Saturday, 1 August 2015


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Scroll down the page and over the many pages for all the stories in and around the Port of Dover.....
EUROPEAN SEAWAYS back in service with P&O FERRIES see 1769
STRIKE OVER !!?? Unfortunately not - see 1767 then 1787 below.
OPEN LETTER FROM CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP on STRIKE Chaos...see 1735 below..
OPEN LETTER FROM TIM WAGGOTT on STRIKE Chaos see 1710.
On the STRIKE at the Port of Calais........1697, 1698, 1699, 1700 ... and more....
DOVER WESTERN DOCKS REVIVAL SEE 1671 also 1672

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Post 1801
  Sea News, Dover
Port delivers more despite ongoing challenges
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Whilst images of vast numbers of freight vehicles waiting on the M20 might give the impression that things are not moving, yesterday ( Thursday) the Port of Dover handled almost 8,500 of them, over 3% more than on the same day the previous year.


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

“I am so proud of the whole team at the Port of Dover. Amidst an extremely challenging backdrop, the Port has stayed open throughout the past few weeks.

“This is an unprecedented period. Whilst the situation at Calais and Eurotunnel remains entirely out of our control, to be delivering such volumes for UK plc is testament to the resilience, professionalism and efficiency here at Dover.”

The Port continues to work closely with all of its multi-agency partners in responding to the ongoing situation.

ENDS

Smiley


From my position here I can see that the effort made in and by the Port is incredible on a daily basis. The traffic onslaught has been both tremendous and horrendous in recent times and the Port has coped remarkably well. These are difficult days for everybody but let us not forget the robust perfromance made by all to keep on top of it. PaulB.



Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 06:57
 
Post 1800
  brian., dover.
tap would be usefull if used in conjunction with stack...all the time its not if the road is gridlocked by lorries from samphire hoe to the docks...

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 16:05
 
Post 1799
  Sea News, Dover


MEASURES TO EASE THE IMPACT OF CALAIS CHAOS
LETTER FROM CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP.


Dear Mr Boland,

Please note that as I write to you today, I am meeting with the Transport minister and fellow Kent MPs at Maidstone. The Prime Minister is holding a meeting of COBRA and so we can expect further developments in this fast moving issue.

The chaos and mismanagement at the Port of Calais has caused gridlock on Kent's roads. Operation Stack has been implemented as cross-Channel traffic has been struck by a combination of French trade union militants and migrants. When there are strikes or disruption in the ferry industry or in the Channel Tunnel, it is always our community that ends up paying the price.


Earlier this month, I joined Kent MPs to meet the Transport Secretary to press for strong action on gridlock and traffic management in Kent. I have also been making the case to the Home Secretary for more action to tackle the root causes of the migrant problem in Calais. Too many HGV drivers feel they lack protection from migrants who try to use their vehicles to break into Britain.

We've made some progress. The new Dover TAP system is helping ease gridlock in the town centre. Yet it needs to operate when Operation Stack is on. Restrictions on the right hand lane of the A20 have helped keep traffic clearer for local vehicles. The Home Secretary has announced a new 'secure zone' in Calais to protect inbound lorries and stop them becoming targets for migrants attempting to board their vehicles. But there is much still to do.

Lorry parks with an advance check-in system are badly needed. These lorry parks are needed on the M20 and need to have decent facilities to boot. The gridlock and motorway-side filth of the last month has shown how necessary these lorry parks are. We need the extra capacity for lorries whenever there are problems at the Port or the Tunnel to stop the M20 turning into a car park.

I am also making the case for alternatives to Calais when there are problems at the Port. Readers will recall I have been suggesting increased links with Dunkirk, and even with Ostend in Belgium, as alternatives to Calais. Our area shouldn't be held to ransom by the militants, migrants or mayor of Calais.

