Friday, 19 September 2014


Beachwatch Big Weekend.. join in... see below 1085....
Port of Dover Exercise....see below 1069.
Merchant Navy Memorial Service on seafront see 1052.
A Great Summer Season for the Port of Dover, see 1049 below.
The Ryndam - leaving Dover for the last time..see 1041 below. Also 1064 for latest.
MY FERRY LINK - two years old, see Post 1031.
Sea News - one year old 1023.
Breaking New Ground with the Port of Dover see 1016.

DOVER LIFEBOAT..tragic start to the August Bank Holiday Weekend see 1012.
THE SEA DREAM I FIRST VISIT in posts 987, 989. ALSO See latest picture of the inaugural presentation 1020.
The Lifeboat in the thick of the action again. See 976.
Summer at the Port of Dover, see 944.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918 and 929..also 920 for THE BLADES.

Charlie Elphicke MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955....see LATEST BELOW at 1061.
The Esmeralda Drugs Bust 934.

MyFerryLink..New Appeal in Post 906
The Publicans Walk for Charity see 924.
UK Border Agency in close operation..see 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
THE TOUR de FRANCE passing through see posts 870, 877, 882.
Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.
Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.

Eastern Dock Developments..latest pictures see 835..
Stay Safe in the Harbour this summer 823
Aerial Map of berths 815.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799

Pictures: Colourful red sail vessel departing Dover recently, heading out into the channel in glorious conditions.
The glorious white sails of HMS Falken of the Royal Swedish Navy now added.

Scroll down and over for much much more.....

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Post 1087
  ColetteB, Dover
Just to remind everyone that there are no cruise ships due into Dover until next Saturday 27th September when the Saga Pearl II returns for the last time this year at CT1, TR.
I will be back later next week with the rest of this year's cruises Smiley

Looking at those photos of the murky conditions in the channel, I'm pleased that I'm not on a ferry today Smiley

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 16:18
Post 1086
  PaulB, Dover
The wailing warning bell rings out across the harbour, skipping over the water like a bouncing stone...

Yes thick fog everywhere today, foghorns, electronic pulses, the whole works....yours truly cant see a blasted thing Smiley
It has a sort of romantic enchantment though....yes really !

Don't forget if you want to Join the guys on the super Beach Clean this weekend...see the post below for details of how to get involved. Its simples..

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 11:11
Post 1085
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Port Supports Community Role in National Beachwatch Big Weekend Smiley

The Port of Dover is sponsoring the annual Shakespeare Beach survey and beach clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend. Organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, the organisations will be jointly carrying out a marine litter survey and clean-up on Sunday 21st September.

Last year’s Shakespeare Beach clean was a resounding success with over 7,500 items of litter collected. This year, the organisers hope to welcome even more volunteers looking to play their part in keeping this local beach clean and safe.

Paul Sampson, Partnership Ranger, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, said: “The beach clean and survey helps us and the MCS to find out what type of litter is making its way by sea to this part of East Kent as well as give the shingle beach a deep clean.”

Enthusiasm is all that is needed to help conserve the local marine environment as all of the necessary equipment is provided.

Vicki Jago, Environmental Manager, Port of Dover said; “The beach clean and survey is a fun event for all the family with prizes awarded at the end of the day, but it is mainly about us all showing our commitment to our community in keeping such valued community assets clean and safe for everyone, including the wildlife that calls Shakespeare Beach its home.”

This is the fifth year that the Port of Dover, along with the WCCP, will be joining hundreds of other Beachwatch events taking place throughout the country.


VOLUNTEERS : further to the above....

· Volunteers are asked to come down to Shakespeare Beach on Sunday 21st September and are asked to meet at the gate to the beach off Lord Warden Square where a health and safety talk will be given as well as advice on how to complete the survey forms. Volunteers are asked to come down at 10.00am and stay as long or as little as they can spare. The event will finish at 2.00pm

· Volunteers should wear suitable clothing and appropriate footwear to walk along the beach and bring something to eat and drink.

· Gloves, litter pickers and hi viz tabards will be available.

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Good luck to all with the Beach Clean. The picture above is from our archives and may have been taken by Paul Sampson himself. Sadly due a computer implosion in recent times many details were lost. If its yours Paul let me know. Its a nice picture of the anti-litter action on Shakespeare Beach.
Yes Vic the old lifeboat below from 1923 is a treasure for sure. Great to see it still about.
Yesterday we had a visit from the Empress, but the foggy murky weather spoiled it for us picturewise. Here is a gloomy pic however to add to the collection....

