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Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253

Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
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P&O Ferries : FREE WINE with P&O !!!! see 6258
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Post 6175
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
I have noticed recently that P & O seem to be running sister ships Pride Of Canterbury and Pride of Kent together. Does anyone know why?Smiley

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 - 15:33
Post 6174
  Sea News, Dover
The Dover Lifeboat on Sunday Morning

The pictures above show Dover Lifeboat out on exercise in the harbour last sunday morning. Always enjoyable to be able to get a nice sequence like these. It was more than a wee bit overcast and gloomy as you can see.. but adds to the overall mood.

SmileyThanks to Jan and Brian for the comments below. Frustrating times for sure...

Smiley Del Ive also been watching the Parliament Channel myself lately. there's no hope for us! lol!. But and however, I believe the viewing figures on there have gone up...according to Laura Keunnsberg. Yes the best we can hope for now is a free flowing border everywhere. It will be a nightmare in Kent with a 'no deal'....but I understand MP Charlie voted that way recently. Its bonkers but he must know that. I can only surmise that once the Parliamentary frenzy hits its usual top gear, he loses his local plot.
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs...."


Tuesday, 2 April 2019 - 07:29
Post 6173
  Del Styan, Norwich
I'm one of the 000.1% who watches the Parliament channel, and follows politics, and even I don't understand the "backstop" controversy. The DUP wants a free flowing border, The Irish Govt wants the same, and Sinn Fein as well.
And yet Dover is the actual pinch point?? With actual stacks of lorries? Am I missing something?

Monday, 1 April 2019 - 23:26
Post 6172
  brian dixon, dover
agreed jan, voted the same way. such a mess.

Monday, 1 April 2019 - 15:34
Post 6171
  Jan T , Dover
I for one did not vote to leave the European Union Charlie, the chaotic mess that you and your fellow MPs are making of it does not filll me with confidence.
So where does that leave Dover, the picture below seems very apt.

Monday, 1 April 2019 - 09:59
Post 6170
  Sea News, Dover

The pictures above show Baltic Klipper arriving here at the Port of Dover late last week, just as the fog begins to lift and pull back.

Let's build a global Britain says Charlie Elphicke MP

In the 2016 referendum, some two thirds of the voters in Dover and Deal voted to leave the European Union. The decision was clear – to take back control of our borders, laws, money and trade.

People voted to leave the EU knowing that it would not be easy. They knew there could be bumps in the road. Indeed that was pretty much all the Remain campaign talked about – how the economy would go into recession, everyone would lose their jobs, house prices would collapse and so on.

Yet despite all these dire warnings, voters here in Dover and Deal opted to leave the EU. That decision took real political courage. Political courage that has not been matched by the House of Commons.

Having triggered the Article 50 two year countdown clock, MPs have been looking for ever more inventive ways either of watering everything down to a “soft” Brexit or seeking to stop Brexit altogether. We are meant to be leaving at the end of this week. The only thing we can safely predict is that won’t happen.

Everyone knows I backed Remain in the referendum. A key reason was because I was doubtful as to the ability of our government machinery and political system to deliver a really big project like Brexit. In that I have not been disappointed. Yet I am a democrat – and the decision having been made I have done all I can to implement the instructions of the people I represent.

I have listened carefully to what people locally have been saying recently. I have thought deeply about the current situation.

I have always been clear we must respect the referendum result and leave the EU, deal or no deal. Sadly, people who never accepted that will not allow us to leave without a deal - and look set to force through a soft Brexit or even a second referendum.

I believe this would cause serious damage to this country's great tradition of democracy. It would also lead to endless argument over Brexit - when people want us to get on with it and focus on other hugely important things, like schools, hospitals, home ownership and law and order.

I will therefore give my support to the Withdrawal Agreement. Because as some of the longest and strongest supporters of Brexit have said, while it is not a good deal, it is better than not leaving at all. And that is the choice we now face.

It means an end to billions for Brussels bureaucrats. An end to uncontrolled immigration. An end to having to adopt new EU laws on tax, the environment, labour, state aid and business. New controls over farming and fishing.

Over the next two years, after we have left the EU, strong leadership will give us the opportunity to negotiate a positive future relationship and escape the Backstop trap.

That is where I believe our efforts should now be focussed. Our goal should be nothing less than a truly global Britain.


The newsletter above came through late last week...and we know what happened to the Withdrawal Agreement - it went downnnn…. which way will Charlie flip this week?

Another shot below of the lifting fog... this time looking along a deserted seafront at 9am... not a soul about.

I've had this picture below sent came through from a 'reliable source' who assures me that its an up to date picture of some of the Government front bench as they ponder Brexit...
the source is normally reliable and I know I've seen these guys somewhere before, but something doesn't feel right...I know Brexit is taking its toll .. but...

ps: AIDAluna in port..
some new Dover Lifeboat pictures up tomorrow, still in camera but will catch up...

