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 70
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

BEACHWATCH:If you fancy joining in and doing your bit for nature and the marine environment generally, then please read on...


Port Supports Community Role in National Beachwatch Big WeekendSmileySmiley


The Port of Dover is sponsoring the annual Shakespeare Beach survey and beach clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend. Organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, the organisations will be jointly carrying out a marine litter survey and clean-up on Sunday 22nd September. Last year’s Shakespeare Beach clean was a resounding success being the second most popular beach clean with around 8,000 items of litter collected. This year, the organizers hope to welcome even more volunteers looking to play their part in keeping this local beach clean and safe.

Paul Sampson, Partnership Ranger, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, said: “The beach clean and survey helps us and the MCS to find out what type of litter is making its way by sea to this part of East Kent as well as give the shingle beach a deep clean.”

Vicki Jago, Environmental Manager, Port of Dover said; “The beach clean and survey is a fun event for all the family with prizes awarded at the end of the day, but it is mainly about us all showing our commitment to our community in keeping such valued community assets clean and safe for everyone, including the wildlife that calls Shakespeare Beach its home.”

This is the fourth year that the Port of Dover, along with the WCCP, will be joining hundreds of other Beachwatch events taking place throughout the country.

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Good to see the Port now sponsoring this event. Seafrance used to sponsor it and a year or two back sent me the picture of the gull shown. As you can see the poor thing is wrapped in fishing line and would be unlikely to survive in a normal situation. This one however..you will be pleased to hear.. was rescued by the volunteers.
Well done the volunteers and well done the sponsors. If you fancy volunteering for the day .. well its all happening next Sunday on Shakespeare Beach. Enthusiasm is all that is needed to help conserve the local marine environment as all of the necessary equipment is provided.

There is a picture of the Beachwatchers on dover.uk.com, our overall frontpage. Click on the link left and click on the picture there and it will enlarge in all its glory.



Sunday, 15 September 2013 - 07:23
 
Post 69
  PaulB, Dover
Great postcard that Ed of the Deutchland. always great to see those pictures of former times..which are often a revelation to yours truly. Fascinating to see the way the Prince of Wales pier was used in those old days. Have enjoyed the pictures previously from yourself and Scotchie too in the past.

Yes indeed the good oul Columbian Navy are well off their usual haunt...perhaps trying to enforce a new fishing limitSmileySmiley ??


Here now with some pictures of the Port's Pilot in action. He quietly almost unseen guides all those mammoth cruise ships safely out of harbour and into the Channel every time and wow has it been a busy time for him lately. Here he is doing the necessary with the MSC Magnifica on thursday evening..

These pictures are hugely zoomed in so quality not the same as they would be if said Pilot was standing next to me having a cuppa tay...but here we go..

You can see above the tiny door in the side of the ship at waters edge..and whats that..a state of the art rope ladder..Smiley

and away we go

under the huge nose ( bow) of the MSC Magnifica

and now with an earlier wider view. You can see the pilot door at the side of ship..this last picture shows the situation prior to him leaving the Magnifica.


Saturday, 14 September 2013 - 06:48
 
Post 68
  Ed Connell, Dover
Have just acquired this postcard. This is the German transatlantic liner Deutschland alongside the Prince of Wales. There are numerous photos of the Deutschland in Dover but have not seen this one before. It was posted from Southampton in 1906 but the photo was obviously taken at an earlier date.




Friday, 13 September 2013 - 00:16
 
Post 67
  Ed Connell, Dover
A very old and unusual naval auxiliary passing Dover at 1800 last night bound for Cartagena in Columbia. This is the ARC Buenaventura of the Columbian Navy, a bit off the beaten track.




Friday, 13 September 2013 - 00:04
 
Post 66
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed a great bit of info there Kevin and lovely pic. Gosh she is an old familiar workhouse is the Saga Ruby..we will have to do a bit of a tribute to her for her last visit at the end of the month. Wonder what they will replace her with. Will be fascinating to see.

Here she is departing a few minutes ago about 4.30 pm..light is a bit washed out but here we are anyway..nudging gently away to a great crescendo of horns/hooters, with the MSC Magnifica in the background. I put a border around it so she doesn't float off the page with all the bright light..Smiley

There she goes...with the tugboat bringing up the rear.



Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 16:46
 
Post 65
  JanT, Dover
Welcome to the new Sea News KevinSmileySmileyalways great to see your picturesSmiley

That's a good bit of info and picture there about the Saga Ruby.Smiley

Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 08:56
 
Post 64
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Saga Ruby is on her penultimate cruise from Dover today. Her next call on 26 September will be her last visit to Dover as she is retired from the Saga fleet. The end of an era, Saga Ruby was the last cruise ship to be built in Britain (as Vistafjord) and has been a regular at Dover Cruise Port since her maiden call on 30 April 2005. She had also visited Dover under her previous guises, as Cunard's Vistafjord in 1997, and as Caronia in 2000.


Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 08:16
 
Post 63
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Todays two cruise liners are seen approaching Dover from the east in the picture above. To the left closer to the harbour you can just see through the early light the ever dependable Saga Ruby while in the distance to the right you can see the huge MSC Magnifica...both in harbour now as I write at 7.42am. Pop down to see them, always worthwhile.
The picture was taken about 5.40 am.

