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PORT OF DOVER: Konecranes for new Cargo Terminal 4916.
PORT OF DOVER: £21 Million DWDR 'paving plus' contract awarded 4895.
PORT of DOVER - three cruise ships, one day 4885.
DFDS Charters New Ship see 4866.
New Marina Pier ... Latest...see 4861.
P&O FERRIES presents big cash to RNLI Dover...see 4829.
PORT of DOVER: Chief Executive TIM WAGGOTT Resigns...see 4778.
P&O FERRIES recruiting...4745.
PORT of DOVER awards Cargo Refrigeration Contract see 4740.
PORT OF DOVER: Community Benefit 4688
PORT OF DOVER: GEEST LINE arrival see 4597.

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Post 752
  Ed Connell, Dover
Work in progress on the major renovation to berth ED2. Fender installation cofferdam seen out of the water, suspended from a crane. We saw photos of this during the similar work on ED3 last year. It is attached to the side of the pier and the water pumped out enabling preparation work to be carried out prior to installation of each new fender. Jack-up platform named Harwich Haven Seajack seen nestling against the pads on ED2.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 00:08
Post 751
  brian, dover
that's a bit of a bargin below. the park tickets cost 45 euros 8 years ago.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 14:25
Post 750
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
- Ferry passengers can now buy park tickets and hotel packages to Disneyland Paris from DFDS Seaways
A great one for the kids...of all ages !

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has joined forces with Disneyland Paris to offer its customers the opportunity to purchase the very best offers on Park tickets or short break packages to the popular theme park. If you're looking for a fantastic family break, then why not head for a “ferrytale” adventure in Disneyland Paris? Young and old alike will love the magical Disney® atmosphere with five exciting lands to explore.

Special Offers:
DFDS Seaways passengers can book a number of special offers on Disneyland tickets:
· Hopper Tickets, allowing entrance in to Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios® Park
· 1 day 2 Parks Hopper Ticket – Save 10% on gate price
· 4 days for the price of 3 Hopper Ticket
· 5 days for the price of 4 Hopper Ticket

Standard tickets are also available and passengers travelling on our Dover routes to either Dunkirk or Calais can also save 10% on their crossing, using code EDISNEY, which is valid on all departures before December 19.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments: “This is a great partnership for our passengers with families, who can benefit from the freedom and flexibility of travelling in their own vehicle and at a time that suits them. It also makes it easy to combine a trip to the theme park with a longer European break, depending on your plans. Travelling by car and ferry also means you should have plenty of luggage space for all your magical purchases!”

DFDS Seaways offers you a wide choice of ferry routes and sailing times from the UK to France and Holland, so you can choose the most convenient route to fit your holiday plans. Our ferry services from Dover are the most convenient for those living in southern England, as there are up to 44 daily sailings between Dover and our ports in Dunkirk and Calais, allowing you to choose exactly when you cross. Our port in Dieppe is the closest port to Paris, which is serviced with twice daily departures from Newhaven, and we also operate a daily ferry service from Portsmouth to Le Havre.

If you live in northern England or Scotland then our Newcastle to Amsterdam route could be the best option for you, with the drive to Paris taking less than 5 hours from port.

How to book:
You will need to book your ferry crossing with DFDS Seaways and your park tickets and / or accommodation separately by using the following link:
To find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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Yes indeed he did Howard, so its very good to see him back in general action as it were.
I don't think the item was on TV as of yet...but will watch for it.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 06:40
Post 749
  Howard mcsweeney, dover
Good to see Donald on form there I seem to remember he collapsed a year or two back at a ceremony outside the town hall and there was great concern for his health.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 21:48
Post 748
  PaulB, Dover

Donald Hunter, he of the Merchant Navy Memorial fame, the monument on the seafront... and himself a noted veteran...being interviewed and filmed by the BBC earlier today. it may have been something to do with marking the 100 years since war was declared. Not entirely sure as yet.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 16:39
Post 747
  PaulB, Dover
Another hugely busy weekend for Dover Harbour. These long bank holiday weekends are coming thick and fast....and this one is/was combined with the frantic half term break. I don't know but I have a feeling we were slightly less crowded this time the hotels and so on, but only marginally so. Maybe long weekender battle fatigue has kicked in to some extent with the great mobile British know what I mean, all that heavy traffic, all that churning effort... and of course that famous "daddy are we there yet ! " line to top it all off.
You can see the ferries all working hard in the picture above and as ever the Port copes with everything.

Below we see the arrival of Elvira on sunday morning. The cargo terminal is still very busy as we have come to expect by now, you very rarely see the slot empty. As we said previously it is usually a case of one in one out. The picture at the bottom of post shows the Elvira unloading a little bit later on the same day...

