Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Rising Bridge below :

You can see the new bridge rising 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 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 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... 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.

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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- 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
- 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 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 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 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 ....


Keeping the nation’s trade flowing should be a partnership effort. The Port of Dover has worked positively together with both UK and French partner agencies located in the port, to establish the requirements for maintaining a smooth flow rate of traffic through the port following Brexit under the special arrangements of the joint UK-France Le Touquet Treaty, which is an international agreement that governs the provision of juxtaposed border controls in Port of Dover.

Indeed, this work was presented to the UK Government a year ago, with the rationale for a specific project concerning the outbound border controls to be government funded. The port was encouraged to seek funding via the Port Infrastructure Fund to deliver it. This was based on the identified and agreed need for additional French passport control booths to compensate for slower transaction times and a reordering of controls within the port to enable any non-compliant traffic to have been detected before reaching the French control. It also catered for further EU immigration system changes in 2022.

The Government’s own border planning assumptions, as well as those of French counterparts, were predicated on that work and in good faith the port applied for £33 million of funding, but at the eleventh hour the Port has only been offered just one tenth of one per cent of what was needed. For the primary gateway handling unitised trade with the EU, to reach this conclusion so late in the piece undermines so much work by all parties in preparation for the end of the Transition Period.

The port wishes to reassure customers and our community that it will continue working hard to keep traffic flowing, having already shown its resilience by doing so throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic and more recently as businesses choose Dover in order to stockpile ahead of the end of the Transition Period. Dover will still provide the highest frequency, highest capacity and therefore ultimately the best supply chain resilience as the closest point to Britain's largest trading partner, but the lack of financial support will make a smoother transition more difficult. This should and still could be avoided as we continue to seek support from Government ......
but the clock is ticking.



The Disney Magic 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 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 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.


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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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 7036
  Del Styan, Norwich (
Thanks for those pictures of a fully laden DFDS ferry, good to know goods are flowing freely. I did wonder how things were going. I heard there are fewer sailings these days.

Sunday, 31 May 2020 - 23:03
Post 7035
  Sea News, Dover

Three shots above there of Oceana arriving at the Port a few days ago. The pictures murderously looking into the blinding early misty light...with added ferries. Have used the third shot there previously but added it again there to make a bit of a sequence for future ref...quiet days...Oceana left the Port later the same day (Thursday).


Sunday, 31 May 2020 - 06:55
Post 7034
  Sea News, Dover

Its Thursday evening above there and the late-in-the-day weak warm sun catches the Dunkerque Seaways leaving the Port here in Dover...she was on her way to...wait for it...yes that's right...Dunkerque ( someone is awake this morning Smiley ) We just wanted to show her full load...great to see the ferries are still coming back and forth packed with trucks in this difficult time, all the while keeping our essential supplies topped up.

A thumbsup for the crews/drivers on the ferries and in the trucks... Smiley


Saturday, 30 May 2020 - 06:39
Post 7033
  Sea News, Dover
A late evening shot below from Wednesday now and we just catch Arcadia moving off into the distance for another channel run... in the foreground there is Disney Magic. Arcadia hitting the full light and the port side Disney Magic in shade...tricky, but there we are...hopefully all can see okay..

Another picture into the light as we see Oceana arrive early yesterday morning...the steady stream of comings and goings continue. She left late last evening just as night was falling...

An extra one now of reefer Autumn Stream from a few days ago...more pictures of Autumn Stream below page (7031)...

The Clap for our NHS stars went on again last night. A great effort along the seafront here in Dover. Thunderous applause...pot banging, bell ringing... excellent. There were 2 cruise liners in port, Oceana and Disney Magic...but neither blew a horn in support...
…ah well..
they say that was the last official Clap anyway.
I guess time to stop while its still a hit, and before it all fades.Smiley


Friday, 29 May 2020 - 06:38
Post 7032
  Sea News, Dover

Just catching up with Aurora leaving on Tuesday evening above there..
….a slightly misty shot there as she heads south on beautiful evening...

Another couple of pictures below of the exciting Queen Victoria...which alas failed to make it into the Port here...tried a closer up view on the second one to try and show detail, but unfortunately inhibited by a bit too much shimmer... although with eagle eyes and a strong pair of glasses you can see the legendary name Cunard and maybe even Queen Victoria at a stretch...


