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Post 6008
  brian dixon, dover
pb. probably buggering of to warmer climes before Brexit sets in. Smiley

Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 14:54
Post 6007
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there of Atlantic Klipper readying for departure on monday. A bit behind schedule on this one. Just a couple of pix for the moment but will have further wider shots to add to this sequence following along in due course.

Ted is back with his 'famous five' Smiley
Cracking set of pictures below Ted...looking great.
You've got a marvellous method going with your pictures - great info too.
Don't Miss Those !


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Just noticed a large group of camper vans along the seafront..they obviously spent the night here..
Has schpring schprung ?? When did that happen ??... Smiley

Thursday, 10 January 2019 - 06:06
Post 6006
  Ted Ingham, Canterbury
'Five from Ramsgate'
The Water Injection Dredger JETSED.
Unlike a conventional dredger that either sucks up or grabs the mud/sand from the sea bed and then dumps it out to sea the JETSED is fitted with a very powerful pump that sucks in the sea water and then injects under very high pressure above the sea bed.
This stirs up the bottom silt layer and with the help of the tidal flow moves it elsewhere.
Used extensively on the Thames and Medway deepening berths alongside jetties where there is a very strong tidal flow.

Due to the strong North Westerly winds the Windfarm vessels take a break.

The pilot cutter ESTUARY ELAN undergoing maintenance on the Commercial Jetty.

The duty pilot cutters await their pilots.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 - 21:18
Post 6005
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Hunter and HMS Mersey

Yes indeed that's Border Force Hunter returning to base ( or one of its bases ) on Monday morning. She is powering through the grey choppy waters above there. Time of pictures which are fairly long range...11.42. And then below she reaches the inner calm sanctuary of the Port of Dover. Nearly lost her off the bottom of the shot there trying to accommodate the lighthouse...

An even longer range shot below of our latest recruit to the migrant patrol...yes its HMS Mersey... picture taken yesterday afternoon round about 4pm or 16.00 hours. Once again its a bit grainy but we are getting closer, better..
Use the Search Engine above to see our previous pictures of HMS Mersey.
HMS Mersey.

Smiley Del there is very little clarity about anything coming from the dark corridors of the Palace of Westminster. The mother of parliaments is in disarray. And there doesn't seem to be much point in spending further money on the truck experiment anyway...as most seem to agree it didn't accomplish anything. Numbers taking part were too small... but we wait and see.

Yes the Premier Inn powers on. Nothing by way of change particularly visible now since the last shots, as most of the work seems to be going on inside...but will keep the sequence going. The port works continue...most of the water based workings seem to be over or partially over for now anyway...all the floating crane barges and the Holyhead Towing teams are gone, it drives on...

Smiley Ah yes I definitely spotted that Brian. Well done...


Wednesday, 9 January 2019 - 07:45
Post 6004
  Del Styan, Norwich
Just a thought - if today's vote is as I read it, and it's a bit technical, to put it mildly - if no money can be spent on no-deal preparations, maybe there will not be another Manston run?
On more lighter matters, how's the Premier Inn extension getting on? Have they resumed after the traditional 2 weeks construction holiday over Christmas? And has the Western Arm project restarted?

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 23:15
Post 6003
  brian dixon, dover
cheers paul for pointing that one out, never noticed it at the time. Smiley

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 14:06
Post 6002
  Sea News, Dover


Despite all the Brexit political turmoil and the various experimentations...normal life goes on at the Port of Dover. The pictures above there show familiar friend and visitor Nederland Reefer arriving yesterday monday mid morning. Two reefers in the port at one time...obviously more capacity needed and yes its coming.

Winding the clock back a few minutes below and you can see Nederland Reefer approaching the Port from distance. Visible there over the top of the Atlantic Klipper which had moved over to the eastern arm so that the Cargo Terminal could accommodate Nederland.

Some time later the Atlantic Klipper moved away heading for Flushing (or Vlissingen if you prefer) and we will have pictures of that one leaving in due course. We may have more Border Force shots first...

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News on yesterday's Truck Experimentation
From ITV NEWS ….

Authorities hoped up to 150 trucks would be involved, according to letters which emerged last week, but 89 arrived on the morning at the disused airfield which has a capacity of just under 4,000.

Some 10,000 lorries may be held on Kent roads on a routine basis if there is no deal, the council previously warned.

The exercise was "too little too late" and could not "possibly duplicate" the anticipated reality, according to the Road Haulage Association's chief executive Richard Burnett.

