Thursday, 29 October 2020

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Sea Pictures from Dover

See the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister just below....

For Safety Sake : Not a sea to cross in a small boat......


Rough Day Dover : The Lighthouse on Admiralty Pier.



The Disney Magic setting off on a Channel run in the recent gloom....

The Disney Magic

Moving the Disney Magic away from the new pier above just as night falls
...storm on its way...moving her to settle more securely on the eastern arm Port of Dover.

The Disney Wonder

Another picture above of the Disney Wonder departing Dover... since this pic was taken the Disney Magic has returned.


Big menacing sky at Dover above but the sea was still tranquil...for that moment anyway, but it didnt last.....


The Disney Wonder departs Dover...


The Disney Wonder:

We had the magnificent Disney Magic with us here in the Port of Dover for such a long time until she left a few weeks ago....but now as if by wondrous magic, up pops another Disney,
The Disney Wonder...and you can see her pictured above there. Also in shot...survey boat Diana.


OPEN LETTER FROM DOUG BANNISTER, CEO, PORT OF DOVER




Dover is the right choice for business and consumers now more than ever



The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (‘UKMPG’) has issued a ‘briefing paper’ intended to encourage businesses to transfer cargo away from the Short Straits, the UK’s most vital link to European markets.

The paper points out that the Short Straits, which includes ferry links between Dover and Calais, as well as the Channel Tunnel, has a 60% market share of ‘British-Continental EU trade’. The Short Straits has achieved this market share because it is the right choice for business. Indeed, the paper acknowledges that the routes businesses use today are the right ones and the reason businesses choose the Short Straits is simple; it offers the most time efficient, cost effective and resilient access to international markets, delivering an estimated £3 billion saving for British businesses and consumers compared to alternative routes.

Our own independent analysis (Oxera 2018) has previously suggested that it would cost around £2.7 billion to take just 20% of our existing traffic in order to pay for new ferries operating on longer and slower routes. Importantly, these new ferries do not exist today and need to be built. With shipyard capacities and construction lead times, delivering such a fleet of new ferries holds significant lead time.

The UKMPG paper suggests that other ports might have capacity to take up to 60% of Short Straits traffic now, but acknowledges that this requires both Government and trader support for this offer of ‘resilience’ to be possible. Exponentially, this suggests that the cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer could be up to around £8 billion.

For Port of Dover, when looking at the overall UK Trade Resilience we take a systemic view – across ports, vessels, capacities, frequencies, operating models and traffic management schemes. To focus only on port capacity is terribly one-dimensional.

The geographic advantage that Port of Dover holds with the UK’s largest trading partner means that a single vessel can complete up to five round voyages in a single day, making our ferries hugely productive assets. Further, our operating model delivers an average inbound dwell time at our port of just five minutes, providing unparalleled port efficiency.

Other operating models, for example containers and unaccompanied trailers may have inbound dwell times from several hours to even several days, adding inefficiency to the system-wide supply chains. For those routes with longer sea voyages, a single vessel may only make a single round voyage in a day – meaning to replicate the capacities and frequencies offered via Port of Dover would require five times as many vessels.


The UKMPG paper admits that a ‘short term’ constraint might be the availability of additional ferries to handle the trucks being encouraged to divert to other routes, whilst also citing wider capacity issues on the southern North Sea corridor.

The report is right to focus on resilience as we approach the end of the Transition Period, but what resilience do you have if you are sending traffic to ports where the ferries do not exist? Neither is that a quick fix. The market dynamic is important here. In fact, rather than investing in new ferries, operators at some of the alternative ports have actually been closing these longer routes with tonnage moving back to the short routes as that is what the market wants – Dover has of course kept going throughout the pandemic. This dynamic applies to the European side too, with the majority of freight vehicles choosing to route through northern France to Calais and Dunkirk as it is simply closest.

All EU-facing UK ports will be under the same rules – there will be a standard process and transaction applied everywhere. We know from examples elsewhere, such as ‘Operation Wellington’ on the Humber, which anticipates using parts of the M62 and M180 as holding areas for HGVs, that if there is disruption it will be everywhere. The report itself admits that there is already a risk of disruption at these alternative ports due to new systems for HGVs. Therefore, on top of this, sending more traffic to ports that do not even have the ferry capacity will make the situation far worse and create far less resilience for UK trade.

