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Post 414
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xvXOYM Hey, thanks for the blog post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 11:13
Post 413
  PaulB, Dover

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Nicky Morgan, has opened the first meeting of the Joint Alcohol Anti-fraud Taskforce (JAAT).

This new initiative brings together law enforcers, trade bodies and key alcohol industry figures to fight alcohol fraud, which costs the taxpayer around £1 billion a year. The JAAT is made up of senior officials from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Border Force, the Home Office, Trading Standards and key industry stakeholders.

The group will work to improve intelligence and information-sharing and current legislation and processes, to prevent fraud and make it more difficult for fraudsters to operate. It will build on HMRC’s Tackling Alcohol Fraud strategy, which was launched in 2010-11 to cover fraud involving all categories of alcoholic drinks. HMRC, working with Border Force, seized over 12 million litres of duty unpaid alcohol in 2012-13 and protected over £600 million of revenue, almost triple the amount protected in 2010-11.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury Nicky Morgan said:
“Alcohol fraud illegally diverts money that could otherwise be spent on public services and reducing the deficit. The fraud, which often involves organised criminal gangs, undermines honest businesses up and down the country.

"This Government will not let criminals steal money which our country is legally entitled to. The Government has invested £1 billion to tackle fraud, error and debt, and will work with the alcohol industry to strengthen our efforts to tackle this billion pound crime.”

HMRC’s alcohol fraud strategy involves targeting enforcement at key points of the supply chain, working with honest businesses to secure alcohol supply chains and tightening the law to make it more difficult for criminals to operate.

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I don't know how often the guys in those little boats are getting out these days Jan as the weather has been extremely rough almost all the time. Its true there have been some lulls..but it has been generally very tough indeed, even nautical men of experience like Ed Connell himself have mentioned so. These pictures shown were taken yesterday friday...they show the Pride of Kent heading homewards through tough and rough seas.

Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 08:20
Post 412
  JanT, Dover
Always lovely to see the colourful pictures of the fishing boats in Deal,I wonder how often they get to go to sea.

And yet again MyFerryLink passing on some good offers, have vsisted the lovely Wimereux, but not yet been to Saint Omer but must be on the to do list.SmileySmiley

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 17:10
Post 411
  PaulB, Dover
It was a rough ol night out on the channel I can tell you. Currently there is a force 8 gale whipping its way up the strait. This is the scene a few minutes ago at 9am friday with the sun trying to burst through the dramatic cloud formation..

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 09:05
Post 410
  PaulB, Dover
Well done with that picture in the previous post Mike of that other Trinity House vessel...ALERT.
Smashin' picture that one..well spotted. I noticed when going through my other pictures taken in Deal last sunday I have the TH Galatea again with its little friend in close attendance, the Lightship. There they are in the distant right hand side of the sprightly coloured fishing boat Seabreeze. The boats along the strand there in Deal always present colourful photo opportunities but sadly there seems to be fewer and fewer of them each year. See another couple of them below..complete with lobster pots. I guess they dont catch Lobster in Deal..might be more possibly crabs or...

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Charming Châteaux Breaks in Northern France SmileySmiley

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The 18th Century Château de Cocove is located in the rolling hills near the village of Recques sur Hem and nestled in beautiful wooded grounds. Just a 20-minute drive from Calais, the château is close to the charming market town of Saint Omer. Its 22 bedrooms and 3 pavilions have been recently refurbished and are all individually decorated in keeping with the building’s architecture. Guests can dine in the gourmet restaurant with its cuisine featuring organic local produce and freshly caught local seafood. The château is famous for its extensive wine cellar. A double room for two costs from €98 (£83) per night. Cross the Channel with MyFerryLink from just £29 for a 24 hour return for a car and up to 9 passengers.

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The Berlioz looking good....

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 07:26
Post 409
  Mike J., DOVER
Trinity House's workboat ALERT on the Tug Haven pontoon, Tuesday morning.

Late Tuesday night she was returning to her base at Harwich.
A few hours behind her. also heading for home, was the GALATEA.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 23:50
Post 408
  PaulB, Dover

Port of Dover posts best traffic figures since 2009 Smiley

The Port of Dover has just posted its best year-end traffic figures for freight vehicles since 2009, recording an impressive rise of 13% in 2013.

