Tuesday, 26 May 2020

….. On Dover Seafront
The wild flowers are now in bloom on Dover Seafront as we look across at Arcadia...also in shot bunker ship Andros and to the misty right...Disney Magic. More 'magical' images of Disney below page.
Dover Seafront...wild flowers with Dover Castle.

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REGATTA CANCELLED see post 7012 below..
Doug Bannister: Open Letter re Covid-19 Critical Supply from Port of Dover CEO 6968.
PORT OF DOVER donates £40,000 to Coronavirus Fund see 6923

P&O FERRIES 1100 staff laid off and Furloughed to HMG scheme , see 6909.
P&O Ferries secure vital flow of goods, medicines...see below, post 6901.
DFDS Coronavirus announcements below see post 6880 and 6885.

P&O Ferries present record breaking cheque to Dover Lifeboat...post 6874 below.
P&O Ferries - European Expansion 6867
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DFDS Refit Investment...luxury lounges 6821.
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Post 6989
  Mike J., Dover
OCEANA & ARCADIA returned to Dover on Wednesday morning & AURORA who was Portland anchorage in the company of QUEEN MARY 2 & fleetmate VENTURA but is expected to return to Dover due course.

Oddly enough at 0200 Thursday morning both the QM2 & VENTURA were at sea, passing each other SW of the Isle of Wight - more 'grey water cruises' ?

ARCADIA didn’t stay long in Dover & sailed for Portland at about 1600 leaving an empty-looking Eastern Docks.

KLAIPEDA is back on WD5 loading grain & PANDA is anchored off Rye awaiting a Dover berth

SARAH GREY & VENTURE [& presumably their barges] seem to have left Dover after a final rock dump at Jury’s Gap & at midnight Wednesday were south of Eastbourne showing no AID destination.
No sign of NEW ROSS 1,

Just off Eastbourne is old friend SOSPAN DAU, the DWDR dredger - post 5457.

PRIDE OF CANTERURY has now docked in Leith but PRIDE OF KENT remains ‘on the run’ although she roosts overnight in Calais.

SEVERN SEAS’s trip out sea on 25/4 [post 6961] was to recover a data buoy & her very brief call to Folkestone was presumably to drop off the buoy.
Here she is anchored off Copt Point & sailing from Folkestone with VIGILANT in the background.

She is now in the Tug Haven on DAVID CHURCH’s berth, the dredger being away in Hull for refit.
NEW ROSS 1 used to berth alongside her overnight.

Now that the stone job seems to be over I guess we’ll soon be saying farewell to this old veteran.

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY, laid up in Tilbury has been a very effective ‘billboard’ for COVID-19 with at least three messages having been displayed -


For a good video of Tilbury’s Thursday NHS clapping with whistle blowing & a glimpse of the SPIRITOF DISCOVERY & one of her messages, cut & paste -


or put ‘http’ in front of –


Thursday, 7 May 2020 - 02:38
Post 6988
  Sea News, Dover

Going back a few days now and above we see the arrival of Lady Rosebud...you can just see her there as she enters Port through the Eastern Entrance...a couple of shots rattled off in quick succession. She had a fast turnaround at the new cargo terminal and was gone again in a blink...they are fast over there... pictures from Sunday.

Getting Down to Business in the District to Tackle Coronavirus

Some of the districts biggest businesses are playing a key role in the nations effort to tackle coronavirus.

Pfizer at Discovery Park is playing its part in the global search for a vaccine against Covid-19. A team of Pfizer scientists in Sandwich are working on a compound first discovered during the SARS crisis in 2003.

Pfizer employs 700 scientists, technicians, regulatory professionals and business experts at Discovery Park in Sandwich with a number of functions critical to the delivery of the company's mid to late stage portfolio located at Discovery Park.

Meanwhile Dover-based, Priority Freight, who recently received a coveted Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade, is currently one of the companies working hard to distribute personal protection equipment (PPE) in Britain and right across Europe from around the world.

Food packaging manufacturer, Sharpak, has responded to the national emergency by shifting one of its production lines to manufacture full face visors for the NHS, turning out up to 50,000 a day at its Aylesham factory for distribution to hospitals and care facilities across the country. Sharpak serve the UKs leading food manufacturers and supermarkets with bespoke packaging.

While the roads leading to Dover may be far quieter than usual, the Port of Dover and the ferry operators, DFDS and P&O Ferries have been working around the clock to keep trade flowing at this critical time.

Around 17% of the nations trade passes through Dover so its a vital piece of national infrastructure that supports the supply of food, medicines and other essential items to the UK and Ireland.