Thursday, 28 May 2020 - 06:14
Post 7031
  Sea News, Dover
According to schedule the Queen Victoria above was due in here in Dover late yesterday, would have been quite exciting for sure, but at the last minute or the eleventh hour...she opted to head to Portland instead, leaving us all gaping in bewilderment. As you can see from the picture above she was almost here...very close...
Thanks once again to our 'inshore correspondent' Mike for the info behind the scenes..

Early yesterday Aurora came back here to can see her below gently passing the Disney Magic... as she heads for Cruise Terminal 2..
she didn't stay long..left last evening again.

Some pictures below of an approaching and arriving Autumn Stream on Monday..
off the top of head this might be a first as its a new name on me...
a rapid turnaround once again and she was gone again in double quick time... no chance alas of further pictures...was hoping for some departure shots..


Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - 07:13
Post 7030
  Sea News, Dover

A couple of pictures above there of Border Force Searcher taken a couple of days ago as she returned to the Port of Dover after a busy time of it out there in the channel. The migrant incursion level has increased dramatically with the pleasant weather, so of course its very busy and of course very controversial...

The view from local MP Natalie Elphicke....

Time for a new immigration system that works for Britain

The Coronavirus pandemic is without doubt the most serious crisis of our lifetimes. Yet we cannot allow life to stand still while we battle the virus especially as it is now starting to come under control. It is important to ensure we continue to plan for the future. It is therefore right we start to focus again on our long term relationship with the EU after the end this year. Part of that is to put in place an immigration system that works for Britain.

So I welcome that this week the House of Commons moved forward with the Immigration Bill that will bring in a points based immigration system. A system that will ensure immigration is controlled and that we attract the skilled workforce we need not just from the EU but from around the world. A system that will encourage employers to invest in their employees while enabling people who have grown up in the UK to realise their full potential.

Yet with the right immigration policy, it is vital to have the right border security policy too. In our area we can look across the English Channel and see the twinkling lights of Calais. France is less than 21 miles away three times closer than London. People traffickers and organised criminal gangs in Calais are active in seeking illegally to smuggle people across the English Channel and into Britain. These trafficking gangs squash migrants into dangerously overcrowded small boats for treacherous night-time crossings of the Channel.

I was pleased to accompany the Minister in December when we inspected the Dover Border Force operations at Dover Docks. I want to thank the men and women of our Dover Border Force together with the volunteers at Her Majesty's Coastguard and the RNLI for the sterling work they do, day in and day out. Putting themselves in harms way and saving lives.

It is now time to bring these small boat journeys to an end. Because the Dover Straits is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the weather in the Channel can be dangerous, and lives can be and have already been lost through this illegal activity.

That's why I have been campaigning for increased action to stop these illegal journeys. For illegal entrants to be returned to France – and to be quarantined pending their return.

I welcome the action being taken by the Home Secretary in working with France to stop boats leaving French shores, for quarantining and to seek to return of any illegal entrants back to France.

Because everyone knows that best way to stop these crossings is for all illegal entrants to be returned. For only when migrants and traffickers alike know they will not succeed will they stop trying.

Natalie Elphicke MP

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Thanks to Natalie for the above... Smiley

A safe outcome for all would be ideal...we don't want any lives lost.

And talking about the very same topic...yours truly switched on his TV a couple of days ago (Adam Boulton programme Sky News) and saw this chap reporting LIVE on the controversial topic just below the 'observation tower' one rushed to the window camera in hand..
….and here we are...

Unfortunately I don't know the reporters name...



Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - 06:45
Post 7029
  Sea News, Dover
Its a wee bit quiet at the moment, not a lot happening, so it gives us a chance to include some more general seafront pictures...with added wild flowers, a novelty at this time of year. The pictures at the top of the page will eventually be disappearing as per usual, so its good to have these on the system. And here we are...

Dover Seafront

Dover Seafront

Out there in the gloom yesterday was a tall ship called Tres Hombres ( even with my ultra rudimentary Spanish... that's got to be...Three Men ). I think she was doing a round trip from Amsterdam but yours truly couldn't get a clear picture...its not that she was that far away, but the gloom did for us...
Tres Hombres - poor quality alas....


Monday, 25 May 2020 - 05:57
Post 7028
  Sea News, Dover
Disney Magic and the Lifeboats.

Wider shot....

