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Post 453
  ColetteB, Dover
Indeed, agree, another terrific programme featuring our very well deserved town, I'm always bigging up Dover every chance I get & quite rightly so. I loved this episode & so soon too after 'The Choir'. All this positive publicity will stand us in good stead attracting more visitors here. Mandy Whall was excellent, such professionalism!!

I note the Dance to France is on my Birthday 29th March when I will be the grand ole age of 29 again Smiley Perhaps I should throw all caution to the wind & go dance the night away. Great photo of the lifeboat from Andy, I'm sure PaulB used a smaller version of it a while back. I hope the night is a great success for the RNLI Smiley

Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 16:55
Post 452
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Michael Portillo's famed pastel shades always add colour to the programme! Seriously, another great programme featuring the delights of Dover. I am sure most visitors go away with a much more favourable impression than many Dovorians would give credit. Like every town we have out faults, but if people spent as much time talking up the town as they do talking it down, we might start to get somewhere!

Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 09:40
Post 451
  PaulB, Dover
Very difficult night once again, huge waves breaking over the seafront walls. Must have been horrendously tough out in the channel. Tides were very high and as I write they are now very very low at 6.20am...almost as if the sea has withdrawn. Looks somewhat odd.
Weatherman tells us there is more bizarre and stormy weather to batten down the hatches!

By way of a bit of light relief. Here are a couple of pictures of Michael Portillo's visit to Dover as shown on his great railway journeys on Thursday night at 6.30pm. While not exactly a sea news item...the excuse is our very own seafront can be seen in the first shot. I tried to make a postcard out of it with only moderate success..

Here we are..

Yes that's former Politician Michael Portillo strolling along our very pleasant seafront here in Dover. He went on to explore the Grand Shaft with Mandy Whall of the WHPS who came across very well and here we have a pic of that..

The pictures are of course photographed from the TV. There are more pictures in the main forum by Howard and they look great.
I have 'postcardised' these ones.

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Thanks Andy for that further info re Dance to France...and for the dramatic picture. The lifeboat guys sent me that one in my previous role..still have it in the files. Its by Dan Keen if I remember rightly.
Im known for a mean soft shoe shuffle on the dancefloor so I! Smiley

Yes indeed Jan some good info through there from DFDS..great ideas.

Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 06:37
Post 450
  JanT , Dover
Excellent picture showing the Lifeboat Andy and lets hope that the Charity Disco Cruise (Dance to France) has a good take up for a very good cause.Smiley
And DFDS give us some more very good offers, cases are already packed for those itchy feetSmileySmiley

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 12:45
Post 449
  Andy MacLean, Canterbury (
Our Dover Lifeboat at speed!

Please help us to support the good work by booking tickets for the Charity Disco Cruise 'Dance to France' on board MV Spirit of Britain - 1835 sailing - Saturday 29th. March.

Tickets from : 01304 210572 or 01227 732414

Places strictly limited so book early!

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 11:33
Post 447
  PaulB, Dover

• Travel for France for as little as £29 return for a car and four people

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has launched a fantastic £29 day-return offer on its Dover-Dunkirk route for a car and up to four people. Those wanting a longer break can take advantage of a £39 return fare for a three-day break or £45 for a five-day return, both for a car and up to four people. All offers are bookable from now until April 1, for travel before April 2.

The special fares are perfect for those looking to relax and recharge their batteries with a short break in France or Continental Europe.

Day trip ideas
If you are looking for a great family day out with a Continental flavor, then families with young children will love the family theme park at Plopsaland-de-Panne, which is just a short 20 minute drive from Dunkirk port in France.

If French cuisine hits your spot, then why not hop over to Dunkirk and pick up some delicious French produce? Market days in Dunkirk are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the mornings, where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, sweets and other local delicacies. Alternatively, the supermarkets are also fully stocked with French food, wine, clothes and other goods, and are open Monday-Saturday until late (08.30 - 21.30 Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 08.30 – 22.00 Friday). Dunkirk itself is well worth a visit, with over 15km of sandy beaches, as well as shops and eateries full of Flemish delights. Check out our Dunkirk travel guide for more information and ideas of where to go:

The offer code for the day return to Dunkirk is E24SB.

Short breaks
If you are looking to take advantage of the three or five-day short break offers, then Bruges, the beer and chocolate capital of Belgium, is a good option and is under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk port. Or for those wanting to go slightly further afield, why not travel on to the beautiful city of Ghent, which is home to a host of architectural and historic delights? Check out our Belgium travel guides for more inspiration:

Romantics might want to visit Paris, at around three hours’ drive from Dunkirk, or even travel around several French towns and cities as part of your touring holiday. Read our France travel guide for more ideas:

The offer code for the three-day return fare is E72SB and the five-day return to Dunkirk is E120SB.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 12 return sailings per day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers flexible and convenient crossing options. Passengers can relax on board during the short, two hour crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up a few last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop or let the kids play the dedicated children’s areas.

