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 6976
  Mike J., Dover

The PRIDE OF CANTERBURY has followed the PRIDE OF BURGUNDY into lay-up, leaving Dover at dawn on Thursday.
At 2230 Thursday she was passing Scarborough.

AIS shows the the BURGUNDY ianchored close by the Fred Olsen vessels.

There are strong rumours that the PRIDE OF KENT will shortly join the lay-ups as well.

Then there were two . . . . .

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 22:49
Post 6975
  Sea News, Dover

Bunker ship Sikinos came into Port early on Wednesday and there she is in the two shots above servicing Arcadia...the pictures, looking a little soft this time, are taken on the smaller camera as main camera seems to be forever re-charging lately. In the background of the pictures above there you can see Aurora. Very early pictures..time 06.26.

Since then all three ships Oceana, Aurora and Arcadia have gone from the western end of Port. Oceana and Aurora left port for further channel trips...The Arcadia ...following yesterdays incident where she appeared to come adrift from pier WD4 in the strong crosswind... is now at the eastern arm. See Mike's report/pictures below.

Here's is a better shot of Sikinos from recent times...


A picture above there of Simon Jones of the BBC. He was doing an early evening report live from the waters edge. Yours truly didn't see the report itself but it can only be about one of two things currently if its from Dover...
1. The Migrant Crises
2. The Port and/or P&O who.. it appears, currently wonder where the HMG support is... much talk, no delivery. So it seems....

Many thanks Mike. Nice collection of pix below and excellent info too..Smiley
Will have some pictures following along too of the Arcadia incident.


The Thursday night 8PM clapping for the nations carers went off very well once again along the seafront here in Dover...several rockets were fired into the air in thunderous style and the people clapped and banged their saucepans. The three cruise ships weren't on hand to blow their hooters this time and were missed.
Well done the NHS.Smiley

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 07:35
Post 6974
  Mike J., Dover

Excellent views from Paul of the SEVERN SEA.
Her ice-breaking bow shows up well & the elegant ‘counter stern’ gives away her 73 years.
She is currently berthed in the Tug Haven as an accommodation vessel for sea defence workers & will remain in Dover until the contract is completed.

The windy weather today prevented the stone barge from going down to Jury’s Gap & the rocks were going down by lorry.

A low-level view of the SMIT DEE & a stern view of the two Range Safety boats [post 6970].

Thursday started nice & sunny but deteriorated late morning with rain & wind.
During the afternoon the one remaining cruise ship, the ARCADIA on WD4, started parting mooring ropes in the brisk squally southwesterlies & shifted to CT2 with the aid of both tugs who remained with her, holding her up against the Admiralty Pier.

After a couple of hours she came stern-first across the bay & berthed on the Eastern Arm in the last gasps of evening sunlight.

Bye, Bye PRIDE OF BURGUNDY – after about a week on No.8 berth she sailed Thursday morning for Bonnie Scautland.
The first of the ‘regular’ Dover ships to lay-up [the EUROPEAN SEAWAY has been in Tilbury for some time].
At 0200 Friday the 'BURG' was soon to pass the mouth of the Tees & is due in Leith at noon.

Anchored on the south side of the Firth of Forth, not far from Leith is the sad sight of the Olsens fleet -


Leith is the home of the former Royal Yacht BRITANNIA.

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 02:52
Post 6973
  Sea News, Dover
Severn Sea
Severn Sea: Mike had some good pictures recently of Severn Sea (see 6961 and 6913 for more pix and info ) and there she is again above...looking magnificent. I hadn't expected to see her in the flesh as it were, as had assumed she had departed for elsewhere..... but to yours truly's surprise there she was outside the Observation Tower on Monday around midday...
…..and almost posing for photographs...Smiley

After a few shots the camera started to lose power so went to put it on the charger and well I never...there she was...gone again when I returned. Mysterious magical....

Also in the photographs above there...survey boat Diana....nicely adding an extra touch.

Also on Monday yours truly didn't spot Emerald departing until she was mid-channel or took a longer range shot there looking into the mist and blinding light. Have added the second one below from a former time to show a better view. She was on her way to Vlissingen...



Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 06:31
Post 6972
  Sea News, Dover
Some final pictures now of the superyacht Sherpa as she leaves Dover behind....