Alongside the 2,206,728 freight vehicles that were welcomed by the Port, passenger numbers reached 12,753,343, another substantial increase of 7% as the Port’s focus on providing excellent customer service and choice paid dividends.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Such growth acknowledges the commitment of the Port and its major ferry customers to provide the best cross-Channel product and reflects, come rain or shine – and more recently high winds, the reliability and resilience of Dover in getting people and goods to where they need to be.”

Millions of passengers choosing the UK’s number one cross-Channel gateway will have enjoyed the benefits of free Wifi and the Port’s on-going customer service training programme, as well as being witnesses to the major infrastructure works that continue to improve Europe’s busiest ferry port for their journeys of the future.

Mr Waggott added: “My congratulations to our ferry partners and my thanks to all of our customers who entrusted us with their international travel last year. We will work hard in order to build on that trust as we create the best port in the world.”

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Very impressive figures above from the Port and a very successful and buoyant situation all round. The trade arm as well also appears to be doing exceptionally well. You will remember we photographed the Ivar Reefer a couple of days ago leaving Port in the blinding early sun ( see down page )...well she is back from Antwerp already as you can see in the latest picture here. But had to linger for some time while the Lady Rascise finished unloading/reloading here in Port. Busy.
You will also remember we spoke about the new and very welcome seafront lights. Below we see them in the latest picture taken in the wee small hours of the morning. All working and in fine fettle. The new white lights along the seafront are believed to be more environment friendly than the yellow ones on the inland side.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 07:13
Post 407
  PaulB, Dover
Many thanks for the information Roland. Good to hear from you. Yes the Galatea is still very busy it seems. Never a dull moment for the crew...its quite fresh out there this evening too!

Monday, 13 January 2014 - 18:40
Post 406
  Roland K, DEAL
The lightship remains at anchor off Deal as of midday monday 13/01/14. The tug Galatea which was with her on sunday has departed for NE Spit.

Monday, 13 January 2014 - 15:55
Post 405
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed well done with the report and pictures below there Mike. You mention the Galatea being off Deal with Lightship...and there they are in the picture above...just a mile or so off Deal yesterday about 2pm. Happened to be down that way and there they were. Picture quality not great, as just had the little camera in pocket which has minimal zoomability...but got a picture anyway. Trinity House vessel Galatea is keeping very busy these times. There must be some problem with the Lightship but what it is...?

Monday, 13 January 2014 - 06:10
Post 404
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great work with the write up and photos mike.

nice to see one from martin collins that paul has put up, not seen his name on here for a while.

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 15:00
Post 403
  Mike J., Dover
The tug & tow involved in Saturday’s collision off Dungeness came into Dover during the night & are moored on the Admiralty Pier.
The barge, the WALCON WIZARD has received considerable damage.

The tug is our old friend, the 52 year old KINGSTON who was in Dover in September with photos posted here on 23/9.

News reports yesterday said that the other vessel involved, bound for Italy, went to anchor off Newhaven. She is probably the RICKMERS DUBAI.

A look at Marine Traffic AIS shows her still at anchor there & her AIS track shows her heading downchannel, bound for Genoa, & then making a sharp turn & going to anchor off Newhaven.

The GALATEA, who probably did the towing, has returned to the Downs [off Deal] where she is probably playing with a lightship or a buoy - her workmate, the ALERT, who often pops into Dover, was up there on Saturday.

Another visiting tug is the UK-flagged MTS VICTORY who has been in the Tug Haven for several days - she doesn’t seem to have done any work here.

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 11:31
Post 402
  PaulB, Dover
A cargo ship reportedly en route to Genoa in Italy was in collision with a tug and a smaller vessel it was towing at around 3am today saturday out in the channel. The collision resulted in serious damage to the smaller vessel, but no-one was injured in the incident which happened about nine miles off Dungeness in Kent.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "The Dungeness lifeboat went out to the vessels and stood by to make sure everything was okay. The Dover lifeboat arrived to take over from their Dungeness colleagues, while a Trinity House vessel, Galatea, also attended to assess the situation."

Just goes to show how congested things are out there. The good news is..nobody appears to have been hurt.

