Thursday, 29 October 2020
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.


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.



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

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Post 6434
  Sea News, Dover
Delighted to have the main camera back thanks to a delivery from AMAZON in the battery department...the rough sea pictures were taken with said camera so normal service restored. Using an extra pic above there of Dunkerque Seaways in recent rough seas to update the system as the ones currently at top of page will eventually be removed. Pictured on July 31st. Not what you expect on a summer crossing but weather patterns everywhere have gone bananas.

The pictures below are from the evening before and it was a rough oul evening. First shot shows the tug boats...both of them.. pinning AIDAaura to the new pier/berth at 7.30pm or 19.30..

An hour later 20.30 and getting quite dark as AIDAaura begins to move away, again with support from both tugs. She was away on a round Britain tour calling also to Dublin and Honfleur. She is currently in Dublin as we write. Heading to the Ports eastern exit in the pic below because of the tough crosswind conditions.

Then everyone was gone. Glad Mike put up shots below of the other two ships leaving as it was a three-cruiseship-day as previously mentioned. Yours truly took the pic above to show how everything can go from being super busy to being super empty. Everyone gone home and nobody about. You can see the new reception marquee there.. still illuminated and in the foreground the end of the exciting new pier...but as you can see...its all quiet on the western docks.


Don't miss that post below from Mike... Great stuff there Smiley
Albatros cruise ship in port today.

Friday, 2 August 2019 - 07:24
Post 6433
  Mike J., Dover (
Three ship Tuesday & The PACIFIC PRINCESS depart via the Eastern Entrance heading for Copenhagen.

She was followed by the VIKING JUPITER who also left via Eastern altho’ bound for Portland.

Escorted by both tugs she crossed the bay & turned around as soon she left Eastern & headed down-channel.
Presumably the brisk southwesterlies, as seen in Paul’s excellent heavy weather pix, made departure via Eastern the sensible option.

Thursday - longterm Wellington Dock resident windcat EMS VIKING had a trip to Ramsgate a few days ago but is now back in Dover.

I noticed on Thursday that she has been renamed GXS VIKING & her previous owners/operators EXCEL MARINE SERVICES have been replaced by GULFSTREAM LTD.

I recommend two excellent HD videos of the Spirit of Discovery coming out the building shed at Papenburg back in May.

Links not live here but copy and paste to your browser and it works fine.

Friday, 2 August 2019 - 00:49
Post 6432
  Sea News, Dover
Pictures now from our triple whammy day..Tuesday.. when we had three cruise ships in the Port of Dover at the same time and all arriving at roughly the same time.

Pacific Princess arriving above...
AIDAaura arriving a short time later...busy busy...
AIDAaura manoeuvres into new berth WD4 with Pacific Princess in the background at cruise terminal 2.
A closer shot of same...
Viking Jupiter joins the party
Viking Jupiter settles in at cruise terminal 1.

As mentioned earlier...well done the Port of Dover, three cruise ships in one day is a bit special... Smiley


Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 06:06
Post 6431
  Sea News, Dover
The Atlantic Reefer

In the midst of all the glamour provided by the scintillating cruise ships, we mustn't forget the cargo ships quietly working away at the same time. So we will let Atlantic Reefer take the lead today with two simple pictures of her arrival taken a few days ago. We also have Lombok Strait to catch up on...
so much to do, so little time...Smiley

Just catching up with Brilliance of the Seas as she departs for Amsterdam on...ermmm..let me check.. yes on the 29th which was Monday. She was returning to Amsterdam to complete her round Britain tour.. Pictures of her arrival here in 6429 below.

Brilliance of the Seas

Picture 3 there of 'Brilliance' is obviously long distance with a misty Coast of France coming in to play.

We had a major cruise day yesterday with three cruise ships in port. The new berth Western Dock 4 being used once again. A fine day for yours truly to be without his main camera...the expensive battery therein had a final and total meltdown and refused to work...had to fetch an old moth-eaten camera out of the cupboard to meet the need. Will aim to have a collection to follow in due course..taken on the old boneshaker..

Del yes that looks like an excellent initiative...the aforementioned corner of England and the aforementioned corner of France working together to increase tourism. Its got to be good...should suit everyone including the ferry companies. Yes lets hope Brexit doesn't scupper it...