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "The coronavirus national emergency is again demonstrating how the district plays a critical role in the nations economic health. From keeping the nation supplied with food, medicines and essential items through the Port of Dover, to the global search for potential new treatments by Pfizer at Discovery Park.

"Together with the many small businesses who have adapted to carry on providing essential services to local residents, I'd like to thank the business community for its magnificent response."


Thanks to Dover District Council for the above...Smiley

Now....An extra shot of the exciting pipe layer featured yesterday...
yes Its Solitaire again in a slightly experimental picture.

Elvis has left the Building: its very strange to be without all three mighty P&O Cruise Liners...
….one feels bare and naked ...one does! Smiley
Yes they have all vacated the Port...perhaps on more 'grey water' expeditions...

UPDATE:two of the Cruise Ships are approaching/returning...Oceana and Arcadia

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 - 06:39
Post 6987
  Sea News, Dover

This huge ship called Solitaire, which I understand to be a pipe laying vessel and indeed one of the worlds biggest ships in this field...is pictured here going down the Channel on Sunday...more info in a moment... yes here we are... grateful to Wikipedia...

From Wikipedia:
Solitaire is a large self propelled deep sea pipe laying ship. It was at the time of construction the world's largest pipe-laying ship at 300 metres (984 ft) long (excluding pipe-laying apparatus) and 96,000 tonnes (94,000 long tons; 106,000 short tons). When fully operational she has a crew of 420, a pipe carrying capacity of 22,000 tonnes and a pipe lay speed of more than 9 km a day.

It was built in 1972 as a bulk carrier and launched under the name Trentwood by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan, and later converted to a pipe-laying vessel between 1996 and 1998 at Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside in England. The ship is owned by the Allseas Group, a Dutch pipelaying and marine construction firm with their headquarters in Switzerland.

Ask not for whom the bell (bottom left) tolls … it tolls for thee...

The main camera conked out yet again at this point, so using the little camera below once more......at the same time, as Solitaire passed, Sarah Grey and New Ross 1 were off with a new set of rocks for the sea defences further down the coast.

And a couple more from earlier in the procedure...taken just as the convoy moved away from 'grain pier' WD4

Smiley Ah yes Jeremy I remember you well...hope you are enjoying life up there in Lincolnshire. Glad you are still looking in and enjoying all the comings and goings here in Dover. Thanks for that info about Arcadia.


Tuesday, 5 May 2020 - 06:06
Post 6986
  Jeremy Ward, Holton-Le-Clay, Lincolnshire(formerly of Dove
I noticed today on AIS that Arcadia is heading to Portland for your info. Still enjoy reading posts on here even though I don't live in Dover anymore.Smiley

Monday, 4 May 2020 - 09:47
Post 6985
  Sea News, Dover

Let’s look forward with hope

Dear Mr Boland,

The lockdown looks set to start to ease a little over the coming weeks but we must remain vigilant – as the risk from the virus remains very real.

Each of us will have the things we are looking forward to doing again. Catching up with neighbours and friends over a cup of tea instead of a chance meeting two metres away on the country walk may be a little while off. But with many taking the opportunity of being at home to catch up on some spring cleaning, painting, gardening or doing up the kitchen, the store openings of the likes of B&Q and garden centres will be welcome. I am looking forward to our churches and local businesses being re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

A consequence of being at home more is increased rubbish. For some households it is really building up. I have been calling on Kent County Council to reopen the main recycling centres as soon as possible.

In our area we are good at using recycling facilities to avoid landfill. I want us to carry on being a beacon of recycling – which will be such an important part of meeting the climate challenge. I have also asked the County Council to consider re-use facilities at waste sites, allowing people to look at and take away cabinets and similar goods that are in good condition but simply unloved furniture now.

Schools have started again, using remote learning. Parliament also returned this week in a ‘hybrid’ chamber, with remote working including some MPs taking part on large screens using meeting conference facility ‘Zoom’, meaning a rich array of floral curtains, abstract paintings and bookshelves to complement Parliament’s historic architecture.

While Parliament itself has terms like schools for the passing of legislation and debates, the work of an MP is throughout the year. This last week has been somewhat dominated by the fight for the Port and ferry companies. With passenger and cruise businesses completely closed and freight activities reduced, it is very tough indeed for the port industry on which thousands of local jobs rely. That’s why I have been holding talks with unions and P&O, as well as making the case to transport ministers and the Chancellor for support for these vital industries. The short sea route between France and Dover is a critical one, responsible for around one sixth of the entire trade of the nation.

