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 48
  ColetteB, Dover
OH! What a Whopper !!! Smiley That Costa Pacifica is 'Striking' indeed Smiley Great Pic too.

By the way, lovin the atmospheric pix below Smiley

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 10:33
 
Post 47
  PaulB, Dover
A totally enormous 115,000 ton cruise liner in harbour today saturday. It sauntered into harbour in early blustery conditions but it is so big that I doubt if it even sways no matter what the weather does. Once again today Dover has a magnificent ship. There are in fact two ships in, one the uber large and striking Costa Pacifica and also the much smaller and regular Ocean Princess.

Yesterday we had the very large MSC Magnifica, picture of her arriving in the earlier post below, but even that ship size-wise shrinks in comparison to today's one.

But I got a picture of Magnifica leaving last night just as the blustery conditions were picking up and here she is out in the open seas below...
the small boat is the pilot returning to base having carried out his duties.


Thanks Howard. This is the season for dramatic conditions. Will aim to bring more,

Pictures of the Costa Pacifica later...watch for those.

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 08:15
 
Post 46
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great selection there paul the dawn and dusk ones are hypnotic.

Friday, 6 September 2013 - 09:29
 
Post 45
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
As mentioned in the previous post, here she is..in the flesh.
The MSC Magnifica arriving a short while ago here in Dover..at approx at 7.15am

It is a tremendous sight to see 95,000 tons of ship gliding slowly across the harbour.

Friday, 6 September 2013 - 07:29
 
Post 43
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Fog is playing a big part in all walks of life at the moment, you will have heard about the multiple pile up in Sheppey, fortunately nobody killed there, here in Dover we had 3 ships yesterday and for the first time this year we actually didnt get a picture of one of the ships. As I said we had a triple header of visiting ships, bringing lots of tourists..the Saga Ruby ( photographed previously), the Delphin and the Artania...the Artania was the one that escaped the cameras yesterday, all due to the fog. And a nice ship it is too.

I think its probably the first one we missed this year.
But we did get the Delphin. But first the fog..this is a picture of the harbour and seafront when the fog began to pull back as night fell. It didnt pull back very far..returning later.


and now below the small ( weighing in at just over 16,215 tons) but rather unique Delphin

and earlier approaching through a blistering blazing sea. The pictures were taken very early morning.


Thankyou Vic.

NOTE: the magnificently huge MSC Magnifica returns to Dover today. Worth coming down to see.



Friday, 6 September 2013 - 06:34
 
Post 42
  vic matcham, dover
great photos of some very big and nice ships thank you.Smiley

Thursday, 5 September 2013 - 16:38
 
Post 41
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

The sun rising over Dover Docks just a few minutes ago as I write and very spectacular too.
Dover is always a great place to see these striking autumnal sunrises

Much have I travelled in the realms of gold
and many goodly states and kingdoms seen
round many western islands have I been...

...these words by poet Keats may well have been written for the much travelled Braemar above.
This ship has seen it all, been through tranquil seas and rough. Been here and there and north and south.
And now it marks its latest milestone...

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Champagne celebrations for Fred Olsen’s 1.5 millionth customer through Dover Cruise Port

Dover Cruise Port and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines have welcomed 1.5 million customers through the UK’s second busiest cruise port.

On August 14, Pam Allen and her husband John were greeted at the Cruise Port on their way to board Fred Olsen's 929-guest ship, 'Braemar', for a nine-night around the UK and Ireland ‘Celtic Experience’ cruise. Representatives from Fred Olsen and Dover Cruise Port celebrated the significant milestone by presenting Mr and Mrs Allen, from Wolverhampton, with a bottle of Champagne, a framed photograph of the 'Braemar' and a print of the Port of Dover, along with a commemorative Fred Olsen book.

Clare Newman, Manager of Business Delivery Manager at the Dover Cruise Port, said: "We are delighted to celebrate Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' 1.5 millionth embarking customer and extend our congratulations to Mrs Allen. Fred Olsen's first call to Dover Cruise Terminal 1 was with the 'Black Prince' on 18th January 1996, and the combined total of embarking, disembarking and transit guests for Fred Olsen is just over 1.9 million, which is a tremendous achievement."

From 2010 until the end of 2014 Fred Olsen will have completed a total of 140 turnaround calls at the Port of Dover.

Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We have a very successful partnership with Dover Cruise Port. The Cruise Terminal offers our guests excellent facilities, with fast and efficient check-in desks, and a spacious departure area, with plenty of seating. We are committed to providing our guests with convenient regional departures and Dover is a very popular choice for Southern sailings; we are sure that this will continue to be the case for many years to come."
Clare Newman left with Mr and Mrs Allen.

NOTE: THREE ships in today. A triple header. Dover rocks on. The familiar Saga Ruby and the ultra sleek
and dashing Artania and just joined now by the Delphin.
Will aim for pictures later.



Thursday, 5 September 2013 - 06:44
 
Post 40
  JanT, Dover
Good 2 see those little tecky!!! problems are sorted,Smileyso now back to some great pictures.Smiley
Here's hoping a few more of you will get those cameras in actionSmileySmiley



Wednesday, 4 September 2013 - 11:38
 
Post 39
  PaulB, Dover
We have had a whole brace of exciting ships in the harbour recently. Here we are with another example and all looking good.
I myself am running a bit behind on the scheduling as I had some techy problems but now fixed...so here we go.

