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Post 4581
  Sea News, Dover
Barent Zanen.



We are engulfed in gloom, drizzle, rain, mist and more gloom at the moment...pictures are difficult. We are definitely experiencing a touch of the bleak-midwinters currently...Those shots above are from a few weeks back, taken early morning when there was some light in the sky. They havent been used before and show the Barent Zanen sand dredger doing her thing, as she does everyday..ie delivering sand from the Thames Estuary. The piling has been further progressed since those shots were taken as there has been a big push since the new year began. That's 'workings' tug MoragM also in the shots.


Mike saved the day with that ace collection below of the general DWDR workings plus all the goings on.... Brilliant stuff Mike.
Ace work.Smiley Those pix look great in our new 820 size.

Smiley

Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 06:18
 
Post 4580
  Mike J., Dover


DWDR Friday afternoon - the ever-changng scene as the DAVID CHURCH 'threads the needle' as she returns to her berth.








Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 00:24
 
Post 4579
  Sea News, Dover
This guy was close to shore for an hour or two on...lets see..Wednesday late afternoon. You can see her above there catching the late day sun. She isn't of whopping proportions by any means but most definitely worth a picture opportunity. Its the MSC Katyayni...the AIS stated she was heading for Felixstowe but as Felixstowe is back thataway one doubts its accuracy on this occasion.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever...and this low-tide wave heading for shore yesterday thursday fits the bill, its tip catching the early pink/orange sun. While below at the same time Tug Dauntless waits in the whipping wind in order to help one of the ( out of shot) approaching Spirits into Dover 9.



The following press release was issued the day before President Macron's visit to the UK yesterday thursday. It appears now that Calais have secured much more funding from the UK following the Macron/May meeting. The release below is from the RHA (Road Haulage Assoc) who represent those constantly delivering the recently announced record freight numbers... you can see their concerns..

French President calls for more action to ease Calais migrant crisis
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17th January 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Calais today (16.01.18) and called on the UK to take in more migrants and spend more on border security.

Responding, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “I am baffled by President Macron’s comments. What does ‘more’ mean exactly?

“We already have it on very good authority that the heartbeat monitors at the French border are not working. So why should the UK be asked to provide more funding when the equipment currently in place is not even being used? The bottom line is that the French authorities do not want migrants in Northern France.”

Following the closure of the migrant ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the UK funded a four-metre high, 1 km-long ‘anti-migrant’ wall – the Great Wall of Calais – which cost British taxpayers around £2 million.

“The wall hasn’t stopped migrants attacking UK-bound hauliers, in fact it hasn’t even scratched the surface of the problem,” Richard Burnett continued. “What is needed is a proper migrant processing system. At the moment, the refusal of asylum just increases their determination to reach the UK by whatever means possible and regardless of the safety of themselves or others.

“We’re concerned that this crisis is being used as a political football and we urge the two governments to work together to achieve some lasting solutions to this long running problem.

“The French authorities are not doing enough to get a grip of the problem and UK-bound hauliers continue to run the gauntlet of violence and intimidation from people-traffickers and migrants. Of course, we are happy to play our part in resolving the situation, but the authorities on both sides of the Channel must do everything within their power to prevent UK-bound hauliers having to face another year of cross-Channel migrant misery.”

ENDS


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Well done Mike and Ted with the post below...interesting item from Ramsgate there.Smiley
Thanks also to Colette as ever. Smiley

Friday, 19 January 2018 - 06:49
 
Post 4578
  Mike J., Dover
I had an interesting Email from Ted Ingham who visited Ramsgate on Wednesday.
Discharging on Bretts 'marine aggregates' berth was the Dutch dredger DC VLAANDEREN 3000.
The sand or gravel cargo being unloaded is being transferred to Dover by road for the DWDR job.

With the Dunkirk Jetty being cut through & all the new piling there is nowhere for the cargo to be unloaded at Dover, unless DHB wants a mess on the Ad.Pier & that would still have to be transported further to where it was needed.

Ted also said the marine contractors GPS are now partners in Ramsgate Slipways so this will mean more business for Ramsgate with vessels from the extensive GPS fleet coming there.
More work for Sarah !



Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 14:07
 
Post 4577
  Colette B , Dover
Love the Red Sun photo MrB, I spotted the ship too at precisely 05.10 (Sleepless in Dover) Smiley Great photos below from Mike & Ed Smiley

Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 09:14
 
Post 4576
  Sea News, Dover

Nature at work above there. The red sun rising through the eternal gloom a couple of days ago. There's a ship in there somewhere - can you spot it? I hadn't spotted it myself til I was uploading just now. Calais is directly below the sun there in the middle of all that gloom. Bog standard natural shot.

The rough oul weather continues...that's the approaching Dover Seaways below. Hold on to yer hat!Smiley


Wow a nice sharp clear collection below there featuring Puma and Pathfinder from Mike our 'inshore correspondent'. Great clear shots Mike. Nice work. Must have been chilly down there...hope you wore at least three anoraks. Its definitely three anorak weather down there.
SmileySmiley

PaulB.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 05:08
 
Post 4575
  Mike J., Dover
Wednesday midday & the PUMA & NAS PATHFINDER on the Ad.Pier.




All the DWDR barges & other craft are sheltering with another westerly force 9 expected.
Eastern Docks looked full of freight late afternoon.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 17:43
 
Post 4574
  Sea News, Dover
Its just amazing how that new land mass is being created...there is an island where there was nothing before, thanks to the industrious efforts of our now familiar friend.. sand dredger Barent Zanen. Its not the best picture above but gives the general gist...Afon Lligwy to the right and in the near distance old tug Puma.

SmileyGreat collection below Ed..smashin pix from the channel and delighted you got Green Italia in the earlier post. Was hoping we would get that one because as far as I am aware its a very first visit. Nice shots of that. She left in darkness last night...tried a picture or two but it was just too dark out there.

PaulB

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 08:12
 
Post 4573
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Two warships proceeding down the Southwest lane past Dover this afternoon. German frigate FGS Hessen and Dutch landing platform dock HNLMS Johan de Witt.





Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 23:30
 
Post 4572
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Green Italia at the DCT today.



Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 19:03
 
Post 4571
  Sea News, Dover
If you live anywhere along the channel you wont need me to tell you that we had a rough oul day yesterday, the timbers were a-shakin around here in the high winds...not to mentioned some lofty swaying in the high-tower thrown in for good measure.

The weather didn't stop that large crow in the top pic there enjoying himself... hanging on in there with superb airborne skills in the 'severe gale 9' .. while in the background we have a near replay of the situation shown a week or so ago...yes its the tug Dauntless helping the Dover Seaways into Dover 8. Life repeating itself.

If it was tough on dry land...well it was even tougher for the crews on the ships and as ever they did an excellent job keeping everything running.

Some pictures below of the waves thundering against the promenade.




A few days earlier and we have some pictures below of that new safety/efficiency device used in the piling procedure..as featured previously in post 4509.... this time we see it airborne!

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The ‘walking piling gate’, which improves the safety, environmental standards and efficiency of the construction process, has been recognised as an innovation by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), and is featured on the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub – the key online resource showcasing best practice in the construction industry.

The Port’s principal contractor, VSBW (VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster), has been using the custom-built equipment to install large diameter tubular piles for the Port’s new berths, pier and marina curve, and is already reporting the kit has increased the number of piles being driven daily from three to a maximum of 10.

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Thanks Del - lots more to come for sureSmiley

That's an excellent picture of Emerald below Ed. Love that one...you can feel the weather and atmospherics through the picture. She left soon after that...heading for Hamburg if I'm remembering rightly. But the weather was abysmal..driving rain etc...couldn't get a worthwhile shot.Smiley

PB

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 07:06
 
Post 4570
  Del Styan, Norwich
Lovely shots of cormorants / geese. Keep up the good work.

Monday, 15 January 2018 - 23:05
 
Post 4569
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Emerald at the DCT this morning.


Monday, 15 January 2018 - 08:05
 
Post 4568
  Sea News, Dover


While photographing the reversing Spirit of Britain on Saturday early, see post 4565, I noticed a shadow pulling this way and that in the distant yellow sky. As the shadow grew closer it became clear that it was a flock of travelling birds. Quite a large flock too...yours truly had a stab at photographing them. Alas...yours truly is nobody's idea of a wildlife photographer but there we are anyway. Thought they were worth including. The birds look like cormorants on the move again...however .. could be wild geese and so on.
Smiley
The same morning and the cranes and the work teams are still hard at it..


