Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....
Rising Bridge below :
You can see the new bridge rising there...it 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 craft....it 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 EU...as 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...
..........you 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.
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.
THE MEDIA DESCENDS ON 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)
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 !).
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.
MOTIS NEWS - BOXING DAY DOVER TRAFFIC UPDATE....
- 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.
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.
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 now...so quite a backlog to clear....
and the Covid tests still apply.
Dover: Truck drivers abandon their vehicles to demonstrate at the Port gates amid the chaos....
Frustrated truck drivers march towards the Port entrance...as 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.
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 everywhere......at 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...
Also the Port responds to funding shortfall....Note in particular paragraph 3 below re funding detail ....
PORT OF DOVER RESPONSE TO PORT INFRASTRUCTURE FUND ANNOUNCEMENT
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 STORY CONTINUES at the PORT OF DOVER.
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 at the 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....
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 well...ie 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.
DISNEY at DOVER
The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic
If you quietly wish upon a star, hoping for even more wondrous magic in Dover,
...well you might just end up with two Disney's....
OPEN LETTER FROM DOUG BANNISTER, CEO, PORT OF DOVER
Dover is the right choice for business and consumers now more than ever
The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (‘UKMPG’) has issued a ‘briefing paper’ intended to encourage businesses to transfer cargo away from the Short Straits, the UK’s most vital link to European markets.
The paper points out that the Short Straits, which includes ferry links between Dover and Calais, as well as the Channel Tunnel, has a 60% market share of ‘British-Continental EU trade’. The Short Straits has achieved this market share because it is the right choice for business. Indeed, the paper acknowledges that the routes businesses use today are the right ones and the reason businesses choose the Short Straits is simple; it offers the most time efficient, cost effective and resilient access to international markets, delivering an estimated £3 billion saving for British businesses and consumers compared to alternative routes.
Our own independent analysis (Oxera 2018) has previously suggested that it would cost around £2.7 billion to take just 20% of our existing traffic in order to pay for new ferries operating on longer and slower routes. Importantly, these new ferries do not exist today and need to be built. With shipyard capacities and construction lead times, delivering such a fleet of new ferries holds significant lead time.
The UKMPG paper suggests that other ports might have capacity to take up to 60% of Short Straits traffic now, but acknowledges that this requires both Government and trader support for this offer of ‘resilience’ to be possible. Exponentially, this suggests that the cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer could be up to around £8 billion.
For Port of Dover, when looking at the overall UK Trade Resilience we take a systemic view – across ports, vessels, capacities, frequencies, operating models and traffic management schemes. To focus only on port capacity is terribly one-dimensional.
The geographic advantage that Port of Dover holds with the UK’s largest trading partner means that a single vessel can complete up to five round voyages in a single day, making our ferries hugely productive assets. Further, our operating model delivers an average inbound dwell time at our port of just five minutes, providing unparalleled port efficiency.
Other operating models, for example containers and unaccompanied trailers may have inbound dwell times from several hours to even several days, adding inefficiency to the system-wide supply chains. For those routes with longer sea voyages, a single vessel may only make a single round voyage in a day – meaning to replicate the capacities and frequencies offered via Port of Dover would require five times as many vessels.
The UKMPG paper admits that a ‘short term’ constraint might be the availability of additional ferries to handle the trucks being encouraged to divert to other routes, whilst also citing wider capacity issues on the southern North Sea corridor.
The report is right to focus on resilience as we approach the end of the Transition Period, but what resilience do you have if you are sending traffic to ports where the ferries do not exist? Neither is that a quick fix. The market dynamic is important here. In fact, rather than investing in new ferries, operators at some of the alternative ports have actually been closing these longer routes with tonnage moving back to the short routes as that is what the market wants – Dover has of course kept going throughout the pandemic. This dynamic applies to the European side too, with the majority of freight vehicles choosing to route through northern France to Calais and Dunkirk as it is simply closest.
All EU-facing UK ports will be under the same rules – there will be a standard process and transaction applied everywhere. We know from examples elsewhere, such as ‘Operation Wellington’ on the Humber, which anticipates using parts of the M62 and M180 as holding areas for HGVs, that if there is disruption it will be everywhere. The report itself admits that there is already a risk of disruption at these alternative ports due to new systems for HGVs. Therefore, on top of this, sending more traffic to ports that do not even have the ferry capacity will make the situation far worse and create far less resilience for UK trade.
