Tuesday, 26 May 2020

….. On Dover Seafront
The wild flowers are now in bloom on Dover Seafront as we look across at Arcadia...also in shot bunker ship Andros and to the misty right...Disney Magic. More 'magical' images of Disney below page.
Dover Seafront...wild flowers with Dover Castle.

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Post 6969
  Del Styan, Norwich
Very welcome news from Dover Port Chief Exec. I think the main point was ..."we still await further information on the detail of the support on offer. To date we have been unable to access any of the announced government programmes for our freight ferry business whilst keeping our facilities open and operational."
I just hope they are able to get access soon! Can't have Dover closing - just think ( although I don't want to ), Brexit is supposed to be only Smileya few months away.

Monday, 27 April 2020 - 23:13
Post 6968
  Sea News, Dover
Some further photos now of super-rich Jim Ratcliffe's superyacht Sherpa.
Pictures show her arriving at the Port of Dover on Saturday...


See also the pictures further below page.
We will have more pictures of Sherpa to follow along soon...pictures showing her leaving the Port after just a short stay...

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The Government has recognised the vital work of Dover's port and ferry operators in keeping essential supplies flowing across Great Britain during the COVID-19 crisis with a support package to maintain core ferry freight flows. Read the Port of Dover's open letter from Chief Executive Doug Bannister


Since we entered this national emergency, the Port of Dover and the ferry operators have worked round the clock to keep the essential goods flowing into the UK to support critical services like our NHS, to keep supermarkets stocked and to ensure businesses have the components they need.

We have continued to maintain 24/7 ferry operations for our supply chains, which comes at considerable cost during these times of severely reduced overall business volumes. The port, largely a fixed cost business, must maintain full operational capacity whether we process 5 lorries, or 5,000 in a day. As long as our ferries keep running 24/7, so we must to keep the goods flowing.

This is because we know people up and down the country are still counting on us for those essential goods, their food, their medicines, the resources they need to get through this pandemic and we are determined to carry on.

We are channelling all of our efforts and resource into this whilst we have seen our ferry tourist business virtually disappear and our cruise business go on lay-by for the foreseeable future. When faced with such a downturn in business, a rational commercial enterprise would reduce operations to cut costs. However, this would be contrary to our mission of maintaining the UK’s primary supply chain – and it comes at a significant cost.

The announcement today by the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, is very welcome indeed, although of course we still await further information on the detail of the support on offer. To date we have been unable to access any of the announced government programmes for our freight ferry business whilst keeping our facilities open and operational. Recognising the national importance of our ferry services via Dover by implementing such a support package should give the nation high confidence that we will endure, and emerge, from this crisis.

The dedication and professionalism of everyone in the Port of Dover community means we will keep our supply chains open and fully operational for as long as possible, and with this support package our ferry operators will be able to continue to provide capacity with confidence. Of course for the Port this is welcome, however we have continuing challenges in our other business sectors and critical infrastructure investment funding requirements that will also need to be addressed.

In the meantime, for the primary supply chain between the UK and Europe, for the people up and down the nation, we will use this government support to good effect to keep the supply chains flowing via Port of Dover.

Doug Bannister
Port of Dover.

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The Port of Dover still working away strongly...keeping those vital supplies flowing. Well done Port of Dover Smiley

Thanks Brian below Smiley



Monday, 27 April 2020 - 06:33
Post 6967
  brian dixon, dover
sars helicopter in a dash towards folkestone along with blues and two's on the ground.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 13:51
Post 6966
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of pictures now from Thursday/Friday...showing the general goings-on. Top shot captures the HM Coastguard helicopter through the fog. She was hovering over and close to a general cargo ship called BBC Campana for a considerable time...tried several shots .. but well.. the fog... time of this pic Friday just after midday (12.15). Havent seen any news item relating to it so not quite sure what was going on....

The evening before and we see several police cars with blue lights a-flashing ..they had charged to the area between the cruise ships...quite unusual to see them down there.. time of picture 8pm approx.
Whether it was migrant crisis related I don't know ?....as we have had another busy period of cross channel incursions...
Ah...there is a suggestion it may have been NHS clap related... well I never...
that's Aurora in the background there...

On to Saturday now...
Sherpa: Yes this one is owned by Jim Ratcliffe...the UK's richest man I believe. Not the traditional superyacht design as often seen in Monte Carlo and other hi-flung places but I guess its a 'homegrown' take on it all...
Sherpa and pilot...

Will have more pictures of this one following along in due course...
see also Mike's pictures below...

Interesting post below from Mike so dont miss that one.Smiley

Mike yes just stick to the allotted 5/6 images, it goes unstable if you play with it beyond that...and we just get blank listings where pictures oughta be..

