Monday, 30 November 2020


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


Border Force Vigilant seen here returning to the Port in the past few days...we believe the Border Force rib powering alongside contained some migrants as several incursions were reported on the day.


The Disney Magic resting tranquilly at new pier WD4 Port of Dover, the tranquility making a change from all the recent rough weather...while in the foreground the Harbour Patrol Boat meanders along keeping everything safe and secure... In the far distance you can just see the Vasco da Gama cruise ship heading for Portugal.

Below...the Sun Rising through the drizzle on the Dover Straits


Yes the Sun rising through the drizzle... it begins to climb over Calais...as we look across the ever busy Dover Straits.

This picture taken a few moments before the one above....

November Sky - Dover Seafront

Dover Seafront November:
Striking evening sky as we look along Dover Seafront at sundown.....



The Disney Wonder:
The Disney Wonder pulled away from Dover on the recent saturday heading for Funchal we understand...
.......a rough ol' trip in the prevailing conditions....



Dover Harbour: something of a rare site this...fog shimmering across the surface in this way, as shown above. Picture taken on a recent chilly but dazzlingly bright and sunlit morning.

" smoke on the water, fire in the sky "

DISNEY at DOVER

The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic

If you quietly wish upon a star, hoping for even more wondrous magic in Dover,
...well you might just end up with two Disney's....


Fire on Western Heights


Something of a forced picture taken on friday night of the fire on Western Heights here in Dover. It seems a stray rogue firework caused it, setting scrubland alight. Four fire engines were in attendance we understand. The picture is of poor quality taken through the darkness, but it gives the general gist as we look across the rooftops.



Full Moon over Dover....

The 'Blue Moon' over the Port of Dover in recent times.
Look at that rugged terrain...

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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


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Post 70
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

BEACHWATCH:If you fancy joining in and doing your bit for nature and the marine environment generally, then please read on...


Port Supports Community Role in National Beachwatch Big WeekendSmileySmiley


The Port of Dover is sponsoring the annual Shakespeare Beach survey and beach clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend. Organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, the organisations will be jointly carrying out a marine litter survey and clean-up on Sunday 22nd September. Last year’s Shakespeare Beach clean was a resounding success being the second most popular beach clean with around 8,000 items of litter collected. This year, the organizers hope to welcome even more volunteers looking to play their part in keeping this local beach clean and safe.

Paul Sampson, Partnership Ranger, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, said: “The beach clean and survey helps us and the MCS to find out what type of litter is making its way by sea to this part of East Kent as well as give the shingle beach a deep clean.”

Vicki Jago, Environmental Manager, Port of Dover said; “The beach clean and survey is a fun event for all the family with prizes awarded at the end of the day, but it is mainly about us all showing our commitment to our community in keeping such valued community assets clean and safe for everyone, including the wildlife that calls Shakespeare Beach its home.”

This is the fourth year that the Port of Dover, along with the WCCP, will be joining hundreds of other Beachwatch events taking place throughout the country.

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Good to see the Port now sponsoring this event. Seafrance used to sponsor it and a year or two back sent me the picture of the gull shown. As you can see the poor thing is wrapped in fishing line and would be unlikely to survive in a normal situation. This one however..you will be pleased to hear.. was rescued by the volunteers.
Well done the volunteers and well done the sponsors. If you fancy volunteering for the day .. well its all happening next Sunday on Shakespeare Beach. Enthusiasm is all that is needed to help conserve the local marine environment as all of the necessary equipment is provided.

There is a picture of the Beachwatchers on dover.uk.com, our overall frontpage. Click on the link left and click on the picture there and it will enlarge in all its glory.



Sunday, 15 September 2013 - 07:23
 
Post 69
  PaulB, Dover
Great postcard that Ed of the Deutchland. always great to see those pictures of former times..which are often a revelation to yours truly. Fascinating to see the way the Prince of Wales pier was used in those old days. Have enjoyed the pictures previously from yourself and Scotchie too in the past.

Yes indeed the good oul Columbian Navy are well off their usual haunt...perhaps trying to enforce a new fishing limitSmileySmiley ??


Here now with some pictures of the Port's Pilot in action. He quietly almost unseen guides all those mammoth cruise ships safely out of harbour and into the Channel every time and wow has it been a busy time for him lately. Here he is doing the necessary with the MSC Magnifica on thursday evening..