In contrast, the traffic management regimes for the Short Straits are tested and proven – in short, we know they work. For example, the recent national security operation that affected all ports with additional screening and searches left around 4,500 lorries in Operation Stack. When the security operation ended, Dover had cleared all queuing traffic and was back to normal operations within just 12 hours. Nowhere else could do that. It would take weeks with the current vessel capacities and frequencies available elsewhere. For UK trade resilience, supply chains must have the confidence in managing periods of disruption, and crucially recovery and restoration of normal flows as swiftly as possible – both areas in which Port of Dover has excellent credentials.
As we all navigate the massive economic difficulties caused by COVID, and the uncertainties as we approach the End of Transition, it is right to showcase the incredible efforts of the maritime sector, and the excellent ports that we have across the nation towards ensuring supply chains are robust and functioning well.
Come what may, we will keep working to keep the nation supplied with the essential goods people need at this difficult time and give all businesses wherever they are the benefits of Dover’s unrivalled service. This is what we do all day, every day.
Indeed, as the Maritime Minister said on a panel discussion with us only the other day regarding the national trade network; ‘you have to have goods and people moving around freely. So if you are to have parts moving quickly and efficiently across the Channel, and through Dover, and through the country, you have a much easier opportunity for companies that might exist in the Midlands or in the North to get involved in whatever that industry is.’
The report says that the UK has not always been reliant on the Short Straits, harking back to pre-Single Market days. Equally, the UK has not always been reliant on the internet and same day/next day/just-in-time deliveries, but it is now.
A vision that takes the UK backwards is not the vision of the future we want to see. We need one that backs consumers and businesses everywhere for the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We feel that we should celebrate our impressive, modern and efficient supply chains across all ports and modes throughout the nation.
For Dover, we fully appreciate the essential role that we conduct for the nation, and will continue to take our responsibility with all of the due care and attention the British people would expect of us, which is why Dover will remain the clear market choice.
Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover.
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DOVER'S LOVELY SEAFRONT IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS WEEKEND
On the weekend of Saturday 29th March and Sunday 30th March 2014, the Port of Dover is supporting a charitable running festival on Dover seafront.
Featuring a full marathon each day and a 10k run on the Saturday, the festival is set to attract around 200 professional and amateur runners across the three events.
The runs are in aid of the Buttons for Brathay campaign which is raising money for the Brathay Trust. The charity works to improve the life chances of some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach children and young people. It helps them to engage positively in their communities by developing their confidence, motivation and skills to positively change their lives.
Event organiser and Port of Dover staff member, Karen Webber, said: “The Port was delighted to facilitate this event for such a great cause. Improving the life chances of young people is what we are about so it is a great fit with our Youth Engagement Scheme as well as a keep fit opportunity for some from our community.”
Several free places were offered by the charity to the local and port community for participation in the 10k which starts at 11am on the Saturday and will see participants running along the seafront and Prince of Wales pier.
Kaz Hurrell, Buttons for Brathay Coordinator, said: “Thanks to the Port of Dover we have quite a unique course to run in an iconic location that I am sure will inspire the runners to reach the finish line. Teaming up with the Port is a great partnership of those aiming to be the best port in the world with those looking to achieve the some of the best times in the world and it is all for a fantastic cause.”
The promenade and beach will remain open to the public for both those who wish to watch the races and those wish to go for a weekend stroll. So come along and cheer them on!
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Great pictures below there Mike. Great stuff indeed. Really enjoyed those.
You were very busy for sure there.
Also welcome to Alex the early bird with that one..
Thats great news Kevin...we have to wait until next year for Disney but will be worth it..and to be going on with as it were..we have a great batch of ships coming in this year too, see Posts 532 and 533.
A couple of further pix from the Norwegian Rock delivery early this morning...
Afon Goch is a very large tug as tugs go..hard to show the scale but there we are. In the background the delivery vessel herself...Helene ..
as featured earlier by Mike.
Charlie Rock making her way back to her location at western arm after delivery, with once again Helene in the background. Assisted at the rear by Roerdomp with of course out of shot but pulling from the front...Afon Goch.
STOP PRESS: as I write more rock being delivered...
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 16:57
Kevin Charles, Dover
More great news for Dover Cruise Port - Disney Cruise Line have announced they'll be sailing from Dover again in 2015. Welcome back Micky!
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 14:39
howard mcsweeney, Dover
this was taken early this morning by alex who was involved in setting up our food bank.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 10:11
Mike J., Dover
Dover got busy yesterday afternoon, Tuesday.
