Friday, 22 February 2019

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Listing highlights....
Scroll down or use our Search Engine for posts and pictures of Border Force in Dover and Ramsgate.
RHA - we need to avoid cliff-edge Brexit 6069.
BREXIT READY statement from Port of Dover/DFDS/P&O Ferries see 6021.
P&O Spirit of Britain - notable Cyprus reflagging see 6017. See also latest 6041.
Tourism Thriving see 6044.
Deal Pier Kitchen restaurant opens 6016.
Charlie Elphicke MP - making our borders stronger, safer 6014.
BORDER FORCE SEARCHER and migrant boat.. see 5969 below..

Port of Dover supports Women in Maritime 5975.
Christmas Lifeboats in Ramsgate see 5937.
P&O: Britain's Favourite see 5922.
DFDS: Voted Worlds Leading Ferry Operator...see 5918..
Charlie Elphicke MP: Migrant Crisis 5894.
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.

Highlights continue...
Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881, 5882 ...
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.

DFDS Revitalize Dining 5831
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812.
see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.

Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.
Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see 5734....

Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.
DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.

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Post 6057
  Sea News, Dover

That's a picture above there of Bulknes very early yesterday morning. You can just see her discharging her cargo of sand there...time of picture 06.50. Took it while it was still fairly dark to try and capture the glowing lights and the exciting activity. Realised afterwards that we have a similar picture in the system from a previous trip. We have an evening pic below as well, taken after she had moved over to the new cargo terminal...see also Patrick's pictures below in post 6056.

Picture 2 here shows HMS Enterprise in the distance as we look across the Bulknes long conveying arm mid morning yesterday.

As mentioned, here we have Bulknes again below...evening-time at the new cargo terminal. Exciting times!

Cracking collection below Patrick. You got a bit of a scoop there with Bulknes at the new terminal. Great stuff Patrick...Smiley
Brian Smiley

Have some extra pictures of Bulknes as she moved across to the new terminal...will catch up with those in due course.
She is still in Port at the time of writing.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 04:55
Post 6056
  Patrick, Marine Parade
'BULKNES', the self discharging bulk carrier that has graced our Port with sister ships on a number of earlier occasions discharging dark aggregate into the DWDR area, arrived this morning at the new Berth 'C'. Having partly discharged she moved for the first time to complete operations onto Berth 'A' alongside the RCT ('Banana Shed'). First time I have seen a vessel on that berth. Progress continues apace.

Monday, 28 January 2019 - 17:01
Post 6055
  brian dixon, dover
at least they got a safer ride back, and in the warm to.

Monday, 28 January 2019 - 12:56
Post 6054
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Vigilant
A couple of pictures above there of Border Force Vigilant just after arriving into Port late last week. It had just begun snowing at the time of twas a cold oul day for sure. A RIB dropped suddenly out of the rear of the vessel and and began to move away...heading to the inner harbour. The heavy Channel patrolling goes on, by both Border Force and the Royal Navy.

Below and we have some more pictures of the current 'organised turmoil' on the legendary Dover Beach. The poet Mathew Arnold, who wrote that famous poem, would hardly recognise it now. But fear not Matthew..don't will return to normal eventually, we are assured.

"Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling..."
Plenty of pebbles here for flinging...

Very interesting collection below there from Mike. Keeping us up to speed with the general workings and the inner goings on. Great stuff again Mike !Smiley

Patrick yes chilly times indeed. Brave girl. Nice enjoyable shots there - so well done with those. Dont know about yourself but yours truly is tending to be anchored to the warm sofa at the moment...SmileySmiley

Del you will probably be having some more wintry windy weather up there in Norfolk might be needing that ol sou'wester...SmileySmiley

Ah yes indeed Brian, it could always be worse I suppose...Smiley


Monday, 28 January 2019 - 06:11
Post 6053
  Mike J., Dover

A couple of views of the new lock, a pity that the temporary bridge obscures the new bridge’s deck.

TOPLOADER has shifted into the Wellington Dock [diving work finished ?] & the TOPLIFT was on the Tidal Basin pontoon on Sundsy.
Dunno whether she’s about to sail elsewhere or start working in Dover.

