Saturday, 16 January 2021
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.
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)
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 !).
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.
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.
The Pride of Canterbury ferry heads to Calais early on Christmas Day...
Ferry heads for Calais in the early gloom of Christmas Day
The Port remained open and the ferries worked all through Christmas day to try and clear the backlog....
although having said that, this particular ferry doesn't look terribly packed...but it may just be the early light.
Motis News: Christmas Day latest....
The Traffic Situation in South East Kent is improving and definite progress is being made. However due to the sheer volume of Vehicles in the Backlog this will inevitably take some time to clear.
- A20 Main road through the Town of Dover is now Clear of traffic - This was a key point to resolving the issue as allows
Vehicles access to the port when they are released from Manston Airport / Operation Brock/Stack and traffic to be managed
- 800 Military Personnel were deployed last night to increase testing capability. This seems to have improved the situation.
- The Ferry Operators and Eurotunnel are running a robust timetable to deal with the back log (full credit to all for re-staffing on
Christmas day to clear the backlog).
- Whilst there is still some way to go, we believe that the process is now in a good position to manage the reduction of the
back log as quickly as possible.
- Note, No NEGATIVE Covid Test = No Travel, Please don't attempt travel to the port without one. Testing continues at
Manston Airport & on M20 (join queue at Junction 8).
- UK Government advises no vehicles to travel to Kent at the moment.
Many thanks to MOTIS for sending through the info above.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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....
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....
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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NOW WITH THE LATEST NEWS ON THE NEW PORT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES... (see the other appointments further below )
NEW INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN ELECTED FOR PORT USERS GROUP
The newly formed Port Users Group (PUG) has elected its first Independent Chairman and Vice-Chairman as the Port’s determination to transform the way in which it listens and consults with its key customers and Port users takes a further step.
James Ryeland, Managing Director of Dover Cargo Terminal operator George Hammond PLC, is the new Chairman and he will be supported by Robert Hardy, General Manager of MOTIS Freight Services Agency. Port users from the Eastern and Western Docks, James and Robert represent two key businesses within the Port and therefore a strong voice for all users.
The PUG provides a valuable platform for port users to debate issues of mutual interest. The new roles will support Port users in establishing a meaningful and independent engagement with the Port on what really matters to them as customers.
James Ryeland said: “I am delighted to undertake this important new role on behalf of all Port users. Together with Robert, I fully intend for the PUG to become a forum that is greatly valued by all participants in strengthening and nurturing positive relationships with the Port.”
Reflecting the breadth of Port interests as well as the Port’s desire for inclusive discussion, the PUG consists of ferry operators, cruise lines, the cargo terminal operator, sister ports, tenants, other local port users, cleaning and security contractors, freight agents, emergency services, trade associations and relevant government agencies.
Robert Hardy added: “I look forward to supporting James in establishing the PUG as a vital tool in working towards a collective voice for Port users and a partnership for mutual success.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added: “The election of James and Robert is a clear sign of our commitment to open, trusting and meaningful dialogue with all of our Port users as we work together in becoming the best port in the world.”
PORT AND COMMUNITY FORUM ELECTS POPULAR INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN
The Port and Community Forum (PCF), the group that is seeking renewed, positive and vibrant community engagement with the Port, has elected Derek Leach as its first ever independent Chairman following an anonymous ballot.
Mr Leach, Chairman of The Dover Society and a well respected member of the local community, will be supported by a new independent Vice Chairman, Dick Fuller, one of the two recently elected local representative members of the public. Together, they will lead the direction of the PCF as it works to deliver transformational projects for the benefit of Dover together with the Port.
Reacting to his appointment, Mr Leach said: “This is a golden opportunity that Dick and I intend to embrace enthusiastically. Over the last few months there has been an immense change for the better at the Port in how it has committed to its community. Now it is time for the community to build on that momentum to deliver the partnership for Dover that all members of the PCF and the Port wish to see. This is a role that I take incredibly seriously as we keep Dover’s interests at the heart of all we set out to do.”
The PCF is already developing a heritage strategy for Dover with practical projects that will deliver positive change. This is part of the group’s commitment to pursuing a future for Dover that is exciting and transformational for Dover as a whole.
Dick Fuller said: “As an independent local community representative, my role is to bring the views and ideas from the local community to the PCF. I look forward to supporting Derek in making things happen for Dover together with the people of Dover for whom we wish to make a difference.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, added: “I am delighted for Derek and Dick and believe that their experience will be invaluable in taking the PCF forward independently but with the full cooperation and positive input of the Port. This is a critical group for us as we look to build on the vision that, together with our community, we are all working towards.”
Interesting one on the DANCE TO FRANCE Andrew. Good luck with that.
