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 Calais...as 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 "
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....
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...
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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This picture is from about 30 minutes ago as I write...it shows the Ryndam approaching the harbour for yet another exciting visit. Always good to see our regular familiar visitors here in Dover, this time we see her outside the harbour approaching against a dramatically colourful early morning background.
Last night the fabulous Norwegian Star began drifting off about 7pm. She had a very successful visit, depositing many passengers in and around the town, always great to see that and very welcome they are. Quite a striking ship, she looked magnificent moving off last evening...heading to Helsingborg in Sweden.
Ahhh..so many exotic locations...so little time...
Back down to earth with our regular workboat Diana. The survey vessel was back in action yesterday going hither and tither up and down and across the harbour. Photograph taken at the moment the crew seemed to find something out of the ordinary...lets hope in wasn't too unpalatable...not something from...the deep..
not a prehistoric but vitriolic shark, no of course not !
Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 06:51
howard mcsweeney, dover
Congratulations to Jamie and Jason who will contribute to the future of the port.
I think these apprenticeship schemes are the way forward and contradict the mantra of today's youth wanting to lie in bed until noon.
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 21:33
Ed Connell, Dover
Yes indeed, as Mike says the Type 23 frigate was HMS Richmond. The aforementioned HMS Northumberland is about to depart from Plymouth quote:
"HMS NORTHUMBERLAND has completed final preparations and is now ready to deploy on a seven-month voyage policing crucial international maritime trade routes. The Type 23 frigate leaves Plymouth on Monday morning (19th May) to relieve her sister ship HMS SOMERSET after her six-months patrol helping to keep the sea lanes open and clamping down on illegal activity in the region. The ship has conducted visits round the UK, including to her affiliated county of Northumberland and carried out trials and the normal operational sea training programme under Flag Officer Sea Training.
HMS NORTHUMBERLAND is now to deploy as part of the Royal Navy's standing commitment in the Middle East, providing reassurance to the UK's allies in the region, policing busy shipping lanes and carrying out maritime security and counter-piracy patrols."
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 14:50
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Commitment to community and training sees Port of Dover shortlisted...
An ongoing commitment to the local community and the development of a skilled local workforce has seen the Port of Dover shortlisted as finalist in two categories in the county’s leading business awards.
The Port of Dover has been shortlisted in the Business Commitment to the Community Award category in this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBAs) for its efforts to protect and promote the town’s maritime heritage, culture and tourism economy.
The Making Port Heritage Work project has seen the Port of Dover and Port & Community Forum work with local heritage and amenity organisations, including the district council, Dover Society and local visitor attractions. The aim is to help bring the Port and the town’s history closer to the community and visitors.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, said: “This recognition is the result of the hard work put in by every one of our 300 employees, and our shared goal to be the best port in the world for our customers and community.
“We have reached out to the local community, to its schools, colleges and businesses, and together developed key events for the town, including the Port of Dover Community Regatta, and the proposed Heritage Trail.
“Through our work with the Port & Community Forum, the revival of the Western Docks and ongoing investment across the Port, we will be able to play an even bigger role in the long term future of Dover.”
The judges also identified work undertaken to support the career prospects of local young people, through a bursary scheme that helps local young people study at University in a port-related discipline, and its Apprenticeship scheme.
Apprentices Jason Scorer, 22, and Jamie Ward, 20, both from Dover district, have made it through to the KEiBA Apprenticeship of the Year category.
Jason Scorer became an engineering and mechanical apprentice at the Port and while working there has been studying for an HNC in electrical and electronic engineering at Canterbury College. He has also achieved a number of other NVQ and BTEC qualifications in pursuit of his ambition to be a multi-skilled electrical mechanic.
Following a year at Canterbury College studying a BTEC level 3 National Diploma in engineering, Jamie Ward knew he wanted a career in the industry and successfully applied to become a mechanical and technical apprentice at the Port of Dover.
Jamie is currently studying for a foundation degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Greenwich, funded by the Port of Dover.
He has also passed an NVQ level 2 in multi-skill maintenance mechanical/electrical and a level 3 BTEC diploma in engineering maintenance.