You keep coming up with those gems from the dock Mike. Great little vessel that one..amazing how they can split it in half. Never a dull moment around here.
Ah you cheeky beggar Brian...that one is strictly for the birds !! we used to say in the seventies!SmileySmiley

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 07:03
Post 746
  Mike J., Dover
Unusual workboat ‘TOPLIFT’ in Wellington Dock, Sunday morning.

She is on a delivery voyage from her Portsmouth builders to windfarm work in the Thames Estuary.

Interesting ‘modular’ construction - she can be split down the centre for transport by lorry for working on landlocked inland projects.
You can see the ‘join’ in the stern view.

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 22:52
Post 745
  brian, dover.
well stone the crows,fancy nesting out there.Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 20:59
Post 744
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed amazing pictures of the 'black seagull'. Well it's truly extraordinary. I can see several seagull nests from my location but never crows. Although... come to think of it... in recent times I have wondered if I was imagining it or not but there does seem to be much more activity from crows along the seafront, more than ever before. Yours truly is very familiar with the yelp of the seagull but have recently noticed an increase in the " kaw kaw " of the crow coming from my rooftop and those pictures are all the more fascinating. Any experts out there noticing a change in habit?
Well done Capt Andy re the tip off.

Saw those cruise liners in the far distance the other night Ed. Good capture there..on their way to Southampton I guess.Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 15:41
Post 743
  ColetteB, Dover
Well I'll be blowed! That's an amazing pic there Ed of 'The Black Seagull', obviously that crow likes a holiday home by the sea or in this case right in the middle of it Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 13:32
Post 742
  Ed Connell, Dover
This crow has built a nest on the platform at the end of Pier Alpha. Most unusual to see a landbird in such a location and our navigators refer to it as "the black seagull!" Pointed out to me by our Senior Master on the Dover Seaways, Capt Andy Armstrong.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 19:37
Post 741
  Ed Connell, Dover
Oceana and Minerva passing down the Southwest lane past Dover on Friday evening, seen from the Dover Seaways as she was rounding the CS4 buoy off the Goodwins. AIDAluna then departed Dover as the Oceana and Minerva were passing.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 13:15
Post 740
  PaulB, Dover
THE SAGA SAPPHIRE LEAVING DOVER HARBOUR - but is that choppy water ahead?
You will no doubt have seen all the promotion on TV and elsewhere re the Saga flotation on the stock market. The ever so 'umble house taking off from dear old Folkestone and heading skywards at a rate of knots, with a well known actor shouting across the rooftops about the exciting share opportunity. The publicity was wide ranging. Even yours truly was approached to put some cash into the shares. Then last friday - the launch. But now it appears that the whole thing was something of a damp squib. Oh dear! This below from The Independent yesterday saturday.....


Flotation fatigue deepened across the City yesterday as Saga began life as a listed company with a whimper.

The over-50s cruise and financial services group had priced its shares at 185p. They rose to 189p before falling back to 185p at the close of its first day of conditional trading. The company’s advisers, led by Citigroup, had hoped to price the shares as high as 245p.

Saga is owned by the private equity groups Permira, Charterhouse and CVC, which had planned to sell shares to raise capital. However, a lack of demand among the investor community meant that its owners will not sell down their holding but issue new shares, representing 27 per cent of the business.

Half of the shares on offer were bought by institutions such as pension funds, and the other half by retail investors. The £550m raised from the listing, before fees, will be used to pay down debt.

Lance Batchelor, the chief executive of Saga, said: “As a public company, owned in part by our customers, Saga will be even better positioned to continue helping the over-50s live life to the full.”


So a shaky start...akin to the Saga Sapphire heading out into rough weather, but better weather could be just ahead.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 07:05
Post 739
  PaulB, Dover


The dogdirt issue was a problem we were blighted with to a considerable degree some years back, fortunately things are better nowadays with people more aware of their social conscience and social obligations, not to mention the social pressures. It is a delight therefore...of see pet owners following their dogs with those little plastic bags at the ready. The beach nearest the docks used to be a favourite place for ermm.. deposit leaving, then some time later young kids would come and play on the same spot. Not nice! It was always good too in times past to see those wider beach cleans that used to be organised by SEAFRANCE. Overall things have improved generally but more can always be done...well done the School mentioned here. Information below if other schools want to join in.

The following info through from DDC..


Pupils at St Martin’s Primary School in Dover used their creative talents to help draw people’s attention to the importance of picking up after pets, to help keep our environment clean and safe for the future.

Following an educational talk from Dover District Council’s Environmental Crime Team, pupils designed posters reminding dog owners to pick up after their pets. A winning design was selected, and has been used on signs that have been put up in the area.

The winning poster was by Freya Gardner (aged 10) who was congratulated and given gift vouchers at a special presentation at the school earlier this month. The runners up were also presented with swimming vouchers from Your Leisure.

