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 219
  PaulB, Dover
Port’s response to storm focuses on customers and community....

Mondays storm, the worst to hit the UK in 25 years caused travel chaos across the country, yet only kept the Port of Dover shut for around 2.5 hours. During a tough period of extreme and sustained adverse weather, the Port of Dover team worked tirelessly together with its ferry partners to maintain ferry services, whilst ensuring the safety and security of customers and staff.

Nevertheless, some damage was regrettably caused to the Port as well as to some property belonging to its customers. The storm having passed, it is now time for the Port to assess that damage and look into how best to repair it whilst at the same time giving every possible assistance to affected customers.

The Eastern Docks escaped relatively unscathed with most damage restricted to some sheet cladding. These were either removed completely or re-secured temporarily pending permanent repairs or replacement. Fenders also took a buffeting from ships as they arrived in berth in the challenging conditions but the damage appears to have been restricted to the sacrificial facing pads. The fantastic effort of Port staff, those carrying out rapid repairs and those of the tug crews helping ferries berth safely, together with robust infrastructure that stood the test meant that little disruption to operations was experienced at Europe’s busiest ferry port.


The Western Docks suffered more damage, but this is not surprising given its exposed position and the direction of the wind. There is some damage at the Admiralty Pier, but mainly to ancillary items such as hand-railing, canopies and fencing to the high level fishermans walkway and turret areas. Several cope edge stones have been dislodged to the inner quayside of the pier extension but that appears to be the only structural damage, showing the quality of the infrastructure at the Port in withstanding extreme conditions. For obvious safety reasons, Admiralty Pier is therefore closed for public access until further notice.


Cars parked at the cruise terminal were damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour. The Port of Dover is providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.

Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks is on-going. Currently a Surveyor is at the Port assessing the damage and a number of insurance companies have already been in contact. Yesterday, Port staff from all disciplines were also mobilised to clear the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port will continue working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Report and pictures above from DHB.

Extra Pic below..

Seafront Stormwatchers...
and as you can see, its no wonder most of the beach was on the promenade !

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Thanks for that info John...will certainly watch for that. Have a picture on file somewhere of her last exit from Dover harbour ..will search for that one in due course. Also as mentioned at top of page, Thor Heyerdahl sailing ship in harbour as i write.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 06:40
 
Post 218
  JohnL, Dover
Port of london Authority website that should have said.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:07
 
Post 217
  JohnL, Dover
For anyone interesred, the Pride of Calais will be making one last pass thru the Dover straights tomorrow on her way to Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping! According to the play website she will be departing Tilbury at 11am.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:06
 
Post 216
  PaulB, Dover

Official Latest: The Port of Dover is now re-opened and ferry services have fully resumed from the Eastern Docks. Whilst there has only been some relatively minor superficial damage to the Eastern Docks, the Western Docks bore the brunt of the storm with around 50 Fred Olsen cruise customer cars, parked at the terminal, being damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour.

The Port of Dover confirms it will be providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Together with the Port of Dover, we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that none of our customers is inconvenienced due to this storm and will be liaising closely with them to prepare for their arrival in Dover next week.”

Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks will be undertaken urgently just as soon as it is safe to do so. The Port is also clearing the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover (pictured), said: “The Port will be working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 06:51
 
Post 215
  howard mcsweeney, dover
some breathtaking photos there(love the whale) from yesterday and today, the port was only closed for less than 3 hours in all that time unless i am mistaken.

quite a staggering achievement from all concerned working at the port and of course on the ferries

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 15:03
 
Post 214
  PaulB, Dover
Yikes 82 knots Mike. I can believe it too. Twas very rocky right here and the sea is still immensely rough even right now at 2.30 in the afternoon.
It is early this morning in the picture above and this great wall of water heads towards the new toilet facility..whoosh it went as it leapt 50/60 feet into the air and then it bashed down onto the roof...it was very rough at that time as you can see, even holding the camera was a challenge.

A little later and here we have below what looks like the Leviathan of the Deep. Yes its the great swishing tail of Moby Dick himself...or nearly !
Ferocious power.


At this moment in time teams of Port employees are trying to scrape the beach back onto the beach.
A big job as beaches here were stripped bare of pebbles.

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 14:36
 
Post 213
  Mike J., DOVER
Western Entrance at about 0800 when Langdon Coastguard reported an 82kt gust coming thru.





Monday, 28 October 2013 - 10:29
 
Post 211
  PaulB, Dover
OFFICIAL LATEST : Port re-opens. First ship into Port pictured below...the Spirit of France.


We are pleased to confirm that the Port of Dover is now open (at 09:10 Hours) and the ferry services have resumed. The Port was closed due to adverse weather conditions and concerns over customer and staff safety. The Port and ferry operators will now continue to work together to ensure that the terminal remains open and services are running with minimum disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information. Please note that there may be initial delays to services as the Port re-opens.

We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. Ends.

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 09:37
 
Post 210
  PaulB, Dover
OFFICIAL NOTICE : PORT CLOSURE

Due to adverse weather conditions (strong winds gusting at 65 knots) the Port of Dover is currently closed (as of 6.30hrs). The primary concern of the Port and ferry operators is the safety of our customers and staff. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information.
We are monitoring the weather situation closely and liaising with the ferry operators with an aim to re-open the Port once it is safe to do so. Please note that there may be delays to services when the Port re-opens.

We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of this closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. All customers are asked for their full co-operation and support.

Ends

See also below...

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 08:25
 
Post 209
  PaulB, Dover
Well you dont need me to tell you what a rough night it has been...and the storm goes on.
Wide disruption. Here is a picture from yesterday taken in the brief afternoon sun. The sea was and is extremely rough.
The harbour wall looms for The Rodin. The entrance to harbour becomes very narrow and difficult on days like this.