To find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235 to book your return crossing now....

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Some nice ideas above there from DFDS..yours truly is getting that itchy travel bug again!
Good to see that pic of the Lizrix up close Ed.
Howard there is some RNLI info on the 'Dance to France' here on page 2 from Andrew Maclean..
... just in case you missed it.

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 06:20
Post 446
  Ed Connell, Dover
The bunker barge Lizrix which has replaced the Coralwater whilst she goes away to get a replacement rudder.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 20:12
Post 445
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
mark makes reference to the "dance to france" trips, there is another planned on the "spirit of britain" in march organised by the rnli.

will start a thread on the main forum when i get full details.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 13:49
Post 444
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed - well done with those Mike. I saw the Meander in action yesterday...towing the Coral Water away. Did get a picture myself but your ones better and right in close to the action. Excellent stuff! Yes the Coral Water broke down a few days back..just outside harbour. Reference to it with picture further down page.


Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 08:16
Post 443
  howard mcsweeney, dover
looked in just before logging off for the night and find that mike has come up with the goods again.

great informative stuff.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 23:27
Post 442
  Mike J., Dover
The Dutch tug MEANDER towed out the Dover bunker tanker CORAL WATER mid-morning on Wednesday, bound for Rotterdam for repairs - the CORAL WATER’s rudder had dropped off about a week ago [honest !].

The tow was assisted across the bay & out thru the Eastern Entrance by the DOUGHTY & whilst the little convoy was waiting for the DELFT SEAWAYS to enter via Eastern the SPIRIT OF BRITAIN came in through the Western Entrance & went straight to No.9 berth.

The tiny dot at the bottom, just right of centre of the first SPIRIT OF BRITAIN photo was a seal - several were mooching about by the Prince of Wales.

The MEANDER had been in Dover for a few days, waiting for an improvement in the weather before starting the tow.

The CORAL WATER has been replaced by the Isle of Man-flagged LIZRIX.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 22:59
Post 441
  PaulB, Dover
The Costa Rican Star gets ready for departure yesterday in the rough conditions around 1pm. Several ferries were delayed around that time due to the rough seas and as a consequence the local traffic became congested. You can see how rough the sea is in the background. Both tugs were in active assistance. I believe there was a Force 8 in play at the time..even holding the camera steady was a challenge. The tugs got the Costa Rican Star safely on her way to Antwerp.

Cant say I have noticed the Costa Rican Star before, perhaps she is a new visitor. Found out a little bit more about her via the general internet...and quite an interesting tale here about her eventful recent journey.

On Jan 27, 2014, around 7:30 ,a.m. the "Costa Rican Star" notified the CROSS Joburg about losing two empty containers. The reefer was located west of the traffic separation scheme of the Caskets, about 50 nautical miles west of Cap de la Hague (Cotentin). The CROSS Joburg immediately informed the vessels transiting the area. The maritime prefecture then issued an urgent notice to mariners.

The Maritime Operations Centre deployed an EC 225 helicopter of the French Navy base in Maupertus to investigate the situation. Due to the relatively accurate initial position provided by the ship the helicopter crew quickly identifed the two containers and marked the boxes with a tag which allowed the maritime prefecture to track the containers in real time and thus avoid collisions. Around 6:20 p.m., the beacons ceased to work so it was very likely that they sank. The "Costa Rican Star" which was enroute from Dakar, where it had sailed on Jan 21, to Antwerp where it was expected on Jan 28, docked at Dover port on Jan 27 around 10.20 p.m. "

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And speaking of all things maritime.. as we do. Here is an interesting and related press release from DDC...


A £6.5 million investment in state-of-the-art facility provides a boost to local economy.
Dover based Viking Recruitment Ltd has started construction of a state-of-the-art maritime training and conference facility at its head office on the Beechwood Business Park in Dover. The Maritime Skills Academy will include a specialist fire fighting and a sea survival centre with wave pool and accompanying environmental effects. The new complex will meet the increased demand for such training with new regulations coming into force in 2017 requiring all seafarers to undertake increased training as well as refresher training every five years.

In addition to providing safety and sea survival training, the centre will also feature numerous training rooms for professional development, simulator training equipment, a conference provision for 120 people, modern kitchens, a restaurant, and coffee shop/bar, all utilised for maritime hospitality training. The Maritime Skills Academy also provides a boost to the local economy, as trainees will require accommodation in local hotels and B&Bs.

Viking Recruitment, established in 1988, has secured financing for the development along with an initial interest free loan of £1.3 million from the East Kent Expansion Fund, part of the £40 million Regional Growth Fund.

