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Post 6155
  Mike J., Dover

Wednesday visitors - CARDIUM II & RENOWN IV are Whitstable shellfish vessels, also an overnighting floating cocktail cabinet which had departed by Thursday afternoon when CARDIUM II was in Granville Dock & RENOWN IV blocked-up in the boatyard, presumably both here for refit.




Pontoons are starting to appear in the new marina.


The temporary bridge over the new cut has disappeared & the new bridge has been reported opening & closing on test, but never when I’ve been up at St.Martins !



Re Paul’s remarks about ‘things getting better/worse’ the only sure thing that you can be sure about with the whole Brexit shambles is that you can’t be sure about anything . . . . . .



Friday, 22 March 2019 - 09:48
 
Post 6154
  Sea News, Dover

Dover, Bad Traffic Blues:
Yes indeed, that was the scene yesterday morning at 8am...more traffic chaos here in Dover and its not likely to get any better anytime soon, with Brexit in the offing. Our politicians leap from chaotic shambles to chaotic impasse and to all stations in between....and are unable to fix anything. Although you could in fact say ... that they've fixed it good and proper already!

From the BBC:

The boss of the UK's busiest port has warned people travelling to the European mainland in the run-up to Brexit to be prepared for disruption. Dover Harbour Board chief executive Doug Bannister told the BBC families should allow sufficient time and have snacks and water in their cars.

"If it takes an additional two minutes to process a vehicle, that could lead to a 17-mile queue," he said.

Dover handles 17% of the UK's goods trade, worth more than £120bn.
Every year, 2.3 million tourist vehicles pass through the port.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March, although there is a possibility that the deadline will be extended.
( short extension now granted ).
The government said last year that Dover and other Channel ports could face disruption for up to six months in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Ends

Remember previously...those massive holdups a year or two back...

Having a Fag in the Fastlane


The top picture taken yesterday shows Jubilee Way again and you can see local traffic stuck in the lorry queue. A pity. As we mentioned before... have the middle lane coming towards the Port rather than away ( there are currently 3 lanes)....it will work and keep local traffic moving. Imagine a local mum or dad stuck there trying to get the little ones to school...and you cant move. I've seen people out of sheer frustration 'do a 180' there and turn into the oncoming 2 lanes in an effort to get back to the roundabout at the top of the hill. Not safe. The lane re-alignment seems a simple helpful idea.

Thanks Brian ..yes it goes on...
like they used to say "it will get worse before it gets better " Smiley

PaulB

EXTRA:

Poor government engagement hampers business Brexit planning
____________________________________________________

21st March 2019

The Road Haulage Association is frustrated with HMRC’s continuing failure to help businesses prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Trade bodies including the RHA have criticised Whitehall officials about their “quality of engagement” which has left industry with a “fragmented understanding” of government plans.

HuffPost reports that businesses attending the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) told HMRC that firms aren’t ready for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. They said that the department hasn’t given industry enough information about new customs processes and is sceptical of how they would work in practice.

RHA managing director of policy and public affairs, Rod McKenzie said that the government is still keeping firms in the dark about ‘no-deal’ preparations leaving them unable to plan for the future.

“We’ve not been able to fully communicate government plans to our members; the information we can share is woefully inadequate, incomplete and doesn’t give firms the support they need. Government inertia has left UK businesses unprepared for the realities of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.”

-ENDS-

Friday, 22 March 2019 - 07:09
 
Post 6153
  brian dixon, dover
yeah your right paul. road clear at 0700 this morning. TAP now back on again for the third day running.

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 09:59
 
Post 6152
  Sea News, Dover
And now some pictures of the Pacific Reefer arriving on a gorgeously bright colourful morning...
which made a pleasant change from all the ongoing grey.


Almost too bright those pix...we need an eyesight adjustment to come to terms with the brighter springtime conditions. If indeed the springtime conditions are here at last. One lives in hope...

Thanks Brian ...Im afraid the prospect for continual traffic chaos is on the immediate cards Smiley

Hi Del yes the politicos have slipped down the popularity scale in recent times...no two can seem to agree on anything and the chance of getting some sense from any one of them recedes ever further. Cliff edge Brexit approaches while they look on in wide-eyed bewilderment. And yes as you said.. the 15 mile tailbacks have been ongoing.

