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 611
  PaulB, Dover



The sun is beginning to shine, the temperature is warming up and 26 July 2014, the date of the Port of Dover Community Regatta, is coming up fast. Interest is building and Port Dash teams are coming on-board, so make sure you secure your place before it is too late!

Sponsored by the Port of Dover and back by popular demand, the Dover Port Dash will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’ pitting their wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise money for local charity, the Cinque Port Pirates.

There are only 10 places left for mixed adult teams of six, with a cox supplied by the Dover Sea Sports Centre. Entrance fee is just £90 which will be donated to the charity. However, any donations secured by yourselves over and above that will be much appreciated.

For the first time, there will also be a Junior Port Dash, which is FREE to enter for teams of six, aged 10-16 years. 12 places are still available, so why not give our younger stars the opportunity to show the adults how it is done!

Facilitated by the Port of Dover, with the support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and the Dover Sea Sports Centre, the free Regatta will return with all of the family fun of last year, and continues to incorporate the popular Dover District Community Safety Day. The Regatta will also feature some notable additions, such as a big classic car rally, an entertainment stage throughout the day, family activities along the whole of the seafront, and a spectacular cutting-edge aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades to conclude the day.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover stated;
“Last year’s Port Dash was great fun to watch with teams from across the local community taking part and entertaining the crowds throughout the day. We’re delighted to support the race again and providing a great event for the community to enjoy, whilst importantly supporting a great local charity.”

Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said:
"We are looking forward to another successful event on Dover Seafront. Incorporating the Community Safety Day within the Port Regatta is a great way to create a fun day out for the whole family, and to show the community how the partnership continues to work to keep our district a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Also on the water will be paddlesports, sailing tasters, pedalos and more, organised by Dover Sea Sports Centre. On land there will be demonstrations by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and a range of blue light services as well as community agencies organised by the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and a host of stalls offering entertainment and local produce.

Further event details will be announced over the next few months, but in the meantime please register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash by emailing
....Alyson Hudson at


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That reads like a lot of fun above. Should be a great day out indeed.. right now though more Dashers needed.
The cropped pic top shows the huge crowd that turned out last year. It really was great fun! Smiley
As were the April Fools posts below yesterday. I didn't even realise it was April 1st til I saw those SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 06:35
Post 608
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
excellent stuff from john and mike, the ones at charlton green were taken about 2 years ago i think.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 12:01
Post 607
  John Mavin, Dover
Early this morning we nearly lost a piece of Dover's architectural heritage. A HUGE rogue wave crashed onto Shakespeare Beach, taking the Golden Arrow with it as it receded...... it did!

With the help of a Bulgarian lorry driver named Bogdan I managed to secure a rope and, using his tractor unit we pulled the old Fleche d'Or back and returned it to its original location ...... true!

The trouble is that in these cynical days you tell a story like this and no-one believes you! ....Tchhhh.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 08:43
Post 606
  Jan Higgins, Dover
That is a good one Mike. SmileySmileySmileySmileySmiley

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 08:11
Post 605
  Mike J., Dover
Dredging is taking place at Charlton Green in preparation for the new Cruise Terminal.

When works are completed cruise ships will be able to dock in the centre of Dover.

After the preliminary works are finished the DAVID CHURCH will come up the Dour to complete the dredging & Morrisons will become Cruise Terminal 3.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 07:54
Post 604
  PaulB, Dover
It is surely truly enjoyable for all of us to see the arrival of Spring in earnest..and let's hope we haven't spoken too soon. The picture above shows the scene across the harbour very early yesterday morning at low low tide, and as you can see all was beautifully springlike and entirely tranquil. The sea was flat calm, as calm as calm can be.. and therefore ideal for travelling landlubbers (yours truly!). All weekend it was very busy in the nearby seafront hotels, clearly thousands were going across the channel making the most of Mothers Day and the best of the tranquil and even warm weather.

Following on below we have a couple of new pictures from yesterday of the seafront groynes taking shape. Gone now are the 'orrible old metal ones. All have been replaced with natural Norwegian Larvic rock as you can see. A huge improvement and so neatly done do they do that? those big mechanical diggers are hardly delicate instruments of fine tuning, so a big well done to all concerned. Clearly artists at work here. The following two pictures show the same groynes at the different state of tidal movement yesterday morning. From rock bottom to mid tide.

Of course the work is far from over is still very much a job in progress. Bear in mind that both pictures above show the tide at quite a low level, one of them obviously so, but the tide actually rises way above the groynes can see the level on the marker buoys.
And speaking of low tide. The sea birds certainly like it when it's low...this is the seabed vegetation on display yesterday at very low tide. Seagulls bathing, washing, nibbling ... a tiny freshwater stream flows into the sea round about there.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 06:28
Post 603
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
that really is a lovely ship, pity it arrived too late in the day for the passengers and crew to get into town.

great all round photos again from everyone.

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 15:48
Post 602
  PaulB, Dover
Although it had been a beautiful sunny morning here in Dover, by the time our first cruise liner of the season had arrived it had become a murky shade of grey as you can see in the pictures. The ship was running late by all accounts and by the time it got to harbour at around 2.15pm yours truly had fortunately just made it back to base camp in time for the arrival by a literal whisker...and of course managed to get the pictures. The ship is the beautiful Azores. She seemed to have a large contingent of passengers...and most appear to have come on deck for their exciting arrival to White Cliffed Dover. She left again last night at 9pm in a blaze of light to illuminate a very dark night.