Dieter Jaenicke, Chairman and Founder of Viking Recruitment, said: “Dover has a rich seafaring heritage with many people employed in the maritime industries across East Kent. Up until now, they have had to travel further afield and even abroad for such training, but from 2015 they will be able to train here in Dover. The new centre will also provide an important showcase for maritime careers to young people whether at sea or ashore.”
Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is another example of renewed investor confidence in the Dover District. Viking Recruitment has built a strong business in Dover, and has spotted a great opportunity to expand their business and build on Dover’s reputation for maritime innovation and excellence.”

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Interesting post below there Ken. Yes its a lovely ship, let's hope they can get that item attended to fairly swiftly. Yes you are indeed a busy continental traveller, good luck with all that. Hope weather will be reasonable in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 - 07:49
Post 440
  Ken Tranter, Dover (
As someone who uses P&O at least once a week I am always conscious of following safety announcements and signage, but I was horrified at a sign on the truck deck of the Spirit of France. It was printed on a note pad sized piece of paper and sellotaped to the bulkhead door and bore the wording TO BE KEPT CLOSED AT SEA.
I would have expected a more permanent sign but this is classic spoiling the ship for a 'happorth of tar.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 09:14
Post 439
  PaulB, Dover
And Now...a great idea from MYFERRYLINK for those with regular travel in mind

Fantastic savings with the MyFerryLink Carnet frequent traveller scheme
Regular travellers benefit from great prices and flexibility

Regular travellers from the UK to the Continent can now take advantage of special rates with the MyFerryLink Carnet. This frequent traveller scheme offers great value, fixed price travel starting from just £27 per crossing for a car and up to 9 passengers when buying 24 single tickets.

Prices for 18 single tickets are £29 per crossing, 10 single tickets are £31 per crossing and 6 single tickets are £33 per crossing. What’s more, Carnet customers are not required to book a specific date or time if they don’t wish – they can simply turn up at the port and will be guaranteed a sailing on one of the next two departures (excluding peak dates). One or more tickets can also be allocated to a friend or family member, depending on the number of tickets purchased.

A supplement applies for peak holiday dates and for motorhomes and minibuses. For more details, visit the offers page on

MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £29 each way any duration and from £29 for a day return.

To find the best fares, visit or call 0844 2482 100

Top picture shows the Berlioz heading over to Calais guided by a rising sun.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 07:56
Post 438
  PaulB, Dover
Hello Antony in London.
There is passenger traffic coming and going only from the Eastern Docks these times. But these Eastern Docks are very big and very busy...carrying more passengers and freight than ever. The western docks have not been used for the general passenger since the demise of the hovercrafts and seacats etc. Although over on the far western arm of the harbour is where you will find the two cruise terminals. As I understand it these are clearly marked when approaching by car.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 15:14
Post 437
  antony, london, england
We are a private taxi company and we are looking for brief instructions on the pickup and drop off procedures at Dover.

Am I correct in assuming passengers both arrive and depart from the eastern and western docks? Also is there a third cruise terminal?

Thanks in advance for any help and information.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:18
Post 436
  JanT, Dover
Have also watched the video very sad to see its end that way, and seeing the picture below of her last working day, it must in its working life have carried so many across the channel to many destinations. SmileySmiley

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 14:11
Post 435
  brian., dover
re pride of calais,it was a nice piece of parking too, a sad end really.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 13:58
Post 434
  PaulB, Dover
Colette that's a good finale to the story about the lost wallet, a wallet which seemed to have considerable content, so I bet the person herself was glad to get it back untouched as it were. It was extraordinary to see it lying there mid carpark. But all win as you say, and even the Pilgrims Hospice wins too...excellent.

Further to the videos about the beaching of the Pride of Calais. Here is another chance to see her on her last working day. We have used the picture before..and indeed we have other similar ones too, but here she is again on 20 October 2012 on her final working arrival into harbour complete with two trucks on her nose.

Of course P&O have arguably the most modern fleet and below we see one of her steady working replacements in fine action. yes its the Spirit of France photographed last week after her return from refit.

Monday, 27 January 2014 - 07:29
Post 433
  ColetteB, Dover
Just watched the video that Brian posted on the Pride of Calais, very sad indeed but I guess inevitable, she was such a popular ferry in her day.

Pity we didn't bump into you on Friday Howard, fancy that, you & PaulB taking a snap of the Survey Vessel, Sea Vigil, on the same day. Indeed a good photo but lucky he took it before he sampled the delights of Cullins ie the wine cellar Smiley

Just thought I would mention that we found a wallet outside De Bradelei on the day which I handed in to the store. The owner phoned me later & she made a donation on my behalf to a charity of my choice to say thank you, so a win win for her, me & the Pilgrims Hospice at Ashford Smiley

Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 15:54
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