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Post 302
  PaulB, Dover

Had some tidal surge concerns in from the Port of Dover and from Laura Sandys MP for Thanet South.
Here we go..


Serious Risk of Flooding on Sandwich Coast

Call 0800 80 70 60 to report an incident. Visit or follow @EnvAgencySE on Twitter for the latest information.

“I would like to make all local residents aware of the flood warning that has been issued for areas along the Sandwich Coast for Friday. There is a severe flood alert for The Quay in Sandwich, with serious warnings for Sandwich Town and the Discovery Park Site and a general alert for the entire coastline from Pegwell Bay to Deal.

“I would strongly advise people to avoid all coastal areas on Friday where possible until the tides have subsided, as there is a very strong chance that beaches, coastal paths and promenades could be flooded and pose a significant danger.

“I have been in close contact with the Environment Agency to ensure that all possible steps are being taken to protect people and properties ahead of tomorrow’s forecast events.”

Anyone concerned about flooding should contact Floodline on 08459 881 188, or call 0800 80 70 60 to report an incident. All up-to-date information can be found online at

Port of Dover - possible tidal surge -
Press Release

05 December 2013

Port of Dover prepares for possible tidal surge

The Port of Dover has been working hard with its customers in order to prepare for the possibility of a tidal surge as gale winds combine with high spring water tides later today.

Last night, staff conducted a full scale inspection of the Port estate in order to assess the potential impact of the predicted weather conditions on Port operations and on neighbouring businesses and residences.

The safety of customers, staff and the local community is paramount and the Port will be taking the appropriate action to mitigate the effects of the weather as far as possible.

The Port advises ferry customers to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and to keep updated via the Port’s website ( and twitter feed

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 15:05
Post 301
  PaulB, Dover



MyFerryLink is looking forward to 2014 and a bright future on the English Channel following wednesday’s announcement that the decision of the Competition Commission calling for the company to cease operating from Dover has been quashed.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal found that the Competition Commission did not have jurisdiction to investigate MyFerryLink as the acquisition of certain former SeaFrance assets did not constitute a merger.

MyFerryLink managing director Robin Wilkins said:

"We are delighted with the ruling. We anticipate that this will finally enable us to build our business without further legal challenges.

“We are already the highest rated cross-Channel operator and have built a substantial business based on quality of service and value for money. This is a very good day for our staff, our customers and our future customers."


Fascinating developments indeed, some feel the story is not entirely over yet but certainly its a serious boost for MFL and their 600 staff members...who will be grateful today to be holding on to their jobs in these difficult times.
Good luck to them.

Top picture shows the familiar but sometimes overlooked Nord Pas de Calais battling through the gloom a couple of days ago. My Ferry Link have three ships in action, the Nord freight vessel above, plus the Rodin and the Berlioz.

Other picture shows the Managing Director Robin Wilkins.

Thanks for the reminder about the cruise liners below there Colette will keep an eye out for sure.
Good spot that Howard. A fishing trawler with an unpronounceable name it was, I made a mental note of the name only to promptly forget it again. It appears she has left us now...cant make her out through the early gloom as I write anyway.


Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 07:07
Post 300
  ColetteB, Dover
Some great Ferry News on this Dynamic Sea News page, from some great offers, fantastic awards, photos etc and I bet MFL are very pleased with their early Christmas present Smiley

Now lets cast our minds back to cruises, well the last three of the year until next season which will start on March 6th 2014 with the AIDASol. Talking of the AIDASol, she will also be our very last cruise here in Dover on Monday 23rd December at CT2

Before that we will see the Black Watch return here this Friday 6th December at CT2 and again after a short cruise, on Tuesday 10th December for debark only.

That's it for this year, Merry Christmas to all.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 16:51
Post 299
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
i suspect the saga of eurotunnel/my ferry and dfds has a way to run yet which will please the legal profession.

spotted this through the gloom earlier.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 16:30
Post 298
  PaulB, Dover


An Appeal Tribunal has overturned the previous ruling by the Monopolies Commission.
Saving 600 jobs.. almost 100 of them here in Dover. Smiley
We will have more on this in due course, but for now all looks mightily improved for MFL.


THE PORT OF DOVER will study carefully the Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment in order that it can fully assess its impact on the Port and its customers and the local community. We will seek to discuss the matter with our ferry customers.

The Port’s priority is providing an excellent service to the 12-13 million customers who use the Port each year and to ensure that it continues to offer value for money and choice to the consumer. Our immediate priority is to ensure service provision during the busy Christmas period.