Boudicca in Port today...

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - 06:47
Post 6430
  Del Styan, Norwich
Nice to see Norfolk involved with Kent and Dover in a EU project to add to involve more tourism. What say the brexiters? Will the new Govt proclaim this from the hills?

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - 23:16
Post 6429
  Sea News, Dover
The Brilliance of the Seas

The Brilliance of the Seas arrives with us yesterday morning Monday. A fab ship indeed and of magnificent proportions. The conditions were a tad grey initially but some sun came through an hour later when the picture below was taken...time of top shots... 06:00 ... time of pic below 06:56.

As you can see above there she is big...958ft long. Will have some pictures of the ship leaving in due course.

Dover District Council To Be Part Of Multi-Million-Euro Project To Boost Tourism

Dover District Council is welcoming news that a €23.3 million project to deliver economic development through tourism experiences in the south of the UK and north of France has been given the green light.

Interreg Experience led by Norfolk County Council, alongside project partners Visit Kent and the Kent Downs AONB aims to deliver 24 million visitors and €147 million of additional visitor spend by extending the tourism season through the development of off-season bookable experiences with an emphasis on overnight stays.

The four-year project, starting September 2019, will include 14 partners from across England and France, with a focus on the six pilot regions of Norfolk, Kent, Cornwall, Pas-de-Calais, Compiègne, Morlaix & Côtes d’Armor. Dover District Council is one of ten organisations to have committed to match fund the Visit Kent and Kent Downs AONB budgets in support of Kent’s involvement in the project.

Partners have been awarded funding as part of the Interreg Channel Programme. Kent will benefit from an additional €3.3 million of funding, which will help to shape the development of new experiences, events and things to do. The project will also encourage additional visitor spend and more overnight stays in Kent during the quieter October to March period, as well as help cross-channel partnership working.

Cllr MJ Holloway, DDC Cabinet Member for tourism, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting opportunity to boost tourism all year round, and to enhance the great experiences on offer in White Cliffs Country. We are very pleased to be able to work with our partners, including Visit Kent and the Kent Downs AONB on this project, and look forward to delivering a dynamic programme that will support economic growth in the district and beyond.”

For more details on the Interreg Experience Project, please see the Visit Kent website.


A most interesting Tourism project above there, with much co-operation. A promising initiative...Smiley

Wow!! three cruise ships in Port this morning ...all coming at approximately the same time. Very exciting - its like the carpark at Tesco here right now... but in a good way. Well done the Port of Dover... SmileySmiley
Viking Jupiter, AIDAaura, Pacific Princess.


Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - 06:30
Post 6428
  Sea News, Dover

Open Air Cinema’s The Greatest Showman to provide spectacular end to this year’s Dover Regatta
Sunday 4th August 2019 from 10am

The Port of Dover Community Regatta is back for its 7th year, bigger and better than ever, with a huge, energetic programme in store. And for the first time ever, the Port is hosting an Open Air Cinema screening of the Greatest Showman on the Beach from dusk.

From the giant inflatable assault course, a 7.5 metre high climbing wall and segway’s, to a bungee run, sumo suits and the Community Raft Race, there’s guaranteed to be lots of fun in store for all. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the local refreshments, see demonstrations and performances through the day, or let your competitive streak out by taking part in one of the activities, there’s something for everyone.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer from the Port of Dover said: “The Regatta is one of the most anticipated days in Dover’s annual event calendar, and with more fun and competitive activities than ever before, this year’s is guaranteed to be a fantastic day for all. It’s the perfect opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate everything the Seafront has to offer, whilst raising money for local charities.”

Port of Dover and P&O Ferries staff will be joining in the fun and competing in their own Sports Day, putting forward teams for the activities with an ultimate winner being crowned. Port vessels, Dover Lifeboat, Border Force, Splash Pals Newfoundland Dogs and Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club will also be doing demonstrations.

Around 10,000 members of the public come down to the Seafront for the Regatta each year. All money raised will be donated to our chosen local charities – Dover Smart Project, Pegasus Play Scheme and Wet Wheels.


View from the new pier.....