Me and my team are still working from dawn to dusk, receiving unprecedented levels of requests for help. I am pleased to report many successes helping local businesses and organisations access government grants and other support, and helping get people home from overseas and supporting people to access to furlough and benefit schemes.

This is an incredibly difficult time, but together we will get through it. If you think me and my team can help you, please do get in touch.

Natalie Elphicke MP for DOVER and DEAL


Many thanks to Natalie for the above ...some interesting sections on the Port/P&O there...

Some pictures now of a returning Oceana a couple of days ago. She was out on one of her famed 'grey water' runs in the Channel and we caught her returning. The first shot shows how difficult it is to get the approach shot now from the 'observation tower'...as we now have the giant Arcadia blocking our vision to the east, except for one tiny slot...we found that tiny slot for the first shot....

and with the two tugs...Dauntless and Doughty...

Update: Arcadia now gone from the Eastern Arm..vanished overnight! Smiley

Smiley Thanks Del glad you enjoyed the stunning rainbows...some of the best ever here in Dover..

Smiley Yes Brian dem Leprechauns beat me to it...grrrrr thwarted once again. Will keep my shovel at the ready though just in case there's further opportunity...

Smiley Lol!! Patrick that made me laugh out loud... as Del said ..stunning pictures there, well done with those. Cracking stuff...!!



Monday, 4 May 2020 - 06:11
Post 6984
  Del Styan, Norwich
Rainbow pics - stunning!

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 23:12
Post 6983
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Squall and rattling rafters one day; thunder and lightning the next. The 'Observation Tower' certainly sees it all up there.

Here is one that Paul could not take - right on the button. We'll send the bucket round for the 'gold'.

This one completely blanked out the Western Docks Traffic Lights

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 17:16
Post 6982
  brian dixon, dover (brian-dixon2@outlook.com)
it looks like that those pesky little red haired little men got there first paul. lol

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 12:59
Post 6981
  Sea News, Dover
Mayday Mayday...some fierce squalls one minute, the next minute the most spectacular rainbows yours truly has ever seen over the Port of Dover...the camera cant/wont do them justice but we've given it a go. The weather was bonkers but spectacular that day. Pictures taken May 1st at 19.45 and on for a few minutes after...

Following picture two...where the rainbow base hit right on the little beach, right here in front of the 'Observation Tower'.., yours truly set out with shovel and was digging for hours looking for the buried treasure... never found anything... cant understand it...must have missed it...SmileySmiley

During the Arcadia incident or soon after...I noticed one of our old friends going down the channel. Its the Lombok Strait. She used to be a regular here until Geest moved back to Portsmouth...she was heading for Portsmouth.

Terrific all-round info in the post below there from Mike so don't miss all that...Smiley

Del yes indeed. Smiley

Rainbows for the NHS.

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 06:36
Post 6980
  Mike J., Dover

Nice sequence from Paul of ARCADIA's little problem after some of her forward mooring ropes parted in in a squall & her bows swung out from the quay.

Fortunately both tugs were available & were soon on the scene getting her under control & easing her across to CT2 & holding her there before she made her way, under her own power, sternfirst to the Eastern Arm in totally different weather.

Looking closely at Paul's pix I was surprised not to see any signs of ARCADIA using her bow thrust, but perhaps it takes some time to get it operational [or maybe I just couldn't see it].

Paul referred to the 'Police Launch' which is the DIRECTOR, the predecessor of the DOVORIAN.

Both look superficially similar at a distance, but the DOVORIAN has two lines of text & her wheeLhouse front window 'leans forward' whilst the DIRECTOR has a single line of text which now reads POLICE PATROL & the windows 'lean backward'

Posts 786 & 789 show both patrol vessels as well as a less-than-succesful former RNLI lifeboat converted for the Kent Police who also had their own jet-ski !

At one time DHB Police had their own RIB, DELTA 99 [post 162] but I've not seen it for a few years, possibly sunk by budget cuts.

As to Del's comment in post 6977 about the use of the Firth of Forth for laying up ships I'm sure that Paul is right when he mentions good shelter & holding ground - many disused oil rigs are moored on the Scots east coast due to superior shelter [& handy for the North Sea fields of course], particularly in Cromarty Firth [Invergordon] & off Aberdeen [look at AIS & Google Earth] & there is at least one rig,the OCEAN GREAT WHITE on the northern side of the Firth of Forth.

The CANTERBURY is now anchored near the Olsen fleet.
The Olsens will of course have a minimum crew aboard so that the ships can be moved if necessary, known as a 'hot' lay-up.