Monday, 1 April 2019 - 08:10
Post 6169
  Sea News, Dover
Delighted to see the new cranes at the new western cargo terminal in the pic above. This picture was taken a couple of days ago and also shows the Russian ship Kapitan Sakharov which was picking up quite a load of grain we understand. They are still working on the cranes but for a brief period they looked this way and we happily got the shot.

I was hoping to get Kapitan Sakharov departing so we could enjoy some better images but alas alas she slipped away.

Night falls on the Kapitan….

And now the Fog on Friday....
"Is there anybody out there? is there anybody...out there !"SmileySmiley

Re our picture of the Dover Lifeboat the other day, see post 6166...
we understand the guys were off out on a shout. A small local boat had suffered an engine failure south of the Varne lightship. In such circumstances its always great to see the Lifeboat guys coming your way.


ps: Don't forget the clocks go forward one hour today....
I was nearly caught out myself sure..
Boudicca back with us today.

Sunday, 31 March 2019 - 07:27
Post 6168
  Sea News, Dover

Smiley A great collection of pictures in the post below there Sarah, really great to see those close-ups. Ace work indeed. The picture above there from yours truly is slightly also shows Border Force Seeker. It was taken on...let me see... yes Thursday morning. The picture has the look of a 'fifties sci fi movie' about it, with all those men in the orange suits and white helmets, you can see them there in the foreground. Was quite surprised to see Seeker. While in the background we see tug Dauntless valiantly holding the Admiralty Pier in place! Smiley

Smiley Well Del yes its the oddest thing...the nightmare goes on. All our sitting MPs seem to know what they don't want, but seemingly have no idea what they do want. We now have another couple of weeks to try and find a solution. But it has all got very nasty, particularly amongst the Tories who are absolutely scathing with each other.
Theresa May is trying to fall on her sword, but somehow keeps missing the sword !!


Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 06:14
Post 6167
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Following on from Paul's post I took some photos of HMC Seeker leaving Ramsgate today to go on duty. Regarding the other Cutters, Vigilant & Searcher have now been joined by Seeker which recently returned from Gibraltar. Protector has returned back from the Med she is currently at Plymouth receiving some TLC before returning to duty. Valiant is either still in the Med or has been sent to Gibraltar to replace Seeker.

Seen with Estuary Elan

Friday, 29 March 2019 - 23:30
Post 6166
  Del Styan, Norwich
11.00 on 29 March, and we still seem to be " in Europe ". Its a wonder Mr Trump hasn't suggested a wall yet.

Friday, 29 March 2019 - 23:13
Post 6165
  Sea News, Dover

Above there we have Border Force Vigilant powering by the Port of Dover a couple of days ago...cutting a dash for sure. The cutter was going at considerable speed so may have had a..ermmm..pressing engagement!

As we have heard on the news, there have been yet more migrant boat incursions, so its a busy time for the Border Force. And...there are more vessels now...we had a pic of Protector recently, above we have Vigilant, and Seeker was spotted here yesterday...picture will follow in due course...still in camera, will catch up. So it looks like Home Secretary Sajid Javid actually kept his promise, was able to deliver, and got them back from the Mediterranean.

From the BBC...


Two children were among 18 migrants intercepted off the Kent coast in two small inflatable boats after crossing the Channel. They were all brought to Dover and transferred to immigration officials.

Just caught the Lifeboat yesterday late afternoon as she powered off into the distance. Although bright, the visibility was poor at the time, so the picture below isn't great but the best we could get before the distant mist took hold. The picture is a bit forced. Looks like an emergency callout...

The foghorns wail as I write...


Friday, 29 March 2019 - 06:55
Post 6164
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there from yesterday showing the new cranes being further assembled over at the new western cargo terminal. We will have more pictures in due course. The pictures have been pushed as large as we can go so that hopefully all can see ok. The cranes have also recently had a red warning/safety light fitted to the top. As mentioned...more pictures in due course. Things are taking shape with speed.

Below we have a moving floral tribute on the small pier across from the Premier Inn. A substantial and impressive floral collection in place there now as you can see. We also have further pictures of the people laying them, but in case those laying the flowers are grieving … well its best not to use them.

Yours truly not sure of the circumstances behind the tribute... so if anyone knows...

As you can see a hugely impressive collection of flowers above there ….

ps: more Border Force pictures to follow along soon..

Thursday, 28 March 2019 - 06:02
Post 6163
  Sea News, Dover

Atlantic Reefer

Sea News appears to have gone reefer mad at the moment with lots of them on show. The pictures this time above show Atlantic Reefer as promised. She stayed just a fairly short time, arriving Sunday morning, departing Monday morning… and there she be. Off to Vlissingen in the yellow early morning light...

The pictures below show Toploader yesterday removing the Exclusion Zone marker buoys. The yellow chain and flashing buoys are now gone and just two navigation buoys in blue have replaced it all, and these have been situated close to the entrance to the new marina. They flash a blue/green light at night...and very nice too.. very welcoming. Now that the Exclusion Zone is gone yours truly will be able to swim 20 lengths of the harbour every morning before breakfast...


