Sunday, 5 July 2015


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The STRIKE at the Port of Calais..... for latest see below...1697, 1698, 1699, 1700...and more below.
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Post 1707
  Vicmatcham, Scotland
Still in Scotland waiting for my leg to get better after hitting it with hammer but thanks for all the news

Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 08:43
 
Post 1706
  Mike J., Dover

The OCEAN PRINCESS sailing via Eastern late afternoon on Saturday, bound for Bonnie Scautland & Lerwick.




The CLUPEA started life as a fishery research vessel, built in Aberdeen for the Government in 1968.

She is now in private hands & works as a survey vessel & has recently been involved in windfarm work.
She still uses her original name - that of the herring ‘family’

By 0800 Sunday morning she was working off Dungeness.


Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 08:22
 
Post 1705
  Sea News, Dover


This interesting vessel..called the Clupea, turned up late yesterday afternoon saturday. You can see the vessel here in the shadow of the cruise ship Ocean Princess. I understand her to be a fishery support vessel or a fishery research vessel, not entirely sure ..but she has 'rescue zone' painted on her side which is not showing in the pix. Could she be another support vessel from the offshore wind farm operations? Its possible.

Below from earlier in the day when sunshine was scarce...the Ocean Princess with a nicely decorious yacht strategically placed in front. Honestly ..the expense we go to!
Smiley

A Clupea it seems is an Atlantic herring...so there you are, not a lot of people know that ! Smiley

Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 06:44
 
Post 1704
  Sea News, Dover
The Operation Stack in place because of the difficulty at EUROTUNNEL is now lifted.

Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 15:58
 
Post 1703
  Sea News, Dover

Tried to get this picture into the post below but yours truly made slight cock-up in the gubbins department. So here it is above , it shows the two current ferry companies now ...both in action last evening. Nice to see something of a return to normality but we are not quite there yet.
See also the post below re Channel Tunnel. It's an invasion of Migrants we believe.

Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 07:27
 
Post 1702
  Sea News, Dover
Just when we thought....Smiley But no...


Disruption at Channel Tunnel – Operation Stack in place for EUROTUNNEL ONLY; – 04.07.15 @0515hrs
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Operation Stack phase 2 (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 9) has been implemented due to disruption at the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel services are therefore affected.

NO ferry traffic is being held in Operation Stack and the Port of Dover remains open for business with a full service operating to the Port of Calais with P&O Ferries and a full service operating to Dunkerque with DFDS Seaways.

Customers are still advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

Details of ferry operators further down page.
Many thanks once again to the guys down at the Port as ever.


It is almost good to see movement almost back to normal...but of course it isn't quite. There is also the threat of further action in the wings. We will have more general news on Monday. Still have a backlog of info to get through. Couple of pictures of the TV Newsrooms in action down here. First one is Rebecca Williams of BBC Newsroom SouthEast. Saw her roaming about but we didnt get the 'all-crucial' shot ourselves. The second reporter is...well I don't know. if anyone knows let us know. Would always welcome the information.



Below we have a Monster Mover from Thursday evening. Nothing showed on AIS but it was one heckuva fracking device..probably heading for East Sussex as we don't do that sort of thing down here in Kent !!
Smiley Smiley

The Ocean Princess cruise ship back with us today.

Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 07:06
 
Post 1701
  Sea News, Dover


Friday, 3 July 2015 - 12:07
 
Post 1700
  Sea News, Dover

Minister sees scale of impact of industrial action on key transport corridor: Strike costing UK £250 Million a day..says Tim Waggott.



THURSDAY:The Ports and Shipping Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, has today travelled through Kent to the Port of Dover in order to see first hand the scale of disruption caused by ongoing industrial action in France.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:

“Our Chairman George Jenkins and I, together with our major ferry partners, Port staff, representatives of the freight industry and of course the Dover and wider Kent community are pleased to welcome the Minister to Dover. The scale and prolonged period of disruption is bad for us all and it is bad for the UK too. The Port handles trade to the value of £100 billion every year and every day that this situation in France continues costs the UK at least £250 million. That is simply unacceptable and incredibly damaging.”

The Minister witnessed the round-the-clock work being undertaken by the whole Port community to mitigate the impact on customers and the local community together with Kent Police, Highways England and all of the partner agencies within the Kent Resilience Forum dealing with the wider transport and welfare implications of Operation Stack.

Whilst at the Port, the Minister visited the Port’s dedicated Emergency Co-ordination Centre and Terminal Control from where the Port is spearheading its response in close cooperation with all of the key responders.

The Minister also took time to meet with some of the Port’s stakeholders, including the ferry operators P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways.

Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, said:

“The disruption this industrial action is causing to cross-Channel travel is completely unacceptable. Today I have seen the huge effort that is going into dealing with the knock on impact it is having on Dover and across Kent. The Prime Minister has discussed the situation at Calais with the President Hollande and the need to stop the blockade and maintain port security, and the Home Secretary today met her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve. We need to see services return to normal as soon as possible.”