My lights are flickering as I write, so better try and upload this soonest in case the power goes.
If anyone gets some decent pictures pop them up using the ADD YOUR COMMENT button. Very welcome.

There are no ships at all in Port.

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 06:27
 
Post 208
  PaulB, Dover
The sky has indeed been behaving strangely lately with bizarre cloud patterns. Perhaps it is just the calm before the storm..which as we all know is very impending. It was rough overnight but by all accounts worse is due.
Most definitely a case now of battening down the hatches while maintaining the stoically stiff upper lip!
Following on from the picture by Alex below, here are some I took on the same evening...
Look at the strange bubble and sweep ( no not bubble and squeek Smiley) Bizarre looking isnt it, if there are any meteorology experts out there then please let us know what it all means..

the wider view with the Port below.

also looking in the opposite direction towards the west

Some of the ferries further west are already disrupted. Brittany Ferries were on the News 24 channels already talking of cancellations...might well happen here too. Yes just heard..cancellations happening here too, weather "extremely poor" in Dover say MFL. Passengers who do not urgently need to travel are advised to rebook for another time.

Sunday, 27 October 2013 - 06:26
 
Post 207
  PaulB, Dover
PORT of DOVER WEATHER INFO...

Here in Dover today friday, sea conditions in the Channel are moderate, with a South Westerly fresh breeze, force 5, and the visibility is good. The ferry terminal is operating normally with space available.

Due to adverse weather, which is anticipated over the weekend, passengers are advised to contact their shipping operator for any further information.


Friday, 25 October 2013 - 14:54
 
Post 206
  PaulB, Dover
A very dramatic picture there Alex - well done getting that. The sky was amazing the other day..not seen anything quite like it..most unusual. Your picture reminded me that I have some too of those cloud patterns. I take so many pictures I sometimes forget what i have where.
Glad you are liking the Sea News page.

Smiley

Friday, 25 October 2013 - 11:48
 
Post 205
  howard mcsweeney, dover

alex of dover food bank is a keen follower of this thread and has sent in this photo taken last sunday afternoon.




Friday, 25 October 2013 - 10:21
 
Post 204
  PaulB, Dover
After a briefly benign situation yesterday the weather is back in rough mode today friday. Blustery wet and windy etc. On wednesday it was much the same for much of the day but with added occasional sunshine. During these outbreaks of sunshine the Dover Seaways came into spectacular view battling the elements as she approached the harbour. I snatched these pictures at that time. Our nautical man-on-the-spot Ed Connell himself would have been onboard ( see the rainbow pictures below). Several ships were queuing, stacked up off the White Cliffs at various points in the day, as it was too rough to get into harbour easily. There was a backlog on the traffic front as a consequence, everything delayed.

Gale force winds for sure in the pictures above, marginally below that level today but still not great.. It might improve later for the half term getaway. The local hotels are already looking pretty full as I write ( see the half term ideas below from DFDS and MFL).

Friday, 25 October 2013 - 07:38
 
Post 203
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for that info Jan. Smiley
Should be worth a look. Its a very sad story about that lovely ship. For anyone who doesnt know the vessel mentioned, there is a picture of it on page 3 while she was here in Dover. She visited us here just a week or so before destruction and eventual sinking off Cork. Now the rescue...

Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 17:43
 
Post 202
  Jan Higgins, Dover
Real Rescues BBC1 this morning showed the tall ship Astrid rescue off Ireland plus an interview with the owner and Captain. It is such a shame that this accident happened to a beautiful looking ship.

If you want to see it on catch-up it is about 30 minutes in with another bit at the end.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 11:55
 
Post 201
  PaulB, Dover
Gosh great set of pictures all round below there. Enjoying those greatly and enjoying your story Ed..hope you didnt have to do tooo much suffering for your art with the Chief. And...if you found any gold out there under that rainbow can you slip a bar or two through my letterbox Smiley !!
Also a thumbsup for Mary Josephine with that pic.

You made me laugh there Howard...this pasty faced landlubber kept his feet firmly encased in concrete yesterday as heavens it was rough out there on the water. Have a couple of pix of the Dover Seaways myself in the rough conditions ..will delay those so everyone can enjoy the current photos first. Great stuff !

ps KIDS : if you have kids champing at the bit see the half term ideas from DFDS and MFL by scrolling down the page.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 07:24
 
Post 200
  Ed Connell, Dover
A photo of the rainbow over the Dover Seaways taken at the same time from ashore by Mary Josephine and posted on the Facebook group Dover for Dovorians.




Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 21:08
 
Post 199
  Ed Connell, Dover
This is a vivid rainbow off Dover on the 20th. It appeared to form an arch over the ship as though we had just sailed through it.






I saw this rainbow and rushed inside to get my camera and take a few quick snaps as I was working. The last photo was a bit unfortunate as I nipped up to the upper deck to take it and was standing half way between the Bridge and the funnel. The Chief Engineer had just called me on the walkie talkie and asked me to go down to the Engine Control Room to assist with moving a very large replacement generator breaker into position ready for installation. I said that I was on my way then decided to take that last quick snap before going down. Unfortunately, I installed a CCTV camera on the Bridge a couple of years ago looking back at the funnel and displaying the picture on a large TV in the control room so that the engineers could see if we were making any smoke. They were all waiting for me in the control room and suddenly I appeared on the big screen taking photos! Another call from the Chief Engineer "We can see you-hoo" so I was caught red-handed and scuttled off down below post haste!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 20:06
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