Saturday, 16 January 2021


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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.

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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.

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)


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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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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. 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
properly.
- 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 now...so 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 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.

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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 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...


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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.

ENDS


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....
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 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....

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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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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

GREAT DEALS HERE FROM P&O.....


MUMS EAT FREE IN THE BRASSERIE ON MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND Smiley


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 www.POferries.com and check out the ‘offers’ section or call 08716 64 66 64.


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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.

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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 amusing...no diving...rocks 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 (jazzandy@btinternet.com)


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 dover.uk.com, 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 here...so 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.
Smiley

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

HARD ROCK !

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 path..wow! 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.

Smiley

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
Safety-warning-cliff-path-collapses-close-forever/story-19717349-detail/story.html


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 today..so 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.
also
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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