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 06:23
Post 1084
  vic matcham, dover
Great Photo of the old lifeboat and good to see she is still in use on the high seas.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 15:53
Post 1083
  PaulB, Dover
Was surprised to find this old Dover favourite basking in the sunshine in Ramsgate harbour on sunday afternoon. She looks in great condition. On several occasions we saw the guys restoring her to pristine condition right here in Dover in the inner harbour. The William and Kate Johnston was launched in 1923 and at the time she was the largest lifeboat in the world. A little more detailed info below....

The lifeboat historian Nicholas Leach has written:

"The 60ft Barnett class represent one of the best and most seaworthy designs ever built for the RNLI, as well as one of the most elegant .... With a displacement of forty tons and a draught of 4ft 6ins such a lifeboat had never before been built. Her size however meant that she was immediately limited to operating from stations where she could be kept permanently afloat ....

The class had flush decks, without sunken well or cockpits. Shelter for the crew, engine controls and engine room hatches were all mounted at deck level. For the first time two cabins were provided, one fore and one aft, which could hold between them about fifty people. As they were fitted with a stove and lavatory "for the first time it will be possible to give at once to the rescued shelter, warmth and warm food". This was quite a bonus and rather a novelty for the time .... The innovation of shelters, as they were then, was quite novel for the RNLI as crews were expected to be able to cope easily with anything the sea threw at them more or less unprotected. Barnett considered this shelter useful as it "also affords considerable protection to the coxswain and other members of the crew stationed aft."

The hull was contructed of teak, double skinned with eleven transverse and three longitudinal steel bulkheads which formed fifteen main water tight compartments. The idea of having two engines ... impressed the RNLI's technicians quite considerably, in fact so much so that only a jury rig was provided consisting of a small triangle fore lug and jib which could be set on a single mast ... Although not self righting the hull was considered unsinkable, a word which has been bandied about when talking about lifeboat designs from before 1800 right up to the present day. Suffice to say she was as near to unsinkable as the skills of her time permitted. No expense was spared."

And now another couple of shots from the very pleasant Ramsgate harbour.

I believe this building is called the Clock House. Looks like and old customs and excise building. Meant to check it over in closer detail while I was there but was unable to as time passed. Reminds me of some of those old buildings in Dublin, same sort of stone. Very evocative of times past.
This large piece of exotic equipment was moored almost next to the William and Kate Johnston. Looks a bit delightful for sure...hung around for a while hoping to get invited onboard for a champagne lunch but alas alas it didn't happen...Smiley Had to settle on the local pasta emporium !
She's called the Sea Breeze and hails from Basel in land-locked Switzerland.

Re the Truck fire, as previously mentioned in the post earlier below. This is a crop of the previous shot. See also post 1081.

Howard yes interesting about the 'Bosphorous' picture. It was taken on a very old Olympus camera. The only picture taken on that camera in the entire Sea News. Its a huge camera by todays standards and I only used it when I ran out of battery power on the normal ones. Also I didn't realise it was set to the RAW file format when I took the picture. Might be worth another go...

ADDED: the Empress is arriving in foggy conditions..08.05. Nice ship.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 06:34
Post 1082
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Very atmospheric photo of the "Costa Rican Star" Paul, reminds me of those programmes on one of the BBC channels covering the Bosphorous in Asia Minor.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 19:37
Post 1081
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
There appeared to be a truck on fire in the Port a few minutes ago (10.35).... the vehicle was moving from right to left in the picture leaving a thick white trail...

All seemed to be okay within minutes as the smoke had vanished completely. Swift action I guess.
Note the two paused swimmers in the foreground...wondering where all the smoke is coming from.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 10:46
Post 1080
  PaulB, Dover
This picture shows the Costa Rican Star readying to depart Dover just a few minutes ago as I write ( about 08.30 )...waiting in the approaches out of shot is the Pacific Reefer. Conditions very misty this morning...mist swirling, coming and going. As soon as the Costa Rican departs the Pacific will be in.
The Costa Rican Star is heading off to Antwerp.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 08:31
Post 1079
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

HMC Valiant of the UK Border Agency is seen here powering out into the channel to do battle for yet another day, keeping our borders safe from the once again from a busy sunday morning...

