Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Rising Bridge below :

You can see the new bridge rising 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 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 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... 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.

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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- 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
- 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 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 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 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 ....


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.



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 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 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.


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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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 695
  ColetteB, Dover
The boy done good!! Well done with those shots of the MSC Magnifica MrB, the close up certainly shows the scale of her, yikes! I popped down in the day, yes, with my camera this time but couldn't see much with the mist. Hopefully, better days ahead for getting some smashing photos from you guys as we have an abundance of cruise ships in May to look forward to. There will be 29 of them in the month of May with some double & triple cruise ship days SmileySmileySmiley

Remember to look out for the Aida Bella on the last day of April, Wedsnesday 30th Smiley

The month of May kicks off on May Day, Thursday,1st May, with the first of the Saga's, the Saga Pearl 11 at CT1, TR. We last saw her here in August 2012.

Then on Saturday May3rd, the now familiar Ryndam returns for the first time this year to CT1, TR.

The following day, Sunday 4th May, the Awesome MSC Magnifica returns to CT2, PoC.

Now I'm hoping to get some decent photos this time round Smiley

Then three cruise ships on Tuesday 6th May, the Saga Sapphire, CT1, TR, last here in September '13, the AIDAStella, CT2, PoC, last here in August '13 & the MV Empress, last seen here in September '13 Smiley

The following day, Wednesday 7th, we have two cruise ships, the beautiful Celebrity Constellation, CT2, PoC, last seen here May '13 & the AIDALuna, CT1,PoC, last here April '13.

Another three cruise ships the following day, Thursday 8th May, the Princess Daphne, PoC, AP3, last here May '13, the Albatros, PoC, CT1, last here September '13 & this time the MSC Orchestra, PoC CT2. I can't recall when she was last here, I think perhaps 2010 but I'm sure one of guys, John/Mike/Kevin will advise.

Then the Ryndam returns to Dover Cruise Port on Saturday 10th May, CT1, TR & to end the week the AIDALuna returns to CT2, PoC Smiley

That should keep everyone happy not to mention busy taking pictures & generally enjoying the views Smiley

Be back in a couple of weeks with the rest of May, all 16 more of them Smiley

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 18:31
Post 694
  PaulB, Dover

As most will know we battled with poor and gloomy foggy visibility all day on Friday. The ship could not be seen by the landlubber and the land could not be seen by the ships passenger. But as Howard mentions below there in the previous post, quite a few of these passengers eventually came into town and hopefully enjoyed their experience. Nice pictures of the ship were generally impossible. The weather did brighten up later in the day somewhat, ermm sort of, and so now we have a few more pictures to show you...

Tried to show the scale of the beast in the second shot here. Not sure if it works, but the scale of this ship is phenomenal. This second pic just above shows the pilot returning to shore having completed his job. It was a tight squeeze getting this whopper of a ship out into the open sea but all was done successfully. Once outside of harbour the ship turned immediately to its right and headed for Le Havre in elegant style.
Have never been to Le Havre...wonder what its like...pondering vaguely....

The time of the pictures shown was about 7pm...the fog had dispersed but it was still very grey.
Glad you are enjoying the page Barry W-S. Couple more there for you to enjoy.
Wasn't worth going up top on the day Howard - but better days ahead.

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 06:11
Post 693
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
i must admit that barge does look enticing, a real "away from it all" look.

Didn't bother to go up top for photos of today's cruise liner, as paul says too murky a day.

plenty of visitors in town this morning taking photos of the castle with the fountain in the foreground, doubt if they came out well though.

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 20:38
Post 692
  Barry W-S, Dover (
Nice photo PaulB, especially in these weather conditions, it's good to see cruise ships of this calibre, stylish, smooth lines, very Italian Smiley

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 11:07
Post 691
  PaulB, Dover
Here is the MSC Magnifica pictured a few minutes ago. The image is manipulated as in reality its just not clear enough to get a decent picture it were. There is still a lot of fog/mist about and its probably unlikely to get much better, although one lives in hope. Maybe this evening...
Also in the picture is the familiar dredger David Church.

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 10:41
Post 690
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Fog clearing and yes, MSC Magnifica has arrived. At over 90,000 tonnes, one of our big visitors. But I see an even bigger "celebrity" is due to call next year!

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 08:47
Post 689
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the ace reminder Kevin. Unfortunately fog has blighted the situation this morning..cant see a thing as I write. Don't know if she is in or not...but hopefully the weather situation will get better so everyone can see. Pity that...yours truly was camera ready for the returning monster cruise liner.

Wow!..great barge. Can you set that one up for me on the Seine Mike, just 300 or 400 metres east of Notre Dame will do...Im moving in !! SmileySmiley

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 07:20
Post 688
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Always fancied the idea of a trip on a canal barge and that one looks like just the job! A quick reminder that the MSC Magnifica is due into Dover again tomorrow.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 19:49
Post 687
  Mike J., Dover
Came across this Dutch luxury canal-boat in Wellington Dock this morning.
Dunno how long she's been here.

Further details if you Google HAKVOORT SHIPYARD TIGRE D’OR

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 11:35
Post 686
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


Key point in Port transformation arrives with closure of Travel Centre

The Port of Dover’s Travel Centre, the building that has welcomed millions of passengers to Europe’s busiest ferry port for the past 30 years, is to close at 8pm on 30th April 2014. The familiar building is closing in readiness for demolition, representing a key point in the Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) project that is transforming the Port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Freight vehicle numbers have virtually trebled over the past thirty years and we want to create a new welcome for our customers, one that delivers enhanced efficiency, flexibility and fantastic customer service.”

