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 442
  Mike J., Dover
The Dutch tug MEANDER towed out the Dover bunker tanker CORAL WATER mid-morning on Wednesday, bound for Rotterdam for repairs - the CORAL WATER’s rudder had dropped off about a week ago [honest !].

The tow was assisted across the bay & out thru the Eastern Entrance by the DOUGHTY & whilst the little convoy was waiting for the DELFT SEAWAYS to enter via Eastern the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN came in through the Western Entrance & went straight to No.9 berth.

The tiny dot at the bottom, just right of centre of the first SPIRIT OF BRITAIN photo was a seal - several were mooching about by the Prince of Wales.

The MEANDER had been in Dover for a few days, waiting for an improvement in the weather before starting the tow.

The CORAL WATER has been replaced by the Isle of Man-flagged LIZRIX.





















Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 22:59
 
Post 441
  PaulB, Dover
The Costa Rican Star gets ready for departure yesterday in the rough conditions around 1pm. Several ferries were delayed around that time due to the rough seas and as a consequence the local traffic became congested. You can see how rough the sea is in the background. Both tugs were in active assistance. I believe there was a Force 8 in play at the time..even holding the camera steady was a challenge. The tugs got the Costa Rican Star safely on her way to Antwerp.


Cant say I have noticed the Costa Rican Star before, perhaps she is a new visitor. Found out a little bit more about her via the general internet...and quite an interesting tale here about her eventful recent journey.
Courtesy Vesseltracker.com

"
On Jan 27, 2014, around 7:30 ,a.m. the "Costa Rican Star" notified the CROSS Joburg about losing two empty containers. The reefer was located west of the traffic separation scheme of the Caskets, about 50 nautical miles west of Cap de la Hague (Cotentin). The CROSS Joburg immediately informed the vessels transiting the area. The maritime prefecture then issued an urgent notice to mariners.

The Maritime Operations Centre deployed an EC 225 helicopter of the French Navy base in Maupertus to investigate the situation. Due to the relatively accurate initial position provided by the ship the helicopter crew quickly identifed the two containers and marked the boxes with a tag which allowed the maritime prefecture to track the containers in real time and thus avoid collisions. Around 6:20 p.m., the beacons ceased to work so it was very likely that they sank. The "Costa Rican Star" which was enroute from Dakar, where it had sailed on Jan 21, to Antwerp where it was expected on Jan 28, docked at Dover port on Jan 27 around 10.20 p.m. "

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And speaking of all things maritime.. as we do. Here is an interesting and related press release from DDC...

VIKING RECRUITMENT STARTS CONSTRUCTION
OF MARITIME SKILLS ACADEMY
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A £6.5 million investment in state-of-the-art facility provides a boost to local economy.
Dover based Viking Recruitment Ltd has started construction of a state-of-the-art maritime training and conference facility at its head office on the Beechwood Business Park in Dover. The Maritime Skills Academy will include a specialist fire fighting and a sea survival centre with wave pool and accompanying environmental effects. The new complex will meet the increased demand for such training with new regulations coming into force in 2017 requiring all seafarers to undertake increased training as well as refresher training every five years.

In addition to providing safety and sea survival training, the centre will also feature numerous training rooms for professional development, simulator training equipment, a conference provision for 120 people, modern kitchens, a restaurant, and coffee shop/bar, all utilised for maritime hospitality training. The Maritime Skills Academy also provides a boost to the local economy, as trainees will require accommodation in local hotels and B&Bs.

Viking Recruitment, established in 1988, has secured financing for the development along with an initial interest free loan of £1.3 million from the East Kent Expansion Fund, part of the £40 million Regional Growth Fund.

Dieter Jaenicke, Chairman and Founder of Viking Recruitment, said: “Dover has a rich seafaring heritage with many people employed in the maritime industries across East Kent. Up until now, they have had to travel further afield and even abroad for such training, but from 2015 they will be able to train here in Dover. The new centre will also provide an important showcase for maritime careers to young people whether at sea or ashore.”
Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is another example of renewed investor confidence in the Dover District. Viking Recruitment has built a strong business in Dover, and has spotted a great opportunity to expand their business and build on Dover’s reputation for maritime innovation and excellence.”

