Friday, 27 November 2020
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

See the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister further below....

Border Force Vigilant seen here returning to the Port in the past few 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.

Below...the Sun Rising through the drizzle on the Dover Straits

Yes the Sun rising through the drizzle... it begins to climb over we look across the ever busy Dover Straits.

This picture taken a few moments before the one above....

November Sky - Dover Seafront

Dover Seafront November:
Striking evening sky as we look along Dover Seafront at sundown.....

The Disney Wonder:
The Disney Wonder pulled away from Dover on the recent saturday heading for Funchal we understand...
.......a rough ol' trip in the prevailing conditions....

Dover Harbour: something of a rare site this...fog shimmering across the surface in this way, as shown above. Picture taken on a recent chilly but dazzlingly bright and sunlit morning.

" smoke on the water, fire in the sky "


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....

Fire on Western Heights

Something of a forced picture taken on friday night of the fire on Western Heights here in Dover. It seems a stray rogue firework caused it, setting scrubland alight. Four fire engines were in attendance we understand. The picture is of poor quality taken through the darkness, but it gives the general gist as we look across the rooftops.

Full Moon over Dover....

The 'Blue Moon' over the Port of Dover in recent times.
Look at that rugged terrain...

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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 796
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Dover Harbour Board - Executive Member Appointment
Dover Harbour Board is delighted to announce that Shaun Pottage has been appointed as the second Executive Member of the Dover Harbour Board with immediate effect.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “My congratulations to Shaun on his appointment. Since joining the organisation towards the end of 2013 he has impressed everyone with his approach, intellect and delivery.

“Shaun will continue to manage his existing portfolio within the business whilst also leading on a number of key workstreams in support of the Dover Western Docks Revival. He will also carry on supporting me closely in further developing the future direction and financing of the organisation.

“I hope that he will be afforded the same gracious support that I have been given as we continue to deliver on our commitment to be the best port in the world for the benefit of our customers and community.”

Shaun is a chartered accountant and is married with two children.

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 06:46
Post 795
  PaulB, Dover
We had everything but the kitchen sink weatherwise yesterday. We endured blustery squalls, dramatic skies, lightning over the channel, choppy seas, torrential rain, blinding sunshine...and then nice rainbows to finish it all off.
Smiley When a chap goes out these days he doesn't know whether to wear his anorak or his speedos!

Nice set of pictures below there Mike..some blinders thereSmiley
We are getting some cracking ships in..well done the team at DHB.

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 06:42
Post 794
  howard mcsweeney, dover
Love that one of the "funchal" hadn't realised the "scillies" were a destination from here.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 22:06
Post 793
  Mike J., Dover
Here’s a rather dodgy view of the DELFIN on Wednesday.

The elegant FUNCHAL came in around 0730 Thursday & sailed for St.Marys, in the Scilly Isles, at 1500.

Danish-built in 1961 she has been considerably rebuilt internally & re-engined for cruising duties, but has retained her most attractive appearance.

Whilst the DOUGHTY was pushing the FUNCHAL she was spraying water on her bow fenders & onto the FUNCHAL’s hull - this is often done to reduce marking the cruise ship’s hull.
On occasions, although never at Dover, I’ve seen tugs with clean white canvas covers over their fenders to avoid marking cruise ship hulls.

After the beauty, the beast !

Following the FUNCHAL into the bay came the giant COSTA LUMINOSA.

The FUNCHAL took two tugs for berthing in the brisk wind but the LUMINOSA docked without any tug assistance, thanks to her three bowthrusters & twin swivelling ‘Azipods’ down aft.

Little & Large ! The FUNCHAL sailed for St Marys, in the Scillies, mid-afternoon & was somewhat dwarfed as she passed the LUMINOSA.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 21:23
Post 792
  PaulB, Dover
Todays sparklingly luminous visitors....
The Costa Luminosa looking truly magnificent as her 93,000 tons languishes massively but gently on the dock. The gentle giant. Luckily we had a selection of pictures to chose from and opted for the most colourful... just when she was caught by the early sun.
The much much smaller Funchal being helped in the earlier blustery conditions by both tugs.

Well done..smashing pictures below there John of the Delphin. Fascinating story behind her...didn't know any of that, so all the more interesting for everyone. Great stuff!

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 15:16
Post 791
  John Mavin, Dover
I also missed the Delphin yesterday - pity because she's one of the more interesting ships that occasionally call at Dover. Originally called Bylorussiya she was built in Finland in 1975, and was one of a class of five ships ordered by the Soviet Black Sea Shipping Company.

Originally designed as a combined cruise ship and ferry it was found her car carrying capacity was considered insufficient and her bow car doors were welded up. Her starboard quarter rear car doors are still used to transfer stores and equipment.

There was a bit of unpleasantness at Singapore in 1993 when the ship completely rolled over when being maintained in a floating dock which sank!

After a number of changes of owner I understand she's now Indian-owned and operated by a German company.

