the tug/workboat LLANDWYN ISLAND arrived with the flat-top barge CHARLIE ROCK & this was tied up alongside the HELENE.
The tug/workboat AFON GOCH also arrived.
By Tuesday afternoon the HELENE was unloading rock onto the barge & the two tugs were tied up alongside the CHARLIE ROCK who has a large JCB aboard & this will be used for placing the rocks.
At least one of the tugs will be needed for moving the barge.
HELENE before arrival of CHARLIE ROCK - one of the Range Safety launches departing for Hythe or Lydd ranges.
The groyne replacement work will be something different to see on the seafront & I'm sure that we'll be getting some high-level views from PaulB !
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 21:27
Andrew MacLean, Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GREAT NEWS!! We're now accepting foot passengers on 'Dance to France' in aid of Dover Lifeboat and the restoration of TSS Dover.
On board MV Spirit of Britain - Saturday 29th. March - 18.35 sailing returns by 2215.
Buses from Priory Station at 1730 - Passports needed!
Tickets from 01227 732414
Book early as numbers are strictly limited!Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 16:12
FREE CHOCOLATES : Travel to Bruges This Spring for a Sweet Deal with DFDS Seaways
•• Free exclusive Belgian chocolates for passengers visiting Bruges
•• 20% off return ferry crossings from Dover to Dunkirk
If you are looking for a sweet deal on a short break this Spring, then Bruges could be your perfect destination. Renowned as one of the world’s chocolate capitals, the beautiful city of Bruges is less than an hour’s drive from the French port of Dunkirk.
DFDS Seaways is offering 20% off its Dover-Dunkirk ferry crossings if you book before March 17, for travel throughout March and April, using code EBRG, making now the perfect time to book your break away. And if that isn’t a tempting enough offer, those travelling on to Bruges can also claim a free box of exclusive Belgian chocolate swans from any Guild of Chocolatiers shop in the city on presentation of your DFDS Seaways booking reference.
A paradise for chocolate lovers, Bruges is home to the Bruges Guild of Chocolatiers, which seeks to preserve the art of chocolate-craft in the city. The historic Belgian city also houses 70 specialist chocolate shops in the city alone, many of which make their chocolate on site.
If there’s one thing Belgium does as well as its chocolate, then it’s beer and Bruges is no exception to this rule. Visit De Halve Maan brewery, the oldest in the city, and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city, a guide to the brewing process and samples of Brugse Zot Blond beer. Most bars and cafes in Bruges stock a huge range of beers and it is not uncommon for the number to reach into the hundreds!
DFDS Seaways operates up to 24 sailings per day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers excellent flexible sailing times. Passengers can relax onboard during the short two-hour crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop or let the kids play in the dedicated children’s areas.
To book your travel now, or for more information on travelling to Bruges, visit www.dfds.co.uk.
Hark.. you might be thinking! Two pictures, but is this the same ship?? yet it looks different somehow?
well indeed it is the same ship, the Dieppe Seaways, but it now has a different livery, a different design...
but which is the newer picture??
Glad you are liking the groyne pictures lads. Yes you are dead right Vic. They seem to be cutting them across at the base. Looks a big and laborious job. Once the cutting is done the brute force of the JCB takes over. That seems to be the formula. The destruction of the second groyne is now underway.Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 06:46
Vic matcham, Dover
Yes you can see the burner and his tools there,as you can see all he has done is cut the old pile off as low as he can.they will just cover them up and lie the stone down go job all does is burnthem off and then on stand by till he does the next one,that the jobs I loved to do,one you do not have to think about first.Monday, 3 March 2014 - 20:57
howard mcsweeney, dover
interesting photos - clearly going to be a long and arduous task, have no idea how deep down they go.
going to be rather a lot of truck journeys disposing of the old ones as against the new ones coming in by sea.
Monday, 3 March 2014 - 20:17
A PAIN IN THE GROYNE !
These pictures were taken on sunday morning. For a while the scene was semi floodlit by a weak and low early sun as the guys fought swiftly against the incoming tide. They worked for many hours as you can imagine, but towards the end several hefty kicks from the JCB type vehicle were required and eventually the groyne fell over with a thud. Then with the tide getting ever closer the fallen groyne was scooped up in quick time and taken back up the hill as it were to terra firma. Number one groyne was down.
I have further pictures but we better leave it at that for the moment
Thanks for the info there Vic. Far from an expert me...but I think they are replacing all the metal groynes with specialised hard-wearing stone ones. Whether welding of any kind will be required I don't know myself...but we will see all develop as we go along. The following is a quote from the news release.."work will commence to replace the existing groynes with new rock groynes made of Larvic rock from Norway, one of the most durable types of rock, that will both defend and protect the beach but also create a much more visually appealing beach environment. Part of the promenade sea wall will also be repaired at the same time".
So there you have it...Monday, 3 March 2014 - 06:11
vic matcham, Dover
Will they do a good job or just a patch up one,you can see the holes is the sheet piles the good job and what needs to be done is that they are all pulled out and replaced by newones,or newones put down on the faces of the old ones,all we done last time was weld patchs over the old ones,if they do it that way it will not last a year because the rest of the pile around the new patch is all rotton.
If they go for new ones then there will be no sleep for any of you living down there or half of Dover if done at night if the tide is low .Cover your ears up ,Thats why I can not hear much today because of the years puting down piles and cuting them off.Sunday, 2 March 2014 - 18:40
vic matcham, Dover
THis job is just up my street I need to get down there and offer my help.Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 09:47
DEMOLITION DOVER! see also RNLI LIFEBOAT information re our Mystery below.