So, from a day or two ago here we are with the latest featured ship...
the Seabourn Sojourn. This one is smallish but ever so beautifully packaged. Very sleek.
Some people say the smaller ships are better as you build up cosy friendships but of course its all down to choice.

Arriving at the break of dawn....

the sky turning a mysterious yellow colour as it brightens

and another pic but closer in..you can see what the captain is having for breakfast !! Smiley


Wednesday, 4 September 2013 - 10:12
 
Post 35
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
The pictures here are of the magnificent Carnival Legend departing sunday evening. Squeezing her huge frame out through the western exit. Today monday we have two magnificent Crystal ships in.. as mentioned by ColetteB below. One of the best and impressive double header of ships yet, worth seeing and very much here today....Great stuff Dover! Should get plenty of visitors around the town today.
And now, here we are with the departing Carnival Legend..


No pictures yet of todays ships, as with the change of seasons its darker when they arrive now.
The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony came in a few minutes apart around 5.15 - 5.20am this morning and of course it was pitch dark. Pictures later hopefully.Thanks for the comments guys.


Monday, 2 September 2013 - 06:03
 
Post 33
  howard mcsweeney, dover
good move paul as many don't see the front page and also if there is a quiet period on the channel the thread gets shunted down.

Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 19:29
 
Post 32
  ColetteB, Dover
Well here goes, the first cruise schedule on our brand new Sea News Smiley

Tomorrow, Monday 2nd September we see two Crystal cruises arrive in Dover, the first is the return of the Crystal Serenity at CT2, T/R & the Crystal Symphony returns for the first time this season (last here in August last year) at CT1, T/R.

Then on Tuesday we have another two cruise ships, the beautiful Seabourn Sojourn arrives at CT2, T/R (last seen here in September 2011) & the familiar Saga Sapphire arrives back at CT1, T/R.

Another beauty on Wednesday 4th, the Grand Mistral cruises into CT1 with a PoC (last here in May 2012)

Two more PoC's on Thursday in the shape of the luxurious MS Delphin at AP3 (last seen here in August 2009) & the Artania returns again to CT1 (last here in May this year)

Then on Friday 6th September, the Majestic MSC Magnifica returns to CT2, PoC.

Two more on Saturday, they just keep coming, the Costa Pacifica cruises into CT2, PoC (last here in September last year) & the Ocean Princess returns to CT1, T/R.

No cruise ship on Sunday

What a Fabulous week ahead, get busy Guys Smiley





Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 18:42
 
Post 31
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Just a little reminder...


MERCHANT NAVY DAY 2013

The Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Sue Nicholas, with the Dover and District Merchant Navy Memorial Fund, is organising a special service at Dover Town Hall for Merchant Navy Day on Tuesday 3 September, and all are welcome to attend.

Standard bearers will march into the Town Hall at 10.30am, where there will be a Service of Celebration. The service will be followed by an address from Donald Hunter, the founder of the Dover and District Merchant Navy Memorial Fund, and a closing speech from the Chairman of Dover District Council.

An official wreath laying ceremony is also being held at the Merchant Navy War Memorial at Marine Parade
on Dover Seafront at 12 noon.



Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 16:25
 
Post 30
  JanT, Dover
Welcome Sea News to your new slot.

Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 07:44
 
Post 29
  PaulB, Dover
DFDS - Back by popular demand ...the £20 onboard voucher returns to the Dover-France routes

A guaranteed shopping spree at sea with DFDS Seaways but ....hurry see dates.


Due to popular demand from customers, DFDS Seaways has reintroduced its complimentary £20 voucher to spend in the onboard shop. The voucher offer is bigger and better than before as it is now available to all passengers travelling on both the Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes between 9 September and 13 December 2013, with all bookings made by 4 September.


Whether shopping for souvenirs, gifts for loved ones or simply a treat, passengers can now enjoy a shopping spree at sea for free. With fares from only £50 return for a car and up to nine passengers, there has never been a better time to book an autumn escape.

There is something for everyone in the onboard shop, which stocks a great range of products including wines and spirits, perfumes and cosmetics, toys, gifts, books, souvenirs and confectionary. There really is no excuse to go home empty handed!

When passengers book a return crossing, they will receive a booking confirmation by email, which will include the £20 onboard shopping voucher and instructions on how to redeem it.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 daily sailings between Dover and Dunkirk and Dover and Calais, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a fantastic onboard travel experience and convenient travel options. As well as the onboard shop, the Dover to France routes provide passengers with restaurants, cafes and bars, a children’s play area, as well as outdoor deck space.
The two French ports provide a convenient gateway to Europe whether travellers are heading south through France, north to Belgium and Holland or east to Germany, Poland and eastern Europe.

To find our more about the £20 onboard shopping voucher offer, or to book a return Dover to France ferry crossing, visit www.dfds.co.uk/voucher or telephone 0871 574 7235.


Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 06:31
 
Post 28
  PaulB, Dover
Well we saw her early arrival in the previous picture and here she is again, the Costa Romantica, leaving last night in the late late glow of the evening sunshine. She always cuts a sleek dash. Just outside the harbour she turned south...Mediterranean bound no doubt..



Sunday, 1 September 2013 - 06:27
 
Post 26
  PaulB, Dover
The Costa Romantica approaching Dover Harbour early saturday morning

and beautiful she looks too. All sleek, elegant..and very Mediterranean.

Saturday, 31 August 2013 - 07:59
 
Post 19
  PaulB, Dover
Testing...Testing...

Ahhh...those glory days of summer. Beach near Deauville




Tuesday, 27 August 2013 - 08:44
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