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Post 757
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed Howard a tough few days for the promised here is a special 'ommage to the tugboat guys.

Spectacular shots taken over the weekend in the high winds of up to Force 9. In all this the tugs kept right on going. Sometimes right under the various ferries bows and so on.. right in the thick of it, and all the while rolling and lolling and battling the conditions. These pictures shows Dauntless almost awash. In post 696 below we featured Doughty.

AIDA Mar in today.

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 07:11
Post 756
  howard mcsweeney, dover
looking at the photos below brings home what our people on the smaller vessels and on the decks of the ferries have to put up with.

they were not taken on the high sea but in or just outside the harbour during late spring in the south of England.

it was rough enough in the sheltered area that I live in, doesn't bear thinking about what seafarers were putting up with.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 20:38
Post 754
  PaulB, Dover
Sunday Morning 06.30 : A Police investigation has closed much of the main road... Blocked off heading west away from the Port as you can inside lane looking okay for getting to the Port. I am not sure what exactly is happening, obviously an unusual occurrence, maybe more later..A very quiet sunday morning otherwise you could imagine the traffic chaos..
UPDATE at 07.20: all roads open again.

EXTRA: Sadly we believe a man died in an accident at the crossing shown around 1am. Always sad to hear of such things.

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The Ryndam left last evening approximately between 5.30 and 6pm in very rough conditions. A lttle bit of watery sun sent her on her way...but I understand there was a Force 9 out there in the channel at the time. One hopes the passengers were hardy souls with leaden boots. The ship looked good when leaving though as you can see, and in the conditions was aided and abetted by both tugboats. She was heading for Oslo and left through the eastern exit. Tough day yesterday for the tugs...see also below. I might have another suitable tug picture...will check. Well done those guys.

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 06:41
Post 753
  PaulB, Dover
Its been a tough old day today Saturday for the crews. Took the following picture earlier today in strong gale force winds and driving rain and you can see two crew men in this difficult shot. One at the bow of the Pride of Burgundy and the other and the front of the tugboat Doughty in the very rough very tough conditions...look at that flag on the gives you an idea.
Pictured mid harbour.

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 16:51
Post 752
  PaulB, Dover
THE CALAIS SEAWAYs coming and going late afternoon yesterday...

No sunlight today alas...not so far anyway. Rain and gloom greeted the return of Ryndam this morning. If you want to come down and see it bring rain gear preferably windproof! But yesterday Friday was different, we had a combination of blinding sunlight and rough seas, which of course always helps to make the pictures more interesting. We have had more dramatic pictures in the past, mid winter pictures, but these pictures above are from a 'nice' spring day! No problem for the sea captains though who have seen it all before. One or two of the passengers though may have been a tad queasy...

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 05:59
Post 751
  PaulB, Dover
Unusually rough weather for the month of May I'm thinking. Must be a force 7 out there or maybe even a force 8. Me timbers here are a rattlin' and a shiverin' .This DFDS Ferry, the Delft Seaways shown above, was battling its way against the very strong winds all the way down from Dunkerque. Tough trip.
Picture from a few moments ago as I write..(see the timing of post below of course).

Glad you are enjoying the page Vic as always, much more to come so keep coming back.
Thanks for that listing again Colette...excellent...keeps us up to speed.
Good one Mike...keep it up.


Friday, 9 May 2014 - 15:18
Post 750
  Vic matcham, Dover
Each morning first thing I do is turn to this page and see the great ships and the very good photos showing them.
I must get down there myself and take some shots of them.
If we had the funds we would be on them most of the year.
My Brother goes on them a lot it as been know for him and his wife and mates to go four times a year but he does it just for the great food they dish up.
What away to see the world.
Thank you again.

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 07:11
Post 749
  Mike J., Dover
The ALBATROS sailed for Ijmuiden via the Eastern Entrance at 1845, Thursday.

Not many punters on deck as she sailed off into the grot.

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 22:55
Post 748
  ColetteB, Dover
Well so far the month of May has been awash with Fabulous Cruise ships & you guys on here have certainly delivered the goods. What a fantastic array of photos, information & stories, Sea News is Awesome SmileySmileySmiley

And the excitement continues, the rest of May is chock-a-block too so lets list next week's schedule.

