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 177
  PaulB, Dover
No sooner has Esmerelda moved out when the Lady Racisce moves in..I tell you..all these females, whats a chap to do. Smiley A very busy cargo terminal these days, thats for sure. You can see the Lady approaching in the picture above, still a good way out behind the DFDS Dunkerque Seaways.
Yes its a tough game that Howard..in all weathers and in the dead of night at times.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 16:25
 
Post 176
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great picures from ed, i have given up on the after dark stuff - read the camera handbook and still no decent results.

looking further down i wouldn't like to be in one of those pilot ships when they are so close to a monolith in choppy seas.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:38
 
Post 175
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Great work with the new camera there Ed, totally atmospheric. They came out extremely well considering it was a late nighter. Smiley
Familiar friend The Braemar is in today..still working hard. Just the occasional Fred Olsen ship coming now on the cruise front.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 07:48
 
Post 174
  Ed Connell, Dover
Cargoship Esmeralda preparing to depart from the Dover Cargo Terminal last night. Nothing special but thought I would try out my new camera at night and it turns out that it produces useable images without having to know any clever stuff about apertures and what not.





Monday, 14 October 2013 - 04:32
 
Post 173
  JanT, Dover
Our weather certainly has changed and we see the sun less and less this time of the year, but these cargo ships travel up and down the channel in all kinds of weather.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 19:09
 
Post 172
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
You dont need me to tell you that it has been a stinker of a day weatherwise. Pouring down in grim style all day long today sunday.
But..and the Hallelujah Chorus rang out.. a ray of weak sunshine managed to make it through the gloom a few minutes ago and painted the Dubai Attraction in a wee bit of a glow. I wouldnt say it was blinding sunlight or anything like that but there she is above anyway.
As you can see she is still here and has turned round, presumably on the tide or... since the last picture of it a few posts down.
In the foreground you can just see the Coral Water creeping into shot.

Although the weather has been turbulent it does present the odd photo moment.


Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 17:05
 
Post 171
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks guys all round - great information as ever.
As promised here are a few pictures of one of these passing ships, pix taken the day before yesterday. We caught a bit of late afternoon sun just off Dover so I grabbed the opportunity while I could...ermm made hay while the sun shone !
It's a ship called the Elbfeeder, by the sound of the name it is probably German and it was en route to Dublin with a hazardous cargo I believe.

First shots show her coming into view as it were..

and now below.. the local small launch approaching Elbfeeder in difficult seas..

and a closer crop of the same picture..

This tricky operation to get the pilots off continued throughout the day yesterday with various ships and even at 10.30pm last night when some of us were thinking of curling up in a warm bed, a similar operation was going on with another ship out there in difficult conditions, and of course in the dead of night.

Smiley

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 08:52
 
Post 170
  Ed Connell, Dover
The Dubai Attraction was making a scheduled call for the harbour patrol launch to take a surveyor out to her, and later return him ashore. Looks like the surveying is taking longer than expected!

As Kevin says, the other ships are just dropping pilots who have been overcarried from North Sea ports as the weather was too bad for them to leave the ships after departure.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 07:44
 
Post 169
  ColetteB, Dover
As there's quite a gap between cruise ships at this time of year I thought I would remind everyone that this coming Monday 14th we see the Braemar return & then a few days later, on Saturday 19th the Black Watch returns to our port. Let's hope that the dreaded Norovirus did not return during this latest trip. Nothing then until Nov 5th.

Amazing Photo MrB of the Calais Sugar refinery sparkling 'shine bright like a diamond in the sky' Freaky backlighting for sure!!!

I bet those guys replacing the all so important lightbulb have never even heard of vertigo! Smiley

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 17:40
 
Post 168
  Kevin Charles, Dover, Kent
I believe most of the ships coming in close to shore are dropping off carry over pilots from the Thames who have been unable to leave or join their ships due to the weather conditions. Not sure what the crude oil tanker is doing as she is actually anchored. Perhaps a technical problem?

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 16:11
 
Post 167
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Here she is Kevin, the Dubai Attraction..she has been lingering there for a couple of days.

Glad you enjoyed those Howard, sometimes you get quite freaky backlighting these mornings and it makes Calais stand out.
Not sure what the tanker is doing moored there Kevin...several other large ships have been doing that unusual but reasonably regular thing where they come close to shore to be met by a small boat from Dover. Dont think its the Pilot...might be customs. I think we spoke about this before but for the life of me cant remember the whys and wherefores. Will have more pictures of that in due course.

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:58
 
Post 166
  Kevin Charles, Dover, Kent
Interesting visitor anchored off Shakespeare beach, the crude oil tanker, Dubai Attraction. Shame we haven't got some Dubai weather to go with it!

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:33
 
Post 165
  howard mcsweeney, calais
Great shot of the sugar refinery paul, the colours at this time of the year certainly add the atmosphere to photos.

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:17
 
Post 164
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

Ah now..isnt it exciting when you reach the top in your chosen profession, when you climb the ladder to the stars...well these guys have done just that, reached the very top in their chosen careers!Smiley

This must be the nations tallest lampost, this towering torch illuminates the entrance to the docks and the busy busy roundabout, and presents a hugely awkward problem when the bulb blows out! But fortunately these guys were on hand and ever-so willing..
.... and clearly able to handle the dizzzzifyingly breathless heights.

As mentioned previously these mornings can be quite spectacular. Yesterday the sky was an odd yellow colour but it produced an entirely visible and shimmering Calais across the water. Clearly seen and photographable from Dover.
Above the 08.15 MFL ferry is heading out to Calais (I cant make out whether its the Berlioz or Rodin), and in the distance, the far distance coming this way, you can see the DFDS Dieppe Seaways moving away from the French Port. The sea was fairly calm at that time but it did bluster up later.