There is more info on her from Mike in Post 522.

Ben Greenwood, Business Development Manager, Port of Dover, said: “We look forward to welcoming this year’s cruise customers to the Port of Dover. Whether the cruise line, cruise vessel, or one of the customers on-board, we are committed to ensuring that they all receive the very best service. "
So there you have it.

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 06:11
Post 601
  PaulB, Dover

I guess we are all waiting with baited breath for the first cruise liner of the season and you can see the info from Mike there...not due till 1pm. So I thought I would add a few pix to be going on with...from early yesterday morning. Taken at dawn - around 5.15am. Nobody should be up that early...nosireee! But you can see those hard working guys beat me to it. Yes its the early work taking place on the seafront groynes and with the wide view shown here you can see how it is all developing.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 10:13
Post 600
  Mike J., Dover
At the risk of telling you something that you may know already . . . .

If you are looking for the AZORES on the 'Dover Forum Channel Shipping' you only get a limited local 'picture'

Would suggest that you Google 'Marine Traffic' & you will get access to all areas that 'Marine Traffic' covers.

On their home page click on 'NAME-MMSI-IMO' & type in 'AZORES'

You will be given a list of all ships called 'AZORES' - currently she is top of the list.

Click on the little blue symbol under the name & you will be transported, as if by magic, to the ship's location.

Clicking on the symbol on the chart another box will open up with her details including her ETA which she is currently giving as 1300 today.

Lots of other info available if you wish to explore further !

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 09:17
Post 599
  PaulB, Dover
Just had a quick look for her on Chris T's channel traffic map Brian..and she is still way up in the North Sea yet. So will be ages before she gets here, if at all at this rate. Must have been held up. Hopefully yours truly will still get a picture but will be out and about today so don't know.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 08:40
Post 598
  brian d., dover.
as of this moment no sign of the expexted cruise ship.possabley another no show.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 08:18
Post 597
  PaulB, Dover
A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever ! We must 'rendre hommage' to the great rock pile above..our very own St Michaels Mount. Now alas no longer there, as the three hard-working diggers have, at breakneck pace and working against the tide, distributed the rocks above to their required destination..the groynes are now taking serious shape. The picture was taken just a couple of days ago for posterity but the work powers forward swiftly ..and at all hours, so these rocks are now moved. One of the rocks shown looks to be in tablet form, see bottom left, looks like it may be the one brought down from that other Mount by Moses himself!
No, cant be !

This picture shows one such digger in operation yesterday afternoon..the other ones were working just out of shot. In the background our ol' friend the now super-clean spruced up Pride of Burgundy makes her way slowly towards the western exit in the blinding sunlight.
Thanks for that info below Mike as ever.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 06:13
Post 596
  Mike J., Dover
Fire-fighting exercise I believe.

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:50
Post 595
  PaulB, Dover
See also the post below...for closer shot.

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 07:47
Post 594
  PaulB, Dover

Not sure what was going on above there in mid-harbour yesterday. There seemed to be a bit of a sudden kerfuffle and the tugboat Doughty was called to do some spraying. But what it was all about alas I don't know. Made for some interesting pictures though ..they were taken through the gloom and mist which was prevalent at around 5pm, so have had to boost the pix up a bit so that we can actually see them but the colours have gone a bit askew.

Keep going with the Connaught Park initiatives got some good further info from Mike there too re those vessels. Smiley

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 07:21
Post 593
  ColetteB, Dover
Thanks Mike for the fascinating information with photos of the Ocean Nova Smiley really appreciate that. It sounds like the kind of cruise ship for our brilliant forumite wildlife photographer Phil Smith Smiley
Great to see Dover included with the strange sounding names of those faraway places Smiley

Also, that looks like a marvelous running festival on Dover Sea front at the weekend & for a very worthy cause too. Well done to the Port of Dover staff & to their event organiser Karen Webber. A youth engagement scheme is something I'm keen to explore within Connaught Park, have some ideas in the pipeline yet to be discussed Smiley

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 21:08
Post 592
  PaulB, Dover
The Helene leaving yesterday evening...its Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery completed...for now at least.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 10:07
Post 591
  Mike J., Dover
ColetteB - OCEAN NOVA is an ‘expedition ship’ built in 1993.

These small cruise ships specialize in visits to isolated areas & their passengers are more interested in natural history & scenery, wildlife & other specialised interests than in ‘conventional’ cruising.

Although very comfortable they don’t have have all the facilities & razzamataz as found on other cruise ships.

The Arctic & Antaractic regions are often visited but from time to time these ships operate in other areas, the OCEAN NOVA has been on bird-watching cruises to the Shetlands & other Scots islands.

From 'Polar Quest' tour-operator's website.

They are occasional visitors to Dover, Hurtigruten's FRAM was here in April 2011.

Faraway places with strange-sounding names, Grytviken, Svalbard, Punta Arenas, Bear Island, Lofoten, Dover . . . . .

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 07:25
Post 590
  howard mcsweeney, dover
lovely photo of the seafront grasses paul, taken in late summer last year is my guess.

the cruise business this summer is a bit complicated, yes more operators are onboard but the number of ships are down.

a very competitive market.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 22:18
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