Many thanks to the Media Team at the Port for the info above...Smiley

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Some more pictures of the Spirit of Discovery now..these are the latest shots from the recent visit on 27th ...bit misty at times...

First two show the arrival early morn..

The next two show the departure early evening....
Off on a seven day Norwegian Fjord adventure...

The super Brilliance of the Seas in Port today monday...Fab ship...another whopper!! Smiley

Smiley Yes great to see the back of all that traffic Brian and the weather guys tell us sleeping will be easier this coming week, its going to be fresher.



Monday, 29 July 2019 - 06:20
Post 6427
  brian dixon, dover
all clear my end, phew a bit cooler now for sleeping. phew.Smiley

Sunday, 28 July 2019 - 07:34
Post 6426
  Sea News, Dover
Catching up now with recent visitor the Viking Jupiter...

Off the top of head this appears to be a first visit here to Dover for the Viking Jupiter, so good to be able to get some pictures in the bag. The top three show her arriving on a misty early morning...if its Sunday today it must have been ermmm Friday.. Smiley
... while the shot below shows her leaving that evening. She is/was on a one way 14 day cruise from Bergen to London Greenwich..she had been round the UK and also to Dublin Ireland.

Del yes it was hot and sticky here, although perhaps not as sticky as elsewhere as we are of course by the sea...the big cities swelter... they become hothouse cauldrons, London Paris Brussels...records broken everywhere. And speaking of Brexit Ministers... As we infamously know..Raab knows little about Dover and what we do here.
He is now Foreign Secretary. Cripes! Smiley

The good news here today is that the traffic chaos appears to be over...hopefully I don't speak toooo soon.


Sunday, 28 July 2019 - 07:06
Post 6425
  Del Styan, Norwich
As usual, I expect the Brexit Ministers will avoid Dover - a touch too close to reality. Same as the last 3 years. How do they sleep at night - which reminds me - I do hope the lower temperatures tonight will allow a sweat free kip. How has it been down your way?

Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 23:16
Post 6424
  Sea News, Dover

SmileyYes indeed we are once again experiencing the 'joys' ( !!!) of traffic chaos here in Dover. Pictures above are from a few hours ago and its still the same now at 5PM approx and was the same all through the night. I don't know how people stick it in those cars/trucks...its just unbelievable ! Jubilee Way is still jammed as is Townwall Street etc etc. It would be oh so enjoyable to have one of the supposedly all-singing all-dancing new Brexit Cabinet getting stuck like this..then perhaps they might supply a little more vision as to how we might cope with reality.

Thanks for the info below there Brian.Smiley


Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 16:54
Post 6423
  brian dixon, dover
still backed up at 1317, [1.17 pm] the main town was or still is at a standstill.

Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 13:19
Post 6422
  Sea News, Dover
The tug was standing by ready to assist as the Spirit of Britain came in to Port. Unusual to see a ferry needing assistance on a flat calm still day so there may have been some temporary slight problem. The pictures, taken on Thursday late afternoon, show tug Doughty helping the Spirit into the Dover 9 berth.

You can see the crew above.. poised ..ready to leap into action should action be needed....
....and below, easing into the berth..slowly efficiently..

We have had an amazing ( if that's the right word!) traffic jam all day and all night as people try to get into the Port and get away. Jubillee Way packed and tailbacked as I write at 06.45 and its been like that all day and all night. The same with the main road through the town....dreadful hold-ups and its clearly not ever fixable once the usual routine gets upturned or overloaded. One shudders to think what will happen with Brexit...

ps Spirit of Discovery back in Port today...just returning from her channel 4 day hop.

Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 06:55
Post 6421
  Sea News, Dover

You wont need me to tell you how hot its fact it still is right one tickles the keyboard. But last night after a burning record breaking blisteringly hot day in Dover ( and throughout the UK and EU ), the storms came. That's the scene over the Port at 8PM last night exactly. Was hoping to get a nice flash of lightning to liven the picture up but it wasn't to be. But yes indeed there was much lightning later....

Just drifting back to show some pictures of the recent visit of the Spirit of Discovery. The first two pictures show her arriving back from her Round Britain Tour on Tuesday...