Picture shows Trinity House vessel Galatea in Dover a while back.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 19:43
Post 401
  PaulB, Dover
Bit of a shock to see blinding sunlight after the terminal gloom and terrible turbulence of recent times, but yes indeed sunlight it we see the Ivar Reefer heading out yesterday morning...bound for Antwerp. There seems to be great trade between us here and Antwerp, taking goods right into the heart of the European Union. Long may it all continue with Dover playing a big part. The picture doesn't show the ship terribly well but you get the idea..
Great set of pictures there below Ed of the Reachstacker in full operation. Must admit I had never seen one before, or never noticed them anyway, until I saw the beast growling its way down the seafront complete with police escort. Fabulous thing when you see it outside its normal environment. Excellent to see it in operation in those pictures below.

Yes it must have been very tough out there Ed in the atrocious weather. I never remember it being as bad...and I'm on dry land. Well done to all the guys out there who keep the ferries and the trade right on going.

PS: just a reminder to all, if you fancy some time away see the current special offers. Le Touquet with MyFerry Link..details now on page 2
and the Ski Slopes with DFDS ..details a few posts below. Nice deals to enjoy.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 07:52
Post 400
  Ed Connell, Dover
Some photos of the Reachstacker doing what Reachstackers do best. Taken yesterday in unaccustomed sunshine. Thank God the weather has improved. I have been on the Dover Seaways since just before New Year and the weather has been unrelentingly abysmal.

Friday, 10 January 2014 - 10:31
Post 399
  PaulB, Dover
Nice and all as Dover Seafront is, even in winter, every now and then you need to get away. How about this idea for hitting the ski slopes from DFDS...

Smiley Set sail with DFDS Seaways for your 2014 snow break.
Book your return journey before 14 January to receive a free £20 onboard voucher

Save with DFDS Seaways when heading to the slopes this winter by booking a return Dover-France ferry crossing, the easy and cost effective way to travel to your snowy adventure. When booked by 14 January, four people and a car can travel from as little as £29 each way and receive a free £20 voucher to spend in the onboard shop for travel up to the 2 April.

With no extra charge for taking your skis or snowboard, you can take as much luggage as you can fit in your car or roof rack and avoid the extra fees associated with air travel when heading off for your winter sports holiday.

With a variety of ski resorts within easy reach of Dunkirk or Calais, including Morzine, Tignes and Chamonix, it has never been easier to book your group or family ski trip to Europe this winter. If you book a return crossing before January 14, you’ll also receive a free £20 voucher to spend in the onboard shop, where you can stock up on ski and après ski essentials such as sun protection, sunglasses and beer, wine and spirits before you reach your chalet.

Apart from deciding what to spend your onboard voucher on, you’ll also find plenty of other ways to pass the time as you cruise across the Channel. You can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the onboard restaurants and cafés, or have a drink in the bar and admire the fantastic sea views. For little pirates there is a dedicated children’s play area, where they can let off steam before the onward journey.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “For those who want to head for the slopes this season, but don’t want the hassle of the long queues and baggage restrictions associated with air travel, I would encourage you to consider taking the easier car and ferry option. Travelling by ferry is not only a more relaxed way to travel, it is also very cost effective when travelling as a family or small group.”

DFDS Seaways sails up to 44 times a day between the Dover and France, with routes to both Dunkirk and Calais, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options.

To book now or to find out more information please visit or telephone 0871 5747235.

Some great places mentioned above there..ahhh Chamonix !
Picture above shows the Dieppe Seaways approaching the western exit/entrance.

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Well done with the pictures and info guys. learning more about the Reachstacker everyday. A fascinating machine. And also am very glad now we spotted the Admiral Kuznetsov moving by...probably heading to Sochi. Very impressive, as you can see in Howards picture there.


Friday, 10 January 2014 - 07:59
Post 398
  Mike J., Dover
Just a Swing at Twilight . . . . [as the song almost goes]

Late afternoon sun catches the SPIRIT OF FRANCE as she swings to dock on No.9 berth on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 23:51
Post 397
  John Mavin, Dover
Thanks for that Ray. Smiley

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 21:26
Post 396
  Ray H, Dover
John, you probably saw one of the Harbour Mobile Cranes that work the ships on the cargo terminal being delivered,they were indeed delivered as deck cargo as you describe.
Both of the Reachstackers were delivered to the Eastern Docks by road on low loaders.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 18:07
Post 395
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting stuff all round, found this photo of the "admral kuznetsov" on manoeuvres.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 15:45
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