Tuesday, 11 December 2018


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Rowers - cold sunday...

Listing highlights....
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.
White Cliffs Ice Christmas at Port 5852.

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: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 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.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
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 5891
  Sea News, Dover

The excellent picture above was sent in to us by SIMON BRISSENDEN, many thanks Simon. Always welcome.Smiley
It shows one of the Spirits heading for Calais in the sunny but misty conditions while a low flying helicopter passes overhead, the helicopter heading in a south-westerly direction. A very nice shot indeed taken from the cliffs a couple of days ago.
Well done with that one Simon.

Below we have a pic of the Royal Klipper arriving from the Dominican Republic yesterday morning. It was a heavily miserable grey ol day yesterday saturday as she made her way into Port...but here we are anyway, we wont let the gloom stop us.Smiley

Will have another few pix of the Royal Klipper following along in due course.

Sunday, 25 November 2018 - 06:19
Post 5890
  Sea News, Dover
The wreck of Anneliese is still lying there like a beached whale, but yours truly spotted activity round and about the stricken yacht on Thursday morning and thought something was afoot. But no - when examining the situation through the zoom, it was clear that it was just a different survey vessel being brought ashore by a truck...nothing to do with Anneliese. Anneliese is to the right in shot and the boat to the left is the Coastal Surveyor (thanks Mike).

That's the oddest pic of the seafront for a while. There's hardly a soul about. There are the two guys bringing the boat ashore, and one woman in the distance...but all is deserted and this is mid-morning... 10.50 to be precise. It looks like a scene from a science fiction movie - The Day the Earth Stood Still or whatever...
It was a cold oul day though with enough of a chill factor to give you the tremblin' shivers.Smiley

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Just moving inland a wee bit for this below...its the new proposed design for Market Sq. Thought locals might like to see this, with apologies to our friends further afield..

Have Your Say on Market Square Redevelopment Proposals

Plans for the redevelopment of the Market Square in Dover have taken a major step forward with the project, led by the Dover Town Team and supported by Dover District Council and the Dover Coastal Community Team, invited to apply to the next stage for a share of the £40m Coastal Communities Fund.

Local people are invited to have their say on the plans for the Market Square as part of the latest round of consultation.
To take part you can:
See the plans and complete a short online questionnaire at www.dover.gov.uk/marketsquare
Visit the exhibition at Dover Library from 26-30 November
Come along to our stall in the Market Square on Saturday, 1 December and join in the festive fun for the Christmas lights switch on, organised by Dover Town Council

The project aims to revitalise the traditional heart of Dover’s shopping district by redesigning the Market Square as a place for people to meet and socialise by improving access and public realm, along with a programme of seasonal events.

The Market Square will be the hub for connecting the community with the Old Town and the £53m St James development, and for visitors to start to explore the town’s visitor attractions, including Dover Castle, the Roman Painted House, Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery, St Edmund’s Chapel, and the Maison Dieu.


Very interesting post below from Mike ..yes our 'inshore correspondent ' has been out and about once more rounding up the news.
Great info/pix below there..Smiley


Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 06:01
Post 5889
  Mike J., Dover
Remember the TOPLIFT, the odd-looking workboat that could be divided into two sections for transport by lorry ?
She worked [& was laid up] in Dover in 2015/16 [posts 1100/1115 etc].

A slightly larger workboat, to a very similar design, was in the Tidal Basin on Friday morning on completion of her maiden voyage from the Solent.

Press releases indicate that the TOPLOADER will be working in Dover, presumably on the DWDR job.

Built by MEERCAT WORKBOATS of Hythe [Hampshire] who describe the class as ‘Floating Swiss Army Knives’ due to their versatility, she’s owned by marine contractors TOPBOND PLC of Sittingbourne, who operate other many other craft including jack-up barge TOPJACK & workboat FREYA [post 1458].

Perhaps the TOPLOADER will be working in association with the rather large crane that has materialised on the reclaim in these last few days, probably arriving by road as a kit of parts & assembled on site.

The TOPLIFT is thought to have gone to the Falklands & I’m pretty sure that she was leaving Dover forever when I photted her from Langdon Cliffs as she headed downchannel on a very windy day in August 2016 [post 3391], but I think she was then heading for the Solent, not the South Atlantic !
She would have gone down there as deck cargo on another ship.

Fast ferry AIGUES DE FORMENTERA sailed about 1600 for Brest, she's not hanging about & a few minutes ago AIS showed her doing 29kts [33mph].

Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 00:36
Post 5888
  Sea News, Dover
Ah thanks Steve - will make a mental note of that for future ref. PB Smiley

Friday, 23 November 2018 - 16:28
Post 5887
  Steve, France
Reference Post 5886; its the European Seaway, not Seaways!

The old girl is forever getting that extra 'S' added, but she was here long before DFDS!

Friday, 23 November 2018 - 14:51
Post 5886
  Sea News, Dover
The Harbour Patrol boat Director came in close to shore yesterday. It was virtually up against the promenade wall but had pulled back a tad by the time the camera warmed up...well its getting old! The chap in view took out his large pole to retrieve debris from the Anneliese which had washed up and been lying about since the incident the other day. ( see also 5880,5881,5882, type the numbers in our Sea News Search Engine above. )

Some more shots now of the vessels that came in close to shore in the recent very rough weather. First shot a general view...to the left you can see ol warhorse European Seaways making her way to Calais...to the right we have CSAV Tyndall and CMA CGM Fort St Pierre.

Tyndall below..

Fort St Pierre below...


Friday, 23 November 2018 - 05:50
Post 5885
  Sea News, Dover
There was some very rough weather earlier in the week and an assortment of big ships came in close to Port. As we have said previously..presumably to drop pilots off who on account of the rough conditions were not able to alight sooner...we feature one of them here. A huge MSC ship as you can see...the MSC Kalina. It is great to get the chance to see these great ships fairly close and to get the opportunity to take a picture or two.

One can imagine the dialogue on the bridge of the DFDS Calais Seaways below as it approaches the Port's eastern entrance...

"What the heck!"....or words to that effect.
"There's a bloody monster in our path!"

However all was totally fine, easily fixed by a gentle glide to starboard side...

The brightness was coming and going as there was intermittent heavy cloud, but here we are..

The P&O Spirit of Britain seen above there had arrived just ahead of the DFDS ship and had come in through the western entrance, anticipating the monsters arrival..


Thursday, 22 November 2018 - 05:07
Post 5884
  Sea News, Dover
Departing Reefers at Night

First three shots show the Lombok Strait leaving us on Sunday night. Both tugs assisting as she turns and heads off to Vlissingen on a cold dark night...and here she goes...

On to Monday night now. After the departure of Lombok in came Emerald to take up the slot at the busy cargo terminal... the picture below shows her departing within the same day... within 24 hours.. on Monday night as mentioned. You can see her setting off below for Hamburg. On both sets of pictures you can see Calais all aglow in the distance.

Great all round collections from Mike in the posts below - don't miss thoseSmiley
Great coverage of the Anneliese story. Great stuff!


Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 07:51
Post 5883
  Mike J., Dover

Early Monday morning the Spanish high speed ferry AIGUES DE FORMENTERA came in for shelter & remains in the Tug Haven on Tuesday evening.

Bult in 2002 as the TIDEBRIS she was is presumably on a delivery voyage to the Meditteranean from Wilhelmshavn.

Two Border Agency cutters have been in Dover since at least last week [post 5874] & no doubt go out to sea from time to time & were still in the Tidal Basin on Tuesday morning
One is the familiar HUNTER & the second is the SPEEDWELL, the first time that she has been noticed in Dover.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 00:06
Post 5882
  Mike J., Dover

Tuesday morning & the sad remains of the ANNELEISE Ihauled up the slipway.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 14:45
Post 5881
  Sea News, Dover
Exceptional picture sequence from Mike on the unfortunate catamaran Anneliese situation. Good to see those pictures. But even earlier in the morning yesterday yours truly snapped the following sequence. The sun was just rising and casting its light intermittently through the thick black clouds...you can see the red early light skimming the surface of the water as the two boats...Pampero of DWDR fame and our own pilot/harbour patrol boat Dovorian came to the scene. That's Anneliese upturned in the water there. See more info in Mike's post. As you can see, the support boats left a short time later, unable at that time to do anything further re Annaliese. Very early, poor light, so the quality isn't the finest on these ones...


Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 05:05
Post 5880
  Mike J., Dover (helcion@hotmail.co.uk)
Early on Monday morning the Dover lifeboat was towing in the catamaran yacht ANNELEISE 3 which capsized under tow.
The three folk aboard were rescued.
The ANNELEISE stayed afloat & at daybreak was moved to the beach by the Harbour Patrol Vessel DOVORIAN with the assistance of DWDR’s crew boat PAMPERO.

DWDR to the rescue although the initial attempt using a small digger to tow the ANNELEISE onto the slipway failed when the rope parted.
Plan B was to use the digger’s bucket which wasn't too successful, causing some damage.
DHB later attended.

