Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Just having sent Pacific Reefer on her way, the tugs turn back into the Summer (!!) gloom....

Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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DFDS NEW SHIP for Channel see 6303
DFDS Europe's award winning Ferry Operator 6332
Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123

P&O Ferries: Alternative Euro Breaks 6298
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253
Port of Dover: Reducing Carbon Footprint 6332
Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205

Thames Estuary Forts 6250
SS Richard Montgomery at rest (WW II Supply Ship ) 6329
Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus

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Post 6187
  Sea News, Dover


For the third year in a row, British ferry operator P&O Ferries was lead sponsor of the Dover & Deal Jobs Fair, which took place on Friday 29th March at Dover Town Hall, hosted by Charlie Elphicke MP.

The event, which is now in its sixth year, brings together employers and jobseekers to talk through opportunities face-to-face and gain insightful information. P&O Ferries brought along current vacancies and team members, including Mike Willis (Learning & Development Advisor) and Jacqueline Burns (Corporate Communications). Apprentices Charles Lewington-Turnbull (First year Deck Apprentice), Jade Townley (First year Deck Apprentice) and Marnie Ross (Second year Deck Apprentice) were also on hand to give insight into life working at sea.

The company’s stand attracted great interest and was visited by over 200 job seekers, looking for roles across a variety of sectors including IT, HR, Customer Service, Finance, Administration, Marketing and Culinary, as well as apprenticeships. The stand was illustrated with photos of P&O Ferries team members old and new, highlighting the diverse range of roles both on-shore, or as crew.

Enquiries about cadet and apprenticeship courses proved particularly popular, with additional information on the Cadet Scheme also provided via Ship Safe Training Group, partner to the ferry company, who were also in attendance to offer advice.

Charles Lewington-Turnbull, first year Deck Apprentice on P&O Ferries’ Pride of Canterbury said, “It was rewarding to encourage people to take on the amazing opportunity of becoming an apprentice. I only wish I had done the apprenticeship sooner. P&O Ferries is a great organisation which provides training you would not get from any other company and I have been telling anyone who asked me today about how great it is.”

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications at P&O Ferries said, “I really enjoyed attending the Jobs Fair and sharing my knowledge of working with P&O Ferries. Our Apprentice and Cadet schemes attracted a lot of interest and we spent a great deal of time providing information to potential applicants.”

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units annually.

The P&O Ferries Apprentice Scheme will be running again in 2019, with vacancies advertised this summer.

For more information visit

PICTURE: Jade Townley, Charlie Elphicke MP, Marnie Ross, Charles Lewington-Turnbull, Mike Willis.


Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries for the info aboveSmiley

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And now more on the JOBS FAIR from Charlie Elphicke MP

Another successful Jobs Fair

Hundreds of people came along to my seventh Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on Friday. Jobseekers spoke to staff from dozens of organisations offering jobs, apprenticeships and training schemes at Dover Town Hall on March 29.

The main sponsors for this year's Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair were P&O Ferries. Dover Technical College, electricals firm Megger and food manufacturers Bakkavor also contributed to the event. Charlie spoke to workers from all the businesses who came along to meet prospective employees. A wide variety of stalls showcased opportunities including Border Force and Red Eagle Recruitment, whose spinning wheel gave people the chance to win freebies.

This is what my Jobs and Apprenticeships Fairs are all about. I'm passionate about getting people into work – and helping them find jobs which are right for them. It's so important to get employers and jobseekers together in the same room, so they can talk through opportunities face-to-face.

Our area is full of hard-working, talented people. Many want a foot on the ladder, a new challenge, or to discover ways to help others and make the most of their skills. We must ensure we give them the chance to do so.

Charlie Elphicke MP

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Del indeed... we cant seem to escape the B-word...
the fog of Brexit and natures very own fog swirls in Dover again today - no pictures this morning either.

Don't miss our 'roving reporter' Sarah's three posts below over the past few days...some great pictures below there...


Monday, 8 April 2019 - 07:03
Post 6186
  Del Styan, Norwich
Typical, isn't it. You get a day off from the B**** madness and its foggy!

Sunday, 7 April 2019 - 23:04
Post 6185
  Sea News, Dover
Cranes to the west of us, cranes to the east of us...
Top shot shows the new cranes at the all-new western cargo terminal...looking through them into the distance. To the east below and we see the old cargo terminal as the sun sets fire to the horizon. The reefer at the terminal is Luzon Strait...picture from two days ago. On the other hand there is no visibility at all today sunday...cant see a blasted thing..we're fogbound!

Ah great to see our 'roving reporter' in such fine form with the camera in the post below.
Great stuff Sarah...great to see those Whitstable pictures for sure..