The hotel looks good now that its complete. Will watch out for those foxes...SmileySmiley

PaulB

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 07:14
 
Post 6151
  Del Styan, Norwich
I don't think Charlie is entirely up to date - the work to rule has been on going for the last 4 weeks, not just last week. I think it's time he went for a visit to Calais.

Nice to see the Premier Inn complete.

Hope the weather improves - spring is here! More fox shots on the cliffs please!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 23:21
 
Post 6150
  brian dixon, dover
I am sorry to say Paul its still in place as I type.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 16:15
 
Post 6149
  Sea News, Dover

And now the final pictures of the Premier Inn rebuild...




The Premier Inn and the new extension.

Yes the whole thing is finished..the extension is now complete, save probably for a few minor adjustments here and there. As you can see...its looking good, an impressive extension for sure, and the whole hotel looks the business as you can see.

Clearly the hotel business generally is expecting good things post Brexit, optimism is high it seems, as we have a new Travelodge across the road in the new shopping complex, just 100 metres from the seafront. And along the seafront we have the traditional Dover Marina Hotel with the new added restaurants...very exciting...Marco Pierre White's English Chop House, and Marco Pierre White's Wheelers for traditional fish n chips. Yes very exciting. Both of those serving good food and good wine.
All hotels within minutes of the Port.

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In grand 'ommaage' to the new hotel.. will pin this item for a short while Smiley Now Released... Smiley

Many thanks for the traffic info Brian..always welcome. Smiley



Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 07:03
 
Post 6148
  brian dixon, dover
PS.TAP has been on most of the day,lorrys back to capel and beyond.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 14:41
 
Post 6147
  brian dixon, dover
with the go slow/ strike in calias these so called migrants are taking avantage of stationary fright lorrys by jumping in the back of them. so no need for small dingys at the moment.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 14:39
 
Post 6146
  Sea News, Dover
The Calais Seaways and the European Seaway approaching the Port of Dover in the rough weather a few days ago. The pictures below show the ferries a little further out in the Channel. These pictures, although not hugely dramatic, somehow give a better overall view and show the bleak weather and the grim conditions generally ...



Interestingly enough, yours truly saw the first Border Force activity yesterday in a while...so Charlie's timing with this message is just about right. Perhaps the weather was just too rough. Not much chance of a migrant incursion last week or indeed recently...no small craft could possibly make it across in the fierce weather. I'm sure the Border Force know that well...




Investing in our border security
______________________________

Dear Mr Boland,

Attempts to break into Britain are becoming ever more brazen. We must remain vigilant here at the Dover frontline – because these dangerous incidents will only stop when traffickers know they will not succeed.

Just the other week, hundreds of migrants stormed a ferry docked at the Port of Calais. Dozens clambered aboard and a small group scaled the funnel. Others hid inside the ship. It must have been a terrifying experience for the crew. The French authorities need to explain how on earth such a shocking security lapse took place.

They also need to get a grip of their militant unions. Last week a strike in France caused chaos at the border. French officers decided to needlessly enforce regulations in pedantic detail. This was about pay and conditions and nothing to do with Brexit. It is surely time they found a less disruptive way of conducting workplace negotiations – one which doesn’t undermine our border security. Lorries were left queuing 15 miles back as far as Dunkirk, as groups of migrants gathered nearby waiting to sneak aboard.

These incidents risk making Calais a migrant magnet once again. We will never forget the horrors of the Jungle – a desolate place where vulnerable people lived in squalor. For the truckers it was like running a gauntlet, with burning branches thrown across the highway and traffickers revving chainsaws by the side of the road.
That’s why I fought so hard to get rid of it once and for all. The French authorities finally caved in and by the end of 2016 the camp was dismantled. We must never allow it to return. Not just for our security – but to protect people from the traffickers seeking to exploit them for the evil trade.

Because as we have seen with the recent spike in crossings in small boats, the traffickers don’t care a jot for people’s safety. Women and children – even toddlers – have been crammed into unseaworthy vessels, then kicked into the Channel in the most appalling weather conditions.

Our campaign to put a stop to it has been vital. Home Secretary Sajid Javid accepted my invitation to visit Dover, where he was able to see first-hand how our heroic lifeboat crews, Border Force and emergency services work tirelessly along the coast. He soon agreed to have Border Force cutters returned from the Mediterranean, re-assigning other patrol boats in the meantime. He then met his French counterpart and struck a joint agreement, which included sending unsuccessful asylum seekers back to France.

