Saturday, 14 December 2019

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Port of Dover: New CARGO TERMINAL opens for business see 6688....
Christmas Spectacular Event at the Port 6648... Port Fundraise Record 6659.
MP Charlie Elphicke moving aside for wife..see 6646. Wife Natalie Elected 6694.
P&O: St Richards School trip to Calais for 6 year olds see 6630. New Apprentices 6662. AWARD SUCCESS 6681.
DFDS: Contract Cancelled see 6626. New Apprenticeships 6650. WORLD'S BEST see 6676.

P&O Ferries Choir dates for Christmas... see 6693.


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Post 159
  JanT, Dover
The picture below of the cliffs of France, only goes to show how close we are.
And yet another good offer from P&O, for those thinking of heading to Calais even if its only for the day.SmileySmiley


Monday, 7 October 2013 - 17:50
 
Post 158
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to P&O for the info on the wine..just come through. See previous post.


FREE WINE FROM P&O FERRIES THIS AUTUMNSmileySmiley

P&O Ferries has uncorked a cracking deal for day trippers heading across the Channel this autumn.
Book a Dover – Calais day trip for a car and passengers, with fares from just £24 return,
and collect three free bottles of Piat d’Or white, red or rosé wine on board.

The offer applies to bookings for travel from 4 October to 31 October.
For more information or to book go to www.poferries.com or call 08716 646464.

Monday, 7 October 2013 - 11:11
 
Post 157
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
The Pride of Burgundy was out of action for just a short time, see the earlier posts, her time away was minimal and amounted to no more than 3 days or so. Whatever the damage was..well it must have been small by nature for sure, as she was fixed and back in the fray in short shrift. Here she is in action over the weekend with a full compliment on board. P & O are currently offering a deal with free wine ( always good!! ). We will try to find out more.

Below we have the French Coast looming large. Visibility was very good in the unusually pleasant weather.

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The cargo aspect to the harbour activity seems to increase day by day. We nowadays have an ongoing and steady stream of cargo vessels many with the prefix Star to the name. This one is the Star Standard and here she is arriving on saturday with a full load. They unloaded her into the night for quick turnaround with the slot urgently needed for the next scheduled arrival. It is decidedly all busy busy at the cargo terminal.



Monday, 7 October 2013 - 07:56
 
Post 156
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Here we are with a picture of the much loved Astrid moored in Dover Harbour in high summer this year. See the previous two posts below and you can follow up the links for further news. This lovely sailing ship sank off Kinsale not long after leaving us here in Dover. The crew of 30, mostly youngsters, all got off safely thanks to the efforts of the local RNLI and assorted local vessels, salvagers etc, who took part in the rescue.

The Astrid sailing ship in Dover Harbour 2013.


Saturday, 5 October 2013 - 15:59
 
Post 155
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Great stuff at spotting that Tom, interesting bit of news indeed. I thought for a moment the news would totally cheer us all up seeing as they have brought her to the surface..but ..there is always a but, the salvage guys doubt if she will be restored to her old self. All to do with cost. But you never know. Depends on how deep the chequebooks are.

Interesting radio piece. Definitely worth a listen.

Well done Tom Smiley
Will fetch out a pic or two in due course.
EXTRA: just to add for those who dont know..this beautiful sailing ship sank off Cork in rough weather a week after being with us here in Dover.

Saturday, 5 October 2013 - 15:23
 
Post 154
  Tom Austin, London, bright and coo
Tall ship Astrid hauled up from the sea...

Radio report...

www.rte.ie/news/player/2013/0910/20434786-tall-ship-astrid-hauled-up-from-the-sea/

Story and pictures...

www.thejournal.ie/astrid-kinsale-1076990-Sep2013/

Saturday, 5 October 2013 - 12:23
 
Post 153
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

Mid morning friday and its Dover Harbour under a big sky...the Spirit of Britain on the left is about to reverse to Pier 9 while the Braemar sits comfortably over on the right hand side at the cruise terminal. I dont know the reason why but this time of year the sky takes on a whole new aura..its as if it gets bigger or deeper or... Dover is a great place to see these big skies and we still have the odd cruise ship trickling through as well, not to mention the ever flowing ferries. So there is always a spectacle of some sort on show.