These pictures are hugely zoomed in so quality not the same as they would be if said Pilot was standing next to me having a cuppa tay...but here we go..

You can see above the tiny door in the side of the ship at waters edge..and whats that..a state of the art rope ladder..Smiley

and away we go

under the huge nose ( bow) of the MSC Magnifica

and now with an earlier wider view. You can see the pilot door at the side of ship..this last picture shows the situation prior to him leaving the Magnifica.


Saturday, 14 September 2013 - 06:48
 
Post 68
  Ed Connell, Dover
Have just acquired this postcard. This is the German transatlantic liner Deutschland alongside the Prince of Wales. There are numerous photos of the Deutschland in Dover but have not seen this one before. It was posted from Southampton in 1906 but the photo was obviously taken at an earlier date.




Friday, 13 September 2013 - 00:16
 
Post 67
  Ed Connell, Dover
A very old and unusual naval auxiliary passing Dover at 1800 last night bound for Cartagena in Columbia. This is the ARC Buenaventura of the Columbian Navy, a bit off the beaten track.




Friday, 13 September 2013 - 00:04
 
Post 66
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed a great bit of info there Kevin and lovely pic. Gosh she is an old familiar workhouse is the Saga Ruby..we will have to do a bit of a tribute to her for her last visit at the end of the month. Wonder what they will replace her with. Will be fascinating to see.

Here she is departing a few minutes ago about 4.30 pm..light is a bit washed out but here we are anyway..nudging gently away to a great crescendo of horns/hooters, with the MSC Magnifica in the background. I put a border around it so she doesn't float off the page with all the bright light..Smiley

There she goes...with the tugboat bringing up the rear.



Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 16:46
 
Post 65
  JanT, Dover
Welcome to the new Sea News KevinSmileySmileyalways great to see your picturesSmiley

That's a good bit of info and picture there about the Saga Ruby.Smiley

Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 08:56
 
Post 64
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Saga Ruby is on her penultimate cruise from Dover today. Her next call on 26 September will be her last visit to Dover as she is retired from the Saga fleet. The end of an era, Saga Ruby was the last cruise ship to be built in Britain (as Vistafjord) and has been a regular at Dover Cruise Port since her maiden call on 30 April 2005. She had also visited Dover under her previous guises, as Cunard's Vistafjord in 1997, and as Caronia in 2000.


Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 08:16
 
Post 63
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Todays two cruise liners are seen approaching Dover from the east in the picture above. To the left closer to the harbour you can just see through the early light the ever dependable Saga Ruby while in the distance to the right you can see the huge MSC Magnifica...both in harbour now as I write at 7.42am. Pop down to see them, always worthwhile.
The picture was taken about 5.40 am.

The Grand Mistral seen below visited us yesterday and left last night in a blaze of light. The sea was flat calm so the reflections in the water were spectacular. These pictures below were taken as she arrived yesterday morning. Very colourful ship as you can see.




Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 07:45
 
Post 60
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

SmileyDover Marina showcases cross-Channel credentials at Southampton Boat Show Smiley


Dover Marina will be exhibiting all that a top award winning marina has to offer throughout the ten-day PSP Southampton Boat Show, which takes place from 13 – 22 September.

Having recently held a successful Open Marina Day, attracting budding mariners and seasoned sailors to Dover from the local area, the team at Dover Marina will be hoping to show even more boating enthusiasts the unique benefits of locating at the closest marina to mainland Europe, something which the locals understand only too well!

For sailing across the English Channel, Dover is the most highly rated and convenient marina with its distinctly international atmosphere. Set against the iconic backdrop of the famous White Cliffs, Dover Marina is just 20 miles from France, making it within easy reach of French marinas and the Belgian and Dutch coasts.

It also offers a superb range of facilities and services that have been acknowledged by The Yacht Harbour Association with the re-accreditation of the top Five Gold Anchor rating.

What’s more, potential customers will be able to benefit from a special winter berthing discount of 20% on all winter rates (October 2013 – March 2014).

Chris Windsor, Marina Services Manager, Port of Dover, said: “I look forward to personally welcoming customers to our stand and ultimately to Dover Marina for the best of British service with a taste of European adventure.”

