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The Disney Magic entering the Port of Dover once again after a brief channel run....

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Post 545
  vic matcham, Dover
O! DEAR. We are going to see lots of young folk jumping off those rocks and some will get injured, a notice will not stop them, and the rocks do look out of place, they could have done a better job then that.Smiley

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 12:15
Post 544
  PaulB, Dover
Further to our earlier story ( now at the top of page two here on Sea News) re the DFDS Trailblazer Apprenticeships. Here we see young DFDS apprentice Brandon Payne, on the right in photograph above, mixing it at No10 Downing Street with none other than the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself....George Osborne. The pictures are from the official launch of the New Maritime Trailblazer Apprentice Scheme. That is a very exciting start to anyone's career. Well done Brandon.

With the young apprentice at Downing Street was Human Resource Director of DFDS SEAWAYS....Gemma Griffin.

Now with an extract from the earlier press release....

Gemma Griffin, Vice President HR & Crewing for DFDS Seaways, and Chair of the Employment Committee at the UK Chamber of Shipping, chairs the Maritime Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme, which also includes representatives from Princess Cruises, Carnival, P&O, James Fisher and the Royal Navy. She comments:

“Employer-led apprenticeships of this kind are not only vital for DFDS Seaways, but also for the maritime sector as a whole. They help us safeguard the future of our industry by ensuring that we have young people entering the industry with the right skills, expertise and support they need to be able to work effectively and safely.

“At DFDS Seaways, we also have a ratings to officer scheme, providing our Able Seafarers with the training and support they need to progress to the top of their chosen field. That means that the apprentices who sign up to our scheme could feasibly become a Captain or Chief Engineer in the space of 15 years or so, if they demonstrate the right aptitude and competence. And although we might not be able to guarantee a job for life in our particular organisation, we can definitely help our apprentices gain a life-long career in the maritime sector.”

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SmileyMany thanks to DFDS for sending the pictures through.Smiley
Yes indeed Howard very unusual pix those below re the French TV thriller...great to see.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 07:18
Post 543
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
fascinating photos from ed, love the clapperboard one but will it be on british television as jan assumes?

just an afterthought the clocks go forward on the mothers day weekend i believe so best to check carefully before booking.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 22:08
Post 542
  PaulB, Dover



Mums get a treat by dining for free in the waiter service Brasserie when travelling with their families or friends on a P&O Ferries day trip over the Mother’s Day weekend on 29 and 30 March.
In addition, book by 28 March to receive six free bottles of wine into the bargain.Smiley

The offer is open to those booking a Dover to Calais day trip for a car and up to 9 passengers with each mum dining for free when accompanied by a full paying adult. Fares start from £29 return for travel on 29 March or from £23 for travel on 30 March.

The Brasserie offers a wide range of quality freshly cooked dishes including chicken chasseur and sirloin steak with menu prices from £10. For those wishing to further indulge their mums, there’s the opportunity to upgrade to the exclusive Club Lounge on board where a complimentary glass of champagne is served in relaxing surroundings. Club Lounge entry is from £12 per person booked in advance.

Also, the same weekend, Clinique will be offering free makeovers to mums and daughters on board the Dover-Calais flagships Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France.

For more details or to book, visit and check out the ‘offers’ section or call 08716 64 66 64.


Great stuff there Ed getting those pictures. Hopefully one day that series will come our way courtesy of BBCFOUR.
Bet that spiced up life on the Dover Seaways.


Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 08:00
Post 541
  JanT, Dover
Yes as said one can see below the pictures from a glorious day yesterday, great for a stroll along the seafront and a well deserved ice cream along the way.SmileySmiley
Good to see the pictures Ed of the French film crew, loving all those foreign drama's we are seeing on BBC4 at the moment.SmileySmiley

Monday, 10 March 2014 - 14:00
Post 540
  Ed Connell, Dover
A French film crew did a round trip on the Dover Seaways yesterday filming an episode for a TV police drama series called "Les Temoins" (The Witnesses).

Monday, 10 March 2014 - 12:10
Post 539
  PaulB, Dover
Sunday was a sunkissed mesmerising day along Dover Seafront. Hundreds were out and about strolling in the surprising weather. It made such a change after the recent horrors of wintry howling winds and ever turbulent seas. But this time all was tranquil...much to the delight of everyone. Dover Seafront really does look good in the sunny weather and is always worth a visit for fine times. Could it be that Spring is here at last. Even the ice cream lady was doing very well, don't tell anyone but yours truly went for a double whopper!

Of course our newly acquired Norwegian Larvic Rock formations are currently providing the fascination. The picture above I thought was mildly below! That's the warning in normal times but even more apt nowadays. You wouldn't want to hit those after your high triple somersault !
Great to see the sailing boats out there. Looking good and glorious in the picture above as they sail hither and tither in the blinding sunshine and in the shadow of one of our newly acquired features.
In the distance one of the P&O Spirits readies itself for imminent departure to Calais.

Andy a very good picture there below of the TSS Dover. Hope the Dance to France goes well...all for a good cause. Smiley

Monday, 10 March 2014 - 10:54
Post 537
  Andrew MacLean, Canterbury (

Dance to France ticket sales really taking off this weekend!

Help raise money to restore this grand old lady named TSS Dover and hopefully to be returned to her original home port!