This picture below was taken and sent in by Valerie Blankhart.
Valerie lives further along the seafront and managed to get this early shot below on her phone.
Many thanks Valerie - its a nice shot.Smiley


Well done with that excellent post below Mike. Great stuff! Great info...Smiley
And...Great to see those pictures from Nigel. Nice work Nigel Smiley

PaulB



Monday, 15 January 2018 - 06:02
 
Post 4567
  Mike J., Dover
Further to Paul's post of the PUMA -

During the wee small hours of Sunday morning both DHB tugs went to the aid of the tug NAS PATHFINDER who had engine trouble off Dover whilst towing the larger tug PUMA en route Messina, Sicily from Holland.
The two tugs were towed in & berthed on the Ad.Pier.

Both Paul & I tried for photos during the morning, mine were rubbish, but Paul’s came out very well considering the conditions.

The weather must have improved later as Nigel Scutt got some excellent photos later when he passed them aboard the diveboat MAVERICK & later posted them on his Marina Facebook page with further details.
Many thanks to Nigel for letting me post them here.

The PUMA, now looking like a bit of a rustbucket, has had quite a history having started life for United Towing in 1978 as the YORKSHIREMAN under the British flag.
The much smaller NAS PATHFINDER is Panamanian-flagged & is four years older than the PUMA.

There’s no specific information [yet] why the tow is taking place, perhaps the scrapyards of the Eastern Mediterranean are beckoning for the PUMA & the two tugs were following the same route as the final voyages of the PRIDE OF DOVER & THE PRIDE OF CALAIS to Turkey, perhaps calling Messina for bunkers.
Pure speculation !


Monday, 15 January 2018 - 00:43
 
Post 4566
  Sea News, Dover

Mike gave me the nod this morning about some harbour visitors...an interesting old tug was being towed by another tug. I promised to try and photograph them.They were in the harbour alright but lost in low level grey/blue murk as they rested near the cruise terminal. I couldn't get the first tug Pathfinder but got the one being towed called Puma..and that's Puma above there. I needed much help from the computer to get an image at all...and there it is.

PaulB

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 18:08
 
Post 4565
  Sea News, Dover


Ah yes Harald.. pity you didn't get a chance to see the Spirit of Britain over there at Damen in Rotterdam , but yes indeed we had some great pictures of her from Ed and Jeremy..excellent shots they were ( 4560 and 4561 ).

That's the Spirit of Britain back in service yesterday morning early in the picture above...cold day as she reverses into berth 9.
...all seems back to normal.

Thanks Mike as ever for the info.

Smiley

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 05:04
 
Post 4564
  Mike J., Dover
1335 - Ramsgate webcam is working !

Just seen a blue survey craft craft come in & park up amongst the yachts.
AIS reckons that it's the THAMES GUARDIAN.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 13:42
 
Post 4563
  Harald Boot, Tholen, The Netherlands
Thanks for the great photos! It is lovely to see the Spirit of Britain back home in Dover again after her short trip to Damen in Rotterdam. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to go and see her there.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 11:33
 
Post 4562
  Sea News, Dover

New Year, New JacK. yes this appears to be a new guy on the scene, its called Haven Seajack 3. Yours truly hasn't seen it before so presumably its a new addition to the working DWDR fleet. Its all very busy at the moment with the various workings piledrivings and drillings all powering the project forward with a new year gusto.

Despite all this you cannot suppress the enthusiasm of youth for a bit of wintry sailing...all in the shadow of the bulldozers and the piling. Its a tad chilly out there on the briny at the moment but that doesn't hold the enthusiasts back...
Both pictures from Thursday.


Great topical collection of pictures below from Ed, Jeremy, and Mike.
Great to see all those of the Spirit of Britain, nice shots for sure, very good to have them in the collection. I couldn't get a shot of the laid-up Spirit myself... and really nice shots of the Smit Young too Mike.

Smiley PaulB.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 06:19
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