The work began in earnest on our seafront defences last night in the dark. This is the scene at about 6.10pm last night friday. The guys were working while the tide was out for obvious reasons. On page 3 you can see the official notification in a news release re the work commencing... and here we are in earnest now..it has kicked off. The seafront groynes, as they are called, are being replaced and renewed.
Have added the extra pic below just to give a better idea of the exact location of the work..its at the eastern end of the main beach, if I can put it that way. The groyne being tackled in the pictures is now partially gone as I write. The guys are working again right now to once again make hay as it were while the tide is out.
Another chance to see the initial news release below.......saves trawling back to page 3.
PORT OF DOVER: Having withstood the elements for many years, the seafront groynes are to be replaced and upgraded with the highest quality of rock groynes in order to provide the best beach protection and frontage for Dover’s community.
The current groynes are reaching the end of their life and the Port of Dover wants to ensure that they are replaced with the very best to support the wider waterfront regeneration agenda being pursued for Dover.
From 24th February, work will commence to replace the existing groynes with new rock groynes made of Larvic rock from Norway, one of the most durable types of rock, that will both defend and protect the beach but also create a much more visually appealing beach environment. Part of the promenade sea wall will also be repaired at the same time.
Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Technical Services, Port of Dover, said: “We were determined to combine our desire to preserve and enhance the beach for the long term with our wider vision of a quality waterfront that is part of reviving Dover as a destination.”
Access to parts of the beach will be limited as the work progresses in order to ensure the safety of everyone. The Port is currently engaging with all those who live or work on the seafront and interested local organisations on the project in order that they are fully informed about the works.
Mr Goodhew added: “We are starting the work this month in order that it is completed for the Summer season. The beach is valued greatly by our local community and we want to ensure that it is ready for when the summer holidays begin.”
The Port apologises for any inconvenience that the work may cause as it works to deliver an improved seafront for the benefit of its community.
ALSO JUST IN RE THE LIFEBOAT MYSTERY FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE
Had the following through from the RNLI LIFEBOAT guys.. from James Clapham in fact, much thanks to James for this.
Was looking on the Dover Forum this afternoon, and saw a picture of the lifeboat near the Castle jetty.
To put your mind at rest the lifeboat was on a training exercise at anchor using our breeches buoy to the jetty. Not that clear in the photo.
Hope that helps.
F/T 2nd Coxswain / Mechanic
Dover Lifeboat Station
Many thanks again James. Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 07:12
Channel Dash Memorial – keeping Dover’s important memories alive
Whilst the Dover Straits are today synonymous with the movement of cross-Channel ferry traffic between Europe’s busiest international ferry port and the Continent, 72 years ago the Straits represented a narrow divide between Great Britain and occupied Europe. The Port of Dover is extremely mindful of the extraordinary wartime heritage that exists in Dover, much of it associated with the role of the Port itself.
As such, having supported the establishment of the Channel Dash Memorial in 2012, commemorating the incredible bravery of those who took part in Operation Fuller, the Port is once again honoured to support the Channel Dash Memorial Trust in developing an IT educational project to remember such a poignant episode and honour the memories of those who took part.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “It is really important for us to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the 146 young men who gave their lives fighting for our country. The IT Educational Project, proposed by the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, will help keep it in our memories and we are very proud to be able to support it. We recognise that this part of history is hugely important for both the town and community of Dover.”
Together with representatives from the local community through the newly established Port and Community Forum, the Port has been developing a heritage strategy that connects important parts of Dover’s history in order to tell its unique story. A significant part of that is revealing Dover’s maritime heritage, both in war and in peace. The educational project will make a very meaningful contribution to that work in remembering and interpreting what was an amazing chapter that recognises such incredible commitment to a cause, whatever the odds.
Jim Williams, Trustee of the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, said: “Dover Harbour Board supported us in 2012 with the Operation Fuller Memorial and has kindly offered to help us take this project a step further. It is fantastic to know that the Port is keen to be a part of this community initiative to keep the memory alive of the airmen who took part in the wartime Operation Fuller - known as the Channel Dash.”
The picture from our collection shows the Channel Dash Memorial on Dover Seafront.. taken during the balmier days of last summer.Friday, 28 February 2014 - 06:26
Here we see our old friend the battling Nord Pas de Calais grinding its way homewards in dire conditions an hour or so ago...in conditions that fluctuated between a gale force 8 and a severe gale 9. it was rough and tough out there but all home safe and sound now.
Fortunately as i write all is almost benign again now with the sea...but it was difficult for a time there this morning. It is amazing how quick it all changes, sometimes for the worst and of course sometimes for the better.
Yes Mike you might well be right re an exercise. Normally they let people know about exercises and the like...but we will wait and see and perhaps we will get some info through in due course.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 11:22
Mike J., Dover
A training exercise perhaps ?
Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 08:48
Yes its very odd Howard, there has been no news at all anywhere about what was going on with the Lifeboat. I have had a trawl around several times now to see if there is any news anywhere...but no mention. As you say even if its a false alarm 'shout' some news is usually issued. The guys I knew there previously have left I believe too...so..I guess we will just have to wait on this one.
Weather extremely grim again today out on the ocean waves. Very rough with poor visibility. But..better days ahead...says he hopefully. It has been a long gruelling winter for sure this time.
Here is a picture of the Rodin in the fairly rough conditions of Tuesday mid-day.. but alas its even worse out there today.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 07:39
howard mcsweeney, dover
all rather strange, nearly 24 hours since the incident and no press release from the rnli as far as i can ascertain.
they always report on false alarms as well as rescues.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 20:14