Highways England recently rejected a proposal for a contraflow system on the M20. That would have helped a lot and they should think again. KCC, the Freight Association and Kent MPs agree it would have helped keep traffic moving when Stack is in place. I have also been making the case for the Dover TAP to be kept switched on when Stack is in place. It was wrong for it to be turned off last week when problems started.

It was wrong Dover was subjected to gridlock last weekend. Moreover, the A2 should not be used for Port entry to keep the route clear for other traffic. It is unprofessional of Highways England to encourage traffic down the single track A2 and to turn the TAP system off. Vital roads must not be blocked by port traffic attempting to plough straight into Dover.

I will keep working closely with Kent MPs and pressing our concerns with Ministers. We urgently need better road infrastructure because this situation is now doing massive damage to our quality of life and the East Kent economy.

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In yesterday's Mercury, readers put their questions about the Calais crisis and Operation Stack to Charlie. Click on the link to read Charlie's answers. ( we cant do links on this page but just add the http//: in front)
elphicke.com/downloads/ask-charliethe-calais-crisis-and-operation-stack.jpg


CHARLIE ELPHICKE MP DOVER AND DEAL


See also the posts below from earlier today Smiley

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 15:43
 
Post 1798
  ColetteB, Dover

CRUISE VISITS
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August is upon us already Smiley so lets look forward to this week's array of Dover Cruise ships as follows:

Tomorrow, Saturday August 1st, we have a double header, the beautiful Ocean Princess arrives back at CT2, TR, and we welcome the Braemar once again at CT1, TR.

Then on Monday August 3rd, at CT2, TR, the Magic of Disney will take her final bow here this season waving goodbye to the iconic 'White Cliffs of Dover' and our majestic 'Dover Castle' whilst serenading us once again with 'When I wish upon a Star'.

The following day Tuesday August 4th, the awesome AIDABella returns to Dover for the second time this season with a POC. She was here on April 30th and SeaNews took some terrific photos then, hopefully weather permitting there will be more taken this time around too.

Then on Friday August 7th the Albatros arrives at CT1, POC. She was here in September last year.

The following day Saturday August 8th, we welcome back the gorgeous Crystal Serenity at CT2, TR.

We end the week on Sunday August 9th the way we started, with both the Braemar and the Ocean Princess once again at CT1 and CT2, TR's.

So there we have it. With all the inconvenience of Operation Stack, at least Western Docks gives us a lovely week of visiting cruise ships for all to enjoy, cause we're worth it!!! Smiley

Also, it's wonderful to hear that we will have the amazing 'Gotheborg' the world's largest sea-going wooden ship here in Dover at our Community Regatta at the end of August. There will be free tours too, see details below. How exciting!! and all courtesy of the Port of Dover Smiley

I was delighted to see the onboard photos of the luxurious 'Star Legend', thanks to the Port of Dover Cruise Team SmileySmileySmiley




Friday, 31 July 2015 - 15:04
 
Post 1797
  Sea News, Dover
Thanks for that super message below Alan -- all the way from Queensland in Oz. Wow!
Yes indeed a zillion miles away but you are very welcome. Glad you are enjoying the site and yes we have lots more to come.SmileySmiley

The picture above shows the Grimaldi Lines 'Grande Detroit' close to shore last evening. Presumably she had come close to enable a crew change or to drop off a pilot. But nice for us to see these ships up close in the evening sun or indeed in any sun. The vessel is a vehicle carrier on a grand scale..hence the name Detroit and of course.. Grande!
Smiley

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 07:55
 
Post 1796
  Alan De La Perrelle, Bargara, Queensland Oz
I'm a zillion miles away & I am enjoying your site. I've bookedmarked it & will probably go on it every day. Keep up the good work. I am an ex. British MN seafarer. Best wishes, Alan.