And below the busy Sugar Refinery at Calais Docks.


Friday, 11 October 2013 - 07:59
 
Post 163
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

DOVER HARBOUR BOARD HAS PLEASURE CONFIRMING TIM WAGGOTT AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, said: "When asking Tim Waggott to step into the role of Acting Chief Executive I was quoted as saying that he possessed "the right experience, qualifications, drive and ability to take this organisation forward together with its customers and community."

Acknowledging the hard work of the entire team at the Port of Dover, Mr Jenkins went on to say: "It is clear to the Board that Tim has now demonstrated his ability to undertake the role on a permanent basis. He has quickly established improving relationships with the customers and the community as well as implementing organisational changes. I am therefore pleased to confirm and congratulate Tim on his appointment as Chief Executive."

Mr Jenkins also paid tribute to the efforts of the Port's many stakeholders in helping the Port of Dover, its customers and community emerge from an unsettling period, stating: "I am sure that with continuing teamwork we will deliver a tangible improvement to both Port and Town in an exciting future."

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EXTRA: You can definitely see a refreshing 'new broomism' sweeping through the management at DHB. We featured the other new appointments previously, now to be found on Page 3 so take a look there too. Good luck to Tim Waggott. Interesting times.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 07:39
 
Post 162
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes the container ships are very much a part of the Ports super activities these days, and an increasing part too. Here is another set of 'container' pictures taken yesterday. The highly unusual looking Magellan Strait visiting once again. No other ship quite like her as far as we know, apart from her twin that is.. yes the Messina Strait, which has also started trading here. They both began coming regularly quite recently.
Spectacular mornings these...here she is, the Magellan Strait just arriving in harbour with the Dover Strait in the background, being helped as you can just see by both tugboats against a big sky backdrop..bringing probably bananas as Mike mentions there. Yes 26% of the nations bananas come in through Dover. A very healthy food I believe. So there you have it, we are contributing to the nations overall health and wellbeing.
Doughty and Dauntless lending a helping hand to the Magellan Strait as she negotiates a 180 degree turn.

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ACTION POLICE

And now a moment for the Port Police who are..
Celebrating 80 years of commitment to the Port and its customers and the community.
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The Port of Dover Police has hosted a special celebratory open day for the Port community to mark 80 years of service by the Port’s very own police service.

The event coincided with a recent relocation of the Port of Dover Police’s headquarters to the Terminal Control Building, bringing it to the heart of operations within Europe’s busiest international ferry terminal. Guests, including former Port of Dover Police colleagues, were able to see the new offices as well as the range of equipment used by the Police (such as for forensics, search and transportation) to keep the Port’s 12-13 million customers and its local community safe.

Much has changed at the Port since its police service was established in 1933; the same year that British police first used a radio appeal over the airwaves for help in catching a criminal. The modern Port of Dover Police now has excellent marine capabilities for dealing with issues on the sea waves, courtesy of its high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB), call sign ‘Delta 99’. It also has nationally trained specialists in the fields of counter terrorism security and police search designed to meet the needs of a major 24/7 international gateway handling £80 billion of trade each year.

Yet what has remained constant throughout is the Port of Dover Police’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure Port and the weekend’s celebration was a chance to acknowledge that and to see just how that commitment is met today.

During the opening ceremony, Superintendent Paul Wilczek, Chief Officer of Police at the Port of Dover, said: “There is a long and proud tradition in the Port of Dover Police of serving our Port community. The uniforms may look a little different to the old uniforms we have had on display at our open day, but what lies beneath is still the same absolute commitment to everyone associated with the Port of Dover.”

To further mark the anniversary, the Port of Dover, a long-standing supporter of Dover Athletic Football Club, sponsored the weekend’s match.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The work of the Port of Dover Police is fundamental to the success of the Port of Dover, to the security of every customer and ultimately to the nation. They are a shining example of what excellent customer service is all about and I am delighted to mark this 80th anniversary. With the successful work in more recent times of our Neighbourhood Policing Unit in the wider community, it is also fitting that we celebrated the anniversary cheering on our local football team with our friends at Dover Athletic.”
Chief Executive Tim Waggott clearly keen to get his hands on a slice of that delicious looking cake. That's PC Martin Dadd doing the honours with the knife.



Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 07:36
 
Post 161
  Mike j., Dover
Howard -

Scroll back to 25th.September !

26 percent of the UK's bananas passing thru Dover.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 05:34
 
Post 160
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting to see the containershps featuring, normally they creep in and discharge at the furthest corner of the dock out of our view and off they go again.

there was mention on this forum a few years back that a large percentage of bananas eaten in this country came via dover, maybe one of our factual posters will fill us in with the correct details?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 20:59
 
Post 159
  JanT, Dover
The picture below of the cliffs of France, only goes to show how close we are.
And yet another good offer from P&O, for those thinking of heading to Calais even if its only for the day.SmileySmiley


Monday, 7 October 2013 - 17:50
 
Post 158
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to P&O for the info on the wine..just come through. See previous post.


FREE WINE FROM P&O FERRIES THIS AUTUMNSmileySmiley

P&O Ferries has uncorked a cracking deal for day trippers heading across the Channel this autumn.
Book a Dover – Calais day trip for a car and passengers, with fares from just £24 return,
and collect three free bottles of Piat d’Or white, red or rosé wine on board.

The offer applies to bookings for travel from 4 October to 31 October.
For more information or to book go to www.poferries.com or call 08716 646464.

Monday, 7 October 2013 - 11:11
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