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...

* *


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.


Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Use our SEARCH ENGINE below to find all sorts on the SEA NEWS pages....type in the topic and away you go,
or if you have the post number, just type it in the Search Box.

There are more than - 7000 - nautical posts in the section below.

Paul Boland -

Sea News Dover:
All pictures on these pages are the copyright of the owners and must not be reproduced without permission.
Search Sea News:
Comments Page:   1   2   3   ...   296   297   298   299   300   ...   326   327   328     |  
Your Comments (Newest First):
Post 672
  PaulB, Dover

Archbishop shares in the ‘stirring vision for Port and town’ Smiley

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, has this week visited the Port of Dover to see the transformation taking place at one of the UK’s key international gateways.

Archbishop Welby, accompanied by the Bishop of Dover (The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott), met the Port’s Chairman (George Jenkins) and Chief Executive (Tim Waggott).

During the visit, Archbishop Welby, the head of the 85 million strong international Anglican Communion, toured the Port with local chaplains to see for himself the massive investment being made to ensure the Port can provide the 13 million customers who use Europe’s busiest international ferry port each year with the very best customer service, and meeting the dedicated professional team who deliver that service.

Tim Waggott, said: “We were all delighted and honoured to welcome Archbishop Justin to the Port and to show him how we are all working together to transform the Port by serving our customers and community in the best way we can.”

The Archbishop also met with the independent chairmen and vice-chairmen of the Port’s two key consultation bodies – the Port & Community Forum and Port Users Group - witnessing the unifying effects of the shared vision being developed for the future development of the Port and its contribution to the local community.

Archbishop Welby, on leaving the Port, said he was: “very grateful for generous time from busy people, and a stirring vision for port and town.”

Photo (Right to Left this time) : Robert Hardy (Managing Director of Motis and Independent Vice-Chairman of the Port Users Group), Tim Waggott (Chief Executive, Port of Dover), Archbishop Justin Welby, Bishop Trevor Willmott, George Jenkins (Chairman, Dover Harbour Board), Derek Leach (Chairman of The Dover Society and Independent Chairman of the Port & Community Forum) and Dick Fuller (Independent Vice Chairman and independent local representative of the Port & Community Forum)

* * * *

Following the various incidents at Eurotunnel, The Port of Dover would like to advise its passengers that the traffic to the Port is currently flowing without any delays. Ferry services are operating normally with space available. We hope that the disruptions to the traffic on M20 have not caused any major delays to passengers’ journey. Please consult the Port of Dover website ( or Twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest travel information.

Customers wishing to book ferry tickets are advised to contact their chosen ferry operator using following numbers or visit their websites:
Operator Type - Ferry Operator - Telephone No.
Freight - DFDS Seaways 01304 218 400
Freight - P&O Ferries 01304 863 340
Freight - DFDS/LD Lines 01304 218 400
Freight - MyFerryLink 01304 828 422
Tourist - DFDS Seaways 0871 574 7235
Tourist - P&O Ferries 08716 64 64 64
Tourist - DFDS/LD Lines 0871 574 7235
Tourist - MyFerryLink 0844 248 2100

P&O website -
DFDS website -
MyFerryLink website -
The Port apologises for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the earlier traffic congestion at Eurotunnel.

UPDATE at 06.50 friday: there are some traffic delays now due to volume !

Friday, 18 April 2014 - 06:13
Post 670
  PaulB, Dover

The busy cargo traffic carries on in fine style and long may it continue. This ship, called the Vega Pollux, is shown getting ready to depart earlier today Thursday around 3pm. Rotterdam may have been the destination. The tugboat doing the..ermmm tugging.. is none other than Dauntless herself. I don't think I recall the name Vega Pollux before?

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 21:57
Post 669
  PaulB, Sea News Dover


Eleven stewards from DFDS Seaways’ Dover-Dunkirk route have been enrolled onto an National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 in Professional Cookery, as part of an ongoing investment in personal development.

The onboard stewards, from across the UK and Europe, have previously held positions as Kitchen Porters and are now being given the opportunity to train to become fully qualified Chefs on the Dover-Dunkirk ferry route. From the 12 March all eleven candidates are being trained to achieve the NVQ, furthering their knowledge of catering, from the preparation of food to cooking and storing dishes.

Commenting on the enrolment, Matthew Mcphail, Food and Beverage Onboard Sales Department at DFDS Seaways, said, “We are very pleased to announce our continuous development with this enrolment for our kitchen staff, designed to help build skills and experience. We strive to ensure our staff have the highest possible qualifications to provide the best quality food and service for our passengers whilst they dine onboard.”

Photo above from left to right: Nicola Steer, HR and crewing officer, John Wilson, Kitchen Steward, Liam Richards, Kitchen Steward, Richard King, Kitchen Steward, Matt McPhail, Food and Beverage Manager, Les Potts, Head Chef on Dunkerque Seaways, Faustina Gaituak, assessor from Runway Training.

