Friday, 20 October 2017

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DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover's Big Christmas Event 4311. Fun for all...
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.

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Post 4229
  Sea News, Dover
Here we are with a picture sequence of Monarch just after she arrived with us on Wednesday morning. With the assistance of both tugs she elegantly turned around out there in the harbour in some dazzling and blinding early light ...
Time of pictures: 07.47

Smiley yes indeed Patrick there's a pot of gold out there for sure.
We better get those divers back so that they can go and get it poste haste.
Nice pictureSmiley

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 07:01
Post 4228
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Great action pictures of the 'Lombok Strait' and DHB tug Doughty there Paul.

Your reward - seen near the crow's nest this evening - a pot of gold (oh so near!)

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 22:17
Post 4227
  Sea News, Dover

And an extra one below of the overall scene...

Just prior to Emerald's arrival, see Ed's ace pic of Emerald below, we had the Lombok Strait at the DCT. There she is above departing for ...Hamburg if I remember correctly, with the help of tugboats Doughty and Dauntless.

Many thanks as ever for the excellent pix below from Mike and Ed.
Great stuff lads!

Will also have some pictures of Monarch to follow in due course...

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 16:27
Post 4226
  Mike J., Dover
DWDR Wednesday - the ‘Marina Curve’ continues to take shape, with just enough room for the service craft to enter & leave.

The ‘cut’ from the Wellington Dock is proceeding apace & the footway between the seafront across the swingbridge to Union Quay now runs across the face of the Wellington Dock cofferdam.

A busy scene the same afternoon in the old Jetfoil terminal with the WADDEN 4, KREEFT, MORAG M & two ‘rock armour’ barges with the MONARCH in the background, arrived from Ijmuiden. ]

Thursday morning found the HELENIC on Cruise-1, arrived about 0630 with piles from Delfshaven.

TalKing of the MONARCH, here she is arriving swinging on a very blustery Wednesday morning after the passing, during the night,of storm AILEEN. which caused some congestion in the docks & Operation Stack during the day.

Damned lighting poles . . . . . .

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 15:27
Post 4225
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Emerald at the DCT this afternoon and big box boat CMA CGM Kerguelen departing Dunkerque West at tea time.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 21:48
Post 4224
  Sea News, Dover
Picture taken this morning just after dawn and immediately after the remnants of Storm Aileen whistled through...the sea was still very rough as indeed it continues to be..

This of course always results in the backlog of trucks waiting to get across as you can see below. Yours truly is guessing the TAP system is on currently. You can also see the line of trucks to the left in top shot.

A bit of onshore info below for those wanting to tone those abs ... plus a great deal more...SmileySmiley

DDC:Cabinet approves £26m leisure centre project and awards build contract

At a special meeting today, (11 September 2017), Dover District Council’s Cabinet gave the go ahead for the construction of a new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre. Construction will start on the 2.1ha site in Whitfield later this month with a planned opening early in 2019.

The project to replace the current 40-year old Dover Leisure Centre represents a major investment in the district’s sport and leisure facilities and is supported by Sport England with a National Lottery award of £1.5m from its Strategic Facilities Fund.

Following competitive tenders, the Council has awarded a contract to BAM Construct UK Ltd for construction of the new leisure centre. An announcement on the tender to manage the new leisure centre will be made in the coming weeks.

The new Dover District Leisure Centre will feature a competition standard eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, learner pool with moveable floor, four court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym with 120 stations, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café. The plans also include two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is a major investment in the health and well-being of the district. We are grateful for the support of Sport England in developing these exciting proposals, and would like to thank the many stakeholders, local sports clubs and individuals who have contributed ideas. We look forward to delivering a 21st century leisure centre fit for the district.”

Charles Johnston, Property Director for Sport England, said: “We’re delighted that we’re able to provide National Lottery funding to help create this superb new leisure centre for the community in Dover. It will offer visitors a great experience, which is crucial in encouraging people to live more active and healthy lives.”

Daniel Brenchley, Project Manager, BAM Construct UK, said: “Having built in Dover recently, it’s particularly satisfying to return especially to create something that so many people will enjoy using. Our work in this beautiful county is extensive, as is our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community. We’ll bring our customary skills, expertise and collaborative attitude to this important and landmark scheme.”



Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 15:22
Post 4223
  Sea News, Dover

We had yet another stunning Costa ship in yesterday Tuesday, this time the Costa Favolosa. That's three in a row now and this one yet another 115,000 ton magnificent monster. The picture above shows her early morning around 7am catching the early colourful rays of the exotic Dover sun....