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Interesting post below there Ken. Yes its a lovely ship, let's hope they can get that item attended to fairly swiftly. Yes you are indeed a busy continental traveller, good luck with all that. Hope weather will be reasonable in the coming weeks.
Smiley

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 07:49
 
Post 440
  Ken Tranter, Dover (staygulf@msn.com)
As someone who uses P&O at least once a week I am always conscious of following safety announcements and signage, but I was horrified at a sign on the truck deck of the Spirit of France. It was printed on a note pad sized piece of paper and sellotaped to the bulkhead door and bore the wording TO BE KEPT CLOSED AT SEA.
I would have expected a more permanent sign but this is classic spoiling the ship for a 'happorth of tar.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 09:14
 
Post 439
  PaulB, Dover
And Now...a great idea from MYFERRYLINK for those with regular travel in mind


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Prices for 18 single tickets are £29 per crossing, 10 single tickets are £31 per crossing and 6 single tickets are £33 per crossing. What’s more, Carnet customers are not required to book a specific date or time if they don’t wish – they can simply turn up at the port and will be guaranteed a sailing on one of the next two departures (excluding peak dates). One or more tickets can also be allocated to a friend or family member, depending on the number of tickets purchased.

A supplement applies for peak holiday dates and for motorhomes and minibuses. For more details, visit the offers page on www.myferrylink.com

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

To find the best fares, visit www.myferrylink.com or call 0844 2482 100

Top picture shows the Berlioz heading over to Calais guided by a rising sun.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 07:56
 
Post 438
  PaulB, Dover
Hello Antony in London.
There is passenger traffic coming and going only from the Eastern Docks these times. But these Eastern Docks are very big and very busy...carrying more passengers and freight than ever. The western docks have not been used for the general passenger since the demise of the hovercrafts and seacats etc. Although over on the far western arm of the harbour is where you will find the two cruise terminals. As I understand it these are clearly marked when approaching by car.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 15:14
 
Post 437
  antony, london, england
We are a private taxi company and we are looking for brief instructions on the pickup and drop off procedures at Dover.

Am I correct in assuming passengers both arrive and depart from the eastern and western docks? Also is there a third cruise terminal?

Thanks in advance for any help and information.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:18
 
Post 436
  JanT, Dover
Have also watched the video very sad to see its end that way, and seeing the picture below of her last working day, it must in its working life have carried so many across the channel to many destinations. SmileySmiley

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:11
 
Post 435
  brian., dover
re pride of calais,it was a nice piece of parking too, a sad end really.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 13:58
 
Post 434
  PaulB, Dover
Colette that's a good finale to the story about the lost wallet, a wallet which seemed to have considerable content, so I bet the person herself was glad to get it back untouched as it were. It was extraordinary to see it lying there mid carpark. But all win as you say, and even the Pilgrims Hospice wins too...excellent.
Smiley

Further to the videos about the beaching of the Pride of Calais. Here is another chance to see her on her last working day. We have used the picture before..and indeed we have other similar ones too, but here she is again on 20 October 2012 on her final working arrival into harbour complete with two trucks on her nose.

Of course P&O have arguably the most modern fleet and below we see one of her steady working replacements in fine action. yes its the Spirit of France photographed last week after her return from refit.


Monday, 27 January 2014 - 07:29
 
Post 433
  ColetteB, Dover
Just watched the video that Brian posted on the Pride of Calais, very sad indeed but I guess inevitable, she was such a popular ferry in her day.

Pity we didn't bump into you on Friday Howard, fancy that, you & PaulB taking a snap of the Survey Vessel, Sea Vigil, on the same day. Indeed a good photo but lucky he took it before he sampled the delights of Cullins ie the wine cellar Smiley

Just thought I would mention that we found a wallet outside De Bradelei on the day which I handed in to the store. The owner phoned me later & she made a donation on my behalf to a charity of my choice to say thank you, so a win win for her, me & the Pilgrims Hospice at Ashford Smiley

Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 15:54
 
Post 432
  PaulB, Dover
Well there you are Howard. You know what they say...great minds think alike !Smiley
Always meant to photograph the Sea Vigil but never got round to it but when I saw your mention the other day I put it on my to-do list.

Karlos yes Mike mentioned that beaching a few days ago and I see there is now a film of the beaching on the main forum under the heading...
Pride of Calais. Spectacular stuff ! Not able to do films on this page.