As the tide was falling the ANNELEISE was left ‘as is’ & photos on Dover Lifeboat’s Facebook page show that later she was righted & dragged above the high-water line.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 00:09
Post 5879
  Sea News, Dover

Port Community Fund supports Kent Wildlife Trust for another year.

The Port of Dover Community Fund has provided the Kent Wildlife Trust with a grant for a second year running in the latest round of funding.

The Trust was successfully awarded a total of £6,500 for their latest application which means that they can provide a full-time Dover Conservation Community Warden for a second year to continue to work closely within the community, engaging local people with the rich natural heritage on their doorstep.

Established in 2014, and independently managed by the Kent Community Foundation, the Port of Dover Community Fund benefits the local community by supporting projects that provide opportunities for people to develop employment skills as well as those offering activities that enrich and improve the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities.
The total amount of financial support provided by the Port Community Fund to date is £520,000, funding 66 projects for 47 local organisations and over 44,000 beneficiaries.

The grant was awarded for the Kent Wildlife project, entitled People Saving Nature: Nature Helping People through which the Community Warden organises and implements a varied programme of community volunteering and training opportunities which bring the community together to improve their local landscape. Since receiving their first Port of Dover Community Fund grant in 2017, over 750 people have been involved, including 460 children. Initiatives include Forest School Training which helps local people find a deeper connection to nature through garden work at care homes, churches, youth clubs and community centres. Involving people in the development of these areas has created a sense of ownership and provided a safe and usable outdoor space for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

Port of Dover Community Social Responsibility Officer, Jenny Beacon said: “The Port of Dover Community Fund continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for local projects to bid for much needed funding to enhance our community.

“The Kent Wildlife Trust Dover Conservation Community Warden is a fantastic project bringing the community together and creating amazing spaces for both people and local wildlife whilst preserving our natural heritage. I’m delighted that it was chosen for funding again this year and wish them every success.”

Kent Wildlife Trust Head of Conservation Delivery and Partnerships, Paul Hadaway said: “We are very grateful to the Port of Dover Community Fund for their continued support and involvement in our Dover project work. Their funding has allowed us to deliver some exciting projects with the communities of Dover, from wildlife gardening, transforming community greenspaces to developing skills and knowledge which allows young people to engage and understand the wild spaces that surround them. We look forward to a continuing relationship with Port of Dover and are very excited about what the future holds."


Sunday Morning...


RHA acknowledges progress on Brexit agreement

The RHA acknowledges the progress announced on a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU.
The Association says it’s an important step given there is currently no workable solution for EU-UK cross border road haulage by March 2019.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “Whatever the outcome of negotiations a transition period is essential – it would be catastrophic for the supply chain if we didn’t have one.
“We must have the time to put in place processes to allow lorries to continue to cross borders without delays.”

Theresa May faces calls to reject the deal from both senior Brexiteer and some Remain supporters.
The draft is seen as a significant moment in the long running negotiations between London and Brussels.

The RHA has not seen the deal and isn’t commenting on details or supporting the content.
It argues the haulage trade doesn’t have clear instructions on what to do after March 2019 and clarity is badly needed as lack of preparation and organisation has frustrated logistics and wider business.


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An exciting colourful and amusing collection below there Mike.... good to see those. Smiley
I myself don't have the assault ship you mention.



Monday, 19 November 2018 - 06:44
Post 5878
  Mike J., Dover

Coming back from Deal Sunday morning along the seafront I came across a colourful display of kites of all shapes & sizes being flown in the brisk but chilly wind by Chris from Royal Tunbridge Wells to the pleasure of passing walkers & confusion to some of their dogs.
Chris told me that, unsurprisingly, most of the kites come from China these days & with the aid of computers for the design & fabric cutting new styles can be very quickly produced.
There seems no limit to the imagination of the designers . . . .

I would have liked to have seen the RED BARON & SNOOPY airborne at altitude as both were straining at their leashes, but Sunday lunch was calling & I had to be satisfied with a lady’s legs . . . . . . . . .

Keeping the aeronautical theme going, helicopters, mostly the Coastguard choppers from Lydd, are often seen over the White Cliffs but a particularly tiny one flitted by on Saturday afternoon.

The 2-seat ‘Robinson R22 Beta’ G-IIPT was built in California in 1994 & is based with Polar Helicopters at Manston & I later heard that the pilot was on his first solo flight - he certainly chose a nice spot & a lovely day for this most important flight as he proceeded northwards just offshore in a dignified manner, with the seagulls keeping well clear.
Just a pity that the sun was on the wrong side.
Congratulations to the pilot are in order !