These pictures above from Friday morning around 11.30. As you can see the Disney Magic is still at pier WD4 and is obviously carrying out a drill above there... lowering the lifeboats etc...yours truly was lucky enough to spot a moment easily missed. All appeared to go well and it all went back to normal afore long...
the ship is still at Wd4 and weathered the rough weather there yesterday....all appears well...

This chap was nearly caught out with the swiftly incoming tide a few evenings ago. I grabbed the camera in haste as spotted a car unattended in the water. Give that car...thought I....another few minutes and it wont be going anywhere. Yours truly was ready with the camera for a scoop. But just in time the chap came charging back and happily pulled out of what could have been an awkward situation..

All's well that ends well....SmileySmiley


Sunday, 24 May 2020 - 07:12
Post 7027
  Sea News, Dover
Another shot above there of Oceana approaching the Port on Thursday this week...this shot follows along from yesterdays similar pic (post 7026) but obviously is a closer picture... Oceana has since left us again, off on one of her channel excursions...dizzying...
Slightly experimental picture...

I thought Disney Magic was about to do the same in the first picture along but no....

She was oh so gently and slowly moving stern first onto pier WD4. Gently was the word, This ship is immaculate...we don't want any possibility of damage... No mishaps...Nosirree Bob!

Yours truly has no idea why she moved from Cruise Terminal 2.

ps: have some pix of her lowering her lifeboats yesterday...will get those up tomorrow.

Saturday, 23 May 2020 - 06:28
Post 7026
  Sea News, Dover

Another shot of Arcadia there at pier WD4 to run in harmony with the pic currently at the top of page..the bow of ship hugely dominating the pedestrian shelter at the end of the new pedestrian pier. In the background we see the Disney Mike said she has since moved over ever so gently to WD4 as Arcadia left the Port again..these lay-over cruise ships are truly zipping in and out...

Below we see Oceana approaching on...let me see... oh yesterday.. the 21st early morning.. she left us again last night. Busy Busy....

And another early dreamy pic of the ever popular Disney Magic.
Yes she is now at WD4. Will have a further pic or two showing her moving over. Bear much stuff, so little time...Smiley

Smiley The ships joined in once again for the Clap for the NHS and Carers everywhere last night at 8PM. A great response along the seafront all round... Smiley...ring dem bells, bash those pots...


Nice collection and info below Mike... Love the ponies...Smiley


Friday, 22 May 2020 - 06:20
Post 7025
  Mike J., Dover
A few more pix from the arrival of the DISNEY MAGIC & ARCADIA on Tuesday,

Langdon Hole. as DISNEY MAGIC approaches.

I remember the Exmoor ponies back putting in an appearance on 7/15 for the MAGIC's first arrival [post 2173].

The DISNEY MAGIC shifted to WD4 during Thursday afternoon.

OCEANA paid Dover another brief visit on Thursday & is currently heading back down-Channel to Weymouth again.

Border Force & Dover lifeboat were busy during the morning after what seemed like a swarm of migrant RIBs coming across overnight in perfect migrant-smuggling weather & media reports 157 migrants landed today.

Dovorians & visitors will be pleased to know the National Trust's carpark on Langdon Cliffs reopened on Thursday will be open daily 0900-1800 which seems a llttle mean as I'm sure many & people would like to park up there in the evening to watch the sun go down.

The Cafe & Visitor Centre will NOT be re-opening for the present.

Friday, 22 May 2020 - 02:56
Post 7024
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have Aurora arriving back at the port a couple of days ago..catching the dazzling early morning light...the constant stream of cruise ships a-comin' and goin' is giving yours truly a touch of the 'deja vu'...but yes just double checked...picture above is from Tuesday..

Then below we have Wednesday morning and the giant Arcadia moves slowly across to berth at the 'grain pier' WD4...well I used to call it the 'grain pier' but not sure now as the plans seem to have changed. She came in bow first this time...perhaps as an antidote to the recent mishap when she got her rear dented..Smiley

The Disney Magic as magical backdrop...

Arcadia left us again last evening at about 5.30pm with a thunderous rasp of her horns.

That one made me laugh out loud Del...SmileySmiley


Thursday, 21 May 2020 - 06:26
Post 7023
  Del Styan, Norwich
Nice to see Syd the seagull again. Shame the shot was spoiled by that boat behind him.Smiley

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 23:08
Post 7022
  Sea News, Dover

Some more Magic...yes Disney Magic...