Mr Waggott added:

“The Port is acutely aware and highly sympathetic to the impact that this is having on our customers. I cannot praise our staff enough for the incredible dedication and professionalism being shown in challenging conditions. Together with our ferry partners who have been equally resilient and proactive in finding ways of keeping some traffic moving to other ports, we are and will continue to do all that we can to minimise the impact of a situation completely out of our control. I can assure everyone that we will do everything possible to allow Europe’s busiest ferry port to do its job for the nation; unimpeded by others.”

ENDS


With P&O now able to access Calais on two berths ( see 1698) following a brief interlude in Boulogne...this Spirit was possibly the first ship out to Calais in the gloom of very early yesterday morn.



Smiley
STRIKE TRAFFIC UPDATE TWO POSTS BELOW

Friday, 3 July 2015 - 05:46
 
Post 1699
  Sea News, Dover
UPDATED STRIKE INFO IN THE POST BELOW THIS ONE.


DFDS Seaways: The Senior Vice President's reaction to the ongoing Calais port closure
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Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK said: “We are deeply concerned that our customers are continuing to face long delays on their cross Channel journeys due to ongoing industrial action in Calais, which has closed that port. We’d like to apologise to all our passengers and freight customers caught up in this gruelling situation and appeal to the authorities in France to reopen the port of Calais as soon as possible to allow people to travel through it quickly and safely.

“Whilst we appreciate the hard work from the police and port authorities in Dover and France, and we are working closely with them to transport as many passengers as possible through the alternative port of Dunkirk, some 20 miles east of Calais, the reality is that this situation is simply not acceptable and must not be allowed to continue.”

Ends



Pictures: Gloomy times at the Port of Calais ... on many fronts.

Below we have two pictures of the Saga Sapphire yesterday. First shot from early morning and in the distance you can see one of the P&O Spirits anchored off Shakespeare Cliff. Yesterday turned out to be the hottest day in July since records began...and boy was it hot! Always good to get as close as possible to the sea at times like these. The second pic below shows the ultra calm reversing departure late last evening...all was amazingly calm...and amazingly warm.




UPDATED STRIKE INFO BELOW. A LIMITED SERVICE TO CALAIS. MORE BELOW.



Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 05:25
 
Post 1698
  Sea News, Dover

UPDATE : Industrial Action at Port of Calais – UPDATE 03.07.15 @1030hrs
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Following a sustained period of industrial action in France commencing at 1420 BST on 29th June, the Port of Calais is now operating two berths which is allowing P&O Ferries to run a full service to Calais whilst DFDS Seaways continues to run a full service to Dunkerque, with an additional ship diverted to the route to help accommodate heavy traffic.

The Port of Dover continues to liaise closely with Kent Police and Highways England as Operation Stack remains in place and is likely to do so until Monday. All freight traffic heading towards Dover must join the Operation Stack queue. When drivers reach the front of the queue they will be given a ticket to allow them to travel to the continent.

Non-freight traffic is advised to avoid the M20 and find alternative routes.

Customers are advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

We sincerely regret the impact to the travelling public, freight operators and the Dover community of a situation that has been beyond our control. We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with all our partners in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.


Ferry Operator Contacts

DFDS Seaways
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 874 001
Tourist: +44 (0) 871 230 0440
Twitter: @dfdsseaways

P&O Ferries
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 863 340
Tourist: +44 (0) 8716 64 64 64
Twitter: @POferriesupdate

MyFerryLink
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 828 423
Tourist: +44 (0) 844 248 2100
Twitter: @MyFerryLink



ENDS




Some of the 5,000 trucks in the current backlog.



Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 19:02
 
Post 1697
  Sea News, Dover


Latest Press Release from DFDS SEAWAYS.....: 1 July 2015
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DFDS’ OFFER FOR PART OF SCOP SEAFRANCE REJECTED WITHOUT ANY PRIOR CONTACT
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Following discussions with all stakeholders including the French Minister of Transport, on June 25 2015 DFDS submitted an offer to the administrators of SCOP Seafrance for the acquisition of a part of SCOP Seafrance including 202 staff. This would have allowed DFDS to operate a 3rd vessel between Dover and Calais.


DFDS has had no response to this offer and is surprised by the apparent unwillingness of the SCOP Seafrance administrators to engage in a dialogue with DFDS.
Yesterday night, DFDS was informed by the administrators that this offer was rejected.


DFDS regrets the position taken by the administrators, but remains at the disposal of the Commercial Court of Boulogne to discuss a transfer of parts of the SCOP Seafrance business in order to minimize the social impact of the potential liquidation of SCOP Seafrance.


The rejection of the offer does not affect the agreed bareboat charters between DFDS and the Eurotunnel Group, which will commence on 2 July 2015.