Below from the evening before we have the Pacific Princess leaving us with the help of both tugs in the stiffening breeze. She was off on a big 14 day tour to Scandinavia and then on to mother Russia peaking at St Petersburg. Quite a trip that one. Wow!

Just adding this extra one of the Costa Pacifica below which shows both tugs gently pushing the big ship towards Cruise Terminal 2 in the strong crosswind. We have had some rough oul weather and the tugs are fully stretched on all fronts at the moment.

Cruise liner Monarch is the flurry of late season cruise ships goes on. Smiley

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 06:33
Post 4222
  Sea News, Dover
Now as promised here we are with more of the stunning Costa Pacifica ...following along of course from the Costa Magica ..

That's the giant Costa Pacifica above there moving all her 115,000 tons across the harbour in fine style yesterday morning Monday. Great to see this awesome beast. We are definitely on a roll with these great Costa ships. The pictures below show her arriving a few minutes earlier...just a tad earlier than the one above. She arrived at 07.00.

She left us last night at 19.30 heading for first call...Cherbourg. For more info on cruises type in Cruise Visits in our Search Engine.
Thanks for that latest Cruise Info below Colette. Smiley
Great pictures below Jeremy. You were able to keep them very sharp from a long range. Great stuff indeed!Smiley


Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 04:15
Post 4221
  Colette B, Dover
Terrific photos of the two cruise ships below there Jeremy, always a pleasure to see Smiley

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 18:13
Post 4220
  Colette B, Dover


Great Photo MrB of one of our hard working tugs, the DHB Doughty bringing in the Malo Seaways in rough seas, Awesome!! Smiley

Tomorrow Tuesday September 12th we welcome back our third Costa of the month, the Costa Favolosa. She was last here in September 2016. Arriving at CT2, 08.00 on her 13 night ‘Warnemunde-Rostock to Barcelona’ cruise. She visits here from Copenhagen and Amsterdam, her next ports of call are Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Marseille, Savona before arriving in Barcelona. She leaves us at 19.00 hours, PoC Smiley

On Wednesday September 13th Pullmantur Monarch arrives at CT2, 08.00 towards the end of her 7 night ‘Warnemunde-Rostock to Bilbao’ cruise. She last visited us in May this year, her next port of call is Cherbourg before finally docking in Bilbao. She departs from our shores at 20.00 hours, PoC.

Then on Saturday September 16th we say hello to the Artania, arriving at CT1, 08.00 on her 8 night ‘Bremerhaven to Hamburg’ cruise. She was last here in May, she calls at the Isle of Portland, Falmouth, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Ijmuiden and Hamburg. She leaves us at 20.00 hours, PoC.

There will be a short break now until Monday September 25th when Oceania Cruises ‘Marina’ visits us, last seen in September 2015 Smiley

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 17:52
Post 4219
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
The magestic Costa Pacifica and Pacific Princess this afternoon.

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 16:30
Post 4218
  Sea News, Dover

That's Sikinos above there supplying bunker services to the Pacific Princess this morning. A very strong gale was whipping through and tugs or tug was pinning the Pacific to the terminal for much of the fact gazing out ..the tug is still there. But Sikinos got to do its job and has now moved away..

Bear with...will have pictures of the super magnificent 115,000 tonner Costa Pacifica in the morning. Will catch up...

Ah many thanks Jeremy for the info below there ...Malo Seaways now Stena Nordica..forgot all about that.Smiley

Thanks Vic once againSmiley

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 16:03
Post 4217
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
Hello Paul, The Malo Seaways is now called the Stena Nordica operating on the Irish Sea routes.

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 09:37
Post 4216
  vic matcham , Dover
Thank you for showing that,there is still years of life in the tugs we have because they are well cared for,but are they still Ok with the amount of work they have to do in Dover I do expect that soon they will have to be replaced with bigger ones.

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 08:17
Post 4215
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there of the hard working DWDR tug Afon Lligwy in splendid industrious action last week amidst the piling...while in the foreground of picture two a gentle sail boat idles by just this side of the Exclusion and leisure at the same time and all in the one place, almost.

Duty free return would boost Dover and Deal says our MP Charlie Elphicke

The return of duty free sales on travel to and from the European Union would deliver a real boost for Dover and Deal. It would benefit the ferry industry, as duty free goods will attract more people to travel. And it will boost visits to our cruise port at the Western Docks. By having one non-EU stopover on a cruise, the entire journey becomes duty and tax free for passengers. The return of duty free would mean towns and regions home to ports or small airports across the whole nation would be better off.