Yet there is much more to do. I want to see the English Channel made a joint UK/France security zone with round the clock aerial surveillance, so migrants can be picked up in French waters and returned safely to France. Because unless we send a powerful message that you cannot break into Britain, traffickers are encouraged and the migrant crisis will escalate. As will the risk of a tragedy in the Channel.

We must do more. Investing in our border security should be a national priority.

Charile Elphicke MP for DOVER and DEAL


ENDS

Thanks to Charlie for the above...

The extra vessels promised from the Mediterranean have failed to materialise...or have I missed their arrival...Smiley ?


Tomorrow we will have the final pictures of the re-structured and now finished seafront hotel.
PaulB.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 07:03
 
Post 6145
  Sea News, Dover
The Maritime Skills Academy



Yes its the Maritime Skills Academy carrying out exercises in Dover Harbour late last week. A very colourful display above there as you can see, they brightened up a gloomy day for sure. Great to see them.

PaulB

Monday, 18 March 2019 - 06:45
 
Post 6144
  Sea News, Dover
Another very rough day in the channel yesterday saturday, some fierce winds. The ferries were lined up alongside the famous White Cliffs here for much of the day, waiting to enter the Port here at Dover. The rough weather of course slows everything down but the ever resilient ferries keep going.

All the pictures below feature the DFDS ferry Dunkerque Seaways. Shot number 3 also shows P&O's European Seaway as she manoeuvres into Berth 9 in the wild conditions...




The weatherman says it will still be blustery today but the winds are lessening after a tough week. Very welcome news...yours truly might be cautiously able to unbatten his hatches...Smiley

As you can see below our 'inshore correspondent' Mike is out there in the far flung Far East. Heck of a trip...best wishes to him for an enjoyable trip out there.
Smiley


PB

Sunday, 17 March 2019 - 06:11
 
Post 6143
  Sea News, Dover
Wow Mike !!! amazing post below all the way from the Far East.
Great info as ever too - thanks for that.SmileySmiley

PaulB

Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 16:22
 
Post 6142
  Mike J., Teluk Intan, about 3hrs from Kuala Lumpur

Nice sequence of the SAGA SAPPHIRE, particularly the sailing shot with the Admiralty Pier lighthouse twinkling away.

The 'structure' on the SIKINOS is a hydraulic crane that carries the fuel pipelines for her 'customers' & incorporates a ladder for for access between the two vessels if this is necessary.
The same crane will handle her 'Yoko' floating fenders.

Good to see the ATLANTIC KLIPPER back in town, obviously not being put off by being recently described as the ATLANTIC KIPPER altho' a certain lady may not be on the Captain's Christmas card list this year . . . . .

The BREXIT woes & the traffic chaos have reached the media in Malaysia altho' currently & understandably overshadowed in this largely Muslim country by the Christchurch outrage.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 13:53
 
Post 6141
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from my previous post...Sikinos eventually reached the Saga Sapphire and you can see some pictures here looking across the working 'sand dunes'. I have enlarged the one below to show detail...a crew member there appears to be manoeuvring a ladder/conveyor/pump onto the Saga ship....all part of the daily workings...


Later Saga Sapphire moved away on a dark oul night (Thursday). Below we have a shot of her doing so, leaving through the western exit while the lighthouse blazes away. In the far distance you can just catch the lights in Boulogne.


Yesterday ( Friday ) Royal Klipper arrives from Vlissingen. It was very early on a flat and grey morn, and with a wee bit of drizzle added to the mix, to the delight of the resident photographer! Have added a further picture below from a previous time to show the ship slightly better.



Yes Del its a depressing outlook..15 miles of lorries and alas its destined to continue. You cant rely on the Westminster bubble to fix anything nowadays, our beloved headless chickens there are insanely 'bewitched bothered and bewildered' and don't appear to have a clue what to do next... other than squabble with each other.

The last time I looked P&O are/were offering six bottles of wine free to daytrippers before the end of this month...any takers?

More gales in the forecast today for the channel...'severe gale 9'.

PaulB


Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 05:17
 
Post 6140
  Del Styan, Norwich
Just been over to Calais - via the tunnel - and the Customs officers work to rule continues. About 15 miles of lorries waiting to get onto the trains and ferries. Both in Calais and Dunkirk. Very under reported in UK media. Nowt to do with the weather, that's just an added problem. Roll on meaningful vote number 23!