The pictures were taken on Saturday. Time of first shot above there …. 13:00 exactly. And away she goes to sunnier climes....
Gibralter in the Mediterranean the next scheduled stop we understand.
More pictures below page.


Wednesday, 29 April 2020 - 06:49
Post 6971
  Sea News, Dover
Just a couple of pictures this time of Arcadia as she returns from yet another P&O Cruises sea jaunt...this time on Saturday evening. Took plenty of pictures but they were very late-in-the-day contrasty so best just to use these two only...time of first shot 18.16 as Arcadia approaches the Port....then below entering.... with the Spirit of Britain at Dover 9.

from the Road Haulage Association.....

Logistics needs Government support to survive, says RHA

The RHA implores the Government to do more to save thousands of logistics firms who face ruin as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett warned that with no further government action a predicted widescale business collapse could reduce logistics capacity by as much as 50 percent.

He said this would likely make it impossible for the sector to meet demand to fuel the economy’s recovery effort.

In an industry-backed letter to prime minister he set out a series of measures to help firms get through the pandemic and into the recovery phase including: grant funding, a fuel duty rebate and improvements to furlough rules.

“At this time of national emergency our sector is doing everything it can to ensure critical supplies get to where they need to be,” said Mr Burnett.

“We recognise that we need to play the fullest role possible in the UK’s recovery and these measures would ensure we can do just that.”

A recent RHA survey found that 46 percent of the UK’s truck fleet is not operating and 25 percent of drivers are furloughed.


Yes we have some pictures of mega-rich Sherpa leaving the port...
here we are with leaving shot one...
will have two or three more in due course...bear with...
That's the now familiar friend New Ross 1 in the foreground there.

Nice 'inshore' collection below there from our 'inshore correspondent'...don't miss those..well done Mike..Smiley
Del yes I noted that line myself...much promise of help but where is it..!!?SmileySmiley


Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 07:05
Post 6970
  Mike J., Dover
SMIT DEE in the Tidal Basin 16/4 [see Paul's post 6943 for departure]

10/4 & the unusual sight of two Range Safety boats SMIT ROTHER & fairly recent arrival SMIT PENALLY on the Tidal Basin pontoons.
They normally live in the Tug Haven, .

Also in the Tidal Basin on 3/4 was the NEW ROSS 1 who usually overnghts there.

Another angle on the anchored SHERPA on Saturday.

Unusual sight of SPIRIT OF FRANCE discharging on No.6 berth on Monday afternoon.
The strange pattern at the bottom of the picture are solar panels on top of the former multi-storey carpark.

The SPIRITs usually berth on 8 & 9 berths, but No.8 has been occupied by the BURGUNDY for at least a week.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 02:05
Post 6969
  Del Styan, Norwich
Very welcome news from Dover Port Chief Exec. I think the main point was ..."we still await further information on the detail of the support on offer. To date we have been unable to access any of the announced government programmes for our freight ferry business whilst keeping our facilities open and operational."
I just hope they are able to get access soon! Can't have Dover closing - just think ( although I don't want to ), Brexit is supposed to be only Smileya few months away.

Monday, 27 April 2020 - 23:13
Post 6968
  Sea News, Dover
Some further photos now of super-rich Jim Ratcliffe's superyacht Sherpa.
Pictures show her arriving at the Port of Dover on Saturday...


See also the pictures further below page.
We will have more pictures of Sherpa to follow along showing her leaving the Port after just a short stay...

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The Government has recognised the vital work of Dover's port and ferry operators in keeping essential supplies flowing across Great Britain during the COVID-19 crisis with a support package to maintain core ferry freight flows. Read the Port of Dover's open letter from Chief Executive Doug Bannister


Since we entered this national emergency, the Port of Dover and the ferry operators have worked round the clock to keep the essential goods flowing into the UK to support critical services like our NHS, to keep supermarkets stocked and to ensure businesses have the components they need.

We have continued to maintain 24/7 ferry operations for our supply chains, which comes at considerable cost during these times of severely reduced overall business volumes. The port, largely a fixed cost business, must maintain full operational capacity whether we process 5 lorries, or 5,000 in a day. As long as our ferries keep running 24/7, so we must to keep the goods flowing.