Below its later in the day, earlier the wind had been blowing up a bit but had settled down for the departure of the Braemar around 5pm. She is just outside the harbour here and turning south heading for Nantes in France. Unusual destination. Yours truly has never seen Nantes, wonder what its like?
(Ponders wistfully while gazing into the mid distance..)


Yes indeed you may well be right about virus Howard. But have you ever wondered what happened to plain old seasickness...it just isnt on trend anymore. The troubled Black Watch headed out into the storm the other night..see the Armageddon thread in the Forum.. and jeez it was rough out there. It was rough on land never mind out on the ocean wave, so seasickness must play a part. But of course the headline writers on the 24 hour news channels will prefer to call it an...'outbreak'. Makes a better headline I suppose than saying simply.. 10 people seasick on the...



Saturday, 5 October 2013 - 06:44
 
Post 152
  howard mcsweeney, dover
definitely a virus paul, i used to suffer from sea sickness many years ago and as soon as i stepped onto dry land it passed.

i remember the irish sea crossings and just as bad was the harwich/hook version.

Friday, 4 October 2013 - 11:57
 
Post 151
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
As promised here we are with more images of the unfortunate Black Watch. Its reputation for sickness follows it around like a dark cloud and they cant seem to shake the image off. Here she is arriving at 12.15 yesterday.

Below we have more pictures of her but this time later in the day as she nestled at the terminal. This time with Syros in attendance. Syros is a small oil tanker..no doubt shown here in the process of re-fuelling the Black Watch. The sky above didnt look too promising for the resumption of voyage.

and below another one of the same but of course zoomed in.

I sometimes wonder if nowadays we have a very sanitised notion of travelling at sea. The exotic and large cruise liners seem to conjure up this impression of bullet-proof immunity. In reality I wonder if a lot of these so called 'outbreaks' are simply just plain seasickness. Even today people must suffer from it. Even Admiral Nelson himself suffered with the problem.

Back 40 years ago or more, when travelling across the rough ol Irish Sea, almost a third of the ship would be seasick. The shipping lines didnt bother too much with stabilisers and the like in those days, and of course the passengers paid the cost in more ways than one. But back then we didnt have a fancy name for it ( Norovirus ) we were just plain...sick!..with the often very extreme motion of the sea.

I wouldnt for a moment underplay any illness outbreak but it makes you wonder.

The Black Watch came yesterday and I think it was its first visit in a year or so. In today is another ship from the same Fred Olsen line...the much more regular and familiar Braemar. Conditions are not terribly good today out there so I hope all well. The Braemar has surpassed the 1.5 millionth customer mark, we had a feature on it recently if you scroll back, no doubt now working on the next milestone.. the 2 millionth !

Friday, 4 October 2013 - 08:03
 
Post 150
  howard mcsweeney, dover
indeed the usual reason due to leave about now.

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 17:54
 
Post 149
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn,com)
The Black Watch finally made it into harbour at 12.15pm..just a while after midday...just a few minutes ago in fact as I write.
The controversially prone ship appeared to be running late as few arrive this time of day.
Is there a further sickness emergency onboard?


Will aim for more pictures in due course..just popped those up to be going on with.

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 12:44
 
Post 148
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes thats good news about the Aida ships coming right up until Christmas, will be great to see them..although I'm thinking that a stout breast and a sturdy gait would be needed out there on the ocean waves at that time of the year. Solid oak legs and a head without inner ear difficulties would help too.
Smiley

The Black Watch was due in today but nothing so far.

But here we go with the latest pix. This time trying to keep up with the busy cargo terminal which has increased traffic quite considerably over the years. As Kevin said previously..up to 26% of the nations bananas come in through Dover. Excellent. The following pictures were taken a day or two ago...so..
here we go with the Southern Bay arriving under a menacing sky.. from Rotterdam if I am remembering correctly.
and closer in for more detail.