A sequence there of the arriving Disney Magic yesterday morning tuesday, and a very welcome sight she is too. The ship looks immaculate as ever. We haven't heard the.."when you wish upon a star" jingle yet but give it time, it possibly only happens when the ship is full of passengers and ready for the off.. if that's the case then we may be waiting....

Also arriving this morning as we speak...Arcadia
Will just nip away from this for a moment to get a few shots!

Yes there we are... in the bag! Smiley

Smiley A nice collection below from Mike, Disney Magic and Aurora...don't miss those..

Smiley Thanks Mike W for the information there...very welcome. Nice bit of Gaelic as well there. I have some info from the port on this arrangement, follows along nicely from your info below...will add it in a moment.. bear with...

Yes here we are...ADDED EXTRA

Port of Dover Cargo welcomes new customer Aggregate Industries

Port of Dover Cargo Ltd processed 30,000 tonnes of bulk aggregate through its new Terminal for the first time this week as the team welcomed Aggregate Industries (AI) for its debut visit to Dover.

The Yeoman Bank vessel transported 30,000 tonnes of Glensanda Type 1 cargo into Dover on 12th May ready for distribution across the East Kent region.

Nik Scott-Gray, General Manager at Port of Dover Cargo said:
“The team is delighted to be handling yet another new commodity and to be working with AI, a leading construction supplier. We are going from strength to strength since the new Terminal became operational at the end of last year, and that’s testament to our excellent Business Development team. My thanks go to Nick Dixon, our Business Development Manager for working hard to form these important new relationships.”

Simon Turk, Logistics Director at Aggregate Industries added:
“Aggregate Industries are extremely pleased to have been able to "fast track" the opportunity with the Port of Dover for the importation of the inaugural cargo of Glensanda aggregates for supply into the East Kent region, in cooperation with JH Haulage Limited.

The vessel discharge operations were conducted efficiently by Dover Cargo Limited assisted by Rail Freight Services Limited, offloading the cargo within 13.5 hours from arrival of the Yeoman Bank. We are excited by this new market opportunity and the developing relationship with the Port of Dover.”



Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 06:26
Post 7021
  Mike J., Dover

Arrival Tuesday morning of the DISNEY MAGIC followed by the AURORA who didn't stay long, sailing back to Weymouth at 1800.

The P&O Dover/Weymouth shuttle service continues on Wednesday with the ARCADIA on a smilarly brief visit, with the OCEANA following on Thursday.i

Fitful sun until the AURORA entered, looking forward to Paul's pix of the entries & manoeuverings in the bay.

The DISNEY MAGIC is expected to remain in port for about a week before heading down to the Med with her first cruise scheduled to start from Barcelona.

Just heard that Capt.Tom will soon be Capt.Sir Tom.
Excellent news !

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 01:19
Post 7020
  Mike Waight, Wiltshire
Re Post #7012: the "Yeoman Bank" spends most of its life running between Glen Sanda (Loch Linnhe, not far from the Isle of Mull) and NW European ports; in the past almost exclusively the Thames, carrying pulverised rock, crushed rock, etc., which is dug out of "Meall na Easaiche" a granite mountain. Occasionally it makes voyages to other destinations and this time it was Dover with what appears to be very finely crushed rock.

The ship is owned by Foster-Yeoman and is a self-discharging bulk carrier.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 - 14:55
Post 7019
  Sea News, Dover

The hottest news this morning is of course the arrival of the exciting Disney Magic...and there she is above, picture taken some minutes ago...tis a soft mornin'.. time of picture 06.19. Syd the Seagull didn't want to miss out on the arrival..he's a big Disney fan you know...

Aurora followed along into Port just minutes behind, we will have more of that one later...we're all agog and dazzled with Cruise Ships once again here in Dover.. More Disney later...
And of course more Disney Magic from previous visits in our 'Search Engine' above...

The scheduled pictures below...
We focus on Border Force Searcher passing by on the hi-visibility evening a short while ago (15th). In the first shot here you can see the suction dredger Arco Avon following along behind... Boulogne even creeps into one of these pix again...the Border Force is immensely busy these days as you will know.

Quadruple whammy! Smiley

Just grabbed this arrival picture of the Atlantic Reefer ...looking across the once Arcadia isn't blocking out the light.!.Smiley
pictured just after midday Sunday...

And then Sky Princess below on an earlier gorgeous evening...heading to the Mediterranean ( Limassol ) we understand. Shouldn't think it was carrying passengers but lockdown is unlocking down in some of the southern warmer countries, so there may be a cruise passenger or two to be had sooner down there...