Top pictures show the Hansa Lubeck arriving a day or two ago...the buoyant cargo turnaround continues..
Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 06:23
Andrew MacLean, Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dance to France – Sat. 29th. March on MV Spirit of France
Remember those good old days when folks would head for the ferries at the weekend to take part in the ‘Dance to France’ craze during the seventies and eighties on the ‘Lion and ‘Tiger’ and latterly until 2006 on the Sealink boats.? Those starry evenings crossing the pond dancing to the sounds of the bands and discotheques belting out the latest pops while the ferries plied their way between the twinkling lights of the British and French coasts?
Well those days are coming back! The Lifeboat supporters and the Dover Steamship group have got together to re-instigate the popular event with a charity discotheque on board P&O’s latest superferry, MV ‘Spirit of Britain’.
Saturday the 29th. of March is the date and the departure is on the 1835 sailing to Calais returning into Dover by 2215.
All the on board facilities, the food court, Langan’s Brasserie, and of course the low tax shops will also be open to the revellers who will probably be able to recoup the cost of their tickets from their purchases.
The discotheque will be situated in the forward bar area and will only be open to ticket holders. “We’ve combined the non-landing car park shopper deal with the disco,” said Dave Carey, local fundraiser for the RNLI, “So our ticket holders will benefit from the on-board entertainment as well as the massive savings available in the Spirit of Britain’s shops.”
Tickets costing £12.50p per passenger are available by calling 01227 732414 or 01304 210572 and are based on a car and two passengers or a car and four passengers. “Book early,” Dave advised, “Our numbers are strictly limited owing to the size of the lounge on board.”
Further information from Andy MacLean at 01227 732414.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 11:04
ENJOY DUNKERQUE CARNIVAL WITH DFDS
Join the Carnival in Dunkirk with a Ferry Good Offer from DFDS Seaways
· Save 20% on the price of return ferry crossings from Dover to Dunkirk
· Dunkirk carnival is one of largest and oldest in Europe
DFDS Seaways, the award-winning ferry operator, is offering customers the chance to travel to the unique and colourful Dunkirk carnival from as little as £24 each way for a car and up to four people. The carnival is one of the oldest and biggest of its kind on the Continent and runs from mid January until late March.
Visitors to the carnival are encouraged to join in the fun of over 40 street parades with marching bands, 60 balls, competitions, music, traditional food and drink, plus a lot of dressing up! Renowned for its friendly atmosphere, the carnival welcomes visitors from the UK, with many homes operating an ‘open house’ policy to help them get involved. These Chapelles, as they are known, host live music and other festival activities.
The street parades are called Bandes and the music, marching and celebrations run from 3:00pm until around 8:00pm. The carnival balls are a highlight of the carnival and tickets can be purchased in advance, with all profits going to charity. Here, attendees garb themselves in colourful fancy dress and dance the night away, whilst dining, drinking and making new friends. All these balls begin at 10:00pm and the fun doesn’t end until around 6:00am.
DFDS Seaways has 24 sailings a day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers excellent flexible sailing times, as well as high quality onboard facilities. And with the crossing taking just two hours, you can relax and enjoy the journey as the perfect start to your trip. Dunkirk is 30 miles north of Calais and is close to France’s excellent motorway network, so it’s a convenient gateway to Europe and its wide range of cuisine, culture and adventure.
If you want to take advantage of the special discount, which is 20% off the normal fare, you need to book before 29th January and travel by March 31st, using code ECARNIVAL. To book your travel, or for more information on DFDS Seaways’ Dover-Dunkirk route, visit www.dfds.co.uk
You can book package deals, including hotel accommodation, meals, costume hire and entrance to some of the key balls on the Dunkirk Tourist Board website www.shortbreaks.fr/
You can also book accommodation in Dunkirk or surrounding areas with our hotel partner booking.com.
Picture shows some of the gathered Tall Ships at Dunkerque in Spring last year. The town is full of pleasant surprises.
We have used several of those tall ship pix before and this is yet another one.
Beautiful ships for sure.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 07:10
ACTION MEN of the RNLI !
The guys from the Lifeboat were in training action on sunday morning. It seems to be a regular thing and in this episode shown here a RIB was lowered and the guys beached it as part of the exercise and then re-launched. The waves weren't too troublesome although the odd one gave them a bit of a splashing as you can see in the top shot. But of course the Lifeboat crews get used to these hardships and take it in their stride. After the training session was over they returned to the 'mothership' where the RIB was lifted out of the water and the guys probably had a flask of hot Bovril to hand.
Yes indeed Howard great coverage below there from Mike ..
and yes that Pacific Osprey is a bit special, glad I was able to get a picture.
