Tuesday, 11 December 2018


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Rowers - cold sunday...

Listing highlights....
P&O: Britain's Favourite see 5922.
DFDS: Voted Worlds Leading Ferry Operator...see 5918..
Charlie Elphicke MP: Migrant Crisis 5894.
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.
White Cliffs Ice Christmas at Port 5852.

Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881, 5882 ...
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.
DFDS: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 5831.
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812. see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.

Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.

DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.

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Post 5851
  Sea News, Dover
Pictures now from approx midday Saturday of Border Force HUNTER - she had just entered the Port of Dover here with a small boat secured to her starboard side. Pictures show the moment below. There was an item on the BBC later the same day Saturday mentioning that Border Force had detained several illegal migrants in the Channel earlier ( Saturday)...now this could be part of that incident but we are unable to verify...


Monday, 5 November 2018 - 05:08
Post 5850
  Sea News, Dover
Turbulent Weather Patterns...Smiley
Yes this grim ominous cloud formulation below hung over the Port earlier this week (Thursday) ...not a day for a picnic ...

Pointing the camera downwards in the pic below..

However the rain/sun rain/sun combination eventually led to the following spectacular rainbow... there must be a pot of gold on that bridge for sure.. its the Spirit of France in shot.

We saw the 'darkness arrival picture' of the AIDAbella previously...here she is in daylight now as she rests over at Cruise Terminal One.


Sunday, 4 November 2018 - 05:15
Post 5849
  Sea News, Dover
This is cargo reefer PolarLight moving away misty mid-morning Thursday. She was off to Rotterdam. It had just begun to drizzle in the pic above as she moved out through the eastern exit.

The pictures below shows the tugs getting her ready for departure a few minutes earlier...just before the rain.

A late season arrival below for the large cruise ship AIDAbella. The AIDA ships are very familiar here at the Port of Dover.This picture was taken at 06.05 on friday. It was dark with a little light in the sky, much darker than shown in the pic in fact. It was necessary to brighten up the image for easy consumption. As ever the AIDA ships present a dazzling display a-coming and a-going..


Saturday, 3 November 2018 - 05:10
Post 5848
  Sea News, Dover

We often see the pilot boat Dovorian out there in rough tough conditions, alongside cruise liners and cargo ships, but here she is in more tranquil vein. Just caught the tail end of the job here - she has just removed all the safety marker buoys that divide the swimming zone from the boating/yachting zone further out. No doubt these safety markers will return again in the spring. This job is normally carried out by the survey boat Diana but not this time... the pictures show the extra crew too...

The pictures above were taken on Wednesday...here she is below again yesterday Thursday on a close-up shoreline inspection.

Thanks for the Cruise info Colette. yes AIDAbella came in - ahead of schedule. She arrived at 6am. It was pretty dark but tried a pic or two.Smiley


Friday, 2 November 2018 - 06:47
Post 5847
  Colette B, Dover


Hello one and all, I see there has been plenty of hustle & bustle in the port over the last month, looks like the marina and expansion work are coming along splendidly. The Sea News team have been mighty busy Smiley

‘There’s a Cruise coming in ………’ Smiley

Our first November cruise is our penultimate visitor this season, she arrives tomorrow Friday 2nd November. We welcome back the AIDAbella with her wonderful smile at CT2, 08.00 hours, (last visit was in August 2017).

She is on her 14 night ‘One Way Kiel to Palma de Mallorca’ cruise, having already visited Copenhagen, Goteburg and Rotterdam. After leaving us she calls at Le Havre and then on to the Iberian ports of Ferrol, Lisbon and Cadiz before dropping anchor at Palma de Mallorca on Sunday 11th November ‘Remembrance Day’.

Then she will set sail further afield to such exotic places as Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Her next visit to Dover will be in May 2019 when she pops by to say Hello on her way back to Kiel.

She departs our shores at 19.00 hours.

I’ll be back soon with details of our final visitor for the 2018 cruise season, unless we have some surprise visitors, that’s all for now Smiley

Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 20:35
Post 5846
  Sea News, Dover

Long range pictures above there from a few days ago, the 30th of October around midday to be more accurate, and they show Elvira heading off in rough and murky conditions. You can see the pilot boat alongside in the choppy gloom. Tough job that.. piloting ! Elvira was on her way to Hamburg.

A day earlier and below we see a well loaded Nederland Reefer across the rooftops as it were, this time at the Cargo Terminal. It shows how busy the Cargo Terminal gets and of course there are other vessels coming and going too, its not always possible to get images everytime. We will try though. There is yet another reefer ship in today...Polarlight. Busy busy...