Dover District Council continues to work in partnership with local primary schools, giving educational talks encouraging respect and pride within our communities, and highlighting the importance of looking after the local environment.

Diane Croucher, DDC Head of Regulatory Services said: “We were delighted at the range of excellent and creative ideas from pupils, and thank everyone who took part. We continue to look at a balance between education and enforcement in tackling littering and dog fouling across the district.”

Katie Wratten, Head Teacher of St Martin’s Primary School said: “It was lovely to be invited to join in the poster competition.  The interest and concern of the children in how they could improve the situation is something I am extremely proud of.”

If you think your school would benefit from a presentation from the Environmental Crime Team, please contact them on (01304) 872085 or For more information, please see the DDC website

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And speaking of environment matters..

The Groynes Go Green !

The Norwegian Larvic Rock has now taken on a life of its own, blending in gently with the immediate environment. No longer slate grey as you can see but a mossy green. Could be slippery though beware!

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 06:15
Post 738
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Dover Harbour Board - Executive Member Appointment
Dover Harbour Board is delighted to announce that Shaun Pottage has been appointed as the second Executive Member of the Dover Harbour Board with immediate effect.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “My congratulations to Shaun on his appointment. Since joining the organisation towards the end of 2013 he has impressed everyone with his approach, intellect and delivery.

“Shaun will continue to manage his existing portfolio within the business whilst also leading on a number of key workstreams in support of the Dover Western Docks Revival. He will also carry on supporting me closely in further developing the future direction and financing of the organisation.

“I hope that he will be afforded the same gracious support that I have been given as we continue to deliver on our commitment to be the best port in the world for the benefit of our customers and community.”

Shaun is a chartered accountant and is married with two children.

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 06:46
Post 737
  PaulB, Dover
We had everything but the kitchen sink weatherwise yesterday. We endured blustery squalls, dramatic skies, lightning over the channel, choppy seas, torrential rain, blinding sunshine...and then nice rainbows to finish it all off.
Smiley When a chap goes out these days he doesn't know whether to wear his anorak or his speedos!

Nice set of pictures below there Mike..some blinders thereSmiley
We are getting some cracking ships in..well done the team at DHB.

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 06:42
Post 736
  howard mcsweeney, dover
Love that one of the "funchal" hadn't realised the "scillies" were a destination from here.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 22:06
Post 735
  Mike J., Dover
Here’s a rather dodgy view of the DELFIN on Wednesday.

The elegant FUNCHAL came in around 0730 Thursday & sailed for St.Marys, in the Scilly Isles, at 1500.

Danish-built in 1961 she has been considerably rebuilt internally & re-engined for cruising duties, but has retained her most attractive appearance.

Whilst the DOUGHTY was pushing the FUNCHAL she was spraying water on her bow fenders & onto the FUNCHAL’s hull - this is often done to reduce marking the cruise ship’s hull.
On occasions, although never at Dover, I’ve seen tugs with clean white canvas covers over their fenders to avoid marking cruise ship hulls.

After the beauty, the beast !

Following the FUNCHAL into the bay came the giant COSTA LUMINOSA.

The FUNCHAL took two tugs for berthing in the brisk wind but the LUMINOSA docked without any tug assistance, thanks to her three bowthrusters & twin swivelling ‘Azipods’ down aft.

Little & Large ! The FUNCHAL sailed for St Marys, in the Scillies, mid-afternoon & was somewhat dwarfed as she passed the LUMINOSA.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 21:23
Post 734
  PaulB, Dover
Todays sparklingly luminous visitors....
The Costa Luminosa looking truly magnificent as her 93,000 tons languishes massively but gently on the dock. The gentle giant. Luckily we had a selection of pictures to chose from and opted for the most colourful... just when she was caught by the early sun.
The much much smaller Funchal being helped in the earlier blustery conditions by both tugs.

Well done..smashing pictures below there John of the Delphin. Fascinating story behind her...didn't know any of that, so all the more interesting for everyone. Great stuff!

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 15:16
Post 733
  John Mavin, Dover
I also missed the Delphin yesterday - pity because she's one of the more interesting ships that occasionally call at Dover. Originally called Bylorussiya she was built in Finland in 1975, and was one of a class of five ships ordered by the Soviet Black Sea Shipping Company.

Originally designed as a combined cruise ship and ferry it was found her car carrying capacity was considered insufficient and her bow car doors were welded up. Her starboard quarter rear car doors are still used to transfer stores and equipment.

There was a bit of unpleasantness at Singapore in 1993 when the ship completely rolled over when being maintained in a floating dock which sank!

After a number of changes of owner I understand she's now Indian-owned and operated by a German company.

These are from previous calls.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 10:52
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