Also raising money for another great cause, the Dover Lifeboat.

This should be the last week of general ticket sales!!!

Call me on 01227 732414 for tickets either by car or as foot passengers.

Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 11:08
Post 536
  PaulB, Dover
Our old friend the tidal line is back. Here she is in graphic line right across the harbour yesterday. The distinctly different colours presumably fuelled this time by the beach and groyne workings which as we know are currently taking place. Thought it was worth showing, worth taking a few easy snaps. It is quite an unusual phenomenon in all its simplicity.

The cargo ship below is called the Ecuador Star. Pictured about 3pm yesterday afternoon as the tugs readied her for instant departure. In the background you can see the Dieppe Seaways in its all new livery heading towards Calais.

I noticed from Chris T's great Channel Traffic page at the top of, which he has now expanded even further, that the Ecuador Star was off to mother Russia and St Petersburg in particular. I thought I would undercut the cruise liners that go there from I offered my services as a deck swab onboard for the entire trip at low wage, but the captain wasn't having it. I could have done up to two hours a day too, as long as I got rum and fags...but no.
Ah well pity...always wanted to visit L'Hermitage.

Kevin yes they should look great when finished. Will change things on the beach for the better. All great stuff !
Nice pic below Mike Smiley. Local wildlife will like 'em for sure !

Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 06:24
Post 535
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
very droll mike i will have to get down there on the morrow to see things myself now that summer has been predicted for the weekend.

great photos all round but good to see things in the flesh.

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 23:13
Post 534
  Kevin Charles, Dover
I think the new Larvick rock groynes will look great. It's been fascinating to watch, although a little noisy one night! As well as looking aesthetically pleasing, I presume they will also be good for marine life.

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 12:51
Post 533
  Mike J., Dover
Re Vic's concerns - the locals are climbing all over the rocks already . . . .

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 11:00
Post 532
  PaulB, Dover


I don't know about you but this rock is starting to look beautiful. Perhaps it was all that sunshine yesterday. Its gone straight to my head. There is no doubt about it...Spring hits a chap hard after that long winter..Smiley
The pictures shown here were taken yesterday. Top one is the early morning shot and shows the diggers working hard while the tide is out. The rock formation increasing yet again as you can see..with substantially more delivered the night before. You can understand why kids might want to climb it as Vic has said. Might have tried it myself a year or two back!
The picture below shows the evening scene last evening. All this brilliant sunshine basking the seafront in an evening glow with our new monoliths raising their prehistoric-looking peaks out of the water. All in fab weather. Bizarre times indeed weatherwise and no mistake.

Well done lads with the pictures below. First time I have ever seen that zig zag! that looks risky these days, especially with the cliffs being soft with all that rain. A welcome picture....was just what Karlos was asking for. Smashin' selection from Mike.. who was clearly right down there in the thick of the action.
Good to see the two Jans enjoying the pictures too.


Friday, 7 March 2014 - 07:14
Post 531
  JanT, Dover
Some really great pictures there guys of what is happening on the sea front, a big job indeed and they seem to have bought in the heavy guys.Smiley
Keep the pictures coming its interesting to see their progressSmileySmiley

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 12:35
Post 530
  Karlos, Dover
Thanks for the photos. Your photo Ed is the shot I was looking for showing the fall affecting the path.

There's a picture in a (Dover Express website article I can't link to) article suggests that the path could just about be accessible for the brave.

dover express . co . uk

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 11:16
Post 529
  Mike J., Dover

A few more from ground level.

Karlos -

Was this the cliff fall that you were enquiring about ?

Crab Bay, just to the east of Langdon, 10/3/12.

There's spectacular footage of a recent cliff fall at Birling Gap on the BBC SUSSEX website - look for 'Section of cliff falls into sea'

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 07:04
Post 528
  Ed Connell, Dover
Karlos: Wider view of the Zig Zag taken at the same time as that of the ladder.

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 03:09
Post 527
  Jan Higgins, Dover
Isn't it nice to see that just like humans the diggers like playing in the water and on the beach when the sun is out. Smiley

Great pictures Paul.Smiley

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 17:40
Post 526
  PaulB, Dover
Lots of dramatic action on the seafront many pictures I don't know where to start. But let's start with early morning...the first two pictures were taken at low low tide in the early morning slanting colourful sunlight. Could spring be here?? The first shot below takes a wide view and you can see the overnight delivery of Norwegian larvic rock lying at the waters edge. At about 2am, in the wee small hours of the morning, the massive barge Charlie Rock, and I hope I am able to show the scale here, dropped off its first delivery...and you can see it here...these rocks will become the groynes...
These two JCB digger guys below were all at sea for a while, as ever fighting against the unrelenting unforgiving tide..fortunately the sea was benign.
Once the tide was in to a workable extent around midday, a trio of Holyhead Towing vessels arrived, the main player being this massive barge on a scale never seen in the harbour before..delivering more rock on a grand scale.
I have made the pictures quite large so that everyone can see the detail...hopefully.

Karlos I myself don't have any of the pictures you request but when Ed looks in he may have something further.
Don't miss below how DFDS are taking on six further apprentices..offering young hopefuls a life out there on the briny blue Smiley

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 14:55
Post 525
  Karlos, Dover
Is the Langdon steps path cliff fall just out of picture? Have you a picture showing it?

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 11:06
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