Self-discharger BULKNES [post 5843] should arrive in the wee small hours of Monday morning.

Monday, 28 January 2019 - 00:57
Post 6052
  Del Styan, Norwich
Hope the weather treats you kindly. I think the winds and rain has finally left us up here in Norfolk. Hope the big people carrier vehicles on the sea front don't topple over!

Sunday, 27 January 2019 - 23:17
Post 6051
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Shiver me timbers me hearties. Someone not the least bit worried about this cold windy winter weather in the harbour.
Easy peasy on the paddle board just like A B C. Love the hat!

Sunday, 27 January 2019 - 23:12
Post 6050
  brian dixon, dover
pb, re the boat people nothing harsh about it,sending them back to franc is a soft option.could have sent them back to iran or where ever they come from, now that's harsh.

Sunday, 27 January 2019 - 12:57
Post 6049
  Sea News, Dover

HMS Enterprise turns about in the distance, continuing her gentle patrolling up and down the coast here...while in the foreground the Dover Western Docks Redevelopment workers work on...

HMS Enterprise working away tirelessly above there as you can see. Meanwhile....From MSN yesterday:

"Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed a new deal with his French counterpart to return migrants who illegally cross the Channel back to France.

The agreement saw the first handful of migrants returned yesterday and is part of a new action plan which is backed by £6m extra money from the UK government. It was announced yesterday after the Home Secretary met French interior minister Christophe Castaner in London.

The French have agreed they will take back migrants who have been fingerprinted on the so-called Eurodac database. This enables immigration officers to establish if they have already applied for asylum in an EU country or illegally transited through other EU states."


That new plan seems a tad harsh. These unfortunates, sometimes with children in tow, grimly risk their lives coming across the choppy waters in flimsy craft in the dead of night.. only to be unsympathetically sent back.

The need for a deterrent is understandable but...

Yesterday mid morning saw the departure once again of our regular friend the Maersk Connector. How can you miss a ship that big moving off?? well yours truly almost did...but saw it across the breakwater at the last minute. And speaking of the breakwater, lots of cormorants on there in the foreground as you can see, and lots of gulls on the wing.
The Maersk Connector, looking magnificent, was off to Rotterdam.
The Maersk Connector.

Thanks Del - yes lucky to get the pix, the recent improvement in visibility led to the opportunity
...and of course yours truly got the tugboats and the Border Force to co-operate with the images...Smiley !!

Its going to be a very windy day out there...veering between Gale Force 8 and Severe Gale 9 along the Channel.
So sayeth the Shipping Forecast.
Hold on to yer hat!


Sunday, 27 January 2019 - 06:04
Post 6048
  Del Styan, Norwich
Snow in France - how do you get such great pics? Well done.

Saturday, 26 January 2019 - 22:55
Post 6047
  Sea News, Dover
The Snowy Hills of France

Top shot there captures Dauntless at work on our recent chilly Thursday. What is notable about a picture of the familiar Dauntless this time however, is the snow in the distance. We had snow ourselves but it soon dispersed, but the white stuff remained all down along the coast of France .. as you can see in both pictures.

The second picture shows Border Force Speedwell returning to its base here at the Port of Dover...once again highlighting the snow in the distance. That's the Varne Lightship also in the distance. Soon after the pictures were taken we had a flurry or two ourselves. I love an occasional flurry...well who wouldn't.


Saturday, 26 January 2019 - 05:57
Post 6046
  Sea News, Dover
As promised ... some further pics now of HMS Enterprise taken this week
...and here we are..

HMS Enterprise.

There she goes...patrolling the area west of the Port here at Dover.
Maersk Connector back in Port today - at cruise terminal one.

Yes indeed Brian Smiley

Friday, 25 January 2019 - 07:28
Post 6045
  brian dixon, dover
yes paul, p&o are owned by dubai ports nowadays, doing what they have done makes them more tax effishant as barry w would say.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 13:28
Post 6044
  Sea News, Dover

Tourism Thriving In White Cliffs Country

Dover Castle.