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Paul Watkins and KCC not at one over truck park suggestion, but what to do with them all...


The Leader of Dover District Council has expressed concerns that the White Cliffs Business Park has been identified as one of three possible sites for a potential lorry park, in a recent report by Kent County Council.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We have serious concerns that this proposal is not appropriate for this site. With growing investor interest in the business park, and with the nearby housing development, this use does not sit comfortably with the Council’s wider growth and regeneration agenda, and would not make best use of this land. It is also entirely inappropriate to consider a lorry park on the A2 route in advance of improvements to the route, which DDC has been lobbying for over many years.
“Although this proposal may not be seen as an immediate priority for Kent County Council, we are concerned that a lorry park of this nature could impact on investor confidence, and create uncertainty in the locality, whilst also prejudicing the nearby facilities operated by Priority Freight.”

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 06:42
Post 1078
  ColetteB, Dover
That Swedish sailing ship is a real beauty for sure, nice photo despite the cloudy conditions. I do love the little 'Red Sails in the Sunset' one at the top of the page Smiley

Monday, 15 September 2014 - 12:27
Post 1077
  PaulB, Dover
This magnificent sailing ship went down the channel yesterday morning sunday...made quite a sight..

She is a Swedish sailing vessel called HMS Falken ( means falcon in English I guess ). While she was gliding gently by yesterday morning we had disappointingly heavy cloud cover, I say disappointing as most of the day was beautifully bright, so the pictures suffered a tad as a consequence. I don't know much about the ship other than the fact that she was heading for the Channel islands...Alderney . Will add some info later if I can find out more.

"The schooner HMS Falken, commissioned under Royal Swedish Navy, sails with 9 officers, 19 midshipmen and 5 crew members. The vessel is 132 ft long and is part of a Schooner Squadron that helps train cadets of the Royal Swedish Navy. The cadets get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks onboard." The ship dates from 1946 we believe..

Glad all fine now Jacqui Smiley

Monday, 15 September 2014 - 07:28
Post 1076
  Jacqui, Dover
Wow! That was quick! All fixed now. Thank you Paul x

Sunday, 14 September 2014 - 09:05
Post 1075
  PaulB, Dover
The Saga guys continue to organise Spitfire displays for their passengers. As soon as either the Saga Sapphire or Saga Pearl leave port and are a mile or so out the display begins. Would be better for us of course if they did the display right over the harbour but you cant have everything. These pictures are from a week or so ago and we had intended to show them earlier but they slipped by the grey matter..
You can see three ships in the picture...two DFDS ferries and the rear of the Saga Sapphire herself. The event is just a tad far away to do pictorial justice to the Spitfire...have cropped the above picture and shown it below to max impact the situation.

Jacqui I can see there might be a bit of a posting problem there, will email the guys straight away so that they can look into it.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 - 06:39
Post 1074
  Jacqui, Dover
Two comments.
1. Vic I think that was an extremely stupid comment to make. These operations are for the safety of all of us and in this day and age even more important. You should be glad that our security people are taking this seriously and making inane comments as you did is insulting, Rant over.

2. Paul I can't post on the other forum for some reason. I've logged in ok but it won't let me post. Any ideas please boss?

Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 23:30
Post 1073
  PaulB, Dover
Yes its all happening down at the Port tonight but don't do anything rash Vic as I am sure they wouldn't see it as amusing. Its going to be very busy, a sort of organised mayhem.. so all should steer clear in the interests of safety first. There will be the sound of gunfire and explosions so its going to be an interesting night on the seafront..picture of the Port below at night under the full moon of a few nights back. Not a great pic shows the port at night. Capturing the mood I hope. See also Post 1069.

Another pic below of the Saga Pearl II. Here she is leaving last evening with the pilot boat in close attendance and in close harmony. The Marine Traffic listing said she was heading for Stockholm but in fact she went south. So there you have it..visibility was quite clear which made a change from recent days.

The Braemar is in Port today.
ADDED: ..ermm but surprisingly not for long. it slipped quietly away again at a quarter to nine..08.45..heading for Southampton.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 07:04
Post 1072
  vic matcham, Dover
Even with what is happing this weekend in the port,as an OAP. with only one working leg I could get in the port without them knowing and mix with them and not get stopped once .
My training in the Army was all about just doing that, ANY BETS.