- ENDS –








Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 16:33
 
Post 1696
  Sea News, Dover

Dawn...4am and the truck queuing goes on - all through the night for mile after mile after mile. There is no respite..
Its a very tough business for everyone concerned.

See also the latest below.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 - 04:39
 
Post 1695
  Sea News, Dover


Road Traffic Incident at Eastern Docks Roundabout
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The Port of Dover can confirm that a road traffic incident has taken place at the entrance to the Port at 1830hrs. Emergency services are at the scene and Port of Dover Police are assisting.

The Port advises that Operation Stack remains in place (holding freight traffic on both the coast-bound and London bound carriageway of the M20 between Junction 8 & 9).


ENDS


Helicopter activity in the past minutes...air ambulance arriving at the Port entrance plus Sky News...
..thanks once again to the guys at the Port for the up to the minute news.
UPDATED TRAVEL NEWS BELOW in 1691.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 20:00
 
Post 1694
  brian, dover.
p & o and dfds have brought this on themselfs, by moaning to the monopolys commission.

they have succeeded in getting rid of my ferry link once and for all.

in the army its called a self inflicted wound

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 19:18
 
Post 1693
  Sea News, Dover


The above is from TWITTER.
not our usual source.

Thanks for that info below Brian.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 16:28
 
Post 1692
  brian, dover.
near side lane a20 static as far back as capel.lorries coming off the a2 are being sent to the back of the que.chaos at the western hights roundabout,with lorries u-turning it.pod are hard pressed here.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 15:47
 
Post 1691
  Sea News, Dover

UPDATE: Ongoing Industrial Action at Port of Calais - LATEST @2050hrs
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The Port of Calais remains affected by an ongoing period of industrial action in France commencing at 1420 BST on 29th June. Ferry services to and from the Port of Dover continue to be affected, with DFDS Seaways services still running to Dunkerque as normal. P&O Ferries have run a limited discharge only service to Boulogne for outbound traffic and this will re-commence in the morning on 1 July.

The duration of this industrial action remains unknown.

The Port of Dover is liaising closely with Kent Police and Highways England, as Operation Stack remains in place (holding freight traffic on both the coast-bound and London bound carriageway of the M20 between Junction 8 & 9). All freight traffic heading towards Dover must join the Operation Stack queue. When you reach the front of the queue you will be given a ticket to allow you to travel to the continent.

Non-freight traffic continues to be diverted onto the A20 in both directions. This allows backed-up lorries to park on both the coast-bound and London-bound carriageways of the M20. All other vehicles should follow the yellow diversion signs with the black writing from the M20.

Customers are advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

We sincerely regret the impact to the travelling public, freight and the Dover community of a situation that is beyond our control. We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Please note that there may be delays to services when the industrial action ends.


Ferry Operator Contacts

DFDS Seaways
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 874 001
Tourist: +44 (0) 871 230 0440
Twitter: @dfdsseaways

P&O Ferries
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 863 340
Tourist: +44 (0) 8716 64 64 64
Twitter: @POferriesupdate

MyFerryLink
Freight: +44 (0) 1304 828 423
Tourist: +44 (0) 844 248 2100
Twitter: @MyFerryLink


ENDS


Oh Dear! It all goes on and on. Thanks to the guys at the Port for sending us all the info. The very latest above.
The traffic situation - well its a nightmare to deal with for sure.

Great piece of information there Mark on the Gann...fascinating read.
Mike got some nice pictures below there. Great stuff lads!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 14:59
 
Post 1690
  Mark Rushton, Northants (rushton.mark@hotmail.co.uk)
Interesting to see the GANN in Dover today. She was a car ferry herself in a former existence, running as the Narvik for Hurtigruten on the wonderful Bergen to Kirkenes run until 2007 before being displaced by new tonnage. The rear accommodation block was retrofitted and really doesn't improve her looks ! One twin, the Vesteralen, is still operating for Hurtigruten whilst another is now an expedition cruise ship for National Geographic.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 10:32
 
Post 1689
  Mike J., Dover
The Norwegian training ship GANN, who operates as a small cruise ship during the tourist season came in Monday afternoon from Sunderland & should be on Cruise-1 until Tuesday night.





The MALO SEAWAYS came in & parked up on the Eastern Arm until the Calais problems resolve themselves.





The former Onassis yacht JACKIE O passed Dover Monday evening bound for Marseilles after many years laid-up in Chatham.
She was a bit far off & the second photo has been trimmed until the pixels squeaked.
She started life in 1943 as a Canadian frigate.








Another classic, in it’s own way, the lobster boat BOY LUKE, came in soon after the GANN arrived, trailed by hopeful seagulls.
Although a long-time Dover resident her ‘HH’ letters indicate that she is registered as a fishing vessel in Harwich.






Monday, 29 June 2015 - 23:04
 
Post 1688
  Sea News, Dover
We are receiving you Brian and Fred but the top two posts are pinned today (Monday) ! SmileySmiley

Monday, 29 June 2015 - 16:50
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