Tourism continues to flourish in the Dover District, with tourism related jobs increasing by 4.2% in 2017 and the industry now accounting for 17% of all total employment, according to research released this week.

Independent research commissioned by Visit Kent, on behalf of Dover District Council and the district’s three town councils, also revealed that the value of White Cliffs Country’s visitor economy grew by 6.5% in 2017 and is now worth £282 million.

Visits rose by 2.45% to 4.6 million trips which included nearly half a million overnight stays and an increase in the number of day trips to 4.2 million, a rise of 7.2% when compared to 2015. The economic value of day trips to White Cliffs Country also saw a healthy growth with a rise of 9.5%.

Cllr MJ Holloway, Dover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “I am delighted to see that tourism across the district has continued on its upward trajectory, creating more opportunities and wider economic benefits for our community.

“This research demonstrates why we have placed a key focus upon tourism and the visitor economy in the district with an ambitious tourism agenda. The future for the district is exciting with creative plans to put White Cliffs Country and our three principal towns of Deal, Dover and Sandwich firmly on the map as destinations of choice.

“We will be working hard with partners across the district to ensure that we harness the potential of the Open Golf Championship in 2020. The district can also anticipate the introduction of new possibilities to the tourism and visitor economy as we form new and strengthen existing relationships with industry partners and town councils to supplement and continue to facilitate our already fantastic visitor offer, which includes some of the finest heritage, landscapes and nature that Great Britain has to offer.”

Deirdre Wells OBE, Chief Executive of Visit Kent, added: “Tourism is the UK’s fastest growing service sector and these figures demonstrate the contribution which our vital industry makes to the economy of Kent.”

Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “The results from the 2017 survey commissioned by Visit Kent clearly show that the visitor economy is increasingly important to the county’s future prosperity.”

For more information about White Cliffs Country, please see the White Cliffs Country website ( )


Dover Castle.

That is good news above there re Kent in can understand now why the hotel groups such as Travelodge and Premier Inn are making these local investments...and you can see why Marco Pierre White has associated himself with the Dover Marina Hotel. The Hythe Bay Restaurant on the beach here is closed for a major refurb this month.... so its all happening. And then of course there is the new marina itself coming...exciting times..

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A picture gazing along the aggravated beach this week. You can see the way the tidal pattern in relation to the beach has changed. The new harbour build has shifted the tidal flow somewhat. The picture shows the situation at high tide. Will have some extra pictures of the beach workings in due course.

Interesting all round collection below there Mike...Topbond currently replacing Holyhead Towing as the main player. Those Holyhead guys seem to be all gone nowadays... much missed.

Brian yes I can totally understand the reasons behind P&O's is such a wide-eyed surprise though...them being the long time long term example of the stalwart British maritime tradition ( even though like much else they are Foreign owned these days ).

ps: have some more pictures of HMS Enterprise coming...


Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 06:14
Post 6043
  Mike J., Dover

HUNTER berthing in the Tidal Basin on a very high tide, midday Wednesday.

A Border Force RIB was on the waiting pontoon - an impressive craft, it seems larger than the RIBs carried aboard the BF Cutters.
[post 6027].
An addition to the fleet perhaps ?

The TOPLIFT has returned to Dover & was in Wellington Dock, last reported in ‘Sea News’ in August 2016, post 3391.

The split hull, to permit transport by lorry, can be clearly seen.

The larger TOPLOADER continues in service, mostly working out on the ‘Marina Curve’
With the jack-up rig TOPJACK over in Eastern Docks there’s quite a little gathering of the TOPBOND PLC fleet in Dover.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 01:14
Post 6042
  brian dixon, dover
and who can blame p & o under the present circumstanes

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 16:36
Post 6041
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above shows a hard frost on the seafront a couple of days ago..Monday in fact. Very cold and very slippery. You can see a few hardy souls out there bravely ..ermmm braving it. A good bracing walk stimulates the corpuscles. So they say. I of course prefer to watch others doing it..Smiley

That road looks a bit dangerous...not much gritting there..Smiley

And speaking of all things cold...below we have the latest picture of Cold Stream making its way to Hamburg in Germany. Just caught it in the distance, picture helped by some sunlight for a change.