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 06:31
Post 6162
  Sea News , Dover
The Atlantic Klipper

The above pictures show regular favourite the Atlantic Klipper moving off on a high bright Sunday morning, last Sunday morning in fact ..the 24th, she was heading all the way across the afore-named Atlantic to Bridgetown in Barbados.. a long haul once again. No sooner had she left when in to Port came the similarly named Atlantic Reefer...more on that one later. So 'twas a busy Sunday morning for the cargo terminal....

ps: Doughty is the tug in action there.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 06:36
Post 6161
  Sea News, Dover
Top picture shows Boudicca once more...picture taken on Saturday evening as she moves gently astern through the western exit. She was off on a mystery cruise...

Yours truly couldn't resist a zoomed-in shot below of the passengers on the top deck as they take in their last glimpse of Dover for a while...searching no doubt for yours truly's 'observation tower' which is clearly amongst the local highlights...Smiley

Just harking back to our ol' friend the Duzgit Harmony. We saw her arriving in the earlier post...just adding this one below to show her alongside Boudicca providing the necessary services..

A recent one below of Border Force Alert as she heads off for another day in the frontline...

This one below is a needed...(see below)
the vessel below which I thought was the Royal Navy at first was spotted off the port in heavy mist a few days ago... hmmm Thursday I think... no just double checked, it was Friday.
Its Border Force, but not the usual Border Force cutter ... or...
perhaps its a Mediterranean returnee ??
Its a very misty picture alas...

UPDATE re ABOVE: From a reliable source....

Just been reading your posts on sea news as I always do!

The Border Force cutter you captured is called “Protector” which quite rightly so is one of the cutters that has arrived from the Med. They have 5 cutters I believe. Seeker, Searcher, Vigilant, Valiant and Protector. All of them have been in the area recently …..


So there you have it... Smiley
Many thanks as ever.


Monday, 25 March 2019 - 06:09
Post 6160
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there of Duzgit Harmony. They were taken yesterday morning as she came towards port, her mission... to service our ol friend the cruise ship Boudicca. Conditions were very misty as she approached the port, the pictures are a wee bit forced as a consequence...but hopefully okay.


And speaking of cruise ships. You will have seen/heard the news about the Viking Sky...she is currently in difficulty off Norway with passengers being evacuated/airlifted off and so on. Her engines failed in rough seas.

This is a picture below of the very ship in Dover last year. One shudders to think of anything happening to these ships...
The inscription on the picture was written at the time. She is a very new ship dating from just 2017 as I understand it..

Great set of pictures below Sarah. Hugely enjoyable, always good to see your shots as ever.Smiley
Thanks for those Patrick.. great pictures there too...yes will be great when all done. Keep snappin' Smiley


Sunday, 24 March 2019 - 07:01
Post 6159
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Clyde Class Lifeboat 70-001 now called "Dolphin" leaving Ramsgate Harbour early in the morning.

Spotted passing Tilbury from Gravesend later that day.

Gravesend Pilot Boat "Guide" formerly Ramsgate Pilot Boat "Estuary Guide"

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 20:04
Post 6158
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Mike J’s interesting photo of the new lock cut and marina pier taken from the heights shows two vans parked at the entrance to the pier. I recall an earlier post asking how wide the new pier was going to be.
From Mike’s photo it doesn’t appear (sorry about the unintentional pun) to be anywhere near as wide as the old Prince of Wales.

Great photos all round as usual. Can’t wait for it all to be finished.

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 09:57
Post 6157
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Another view of the open Bascule Bridge taken a few days ago before the temporary work bridge was removed.

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 09:33
Post 6156
  Sea News, Dover
Mike mentions the new bridge below and mentions that he has yet to see it open...this picture below was taken earlier in the week and shows it open, and you can see it here dwarfing the Hythe Bay Restaurant and the Seasports Centre …

Just at the left corner of the top shot you can just see the new Marina Control building. Here it is below, they are still working on it as you can see...a chap in orange suit, as per norm, works on the windows.

Interestingly without knowing lens reached all the way into the tidal basin and on the left can just catch a glimpse of Border Force Hunter at rest. I've enlarged the picture below so all can see a bit more clearly. Wasn't aware I could get into the inner harbour with lens...they must have cleared some structures out of the way. Anyway here we are...

Very enjoyable collection below Mike..well done with those. All great to see...great one of the bridge for sure.Smiley


ps: we mentioned previously that its a bascule we are with some further explanation..

A bascule bridge (sometimes referred to as a drawbridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances a span, or "leaf", throughout its upward swing to provide clearance for boat traffic. It may be single or double-leafed.

The name comes from the French term for balance scale, which employs the same principle. Bascule bridges are the most common type of movable span because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate, while providing the possibility for unlimited vertical clearance for marine traffic.


Yes I had to look it up Smiley...the above from Wikipedia.

Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 06:37
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