Friday, 12 September 2014 - 11:36
Post 1071
  PaulB, Dover
Here we are with the sailing vessels as promised. A couple of days ago quite a few sailed past Dover but the visibility was touch and go for the cameras. This one above called Maybe popped in to see us here in Dover. Managed to see it and managed to get a shot. A great looking vessel.

Below we have a mixture. Out in the channel the sailing boat is called...wait I have it here somewhere.. yes the Queen Galadriel. Beyond that we have a P&O ferry catching the sunlight. In the near distance you can see the guys working on the breakwater with the workboat on its way out to join them. Busy picture...hard work fascinates, one can sit and watch it all day..

The computer now back to normal. I always operate the layout and so on with the visuals set to 110% on the scale...that's the best operating visual situation for yours truly and as a consequence the layout fits accordingly.

See also the earlier post below for the latest cruise info.

Friday, 12 September 2014 - 11:14
Post 1070
  PaulB, Dover
A couple of grey ol pictures of the Saga Sapphire from yesterday thursday. Conditions were murky...the top shot looks very much like times past...fog mist and smoke and all at once. It was actually worse in reality, I have managed to diminish it somewhat in the picture. Brings a chap back to the industrial smog of olden times. Not that one remembers such things personally you understand. The smoke was just while moving off, everything eventually settled down. Off to the sunnier shores of Lisbon she was.

Below a picture of the ship arriving earlier in the day.

Had intended to add an extra couple of pictures of sailing vessels but Windows 8.1 has automatically updated itself overnight and has rehashed itself into something very large indeed. Everything onscreen is twice the size it was before...has anyone else had a similar unwelcome update. It has thrown yours truly out of sync never mind the computer...will have to try and fix it before I do anything further.

Saga Pearl is in today.

Friday, 12 September 2014 - 07:24
Post 1069
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


A major live multi-agency exercise is to take place at the Port of Dover on the night of Saturday 13th September 2014 through to the early hours of Sunday 14th September 2014.

The exercise is the third and final part of a series of pre-planned exercises designed to ensure that the Port and its partners are best placed to deal with a variety of emergency situations.

Due to the nature of the exercise, the Port will be closed between midnight and 5am. Some mock explosions or sounds of gunfire (using blank rounds) may be heard and the Port and Kent Police would like to reassure everyone, particularly the local community and Port customers, that this is part of the exercise and is therefore not something to cause alarm.

Tim Waggott: Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Such exercises, which we conduct from time to time with our partners, are extremely important in ensuring that we proactively prepare for any eventuality. As Europe’s busiest ferry port, it is vital that we keep the safety and security of all those who work in and travel through the Port at the forefront of our operations.”

Superintendent Andrea Bishop, Kent Police, said: “Dover is the gateway to the UK and Europe and one of the world’s busiest ports. Consequently, it’s of huge strategic importance. Keeping the port safe and secure for the millions of people who travel through it or work there is a priority for us and our partners. Kent Police has the expertise and resources to ensure that people can go about their business safely but it’s important that we periodically put those to the test. Such exercises are vital to make sure that we can effectively and professionally deal with potential incidents in the best way possible.”

The Port, Kent Police and all of the emergency organisations involved would like to thank the media, the local community and the Port’s customers for their understanding and patience whilst such an exercise is conducted.

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Thanks for that info once again Colette. Sad to see the inevitable thinning of cruise visits.. now we begin to realise with a sigh that summer is over.
We will certainly have less to photograph on Sea News that's for sure.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 07:00
Post 1068
  ColetteB, Dover
Absolutely Awesome 'Super Duper' shots of the fabulous Costa Cruisers from you guys, a Huge Well Done SmileySmileySmiley

And now for some more September Cruises Smiley
Tomorrow, Thursday 11th September the Saga Sapphire arrives here for its last appearance this year at CT1, TR.
Then on Friday the Saga Pearl II is back at CT1, TR. She is here for the last time on Saturday 27th September, again at CT1, TR.
On Saturday 13th September the Braemar makes her last appearance this year at CT1 to Debark.
No cruises on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.
On Wednesday 17th September, the MV Empress makes her final appearance this year at CT1, TR. She was here a few months back, in May.

Be back with more soon Smiley

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 15:37
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