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 566
  PaulB, Dover

Kentish Hamper Winner
.......... a very satisfactory result all round.Smiley

The Hamper winner shown above is from Kent and he received a hamper made from Kentish produce supplied by a Kentish caterer for completing a questionnaire at Kent’s number one cruise port.

As part of the Port of Dover’s commitment to provide the very best Kentish service to its cruise customers as part of its award winning partnership with Visit Kent, the Port has been operating customer feedback kiosks to gain information on its performance.

Sean Chaffey, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Port of Dover, said: “We greatly value the feedback we receive from all of our customers. These are the people who are going to tell us whether or not we are achieving our vision of being the best port in the world. Our cruise customers are no exception.”

Having travelled on a Fred Olsen cruise last summer, Mr P. Troubridge completed his feedback at the kiosk and was entered into a free prize draw to win a lovely Kentish hamper kindly donated by Dover-based Riverside Catering Services, caterers to Dover’s cruise terminals. Mr Troubridge turned out to be the lucky winner of the hamper.

Rob Kirk, Co-owner of Riverside Catering Services, said: “We work closely with the Port to provide quality services to cruise passengers as well as the local community and visitors to Dover. We were delighted to provide a special Kentish hamper that reflects how we are all working together to promote Kent and showcase what we have to offer.”

What’s more, Mr Troubridge stated that he was very satisfied with the service and facilities at the Port. So it is a great result all round and shows that the Port is heading in the right direction towards the achievement of its vision.

Mr Chaffey added: “The Port is working hard to deliver the best product for its customers whilst at the same time supporting local suppliers that promotes the best of Kent and contributes to the local economy.”

Photo (left to right) is of Mark Punton (Business Manager Cargo and Cruise, Port of Dover), Mr and Mrs Troubridge, and Sean Chaffey (Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Port of Dover). Pictured right...The Braemar. A Fred Olsen cruise ship and regular visitor to Dover. Picture from last summer.

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The Pride of Kent back in the thick of the action yesterday Thursday. Picture taken around 5pm.

Friday, 21 March 2014 - 05:10
Post 565
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for that info on the Pride of Kent Howard..wasn't aware of that. Obviously knew something was up. The ships generally are hugely reliable when you consider the pounding they get. Good to see it back in action so swiftly.
Work continued on the ever growing Groynes into the dead of night... this is the scene late last night...

The huge diggers were a-growling and a-groaning and a-spitting fire...a chap coming back late from the pub after drowning his sorrows re George Osborne's Budget... would have an attack of apoplexy if he saw these approaching. Heavens!

A more cheery photo...from last Sunday morning. The Lifeboat normally goes out and about training on Sunday morning and here it is returning to base. In the background left you can see Holyhead Towing's Afon of the vessels involved in the Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 07:14
Post 564
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
the groynes are coming along nicely now paul, i think they will look great when it is all complete.

the "pride of kent" underwent a repair to a steering pump on a rudder.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 19:40
Post 563
  PaulB, Dover
The Shape of Things to Come..
A new groyne taking real shape earlier on this morning while the tide was low. It is all completely submerged now by high tide as I write, submerged up to the level as seen on the lampshade marker. You can see where the tide rises to...not really sure how such small groynes will make a real difference as they are completely dwarfed by the high tide.. although, they may be about to make them larger. But of course more knowledgeable heads than mine are working on it..

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 12:23
Post 562
  PaulB, Dover
The Pride of Kent was out of action for most of the day yesterday..languishing at the Cruise Terminal until about 4pm. It left then and went up along the coast towards Deal, presumably testing that all was functioning properly. A short time afterwards she rejoined the action at Pier 8 around about 5pm. The pictures were taken in the afternoons glorious summer-style sunlight..during the time that the aforementioned sunlight managed to make it through the cloud cover.

