Wednesday, 7 October 2015

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Post 2020
  Sea News, Dover

Another couple of pictures above of the AIDA Bella to add to the mix. This is her arriving this morning early and keeping up our great late season momentum on cruise ships. Thanks to Ed for the cracking set of hands on working port pictures below. Great stuff! Also thanks again to P&O for todays press release ( don't miss it - post 2018) about their stunning performance figures on freight. Also...Will have more pictures of the cargo vessels tomorrow...running a tad behind with those. We have an embarrassment of riches at the moment which is a great material aplenty so trying to catch up. Bear with! Bear with! PB.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 16:51
Post 2019
  Ed Connell, Dover
AIDAbella on the Admiralty with Emerald proceeding to the DCT with the assistance of Doughty and Dauntless, and Coralwater standing by to bunker the Pride of Burgundy.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 09:59
Post 2018
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Ferries carried more freight between Dover and Calais in the third quarter of the year than ever before in its modern history.

The company transported 367,000 units of freight across the English Channel between July and September - a 30 per cent increase on the same period last year and the best single quarter since 2003.

September alone was the best single month for freight since 2003, with 129,500 units transported between Britain and France. The figure surpassed the previous monthly record (123,000) which was set in July this year.

Freight comprises around two-thirds of P&O Ferries' business, with tourists accounting for one-third.

Helen Deeble, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said:

"These figures reinforce the importance of the cross-Channel ferry industry to the hundreds of thousands of businesses which rely on the efficient transportation of goods between Britain and France."

"This quarter has been unprecedented, with the strike by French seamen and the temporary closure of the port of Calais bringing major logistical challenges. I am very proud that everyone at P&O Ferries has risen to that challenge and helped to keep exceptional volumes of freight moving across the Channel."

"Demand for cross-Channel transport is only going to increase, driven by a rising population and a recovering economy. We have increased the number of sailings we make between Dover and Calais to 58 a day and brought a sixth ship back into service on the route in order to make sure that we are best placed to meet that demand."

The news follows a strong tourist performance in August, with the company carrying its highest monthly number of people across the Channel since August 2003.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry operator, sailing on nine major routes between Britain, France, Ireland, Holland and Belgium. The company operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and two million freight units every year.


Smiley Great news from P&O above...stunning figures. The Helen Deeble quote sums it all up with immense accuracy. The Port of Dover is getting busier and busier and will continue to do so as we can see. This link to Europe is vital.
Exciting times!

In Ed's post below it shows just how busy-busy the Port was yesterday and is now generally.
The 92,000 ton 295 metre long Norwegian Star ( see all the pictures below ) moved off last night about 18.30 heading to Ponta Delgada
and arriving now as we speak is the AIDA Bella once more - equally impressive.

ADDED 09.15: On the cargo front business goes on ever stronger. In the past few days we had the Swedish Reefer, that nipped off to be replaced at the cargo terminal by Lady Korcula and now as I write the Emerald has just arrived to replace Lady K at the terminal. Terrific stuff for sure. Will have pictures.... PB.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015 - 07:09
Post 2017
  Ed Connell, Dover
Cliffwater entering by Eastern and proceeding to deliver bunkers to Norwegian Star with David Church busy dredging and the harbour launch in attendance. Lady Korcula on the DCT.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 22:28
Post 2016
  Sea News, Dover
The fabulous Norwegian Star's striking arrival at the glorious Port of Dover.

Will let the pictures do the talking this time.....

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 16:00
Post 2015
  Sea News, Dover

Historic England recognises Port’s commitment to heritage.....Smiley

The public body which looks after England’s historic environment has recognised a major Port of Dover restoration project.

Historic England – formerly English Heritage – praised the time, effort, determination and craftsmanship employed by the port and its contractors in restoring Dover Marine Station – now home to Dover Cruise Terminal 1 – to its former glory.

The recognition came after the annual English Heritage Awards which celebrate people and organisations who’ve gone to great lengths to look after/care for their historical environment.

The Port of Dover’s work on the Grade II-listed Marine Station focused on its 180m steel and glass Beaux-Arts style roof, as well as the building’s associated access structures. It involved replacing the roof trusses, applying protective paint, replacing patent glazing, electrical and roofing materials, and providing brick and stonework repairs - all while maintaining ongoing cruise operations.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “Projects like this make an important contribution to local and national history, to the life of the local community and to the vital task of securing England’s rich and varied heritage for present and future generations.”

During the renovation works, the port installed a 60m ‘rolling roof’ which was moved along the building as each phase was completed. This innovation, designed to protect the building’s exposed fabric from the elements, was reportedly the largest single span roof system ever used in this situation.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s chief executive, said: “As part of its commitment to restore, promote and celebrate its historic buildings and structures, the Port commissioned a multi-million pound heritage works project – with the Marine Station building a key focus of the regeneration. The project shows how the port cares for such assets in ensuring they are appropriately maintained whilst still able to play a role in the on-going business of a busy international port operation. We look forward to welcoming more customers together with our community to this fantastic place in the years to come.”