The Grand Mistral seen below visited us yesterday and left last night in a blaze of light. The sea was flat calm so the reflections in the water were spectacular. These pictures below were taken as she arrived yesterday morning. Very colourful ship as you can see.




Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 07:45
 
Post 60
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

SmileyDover Marina showcases cross-Channel credentials at Southampton Boat Show Smiley


Dover Marina will be exhibiting all that a top award winning marina has to offer throughout the ten-day PSP Southampton Boat Show, which takes place from 13 – 22 September.

Having recently held a successful Open Marina Day, attracting budding mariners and seasoned sailors to Dover from the local area, the team at Dover Marina will be hoping to show even more boating enthusiasts the unique benefits of locating at the closest marina to mainland Europe, something which the locals understand only too well!

For sailing across the English Channel, Dover is the most highly rated and convenient marina with its distinctly international atmosphere. Set against the iconic backdrop of the famous White Cliffs, Dover Marina is just 20 miles from France, making it within easy reach of French marinas and the Belgian and Dutch coasts.

It also offers a superb range of facilities and services that have been acknowledged by The Yacht Harbour Association with the re-accreditation of the top Five Gold Anchor rating.

What’s more, potential customers will be able to benefit from a special winter berthing discount of 20% on all winter rates (October 2013 – March 2014).

Chris Windsor, Marina Services Manager, Port of Dover, said: “I look forward to personally welcoming customers to our stand and ultimately to Dover Marina for the best of British service with a taste of European adventure.”

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NOTE : The GRAND MISTRAL has arrived approx 10am
quite a while since we saw this one. Will aim for pictures later.
Smiley


Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 10:03
 
Post 59
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Where did the summer go? One minute here and enjoyable then the next minute gone..but of course not forgotten, even though it was a very short one this year. These pictures show the rather autumnal and chilly departures last evening of first the Saga Sapphire and then the MSC Musica.
Despite promises of rough weather on the shipping forecast it didnt happen and as you can see in the pictures the sea was quite calm in the top shot and flat calm by the time the Musica departed below. Very good for the passengers of course...

Yes a good time of year for the trips to Passchendaele and Ypres and indeed to other places with similar significance.
So good to see DFDS facilitating the possibility of a run over for many ( see further info in the post down the page ).

Smiley

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 07:30
 
Post 58
  JanT, Dover
Yet again we are treated to the sight of two Cruise Liners gracing our seafront,Smileyand the sun has at least decided to shine for a little awhile,
Fab pic's showing off the MSC Musica.SmileySmiley

DFDS's offer for the visit to Passchendaele is great for those interested in Military History,with my Grandfather fighting in both world wars, and having visited some areas in France it is always fascinating to visit these places.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 12:46
 
Post 57
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous post, here are the latest pictures of the magnificent MSC Musica which is making an impressive visit to the Port today. This one is quite a rare visitor to Dover so a ship to savour and enjoy. Alongside it on the pier is the familiar Saga Sapphire.
But here we go with the Musica...showing it being slowly manoeuvred into position early this morning..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 11:16
 
Post 56
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR with DFDS SEAWAYS.

· Visit the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele at Ypres
· Book by 18th September with DFDS Seaways and receive 20% off travel across the channel Smiley

DFDS Seaways, the award winning ferry operator, is helping passengers immerse themselves in history ahead of the centenary of the First World War in 2014, by offering 20% discount on crossings to Calais or Dunkirk until 13 December. Budding historians keen to find out more about key battles in the Great War can visit the Belgium town of Ypres, which is rich in military history, and less than an hour’s drive from either French port. With low cost and convenient travel, it is a great time to visit France and explore the sites of some of the biggest battles from World War One. Customers who book before 18 September, for crossings between now and 13 December, will have the chance to enjoy 20% off travel.

The Memorial Museum at Passchendaele, a short drive from Ypres, has a comprehensive collection of historic artifacts from World War One. It also offers visitors the chance to experience a 20 feet deep British dugout from the 1917 battle of Passchendaele. To commemorate the World War One centenary, the museum has recently opened three new historic sections. A new wing entirely dedicated to the battle of Passchendaele is now open to the public, including an exciting outdoor trench experience that shares video and photographic footage from the real life battles that took place. Visitors can immerse themselves in the past and explore how each side tackled and coped with trench warfare.

There is also a new remembrance gallery, showcasing over 5,000 items recovered from Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War. With over 60,000 visitors every year, the museum is a must see for any culture vulture this year.

DFDS seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France, passengers can choose flexible crossing times, a luxury onboard travel experience and convenient travel options. Whilst onboard, all customers can enjoy a variety of great value restaurants and stylish café bars, shops packed with well-known brands and fun-packed kids’ play areas.