During the demolition, which is due to be completed by mid-September 2014, two outbound traffic lanes will be maintained during peak times with minimal impact anticipated on inbound tourist and freight traffic.

The Arrivals Area of the Passenger Handling Building has been fully refurbished to provide new and permanent facilities in order to accommodate the existing tenants of the Travel Centre. A new Passenger Lounge has also been provided as an additional customer waiting facility during peak times.

Mr Waggott added: “The Travel Centre has faithfully served our customers over a long period of time, but in order to be the best port in the world, we need to move with the times and that means keeping the £89 billion of goods that come through the Port moving. I offer my continued appreciation for the understanding of our customers whilst we improve the Port for their journeys of the future and to our community whilst we work to reduce possible congestion in the town.”

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 06:26
Post 685
  brian d., sunny hieghts.
ah yes I seen it in the bay this afternoon.Smiley

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 20:44
Post 684
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
It was a very busy harbour last evening as you can see..with lots of sizzling activity. The Lifeboat joined in with the sunlit action. They were on a training run we can assume, as there was no immediate danger to be seen. All was sunlit tranquillity itself. But they certainly cut an exciting colourful image as they rounded the café and lighthouse on the Prince of Wales pier and headed in our landlubber direction. They made for some nice pictures but we can settle on the one above.

I promised another pic of the Star Trust and here she is below... I managed to get some of the overly orange evening colour out of the picture and here we are. Not too bad. As mentioned in the previous post...she left again not all that long after arriving...about 7.30 or so. And yet another cargo ship arrived today called the Hope Bay...was too hazy at the time to get a good picture of it though.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 16:00
Post 683
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Just immediately after assisting the Star Trust cargo ship into Port yesterday, tugboat dauntless returns to base in the picture above. The Star Trust below was also assisted by Doughty which is just out of shot. In the background above you can see the Pilot launch boat powering eastwards at full speed. Time was about 3.30pm. I believe the Star Trust had come all the way from the Panama Canal. That is some trip! Definitely long hail. The interesting thing... by 7.30 early evening she was on her way again. presumably had just dropped off some cargo/containers here and was heading onwards, perhaps to Antwerp...
We have some pictures of her leaving but all a tad too orange in the late dying sun. I will try to un-orange them in due course. Wish me luck...
The Star Trust is a regular visitor here of course. Its great to see our cargo ship too-ings and fro-ings increasing all the time. As Howard says below there...quite a surprise to see the amount and different variety of ships passing through the Port these days. Great to see.
Indeed Howard the input from our resident experts always hugely welcome.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 06:38
Post 682
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
quite astonishing to see the variety of vessels that frequent our port.

most of us see dover as a ferry port plus cruise liners in season.

paul sees them all from his eagle's nest and resident experts give the lowdown, great stuff.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 22:22
Post 681
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous post these are the pictures showing the arrival of the new groyne marker 'lampshade'. Replacing the one that fell heroically in the winter storms. Yours truly didn't actually see the new fitting taking place but noticed the survey boat Diana next to it earlier in the day. You can just see the tiny bit of marker pole sticking out of the water. Diana then moved away but later when I looked all was in place and here we are.. see also the post below plus posts 581, 583, 584, on page 3.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 07:47
Post 679
  PaulB, Dover
Very interesting pictures and info below there John and Ed. Had no idea the Cornelis Vrolijk had ever been into Port. And there we are..great stuff as ever lads!
Now by way of that tidal novelty again...
These pictures are from a few days back, the last few days, and you can see the tidal line very pronounced in the harbour. No work was going on or anything to contribute to the distinctive line but some days it is very pronounced...not often though. In the lower right of top picture you can just see the new groyne marker pole. Since then the 'lampshade' and extension have been added to it to bring it in line with requirements. Will have some pictures etc...
Slightly later and on a different camera...a colourful windsurfer tackles the now breaking tide line with panache and gusto.

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 07:00
Post 677
  Ed Connell, Dover
One of Cornelis Vrolijk on the South Jetty a few years ago. Registered in Hull and flying the Red Duster.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 11:31
Post 676
  John Mavin, Dover
That's the Cornelis Vrolijk Fzm. She calls at Dover from time to time, usually for a crew change - which I guess is what's happening here. If you Google her name you can see her company website.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 11:11
Post 675
  PaulB, Dover

For about an hour yesterday Easter Saturday between 5 and 6 pm...this fishing trawler above circulated around the western entrance. It was met in due course by the small launch from George Hammond. What was going on was impossible to tell..but after a short time all necessities were completed and courtesy of our Channel Traffic info ( top of page ) the ship carried on on its journey to...and ive had to double check the spelling on this Ijmuiden in Holland. I must admit I have never heard of Ijmuiden before. So there you are, you learn something new everyday.
The ship is called the Cornelis Vrolijk.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 06:48
Post 674
  PaulB, Dover
This is another one of these special ops vessels...we seem to have had quite a number of these guys visiting in recent times. Quite a new phenomenon. More pictures of the other ones down and over the page. This most recent one is called HMS Example and I just caught the tail end of her visit as she departed around 11.30am earlier today...slipping out of harbour between ferries.

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 12:10
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