Many thanks to our colleagues over at DHB for the report and pictures above.

also ................................

The fort we have put on the Forum is the Red Sands Army Fort comprising of 7 Towers....

Details from The Maunsell Forts website:

In 1943 Guy Maunsell designed a new type of fort that looked more futuristic. Each fort consisted of a central control tower linked to six “satellites”.
Out of the three army forts situated in the Thames estuary, the Nore Army Fort was closest to the shore. This army fort is the only one that no longer exists as it was badly damaged during the 50’s and was demolished by 1960.

The Red Sands army fort is made up of seven forts that were linked by walkways. There is an on-going effort to restore the Red Sands army forts because they are considered to be in the best condition.

Located over 9 miles away from the shores, the Shivering Sands Army Fort currently stays abandoned. Out of the seven forts built here, only six stand today after one of the forts was hit by a Norwegian boat in 1963. It served as the location of the first pirate radio that broadcast from the Maunsell forts. Its future is uncertain but there are plans to dismantle it.

Right after the war they were put under maintenance, but soon they lost any strategic importance and were used in different ways.


Many thanks to SARAH HEWES for the forts info above. We may be able to get pictures of the other forts up in due course. Smiley
Nice picture below once again Ed. Nice shot. Smiley

The fabulous Norwegian Star is approaching the Port....what a beauty !! wowser!Smiley Come down and see one of the last great ships for this year.
We will have pictures.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 - 06:23
Post 2014
  Ed Connell, Dover
Another view of Swedish Reefer on the DCT this afternoon.

Monday, 5 October 2015 - 22:27
Post 2013
  Sea News, Dover

Some fascinating pictures above of the Maunsell Forts in the Thames estuary. They were taken by SARAH HEWES while on her recent trip aboard the Waverley, which can be seen further down the page. I myself know nothing of these Forts ( I'm not from these parts that's my excuse ) but they are certainly fascinating. The second picture is a crop of the first one as yours truly was intrigued to see that one appears to be lived in and has docking facilities and Sky Sports!
It would certainly suit me provided I could have a twice weekly delivery of pot noodles !! SmileyPaulB.

Many thanks to Sarah once again.
Below we have the arrival this morning of the Swedish Reefer... which has battled all the way from Columbia. A long oul haul for sure.

See also todays earlier post below.

Monday, 5 October 2015 - 16:40
Post 2012
  Sea News, Dover

We have had a good little spell of warm 'indian summer' weather but it looks like its all change today Monday for some autumnal gales with rain to match. But before all that gets going lets remember that we had a gorgeous weekend with great picture opportunities over and across the harbour...the notable thick fog on Saturday morning got the cameras whirring, after it began to lift of course. Nothing at all was visible for a time.

The top shot there is by MIKE JACKSON. Mike took the picture from on high and it shows the swirling mist surrounding the AIDA Bella at cruise terminal 2 on Saturday morning. Good one Mike.

Yours truly was also snapping away. The yachts were out as per usual on Saturday...but this time they were more than a tad ...becalmed! as you can see in the picture below. It was still misty later in the morning as they gently moved back and forth at little or no pace. But as ever they make a great sight. The final picture below goes back to early early morn...when the sun over the harbour began to colourfully burst through the fog.

Never dull in and around the harbour Jan. That shark has now taken up residence at Nausicaa we understand. Smiley

Good to see the Rodin again in the picture below. Had many a trip on that particular one. Will be good to see both those ships, Rodin and Berlioz, back in service eventually. Good pic Ed. Well done capturing that. Good to see it. PaulB.

Monday, 5 October 2015 - 06:16
Post 2011
  Ed Connell, Dover
Rodin on Quai de Lorraine in Dunkerque West today. A DFDS team has been assessing all work required and preparing to ask for quotes. In due course she will drydock for repainting etc and enter service later in the year.

Sunday, 4 October 2015 - 16:26
Post 2010
  JanT, Dover
Well shiver me timbers we sure do see life in our harbour, nice to see him frolicking with the swimmersSmiley
Nice to see the pictures of the Waverley, life is never dull within our harbour, and thanks to you chaps and your cameras we get to see a lot of it.Smiley

Sunday, 4 October 2015 - 07:48
Post 2009
  Sea News, Dover

Whoa ! This dangerous grisly man-eating beast was spotted in the immediate water last weekend..."whats to be done!" thought I, while stuck in monumental dither mode, but before a chap could say gadzooks!.. these brave swimmers leapt into action and tackled the marauding monster head-on. There was much splishin' and splashin' and wranglin' and wrestliin'.. but after a titanic struggle the beast was subdued with a gusto unseen previously in these waters.

SmileySmiley PaulB.