In contrast, the traffic management regimes for the Short Straits are tested and proven – in short, we know they work. For example, the recent national security operation that affected all ports with additional screening and searches left around 4,500 lorries in Operation Stack. When the security operation ended, Dover had cleared all queuing traffic and was back to normal operations within just 12 hours. Nowhere else could do that. It would take weeks with the current vessel capacities and frequencies available elsewhere. For UK trade resilience, supply chains must have the confidence in managing periods of disruption, and crucially recovery and restoration of normal flows as swiftly as possible – both areas in which Port of Dover has excellent credentials.

As we all navigate the massive economic difficulties caused by COVID, and the uncertainties as we approach the End of Transition, it is right to showcase the incredible efforts of the maritime sector, and the excellent ports that we have across the nation towards ensuring supply chains are robust and functioning well.


Come what may, we will keep working to keep the nation supplied with the essential goods people need at this difficult time and give all businesses wherever they are the benefits of Dover’s unrivalled service. This is what we do all day, every day.

Indeed, as the Maritime Minister said on a panel discussion with us only the other day regarding the national trade network; ‘you have to have goods and people moving around freely. So if you are to have parts moving quickly and efficiently across the Channel, and through Dover, and through the country, you have a much easier opportunity for companies that might exist in the Midlands or in the North to get involved in whatever that industry is.’


The report says that the UK has not always been reliant on the Short Straits, harking back to pre-Single Market days. Equally, the UK has not always been reliant on the internet and same day/next day/just-in-time deliveries, but it is now.

A vision that takes the UK backwards is not the vision of the future we want to see. We need one that backs consumers and businesses everywhere for the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We feel that we should celebrate our impressive, modern and efficient supply chains across all ports and modes throughout the nation.

For Dover, we fully appreciate the essential role that we conduct for the nation, and will continue to take our responsibility with all of the due care and attention the British people would expect of us, which is why Dover will remain the clear market choice.


Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover.


ENDS

ITALIA STREAM

Italia Stream...regular reefer... seen here approaching the Port of Dover.



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Post 177
  PaulB, Dover
No sooner has Esmerelda moved out when the Lady Racisce moves in..I tell you..all these females, whats a chap to do. Smiley A very busy cargo terminal these days, thats for sure. You can see the Lady approaching in the picture above, still a good way out behind the DFDS Dunkerque Seaways.
Yes its a tough game that Howard..in all weathers and in the dead of night at times.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 16:25
 
Post 176
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great picures from ed, i have given up on the after dark stuff - read the camera handbook and still no decent results.

looking further down i wouldn't like to be in one of those pilot ships when they are so close to a monolith in choppy seas.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:38
 
Post 175
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Great work with the new camera there Ed, totally atmospheric. They came out extremely well considering it was a late nighter. Smiley
Familiar friend The Braemar is in today..still working hard. Just the occasional Fred Olsen ship coming now on the cruise front.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 07:48
 
Post 174
  Ed Connell, Dover
Cargoship Esmeralda preparing to depart from the Dover Cargo Terminal last night. Nothing special but thought I would try out my new camera at night and it turns out that it produces useable images without having to know any clever stuff about apertures and what not.





Monday, 14 October 2013 - 04:32
 
Post 173
  JanT, Dover
Our weather certainly has changed and we see the sun less and less this time of the year, but these cargo ships travel up and down the channel in all kinds of weather.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 19:09
 
Post 172
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
You dont need me to tell you that it has been a stinker of a day weatherwise. Pouring down in grim style all day long today sunday.
But..and the Hallelujah Chorus rang out.. a ray of weak sunshine managed to make it through the gloom a few minutes ago and painted the Dubai Attraction in a wee bit of a glow. I wouldnt say it was blinding sunlight or anything like that but there she is above anyway.
As you can see she is still here and has turned round, presumably on the tide or... since the last picture of it a few posts down.
In the foreground you can just see the Coral Water creeping into shot.

Although the weather has been turbulent it does present the odd photo moment.


Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 17:05
 
Post 171
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks guys all round - great information as ever.
As promised here are a few pictures of one of these passing ships, pix taken the day before yesterday. We caught a bit of late afternoon sun just off Dover so I grabbed the opportunity while I could...ermm made hay while the sun shone !
It's a ship called the Elbfeeder, by the sound of the name it is probably German and it was en route to Dublin with a hazardous cargo I believe.

First shots show her coming into view as it were..

and now below.. the local small launch approaching Elbfeeder in difficult seas..

and a closer crop of the same picture..