This is because we know people up and down the country are still counting on us for those essential goods, their food, their medicines, the resources they need to get through this pandemic and we are determined to carry on.

We are channelling all of our efforts and resource into this whilst we have seen our ferry tourist business virtually disappear and our cruise business go on lay-by for the foreseeable future. When faced with such a downturn in business, a rational commercial enterprise would reduce operations to cut costs. However, this would be contrary to our mission of maintaining the UK’s primary supply chain – and it comes at a significant cost.

The announcement today by the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, is very welcome indeed, although of course we still await further information on the detail of the support on offer. To date we have been unable to access any of the announced government programmes for our freight ferry business whilst keeping our facilities open and operational. Recognising the national importance of our ferry services via Dover by implementing such a support package should give the nation high confidence that we will endure, and emerge, from this crisis.

The dedication and professionalism of everyone in the Port of Dover community means we will keep our supply chains open and fully operational for as long as possible, and with this support package our ferry operators will be able to continue to provide capacity with confidence. Of course for the Port this is welcome, however we have continuing challenges in our other business sectors and critical infrastructure investment funding requirements that will also need to be addressed.

In the meantime, for the primary supply chain between the UK and Europe, for the people up and down the nation, we will use this government support to good effect to keep the supply chains flowing via Port of Dover.

Doug Bannister
Port of Dover.

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The Port of Dover still working away strongly...keeping those vital supplies flowing. Well done Port of Dover Smiley

Thanks Brian below Smiley



Monday, 27 April 2020 - 06:33
Post 6967
  brian dixon, dover
sars helicopter in a dash towards folkestone along with blues and two's on the ground.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 13:51
Post 6966
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of pictures now from Thursday/Friday...showing the general goings-on. Top shot captures the HM Coastguard helicopter through the fog. She was hovering over and close to a general cargo ship called BBC Campana for a considerable time...tried several shots .. but well.. the fog... time of this pic Friday just after midday (12.15). Havent seen any news item relating to it so not quite sure what was going on....

The evening before and we see several police cars with blue lights a-flashing ..they had charged to the area between the cruise ships...quite unusual to see them down there.. time of picture 8pm approx.
Whether it was migrant crisis related I don't know ? we have had another busy period of cross channel incursions...
Ah...there is a suggestion it may have been NHS clap related... well I never...
that's Aurora in the background there...

On to Saturday now...
Sherpa: Yes this one is owned by Jim Ratcliffe...the UK's richest man I believe. Not the traditional superyacht design as often seen in Monte Carlo and other hi-flung places but I guess its a 'homegrown' take on it all...
Sherpa and pilot...

Will have more pictures of this one following along in due course...
see also Mike's pictures below...

Interesting post below from Mike so dont miss that one.Smiley

Mike yes just stick to the allotted 5/6 images, it goes unstable if you play with it beyond that...and we just get blank listings where pictures oughta be..

Thanks Brian yes a very familiar sometimes held alongside...Smiley


Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 06:50
Post 6965
  brian dixon, dover
they are for those chinese persons found dead in the back of a lorry a few years back mike.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 05:12
Post 6964
  Mike J., Dover

Here's the missing LIAMARE.

i was chopping & changes images in draft mode & obviously the system doesn't like image numbers beyond 9.
Sorry 'bout that.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 02:41
Post 6963
  Mike J., Dover

Arrival of SHERPA, high & low level, a little late in very dull weather, arriving from Amsterdam.

An impressive vessel & this interesting info is copied, with thanks, from the ‘Dover Strait Shipping’ Facebook page -

. . . . Meet Jim Ratcliffe's radically designed superyacht support ship Sherpa. So-named, due to the considerable amount of space she features for all those must have toys and supplies for extended exploration cruising and also, to provision other yachts if required.
Jim Ratcliffe founded the UK-based chemical company Ineos in 1998, the company has done quite well since then, as is somewhat apparent, looking at this 74 metre long Feadship creation delivered two years ago. Interestingly, she still features her build name of Project 815. Mr Ratcliffe returned to Feadship, having previously owned their work and it doesn't look like he was disappointed...
Earlier this month, due to the Coronavirus situation, the company commissioned new manufacturing centres to produce sanitising handwash from substances already used by the company. Since then, the sanitiser has been provided free of charge to hospitals, as the fight against the pandemic continues.
The circa 100 million pound Sherpa is at anchor in the Port of Dover's Outer Harbour until approximately 1700 this afternoon . . . . ..