Friday, 31 July 2015 - 01:56
 
Post 1795
  Sea News, Dover

Sail and Beach life tries to go on as normal today under the ominous shadow of Operation Stack which you can see in the background here. You can see the never-ending line of trucks trundling, grinding, inching slowly down the hill. We are strangled by the all conquering Stack ( see 1793)....and so it goes on.Smiley

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 16:49
 
Post 1794
  Sea News, Dover

World’s largest wooden sailing ship coming to Dover
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A special Port of Dover Community Regatta thank you to our community

The Port of Dover is delighted to announce that it is bringing the world’s largest sea-going wooden ship, the Gotheborg, to Dover for the Port of Dover Community Regatta.

At an impressive 59 metres (192 feet) in length and with masts soaring 47 metres (154 feet) above the water, the replica of the original 1738 flagship of the Swedish East India Company has been built using traditional skills and to the very highest standards of craftsmanship. The prestigious ship was the venue for the wedding of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria in 2010.

The Gotheborg’s 30-strong crew, assisted by 50 trainees and all wearing period costume, will be on hand to guide the public round on a special free tour of the ship on Regatta day, courtesy of the Port of Dover.

The vessel is due to arrive in port at 5pm on the evening of Friday 28th August and will be in Dover for the whole Bank Holiday weekend, departing during the evening of Monday 31st August.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, says: “The Port is bringing Gotheborg to Dover not only as part of our commitment to make the Port of Dover Community Regatta bigger and better, but also to say a special thank you to our community for its support in dealing with the recent and ongoing traffic challenges. It will be a fantastic spectacle for all to enjoy.”

The free family fun event takes place on Dover seafront on Sunday 30th August. Smiley


ENDS

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Coming more down to earth after the exciting news above...this is the Elvira leaving late last evening for Rotterdam...just as the light was failing. The late sun still illuminating the high skies over France...

Operation Stack remains in place...see post 1793 below.

Smiley


Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 07:19
 
Post 1793
  Sea News, Dover

P&O FERRIES UPDATE ON SITUATION AT CALAIS

IN an update for customers on the situation at Calais, Janette Bell, Commercial Director at P&O Ferries, said: “We are aware of the Foreign Office advice that cross-Channel customers should check with their operator before travelling and would like to make clear that the port of Calais is at present safe and open for business.”

“P&O Ferries’ customers at the port of Calais have thankfully not been affected by the well-publicized problems which we have seen at Eurotunnel. Traffic on the slip roads can access the port freely, cars and lorries queue safely and efficiently in a secure area, and there is no point at which illegal migrants come into contact with our passengers.”

“We would like to reassure all tourist and freight customers travelling to the continent that P&O Ferries' services will make 58 sailings today to or from Calais and that the port is safe. If the situation were to change for any reason, we would of course inform them immediately.”

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.

ENDS



Vive le Spirit! Many thanks to P&O Ferries for the latest info above. The 'Spirit' pictures are from the doverforum.com/sea-news collection.


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Operation Stack remains in place .....

Operation Stack remains in place with the M20 closed between coast-bound junctions 8 to 11 and the M20 London-bound closed between junctions 9-8, due to ongoing disruptions in Calais and earlier problems at the Channel Tunnel. The Port of Dover remains open for business with P&O Ferries operating a full service to Calais and DFDS Seaways operating a full service to Dunkirk and Calais.

All coast bound freight traffic is being directed to join the back of the queue at junction 8 (Hollingbourne). Any lorries approaching the Port are reminded that, without an Operation Stack ticket, they will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8. Non-freight traffic is being directed to come off the M20 coast bound at junction 8 to join the A20 and should follow the yellow circle diversion route, and London-bound non-freight traffic will be diverted off the M20 at junction 9 and should follow the yellow square diversion route.

Tourist traffic heading for the Port of Dover is strongly advised to use the A2/M2. Routes are expected to be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

The Port and the ferry operators are together working hard to serve all customers travelling to and from the continent. We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of traffic congestion.

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.


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


ENDS




Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 06:32
 
Post 1792
  Sea News, Dover
Latest Operation Stack info below...