The HELENE returned with another load of rocks.
The CHARLIE ROCK came off her berth to allow the HELENE to dock, assisted by the tugs ROERDOMP & AFON GOCH.
Departing reefer POLAR LIGHT waited in the bay for the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN to enter, as soon as she sailed the DISCOVERY BAY came in with yet more bananas.
An unusual visitor was the wind farm support vessel WINDCAT 6 who popped briefly for fuel before heading off down the Channel.
& still the ferries came . . . . .
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 06:58
Kevin Charles, Dover
Looking forward to seeing our cruise ship visitors in 2014. Let's not forget that it's the job of every Dovorian to extend a warm welcome to our cruise visitors. It's the people as well as the place that make for a great destination!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 21:40
CRUISE SEASON 2014
Even more cruise lines will call this year as the Port of Dover’s 2014 cruise season gets under way this week.
Following the Port’s successful hosting of the CLIA UK & Ireland Luxury Expo last year and a fruitful presence at the recent Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 to promote the Port and the Garden of England, the Port is delighted to announce a number of inaugural calls this year that further showcase Dover’s appeal to luxury liners.
Included in the line up are five calls by Dover newcomer Portuscale Cruises, introducing the elegance of its two ships MV Funchal (formerly the Portuguese Presidential Yacht) and MV Azores to the first class facilities, globally recognised local attractions and excellent transport links to the Capital that are on offer from the UK’s second busiest cruise port. What’s more, MV Azores’ inaugural call on 30th March will be the first cruise call of the year at Dover - a fitting launch to the 2014 season!
Andy Harmer, Director, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland, said:
“We have held a series of highly successful events in Dover including a luxury expo which took place at the dedicated cruise terminal. Dover is ideally placed as more British passengers than ever before are beginning their cruise holiday from a British port. The Port of Dover and Visit Kent also form a great destination partnership, promoting the very best of Dover and Kent to an international audience.”
Other inaugural visits include AIDA Cruises’ AIDAbella, Sea Cloud Cruises’ Sea Cloud II, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud, Seabourn’s Seabourn Quest and SeaDream Yacht Club’s Seadream I.
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.
Dover regulars, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Saga Cruises, will be retaining a significant presence along with Holland America Line, a sign of the successful partnerships that the Port of Dover has established with its cruise line customers. AIDA’s growing commitment to Dover is also reflected with 21 calls booked for 2014.
Thanks for that info as ever Colette. You timed that right. I've just this minute had the above information through from the Port re the coming cruise season. Many thanks to the guys once again over there. Looks like lots of exciting days ahead. Lots of fab ships...and we will have plenty of pictures.
Good info there John. Always good to hear from you.
PS: Don't miss the information on the new Port Police Officers below in Post 530. Great to see...one a master of mathematics..wow!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 15:47
Well it's cruise season again starting this Sunday 30th, Mothers Day, with the historic MV Azores at CT2, thanks to Mike for the very interesting background information
Then on Thursday 3rd April we welcome back the AIDACara at CT1, PoC.
The following day, Friday 4th April we see the arrival of Discovery at CT1, PoC, she was last seen here in June 2012.
Then on Monday 14th April the MSC Magnifica arrives at CT2, PoC.
A break then until Tuesady 22nd April when the Ocean Nova calls into CT1, PoC. I can't recall this one before, over to Mike
On Friday 25th April the MSC Magnifica returns back to CT2, PoC.
The last call for April is the last day of April, Wednesday 30th, we welcome the AIDABella at CT2, PoC, this also looks like a first visit.
We have an abundance of cruise ships coming to Dover in the month of May with two & three cruise ships coming in some days, so a real treat to come. We start with the first of the Saga fleet on May Day, the 1st May with the Saga Pearl ll.
That's the first cruise call information for 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 12:09
John Mavin, Dover
Thanks Mike for the posting on the Saint David of London. There can't be many vessels left that flew the swastika and as far as I'm aware SDL is permanently based at Dover. I'm not sure if you're aware of her own website:
....this gives not only her remarkable history but photos showing her her dramatic transformation over the years which was so extensive her insurers re-classified her as a new build in 1992 .
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 08:57
PORT WELCOMES NEW RECRUITS FULL OF DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION
The Port of Dover has welcomed four new Port of Dover Police Officers to Europe’s busiest international ferry port as they commit to playing their part in meeting the Port’s vision of becoming the best port in the world for the benefit of customers and the community.