Good story there Mark. Like it. Quite a few years ago they used to do the Dance to France thing. It wasn't long after I moved here to Dover and I used to notice loads of girls all dressed to kill heading towards the ferries on Saturday nights. Wasn't sure what was going on, twas a headscratcher for sure...but in due course I twigged. It was disco fever!
Smiley

Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 08:01
 
Post 431
  howard mcsweeney, dover
stone me paul i took exactly the same photos as you from the de bradelei boardwalk yesterday, didn't come out as well though.

Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 19:26
 
Post 430
  Mark Rushton, Northants
The chat about dancing your way across the channel reminded me of a couple of times in the 1970s when I was dragged along by my parents to staff disco's for BR Sealink employees and hangers-on (my mum worked for the Government statistics unit that still conduct passenger interviews on the boats today). These were held on the car deck of one of their ferries laid up for the winter in Wellington Dock. Clearly I was too young to consume alcohol - certainly in such close proximity to my parents - so for me the events held limited appeal - but the grown ups seemed to have fun !

Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 12:30
 
Post 429
  Karlos, Dover
Re the Pride of Calais at the scrap yard - never seen anything like that before.


Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 11:06
 
Post 428
  PaulB, Dover
Howard mentioned the survey vessel currently residing in the marina the other day, and there she is above, picture taken yesterday from Cullins Yard..where one was sampling the local delights...It was a cold oul day but one bravely ventured forth with camera onto the dockside to get the pic..Smiley

I believe the vessel, called the Sea Vigil, is for sale at 125,000...

"David Abels built survey vessel dating from 1991, one of a series manufactured for the Environment Agency installed with equipment specifically used for survey purposes. Fitted with twin economical Perkins Sabre engines, this craft has good range of around 1000NM and excellent working areas both undercover and deck areas. Complimentary equipment is positioned on the working deck for ease of access and management. "

The wider view of the marina below looking into the late afternoon sun. Still plenty of yachts and so on to be seen.


Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 08:24
 
Post 427
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks Jan - glad you like the pic. That was nature as it was this morning, directly from the camera. Not touched up in any way.
I wrote that romantic vision stuff earlier but it didn't last...look at this..
Yes its the Coral Water as mentioned in the picture earlier, well it broke down an hour or two later. It went out into the open sea and before long the two tugs were called to tow it back in...looking a tad..ermm knackered to use the technical term. Reality alas in slate grey.
You can just see the tow rope there above.

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 17:58
 
Post 426
  Jan Higgins, Dover
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is an absolutely stunning picture Paul.Smiley

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 11:03
 
Post 425
  PaulB, Dover
This is the scene at harbour entrance no more than a few minutes ago as I write. Great colours see the P&O Spirit of France off on her journey while the same sky greets the Coral Water to another long day as she moves slowly across the harbour.

Have more general information coming through shortly. At the moment getting to grips, or trying to, with a new computer and software. Mindboggling..Smiley
While transferring old pictures I noticed some old ones from 7 or 8 years back that might be of the Pride of Calais...will check. Might be worth a look. Will try and find that video on YouTube Mike.

Vic...funny story that. I can just imagine boxers trying to pursue their craft in rough weather...balance would go all to hell for sure..indeed it would turn the contest into something of a dance so probably best to stick to the Dancing on the high seas as mentioned by Andrew below.
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Friday, 24 January 2014 - 08:18
 
Post 424
  Mike J., Dover
For video footage, filmed from ashore, of the spectacular beaching of the PRIDE OF CALAIS/OSTEND SPIRIT at the Turkish scrapyard go YouTube & do a search on -

'M/F OstendSpirit - SelimSan - Beeching / Aliaga'

There are also several clips on YouTube that will probably pop up, filmed from aboard the CALAIS.

A sad but inevitable end to a popular ferry.



Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 15:24
 
Post 423
  Vic Matcham, River Dover
Talking about the times that they held danceing to and from France,well also we held boxing matchs as well the boxing was held on the car deck when we got to France,but one time the boxing was running late and the ship left port when the last bout was on ,it was fun to see the boxers trying to get their footing right with the ships movements it was hard to stay on their feet,in the end we had to stop the fight and call it a draw.SmileySmiley

Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 08:12
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