Will keep an eye out for any further developments today re Black Watch. As mentioned above she was due in today but nothing so far.
The ship has been hit by further Norovirus problems.
also
I note today that The Pride of Burgundy is back in action. Smiley

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 07:52
 
Post 147
  JanT, Dover
Nice to hear we have not quite seen the last of the Cruise Ships for this year,some winter pictures in store.
And i'm sure there are many who enjoy winter cruising as well as summer.Smiley


Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 21:49
 
Post 146
  ColetteB, Dover
Great stuff on this Doverforum Sea News, certainly keeps us all entertained with the fabulous photos & interesting information aplenty, well done guys Smiley

PaulB, we haven't yet seen the last of the Aida's this season, according to my schedule the AIDAsol arrives here just before Christmas, on December 23rd in fact. She was last here in April 2011 so at worst we might have snow but at best who knows, it might just be a very nice clear winterly day Smiley

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 16:26
 
Post 145
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to River for the comments..positive comments and contributions welcome,
yes we are flagging up the positives about Dover on this new page and there are many positives to enjoy.
The ship above is the Aida Mar which visited Dover yesterday. The picture was taken mid afternoon while she nestled at the pier. She is of course a German cruise ship and there are a whole string of Aida's as we know, and they keep right on bringing visitors here to Dover and very welcome they are too. Unfortunately it is a bit difficult getting pictures of the ships arriving or leaving at this time of the year, alas alas, as they arrive in the dark and leave in the dark. Oh the rigours...Smiley
This picture immediately above therefore is from a little while back and shows her arriving and gliding across the harbour on a very bright morning and in very close order. Such an array of colour first thing in the morning can be quite a shock so it can.. especially if you have a wee hangover.. lol!

And now the harbour or port as mentioned by the commentator from River,
here is an extra one of the sun rising across the harbour in splendid style. Picture taken just 2 days ago.
No navigation equipment needed for Calais..the captain of the Spirit just says to crew..'just follow the sun boys!' Smiley

I have thrown in a little bit of my roof there.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 07:37
 
Post 144
   , River, Dover
Thank you for showing some great photos not only of the ships that use the port but the port of Dover its self.Smiley

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 09:49
 
Post 143
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to Mike and Howard there for the information and comments.
Just to let all know that the colourful Aida Mar is in today. Quite a large ship for the time of year. Will try to get a picture or two later. She came in while it was still dark. The Empress failed to show yesterday..she was on the schedule..but

The news reached us yesterday that the dear old Pride of Burgundy had suffered a hole in her undercarriage and has now been withdrawn from service. Its not surprising, as these ships take quite a battering day in and day out. This prompted me to look back through the archives and I came up with these from way back in 2007 can you believe.

This first picture below is by none other than PHIL MEDGETT.
Phil sent this to me way back in 2007. I cant swear to it being the Burgundy but it looks like it. Phil braved the Prince of Wales pier in a storm that year. Brave man. It shows the 'Burgundy' across the breakwater with the sea powering over..

This is the Burgundy below for sure and also from 2007. Getting quite a pounding as you can see. The quality of these two pictures isnt great but my equipment is better nowadays. A chap needs his equipment. But at least they show what its like for the Burgundy crossing in rough weather.

No doubt we will see her back in frontline service real soon.

also one more of the Albatross to add to the mix. Taken on arrival on Sunday and lit by an early sun.


Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 07:31
 
Post 142
  howard mcsweeney, dover
thanks for info about the "mair" mike, great photos from paul there especially the sunrise ones.

we get great dawn and sunset shots in dover but telephone lines get in the way of mine.

Monday, 30 September 2013 - 18:44
 
Post 141
  Mike J., Dover
ALBATROS - nice pix of a nice ship.

Portland - big former naval port on the east side of Portland Bill, just south of Weymouth.

Site of last year's Olympic sailing events.


By the way, the neat little MAIR, photographed by Paul S & posted by Howard is an ex-RN 'Clovelly' Class Fleet Tender built in 1973 as the HORNING for odd jobs in support of the Navy.
Since she 'went civilian' she has often been chartered by Trinity House for work on navigational aids.

Monday, 30 September 2013 - 08:03
 
Post 140
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
It is just past 8pm on a very dark Sunday night and the Albatross has just left in a blaze of sparkling dazzling light..at the moment the ship is just outside harbour and turning south, heading for Portland.. not really sure where Portland is but thats what it says on the tin. Its a dark oul night for sure...I wouldnt be convinced its an ideal time of year for cruising but many like it. The weather is calm though which I suppose is appreciated by those sipping cocktails with the captain !Smiley

But here we are..pictures from the other end of the spectrum...its arrival earlier today just after sunrise.

And below a little while later across the harbour being manouvred into position by Doughty and Dauntless.

and once again, slipping slowly slowly into place on a gorgeous bright morning.




Sunday, 29 September 2013 - 20:18
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