A couple of very nice pictures here taken onboard the Star Legend yesterday. She left last night about 9pm or 21.00 hours heading for Oostende. The weather was not very nice for them unfortunately so there wasn't too many passengers enjoying the Gin Sling on the sumptuously delightful deck.

Top picture shows the Ports cruise team presenting Capt Griffiths with a plaque to acknowledge the visit to dramatic Dover. And it did look dramatic yesterday as you can see in the second picture, all wild skies and wild waves but fantastic. On the left we have Head of Marine Operations Steve Masters, then Capt Griffiths himself, and then the lovely Barbara Buczek the Ports general manager.

Many thanks to the Port of Dover cruise team for sending these pictures over to us here.
The Saga Sapphire which you can just see in the background in picture 2, left earlier in the evening heading for Kiel in Germany. Exciting times.

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Operation Stack remains in place @13.10hrs on 28.07.15
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Operation Stack has now been extended (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 13) due to ongoing disruptions in Calais and earlier problems at the Channel Tunnel. The Port of Dover remains open for business with P&O Ferries operating a full service to Calais and DFDS Seaways operating a full service to Dunkirk. DFDS Seaways have started to resume sailings on Dover-Calais service today.

All coast bound freight traffic is being directed to join the back of the queue at junction 8 (Hollingbourne). Any lorries approaching the Port are reminded that, without an Operation Stack ticket, they will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8. Non-freight traffic is being directed to come off the M20 coast bound at junction 8 to join the A20 and should follow the yellow circle diversion route.

Tourist traffic heading for the Port of Dover is strongly advised to use the A2/M2. Routes are expected to be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

The Port and the ferry operators are together working hard to serve all customers travelling to and from the continent. We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of traffic congestion.

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.


Ferry Operator Contacts
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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


ENDS


DFDS SEAWAYS are currently running to Calais.
Excellent post below Mike with fascinating pictures. Bet it was windy up there yesterday. Hope you held on to yer hat!Smiley




Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 07:01
 
Post 1791
  Mike J., Dover
Monday afternoon - a little unusual to see both of the SPIRITS in port together, with EUROPEAN SEAWAY back in service & hoovering up the freight while the MALO SEAWAYS has returned to the Eastern Arm again. - this time she’s a bit further north, probably so that she’s not blocking Port Control’s view of the berths.
We used to call ships laid-up on the Eastern Arm ‘Wallflowers’









Traffic starting to thicken up again & Jubilee Way looked very slow-moving although lorries coming down it seem able to get ahead into the docks ahead of the A20 freight waiting at the Eastern Docks roundabout - when ‘Stack’ is in force they would be sent back up the A20 to join the end of the queue on the other side of Ashford.


Is this someone going out to sort out the problems in Calais ?






Monday, 27 July 2015 - 15:41
 
Post 1790
  Sea News, Dover

That's the Pacific Reefer arriving here with us yesterday, it was a rough ol day, you wont need me to tell you, so all looks a bit grey and grim but there we are nonetheless. Great to see the cargo trade going forward with leaps and bounds. I for one am looking forward to the trade expanding further in the years to come.
Another pic of the super sleek Star Legend..the small but beautifully formed luxury liner. PB.

Monday, 27 July 2015 - 15:03
 
Post 1789
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have a picture of the Star Legend which is in with us today. See Colette's post on Cruise Visits for more (1744).
That seagull still insists on getting into shot!
Also in today is the Saga Sapphire, so we have another double header. The Saga came into Port last night at 8pm. Unusual arrival time ..perhaps trying to avoid the worst of the rough sea and the howling gale. Its going to get windier again later too it seems. Batten down those hatches!

Still busy this morning Jan. Yes an unfortunate turn of events again re the Calais situation (1787). Grim for holidaymakers for sure..holidaymakers who may make alternative plans for next year. It is very bad for business all round.
Will have pictures of yesterdays Pacific Reefer later too...running a tad behind schedule here.