I’m sure that PB will have more coverage & hopefully caught her early sailing [for Gibraltar at 1400, catching me out] by which time the sun had come out & pix would have been much better.

While walking along the prom, right to the Eastern Docks end, for the first time for many years, I came across these sad memorial stones, quite unknown to me.

I’ve just noticed, south of Portland, the monster ALLURE OF THE SEAS underway heading southwest.
As her AIS shows her bound Southampton from Southampton I guess she is doing a ‘grey water cruise’ as Dover’s P&Os do.

The ARCADIA returned from one about 1700 today, looking good in the low sun & PB probably has her in the bag as well.

Also arriving for the DCT was the LIAMARE with another stone cargo.


Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 02:33
Post 6962
  Sea News, Dover
Arcadia...Away All Boats!

Some pictures from Thursday above there as Arcadia went into a period of Lifeboat practice. The top two pix shown are actually the same shot but one zoomed in a wee bit to hopefully show more detail. The other two show the different Lifeboats featured. No pictures to hand showing them on the water as they were obscured a tad because of the low tide situation.

Arcadia went out on a run earlier this morning and as I write Aurora is returning...we were down to just one cruise ship ( Oceana ) for a short while there.

Smiley Well done with that post below there Mike. very interesting coverage there from our 'inshore correspondent' don't miss those pictures plus lots of info.

Smiley Very interesting post below there Mark...yes re the security sign and very interesting to hear about your memories of the Leisure Centre/Swimming Pool. Indeed it will be missed by many...but the good news is that there is a new ultra modern Leisure Centre a couple of miles the 'new town' at the top of the hill where all the superstores are..LIDL B&Q Tesco etc etc etc
Wonder what they will be putting in the current location...someone mentioned McDonalds....

Smiley Thanks once again Del...glad you enjoyed all that..


Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 06:25
Post 6961
  Mike J., Dover

73 year old research vessel SEVERN SEA arrived Dover 28 March [post 6905] & was moored in the old Jetfoil terminal & remained there until a few days ago.

But she was not in Dover to assist with survey work with the sea defence works at New Romney & Jury’s Gap as was expected when she first arrived.

The ‘stone fleet’ of tiugs & barges started to assemble in Dover in March with the expectation of some of the work force being accommodated in Dover hotels & B&Bs - however these were closed by the COVID-19 restrictions.

The SEVERN SEA had been sent from Bideford to Dover as she had accommodation that was usually used by scientists & technicians & so acted as a floating B&B until today, Friday.

On Wednesday or Thursday she shifted over to Eastern Docks to the DCT [old reefer berth] & on Friday morning sailed via Western showing Falmouth as her AIS destination.

But it all went peculiar soon afterwards when she stopped off Hythe & drifted around for a while before heading east back in the Dover direction.
Her AIS destination changed to Folkestone & she anchored off Copt Point just across from the harbour where a Border Force cutter [VIGILANT ?] was already lying.

At about 1400 she went alongside Folkestone harbour arm, for just a few minutes, before sailing downchannel & I thought that was the end of her time in the area.

However at about 2130, wondering how she was getting on, I looked on AIS & found her back in Dover in the Jetfoil terminal again !

Her AIS track showed that she had got to the Hythe/Sandgate area again before going up to Deal before returning to Dover.
All a little unusual & I wonder why.

For me, at least, one of the more interesting vessels to call at Dover for quite a while.

Saturday the 71 metre ‘superyacht’ SHERPA, recently built with an unusual ‘commercial shipping’ appearance rather than the traditional sleek ‘look at me’ design of modern superyachts, is expected to be anchored in the bay from 0700 to 1700.
According to a DHB Notice to Mariners her size is sufficiently large to prevent ferries from using the Western Entrance whilst she’s at anchor.

Should be worth a look . . . .

For more details google ‘superyacht times sherpa’

Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 02:57
Post 6960
  Del Styan, Norwich
Thanks Mike J - I had a look at the meteor shower photo on facebook. And thanks for the sun pic PB - very cheering.