The picture below is from a previous time and obviously gives a better overall view of the Nederland Reefer.


Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 06:03
Post 5845
  Sea News, Dover
P&O Ferries Special
The early P&O Ferries at work above on a gorgeous recent morn...ahhh.. life on the ocean waves..
Eight young lads graduate....


EIGHT young people from Kent are celebrating this week after graduating as qualified seafarers from the P&O Ferries apprenticeships scheme.

The group (pictured) were presented with their SQA Level 2 diplomas in maritime studies, accredited by the Merchant Navy Training Board, meaning that they are now legally able to work on board P&O Ferries’ 47,000 ton ships on the English Channel.

Their two year course combined time spent working at sea with three one-month periods of study at the National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College in Gravesend, culminating in exams last summer. Four of the eight will be employed as deck ratings, with tasks such as assisting on the ship's bridge, vessel loading and unloading, and mooring operations; the other four will be engine room ratings, tasked with taking on fuel bunkers, engine room watchkeeping and oil checks.

Captain Volker Heil, P&O Ferries' Head of Fleet Operations who spent 17 years at sea, told the graduates: “You have a great future if you want to work at progressing on the qualification you have now achieved. I wish you all the very, very best for your career.”

Mark Burgess, Training and Development Manager at the Merchant Navy Training Board, said: “The Merchant Navy Training Board works to promote and enhance the training of UK seafarers in order to improve their prospects both here and abroad. This P&O Ferries programme can be picked out as a good one, bringing out the best in people.”

Jai Howard, one of the graduates, added: “I am surprised how much it is like a family on board. The best bits were my mentors and bosses. I would definitely recommend it to people, it’s a great job.”

P&O Ferries has been running the scheme for four years with 16 of the apprentices graduating into full time employment. Applications for the next apprenticeships scheme open next summer - to register for job alerts visit poferries.com/careers.


A different day...

Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries for the latest information above. Smiley

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 06:11
Post 5844
  brian dixon, dover

ah thanks paul,it was lurking in the works area, it looked a lot bigger than that one..

ps, I've been on that one pictured very nice it was to.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 13:10
Post 5843
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Mike's pictures in the post below 5842, a few extra ones now of Bulknes offloading yesterday. The shot above and the one immediately below were taken late afternoon...4.20PM...that's late in the day now with the clocks just having gone back. She was still pumping away even at that time having arrived the night before.

The picture below shows Bulknes late morning...

Ah Brian I couldn't see a Seacat yesterday but here's one for you from approx. 10 years ago. Remember this one ? I had a job finding it as couldn't remember its name... but yes eventually twigged what she was called with Googles help. Yes this one is from our archives here and shows the Norman Arrow approaching the Port on a wee bit of a roughish day.

Well done with those pix below Mike. Nice angle shows all the activity.Smiley Don't miss those!


Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 06:05
Post 5842
  Mike J., Dover
The Antiguan self-discharging bulk-carrier BULKNES came into Dover late on Sunday night & sailed for Jelsa [Norway] at 1800 on Monday, leaving a large pile of 'stuff' on the Reclaim.

Going back to the FRI SEA & her log cargo [post 5837] it has been confirmed that they were for the Sandwich biomass plant & that this was the first of a number of similar cargoes.

If the trade continues the timber will eventually be handled on one of the new DWDR berths when they come into service, hopefully in 2019.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 00:54
Post 5841
  brian dixon, dover
i tought I spotted a seacat amonst the harbour works this lunch time.

Monday, 29 October 2018 - 13:30
Post 5840
  Sea News, Dover
The heavy-grade DWDR trucks at rest. Yes its a sleepy Saturday evening and all those neatly lined up Volvos ( they look like Volvos) settle in for a nights sleep. Some DWDR sections were working but most areas looked at rest for the weekend.
A day earlier and it was still all go. The crane platform comes out for another hard day at the office with Afon Lligwy doing the shoving. That's an unfamiliar small launch alongside. Must watch out for that one.
The last truckstop in all England. You cant park there!...says the man to the left in the orange attire...Smiley

Below some shots from the sea defence work late last week. Busy big build world around here right now.
The work goes on rebuilding or re-aligning our sea defences on the seafront above.
High tide now: Not sure what is happening in this picture... perhaps syphoning off the excessive and ever-rising sea levels...if only it were that simple!