To take advantage of this offer, customers should book by 18 September and enter the code EDISC20 and to find out further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235


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NOTE ALSO: THE FABULOUS MSC MUSICA IS IN HARBOUR TODAY.
will have pictures later..well done Dover again, the terrific ships keep coming.Smiley
also just arriving the Saga Sapphire..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 06:58
 
Post 55
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
This picture shows the hugely threatening sky over the channel this morning (monday) just prior to todays continual rain. Not a sky to encourage enthusiastic travel planning but nevertheless on the travelling goes...you can just see a P&O ferry immediately outside the harbour heading towards Calais in the non too appetising conditions...

Good to hear that the MSC Musica is returning tomorrow Tuesday. It has indeed been here before but quite a while back and it is another huge and impressive ship from MSC again. Long may they keep right on coming.

The much travelled Braemar is in harbour today. See the post further down the page about its recent considerable milestone.

Monday, 9 September 2013 - 16:01
 
Post 54
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Proof here if proof be needed that MSC dont just do pretty pretty cruise ships..no sir! This one shown here is an enormous ship weighing in at 145,000 tons..yes the company are also at the more grittier sharper end as shown here, shifting goods around the world. This one shown is the MSC Ariane and it went down the channel last evening at quite a pace. I saw it a long way off and assumed I had bags of time to saunter off and get the camera but before i knew it whoosh it was on top of me.

The ship was making its way from Dunkerque, yes Dunkerque can take these huge ships, to somewhere called Sines.



And speaking of Dunkerque or Dunkirk depending on what spelling you like..
take a look at this stunning award for DFDS who cross many times daily to both Dunkerque and Calais.

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SmileyDFDS Seaways named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at 20th Annual World Travel AwardsSmiley

DFDS Seaways was named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at the European leg of the 2013 World Travel Awards in Antalya, Turkey (31 August 2013). It is the seventh consecutive year that the ferry company has been recognised for its outstanding service at the World Travel Awards.

The 2013 World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry and the premier industry awards programme, with the winners decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers. The cruise and passenger ferry firm fought off competition from rival firms Brittany Ferries, Color Line and P&O Ferries.

The award winning ferry company puts its success down to its quality onboard offering with restaurants, bars, live entertainment, Kids’ club and exceptional customer service. The operator also offers a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg providing a gateway to Europe.

Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways, comments:
“The cruise and passenger ferry market is very competitive and we strive to deliver outstanding customer service on every sailing. We feel very proud to be recognised by the World Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year, which is a great endorsement of the high standards we adhere to and the enormous effort of our hard working staff. Passengers’ holidays start as soon as they board a DFDS Seaways ferry and we will continue to invest in our vessels and services to ensure we are providing the very best service.”

The World Travel Awards, founded in 1993, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.


Monday, 9 September 2013 - 08:01
 
Post 53
  ColetteB, Dover
Nice photos there of the fabulous Ocean Princess, yes shame, the light is fading earlier each evening now, making it more difficult to get photos of them when they're leaving later in the evening. Nice one Howard of the Costa Pacifica over on the other thread, hopefully see it here soon Smiley

The schedule this week is as follows: The familiar Braemar returns tomorrow, Monday 9th September at CT1, T/R

Two cruise ships again on Tuesday, the Saga Sapphire arrives back at CT1, T/R & the second is a real treat, cameras ready guys, it's no other than the Magnificent MSC Musica at CT2 with a PoC. I don't remember this one before, some of you guys may be able to enlighten us. It takes 2536 passengers & will cruise out to Venice Smiley

The Grand Mistral is scheduled for Wednesday at CT1, PoC.

Two cruise ships again on Thursday, the Saga Ruby returns to CT1, T/R & another of the MSC cruise fleet, the return of the MSC Magnifica at CT2, PoC.

Ending the week on Friday 13th September is the return of the Carnival Legend at CT2, T/R. No cruise ships on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.


Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 23:18
 
Post 52
  janT, Dover
We take should our hats off to DHBSmiley, for getting some of these splendid Ships to stop off here in Dover and giving us a chance to see them close up.Smiley

The pictures of their comings and goings here on Sea News are FabSmileyso hopfully we will see a few more of those camera's in action soonSmileySmiley

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 07:58
 
Post 51
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)


Pictures show the Ocean Princess late yesterday having just left the harbour and now beginning to move away, beginning to turn south into a busy channel. The pilot can be seen leaving by a side door, nipping onto his launch and heading back to harbour. The channel looking busy busy ahead.

This ship was somewhat overshadowed by the giant Costa Pacifica yesterday so here we are to redress the balance.
Wasnt able to get any further pictures of the Costa Pacifica as when she left last evening the light had faded that bit too much so couldnt get it properly.

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 06:23
 
Post 50
  ColetteB, Dover
Great to see the photos of the Costa Pacifica, I will be down to see it soon Smiley

Paul, if you can, try to get a close up like the MSC Magnifica one Smiley

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 12:07
 
Post 49
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes a whopper indeed ( 115,000 tons of it ) and here she is as promised...the Costa Pacifica arriving a wee bit earlier this morning saturday under a dramatic sky..depositing a huge group of tourists to the town. Just a reminder too if you want to pop down, as mentioned in the earlier post, the Ocean Princess is also in harbour.



Dramatic biblical sky and blustery conditions. The sunlight is making light of the fact that it is quite rough on the channel today.

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 11:37
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