Thanks to you both.

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 23:08
Post 6959
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Interesting photo of the security warning on Oceana there. Perhaps they could, in the style of the supermarkets, add that if you don't know how long 50 metres is, it's about the length of four lifeboats rather than shopping trolleys ! And the demolition of the leisure centre and pool represents another lost link with my childhood - I went swimming there often on the 1970s when it was new. I actually learned to swim in the freezing water of the outdoor pool in Broadstairs behind the old Grand Hotel (now gone) and, as a posh kid at Chatham house Grammar School in Ramsgate we went to the lido outdoor pool below East Cliff Promenade for our school swimming - that's now a car park. Different times....

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 09:45
Post 6958
  Sea News, Dover

Stay positive - because together we will beat the virus

It’s now a month since the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

We may be locked down, but we won’t be stopped. It’s incredible how our community has rallied round the most vulnerable among us and those in need of help.

Since I set up the Super Neighbours scheme with Dover District Council Leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett, we have been inundated with volunteers wanting to help. And those volunteers have made such a difference, helping people with the weekly shop, delivering prescriptions, a friendly chat - even mowing the lawn!

Meanwhile parishes, Together4Dover and many other groups are working hard to help too. And as well as the Super Neighbours, we also have some Super Businesses. The Dover Marina hotel has been providing free hot meals, Buckland Press have printed free leaflets and posters. It’s amazing what people will do to be there for each other when it counts.

We have found ways of connecting differently too. It is amazing how quickly we have adapted and collectively kept our spirits up as a nation. We’ve found new ways of working, from communicating by Skype, Zoom, Facetime and video conference to turning shops, restaurants and even B&Q into delivery businesses and takeaways. But make no mistake, it’s going be a tough few months for businesses and workers alike.

Up and down the land, parents have had the chance to spend more time with their children – and be reminded how dedicated our teachers are. Many others have been learning new skills, from baking bread to learning a new language to writing scripts and videos to getting on with long delayed house improvements.

We now know that there will be an extended period where our lives will feel very different. Yet we should not look forward with dismay. Already there are pilot projects being run all over the country to see how recycling tips and shops can safely be re-opened. I remain hopeful that Kent County Council will get some of our local recycling centres up and running. Garden centres may follow soon, which would be a much-needed boost for both gardeners and garden centre owners.

We have adapted to plan and queue for our groceries, to follow one-way arrows and distancing stickers. We can – and I am sure will – meet the challenge of re-opening in a measured and sustainable way.

Already in four short weeks, we have kept connected, innovated, supported each other, and thrived. So we should seek the positive and continue to learn and adapt. To improve our skills, find new ways to conduct business and work to keep the economy going.

There are going to be further changes ahead. Let’s use this time now to prepare and be prepared for change that is needed. Most of all we should keep positive and cheerful, knowing that together we will beat the virus.

Natalie Elphicke

Good rallying email from Natalie there...
yes indeed we have pulled together in many instances....
but perhaps I wouldn't say we have thrived..possibly an inappropriate term there...but we see the good points. Last night once again neighbourhoods burst forth with sustained clapping for our carers... bells were rung and saucepans bashed here in Dover, the three lay-over cruise ships here giving us a musical blast of horns to add to the uplifting mix..

Well done all.... Smiley Well done the NHS Smiley

We were speaking about the Leisure Centre early pic in the process below...the building shown is now rubble. I had hoped to get more pictures but at ground level there isn't that much to see...and you can only dangle out the window so far !!...Smiley

Oceana went out for another run last night leaving about quarter to ten ( 9.45pm) and now a short while ago this morning early ...returned...
Yours truly spotted this banner on Oceana yesterday thursday. Thought it worth a shot. Keep Clear !

Smiley Del....Currently transferring pictures over from an earlier computer...this is one of our sunsets...from the files...
the Sun Rising over Dover 8.

Del and MikeSmiley

ps: Will have some pictures of Arcadia lowering the lifeboats yesterday...coming next.. Smiley

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 06:34
Post 6957
  Mike J., Dover

Del - for meteor shower pix see 'Dover Strait Shipping' Facebook page & scroll down.

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 02:09
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