You will have noted I am sure that all the posts now have a number. Ace man Chris T has added those for us and this will help us now to locate and refer to earlier posts at will.
Also don't forget our side-reader device on Windows 8. Click the Open Book at the end of the page next to the URL and all pops sideways into book form. You might need to right click your mouse and get the tabs to open and then there you are..the open book. Fascinating.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 06:54
Post 561
  PaulB, Dover

Its.....National Ferry Fortnight !! (March 15 to March 29 )


MYFERRYLINK offers free children’s meals to celebrate National Ferry FortnightSmileySmiley

To celebrate National Ferry Fortnight, MyFerryLink is offering families a special onboard meal deal. For every adult’s three-course meal and drink purchased onboard at MyFerryLink’s Le Relais restaurant, customers will receive a free child’s meal comprising a main course, dessert, drink and Kinder Surprise.

This offer is valid on crossings between 4 and 21 April 2014, and must be booked during National Ferry Fortnight, from 15 and 29 March 2014 using the offer code NFF2014. It is not available on day trips. To book the offer visit or call 0844 2482 100.

Le Relais is a friendly self-service restaurant offering a range of delicious French and international cuisine for the whole family to enjoy, all prepared onboard by MyFerryLink’s chefs. The Relais’ seating is situated adjacent to the children’s soft play area, meaning that parents can relax whilst kids run off their lunch, and there are also microwaves available for warming up babies’ bottles.

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £39 each way any duration and from £29 for a day return with special offers often available.

To find the best fares, visit or call 0844 2482 100


Join the DFDS SEAWAYS ferry family during National Ferry Fortnight 2014

· Kids eat free on all DFDS Seaways cruise ferry and ferry crossings booked during NFF!SmileySmiley

· 10% off all ferry crossings to France, Holland and Denmark

DFDS Seaways, the award-winning ferry operator, is celebrating National Ferry Fortnight (NFF) this year by inviting holiday makers to join its ferry family and experience the joy of ferry travel.

Families who book their travel with DFDS Seaways on any of its routes to France, Holland and Denmark during NFF (15-29 March 2014), can take advantage of our free kids meals offer and 10% discount on fares, designed to highlight just how fun and easy ferry travel really is!

DFDS Seaways is also offering a fantastic 40% discount on its 2-night mini cruises, sailing from Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg, in Denmark. These short getaways can be enjoyed from £30 per person (based on four people sharing) on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route and £45 per person (based on four people sharing) on selected departures on the Harwich-Esbjerg route.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “Ferry travel is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to start your holiday, where the journey is a fun and important part of the whole experience. We pride ourselves on offering all our passengers a warm, friendly and relaxing experience onboard our ferries and hope that even more families will test the waters and book their ferry travel with us this year.

“Our ships are all equipped with a range of fantastic facilities, including dedicated children’s play areas, restaurants and cafes serving delicious food and beverages, meaning that there is always something to do or see during your journey. Our cruise ferries, which sail on our routes to Holland and Denmark, also include a range of comfortable en suite cabins, including five-berth cabins for larger families, as well as live entertainment onboard.”

For families who book with us during NFF, kids can eat for free on our Dover-France routes and can also eat free on our North Sea routes when an adult meal is purchased. Children’s meal options include everything from chicken nuggets and chips, Mexican chilli, burgers and hot dogs all finished off with jelly and ice cream!

The 10% discount offer is valid for all ferry crossings booked during NFF, on DFDS Seaways’ routes from Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Harwich-Esbjerg and Newcastle-Amsterdam, for travel on selected departures. This means that ferry tickets for a car and up to four passengers start from as little as £26 each way on the Dover-France routes and from £33 each way per person on the Newcastle-Amsterdam service, based on four people sharing a cabin + car, or £65 each way per person on our Harwich-Esbjerg route service based on four people sharing a cabin + car. All offers are subject to availability.

Northern Europe is home to a whole host of family friendly destinations and when travelling by ferry, your luggage goes free, so you can load up your car with all your family holiday essentials, without worrying about additional luggage charges!

To take advantage of these offers or to find out more information, please visit or telephone 0871 574 7235.


To see the Ports response to National Ferry Fortnight see Post 505 below.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 20:39
Post 560
  PaulB, Dover

We are running a little late with this news release but still just as relevant..

... progress being made to deliver the shared vision

Proposals from Dover Harbour Board to develop a new multi-million pound cargo terminal have been widely welcomed by local residents and businesses in the town, signing up to the shared vision.

Dover Western Docks Revival would see the redevelopment of the Western Docks and creation of more than 600 quality jobs involved in the handling of fresh produce and other cargo for customers using the Port. The vision will provide an opportunity to kick start the regeneration of the local area and create inward investment opportunities.