As growth in ferry traffic is sustained, the Port is committed to ensuring that it provides the very best infrastructure and adequate port capacity to meet the demands of the market and the requirements of its major ferry business partners going forward. As it continues to review its master plan, the Port is working hard to ensure that it will be ready to respond positively to whatever demands such on-going growth places upon it.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 15:06
Post 297
  PaulB, Dover
Ahh - its always a sad sight to see the ferry like that in the picture in the previous post. I suppose its the inevitable life cycle in action but nevertheless.
On the upside I guess it brings somebody somewhere a job.
Good to hear of your achievements on the Lifeboats Ed...will remember to salute when I bump into you!

Yesterday was leaden grey across the entire day...a bit cold and a bit miserable. But for a brief early morning moment the blinding sun split the heavens...
The early P&O ferry above having left Dover Harbour through the western exit/entrance heads into the burning light.
Below...well its never a good idea to fly too close to the sun. Both pics taken at roughly the same time.

ps: Ed you can put web addresses but dont put the http bit first...just start with www - because its a live open page thats the best do-able as otherwise we could be spammed big time which happened previously.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 08:33
Post 296
  Ed Connell, Dover
Image off Facebook of the Ostend Spirit (ex Pride of Calais) being scrapped at Aliaga.

There is a video taken from the Bridge as she ran up the beach. This was the second attempt as the first one went a bit wrong. Not permitted to enter a website address in the comments section so just Google the LiveLeak website and enter "old ferry is beached" in the search box.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 01:35
Post 295
  Ed Connell, Dover
I have been on leave for the last two weeks, Paul, so not much from me. Half of my previous leave was spent down at Warsash doing a PSCRB course in lifeboats and rescue boats as my designated role in an emergency is as Launch Commander responsible for launching the liferafts and assisting with the lifeboats and rescue boats. Lots of ribald comments re this onboard and I now refer to myself as L.Cdr Connell PSCRB MN.

I have learned from bitter experience not to comment online on anything to do with any company I am working for! As for these awards, there seem to be a lot of them and each ferry company naturally chooses to highlight the ones which reflect well on them.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013 - 12:25
Post 294
  PaulB, Dover


DFDS Seaways has been awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the 2013 World Travel Awards Gala in Doha, Qatar (30 November) for the third year in a row.

The World Travel Awards, hailed as the premier awards programme for the travel and tourism industry, celebrates excellence throughout the global travel, tourism and hospitality sector. The winners are decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers.

In addition to the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ accolade, DFDS Seaways also received the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the European leg of the World Travel Awards held in August 2013. Together, these titles recognise the DFDS Seaways’ commitment to excellence during the last twelve months

“We are very honoured to be awarded ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for three consecutive years. This is a fantastic endorsement of the excellent service and standards we strive to deliver to our loyal customer base. This prestigious award is testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, who work tirelessly to provide the very best travel experience,” said Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways.

“We believe that a customer’s holiday should start as soon as they board a DFDS Seaways ferry and are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality service and experience for everyone who sails with us.”

DFDS Seaways operates a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg, providing passengers a wide range of choice and a gateway to Europe. DFDS also operates a number of ferry routes across the Baltic Sea. For further information please visit or telephone 0871 882 0885.

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You just beat me to it there Howard. Great stuff above there from DFDS SEAWAYS. Yes hopefully some comments from our mariner extraordinaire Ed on this one. Havent seen too much from Ed or the guys lately but with the changing season its difficult...not as many ships etc. Hopefully all are still enjoying things.

Interesting NOTE re GOOGLE : Yours truly isnt a huge Googler but nevertheless I was amazed to find that we have a strong position on Google among the world players. I typed in SEA NEWS the other day and there we were at the top of page 4. I was amazed and pleased at the same time as this particular page here is only going a wet day.

This gives us a great chance to flag up Dover to the wider our best assets of sea, sky, seaport, sailing and ships..leading with our ferries, cruise liners, cargo ships etc etc and much more beside.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013 - 08:16
Post 293
  howard mcsweeney, dover
announced earlier that dfds have won the ferry operator of the year award again.

i suppose we will have to expect ed coming on with the line "unnacustomed as i am to making speeches etc etc".

Monday, 2 December 2013 - 19:48
Post 292
  PaulB, Dover

and enjoying a great deal at the same time. Lille here we come...!!