Thanks Brian yes a very familiar memorial..services sometimes held alongside...Smiley


Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 06:50
Post 6965
  brian dixon, dover
they are for those chinese persons found dead in the back of a lorry a few years back mike.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 05:12
Post 6964
  Mike J., Dover

Here's the missing LIAMARE.

i was chopping & changes images in draft mode & obviously the system doesn't like image numbers beyond 9.
Sorry 'bout that.

Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 02:41
Post 6963
  Mike J., Dover

Arrival of SHERPA, high & low level, a little late in very dull weather, arriving from Amsterdam.

An impressive vessel & this interesting info is copied, with thanks, from the ‘Dover Strait Shipping’ Facebook page -

. . . . Meet Jim Ratcliffe's radically designed superyacht support ship Sherpa. So-named, due to the considerable amount of space she features for all those must have toys and supplies for extended exploration cruising and also, to provision other yachts if required.
Jim Ratcliffe founded the UK-based chemical company Ineos in 1998, the company has done quite well since then, as is somewhat apparent, looking at this 74 metre long Feadship creation delivered two years ago. Interestingly, she still features her build name of Project 815. Mr Ratcliffe returned to Feadship, having previously owned their work and it doesn't look like he was disappointed...
Earlier this month, due to the Coronavirus situation, the company commissioned new manufacturing centres to produce sanitising handwash from substances already used by the company. Since then, the sanitiser has been provided free of charge to hospitals, as the fight against the pandemic continues.
The circa 100 million pound Sherpa is at anchor in the Port of Dover's Outer Harbour until approximately 1700 this afternoon . . . . ..

I’m sure that PB will have more coverage & hopefully caught her early sailing [for Gibraltar at 1400, catching me out] by which time the sun had come out & pix would have been much better.

While walking along the prom, right to the Eastern Docks end, for the first time for many years, I came across these sad memorial stones, quite unknown to me.

I’ve just noticed, south of Portland, the monster ALLURE OF THE SEAS underway heading southwest.
As her AIS shows her bound Southampton from Southampton I guess she is doing a ‘grey water cruise’ as Dover’s P&Os do.

The ARCADIA returned from one about 1700 today, looking good in the low sun & PB probably has her in the bag as well.

Also arriving for the DCT was the LIAMARE with another stone cargo.


Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 02:33
Post 6962
  Sea News, Dover
Arcadia...Away All Boats!

Some pictures from Thursday above there as Arcadia went into a period of Lifeboat practice. The top two pix shown are actually the same shot but one zoomed in a wee bit to hopefully show more detail. The other two show the different Lifeboats featured. No pictures to hand showing them on the water as they were obscured a tad because of the low tide situation.

Arcadia went out on a run earlier this morning and as I write Aurora is returning...we were down to just one cruise ship ( Oceana ) for a short while there.

Smiley Well done with that post below there Mike. very interesting coverage there from our 'inshore correspondent'...so don't miss those pictures plus lots of info.

Smiley Very interesting post below there Mark...yes re the security sign and very interesting to hear about your memories of the Leisure Centre/Swimming Pool. Indeed it will be missed by many...but the good news is that there is a new ultra modern Leisure Centre a couple of miles away...in the 'new town' at the top of the hill where all the superstores are..LIDL B&Q Tesco etc etc etc
Wonder what they will be putting in the current location...someone mentioned McDonalds....

Smiley Thanks once again Del...glad you enjoyed all that..


Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 06:25
Post 6961
  Mike J., Dover

73 year old research vessel SEVERN SEA arrived Dover 28 March [post 6905] & was moored in the old Jetfoil terminal & remained there until a few days ago.

But she was not in Dover to assist with survey work with the sea defence works at New Romney & Jury’s Gap as was expected when she first arrived.

The ‘stone fleet’ of tiugs & barges started to assemble in Dover in March with the expectation of some of the work force being accommodated in Dover hotels & B&Bs - however these were closed by the COVID-19 restrictions.

The SEVERN SEA had been sent from Bideford to Dover as she had accommodation that was usually used by scientists & technicians & so acted as a floating B&B until today, Friday.

On Wednesday or Thursday she shifted over to Eastern Docks to the DCT [old reefer berth] & on Friday morning sailed via Western showing Falmouth as her AIS destination.

But it all went peculiar soon afterwards when she stopped off Hythe & drifted around for a while before heading east back in the Dover direction.
Her AIS destination changed to Folkestone & she anchored off Copt Point just across from the harbour where a Border Force cutter [VIGILANT ?] was already lying.

At about 1400 she went alongside Folkestone harbour arm, for just a few minutes, before sailing downchannel & I thought that was the end of her time in the area.

However at about 2130, wondering how she was getting on, I looked on AIS & found her back in Dover in the Jetfoil terminal again !