NOTE TO ALL: Don't miss the SIX BOTTLES of FREE WINE if you are popping over. A great P&O Deal that....I've had that deal before myself and the wine tastes all the better for being FREE..especially in these grim times of economic austerity.Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 07:29
howard mcsweeney, Dover
great all round coverage from mike on the research vessel, see one now and again round the back of de bradelei's cannot remember the name.
excellent photo of the "pacific osprey" paul.
Monday, 20 January 2014 - 17:41
FREE CASE OF WINE WITH P&O FERRIES
Book a Dover to Calais day trip for a car and passengers with P&O Ferries and collect six free bottles of red, white or rosé Piat d’Or wine on board. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fares are from just £23 return for a car and up to nine people Sunday – Friday, and from £28 return on Saturdays.
The offer is available for trips between now and 28 February at www.POferries.com so covers the entire period of Les Soldes – the January sales in France.
French shopkeepers are heavily regulated as to what they can call sales stock and the winter sales must take place between set dates (they end on 11 February). Reductions must be on normal stock items. Look out for “Soldes” signs and “Degriffe” or “Remise” followed by an amount which shows the mark-down, generally upwards of 50 per cent. A good source for tips on visiting Calais, including the best places to shop, is www.calais-guide.co.uk .
This stunningly impressive piece of equipment below was making its way down the channel yesterday..if Im remembering correctly the time was about 3pm. We had a bit of sunlight to help with the photograph but as ever the vessel was a long way out so big zooming was needed and used. Its called the Pacific Osprey, an offshore lifting/construction system often used in offshore windfarm construction and the like. In the background is Cap Gris Nez.
The colourful shot at the top of post shows the early P&O ferry heading for Calais in the super benign conditions of Saturday morning. Those benign calm conditions make a pleasant change from all our recent turbulent weather. You can see Calais in the distance popping up over the horizon while in the foreground you have the service vessel Coral Water.Monday, 20 January 2014 - 07:39
Mike J., Dover
The research vessel CEFAS ENDEAVOUR came into Dover on Saturday morning & berthed on Cruise-2.
She has been working in the Thames Estuary approaches & in the Goodwin Sands area during the last few days.
AIS shows the ALERT alongside the DAVID CHURCH again on Saturday night.
Sorry 'bout the damn seagull !
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 20:15
rosie newman, cornwall
Shame this forum is going down hill with all the backstabbing and bullying. Where are the admins????
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 18:03
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Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 11:13
NEW TASKFORCE MEETS TO COMBAT ALCOHOL FRAUD
The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Nicky Morgan, has opened the first meeting of the Joint Alcohol Anti-fraud Taskforce (JAAT).
This new initiative brings together law enforcers, trade bodies and key alcohol industry figures to fight alcohol fraud, which costs the taxpayer around £1 billion a year. The JAAT is made up of senior officials from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Border Force, the Home Office, Trading Standards and key industry stakeholders.
The group will work to improve intelligence and information-sharing and current legislation and processes, to prevent fraud and make it more difficult for fraudsters to operate. It will build on HMRC’s Tackling Alcohol Fraud strategy, which was launched in 2010-11 to cover fraud involving all categories of alcoholic drinks. HMRC, working with Border Force, seized over 12 million litres of duty unpaid alcohol in 2012-13 and protected over £600 million of revenue, almost triple the amount protected in 2010-11.
Economic Secretary to the Treasury Nicky Morgan said:
“Alcohol fraud illegally diverts money that could otherwise be spent on public services and reducing the deficit. The fraud, which often involves organised criminal gangs, undermines honest businesses up and down the country.
"This Government will not let criminals steal money which our country is legally entitled to. The Government has invested £1 billion to tackle fraud, error and debt, and will work with the alcohol industry to strengthen our efforts to tackle this billion pound crime.”
HMRC’s alcohol fraud strategy involves targeting enforcement at key points of the supply chain, working with honest businesses to secure alcohol supply chains and tightening the law to make it more difficult for criminals to operate.
I don't know how often the guys in those little boats are getting out these days Jan as the weather has been extremely rough almost all the time. Its true there have been some lulls..but it has been generally very tough indeed, even nautical men of experience like Ed Connell himself have mentioned so. These pictures shown were taken yesterday friday...they show the Pride of Kent heading homewards through tough and rough seas.
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 08:20
Always lovely to see the colourful pictures of the fishing boats in Deal,I wonder how often they get to go to sea.
And yet again MyFerryLink passing on some good offers, have vsisted the lovely Wimereux, but not yet been to Saint Omer but must be on the to do list. Friday, 17 January 2014 - 17:10
It was a rough ol night out on the channel I can tell you. Currently there is a force 8 gale whipping its way up the strait. This is the scene a few minutes ago at 9am friday with the sun trying to burst through the dramatic cloud formation..