However I hear a rumour that the BURGUNDY & CANTERBURY will be in 'cold' lay-up, with effectively everything shut down which means that they will need to be in port.
They may take shore power if available.
The BURGUNDY is already moored in Leith, just by the entrance lock, & I'm sure that the CANTERBURY will come into the port soon.
Maybe there will be a very small skeleton crew of 'watchmen' keeping an eye on both ships & doing routine maintenance.

The choice of Leith may be because there are no other berths available, there are, for example, six cruise ships already at Tilbury, plus of course the EUROPEAN SEAWAY.

The KENT was in service on Saturday with the SPIRITs, but seems to be spending Saturday night in Calais, the usual Saturday freight rush being over.

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 03:15
Post 6979
  Del Styan, Norwich
Blimey - tough times for the Arcadia, you must be having a gusty time down there.

Saturday, 2 May 2020 - 23:25
Post 6978
  Sea News, Dover
SmileyThat's the moment above there when the giant Arcadia broke away from the pier WD4 and drifted. The conditions were appalling at the time. A very fierce squall was powering through. It rattled the rafters in the observation tower and bashed the beams...but with resilience extraordinaire Smiley yours truly managed to get a window open for the first picture above...after that the weather relaxed a bit.

First on the scene was...of all things...the Police launch. Soon after... the tugs arrived, you can see one tug on the scene in the pic below and another one approaching over the way. The rain and wind had eased by then...the rest of the pictures are self-explanatory...

Eventually the tugs got hold of the situation in pic below and forced the ship against the wind and over to Cruise Terminal Two where they pinned it there for a considerable time.

You can see Mike's pictures below ( 6974 ) where they eventually moved Arcadia over to the Eastern Arm for relative safety...
...being there of course blocks yours truly's camera view of approaching ships ( the size of it!! )...but I suppose on the grand scale of things I will let them away with that one,,,Smiley

Smiley Del not sure why Leith....Mike will know more. Presumably it has natural protection and relatively low cost in these hard times..

Smiley Thanks for that info Mike..Extraordinary times to see the P&O ferries pulling away from service...extraordinary..


Saturday, 2 May 2020 - 06:08
Post 6977
  Del Styan, Norwich
Forgive my ignorance, but why do the ferries who are resting lay up in Leith? I went there just a few days before the current situation, but can't think of any reason why the ferries should go there. Do they have special facilities of some sort?

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 23:12
Post 6976
  Mike J., Dover

The PRIDE OF CANTERBURY has followed the PRIDE OF BURGUNDY into lay-up, leaving Dover at dawn on Thursday.
At 2230 Thursday she was passing Scarborough.

AIS shows the the BURGUNDY ianchored close by the Fred Olsen vessels.

There are strong rumours that the PRIDE OF KENT will shortly join the lay-ups as well.

Then there were two . . . . .

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 22:49
Post 6975
  Sea News, Dover

Bunker ship Sikinos came into Port early on Wednesday and there she is in the two shots above servicing Arcadia...the pictures, looking a little soft this time, are taken on the smaller camera as main camera seems to be forever re-charging lately. In the background of the pictures above there you can see Aurora. Very early pictures..time 06.26.

Since then all three ships Oceana, Aurora and Arcadia have gone from the western end of Port. Oceana and Aurora left port for further channel trips...The Arcadia ...following yesterdays incident where she appeared to come adrift from pier WD4 in the strong crosswind... is now at the eastern arm. See Mike's report/pictures below.

Here's is a better shot of Sikinos from recent times...


A picture above there of Simon Jones of the BBC. He was doing an early evening report live from the waters edge. Yours truly didn't see the report itself but it can only be about one of two things currently if its from Dover...
1. The Migrant Crises
2. The Port and/or P&O who.. it appears, currently wonder where the HMG support is... much talk, no delivery. So it seems....

Many thanks Mike. Nice collection of pix below and excellent info too..Smiley
Will have some pictures following along too of the Arcadia incident.


The Thursday night 8PM clapping for the nations carers went off very well once again along the seafront here in Dover...several rockets were fired into the air in thunderous style and the people clapped and banged their saucepans. The three cruise ships weren't on hand to blow their hooters this time and were missed.
Well done the NHS.Smiley

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 07:35
Post 6974
  Mike J., Dover

Excellent views from Paul of the SEVERN SEA.
Her ice-breaking bow shows up well & the elegant ‘counter stern’ gives away her 73 years.
She is currently berthed in the Tug Haven as an accommodation vessel for sea defence workers & will remain in Dover until the contract is completed.

The windy weather today prevented the stone barge from going down to Jury’s Gap & the rocks were going down by lorry.

A low-level view of the SMIT DEE & a stern view of the two Range Safety boats [post 6970].