These are from previous calls.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 10:52
Post 790
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
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DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings per day between Dover and France, offering passengers a choice of departure times and flexibility. Passengers can relax onboard during the short crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop, let the kids play in the dedicated children’s areas or explore the ship’s deck and take in the sea air.

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Celebration picture of the Dieppe Seaways above.. taken just a few days ago. Back in regular and sleek action.
Always good to hear of special cross channel deals...many thanks to DFDS for keeping us informed. We all get the travelling urge once Spring arrives and many will be taking advantage.

Nice set of interesting pictures there below John from right in the thick of the fray. Jet Skis to the fore...! Smiley
Yes a pity about the cuts, the RIB is sadly missed. I have a few pix of it too somewhere in the system.

PS: the little Delphin was in yesterday but got no picture - defeated in the end by the weather.
EXTRA JUST IN...the Funchal, another little ship of old charm...and the mighty Costa Luminosa all 93,000 tons of her. massive ship. Will have pictures later, better get back to the've got to tip your hat to the Port of Dover for bringing in ships like this. Fab !

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 06:48
Post 789
  John Mavin, Dover
Interesting to see that the Director is now used by the DHB Police. This is her in her former role.

..and a couple with her successor, Dovorian.

This is the one that tickles me - Kent Police on operations in the harbour in 2007 ....... and they've got a Jetski! (nice work if you can get it .... in summer that is!).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 11:19
Post 788
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Press Release Port of Dover issued Tuesday 20th May 2014

Community Director

Dover Harbour Board today announces it will commence a process to appoint its first Community Director.

George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said: “We intend to engage with Community leaders and elected representatives to establish an open and transparent, arms length process for the appointment of that Director.

Our aim is for the recruitment process to commence in the summer demonstrating a further commitment to move forward following the recent Ministerial announcement.”


Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 06:28
Post 787
  PaulB, Dover
We give the Costa Romantica ( or Costa neoRomantica) the full ermmm Dover romantic treatment here with warm sunshine and wide blue sky as she arrives in fine style early on Tuesday morning. Unusual ship in some ways but all the Costa ships are so attractive in their distinctive way, and very Mediterranean.
We love those famed yellow funnels.

Very interesting item there below Mike. That dock fetches up many interesting vessels indeed, the range surprises me sometimes for sure. interesting to see the conversions. Yes sadly the financial cuts have affected some of the services.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 06:23
Post 786
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB -

The MAXIMUS is not the only former lifeboat conversion to have visited Dover.

In 2006 the protoype 'Tamar' class lifeboat was sold to the Kent Police & expensively converted, keeping her RNLI name PRINCESS ALEXANDRA 3

She was in Dover in October 2010 but has since become a victim of cuts in the Police budget & has been disposed of.

A similar fate met DHB Police's RIB 'DELTA 99' for similar reasons.

At least one of the Harbour Patrol launches has acquired Police chequer stripes & becomes an instant Police Launch when the sign 'POLICE' is placed over the sign 'HARBOUR' & this can be seen in the photos of the recent Marina Open Day.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 16:30
Post 785
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

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This offer is valid from 23 to 26 May 2014. For details on how to book and more offers, visit MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £29 return for a day trip, with other special fares available online.

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

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Great idea above, time to spoil Mum again.
Wow! That's an interesting one below there Mike,
Have never before seen a Lifeboat recycled as it were...
ADDED EXTRA at 08.30: The exotic Costa NeoRomantica arriving.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 06:31
Post 784
  Mike J., Dover
A former lifeboat was in Granville Dock today, Monday.

The MAXIMUS is the 1980-built 'Arun' class SIR MAX AITKEN & was sold into private hands by the RNLI in 2003.

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 21:43
Post 783
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous posts below, here are a couple of quick small ones of this mornings arrivals..Saga Sapphire and AIDA Luna. Both pictured many times previously but here they are this morning.See earlier posts re Saga particulary 720.
Also check out pictures below page re Marina Open Day.

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 08:48
Post 782
  JanT, Dover

Another beautiful sunny morning and yet again we have two ships gracing our seafront today.

And as mentioned below Saturdays Marina Open Day was also lucky with the weather, and hopefully it is an event that will grow.
It was good to also catch up and chat with Adrian,Wayne,and of course Trevor.

Some good pictures below also showing how busy our harbour is every day of the week.

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 07:47
Post 781
  PaulB, Dover

Just to mention that the Marina Open day was a joint venture, with DHB and RCPYC being the main participants...and to mark the input from the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, here they are in fine style on the day itself Saturday..fleeting across the warm harbour with nonchalant ease. The Ryndam on hand as a masterly backdrop. More pictures from the Event in Post 719.

Bernard Sealy, Commodore, Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, said: “The return of this event and the growing partnership with the Port of Dover demonstrates the great work going on to promote Dover as a destination – somewhere to savour a rich maritime heritage and somewhere to experience and enjoy the delights of the sea."

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Thanks for that ace list again Colette, have marked it at the top of page. Comes in very handy. According to your list both AIDA Luna and Saga Sapphire are scheduled for today...and here they come as we write.. The Saga Sapphire unusually approaching from the west.