Lille Christmas Market with DFDS Seaways Smiley
- Travel to Dunkirk from 27 November to 13 December and visit the popular Lille Christmas Market

Smiley Book by 11 December to receive £10 off return crossings and £20 to spend onboard Smiley

DFDS Seaways, the award-winning ferry operator, is spreading some festive cheer with its latest cross-Channel offer designed to help people wanting to visit the Lille Christmas market this winter. Passengers who book to travel from Dover–Dunkirk between 27 November and 13 December will receive £10 off their return sailing and a free £20 voucher to spend in the onboard shop. This means you can cross the Channel on your way to the Lille Christmas market for as little as £48 return for a car and up to four passengers.

The Lille Christmas market, (Marché de Noel), is a perfect destination for a festive trip or short break at under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk. The Flemish city hosts the largest Christmas market in Northern France and is especially enchanting during the festive season. A huge Christmas tree and giant Ferris wheel take centre stage in the main square and the Grand Place and the surrounding streets dazzle with lights, colour and the aromas of delicious food and drink.

The main Christmas marketplace is situated in Place Rihour where wooden chalets sell handmade toys, Christmas decorations, festive food and warming mugs of mulled wine. Lille is also a shopper’s paradise, as the city centre boasts a wide range of excellent shops and boutiques, as well as a number of museums and restaurants that specialise in Flemish and French cuisine. The cobbled streets of the old part of the city have a delightfully old fashioned Christmas feel, and are home to a heady mix of boutique shops and cosy cafes and restaurants.

With your £20 voucher, you can continue your Christmas shopping onboard and take advantage of the special offers available in the DFDS onboard shop. The shop has a range of perfume, cosmetics, wines, beers and spirits as well as confectionery, toys and travel essentials on sale, ensuring there is something for everyone. You can also grab a hot bite to eat in the onboard restaurant, enjoy a drink at the bar or simply take in the fantastic sea views, while the little ones can amuse themselves in the children’s soft play area.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “As the festive season approaches, we’re getting in the spirit of giving with our latest onboard voucher offer and travel discount for passengers wanting to visit the illuminating Lille Christmas market. One of the advantages of travelling by car and ferry is that there are no luggage restrictions, which means you are free to stock up with Christmas presents, regional delicacies or wine and beer.”

DFDS Seaways sails up to 24 times a day between Dover and Dunkirk, providing passengers a luxury onboard experience and flexible, convenient and fuss-free travel options.

To take advantage of these offers, book now or to find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235.

For more information visit our Lille travel guide to find out more.

For more information on the Lille Christmas market, visit

Monday, 2 December 2013 - 07:57
Post 291
  PaulB, Dover
Twas very pleasant in a somewhat sunkissed Dover today sunday. The picture above was taken early this morning and you can see just how weak the colours are. Not much strength in the sun with the earth barely warming up at all. December is now upon us with all its woes. But Dover still offers these spectacular views to one and all...there are many visitors here today enjoying it all..and very welcome they are too.

The sea was calm if a little bracing but it didnt deter either the seafront promenaders or these guys below sailing. Sunday morning and all's well.

Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 17:26
Post 290
  PaulB, Dover
We had a visit from the UK Border Agency yesterday saturday with their vessel called Seeker. We have seen her here before of course..and as I look now she seems to be gone, sailed off quietly in the dead of night to pastures unknown..she doesnt use her locationing system presumably for obvious reasons..dont want to give the game away to those smugglers!

First picture is from earlier in the day..taken just at the moment the cargo ship Ouro du Brasil came close to shore...presumably to drop her pilot off as seems to be the occasional norm. The Ouro du Brasil was heading right across the South Atlantic to Santos. Now thats a long oul haul in anyone's book.
That's Seeker in the foreground.

Another picture below from later in the day when the light source moved round the bay..
pictures are a wee bit wishy washy unfortunately because of the prevailing light.

Yes a very popular area for fishing Howard..reasons are best known to anglers.
I wonder what they catch there and is it edible?
But yes well done the DDC for clearing the debris and junk away.

Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 07:54
Post 289
  howard mcsweeney, dover
read that one with interest as i happened to be on deal pier a few years back when they were doing the same, and watched open mouthed at the sheer quantity of rubbish that was being brought up.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 - 09:33
Post 288
  PaulB, Dover


There was a boost for local anglers this week when clearance work took place to drag the seabed around Deal Pier - the work took place on Wednesday (27 November), and removed around a ton of debris, including netting and fishing tackle with lead weights.
A trawler was specially commissioned by Dover District Council to clear the area around the pier to help ‘tackle’ debris on the seabed and improve fishing conditions. The work has been carried out to improve the quality of fishing and to clear the seabed, and follows ongoing monitoring and feedback from local anglers.
Cllr Nigel Collor, DDC Cabinet Member for Property, said: “We were pleased to be able to arrange for the sea bed around Deal Pier to be trawled again, to keep the area clean of debris like fishing tackle and line, and to help local anglers.”