This tricky operation to get the pilots off continued throughout the day yesterday with various ships and even at 10.30pm last night when some of us were thinking of curling up in a warm bed, a similar operation was going on with another ship out there in difficult conditions, and of course in the dead of night.

Smiley

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 08:52
 
Post 170
  Ed Connell, Dover
The Dubai Attraction was making a scheduled call for the harbour patrol launch to take a surveyor out to her, and later return him ashore. Looks like the surveying is taking longer than expected!

As Kevin says, the other ships are just dropping pilots who have been overcarried from North Sea ports as the weather was too bad for them to leave the ships after departure.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 07:44
 
Post 169
  ColetteB, Dover
As there's quite a gap between cruise ships at this time of year I thought I would remind everyone that this coming Monday 14th we see the Braemar return & then a few days later, on Saturday 19th the Black Watch returns to our port. Let's hope that the dreaded Norovirus did not return during this latest trip. Nothing then until Nov 5th.

Amazing Photo MrB of the Calais Sugar refinery sparkling 'shine bright like a diamond in the sky' Freaky backlighting for sure!!!

I bet those guys replacing the all so important lightbulb have never even heard of vertigo! Smiley

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 17:40
 
Post 168
  Kevin Charles, Dover, Kent
I believe most of the ships coming in close to shore are dropping off carry over pilots from the Thames who have been unable to leave or join their ships due to the weather conditions. Not sure what the crude oil tanker is doing as she is actually anchored. Perhaps a technical problem?

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 16:11
 
Post 167
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Here she is Kevin, the Dubai Attraction..she has been lingering there for a couple of days.

Glad you enjoyed those Howard, sometimes you get quite freaky backlighting these mornings and it makes Calais stand out.
Not sure what the tanker is doing moored there Kevin...several other large ships have been doing that unusual but reasonably regular thing where they come close to shore to be met by a small boat from Dover. Dont think its the Pilot...might be customs. I think we spoke about this before but for the life of me cant remember the whys and wherefores. Will have more pictures of that in due course.

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:58
 
Post 166
  Kevin Charles, Dover, Kent
Interesting visitor anchored off Shakespeare beach, the crude oil tanker, Dubai Attraction. Shame we haven't got some Dubai weather to go with it!

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:33
 
Post 165
  howard mcsweeney, calais
Great shot of the sugar refinery paul, the colours at this time of the year certainly add the atmosphere to photos.

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 10:17
 
Post 164
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

Ah now..isnt it exciting when you reach the top in your chosen profession, when you climb the ladder to the stars...well these guys have done just that, reached the very top in their chosen careers!Smiley

This must be the nations tallest lampost, this towering torch illuminates the entrance to the docks and the busy busy roundabout, and presents a hugely awkward problem when the bulb blows out! But fortunately these guys were on hand and ever-so willing..
.... and clearly able to handle the dizzzzifyingly breathless heights.

As mentioned previously these mornings can be quite spectacular. Yesterday the sky was an odd yellow colour but it produced an entirely visible and shimmering Calais across the water. Clearly seen and photographable from Dover.
Above the 08.15 MFL ferry is heading out to Calais (I cant make out whether its the Berlioz or Rodin), and in the distance, the far distance coming this way, you can see the DFDS Dieppe Seaways moving away from the French Port. The sea was fairly calm at that time but it did bluster up later.

And below the busy Sugar Refinery at Calais Docks.


Friday, 11 October 2013 - 07:59
 
Post 163
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

DOVER HARBOUR BOARD HAS PLEASURE CONFIRMING TIM WAGGOTT AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, said: "When asking Tim Waggott to step into the role of Acting Chief Executive I was quoted as saying that he possessed "the right experience, qualifications, drive and ability to take this organisation forward together with its customers and community."

Acknowledging the hard work of the entire team at the Port of Dover, Mr Jenkins went on to say: "It is clear to the Board that Tim has now demonstrated his ability to undertake the role on a permanent basis. He has quickly established improving relationships with the customers and the community as well as implementing organisational changes. I am therefore pleased to confirm and congratulate Tim on his appointment as Chief Executive."

Mr Jenkins also paid tribute to the efforts of the Port's many stakeholders in helping the Port of Dover, its customers and community emerge from an unsettling period, stating: "I am sure that with continuing teamwork we will deliver a tangible improvement to both Port and Town in an exciting future."