Friday, 15 March 2019 - 23:06
 
Post 6139
  Sea News, Dover
Sikinos arriving to service the Saga Sapphire yesterday thursday....
Yes Sikinos arrives in the Port in the gloomy conditions yesterday morning 09:20. Tug Dauntless currently on constant duty with the ferries, seemingly offers to lend a hand to Sikinos above there.

Early arrival at Cruise Terminal One for the Saga Sapphire below...gloomy oul picture...


Saga Sapphire left for the Canaries last night ...'twas a dark and stormy night' for sure, yours truly may have a picture of the nightime departure....one had a go at it, will check it out!

Operation Stack is now suspended.
Yes Brian ...I have often wondered why they don't do a relatively simple redesign of Jubilee Way and have the 2 lanes coming downward towards the Port, rather than away. Its unfortunately a 3 lane road design...one lane down, two lanes up. The jams are always coming downwards towards the Port for obvious reasons. If there were 2 lanes coming downwards then normal local traffic could flow and the trucks could still occupy the inner lane if needed. Simples.Smiley

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it! Smiley

PaulB

Friday, 15 March 2019 - 06:02
 
Post 6138
  brian dixon, dover
it was like that on the A20 this morning dispite op/stack being on

Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 15:16
 
Post 6137
  Sea News, Dover
The main feature of life in and around the Port of Dover at the moment is trucks trucks and more trucks. Yes they are lined up all over the place, all day and all night. Operation Stack is in place ...official reason "Adverse Weather". Yes we are still being hit by the remnants of Storm Gareth...and nasty remnants they are too. Cruise ship Saga Sapphire has just come in to Port too. Ooh nasty weather for cruising...hardy souls.
Yours truly's hatches are battened down.
The picture above of Jubilee Way was taken yesterday morning...

Another shot of the Spirit of France to illustrate the mood and the conditions...



Port Statement issued late yesterday:

Adverse Weather conditions in Channel
______________________________________

Due to continuing adverse weather conditions and the volume of freight traffic, Operation Stack is anticipated to remain in place all night on the M20 between junctions 8 and 9.

The Port of Dover is open and ferry services continue to operate between Calais and Dunkerque.

Freight traffic heading to France must use the M20 route due to the implementation of Operation Stack (holding freight traffic on the coast bound carriageway junctions 8 and 9 of the M20) by Kent Police. The Port of Dover is liaising closely with all relevant partners in order to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

Tourist traffic along with local traffic is advised to consider alternative routes and to allow extra time for your journey.

UPDATE: Operation Stack continues due to the ongoing adverse conditions.

PB

Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 06:01
 
Post 6136
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit of France in rough seas off the Port of Dover...

The Spirit of France feels the Force: The latest stormy weather gave us a bit of a bashing yesterday, whether it was Storm Gareth or not one is unsure...Gareth maybe coming today. Whatever they are calling it the operative word currently is 'rough'. The picture above, taken in difficult conditions, shows the Spirit of France at 09.57 yesterday.

There are queues of trucks lining the streets as we speak, held up by the stormy weather. There are also queues the other side due to the ongoing industrial dispute over there....not great to be in the haulage industry at the moment and the parliamentary Brexit chaos isn't helping...

From the RHA...

Truckers caught up in French customs dispute are magnet for migrants
_______________________________________________________________

The Road Haulage Association is very concerned that French customs action is leaving lorry drivers vulnerable to migrant attacks.

Members have reported chaos at French Channel ports and Eurotunnel as customs officials are said to be working to rule in a dispute over working conditions and fears of a no-deal Brexit.

One haulier told us they abandoned a number of planned Channel crossings last week after migrants tried to break into a lorry whilst the driver was held in a queue for 12 hours outside Dunkirk.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett says drivers have a right to do their job safely and shouldn’t be left vulnerable to attacks from migrants and people smugglers.

“Yet again we’re hearing horrifying stories of truckers running a gauntlet of people trying to break into their lorries. It’s completely unacceptable. The French authorities need to do more to protect UK-bound lorries.”

-ENDS-

Some pictures below of the departing Elvira on Monday night. The tug helpfully in attendance as she heads off for Vlissingen in the Netherlands... it was relatively calm then as you can see.




PaulB


Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - 05:59
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