On Monday 12th May the AidaMar cruises into Dover for the first time this season at CT2, PoC. She was here in October last year.

Tuesday we have two cruise ships, the Saga Sapphire returns to CT1, TR & the AIDAStella makes an appearance for the first time this season at CT2, PoC. She was here in August last year. (we had her scheduled a week ago but obviously things changed as they sometimes do)

Then on Thursday 15th May the AIDALuna returns to CT2, PoC, after her short cruise.

Friday brings the lovely Norwegian Star to CT2, PoC. She was here in May last year.

We end this week on Saturday 17th May (no ship on Sunday) with the return of the Ryndam at CT2, TR.

I will be back next week with the rest of the May schedule Smiley

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 11:20
Post 747
  PaulB, Dover
Hugely busy this morning...another enormous ship from MSC..more than 92,000 tons of her arriving minutes ago.
Yes...The MSC Orchestra. Fab ships coming indeed now.

And the oft loved Albatross from a little earlier this morning..

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 08:12
Post 746
  PaulB, Dover
The AIDA Luna once again. This time departing late last evening..sometime around 8.30pm (20.30). It was a bit late for sensible photographing as the light was fading very fast but who could resist when seeing her gliding comfortably across the evening harbour. Heading to The Elbe I see.. The Celebrity Constellation did not depart until 10pm. Very dark by then...but she went out in a blaze of dazzling light.
The seafront workings are still going on, all the groynes are completed but the wall work carries on. The whopper crane was back in action yesterday, its reach goes beyond nine floors I can tell you. in the background you can see the 'heavy artillery'..the cruise ships sublime.
This final one is from a few days ago, With one thing and another we didn't get it up on display. Its just after dawn at 5.30am and The Emerald heads out. Its only a few days ago and there have been two, maybe three, cargos ships in since then.

Nice pictures below there Ed ... that one of all the ships in the harbour is an absolute cracker so it is. Smiley

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 06:26
Post 745
  Ed Connell, Dover
AIDAluna arriving off Dover this morning with pilot boat departing.

Busy harbour. A lot of expensive hardware on the move. Calais Seaways departing, AIDAluna going astern for CT1, Pride of Kent going astern for her berth, Celebrity Constellation on CT2, Spirit of France alongside. Taken from Dover Seaways going astern for ED3.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 19:01
Post 744
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Shared vision for Port and Town continues to Develop Smiley

Members of the Port and Community Forum are due to gather today (7th May) to consider feedback from the recent Dover Western Docks Revival public workshop at Cruise Terminal 2, to which over 100 members of the local community attended.

“The Port is here to actively listen, engage and consult,” Dover Harbour Board (DHB) Chairman George Jenkins told the participants, before Chief Executive Tim Waggott gave a presentation on developing the shared vision for Dover Western Docks. Bob Lane, a DHB Board member with an OBE for services to regeneration around the UK, offered his first hand expertise on achieving real regeneration. It is not just about building things!

Workshop participants discussed a range of topics including regeneration, port and town working together, logistics, waterfront development, the environment and community directors.

The round table discussions were very engaging with comments made about the new approach of DHB and its positive and proactive engagement with the community. The event was seen as informative, useful, and a sign of positive intentions for community involvement and transparency.

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

“I and the Port of Dover team were delighted and humbled by the incredibly positive way in which so many members of the public took time out of their day to work with us in developing our shared vision. To experience such local engagement was a clear sign of the progress that has been made by many people here at the Port to transform our relationships with our customers and community. I thank everyone who attended and for their desire to work with us at every step of our exciting journey to deliver for Dover.”

Key issues arising from the public workshop included:

· Restoring pride in Dover, cross-sector support and creating ‘Destination Dover’ are key to Dover’s regeneration.
· Linking key attractions and celebrating a shared maritime heritage supported by the Port will help deliver Dover’s regeneration aspirations.
· Creating new jobs and protecting existing ones is vital.
· Maritime training, traffic improvements and residential development should be considered for the waterfront.
· The Port’s support in developing the Bluebird Heritage Trail will support inward investment.
· Developing the new marina should be an early step of the project.
· The new Port and Community Forum and Port Users Group have been extremely effective in improving communication with the Port
· Continued public events would be welcome and supported.