And the next two show her departing later that same day on a 4 Day Channel Islands hop......

Also see 6417 for pic taken at same time.

Great all round pictures below there Mike...great stuff and that top shot or first shot is brilliant..Smiley

Del yes Charlie is back in the soup, just when everyone thought it had all gone away....and yes he has been suspended from The House as I understand it, so the Conservatives lose another vital vote from their armoury. He is still sending out his regular missives. Had another one in yesterday but no mention in it of anything controversial. I occasionally use it when it relates to the Port.Smiley


Viking Jupiter in Port today - will have pix in due course.

Friday, 26 July 2019 - 06:17
Post 6420
  Mike J., Dover

Thursday afternoon & the smallest ‘Workcat’ that I’ve yet seen, part of the Riley Marine fleet.
Riley’s are Dover-based marine contractors but they work all over the place.

Their workboat DOVER WORKER is the most likely of their vessels to be seen working in Dover.
Here she is in August 2016 alongside Riley’s larger DOVER CONSTRUCTOR.

The outer lock gates being exercised a week or so back.
They were fully open when I first saw them but were just about closed by the time I’d dug out the apparatus for a snap . . . .

Old friend TOPLINK is currently laid-up in Wellington Dock.
She was working off New Romney a few weeks ago but hasn’t been seen to move recently, her last AIS report shows her entering Dover on 7 July.

Friday, 26 July 2019 - 00:50
Post 6419
  Del Styan, Norwich
And Charlie 's been lifted by the old bill - my what interesting times we do live in. I wonder if he'll be reinstated just in time for another confidence vote. By all means delete this post if its too controversial!

Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 23:04
Post 6418
  Sea News, Dover
A general round-up this morning of the various... notice how red is the featured colour today..Smiley

Top two shots above there show the Ocean Osprey working out in the channel, she was busy out there for a couple of evenings this week. The pictures are very long range and a bit misty alas...but you can just see the buildings on the hills of France in the background coming through the mist. The pictures were taken on Monday evening..she is described variously as a tug and support vessel. That's the Varne lightship behind there...

Our old familiar friend Duzgit Harmony came in to Port to supply bunker services to the Disney Magic ...there we are with a few shots above there to mark the almost identical looking red ship out in the distance at the same time in picture 3. This wasn't noticed at the time or would have looked it up...maybe Duzgit Venture?? remember that one …

You may not have noticed ( how could you miss the wall to wall coverage!! Smiley ) but you have a new Prime Minister this morning. Boris "BoJo" Johnson has made it to No 10 promising us a new fix-all government. I wont make a list of the promises but it isn't far short of the Utopian dream...
The existing Cabinet was savaged, you could see blood on the carpet as they crawled out of the door of No 10...and they have all been replaced with mostly hardline rightwing Brexiteers. The moderates have been pushed off a cliff...


Great inshore coverage below there Mike...well done with all that. Excellent. Smiley

Thanks Jan and Ken for the info below there re the seafront soldier. Interesting info there about the rifle turned upside down..good to get the information, presumably though the eyes being closed is a reflection on death. So much of it...
Good to hear your grandfather was one of those who made it back Jan.Smiley

Its a great work by Mark HumphreySmiley see 6414.

Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 06:21
Post 6417
  Mike J., Dover

Boatyard, Tuesday afternoon.
DOVORIAN & preserved lifeboat WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON [posts 2773/93] blocked-up in the yard.

A yacht on the move & in the background the immaculate red-hulled TERLYN [post 6270] high & dry for even more than than the usual TLC.

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY is in the background to one of the lifeboat pix, here she is dropping the pilot as she sailed Tuesday evening, heading for Guernsey while the SPIRIT OF FRANCE was berthing.

Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 00:02
Post 6416
  JanT , Dover
I have just been told by Ken that his eyes are closed because as his rifle is 'reversed' the soldier would either be depicted at a graveside or attending a specific memorial service.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 11:08
Post 6415
  JanT , Dover
Drove passed the new statue on Monday had to slow down and take a closer look,it's a wonderful tribute to those who never made it home. I was lucky my Grandfather was one of those who came home.
And with the eyes closed I'm sure it's saying we remember all of you who never made it back.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 08:32
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