Derek Leach, Chairman of the Port and Community Forum, and Dover Society, said:

“The Board’s plans were warmly received by the Port and Community Forum with the possibility of several hundred new jobs, a boost to the local economy and the regeneration of the Western Docks area. The Board is also looking for the support of the community in delivering the project, which I am sure we shall do in any way possible.”

Adeline Reidy, speaking on behalf of The White Cliffs Dover Hotel & Guest House Group, said:

“The dynamic team led by Tim Waggott and new members of the Dover Harbour Board have given Dover a second opportunity to rejuvenate the Western Port, securing future jobs and very welcomed engagement with the local community. The master plan and vision will come with key benefits to business and the district. We congratulate the Board and encourage the people of Dover to support this fantastic initiative.”

A further 140 jobs would be safeguarded by the development of a new cargo terminal, relocating the existing operations from Eastern Docks. The expansion of activity at the Western Docks would enable the Port to accommodate increased ferry passenger capacity at new berths in the Eastern Docks.

Dover Harbour Board has been working on the plans with longstanding customers, including local business George Hammonds PLC, which handles approximately 350,000 pallets of fresh produce a year, accounting for more than a quarter of all the bananas imported into the UK.

James and John Ryeland, joint Managing Directors of George Hammonds Plc, said: “We were consulted in the run up to the announcement and are fully committed to working with the Dover Harbour Board (DHB), other stakeholders, and trade customers to generate a financial model that provides a sustainable and viable future for a multi user cargo facility. It is ironic that we would be going full circle back to the Western docks, but this zone would deliver space, multiple sheltered berths, much improved access and the opportunity to directly interact with other complimentary businesses, such as ripening and packaging services. We would not wish to imply this will be an easy project to deliver but there has been a significant and positive shift in the attitude of the DHB to drive the Port forward. We are delighted to have been included in developing this opportunity, which will both generate further employment and invigorate the local economy, something we all agree Dover is in desperate need of.”

They added: “They are encouraged to hear of the proposed regeneration of the Western Docks. For some 25 years, the business has been tempered by only having one berth available and an extremely tight operating area at the Cargo Terminal. The business has been in strong growth over the last 3 years with both temperature storage and container space stretched to capacity. Hammond have just completed the build of a new temperature store at a cost of £1.2m, seen as an essential move to provide security for the increased trade projections.”

Since the launch of the vision at the Port and Community Forum, the Board has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), acting as a notice that the Port of Dover is planning the investment in a major redevelopment project estimated at £100-£120 million. It will allow the Port to start an early engagement process for interested contractors/suppliers with a view to obtaining further market feedback and finalising its business plan.

Port management are maintaining dialogue with the potential customer partners who are crucial to the success of this project and who will use the facilities in the future. The team participated in Fruit Logistica 2014, the most comprehensive trade exhibition for the international fresh produce sector, where Dover Western Docks Revival was welcomed by the current and future users of the cargo facilities in Dover. Non-Disclosure Agreements are already in place. Discussions have also taken place with funding partners and there is a good opportunity to secure a funding contribution to the project, which fits with the wider East Kent regeneration agenda.

Most importantly, the Board wants to continue to speak to the community, stakeholders and customers to develop the vision and outline all the milestones that need to be achieved. A presentation and discussion regarding the vision was well received at the recent Dover Marina Berth Holders Representatives Meeting.

Andrew Pires, Dover marina user and Berth Holder representative said “Dover Western Docks Revival represents a fantastic commitment to Dover’s marina, which is greatly valued by berth holders. The prospect of a new marina in the harbour and the associated waterfront regeneration will provide a wonderful future facility and create an ambience that will attract even more visitors to the area.”

The Board is also clear that a project of this scale and delivery of this shared vision will require careful consideration and input from various partners and employees.