Her AIS track showed that she had got to the Hythe/Sandgate area again before going up to Deal before returning to Dover.
All a little unusual & I wonder why.

For me, at least, one of the more interesting vessels to call at Dover for quite a while.

Saturday the 71 metre ‘superyacht’ SHERPA, recently built with an unusual ‘commercial shipping’ appearance rather than the traditional sleek ‘look at me’ design of modern superyachts, is expected to be anchored in the bay from 0700 to 1700.
According to a DHB Notice to Mariners her size is sufficiently large to prevent ferries from using the Western Entrance whilst she’s at anchor.

Should be worth a look . . . .

For more details google ‘superyacht times sherpa’

Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 02:57
Post 6960
  Del Styan, Norwich
Thanks Mike J - I had a look at the meteor shower photo on facebook. And thanks for the sun pic PB - very cheering.

Thanks to you both.

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 23:08
Post 6959
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Interesting photo of the security warning on Oceana there. Perhaps they could, in the style of the supermarkets, add that if you don't know how long 50 metres is, it's about the length of four lifeboats rather than shopping trolleys ! And the demolition of the leisure centre and pool represents another lost link with my childhood - I went swimming there often on the 1970s when it was new. I actually learned to swim in the freezing water of the outdoor pool in Broadstairs behind the old Grand Hotel (now gone) and, as a posh kid at Chatham house Grammar School in Ramsgate we went to the lido outdoor pool below East Cliff Promenade for our school swimming - that's now a car park. Different times....

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 09:45
Post 6958
  Sea News, Dover

Stay positive - because together we will beat the virus

It’s now a month since the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

We may be locked down, but we won’t be stopped. It’s incredible how our community has rallied round the most vulnerable among us and those in need of help.

Since I set up the Super Neighbours scheme with Dover District Council Leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett, we have been inundated with volunteers wanting to help. And those volunteers have made such a difference, helping people with the weekly shop, delivering prescriptions, a friendly chat - even mowing the lawn!

Meanwhile parishes, Together4Dover and many other groups are working hard to help too. And as well as the Super Neighbours, we also have some Super Businesses. The Dover Marina hotel has been providing free hot meals, Buckland Press have printed free leaflets and posters. It’s amazing what people will do to be there for each other when it counts.

We have found ways of connecting differently too. It is amazing how quickly we have adapted and collectively kept our spirits up as a nation. We’ve found new ways of working, from communicating by Skype, Zoom, Facetime and video conference to turning shops, restaurants and even B&Q into delivery businesses and takeaways. But make no mistake, it’s going be a tough few months for businesses and workers alike.

Up and down the land, parents have had the chance to spend more time with their children – and be reminded how dedicated our teachers are. Many others have been learning new skills, from baking bread to learning a new language to writing scripts and videos to getting on with long delayed house improvements.

We now know that there will be an extended period where our lives will feel very different. Yet we should not look forward with dismay. Already there are pilot projects being run all over the country to see how recycling tips and shops can safely be re-opened. I remain hopeful that Kent County Council will get some of our local recycling centres up and running. Garden centres may follow soon, which would be a much-needed boost for both gardeners and garden centre owners.

We have adapted to plan and queue for our groceries, to follow one-way arrows and distancing stickers. We can – and I am sure will – meet the challenge of re-opening in a measured and sustainable way.

Already in four short weeks, we have kept connected, innovated, supported each other, and thrived. So we should seek the positive and continue to learn and adapt. To improve our skills, find new ways to conduct business and work to keep the economy going.

There are going to be further changes ahead. Let’s use this time now to prepare and be prepared for change that is needed. Most of all we should keep positive and cheerful, knowing that together we will beat the virus.

Natalie Elphicke

Good rallying email from Natalie there...
yes indeed we have pulled together in many instances....
but perhaps I wouldn't say we have thrived..possibly an inappropriate term there...but we see the good points. Last night once again neighbourhoods burst forth with sustained clapping for our carers... bells were rung and saucepans bashed here in Dover, the three lay-over cruise ships here giving us a musical blast of horns to add to the uplifting mix..

Well done all.... Smiley Well done the NHS Smiley

We were speaking about the Leisure Centre demolition...an early pic in the process below...the building shown is now rubble. I had hoped to get more pictures but at ground level there isn't that much to see...and you can only dangle out the window so far !!...Smiley

Oceana went out for another run last night leaving about quarter to ten ( 9.45pm) and now a short while ago this morning early ...returned...
Yours truly spotted this banner on Oceana yesterday thursday. Thought it worth a shot. Keep Clear !

Smiley Del....Currently transferring pictures over from an earlier computer...this is one of our sunsets...from the files...
the Sun Rising over Dover 8.