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NOTE : The GRAND MISTRAL has arrived approx 10am
quite a while since we saw this one. Will aim for pictures later.
Smiley


Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 10:03
 
Post 59
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Where did the summer go? One minute here and enjoyable then the next minute gone..but of course not forgotten, even though it was a very short one this year. These pictures show the rather autumnal and chilly departures last evening of first the Saga Sapphire and then the MSC Musica.
Despite promises of rough weather on the shipping forecast it didnt happen and as you can see in the pictures the sea was quite calm in the top shot and flat calm by the time the Musica departed below. Very good for the passengers of course...

Yes a good time of year for the trips to Passchendaele and Ypres and indeed to other places with similar significance.
So good to see DFDS facilitating the possibility of a run over for many ( see further info in the post down the page ).

Smiley

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 07:30
 
Post 58
  JanT, Dover
Yet again we are treated to the sight of two Cruise Liners gracing our seafront,Smileyand the sun has at least decided to shine for a little awhile,
Fab pic's showing off the MSC Musica.SmileySmiley

DFDS's offer for the visit to Passchendaele is great for those interested in Military History,with my Grandfather fighting in both world wars, and having visited some areas in France it is always fascinating to visit these places.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 12:46
 
Post 57
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous post, here are the latest pictures of the magnificent MSC Musica which is making an impressive visit to the Port today. This one is quite a rare visitor to Dover so a ship to savour and enjoy. Alongside it on the pier is the familiar Saga Sapphire.
But here we go with the Musica...showing it being slowly manoeuvred into position early this morning..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 11:16
 
Post 56
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR with DFDS SEAWAYS.

· Visit the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele at Ypres
· Book by 18th September with DFDS Seaways and receive 20% off travel across the channel Smiley

DFDS Seaways, the award winning ferry operator, is helping passengers immerse themselves in history ahead of the centenary of the First World War in 2014, by offering 20% discount on crossings to Calais or Dunkirk until 13 December. Budding historians keen to find out more about key battles in the Great War can visit the Belgium town of Ypres, which is rich in military history, and less than an hour’s drive from either French port. With low cost and convenient travel, it is a great time to visit France and explore the sites of some of the biggest battles from World War One. Customers who book before 18 September, for crossings between now and 13 December, will have the chance to enjoy 20% off travel.

The Memorial Museum at Passchendaele, a short drive from Ypres, has a comprehensive collection of historic artifacts from World War One. It also offers visitors the chance to experience a 20 feet deep British dugout from the 1917 battle of Passchendaele. To commemorate the World War One centenary, the museum has recently opened three new historic sections. A new wing entirely dedicated to the battle of Passchendaele is now open to the public, including an exciting outdoor trench experience that shares video and photographic footage from the real life battles that took place. Visitors can immerse themselves in the past and explore how each side tackled and coped with trench warfare.

There is also a new remembrance gallery, showcasing over 5,000 items recovered from Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War. With over 60,000 visitors every year, the museum is a must see for any culture vulture this year.

DFDS seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France, passengers can choose flexible crossing times, a luxury onboard travel experience and convenient travel options. Whilst onboard, all customers can enjoy a variety of great value restaurants and stylish café bars, shops packed with well-known brands and fun-packed kids’ play areas.

To take advantage of this offer, customers should book by 18 September and enter the code EDISC20 and to find out further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235


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NOTE ALSO: THE FABULOUS MSC MUSICA IS IN HARBOUR TODAY.
will have pictures later..well done Dover again, the terrific ships keep coming.Smiley
also just arriving the Saga Sapphire..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 06:58
 
Post 55
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
This picture shows the hugely threatening sky over the channel this morning (monday) just prior to todays continual rain. Not a sky to encourage enthusiastic travel planning but nevertheless on the travelling goes...you can just see a P&O ferry immediately outside the harbour heading towards Calais in the non too appetising conditions...

Good to hear that the MSC Musica is returning tomorrow Tuesday. It has indeed been here before but quite a while back and it is another huge and impressive ship from MSC again. Long may they keep right on coming.

The much travelled Braemar is in harbour today. See the post further down the page about its recent considerable milestone.