Sunday, 7 April 2019 - 07:47
Post 6184
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Your "roving reporter" made it to Whitstable today. Smiley

Selection of photos are below.

Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 22:29
Post 6183
  Sea News, Dover
As promised here we are with the super and new drilling platform...Deepsea Nordkapp.
Pictures from midweek. The visibility was very good over the long range but it was dazzlingly bright one minute and ultra dull the next, but good clarity over the range. The Deepsea Nordkapp was close to the coast of France which you can clearly see in the pix. She was moving up channel at a slow rate.. destination unclear.

Deepsea Nordkapp

SmileyA brilliant collection below from Sarah. There are two posts so.. Don't miss those!
Well done Sarah - cracking stuff! Right in close to the action there and hugely enjoyable. One can feel the salty sea spray on the lips its so close.. great camerawork once again.

SmileyDel yes the possibility for traffic chaos around here is immense. They are making plans...we have Operation Stack, Operation Brock, Operation TAP and now on the wide Sandwich road just outside Dover on the eastern side (the A256 I believe it is)...they now have plans in place there with new traffic lights and so on for holding stacks more trucks there. Its a worrying scenario. Endless hold-ups a possibility.We must have free-flow.

Further ponder...
If it takes 10 hours for a truck to get from point A to point B the cost of the goods contained therein will be so much.
If it takes 40 hours for the same truck to get from point A to point B the costs of the good contained therein will be so much more..
Who will pay??
The consumer that's who !!

Anyway there we are... but there are endless Brexit permutations and scenarios.
But its Saturday - time to relax.SmileySmiley


Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 07:06
Post 6182
  Del Styan, Norwich
Thanks for your Commons update, I did indeed wake up to good news. I can't help thinking that if Mrs May had reached out to others like Yvette Cooper and Oliver Letwin did, we could have been spared all this madness.
Well, if the Lords do their job, at least we will be spared a no deal debacle. I just hope the EC agree now to the latest extension to end June.
Anything which keeps the cross channel traffic flowing.

Friday, 5 April 2019 - 23:09
Post 6181
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Excalibur leaving Ramsgate - 5th April 2019.

Pilot Boat - Estuary Elite

Windfarm vessel - Windcat 39

Friday, 5 April 2019 - 22:53
Post 6180
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Recent Royal Navy activity in Ramsgate - 4th April 2019.

HMS Explorer

HMS Archer

HMS Example

Pilot Boat - Estuary Leader

Friday, 5 April 2019 - 22:48
Post 6179
  Sea News, Dover


Europe’s leading ferry operator DFDS and marine conservation charity ORCA, enter their 13th year in partnership, as the 2019 ORCA season begins.

The partnership sees on board ORCA marine wildlife experts engage with DFDS passengers to educate them about the diverse marine life and conservation work undertaken in British waters. Conservation talks, marine wildlife spotting sessions and wildlife-related games are offered to passengers of all ages, free of charge.

Until 27 September, ORCA’s dedicated team of Marine Wildlife Officers will be on-board select DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam crossings, and from 5 June to 8 September select Newhaven-Dieppe crossings.*

Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships at ORCA said, “We, at ORCA, are all looking forward to enjoying a 13th season with DFDS. We’re hoping to engage with even more passengers than during last year’s record-breaking season, which saw over 35,100 passengers take part in the ORCA education programme on-board. There is such a fantastic array of wildlife to be enjoyed on Britain’s coastline and we can’t wait to showcase it to passengers.”

Naomi Thornton from DFDS said, “We are thrilled to have ORCA’s team of Marine Wildlife Officers back on-board. We’ve now enjoyed 12 years working with the ORCA team on our Newcastle-Amsterdam route and are delighted to be extending this marine wildlife watching service to passengers on-board our Newhaven-Dieppe route, for the second year running. We look forward to seeing the ORCA team’s findings across both routes this summer.”

The 2018 season saw the opening of a brand new ORCA Wildlife Centre on board DFDS’ King Seaways ship, where 35,100 passengers engaged with the on-board programme. These passengers were treated to more than 2,000 marine wildlife sightings, including 902 harbour porpoises, 30 bottlenose dolphins, 74 minke whales, 225 grey seals, and 652 acrobatic white-beaked dolphins.

DFDS offers daily sailings between Newcastle-Amsterdam - a two night mini-cruise is available from £84pp for two or £54pp for four. While on board, passengers can enjoy delicious fine dining in the North Sea Bistro, as well as an unlimited international selection, serving over 60 dishes from around the world in Explorer’s Kitchen. Other on-board facilities include a shop, a casino, two cinema screens, showing the latest blockbuster movies and a kid’s club to keep children entertained.