Tim Waggott said: “The ability to safely handle a vessel every 10 minutes of every day at the Port requires a highly trained, skilled and motivated workforce.
“We are absolutely committed to our apprenticeship scheme and the opportunities it gives to local young people. We are therefore absolutely delighted that the achievements of Jason and Jamie, nurtured by the Port, have been recognised and that they will be flying the flag for the Port at the KEiBAs.”
The Port runs a full programme of apprenticeships across the business, ranging from electrical, mechanical, plumbing and construction through to ICT, customer service, marketing and business and administration apprenticeships. There are 12 apprentices working at the Port.
For further information on the Port of Dover’s youth engagement and community activities, refer to the Port’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report www.doverport.co.uk/_assets/client/images/collateral/CSR%20Report%202013a.pdf
Top Image – (left to right) Jamie Ward, Sean Foord & Jason Scorer
Second Image – (left to right) Jamie Ward and Jason Scorer
The striking and large Norwegian Star came in very early today. No picture for the moment. Definitely worth a look.
Thanks for that info once again Mike.
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 07:19
Mike J., Dover
F239 ? That'll be HMS RICHMOND then.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 22:35
The AIDA LUNA arriving this morning in fine sunshine and in fine style. As you can see many passengers on the decks enjoying the glorious the White Cliffs and the harbour as they arrive....
Mike - good info there. Have now checked the number on the side of the frigate and its actually...F239.Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 15:51
Mike J., Dover
Its one of ours ! [I think]
It looks like a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, but I canna read the pennant number on the hull.
It MIGHT be F238 in which case its HMS NORTHUMBERLAND.
Warships don't usually show up on AIS [Marine Traffic] but I've occasionally seen those little patrol craft that come into Dover showing up as 'COALITION WARSHIP'
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 10:05
Thanks guys for the comments as ever. The AIDA Luna is back in today after her short cruise...will get a picture uploaded later. But in the meantime I saw this guy prowling down the channel last evening in the bright sunshine. Obviously a navy vessel but not sure which navy...is it the Royal Navy? Might be. There was nothing showing up on our Channel Traffic feature on main frontpage. But thought it worth showing...one huge monster container ship moving north as the navy move south. In the background you can spot the south part of Boulogne. A very long distance shot this, so some quality loss.
Good to see the Avon there.Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 09:18
Vic Matcham, Dover
Good photo of the old Avon only small but it has done a lot of work over many years they look after it well.
I t would nice to think that after its working life they will still look after it.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 07:18
Mike J., Dover
Three superb sunset photos Paul, well done !
I particularly liked the first one, more like a painting than a photo.
By way of a contrast to the AIDA STELLA - here's an Ugly Duckling -
The workboat AVON came into Dover this afternoon & parked-up in the old Jetfoil terminal.
She started life in 1969 as the CROSSNESS. a Port of London salvage vessel.
That's the 'local' DOVER WORKER alongside her.
The AVON is probably here in connection with contractors working in Eastern Docks.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 21:28
Beautiful pastel shades and a very tranquil scene for sure MrB
I love that poem Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, one of my favourites
Love the silvery moon too, I feel a song coming on, By the light of the silvery moon....
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 18:24
Some gentle pastel shades were prevalent when the AIDA Stella left the harbour last night Tuesday. She left at 8pm on the nose in unusual lighting conditions as you can see. The tranquil scene was lit by both a slanting sun and a rising full moon...and all on a flat calm sea too. Never a dull moment here in Dover, all constantly changing. No camera manipulation with the colours here, this is as was..as they say in all the best houses..
The moon eventually turned silvery and the channel looked magnificent..just like in the famed poem. "The tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits..." These pictures were taken while there was still remaining daylight as you can see, in that brief period of sun and moon. Otherwise known as.. the twilight zone..
Will aim to pop along to the Dover Marina Open Day...see Post 704 below.
Good luck with the Dance to France Andy (705)...if you get a chance pop up some follow-up pictures of the event in due course.
Will watch for that Seacat Mike just in case.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 15:26
Mike J., Dover
Remember the SEACAT FRANCE ?
One of the early highspeed Cats that used to run out of Dover.