Monday, 9 September 2013 - 16:01
 
Post 54
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Proof here if proof be needed that MSC dont just do pretty pretty cruise ships..no sir! This one shown here is an enormous ship weighing in at 145,000 tons..yes the company are also at the more grittier sharper end as shown here, shifting goods around the world. This one shown is the MSC Ariane and it went down the channel last evening at quite a pace. I saw it a long way off and assumed I had bags of time to saunter off and get the camera but before i knew it whoosh it was on top of me.

The ship was making its way from Dunkerque, yes Dunkerque can take these huge ships, to somewhere called Sines.



And speaking of Dunkerque or Dunkirk depending on what spelling you like..
take a look at this stunning award for DFDS who cross many times daily to both Dunkerque and Calais.

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SmileyDFDS Seaways named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at 20th Annual World Travel AwardsSmiley

DFDS Seaways was named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at the European leg of the 2013 World Travel Awards in Antalya, Turkey (31 August 2013). It is the seventh consecutive year that the ferry company has been recognised for its outstanding service at the World Travel Awards.

The 2013 World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry and the premier industry awards programme, with the winners decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers. The cruise and passenger ferry firm fought off competition from rival firms Brittany Ferries, Color Line and P&O Ferries.

The award winning ferry company puts its success down to its quality onboard offering with restaurants, bars, live entertainment, Kids’ club and exceptional customer service. The operator also offers a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg providing a gateway to Europe.

Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways, comments:
“The cruise and passenger ferry market is very competitive and we strive to deliver outstanding customer service on every sailing. We feel very proud to be recognised by the World Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year, which is a great endorsement of the high standards we adhere to and the enormous effort of our hard working staff. Passengers’ holidays start as soon as they board a DFDS Seaways ferry and we will continue to invest in our vessels and services to ensure we are providing the very best service.”

The World Travel Awards, founded in 1993, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.


Monday, 9 September 2013 - 08:01
 
Post 53
  ColetteB, Dover
Nice photos there of the fabulous Ocean Princess, yes shame, the light is fading earlier each evening now, making it more difficult to get photos of them when they're leaving later in the evening. Nice one Howard of the Costa Pacifica over on the other thread, hopefully see it here soon Smiley

The schedule this week is as follows: The familiar Braemar returns tomorrow, Monday 9th September at CT1, T/R

Two cruise ships again on Tuesday, the Saga Sapphire arrives back at CT1, T/R & the second is a real treat, cameras ready guys, it's no other than the Magnificent MSC Musica at CT2 with a PoC. I don't remember this one before, some of you guys may be able to enlighten us. It takes 2536 passengers & will cruise out to Venice Smiley

The Grand Mistral is scheduled for Wednesday at CT1, PoC.

Two cruise ships again on Thursday, the Saga Ruby returns to CT1, T/R & another of the MSC cruise fleet, the return of the MSC Magnifica at CT2, PoC.

Ending the week on Friday 13th September is the return of the Carnival Legend at CT2, T/R. No cruise ships on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.


Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 23:18
 
Post 52
  janT, Dover
We take should our hats off to DHBSmiley, for getting some of these splendid Ships to stop off here in Dover and giving us a chance to see them close up.Smiley

The pictures of their comings and goings here on Sea News are FabSmileyso hopfully we will see a few more of those camera's in action soonSmileySmiley

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 07:58
 
Post 51
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)


Pictures show the Ocean Princess late yesterday having just left the harbour and now beginning to move away, beginning to turn south into a busy channel. The pilot can be seen leaving by a side door, nipping onto his launch and heading back to harbour. The channel looking busy busy ahead.

This ship was somewhat overshadowed by the giant Costa Pacifica yesterday so here we are to redress the balance.
Wasnt able to get any further pictures of the Costa Pacifica as when she left last evening the light had faded that bit too much so couldnt get it properly.

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 06:23
 
Post 50
  ColetteB, Dover
Great to see the photos of the Costa Pacifica, I will be down to see it soon Smiley

Paul, if you can, try to get a close up like the MSC Magnifica one Smiley

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 12:07
 
Post 49
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes a whopper indeed ( 115,000 tons of it ) and here she is as promised...the Costa Pacifica arriving a wee bit earlier this morning saturday under a dramatic sky..depositing a huge group of tourists to the town. Just a reminder too if you want to pop down, as mentioned in the earlier post, the Ocean Princess is also in harbour.



Dramatic biblical sky and blustery conditions. The sunlight is making light of the fact that it is quite rough on the channel today.

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 11:37
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