DFDS also offer multiple daily sailings between Newhaven-Dieppe, available from £75pp for two. On-board facilities include a family friendly self-service restaurant offering a variety of hot and cold snacks and main courses as well as the Beachy Head Bar, a split-level lounge providing stunning sea views. There is also a dedicated soft play area for young children to enjoy whilst older kids can take advantage of the video games available.

ORCA activities open to all passengers, at no extra cost. For more information or to book a crossing visit:

Cote des Flandres


Many thanks to the team at DFDS for the information above...Smiley

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And now to the latest Border Force action....

The picture above shows Border Force Hunter two days ago here at Dover. This is a very busy time for the Border Force as you know, with another migrant boat discovered yesterday at Samphire Hoe. The Dover Lifeboat, The HM Coastguard helicopter, as well as two Border Force vessels were in attendance we understand....

Below from the BBC:

Three men have been arrested after eight migrants were found on a Kent beach, the National Crime Agency said.
Police and paramedics were called to Samphire Hoe at about 08:00 GMT. A boat was later found near Folkestone and three UK nationals were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of people "suffering from the effects of cold", but all were "discharged at the scene".

"The migrants are being dealt with by the immigration authorities," the NCA said.
At least 449 people have crossed the Channel in small boats since 3 November 2018.


The picture below shows the same Border Force Hunter a short while back with a migrant boat alongside....
Border Force Hunter.


PS:We have some pictures of Deepsea Nordkapp coming tomorrow.
They are very long range... will probably need some work beforehand...

Friday, 5 April 2019 - 05:59
Post 6178
  Sea News, Dover
And now a sequence of shots showing the arrival in Port earlier this week ( Monday ) of our ol' friend the deep sea trawler Cornelis Vrolijk. The fishing vessel comes into Port every once in a while...
And here she comes...

Cornelis Vrolijk

The George Hammond launch came alongside as they regularly do when Corny arrives, presumably to initiate a crew change.

The vessel stayed for just a short time, probably less than an hour and away she went through the eastern exit.
No hanging sirreee bob!

Del you will indeed wake up this morning to the Bill being passed. It succeeded by one vote. Yes according to the experts a 'no deal' scenario will be terrible for the movement of goods here in Kent and therefore local traffic flow...but MP Charlie seems to think its a good idea. One can only assume that the feverish Westminster 'red mist' has descended...

But now with the Bill being passed, the Lords will follow suite and 'no deal' will be further away.
That's the theory anyway.

Smiley Smiley


Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 07:08
Post 6177
  Del Styan, Norwich
As I go to bed, MPs are voting on a bill to prevent a no deal exit. I hope I will wake up to the bill being passed. As far as I understand these things, that can only be good for Dover - I think? Or like Charlie - am I just confused?

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 - 23:14
Post 6176
  Sea News, Dover


British ferry operator P&O Ferries has extended its ‘Brexit Buffer’ offer, giving free cancellations for all bookings made up till 11th April, to ease any travel uncertainty.

The offer, which is valid across all ticket types on any of its routes, for travel between now and 30th September 2019, allows crossings to be cancelled free of charge when booked directly via P&O Ferries.

Brits looking to experience the freedom of ferry travel on a memorable European break have a multitude of routes to choose from. With up to 23 sailings a day from Dover to Calais, just 90 minutes in duration, it’s never been easier to journey to France and beyond. Discover the delights of the Netherlands and Belgium on an overnight crossing from Hull to Rotterdam, or Zeebrugge, with daily sailings featuring comfy cabins, extensive dining experiences and varied on-board entertainment. Alternatively, a scenic sailing from Cairnryan to Larne is the shortest way to cross the Irish Sea and get immersed in the bustling cities, spectacular Causeway Coasts and lush greenery that Northern Ireland has to offer.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries said, “There are so many amazing destinations across the continent reachable by ferry, offering a wealth of possibilities for all types of travellers. During this uncertain time we want our passengers to be reassured that should there be any impact on their travel plans they will be covered through our free cancellations offer, so shouldn’t be deterred from planning their summer holidays now.“

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units annually.

For more information, or to book a crossing visit


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Many thanks to the team at P&O for the information above..Smiley

Some shots below now of dashing racer Bella as she left the port on sunday evening, heading out in to roughish seas as you can see...

AIDAluna exiting for Hamburg on Monday evening, heading home after a long cruise from Montego Bay to yes indeed Hamburg...

Hi Jeremy...I must admit I haven't noticed even though they are right in front of me here. It may just be a case of occasional schedule delay due to weather difficulties or what have you.Smiley



Wednesday, 3 April 2019 - 07:12
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
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