Monday, 29 October 2018 - 04:44
Post 5839
  Sea News, Dover

This big container ship came in close to Port this morning sunday...presumably to let the pilot off, a situation we often find in very rough weather. We had a force 8 this morning. It is the MSC Florentina. The pic is not hugely clear as shooting into the light, but hopefully all can see fairly okay.


Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 15:14
Post 5838
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Lifeboat: These pictures were taken on Friday morning..time of shots 11.52am .. all pix were taken within the same minute and show the Dover Lifeboat making a swift return to Port. It was a grey gloomy ol' day so we needed to push and strain our pixels...well we needed our images through all that oul gloom! The pictures are similar to recent ones from yours truly in post 5823 but of course taken on a different day...a more recent day.

See also Sarah's excellent Lifeboat pictures in post 5835 Smiley

Interesting one below Mike..never a dull moment around here Smiley


Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 06:07
Post 5837
  Mike J., Dover
The Bahamas-flagged coaster FRI SEA arrived early on Friday & I took her to be another coaster coming in to load grain.

I didn't bother about a photo until Saturday morning shortly before she sailed for Rouen & when looking at the image in the camera it looked like just another routine photo of a distant coaster.

The downloaded image looked a different from usual & closer look showed a socking great pile of small logs on the quay,

I'm guessing that the logs are for the 'biomass' plant on the old Prizers site at Sandwich where the logs will be chipped & used to fire the boilers of the generating plant there.

A rare sight, a coaster UNLOADING at Dover & more business for DHB & I wonder whether this will be a regular cargo or just a 'one-off' experimental call.

I duuno where FRI SEA loaded the logs, she came from Liverpool with her previous port being Liepaja, in Latvia.

Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 00:30
Post 5836
  Sea News, Dover
The two great orbs in the sky...
As regulars will know we like a moonshot or two and yes indeed we had a full moon this week .. and as is usual yours truly had a try for some pictures. Alas alas the pictures were not 'great' this time around. Couldn't get the blasted thing sharp, but there we are, you win some and lose some.

However as compensation… something unusual happened....while photographing the fab full moon something went right across it, right across our path. Impossible to see what with the naked eye...but the camera captured it and here we are below. Its either a high flying high flung jet, or shock horror an invader from Mars...you decide...Smiley

Earlier...the early moon over dover 7.

And now that other golden orb... the sun..
pictures from earlier this week. First shot shows the sun rising through the gloom directly over Calais. A dark brooding very early sun but then...

....it burst forth over an early DFDS ferry.

Great collection below Sarah. Well done with those. The top shot is an ace Smiley


Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 05:13
Post 5835
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Some recent lifeboat action

5 lifeboats approaching Hastings on the day their new lifeboat finally arrived.

left to right
Hastings Lifeboat "Sealink Endeavour", Hastings new Lifeboat "Richard & Caroline Colton", Eastbourne Lifeboat "Diamond Jubilee" Hastings Lifeboat "Daphne May" (front) & Rye Harbour Lifeboat "Hello Herbie II" (behind)

Hastings new Lifeboat showing off her paces

Floating to attention for the huge crowd that greeted the new lifeboat.

Closer to home, Ramsgate Lifeboat returning from an 8 hour call out.

Friday, 26 October 2018 - 07:37
Post 5834
  Sea News, Dover

25 OCTOBER 2018 :

Exclusive discounts for top attractions and events in Calais & Dunkirk

Every year, DFDS transports more than 1.8 million passengers to the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk using their popular ferry crossings from Dover, and yet only a small percentage take the time to enjoy these bustling port towns for themselves.

DFDS, in partnership with the Calais Tourism Office and Dunkirk Tourism Office, has launched ‘See Ports’ – a campaign encouraging its passengers to take the time to experience all that these vibrant towns have to offer. DFDS is also offering exclusive discounts for local attractions such as the World War II Museum in Calais and Princess Elizabeth Restaurant and Tea-room in Dunkirk, in addition to free entry to Dunkerque Wine and Beer Fair (26-29 October), to further entice people to visit.

To launch the campaign, DFDS visited both Dunkirk and Calais to ask locals and visitors what it is that they love most about the destinations – with the beaches, good food and culture being popular choices in both towns.

Calais has long been an important gateway for trade – however this friendly town is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to spend a long weekend in a quaint, traditional setting.