Dedicated to the safety and security of the Port, the 13 million customers who use it and the local community, the appointment of new officers reflects the ongoing commitment of the Port of Dover Police to provide a visible and effectiveness police service to the Port community.
Superintendent Paul Wilczek, Chief Officer for Port of Dover Police said:
“It’s fantastic to see such enthusiastic and committed new officers joining the Port of Dover Police force which has such a great heritage of serving its Port community.”
The four new recruits are:
Donna Shorter, who was previously a Courts Warrants Officer and a Kent Police Special Constable where she performed the role of A/Section Officer, responsible for up to 15 officers. Jake Griffiths has a BSc (Honours) degree in Crime and Policing and previously held the position of Freight Co-ordinater within the Port for DFDS Seaways. Jennifer Wheatley is a Master of Mathematics (2.1 Honours) and worked with Kent Police as a civilian employee in the Police National Computer (PNC) Bureau. Sarah Lavender was formerly a Community Safety Officer for Shepway District Council and has an Advanced NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and a Btec Level 3 in Neighbourhood Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added:
“I am delighted that the Port of Dover Police has been able to recruit people who are full of such enthusiasm and with relevant academic and employment experience. I am sure that they will be highly valued by the Port’s customers and community whom they will serve. I wish them well in their careers within the police service, joining at such a exciting time for the Port and for Dover.”
Pictured left to right – PC Paul Skinner, PC Sarah Lavender, PC Jennifer Wheatley, PC Donna Shorter, PC Jake Griffiths and Chief Executive Tim Waggott.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 06:57
Thanks Vic - we will continue to do our best to bring good pictures and interesting items. More to come...
Monday, 24 March 2014 - 16:16
Vic Matcham, Dover
Great photos again of one of the most busy seaports in the world working 24/7 /365days a year and with the photos come some very good write ups.
Thank you for doing them.
Monday, 24 March 2014 - 07:01
DOVER HARBOUR: Springtime Sailing on a Sunday Afternoon...and on a pea green sea too...
It all went jollying along in fine style until the showers started rolling in. One hardly spilt the Pimms at all. But being Spring it didnt last...you can see the heavy stuff approaching in the pictures below, coming in from the west with a hint of menace.... spoiling the genteel tranquillity.
I'm afraid it was a day of sunshine and showers but once again lots of people were out and about enjoying the day. The latest trend is being photographed on the Norwegian Rocks. I suppose its a great novelty while they are still in a series of large heaps. One for the scrapbooks indeed. Before too long they will be nicely laid out in groynes and the spectacular mounds of volcanic rock will be gone, be dissipated.
Nice pictures of the Saint David below there. Took a detour to take a look at her yesterday after seeing Mike's pictures and info Monday, 24 March 2014 - 06:19
Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (email@example.com)
Last couple of days to aid the Dover Lifeboat and the TSS Dover restoration funds!
JOIN US ON OUR 70'S AND 80'S DISCO CRUISE ON MV SPIRIT OF BRITAIN
Saturday 29th. March at 1835. retuining by 2230 hrs.
Both cars and foot passenger availability.
Phone 01227 732414 for tickets NOW!Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 11:50
Mike J., Dver
Another elderly vessel was in Wellington Dock on Saturday morning & is probably still there.
The SAINT DAVID OF LONDON was built in Sweden in 1905 as a small steam passenger vessel & was later converted to a salvage vessel/icebreaking tug.
She has had an interesting & varied career, being converted to diesel power in the late 1950s.
In 1939 she was seized by the German Navy whilst carrying Jewish refugees & used as a patrol vessel during WW2.
Little remains of the original vessel apart from the hull which itself has been modified.
She has been an occasional visitor to Dover over the years.
I found most of her history on the ‘Shipspotting’ website, just Google the site & type in her name.
Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 09:31
Thanks for that info Mike, great stuff! I will certainly look out for both the cruise liner and the next Norwegian Rock delivery. Have added a pic temporarily to the top of the page which looks down from above (.. to an extent !
the helicopter was unavailable at the time! ) on barge Charlie Rock and I think you were right as you can see from the load onboard .... that they were just bringing the last of the previous rock..
Nice picture of the Athena/Azores below there too..
Yes you might be right there Howard re Folkestone...I don't know for sure either. But somehow I cant see it happening.Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 06:23
howard mcsweeney, dover
Will look forward to the "new" cruise liner, certainly has an interesting history.
richard suggests that my ferry relocate to folkestone but i thought the ships were too big for the harbour there. i'm willing to be corrected on that.