He said the test may need to be repeated, adding: "This process should have started nine months ago. At this late stage it looks like window dressing."

The criticism comes just days after questions were raised over a £13.8 million no-deal Brexit contract awarded by DfT to a ferry company which has not yet run services and faced accusations it copied part of its terms and conditions from a takeaway firm.


Press Release below from the Road Haulage Association

"Its too Little too Late"

January 7th : Today’s Kent truck trial at Manston Airport, part of the county’s Operation Brock contingency plan in the event of hold ups at the port of Dover has been a success in as much as approximately 80 HGVs trucks now know what to do in the event of lengthy, local traffic queues between Manston and Dover.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Of course it’s good to have a plan in place but today’s limited scope trial will need to be repeated to stress-test other aspects of the management of thousands of lorries properly.

“Today’s trial cannot possibly duplicate the reality of 4,000 trucks being held at Manston airport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“It’s too little too late – this process should have started 9 months ago. At this late stage it looks like window dressing.”


Some news above there Del. There was some good filming by helicopter on the news programmes last night. On the grand scheme of things this was a very small scale experiment .. and very spartan when viewed from the air which gave a good assessment of scale.
Sadly Del our own budget for helicopters has exhausted itself!Smiley Smiley

That was a funny one Brian.. it raised a chuckle or two..Smiley
We have to have a smile in these bewildering times.
Congratulations you have just made our 6000th nautical related postSmiley



Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 07:17
Post 6001
  Del Styan, Norwich
Be interested on any news of the Manston convoy - staggered, of course. And I loved your point and shoot pic of the western docks at dusk.

Monday, 7 January 2019 - 23:16
Post 6000
  brian dixon, dover
as for manston what a farse, only 89 turned up including 2 removal lorrys and a dust cart. lol

Monday, 7 January 2019 - 15:45
Post 5999
  Sea News, Dover
Cornelis Vrolijk
As promised here we are with pictures of trawler Cornelis Vrolijk, first one taken as she waits in the harbour here for a fresh crew.

She never lingers too long and a short time later with replenished crew...away she goes with the pilot boat alongside. Both pictures taken on friday.
Out into the gloom, once more ...

Yes gloomy conditions prevail camera-wise particularly over longer range.
First picture below shows Border Force Vigilant out there...gently moving by..
tried to zoom in closer but 'twas no good.

Just to confirm that HMS Mersey is also out there...here she is yesterday just off the Port of Dover. Alas this picture is atrociously bad and shouldn't be used...but we thought we would show it for record purposes.

This is the day that 100-150 trucks will be accumulating at the former Manston Airport and descending on the Port at the behest of HMG. This is part of the no deal Brexit strategy...or so it seems....

From the BBC:
More than 100 HGVs will travel the 20-mile route from Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, to the Port of Dover from 08:00 GMT. Hauliers fear a no-deal Brexit will create additional border checks, leading to queues of up to 29 miles.

The government said it had to "prepare for all eventualities... including a possible no deal".
The trial, between 08:00 and 11:00 GMT will test how the A256 copes with increased lorry traffic.

Check for that lot thundering into your rear view mirror...


Monday, 7 January 2019 - 07:32
Post 5998
  Sea News, Dover
We're in colourful mode for Sunday morning, both pics taken on Friday at both ends of the day...
Cornelis Vrolijk; yes that's our ol friend the long distance trawler Cornelis Vrolijk above there early on Friday 4th. Every few months she comes into the Port here for a crew change and there she is. The computer decided to make a painting of this one, but we will have some real pictures on Monday which were taken on the other camera just to be sure. The machines are taking over...

Late in the day Friday 4th now...and for a brief period there was a dazzling sky over the Port of Dover and of course Dover Seafront as you can see below. An all natural bog standard shot...a point 'n' shoot shot Smiley

The huge Baldwin crane now absent from our immediate horizon.

We spotted HMS Mersey out there yesterday...so she has arrived. Visibility was way too poor for a new picture...she moseyed up and down as did the Border Force. will aim to get a picture or two in due course.

Del yes its all happening...but in an unhappy way for those trading with the EU...so its going to be an 'interesting' month in parliament and beyond that's for sure.Smiley

Harald many thanks for that info. Good to hear from you again...always welcome.Smiley


Sunday, 6 January 2019 - 07:47
Post 5997
  Del Styan, Norwich
Well, hope you can get out to town come Monday morning, and the Manston HGV exercise. I suspect it will all come to nowt, as 100 - 150 extra lorries won't make a hell of a difference to the normal traffic. Still, it's a response - too late, and woefully small, but at least it's a start.

Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 23:19
Post 5996
  Harald Boot, Tholen, The Netherlands
The Spirit of Britain on her way to the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg last Thursday.

On this webcam you can see her live Smiley

Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 15:58
Post 5995
  Sea News, Dover
This is a shot from our archives ...it dates from a few years back and shows HMS Mersey just off the Port of Dover here with the old train terminal frontage in the foreground. It looks like the dashing modern HMS Mersey will be coming back here to patrol the Dover Straits...so we understand anyway.
Although...things are so fluid these times...
We wait with baited breath.

Man on a Cold Tin Roof !
A couple of weekender shots of the Premier Inn extension.

Just an update above there of the ever rising Premier Inn extension. The pictures were taken on a cold Dec 28th...and the roof has since been completed. These guys are fast and efficient. The roof though is so white...no doubt it will weather-in like the rest of it.... but when the sun hits it at the moment it's so bright it even dazzles the guys in the passing space station...

As mentioned before...to see it rise from ground level, just type in Premier Inn in our Search Engine above and you will see it all go up piece by piece ( sort of ).

Brian yes that was Vigilant out there. Yours truly saw her more clearly at the end of the day...tried a few shots. Grey subject very grey day... have yet to have a proper look but I'm sure there will be a shot or two worth using. She slowly moved away around about 4pm...I assume heading for Ramsgate, and within minutes and as if by magic, another cutter took her place just off Shakespeare Cliff...presumably this one was Searcher as the others wont have returned from the Med just yet.

Del yes bizarre times...it seems the Government have hired between 100 and 150 trucks to test the feasibility of using Manston Airport if there is a No Deal Brexit situation. Difficult times ahead for the road haulage people for sure....not even mentioning the traffic strangulated locals.


Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 06:28
Post 5994
  Del Styan, Norwich
I hope your contributors will spot any action from the Govt no deal "HGV exercise" on the Manston runways - or perhaps they are too far away? Thats a sort of joke - I hope.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 23:12
Post 5993
  brian dixon, dover
I see a border force cutter lurking in shakesphere bay at lunch time today.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 16:21
Post 5992
  Sea News, Dover
Some extra shots now following along from Patrick's pictures of the departing Anneliese. Yes much removal activity was noticed yesterday morning and here we go....
We have lift off...

And then she was off...

And following along from Mike's picture...a section of the huge Baldwin crane moves off too.

Just including this one below...yes the media activity continues over the migrant crises... an ITV team settles in below yours trulys 'observation tower'...the latest news being ..as we understand it, is that HMS Mersey is joining the fray.

Note the camera on the extreme left...that's us watching them watching us...

Brian yes indeed, heard that one about 'who will pay the £20,000 per day'. An amazing cost..Smiley

Patrick well done with those shots..spotted it myself too. Anneliese finally goneSmiley

Yes Mike it was all happening..crane as wellSmiley

Thanks For the info Sarah. It will be interesting to see all 4 patrolling.Smiley

Thanks for that info Phil...Smiley


Friday, 4 January 2019 - 07:21
Post 5991
  Mike J., Dover
Patrick - good 'catch' with the removal of the ANNELEISE-3.
I wonder whether she'll be scrapped or repaired - the hulls looked reasonably intact despite the 'attentions' of the digger when she first came ashore.
Mr Rolls looks distinctly uninterested.

Phil - thanks for the AIS info, I often flick between the two as their info must come from different sets of receivers & one is often more up-to-date than the other.
Useful info from you for Sarah.

Thursday afternoon & the big Baldwins crane that was involved with installing the major components of the bascule bridge [post 5935] is being dismantled with the aid of a smaller Baldwins crane.

Interesting time-lapse sequence on DHB Twitter of the arrival of the KERTUN on 27/12, filmed on the bridge by the pilot.

Friday, 4 January 2019 - 00:54
Post 5990
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Following on from Mike J's photos at #5880-2 of the recovery of the submerged 'Anneliese III' from the outer harbour in November, it has finally been taken away

Meanwhile the 'battle of midway' continues in the Channel

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 23:02
Post 5989
  brian dixon, dover
1 navy ship lined up for patrolling the channei,just waiting for what department is coughing up the 20 grand a day for it being there.

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - 16:18
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