Yvonne Buddle of Port of Dover Staff Association (PODSA) said: “The feedback received from PODSA members shows they are looking forward to seeing this project materialise in the near future. Many employees are really excited about this opportunity and are keen to be involved in its delivery. The general feedback from colleagues is ‘let’s get on with it and get it done!’. We all feel it is an excellent idea for both the Port and the town in enhancing Dover’s economy and supporting our community. We really hope that everyone gives this development the support it deserves. Let’s make Dover beautiful and prosperous.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of Dover Harbour Board, added: “Dover Western Docks Revival would protect long-term port capacity, create much needed jobs, and enable the transformation of the Dover waterfront with a new marina boosting the local visitor economy. Recognising the role that Dover plays in the nation’s economy and commitment to a prosperous town, Dover Harbour Board is supporting the work of Kent County Council, Dover District Council, and South East Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver growth and regeneration in a strategic manner.


"Dover Western Docks Revival – the Board’s Vision"

Picture at top shows the eastern docks in busy action under the latest full moon

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 06:37
Post 559
  Ray H, Dover
I am wondering where the rockery will be built with any left over rocks Smiley

Monday, 17 March 2014 - 17:39
Post 558
  vic matcham, dover
The more I see of the rocks the more it all looks unsafe for our young ones.
They will be climbing all over them and falling off .
A better and safer job could have been done.
The D.D.C have done a good job in Deal and still working on it now.
The D,H.B. should have looked at this from the young ones eyes.

Monday, 17 March 2014 - 08:57
Post 557
  PaulB, Dover
An extra pic added to those in the previous post below, I just remembered that this picture was still in the here we are. Shown below the guys working into sunday evening as the light begins to fail..a triple whammy assault on the ocean bed and the Norwegian Larvic rocks with nature itself lapping round and about. Pretty soon the digger drivers toes will be wet. The tide waits for no they say.

Working long hours and working to tidal times...its all action at the moment. Monday morning now and the diggers are in the sea again.
See also the newly added pictures below.

Monday, 17 March 2014 - 07:27
Post 556
  PaulB, Dover
Yes nice pictures there Mike. Well done with those. I also got a few pix of the aforementioned Trinity House vessel Alert leaving Dover on Saturday morning. Heading for Harwich according to the info on Chris T's feature Channel Traffic (see top of page I will just put up one shot of Alert as Mike has it well covered in the post below there.
The picture above of Alert taken while the day was still slate grey unfortunately...many seagulls on the wing there as she moves out of harbour..
No shortage of sun on the scene above. It sizzles across the water in truly sparkling blinding form...taken from the seafront itself and shows one of our new islands during high tide Sunday morning. All I needed to make the picture complete was a mermaid sitting on top of the rocks. But no...I waited and waited..
The guys seem to have been working most of sunday floodlight, so the work goes on apace. The wide beach scene shown above is once again from Sunday morning. This time pictured very early though while the prevailing light was still very orange. Three diggers in action, while the early riser bottom right watches on with fascination. Hard work fascinates me too...I can sit and watch it all day..

Monday, 17 March 2014 - 05:39
Post 555
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting photos mike, surprised to read that there are more rocks to come - i thought that it was just a matter of moving the ones already here to their final location.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 20:38
Post 554
  Mike J., Dover

Trinity House's ALERT sailing on Saturday morning after overnighting alongside the DAVID CHURCH in the Tug Haven.
She is passing the tug AFON GOCH & the rock barge CHARLIE ROCK on Cruise-1 who are waiting for the next shipload of large chunks of Norway for the groyne replacement job.

A few more views of the dumping operations on 6th.March

Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 22:53
Post 552
  PaulB, Dover
Port of Dover supports National Ferry Fortnight Smiley

The Port of Dover is delighted to support National Ferry Fortnight, which runs from 15th to 29th March 2014.

As the only port member of the Discover Ferries industry body, the Port of Dover is committed to supporting its major ferry customers – P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways and MyFerryLink – and helping to promote the great consumer choice and benefits of ferry travel available from Europe’s busiest international ferry port.

This year’s theme is raising awareness of how family friendly ferry travel is with no hidden costs, stress free crossings and great facilities for children and families.

Sean Chaffey, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Port of Dover, said: “It is great to get behind a campaign that really highlights why the Port, together with its ferry partners, represents the number one way of crossing the Channel. I am sure that there will be some great offers to further entice customers to return to Dover once again.”

One big advantage of travelling by ferry from the Port of Dover is that you can take as much baggage as you can fit in your car and it is at no extra cost.