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Cracking pictures of the sky below there Phil and well done getting them up Howard. A big fan of big skies myself and those ones are exceptional. Obviously these days its a bit quieter for ships in the harbour, no cruise liners etc, but we are getting much info through from all the main players which is great...but the natural world as it were also qoes down very well. Will be watching for dramatic skies myself in the days ahead with an eye for everything from storms to sunrises.
Well done Phil.

Top picture shows those gentle days beside Deal Pier.
Second pic shows Cllr Nigel Collor.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 - 08:08
Post 287
  howard mcsweeney, dover
not heard the term fallstreak holes before but this is what they look like, all taken by phil smith at samphire hoe 2 days ago.

Friday, 29 November 2013 - 12:18
Post 286
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed Jan some good deals on offer there in Calais with MyFerryLink (see thursdays post 08.09 below). We will try and bring offers from all sides when they are available if we can.. so that readers can enjoy their trip across to maximum effect.

The picture above shows the ever busy dredger David Church working away by the breakwater which it does with regular efficiency. Doing a lot of heavy 'shovelling' this past week. Took the pic above a few days ago. In the background you can see cargo ship Aloe on course for Hopewell in the USA...a long way to go for that one, all the way across the wide Atlantic.

Friday, 29 November 2013 - 08:48
Post 285
  JanT, Dover
Wow what a great offer from MyFerryLink, just goes to show what can be done when people work together, have frequently visited some of the places mentioned so I hope many will take up the offer.SmileySmiley

And some great pictures below of Calais nothing quite like hopping on the Ferry and enjoying a leisurely lunch and a chilled glass of wine, while sitting in one of the pavement cafe's watching the world go by.
Somehow we don't quite manage it here in the same waySmileySmiley
What can I say memories of lovely summer days SmileySmiley

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 09:33
Post 284
  PaulB, Dover

Fantastic Festive offers in France... from MyFerryLinkSmileySmiley

10% off in nearly 70 shops and restaurants, plus great accommodation deals

MyFerryLink has joined forces with nearly 70 shops, restaurants, brasseries and hotels in Calais and the surrounding area to give shoppers travelling to France a huge array of festive offers. People sailing to France between now and 15 January 2014 with MyFerryLink can get a 10% discount in nearly 70 stores and restaurants such as La Maison des Vins et du Fromage delicatessen, La Fontaine des Fées gift shop and the popular Le Channel and La Sole Meunière restaurants.

There are also exclusive offers at Calais Vins and Franglais Vins wine warehouses and at two hotels; the stylish Hotel Meurice in Calais and, further afield, the luxurious four star Grand Hotel in Le Touquet for any customers wishing to extend their shopping trip into a short break.

Hotel Meurice is offering a double room & breakfast for €72 (£61) per night and Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet is offering a two-night stay for two people sharing a double room, plus breakfast and three course dinner for just €185 (£155) per person (a saving of 20%). What’s more, travellers spending over £70 in the MyFerryLink onboard boutique will be given a gift of a bottle of sparkling wine or a box of French chocolates.

For full details of all the offers, visit the ‘My Ferry Offers’ page on the MyFerryLink website.

MyFerryLink operates 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £29 for a day return (24 hours) and from £38 for a three day return (72 hours). Other fare offers are available.

>For information on all of these offers or to book, visit or call 0844 2482 100<

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Thanks to MYFERRYLINK for the information above. We have added our own pictures to the mix which focus on the harbour area, although we also have pictures in the archives of the wider town. I am a great fan of Calais myself, a town sometimes overlooked in the gallop south, and I will make use of some of those deals mentioned above. Le Touquet is also a great place to spend time. Yours truly is familiar with the establishments mentioned above. PB


Pictures : top shot shows Calais from the decks of the MyFerryLink Rodin with the fabulous architecture of the Hotel de Ville in the far distance.
Second one shows the harbour by night
Third one a slightly different view of the harbour this time by colourful day
..and the fourth one shows the memorial to those sailors sadly lost at sea.

Yes indeed guys an interesting itinerary from Fred.Olsen below there. Exciting stuff!

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 08:09
Post 283
  howard mcsweeney, dover
fantastic photo below, i don't know much about kiel but suspect it is not normally very easy on the eye.

the beautiful ships and massed ranks of people looking on show it in a great light.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 20:46
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