There are up to 24 sailings a day between Dover and Dunkirk providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options. Whilst onboard, passengers can dine at the Self-Service Restaurant, visit the Lounge Bar or grab a snack at the Food Express. For more information about DFDS Seaways or to book a ferry crossing visit or call 0871 574 7235.

Always worth remembering that DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships. In 2012, DFDS Seaways transported 5 million passengers across the 11 passenger routes. DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

* * * * * *

Many thanks for that Vic. Glad you are liking the page. All being well ..we will have lots more exciting stuff to come.
Good story that Jacqui..made me chuckle too.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 06:37
Post 668
  Vic Matcham, Dover
By showing the great photos of the port as you do it is helping get more of the public down to see it all for themselves.
It is by far the best page not only in the Dover Forum but the best of all the forums thank you.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 04:12
Post 667
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Anyone from outside the town and see this they would be rushing down to look themselves, you are doing well by showing them all to the public.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 04:09
Post 666
  Jacqui, Dover
Made me laugh when she was coming across the harbour the other day Paul. I was listening on SW radio and Port Control told her - "No more than 8 knots in the harbour please sir". She quickly slowed down lol. Lovely sight though, seeing her stream in the Eastern entrance. Love all your photos.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 20:40
Post 665
  PaulB, Dover
We are having a very busy time of it with the Royal Navy popping in and out and generally hovering about in the immediate vicinity. Herewith the latest....
Above we have HMS Explorer which powered across the harbour 2days ago. Visiting the same day as the mighty MSC Magnifica. As always they cut a mean dash. We had the similar HMS Puncher recently too. Pictures of HMS Puncher over on page 2 and on page 3. These are patrol or special ops vessels as I understand it but also used in training these days.
Thanks to Kevins tip off I had a go at getting a picture of HMS Tyne which was just off Port last evening. Very long range picture so a wee bit soft alas. Right on cue the Lifeboat powered past...clearly out on a shout! The Tyne just went off afterwards too in roughly the same direction as the Lifeboat...heading west into the low evening sun.

We are all having a go at the moon. Blimey! and why not. Well done with that one Jacqui/Adam. The previous moon shot by yours truly further down the page was taken early evening while the great orb was hanging above Calais. These latest ones above were taken early this morning..very early..while hovering above Western Heights.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 15:30
Post 664
  Jacqui, Dover

My son Adam took this with his new camera from his bedroom window. I think it's rather good.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 12:55
Post 663
  PaulB, Dover
Cracking pictures JohnSmiley
Great spot Kevin re HMS Tyne. Had a stab at getting some pix. Very long range though..will see if any good a bit laterSmiley

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 06:57
Post 662
  John Mavin, Dover
It's true what Paul says about shooting the moon and I've never trusted in-camera metering for these sorts of situations. This was taken handraulically using an old Weston meter I've had for forty years.

The second picure, from June 2010, is interesting because I don't think I've ever seen a full moon so low in the sky.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 21:47
Post 661
  JanT, Dover
Over the last few days some really great pictures, showing our lovely seafront and all that goes on, keep those cameras clicking chapsSmiley
And with this very pleasant spring like weather and the start of the cruise ships, really feels like summer is on its way.Smiley

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 19:03
Post 660
  Kevin Charles, Dover
The Royal Navy River class patrol ship, HMS Tyne, is currently off the Western Entrance.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 19:01
Post 659
  PaulB, Dover
These pictures are of last nights magnificent full moon. It rose early while there was still light so that helped with the shots. The moon is never very easy. But as the night wore on, down here at the lapping waters edge, it conjured up an eerie spooky feel...well shiver me timbers but I'm sure I saw Long John Silver walking the plank at one point...but it may have been a mirage, or an ethereal vision...or maybe that extra glass of...

Yes its great Kevin to see the kids getting all that marvellous local nautical training. Indeed one of them may well be on an MSC bridge one day before too long. Nice shot that Colette from your phone...but don't forget to get that nice camera of yours out too. The ship above is the Pride of Canterbury.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 17:28
Post 658
  ColetteB, Dover
Terrific photos guys of the MSC Magnifica, 95,000 tons + Blimey!!! Smiley
Like Kevin, I love the one with the sailing boats too, great shot there Mr B Smiley I was on my way back from Ashford late yesterday afternoon & as I came into Dover I couldn't resist driving along the seafront to see her. Jumped out of my car & took a shot but alas only had my mobile & it was too far away but here it is anyway. She will be back on the 25th so must remember my camera.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 13:41
Post 657
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great photos, Paul. I especially like the one with the sailing boats. With the great work of the sea sports centre and the new maritime skills academy up at Whitfield, some of those kids may well end up on the bridge of ships like the MSC Magnifica!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 08:09
Post 656
  PaulB, Dover
More on the MSC Magnifica. Nice picture in the post below there Kevin, took quite a few myself as she was leaving. The time was approximately a quarter to seven as she began to move away, and in nice but low evening sunlight too. As you say the views would have been quite spectacular from onboard. There were hundreds on the top deck enoying the visuals. As she moved off towards Amsterdam...the Sprit of Britain moved out into the channel also. Right on cue. It made a great sight as the day began to draw to a close. By the way...that P&O offer for a £23 day trip with 6 bottles of wine for FREE is still on...if you book by April 21.
You can travel up until the 9th may.