Above there we have GXS Viking moving off, scattering the birds as she goes. We featured her sister boat EMS Vulcan recently. She was presumably heading for Ramsgate. Quality not great on that picture...

Below we have an item about P&O's hugely disappointing reflagging ...
....following along from Mike's post in 6017.

Words from the Microsoft Network today...MSN Money
( the picture is ours. The ship used to show Dover, now showing Limassol ).

Shipping operator P&O has announced it will be re-flagging its entire UK-registered fleet to Cyprus ahead of Brexit, in order to keep its tax arrangements within the European Union.

P&O had said in December that it would re-flag just two of its UK ships operating on the English Channel route to France to the Cyprus registry.

But the company has now decided that six of its 20 ships will be re-flagged, changing their national registration from British to Cypriot.

"In advance of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel," a P&O spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

"For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag."

He said that the decision to re-register the entire English Channel fleet will lead to fewer inspections and delays, "and will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state".


SmileyMany thanks Mike - great info all round there below. Great clock...good to hear that the beach will be fully restored in due course. Will get more pictures...

Smiley Thanks Andrew..yes dark political tunnel is right. Yes if you find those pictures by all means post them up. Always welcome.

Smiley yes well said Del... as Mike said the light at the end of the tunnel is probably a train coming at you. So many concerning stories everyday now. Latest one being that our schools are expecting to be heavily blocked in the trucking chaos, pupils not being able to get there and so on so on, and on the front page of most or all the Newspapers today ... arch Brexiteer Dyson has legged it...


Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 06:07
Post 6040
  Mike J., Dover
Andrew & Del’s remarks about ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ always makes me pessimistically wonder whether the light is an oncoming train . . . .

The activity in Paul’s post 6031 is the clearance of shingle from the piles of the new marina pier so that ‘anodes’ can be fitted to fitted to reduce corrosion of the piles with the shingle being temporarily stockpiled to the east of the Watersports Centre.
The temporary rock barrier on the other side of the Centre is also being removed which is the untidy pile by the existing groyne.
I’m sure that DWDR will let you have a few for your rockery if you ask them nicely.

The beach will be restored to it’s previous profile when the work is completed, aided by the natural build-up of shingle which is confidently predicted.
This information from the DSS Facebook page with permission & with thanks..

Nice views of the slightly rusty Admiralty Pier lighthouse in Paul’s recent posts.
Some years ago an interesting clock from the lighthouse was noticed in Port Control.

When in use the clock was connected to the light mechanism & showed the rotation of the light’s lenses.


In early days the lens, which gave the light it’s ‘characteristic’ [flash sequence] would itself have been rotated by another clockwork mechanism.

View from Port Control on the same ioccasion in October 2012 with reefer CHIQUITA BREMEN & bunker tanker CORALWATER.
At that time a bunker tanker was semi-permanently based in Dover for the ferries, leaving port only to refill her own cargo tanks, usually at Rotterdam.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 03:58
Post 6039
  Del Styan, Norwich
Well said Andrew - you put it very well - I think I'll use it in the next few days! "Let us hope some light will soon appear at the end of the dark political tunnel we seem to be in at the moment". Hope you're not advertising the alternative way to cross the Channel.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 23:07
Post 6038
  Andrew , Broadstairs
Thanks Paul for the picture of HMS ENTERPRISE (H88), her motto - Spes aspera levat
("Hope lightens difficulties")! Let us hope some light will soon appear at the end of the dark political tunnel we seem to be in at the moment. On a lighter note (sorry), her nickname is “Starship” from the original TV series Star Trek and was originally given to the previous RN ship of the same name which with her sisters ECHO and EGERIA could regularly be seen around our shores with all three visiting the Granville Dock in the 70’s/80’s. I have a photograph somewhere, when I find the slide I will post it! The three vessels were involved with re-charting the Goodwin Sands after several groundings in the 60’s when it was discovered that the ‘sands’ were constantly shifting in an anti-clockwise manner.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 11:35
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