Residents describe the town as both interesting and endearing, with the beach being a favourite spot for those seeking sun, sea and sand in the warmer months. Alternatively, for those looking to try out adrenaline pumping water-sports, the beach provides ideal conditions for wind-surfing and kite-surfing year-round.

Following the success of last year’s blockbuster film Dunkirk, a record one million visitors travelled to the historic city of Dunkirk in 2017. Tourists are welcomed by locals who love sharing everything there is to do and see, with many taking the time to visit the famed World War II Museum, as well as the iconic beach and coastline.

Dunkirk is also an underrated haven for foodies – visitors can enjoy the unique gastronomic offering on board the Princess Elizabeth and join the locals at one of the bustling bistros offering fresh fish, cheeses and wine from the region.

DFDS operates daily sailings between Dover-Dunkirk (from £39 each way for a car with maximum of nine people) and Dover-Calais (from £45 each way for a car with maximum of nine people).

Book a trip, or to find out more about the exclusive ‘See Ports’ offers ranging from discounted entrance fees for museums, gardens and historical sites, to sporting activities, and food & drink, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk.

Picture from Dunkerque above by George Holland. Many thanks George.

Lots more on the DFDS website ( www.dfdsseaways.co.uk )...videos of the towns featured and much more.


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Many thanks to the team at DFDS for the info above. Totally agree those towns are well worth enjoying...great bistros, great food and wine.. among other things...Smiley

Ah yes Del a familiar message from our MP below but it is indeed his latest missive.
just to add generally, we don't use all Charlie's letters (just the ones Port/Dover/Calais/Sea related) nor do we necessarily agree with those we do use.



Friday, 26 October 2018 - 06:44
Post 5833
  Del Styan, Norwich
Think I've read Charlie Elphicks message before?? About a year ago? No criticism intended, it just rang a tiny bell.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 22:52
Post 5832
  Sea News, Dover

The Calais Jungle Must Never Return...says Charlie Elphicke MP

Dear Mr Boland,

We will never forget the horror of the Calais Jungle. This was a desolate place where vulnerable people lived in appalling squalor. There was no running water – and no sanitation. The only accommodation was rickety shacks. People traffickers roamed free exploiting the desperate people who lived there with false promises of a better life.

Day by day the numbers in the camp grew – they came in the hope of breaking into Britain for a better life. Calais became a migrant magnet. By the summer of 2016, more than 10,000 people were living in the Jungle.

As Dover’s border security was stepped up, the traffickers became ever more desperate. They attacked lorries on the roads to Calais. Wielding machetes and chainsaws they chopped down trees and threw them into the road. They wreaked havoc – stopping lorries so migrants could be smuggled into the back. Truckers and tourists were left terrified as burning branches were thrown across the highway, while traffickers revved their chainsaws by the side of the road.

It was chaos. That’s why I fought so hard to get rid of the Jungle once and for all. The French authorities finally caved in and in the autumn of 2016 the camp was dismantled. The people of Calais got their town back. We must never allow the Jungle to return. Not just for our security – but to protect vulnerable people from the traffickers seeking to exploit them for the evil trade.

Yet already it seems the lessons of the recent past have already been forgotten by some. One London Labour MP is calling for the UK to take in more migrants from Calais. When we hear about vulnerable people living in harsh conditions, of course our first instinct is to want to help. Yet here at the Dover frontline we know that it will simply make Calais a migrant magnet again – and condemn vulnerable people to appalling conditions and a hellish life once more. We cannot allow that to happen.

Let’s not forget what happened after the Prime Minister met French President Emmanuel Macron and agreed to speed up the processing of child migrant applications as part of the so-called Sandhurst Treaty. They did this with the best of intentions – yet the worst of results. Within weeks the number of migrants in Calais doubled. Fresh clashes broke out between rival groups with gunfire and violent brawls. While many adults posed as children seeking to game our compassion.

We must be compassionate – yet we must also send the right message. That we will help the needy in conflict zones, that we will take in vulnerable people from those conflict zones, yet we will not allow people to break into Britain from Calais.

The Calais Jungle brought nothing but misery to thousands of people. We must be resolute in ensuring that it will never return.

Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal.

Returning to Sandwich now for another picture or two...and we have our familiar ol' friend the American Gunship of the Rhine...P22. Always good to see it there in Sandwich. Picture of Notice Board added with some extra info. Trivia moment: Notice how 22 becomes 55 on reflection in the water.
Well I never...!

Mike mentioned the Southern Queen in a post below 5830...
here she is but obviously from a former time as she is not in action currently.



Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 06:11
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