The picture below was taken earlier in the day monday and shows the kids training onboard their little sail boats. It gave me a chance to use the old classic Nikon ( in digital terms ) as everything else was charging...the curse of the modern era ! But what a mighty backdrop for the kids...the MSC Magnifica. You can see just how big she is in this particular shot.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 06:21
Post 655
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great to see MSC Magnifica back in Dover today. The passengers were certainly treated to some fine weather and her departure in the evening sun with the town, port, castle, and White Cliffs as backdrop must surely make Dover the most scenic UK cruise port!

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 19:41
Post 654
  PaulB, Dover
This is cruise liner number 3 this season but it is the first of the big players, the first of the heavy hitters. It is totally huge. Kevin mentions below that it weighs in at more than 90,000 tons ( update: 95,000 tons +) and of course is carrying masses of passengers, all eager to see both the local sights and the treasures further afield. Let us hope many stayed locally but as ever the ship was met by a large number of coaches.
The massive ship turned around on a tiny didnt appear to need a great deal of input from the tugboat Dauntless, and then reversed into its position at CT2. It was all accomplished with what appeared to be considerable ease...however yours truly wouldn't like to try reversing something on that scale. No Sirreee ! A wider view below as she reverses into position.
Wot a whopper ! Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 11:31
Post 653
  PaulB, Dover


BRIDGE strengthens links between Dover and Calais Smiley

With freight traffic between Dover and Calais expected to rise by 40% by 2030, the importance of strengthening the route between the two independent ports is currently the focus of cross-Channel collaboration and major investment.

Seeking to protect the long-term resilience of this internationally important trade link, described as a ‘European motorway of the sea’, the BRIDGE (Building the Resilience of International and Dependent Gateways in Europe) Project brings together the Port of Dover and Port of Calais.

Currently those two busiest Roll–on Roll–off (Ro-Ro) ferry terminals in Europe handle more than one third of RoRo cargo between the UK and continental Europe, representing goods worth more than 70 billion euros.

The BRIDGE Project, which aims to ensure that Dover and Calais are part of European efforts to create a fully integrated freight corridor combining road, rail and maritime transport and linking the UK with Northern France, Benelux and North-East Spain, was recently unveiled at a joint event held in the French port.

Calais Port 2015 sets out plans to increase capacity through the development of a new harbour, a new cross-Channel terminal with a further three cross-Channel berths and one Ro-Ro berth, and 80 hectares of new platforms. To handle the increased traffic, Calais, like Dover, is reorganising cross-Channel traffic flows and the road networks in and around the Port. Major investment being undertaken under the Calais 2015 banner also includes the development of a rail motorway terminal linking the Port in Nord-Pas de Calais with Perpignan in the south of France, enabling the transhipment of trailers between rail, road and ferry in the Port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:
“BRIDGE recognises that, by collaborating, we can complement each other and enhance the resilience of this international trade route. We connect the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with the continental mainland, so it is essential that Dover works closely with our opposite numbers in Calais. By developing efficient port facilities and transport connections on both sides of the Channel we will be perfectly placed to meet the needs of our customers, communities and strengthen the local economies.”

In the short term, the BRIDGE project will ensure that the two ports operate efficiently by adapting the berths to the highest technical standards of ship accommodation, as well as focussing on the enhancement of the local transport networks to improve the resilience of the trade route.

At the Port of Dover, three berths are being enhanced with two piers recently extended. To improve the short-term operational performance and safety on the Kent side of the English Channel, a further three major berths will be refurbished by 2015.

The ports of Dover and Calais, each recognised by the European Commission as strategically important, and designated as ‘core ports’ under the TEN-T network 2014-2020, have been working together on the BRIDGE Project.

During the event, and in the presence of their stakeholders and the Nord-Pas de Calais Council (as the owner of the Port of Calais), a Memorandum of Understanding between the two ports was signed by the Côte d'Opale Chamber of Commerce and Industry (as the port manager) and Dover Harbour Board.

* * * *

Thanks for that ace reminder Kevin. I have a tendency to forget what's coming where and when myself. Always great to get a tip off.
No sign of anything as I write.

Terrifically encouraging to see these new moves forward as shown in the press release above.

ADDED EXTRA: Cruise liner MSC Magnifica arrived into harbour at 07.25. Truly magnificent. We will have pictures later. Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 06:35
Post 652
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Just a quick reminder that the first of the big cruise ships of the season is due tomorrow, the MSC Magnifica. At over 90,000 tons and with 2,500 passengers, it should be a busy day for Dover!

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 09:26
Comments Page:   1   2   3   ...   296   297   298   299   300   ...   326   327   328     |