Derek Leach, Chairman of the Port and Community Forum (PCF), said:
“I and the whole PCF look forward to considering the views of those who came to the public workshop and taking the development of a shared vision for Dover Western Docks Revival to the next stage. There was some great input and, importantly, great enthusiasm to work with DHB to deliver for Dover. Our job is to make sure we harness that and move forward on refining the vision ready for the next public opportunity to report on progress at the Port’s Annual Consultative Meeting on 20th May.”

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Yes Jan exciting times, we will have lots of pictures and information coming. Nice one to enjoy from Kevin below there. Smiley

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 15:08
Post 743
  JanT, Dover

Yes certainly very busy for cruise ships always good to see them here in Dover, and as they add to our seafront and are very impressive to see, the fact that extra provision for them could be made does seems logical as they seem to be getting larger and larger.

Some great pictures there chaps always good to see themSmileySmiley

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 12:46
Post 742
  Kevin Charles, Dover
An impressive sight as the Port of Dover hosts both the Celebrity CONSTELLATION and AIDAluna. Another busy day for port and town.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 08:10
Post 741
  Kevin Charles, Dover
I think the proposals to move the marina into the outer harbour will add great appeal to Dover and, of course, free up the non-operational land for waterfront regeneration.

The original T2 proposals were for the Prince of Wales Pier to be shortened by around 80 metres to improve navigational access. Given the increasing size of the cruise ships calling at Dover, this strikes me as being a worthwhile investment.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 07:21
Post 740
  PaulB, Dover
Well done with that shot of huge Celebrity Constellation Kevin. You were very fast with that one as she is just coming in as we write. Brilliant stuff!Smiley
Also now arriving as we speak... the AIDA Luna. Terrific hardware on display in Dover today. Very very busy two days, and all hugely welcome.

I was just in the process of uploading a couple of pictures from last evening of the departing Saga Sapphire. So here we go...

The sea was blustery for sure yesterday which was a bit of a surprise...but of course this sometimes helps with the pictures. But there we are above..old familiar friend and regular visitor the Saga Sapphire moves away. Not sure where she was off to alas..I am having some technical problems in my location which is preventing me from being fully functional..not to do with either website or computer but hopefully all will be over soon.

Yes good story Vic...I wouldn't like to see my Bentley ( if I had one ) going up in one of those nets either but I guess that's the way it was done. The travelling was fairly fundamental in those days, rough and ready in more ways than one...don't mention the Princess MaudSmileySmiley eeek !

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 07:08
Post 739
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Always an impressive sight as Celebrity CONSTELLATION arrives this morning. An even bigger "Celebrity" is heading for Dover next year!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 06:52
Post 738
  vIC mATCHAM, Dover
Paul in 1962 I was posted to the outer Hebrides on a RAF station and the only way out was to lift the 3ton lorry was by net,then chain it down to the deck.
But on the way over the weather was so bad the chain came off and the lorry was swing around on just one chain on the back and it took out two cars one on each side.
One of the cars was a Bently and the owner was not a happy person.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 22:29
Post 737
  PaulB, Dover

The Empress arriving earlier this morning in some style. The Saga Sapphire also in as we mentioned. The busy week goes on...

Vic always interesting stories from yourself. I remember those nets you talk about. Not here in Dover of course but from way back in the Emerald isle...Dun Laoghaire. I had a pride and joy one time. A BSA Shooting Star motorcycle to die for...a café racer off the North Circular for sure. It was gold and chrome with dropped clip-on handlebars and gear change rearsets..ah it was the bees knees. I wanted to take it travelling to England. I asked my father with wide eyed innocence like ye do they get the bike onto the ship? he says to me so he does...they will probably wheel it up the gangplank. So I thought they would wheel it on...but not a bit of it.

Along swept the crane with huge net. And before I knew it.. the workers wheeled my bike into the net and whoosh up she went with me shocked to my boots and all the while having a cardiac arrest.. But despite the shock the bike was fine when we got to the other end but yours truly was a little bit the worse for wear after a rough oul nautical Irish sea.

Yes a nice picture of Barbara Buczek as you say. Good luck with the outside gym ideas.
The P&O Choir thrilled us all during a long winter. They along with Gareth Malone himself were absolutely fab.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 14:57
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