Monday, 27 July 2015 - 09:54
 
Post 1788
  JanT, Dover
The latest information about the DFDS suspended services to Calais yet again makes grim reading to holiday makers and freight traffic, but you have to give credit to the port and everyone else working 24/7 to keep things moving as best they can it must be an exhausting time.
Let us hope a solution can be found soon, as the summer months are ticking by very quickly for holiday makers, but for freight wider concerns.

Seanews for up to date information.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 17:36
 
Post 1787
  Sea News, Dover

Unfortunately some further depressing news for a dreary rainy sunday....Smiley

DFDS Seaways Services to Port of Calais suspended until 28/07/15
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Following further action at the Port of Calais affecting its services, DFDS Seaways has currently suspended sailings to Calais until 28th July. It will continue to operate additional services to Dunkerque during the period and customers will be accommodated on the Dunkerque route.

The Port of Dover is open for business and P&O Ferries continues to operate a full service to Calais. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by situations totally beyond our control.

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.

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


ENDS

ALSO NOTE

Operation Stack Lifted @13.41hrs on 26.07.15
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Operation Stack has now been lifted on the M20 coast bound following the problems at the Channel Tunnel and high volumes of freight traffic seeking to use all the Channel Ports. The Port of Dover remains open for business with P&O Ferries operating a full service to Calais and DFDS Seaways operating a full schedule to Dunkerque.


Thanks to the Port once again for the latest information. Smiley


Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 15:47
 
Post 1786
  Sea News, Dover

Have added the Operation Stack latest to post 1783 below.
Thanks to the Port as ever for the latest info which arrives in with me here all through the night. You are right Vic, people are working 24 hours and are indeed getting a wee bit worn out. The teams running Operation Stack do a great job too, often overlooked in the heat of the situation. PB
Smiley

Just to emphasise further..
Any lorries approaching the Port are reminded that, without an Operation Stack ticket, they will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 07:45
 
Post 1785
  vic matcham, Dover
With sailing a full load each time the staff looking after the public in the cafes and bars must be worn out by the end of the day or night .

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 07:40
 
Post 1784
  brian., dover.
vic,we need it to be free moving for that idea. we all live in hope.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 07:26
 
Post 1783
  Sea News, Dover
The picture above shows the ferries working hard yesterday afternoon. It was a horrendous day for traffic in Dover but as ever we hope for better today. The Port and the Ferry companies, both P&O and DFDS Seaways, are working flat out to clear the backlog as is Eurotunnel further up the line. Better days ahead hopefully.

OPERATION STACK:
Operation Stack remains in place @07.00hrs on 26.07.15
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Operation Stack (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 11) remains in place following further problems at the Channel Tunnel and high volumes of freight traffic seeking to use all the Channel Ports. The Port of Dover remains open for business with both P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways operating a full service.

All coast bound freight traffic is being directed to join the back of the queue at junction 8 (Hollingbourne). Any lorries approaching the ports are reminded that, without an Operation Stack ticket, they will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8. Non-freight traffic is being directed to come off the M20 coast bound at junction 8 to join the A20 and should follow the yellow circle diversion route.

Alternative routes are expected to be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Tourist traffic heading for the Port of Dover is, however, strongly advised to use the A2/M2 route, but please still allow plenty of time for your journey.

The Port and the ferry operators are together working hard to serve all customers travelling to and from the continent. We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of traffic congestion.

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.


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


ENDS

Yours truly had to have a double take this morning when looking across the harbour. It was a touch of the deja vues for sure...no sooner had the Crystal Serenity moved off, all 70,000 tons of her, when the Crystal Symphony moved in and is now here in its place on CT2.
There she goes...heading for St Peter Port in the Channel Islands, and very nice too. See the earlier picture below also. PB.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 05:58
 
Post 1782
  vic matcham, Dover
I do feel we need a footbridge or even two across the A20 so we can get to the seafront for the town there is only the under pass which cannot be used at times .And at this time trying to across the road is taking your life in your hands and for us older ones it is a no,no. Smiley

Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 00:39
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