She’s just left Tilbury after many years laid-up in Tilbury Docks & is under tow by the tug HUNTER & bound for Piraeus, Greece.
The HUNTER can be seen on AIS but unless she speeds up will pass Dover during the night.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 14:38
Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please share this to spread the word far and wide!!
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 18:42
Dover Marina Open Day
Back by popular demand, Dover Marina Open Day returns on Saturday 17th May to provide both budding mariners and those already enjoying the fantastic community benefits of sailing at the Port’s award-winning marina with the chance to try something new.
In partnership with the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC) and international yacht brokers Clarke & Carter, the free event will bring together the local sailing community and industry experts for a day of family fun filled with water displays, exhibitions, local food stalls, children’s entertainment and a second-hand boat sale if you really get the bug!
Taking place on the Crosswall Quay from 9.00am until 5:00pm, free parking will also be available, so there is no reason not to come along and explore what Dover’s waterfront has to offer.
Ben Greenwood, Business Development Manager – Marine, said:
“This is a great day out that gives seasoned sailors fresh opportunities and introduces newcomers to the charms of sailing and the sea. Ultimately, it is about building a thriving sailing community in Dover that brings people together, creates a buzz and puts Dover further on the map as a vibrant sailing location.”
As well as trying something new, why not experience something old by exploring Dover’s very own Bronze Age Boat replica before being brought right back to the 21st century with a bang by entering a draw to win an iPad if you come and complete our treasure hunt.
The open day forms part of the Port of Dover's participation in the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) Active Marina Programme, which offers additional training, cruising and social opportunities throughout the year. Being run in association with the RCPYC as well as the British Marine Federation’s 'On the Water' campaign, practical workshops will take place during the day.
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."
Had a listen to Ed's link re the MSC Magnifica sound display ( see post 700 )..,.wowser! brilliant stuff indeed. Wonder could we get them to do that here.
Will give Disney a go.
Another AIDA cruise liner in today..this time the AIDA Stella.
Also just arriving, caught me unawares...the Saga Sapphire.
Another double header for Dover !
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 07:20
Mike J., Dover
Further to Ed’s comments on the tune played on the MSC MAGNIFICA’s whistles - Disney do the same stunt, playing the first few bars of ‘When you wish upon a star’
Listen out for it when you're watching a Disney ship sail from Dover in 2015 !
To hear it now, use Ed's trick & remove the spaces -
h t t p : / / www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7UXsxloiWg
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 05:56
Great to see all the AIDA ships coming here to Dover, very welcome they are, this picture from this morning shows the AIDA Mar arriving for its first visit of the year, gliding across the harbour in gentle fashion. Colette gave us the nod on this one with her list in post 691. Will just show the nose here this time to make everyone smile...who can resist..
Mike J gave me the tip off re this one.. I didn't see it coming. An ocean going long distance racer by the looks of things. A serious bit of kit for sure...she raced by the harbour around mid morning. She didn't drop in. Sponsorship by Brunel or Brunei. Just got a couple of shots in time before the camera died of terminal battery exhaustion. But there she is...thanks Mike for the info.
Will check out that link Ed..should be good.
Yes was choppy indeed Jan..those pix below show just how choppy.
Monday, 12 May 2014 - 15:07
Some cracking pictures below showing our choppy sea over the weekend,certainly a lot calmer this morning and yet another cruise liner gracing seafrontMonday, 12 May 2014 - 12:06
Ed Connell, Dover
One of our regulars,MSC Magnifica, leaving Hamburg this week. Playing a tune on the ships whistle. We have enough trouble keeping ours working on my ship without trying anything like this!
Reminds me of the episode of The Navy Lark where the Queen was reviewing the fleet and HMS Troutbridge played God Save the Queen on the ships whistle!
Cannot paste links on Sea News so have put some gaps in the HyperText Transfer Protocol command at the beginning so just remove them and hopefully it will work.
h t t p : / / metro.co.uk/2014/05/11/cruise-ship-plays-white-stripes-anthem-seven-nation-army-using-horns-4724140/
Monday, 12 May 2014 - 11:57
Yes indeed Howard a tough few days for the crews..as 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