Tuesday, 19 May 2020 - 07:28
Post 7018
  Sea News, Dover

Fighting to save local jobs

The coronavirus outbreak is having a profound impact. Not just on our health and the economy, but also on how we communicate and how we work. It will do so for some time to come.

When all of this is said and done, nothing will quite be the same. The world has changed. But change is not always for the worse.

There has been such a fast adjustment to different ways of working. I have been so impressed by pace at which so many people have adapted to and embraced these changes, learning new computing and other skills, working on different jobs from their usual one.

Nowhere is change more apparent that in Parliament. Five hundred years of history has been overturned at a stroke. MPs can ask questions, even of the Prime Minister, from their computers and iphones. From this week MPs can now vote over the web for the first time, ever. Changes which would never be possible in ‘peacetime’ became necessary and Parliament has had to adapt, and will continue to change with the times.

As have schools, offices and even GPs, with telephone and online appointments with doctors now commonplace. Businesses and working practices have changed overnight too. Remote working, once considered a poor substitute for the office, now looks set to be permanent.

But not every business can change in the same way. Right here and now in our area some of the sectors that have been particularly hard-hit are the cross-Channel ferry services, retail and the hospitality industry. That includes the many, many small businesses in our area who will be crucial to our recovery. Many such businesses and workers are benefitting from the grants and loans, tax holidays, direct payment of wages, increases and rule changes for welfare that Government has provided to support them in the short term.

Over the longer term though, we will need to work hard at recovery. For me, that means supporting the many local businesses who are reliant on tourism and the port, as well as ensuring the education and skills training for our area supports the new opportunities that undoubtedly the next phase will bring.

I have been making a strong case to safeguard and support jobs at the port, in the ferry industry and our wider local economy. P&O’s financial problems have threatened hundreds of local jobs so I have held talks with company bosses, trade union leaders and Government Ministers. For companies who have used Government support schemes, I have been clear that with taxpayer support must come a commitment to British jobs and our local workforce.

It is undoubtedly going to be tough in the weeks and months ahead. But be in no doubt that I am standing up for our community and our livelihoods.

Natalie Elphicke MP

We want to say a big 'Good Luck' to Natalie in her effort to save the P&O jobs here in Dover and beyond.

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Harking back a few days and we see the evening departure of Oceana on another one of her channel runs...however because the visibility was so good...we were tempted to mostly feature Boulogne here. The super alert will notice I have used the same shot as shown a few days ago...of Boulogne and the Varne lightship...this so they are all together for future reference purposes.
Here we go...

Mike informs me that TTMS Viking ( see posts below 7015, 7014 ).... is now back in Tilbury.


Great collections from Mike below...Don't Miss Those... plus the info Smiley Thanks to Nigel too...Smiley
Thanks Brian - will have some general Border Force shots tomorrow..Smiley


Monday, 18 May 2020 - 06:03
Post 7017
  Mike J., Dover

A couple of items that I forgot to mention in my re-posted post.

Paul mentioned that berths 8/9 ere back in use - the missing anchor is no problem in normal weather but if the weather deteriorates with strong southwesterlies & the ferries start to be needing to use their anchors again P&O will probably shift back to using pier Echo & 6./ berths.
So the search continues . . . . . .

AIS shows the DISNEY MAGIC due in at 0445 on Tuesday, on what is probably a positioning voyage from Florida in the hopethat cruising in European water will restart soon.
The odd thing is why she is coming to Dover when her first cruise of her ‘European Season’ is supposed to start from Barcelona on 7 June.
Perhaps Disney prefer Dover to Barcelona ? Quite right too !

Finally a couple of pix courtesy of Dover Strait Shipping, taken from angles that are no longer available to the public since access to the Admiralty Pier was closed after damage to the new temporary walkway in November gales with no signs of any start to repairs.
A privilege much missed.

The UNION GARNET on WD5 with an unusual cargo of citrous fruit from South Africa instead of the usual bananas on Saturday.
Rather rather a nice hull colour I thought [if a little rusty] previously used in the past by P&O's General Cargo Division after they amalgamated their cargo ship companies & also used by P&O's Orient Line cruise ships.

Sunday afternoon saw the arrival of the ATLANTIC REEFER who was preparing to sail for Vlissingen at 0230 Monday.

Monday, 18 May 2020 - 02:43
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