Bill Gibbons, Discover Ferries Director, said: “Free baggage is one of the great family competitive advantages of ferry travel – others include the freedom to walk around enjoying the ship’s facilities and restaurants, great family value on fares, and the simplicity of driving on and then straight off at a port such as Dover which itself offers great facilities such as free customer Wifi and excellent customer service.”

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 11:56
Post 551
  PaulB, Dover
Thankyou NDC...Will continue and hopefully be able to deliver more...with help from the other guys who will be joining in too. Should be good when the cruise liners start. They seem late coming this year, Have just added another picture at the tip top of the page...welcoming the return of the sun. Its been a long winter.Smiley

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 07:08
Post 550
  NDC, Dover
Just want to say Paul B, your photographs are brilliant, very jealous..!

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 21:59
Post 549
  PaulB, Dover

Yummm all those Chocolates and Cakes : Treat mum to a great day out .. Smiley Smiley

MyFerryLink proposes the perfect Mother’s Day outing

Chocolate, cakes, shopping, beautiful scenery and a lovely market to browse - what more could mum want for her perfect Mother’s Day? Dover-Calais ferry operator, MyFerryLink has come up with the ideal way to treat mum this Mother’s Day, 30 March, and with day return fares starting from just £29 for a car and up to nine people, you can certainly afford to indulge her when you get to France!

The beautiful French city of Lille is only an hour’s drive from Calais and it’s a wonderful place for a day out. Enjoy a laid back breakfast on one of MyFerryLink’s luxury superferries and indulge in some duty free shopping in the onboard Boutique before heading off on the autoroute to Lille. The morning is just the time to browse one of Lille’s colourful street markets. There’s a market every day of the week apart from Monday, where you can find delicious regional produce and gifts and even if you don’t buy anything, the smells and sights are heavenly.

The Rodin 'superferry' just after entering Dover Harbour. Looking good for the new season.

There are plenty of restaurants around the city serving regional specialities such as Carbonnade - beer in beer - and - Waterzoi - poultry or fish in a creamy sauce. After lunch, head to Vieux Lille - the charming old quarter with its cobbled streets and 17th century architecture. Browse the shops in and around the heart of the city for those typically French goodies: local cheeses in Philippe Olivier or La Cave des Fromages; chocolates in Au Chat Bleu or the Chocolaterie Jean Trogneux; patisseries and speciality bread in Aux Merveilleux and Fou de Pain. Other gorgeous artisan boutiques include the Famille Mary honey products, Le Palais de Thes tea shop and the Compagnie de Provence soaps and bathing goodies. Of course, there are plenty of clothes shops and the famous French department store, Printemps, has a shop in Lille as well.

The highlight of the day has to be afternoon tea at Meert, Lille’s iconic cake shop. Established in 1761 this has long been one of the most fashionable shops in Lille, and the place to take afternoon tea in its Louis XVI-styled tearoom created by the famous architect Cordonnier. The sumptuous cakes are simply to die for! And of course, if you travel by car, there’s plenty of room to take all your gifts and goodies home with you.

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £35 each way any duration and from £29 for a day return.

To find the best fares, visit or call 0844 2482 100

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 06:34
Post 548
  vic matcham, dover
who are they going to hang along side me there?SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 21:03
Post 547
  ColetteB, Dover
Well done to young Brandon Payne & of course to Gemma Griffin of DFDS, all the way to No 10 too, very impressive!!! Smiley

Terrific deals there for Mother's Day from P&O, yes Howard the clocks do indeed go forward that weekend so it will be lighter longer for all to enjoy. I'm off to drop a few not so subtle hints to the family Smiley

MrB, perhaps they're erecting a kind of pyramid on the seafront like the one at the Louvre in Paris, our very own Dover work of art Smiley
Ed, did they offer you a part in the french movie with those rugged good looks of yoursSmiley

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 19:24
Post 546
  PaulB, Dover
No problems with small boys a-climbing yet Vic. The rocks are cordoned off I believe for the moment anyway and work is still progressing on a grand scale. Very early yet but the rocks should look good when all completed. This structure below made an appearance yesterday. Photographed earlier today. Its almost a work of art...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 16:07
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