The U.S amphibious assault ship IWO JIMA, looking at a distance like an aircraft carrier, passed Dover heading south about 1300 on Sunday.
She was showing on AIS but I hadn’t noticed her, perhaps Paul or one of the other ‘Sea News’ reporters had better luck.
She had come from Oslo & was bound for an unknown destination.

Monday, 19 November 2018 - 00:35
Post 5877
  Sea News, Dover
Gentle evening sky over the cliffs ..

And below said sky we see the new wing of the Premier Inn rising...
The foundations had been dug and laid and we had a new flat bottom ..

Then new sections were brought in and she began to rise fairly rapidly. Amazing to see how quickly they work and how organised they are. Looks like they've done this kind of thing before..Smiley

That looks like a lift shaft to the right. The second picture there was taken just 2/3 days ago.
To see the earlier pictures just type Premier in the Search Engine above.


Sunday, 18 November 2018 - 07:10
Post 5876
  Sea News, Dover
As promised here we are now with the midweek arrival of the Atlantic Reefer...
as mentioned previously she had been waiting for the departure of the Luzon Strait and came into Port a short while later.... and here we are...

She has since left us and is now in Rotterdam.
In port now...The Lombok Strait...the Cargo Terminal continues the busy trading schedule...

Let's hope it will be a bit less foggy today...its ghostly in the 'observation tower' seeing nothing..it sure dries up our supply of pictures.
Ghostly fog! Smiley

Smiley PB

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 06:39
Post 5875
  Sea News, Dover
Going back a few days now and we have the departure of the Luzon Strait. First two shots show the tug trying to turn her round... pulling her against the strong wind that was whipping across the harbour at the time.

And then it was done in the pic above and she was on her way...

While all this was going on, waiting offshore was the Atlantic Reefer, she had been waiting for several hours for the slot to become free. You can see quite how windy and rough it was at the time in the picture below...(those lighting poles again.. Smiley)

Will also have pictures up close...relatively speaking...of the aforementioned Atlantic Reefer as she arrived to follow in due course.

Excellent all round collection in the 2 posts below from our 'inshore correspondent'. Great to have the views from on high of the DWDR in our Sea News system and also the latest of the general 'goings on'. Well done Mike.
Don't miss those.
Also see the news pictures of the migrant boat arrival with the lifeboats (5872) just below those. Smiley


Friday, 16 November 2018 - 06:46
Post 5874
  Mike J., Dover

Nice sunny Thursday morning turned into mist & murk as I turned into the docks around noon.

Two Border Agency cutters were in the Tidal Basin, the HUNTER & [I think] the SEEKER, but all the action was out on the Admiralty Pier.

Hansa Shipping's KERTU had arrived from the Estonian port of Heltermaa, via the Kiel Canal, during the night & was busy discharging the second cargo of logs for the biomass plant & power station at SandwIch.

Damned lighting poles !

A mobile crane was grabbing the logs from the KERTU's hold & placing them in shore 'racks' or loading directly onto lorries.

Some of the lorries had their own cranes & loaded themselves from the shore racks - not much shelter in mucky weather . . . .
Note the DWDR crane jib disappearing skyward into the low-flying crud.

A continuous string of lorries were shuttling to & from the Sandwich biomass plant located on the old Pfizer's site.

Friday, 16 November 2018 - 00:10
Post 5873
  Mike J., Dover
Good asylum-seeker sequence from Paul.
A good job that they didn't try to swim for it as they approached the shore, that would have stretched the 'resources' to the utmost.

The launch was later taken away by the Border Agency but the LEPERVIER remains in Granville Dock.

A few DWDR pix on Tuesday.

Cold Store & new berths.
Reefer berth beyond Cold Store & general cargo berth eastern side of reclaim.

Lock from new marina into Wellington Dock & Marina office.

The piles have got their hats on . . . .

One of a number of waste water tanks due for burial [to hold excessive rainfall etc] waiting to cross the swingbridge onto the DWDR site.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 11:57
Post 5872
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of the latest migrant incursion from yesterday Wednesday...

This shot above taken as a small boat entered the harbour through the eastern entrance...straight away it looked oddly out of place that's why the picture was taken..
We then realised immediately what was going on...the small boat was being towed by the Dover Lifeboat. We initially couldn't see the tow-rope with the naked eye.
Into view then through the harbour entrance and bringing up the rear came the small rib Lifeboat...
The rib then went ahead to join the main Lifeboat.
Overall view...just out of shot to the left is the small migrant boat.

Time of first picture: 10:44 Wednesday morning.
There has been a small flurry of migrant boats entering lately...we ourselves have reports on two others anyway
see 5851
and 5869


Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 05:11
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