We need to plan ahead for Brexit now – that includes reviving duty free which helps ports like our and regional airports too. This is why I organised a letter to the Chancellor, signed by 40 MPs, calling for duty free to be reinstated for trips to Europe.

Duty free sales between Britain and the EU were axed in 1999. Since then duty free has only applied on trips outside Europe. We need to bring these duty free sales back – to boost regional economies like Dover and Deal. It’s also important that when duty free returns, people should also be able to continue to bring in personal imports from the EU like they can now.

We only need to make minor tweaks to current laws. Yet these changes need to be made in good time in order to give operators time to be ready on day one of Brexit. Preparations could take up to nine months for our ferry firms.

It is vital that we prepare now for every eventuality of Brexit – particularly at the Dover and Deal frontline. That’s why I’ve been working with industry experts and business leaders on the action we can take. And the Government has recently published papers on how we can tackle the Brexit customs challenge. Forward-thinking politicians like Xavier Bertrand, who heads up the Calais region, have welcomed our work so far.

Yet it’s clear from the behaviour of Brussels that no deal is a real possibility. The clock is ticking and the EU need to start negotiating seriously. That may not happen in time – which is why we need to be ready on day one, deal or no deal.

Ironically, the EU will be the big loser from no deal. For tariffs would hit Europe’s exports to us twice as hard as they would hit our exports to them. No free-trade deal would mean Europe’s exports to us would be hit for £13.2billion of tariffs. Meanwhile, tariffs on our exports to Europe would be just £6.5billion. Hopefully the economic realities will begin to focus minds in the EU and more progress can be made.

Yet we must be prepared for no deal. That means taking action now to be ready on day one. Getting ready for the return of duty free is part of that. And ensuring we are prepared for the customs challenges ahead at the Dover frontline.


Interesting one from Charlie above there. So many figures being tossed into mid air these days. A new report today says that British Business will be hit to the tune of £4bn a year if we leave the EU Customs cant help but think that this talk of a few duty free benefits is little more than...excuse the pun...small beer!


Vic speaks of the DHB tugs below there... I had a couple of very good unused tug pictures to add the next time we featured the tugs in topic...but do you think I can find them...No sireeee Bob! Grrrrr...

But here is an unusual one from a few years back, who remembers the Malo Seaways, had forgotten all about her. Where is she now....
Tug Doughty in rough action.

The Pacific Princess is in today...I can see her over there across the bay. She must have had a rough oul trip in.
The huge fabulous Costa Pacifica approaching as I write....
you've gotta hand it to the Port of Dover bringing these ships in, they are absolutely stunning.


Monday, 11 September 2017 - 06:39
Post 4214
  vic matcham , Dover
The Dover Tugs are getting old now and the ships they pull about are getting bigger might soon have to get two new ones ones with even more pulling power,but lets hope when that day comes the two tugs that Dover have now find a new home and not cut up.Smiley

Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 15:41
Post 4213
  Sea News, Dover
The magical Costa Magica once again...

Ah sure...who could resist putting another picture of the great Costa Magica up on display. Once again its a pic of her arrival yesterday morning as she glided gently passed our 'observation tower' ...
More pix below of course.

Yes indeed Vic the tugs are always skillfully busy and they tackle all sorts of tasks from cruise liners to cargo ships, and its their busiest and toughest part of the year coming up now.


Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 15:29
Post 4212
  vic matcham , Dover
The Dover tugs always working and with big ships and they must have good crews.Smiley

Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 09:06
Post 4211
  Sea News, Dover
The Magnificent Costa Magica

The pictures above show the fabulous Costa Magica arriving with us here at the Port of Dover yesterday morning saturday at 07.15. She had just come from Amsterdam on a glorious morning. She was a breath-taking sight on arrival and no mistake....and large, weighing in at more than 102,000 tons.

Yours truly has hoping to get pictures of her departure but she didn't leave until 8pm or 20.00 hours and it was just too dark. But we have the arrival pictures and there we are above. She left at 8pm as we said.. in a blaze of dazzling light .. heading for first stop Le Havre and then on eventually to the French Riviera.



Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 07:08
Post 4210
  Sea News, Dover

Prinsendam...high tide. Bit of a murky oul picture above there of the Holland America ship yesterday. It was an awful day.
It was a double whammy day too what with Saga Pearl being in at the same time.

..... More.... I was interrupted mid-post there by the arrival of the super monster cruise ship... Costa Magica. A great and glamourous beast for sure and just arriving at the Port of Dover as we speak, and very welcome she is too.

Good to see that picture below Sarah. very interesting indeed. Smiley
And much thanks as ever Andrew for the info below there re Patricks pictures further below. Smiley


Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 07:21
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