Great items there Ed on the Saga Sapphire and the William and Kate Johnston..keep them coming as and when you can. The Saga Sapphire following those aforementioned concerns has turned up. Not in harbour yet and light too blue for long distance pictures. Good to see the old bird again especially after that news. See Post 720 below...

Well done Mike with that one, out in the midst of the action again. Memory and battery power always a niggling problem isn't it.

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 06:33
Post 780
  ColetteB, Dover

Good photos there MrB of yesterday's open Dover Marina Day & the weather was just perfect too, a very enjoyable day, loved it Smiley

And now for the rest of May's cruise schedule.

Tomorrow, all things being well after the electrical switchboard fire on the Saga Sapphire she will cruise into Dover at CT1, TR. Joining her will be the AIDALuna, once again at CT2, PoC.

Tuesday 20th May, the first Costa of the season arrives in the shape of the Costa NeoRomantica at CT1, PoC. She was last here in August 2013.

The next day, Wednesday, the MS Delphin cruises into Dover at CT1, PoC, last seen here in September 2013.

Then Thursday 22nd May, the second Costa of the season arrives, Costa Luminosa at CT2, PoC, last here in May 2013.

On the same day, Thursday 22nd, we have a real treat in store with the arrival of the very elegant MV Funchal (formerly the Portuguese Presidential Yacht) at CT1. This of course is the second of Dover's Newcomer Portuscale Cruises, the MV Azores being the other which was the first cruise in Dover this season, 30/3/14. Cameras at the ready Guys & Gals Smiley

We end the week on Friday 23rd May with the return of the AIDALuna at CT2, PoC.

No cruises then until Thursday 29th May when the Sleek & Sassy third Costa of the season arrives here, the Costa Mediterranea at CT2, PoC. Not sure if she was here before, think not, but I'm sure the Sea News Gurus will let us know.

Then the Ryndam arrives back on Saturday 31st May at CT1, TR.

Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 12:27
Post 779
  Mike J., Dover

After PaulB's super photo of the RYNDAM's arrival in that strange yellowy light Saturday morning [there was a line of denser yellow muck on the horizon as well] here's a view of her sailing for Copenhagen via the Eastern Entrance at about 1700.

If I'd not run out of memory at the crucial moment the photo here would not have had a ship sticking out of the RYNDAM's funnel !

Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 10:45
Post 778
  Ed Connell, Dover
One of our regular visitors, Saga Sapphire, has had an electrical switchboard fire. Item below from the BBC News website:

A cruise liner with 1,008 passengers and crew on board is stranded off the Isle of Mull after an electrical fire. An emergency was declared on the Saga Sapphire when the fire broke out at about 10:00 on Friday, knocking out the ship's power supply. Coastguard crews provided support while the ship's own crew dealt with the problem. The liner was expected to resume its voyage on Saturday following repairs. There were no reports of injuries. Saga Holidays UK tweeted: "The ship is currently anchored, in fine weather, off the Isle of Mull whilst the damaged electrical panel is repaired and tested. "Our priority is always to make sure our passengers and crew are safe and well."

Further to Paul's photo of the old lifeboat "William & Kate Johnston" below. She was one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk and is seen here in the Dunkerque approach channel during the Operation Dynamo commemorations a few years ago.

Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 10:32
Post 777
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
This is a nice event with room to grow in the future should demand be there. On hand to support it yesterday Saturday were District Councillors both past and present and all enjoying the atmosphere and the blinding sunlight.. left to right...Wayne Elliot, Jan Tranter former Mayor of Dover, Adrian Friend, Trevor Bond. Trevor Bond was also there in his capacity as General Manager of the Dover Marina Hotel...which had delicious food did the Hythe Bay Restaurant also on the dock. Maybe some tables and chairs next year might be yours truly can sit down and tuck inSmiley
This is a pic of the rather special old lifeboat dating from 1923, the William and Kate Johnston, which had moved around the dock to join in. In the background you can see the cruise liner Ryndam. The local hotels were doing great business the previous night with many passengers waiting to join their ship...all good news for the town's economy.
Further info re the William and Kate Johnston...

William & Kate Johnston, which is listed on the United Kingdom's National Register of Historic Vessels, was launched in 1923. She was designed as a prototype lifeboat by James R. Barnett, Consulting Naval Architect to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. She was built, with double diagonal teak hull, by J. Samuel White and Co. at Cowes. At the time of her launch she was the largest lifeboat in the world. Length: 60 ft; Bre. 15 ft; Displacement 44.5 tons; cruising speed 9 knots; cruising radius 200 nautical miles."
As we understand it she is currently being restored to full potential. Looks great !

Always good to see the kids enjoying their sailing here in Dover. They were a tad becalmed yesterday but nevertheless all were enjoying it immensely.
'Twas excellent weather overall for a great day out, whether for sailing or strolling.
Some hard working vessels here, always a pleasure picturing these guys, sometimes in the teeth of the action and sometimes just laying up at rest as shown above. Dover Castle adding to the backdrop here, that's her atop the hill in the distance. The Lifeboat was open to visitors.

Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 07:16
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