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 12:19
Mike J., Dover
My spies tell me that there is another shipload coming from Norway, but ETA is uncertain.
I think that yesterday's pix [very good !] was just dumping off some rocks that remained on the CHARLEY ROCK from the first delivery.
On 30/3 we have a 'historic' ship coming into Dover - the m/v AZORES, probably the oldest cruise ship still in ocean-going service.
She was built in 1948 as the STOCKHOLM & gained notoriety in 1956 when she was in collision in fog off Nantucket with the Italian liner ANDREA DORIA which subsequently sank with the loss of 46 lives, 4 lives being lost on the STOCKHOLM.
She now looks quite different from her original appearance & has had many namechanges & I think was last in Dover in 2010 as the ATHENA, being renamed the AZORES in 2013.
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 10:15
Mike J was spot on re further Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery. I suddenly saw this unannounced laden monster slowly creeping across the harbour yesterday. And the vessels are of monster size for sure. Shooting into the ultra blinding sunlight gave the pictures a surreal air...the first one looks almost like a watercolour.
Above in the noonday sun...Afon Goch tows Charlie Rock..
A wider shot of the same event. The huge barge Charlie Rock transporting yet more Rock to the beach for the continued groyne renewal. Lots of rock and no roll. Tons of the volcanic rock, I presume its volcanic, has arrived now and is being worked and shaped daily. Have lots of other pictures of the scene but will leave it at that for now.
Interesting comment Richard. We will have to see what happens now. I wont say much on the topic but.. it would be a shame to lose those ships.Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 06:20
Richard Moffatt, Elham
My Ferry Link-Why not retreat with all their kit and start up in Folkestone? It's not too late to challenge the forthcoming Harbour Revision Order and retain the harbour branch railway. The new seafront development of Roger De Haan can co-exist with a new cross channel operation to Boulogne. It's as simple as that.
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 21:09
Following this morning's announcement of the Competition Commission's preliminary findings.... ( Eurotunnel statement now added below)
A Statement from DFDS
DFDS is pleased with the UK Competition Commission's provisional findings that it does have the jurisdiction to decide on Eurotunnel's entry into the Dover-France ferry market with the former Seafrance ships. In June 2013, the Competition Commission ruled that Eurotunnel must leave the ferry market, but the Competition Appeal Tribunal decided that the Competition Commission should reconsider whether it was in fact a merger and therefore within the CC's jurisdiction.
As the findings announced today are provisional, we are not able to comment further on this at the moment. We can only reaffirm our objective, which is to act in the best interests of our employees and customers. This can only be achieved if conditions for fair competition are established in the Channel.
Or in other words and in simple terms.. My Ferry Link are back on dodgy ground again due to their association with Eurotunnel..
Here is the Eurotunnel response
Groupe Eurotunnel expresses incomprehension regarding
Competition Commission provisional findings
The Competition Commission has reaffirmed its competence by considering that Groupe Eurotunnel took over SeaFrance and that this takeover falls under the Merger Act. As a result, the Competition Commission has concluded that it has no reason to change its opinion and that MyFerryLink must cease operations, even though MyFerryLink provides a new and appreciated proposition for consumers.
As a reminder, The Competition Appeal Tribunal found unanimously against the original decision by the Competition Commission. In accordance with British procedure, the Commission has published an initial report to enable the parties involved to comment. The Competition Commission must publish its decision relating to Groupe Eurotunnel’s acquisition of three ferries from the defunct maritime operator, SeaFrance, in July 2012 and the creation of MyFerryLink, at the beginning of May.
Groupe Eurotunnel confirms that SeaFrance ceased operations in November 2011 and was liquidated six months before it acquired the ferries and leased them to an independent operating company, the SCOP. Groupe Eurotunnel cannot understand how it is possible to acquire a company six months after it has ceased to exist and nine months after the closure of all operations. Groupe Eurotunnel also points out that the decision of the Competition Commission is completely contradictory to that expressed previously by the French competition authorities.
Groupe Eurotunnel emphasises that over the past two years the market has in no way been negatively affected by MyFerryLink. On the contrary statements by a competitor confirming that it would have to leave the Short Straits are, in the light of the evidence from public statements about their financial strength and ambitions to expand, entirely incredible.
To conclude, if prior to its final decision the Competition Commission does not wish to review its perspective on the competition which exists across the Strait of Dover in the light of the current reality, and not based on suppositions from two years ago, Groupe Eurotunnel will withdraw its ferries from the Channel.
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 08:46