Thursday started nice & sunny but deteriorated late morning with rain & wind.
During the afternoon the one remaining cruise ship, the ARCADIA on WD4, started parting mooring ropes in the brisk squally southwesterlies & shifted to CT2 with the aid of both tugs who remained with her, holding her up against the Admiralty Pier.

After a couple of hours she came stern-first across the bay & berthed on the Eastern Arm in the last gasps of evening sunlight.

Bye, Bye PRIDE OF BURGUNDY – after about a week on No.8 berth she sailed Thursday morning for Bonnie Scautland.
The first of the ‘regular’ Dover ships to lay-up [the EUROPEAN SEAWAY has been in Tilbury for some time].
At 0200 Friday the 'BURG' was soon to pass the mouth of the Tees & is due in Leith at noon.

Anchored on the south side of the Firth of Forth, not far from Leith is the sad sight of the Olsens fleet -


Leith is the home of the former Royal Yacht BRITANNIA.

Friday, 1 May 2020 - 02:52
Post 6973
  Sea News, Dover
Severn Sea
Severn Sea: Mike had some good pictures recently of Severn Sea (see 6961 and 6913 for more pix and info ) and there she is again above...looking magnificent. I hadn't expected to see her in the flesh as it were, as had assumed she had departed for elsewhere..... but to yours truly's surprise there she was outside the Observation Tower on Monday around midday...
…..and almost posing for photographs...Smiley

After a few shots the camera started to lose power so went to put it on the charger and well I never...there she was...gone again when I returned. Mysterious magical....

Also in the photographs above there...survey boat Diana....nicely adding an extra touch.

Also on Monday yours truly didn't spot Emerald departing until she was mid-channel or almost...so took a longer range shot there looking into the mist and blinding light. Have added the second one below from a former time to show a better view. She was on her way to Vlissingen...



Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 06:31
Post 6972
  Sea News, Dover
Some final pictures now of the superyacht Sherpa as she leaves Dover behind....

The pictures were taken on Saturday. Time of first shot above there …. 13:00 exactly. And away she goes to sunnier climes....
Gibralter in the Mediterranean the next scheduled stop we understand.
More pictures below page.


Wednesday, 29 April 2020 - 06:49
Post 6971
  Sea News, Dover
Just a couple of pictures this time of Arcadia as she returns from yet another P&O Cruises sea jaunt...this time on Saturday evening. Took plenty of pictures but they were very late-in-the-day contrasty so best just to use these two only...time of first shot 18.16 as Arcadia approaches the Port....then below entering.... with the Spirit of Britain at Dover 9.

from the Road Haulage Association.....

Logistics needs Government support to survive, says RHA

The RHA implores the Government to do more to save thousands of logistics firms who face ruin as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett warned that with no further government action a predicted widescale business collapse could reduce logistics capacity by as much as 50 percent.

He said this would likely make it impossible for the sector to meet demand to fuel the economy’s recovery effort.

In an industry-backed letter to prime minister he set out a series of measures to help firms get through the pandemic and into the recovery phase including: grant funding, a fuel duty rebate and improvements to furlough rules.

“At this time of national emergency our sector is doing everything it can to ensure critical supplies get to where they need to be,” said Mr Burnett.

“We recognise that we need to play the fullest role possible in the UK’s recovery and these measures would ensure we can do just that.”

A recent RHA survey found that 46 percent of the UK’s truck fleet is not operating and 25 percent of drivers are furloughed.


Yes we have some pictures of mega-rich Sherpa leaving the port...
here we are with leaving shot one...
will have two or three more in due course...bear with...
That's the now familiar friend New Ross 1 in the foreground there.

Nice 'inshore' collection below there from our 'inshore correspondent'...don't miss those..well done Mike..Smiley
Del yes I noted that line myself...much promise of help but where is it..!!?SmileySmiley


Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 07:05
Post 6970
  Mike J., Dover
SMIT DEE in the Tidal Basin 16/4 [see Paul's post 6943 for departure]

10/4 & the unusual sight of two Range Safety boats SMIT ROTHER & fairly recent arrival SMIT PENALLY on the Tidal Basin pontoons.
They normally live in the Tug Haven, .

Also in the Tidal Basin on 3/4 was the NEW ROSS 1 who usually overnghts there.

Another angle on the anchored SHERPA on Saturday.

Unusual sight of SPIRIT OF FRANCE discharging on No.6 berth on Monday afternoon.
The strange pattern at the bottom of the picture are solar panels on top of the former multi-storey carpark.

The SPIRITs usually berth on 8 & 9 berths, but No.8 has been occupied by the BURGUNDY for at least a week.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 02:05
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