While we are on a roll with the much loved and famed Waverley..
here is another picture to add to the collection....taken as she passed Dover in 2014.

Sunday, 4 October 2015 - 06:53
Post 2008
  Sea News, Dover

In post 2003 Mike mentioned he was on the Waverley on an amazing coincidence so was our 'roving contributor' SARAH HEWES who supplied these very nice pictures of the ever popular Waverley in fine action along the Thames estuary.


From Wikipedia:
"The Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1946, she sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973. Bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS), she has been restored to her 1947 appearance and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast.

Since 2003 Waverley has been listed in the National Historic Fleet by National Historic Ships UK as "a vessel of pre-eminent national importance". She appeared in the 2011 film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

EXTRA: Now that the fog is clearing a wee bit I can see the large shape of the AIDA Bella... she is back with us again.

Saturday, 3 October 2015 - 07:37
Post 2007
  Sea News, Dover


Alcohol smuggling truckers jailed:

Two men have been jailed for their part in an alcohol smuggling plot after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HGV drivers Mervyn Osgood, 61, and Darren Brooker, 46, both from Kent, were found guilty of importing non duty paid alcohol into the UK on several occasions which was bought from a bonded warehouse in France. The alcohol was then delivered to locations across the UK and sold at ‘duty free’ prices.

Alan Tully, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Osgood and Brooker evaded up to half a million pounds in duty by smuggling alcohol into the UK at the expense of legitimate traders and taxpayers.

”We urge anyone with information about the sale, storage or transport of illicit alcohol to call the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Border Force officers at Dover docks stopped a lorry in October 2012 that had arrived from Calais laden with beer. Officers realised that the paperwork had already been used the day before by Osgood who had arrived at Dover with an identical load.

The lorry driver was arrested and questioned. Osgood was arrested in February 2013 and, after being linked to the fraud by analysis of Osgood’s telephone records, Brooker was arrested in July 2013.

Both men were found guilty of alcohol smuggling offences and sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 September 2015. A third man was found not guilty.


Friday, 2 October 2015 - 12:39
Post 2006
  Mike J., Dover
Damn !

I was on the POW at 0800 for a few snaps & went off, planning to be back for her sailing this afternoon & when I got home found she had sailed !

Most annoying, she would have been perfectly lit & would have looked good from the end of the pier.
But at least Mr.B has a good record of her departure.
Maybe someone else was there & will post later, there was another photographer there but he said nowt.

I don’t think that that she HAS returned to ‘conventional’ cruising as she still has the yellow ladders on each side for transferring personnel to & from the windfarm workboats.

I expect that she’ll feature further on Nigel Scutt’s DOVER MARINA Facebook page, he has excellent pix of her arrival says that she was involved with some sort of military exercise when she was in Poole Harbour.

Grrrrr - the one that got away . . . . .

Friday, 2 October 2015 - 10:31
Post 2005
  Sea News, Dover
Following on from the post below, here we have the last few pictures of the departing Sea Discoverer a few minutes ago as we write..

And one from earlier this morning..

Friday, 2 October 2015 - 09:51
Post 2004
  Sea News, Dover
Interesting pictures Mike...could be a duck house on tow there..acquired for use by trendy wealthy pond owners further upstream in the shires! Smiley
Thanks for the info re the Northsea Beta.
Nice sweeping picture there Ed. Great view from there. Yes the Sea Discoverer is still with us basking across there in the misty morning sunlight. PB.
UPDATE AT 09.00 : Sea Discoverer has left the harbour!

Friday, 2 October 2015 - 08:08
Post 2003
  Mike J., Dover
Nice pix of the NORTHSEA BETA, ships occasionally call off Dover for stores or personnel changes.
Maybe she was dropping a pilot as occasionally they are unable to disembark when they leave the Scheldt due to bad weather & it was a brisk old day yesterday.
If the weather is too bad to drop the ‘over-carried’ pilot off Dover they usually have to stay aboard until, I think, Brixham.

Good to see the arrival of the SEA DISCOVERER & I’m pleased to see that she stayed overnight & is supposed to sail late this afternoon.

Myself & a friend did a trip on the WAVERLEY yesterday & although it is well outside DSN's ‘area’ readers may be interested in this curious tug & tow that we met just below Tower Bridge.
Movie set? Advertising? Instant island for trendy wealthy riverside mansion-owner?
She was going the wrong way for an annexe to Dover Castle.
All very strange.

Friday, 2 October 2015 - 06:51
Post 2002
  Ed Connell, Dover
Sea Discoverer with the cliffs in the background. Another view of this eccentric oddball.

Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 13:10
Post 2001
  Sea News, Dover

The Sea Discoverer arriving this morning early ( see also post 1995 ).
You can see the American influence, the American lines...the vessel has its charms but clearly looks like a steamboat from the Mississipi..ermm without the paddle of course. But good to see it.

Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 11:33
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