Del and MikeSmiley

ps: Will have some pictures of Arcadia lowering the lifeboats yesterday...coming next.. Smiley

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 06:34
Post 6957
  Mike J., Dover

Del - for meteor shower pix see 'Dover Strait Shipping' Facebook page & scroll down.

Friday, 24 April 2020 - 02:09
Post 6956
  Del Styan, Norwich
Demolishing the Leisure Centre! Where will the gulls get their dinner!
Saw a bit of the meteor shower, I guess the lights of the port may not lead to great stargazing. (You didn't miss much - it was fairly faint).

Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 23:17
Post 6955
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of general cargo ship Liamare...we have featured her already so see our Search Engine for more detail...the ship is currently working in and out of Dover and these shots were taken on Monday the 20th. Just caught her here leaving the Port through the eastern exit in the mid-morning blinding light...it was blustery too...quite fresh... you can see the pilot there...

Just adding this unscheduled extra one below from a earlier time...the light was better but the ship is obscured to a degree by the pier. If I'm remembering correctly a ferry obscured her view a few moments later. That's why there is no more from this particular day

Smiley Dave Yes interesting...a bit of paintwork wouldn't go amiss there and it would be a great opportunity in the current downtime. But whether it is essential work its hard to say.

However what IS essential?...currently they are demolishing the Dover Leisure Centre nearby here ( swimming pool etc )..this has gone on undisturbed. The thunderous thumping of the crashing masonry is hard to miss. This work has gone on without pause...essential? probably not !
But...hard to say...

Smiley Great general collection below Mike...very enjoyable. Among other things a fascinating shot of the bow of the Arcadia...and you can see there work will have to be done, I would guess, before re-entering service. Cash reserves will be needed I suppose as yes ...no money coming in.. a friendly bank manager required....Smiley

Smiley Del I made my way through Newsnight with Emily Maitlis last night so after that I hit the hay. Unfortunately I didn't see any meteor shower..pity as would like to. Visibility hasn't been good here... so that's my excuse. Hope you enjoyed it.


Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 06:39
Post 6954
  Del Styan, Norwich
Just out of interest, did you see any of the overnight meteor showers? Or are you tucked up in bed early at night, ready for your early sunrise shots?

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 23:09
Post 6953
  Mike J., Dover

After just missing some fabulous ‘pink’ light just after dawn on Tuesday I was out on the cliffs a little earlier on Wednesday,

A nice sunny morning,with the recent chilly winds gone but the pink light failed to appear of course.

The BURGUNDY has been on No.8 berth for several days & was still there Wednesday night.

Eastern Docks were very quiet after a flurry of freight as the SPIRIT OF FRANCE discharged & the DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS had sailed.

A sparse service on offer - P&O services could probably be covered by the two ‘Spirits’ alone unless there’s a surge in traffic.
It seems that tourist traffic is now being handled again.

An optimistic sign of better times hopefully to come.

I was talking to the one of the CANTERBURY crew yesterday & he said that the ship was running with 25 crew instead of well over 100 when in full passenger service,

The weatherbeaten bows of the ARCADIA who was berthing after another overnight ‘grey water cruise’ as I arrived on the cliffs.

Any exposed steel, however small, will always ‘weep’ rust at sea, particularly in bad weather.
Don’t forget that the ARCADIA came practically non-stop from Australia, stopping only briefly at Durban & the Canaries for stores & fuel when there would have been no time for 'prettifying' !

Maybe there’ll be some touching-up of the paint during the Dover lay-up but with their whole fleet laid-up with no money coming in & massive expenses to pay I’m sure that cosmetic work is pretty low down in Carnival’s priorities at the moment.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 22:45
Post 6952
  Dave, Sandwich
It is a shame that Carnival (sorry, I mean P&O) cannot find a vacant, working dry dock as this would be the ideal time to give her a refit.
But, with 'most' of us sticking to the rules and only making essential journeys, would driving to work to splosh a bit of dulux on a boat be classed as essential?

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 08:12
Post 6951
  Sea News, Dover

This one above...Discovery.. was towed in to Port, having broken down, by tug Doughty in the wee small hours...Mike gave us that piece of info a few days ago. Well whatever the problem was it was fixed, and here she is blasting off again at good speed beyond the breakwater wall on Friday around 13.15. The scene was very misty so had to force the picture a tad but there she goes....

And now below a general selection of round-up shots of Arcadia taken at different times...leading with her at 'grain pier' WD4... I think it may be fair to say she is needing a bit of a touch-up with the oul Dulux .. but once done...well...


Smiley Well you know what they are like Del, they will eat anything that's going. However we just had to make sure it wasn't anything too hard, soft was the thing...we didn't want choking or digestive problems...


Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 06:35
Post 6950
  Del Styan, Norwich
Nothing to do with Dover really, but what did your gull get for breakfast?

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 - 23:07
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