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EXTRA: You can definitely see a refreshing 'new broomism' sweeping through the management at DHB. We featured the other new appointments previously, now to be found on Page 3 so take a look there too. Good luck to Tim Waggott. Interesting times.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 07:39
 
Post 162
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes the container ships are very much a part of the Ports super activities these days, and an increasing part too. Here is another set of 'container' pictures taken yesterday. The highly unusual looking Magellan Strait visiting once again. No other ship quite like her as far as we know, apart from her twin that is.. yes the Messina Strait, which has also started trading here. They both began coming regularly quite recently.
Spectacular mornings these...here she is, the Magellan Strait just arriving in harbour with the Dover Strait in the background, being helped as you can just see by both tugboats against a big sky backdrop..bringing probably bananas as Mike mentions there. Yes 26% of the nations bananas come in through Dover. A very healthy food I believe. So there you have it, we are contributing to the nations overall health and wellbeing.
Doughty and Dauntless lending a helping hand to the Magellan Strait as she negotiates a 180 degree turn.

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ACTION POLICE

And now a moment for the Port Police who are..
Celebrating 80 years of commitment to the Port and its customers and the community.
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The Port of Dover Police has hosted a special celebratory open day for the Port community to mark 80 years of service by the Port’s very own police service.

The event coincided with a recent relocation of the Port of Dover Police’s headquarters to the Terminal Control Building, bringing it to the heart of operations within Europe’s busiest international ferry terminal. Guests, including former Port of Dover Police colleagues, were able to see the new offices as well as the range of equipment used by the Police (such as for forensics, search and transportation) to keep the Port’s 12-13 million customers and its local community safe.

Much has changed at the Port since its police service was established in 1933; the same year that British police first used a radio appeal over the airwaves for help in catching a criminal. The modern Port of Dover Police now has excellent marine capabilities for dealing with issues on the sea waves, courtesy of its high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB), call sign ‘Delta 99’. It also has nationally trained specialists in the fields of counter terrorism security and police search designed to meet the needs of a major 24/7 international gateway handling £80 billion of trade each year.

Yet what has remained constant throughout is the Port of Dover Police’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure Port and the weekend’s celebration was a chance to acknowledge that and to see just how that commitment is met today.

During the opening ceremony, Superintendent Paul Wilczek, Chief Officer of Police at the Port of Dover, said: “There is a long and proud tradition in the Port of Dover Police of serving our Port community. The uniforms may look a little different to the old uniforms we have had on display at our open day, but what lies beneath is still the same absolute commitment to everyone associated with the Port of Dover.”

To further mark the anniversary, the Port of Dover, a long-standing supporter of Dover Athletic Football Club, sponsored the weekend’s match.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The work of the Port of Dover Police is fundamental to the success of the Port of Dover, to the security of every customer and ultimately to the nation. They are a shining example of what excellent customer service is all about and I am delighted to mark this 80th anniversary. With the successful work in more recent times of our Neighbourhood Policing Unit in the wider community, it is also fitting that we celebrated the anniversary cheering on our local football team with our friends at Dover Athletic.”
Chief Executive Tim Waggott clearly keen to get his hands on a slice of that delicious looking cake. That's PC Martin Dadd doing the honours with the knife.



Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 07:36
 
Post 161
  Mike j., Dover
Howard -

Scroll back to 25th.September !

26 percent of the UK's bananas passing thru Dover.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 05:34
 
Post 160
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting to see the containershps featuring, normally they creep in and discharge at the furthest corner of the dock out of our view and off they go again.

there was mention on this forum a few years back that a large percentage of bananas eaten in this country came via dover, maybe one of our factual posters will fill us in with the correct details?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 20:59
 
Post 159
  JanT, Dover
The picture below of the cliffs of France, only goes to show how close we are.
And yet another good offer from P&O, for those thinking of heading to Calais even if its only for the day.SmileySmiley


Monday, 7 October 2013 - 17:50
 
Post 158
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to P&O for the info on the wine..just come through. See previous post.


FREE WINE FROM P&O FERRIES THIS AUTUMNSmileySmiley

P&O Ferries has uncorked a cracking deal for day trippers heading across the Channel this autumn.
Book a Dover – Calais day trip for a car and passengers, with fares from just £24 return,
and collect three free bottles of Piat d’Or white, red or rosé wine on board.

The offer applies to bookings for travel from 4 October to 31 October.
For more information or to book go to www.poferries.com or call 08716 646464.

Monday, 7 October 2013 - 11:11
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