Friday, 17 January 2014 - 09:05
Well done with that picture in the previous post Mike of that other Trinity House vessel...ALERT.
Smashin' picture that one..well spotted. I noticed when going through my other pictures taken in Deal last sunday I have the TH Galatea again with its little friend in close attendance, the Lightship. There they are in the distant right hand side of the sprightly coloured fishing boat Seabreeze. The boats along the strand there in Deal always present colourful photo opportunities but sadly there seems to be fewer and fewer of them each year. See another couple of them below..complete with lobster pots. I guess they dont catch Lobster in Deal..might be more possibly crabs or...
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The Berlioz looking good....Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 07:26
Mike J., DOVER
Trinity House's workboat ALERT on the Tug Haven pontoon, Tuesday morning.
Late Tuesday night she was returning to her base at Harwich.
A few hours behind her. also heading for home, was the GALATEA.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 23:50
Port of Dover posts best traffic figures since 2009
The Port of Dover has just posted its best year-end traffic figures for freight vehicles since 2009, recording an impressive rise of 13% in 2013.
Alongside the 2,206,728 freight vehicles that were welcomed by the Port, passenger numbers reached 12,753,343, another substantial increase of 7% as the Port’s focus on providing excellent customer service and choice paid dividends.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Such growth acknowledges the commitment of the Port and its major ferry customers to provide the best cross-Channel product and reflects, come rain or shine – and more recently high winds, the reliability and resilience of Dover in getting people and goods to where they need to be.”
Millions of passengers choosing the UK’s number one cross-Channel gateway will have enjoyed the benefits of free Wifi and the Port’s on-going customer service training programme, as well as being witnesses to the major infrastructure works that continue to improve Europe’s busiest ferry port for their journeys of the future.
Mr Waggott added: “My congratulations to our ferry partners and my thanks to all of our customers who entrusted us with their international travel last year. We will work hard in order to build on that trust as we create the best port in the world.”
Very impressive figures above from the Port and a very successful and buoyant situation all round. The trade arm as well also appears to be doing exceptionally well. You will remember we photographed the Ivar Reefer a couple of days ago leaving Port in the blinding early sun ( see down page )...well she is back from Antwerp already as you can see in the latest picture here. But had to linger for some time while the Lady Rascise finished unloading/reloading here in Port. Busy.
You will also remember we spoke about the new and very welcome seafront lights. Below we see them in the latest picture taken in the wee small hours of the morning. All working and in fine fettle. The new white lights along the seafront are believed to be more environment friendly than the yellow ones on the inland side.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 07:13
Many thanks for the information Roland. Good to hear from you. Yes the Galatea is still very busy it seems. Never a dull moment for the crew...its quite fresh out there this evening too!
Monday, 13 January 2014 - 18:40
Roland K, DEAL
The lightship remains at anchor off Deal as of midday monday 13/01/14. The tug Galatea which was with her on sunday has departed for NE Spit.
Monday, 13 January 2014 - 15:55
Yes indeed well done with the report and pictures below there Mike. You mention the Galatea being off Deal with Lightship...and there they are in the picture above...just a mile or so off Deal yesterday about 2pm. Happened to be down that way and there they were. Picture quality not great, as just had the little camera in pocket which has minimal zoomability...but got a picture anyway. Trinity House vessel Galatea is keeping very busy these times. There must be some problem with the Lightship but what it is...?Monday, 13 January 2014 - 06:10
howard mcsweeney, dover
great work with the write up and photos mike.
nice to see one from martin collins that paul has put up, not seen his name on here for a while.
Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 15:00
Mike J., Dover
The tug & tow involved in Saturday’s collision off Dungeness came into Dover during the night & are moored on the Admiralty Pier.
The barge, the WALCON WIZARD has received considerable damage.
The tug is our old friend, the 52 year old KINGSTON who was in Dover in September with photos posted here on 23/9.
News reports yesterday said that the other vessel involved, bound for Italy, went to anchor off Newhaven. She is probably the RICKMERS DUBAI.
A look at Marine Traffic AIS shows her still at anchor there & her AIS track shows her heading downchannel, bound for Genoa, & then making a sharp turn & going to anchor off Newhaven.
The GALATEA, who probably did the towing, has returned to the Downs [off Deal] where she is probably playing with a lightship or a buoy - her workmate, the ALERT, who often pops into Dover, was up there on Saturday.
Another visiting tug is the UK-flagged MTS VICTORY who has been in the Tug Haven for several days - she doesn’t seem to have done any work here.
Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 11:31