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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Doug Bannister: Open Letter re Covid-19 Critical Supply from Port of Dover CEO 6968.
PORT OF DOVER donates £40,000 to Coronavirus Fund see 6923

P&O FERRIES 1100 staff laid off and Furloughed to HMG scheme , see 6909.
P&O Ferries secure vital flow of goods, medicines...see below, post 6901.
DFDS Coronavirus announcements below see post 6880 and 6885.

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Post 6929
  Mike J., Dover

As was often said on Monty Python '& now for something completely different' which I hope qualifies for 'Sea News' but at least the HAVEN SEAJACK 4 does [occasionally] float !

For some time major work has been going on in Sandwich to reduce flood risks in the area & I only became aware of the work it when I crossed the former tollbridge in early March & saw the most unexpected sight of a jack-up barge upriver of the bridge.

Part of the work involves stabilising a failing quayside & the barge has been used for pile- driving & the work continues

Looking upstream from the tollbridge 3/3

Looking downstream, tollbridge in the background on the same day.
The big building is the former Watney's Brewery - coasters, probably sailing barges, would unload grain & hops & beer would often leave down the river.

The three-section barge was brought in by road & assembled with the aid of a massive mobile crane based in the plant yard across the river in the middle of Highway Marine's boatyard opposite the current work site.
The four long ‘spuds’ that the barge climbs up were also brought in by road in sections.

When I first noticed the work the barge had climbed up the spuds & was working clear of the water but on 17/3 at the top of high water he barge had been floated & moved across the river so that further piles could be loaded

The project, running a little late, is described in this weatherbeaten notice & I found myself reading the first sentence as though the object of the work was to make the flood risk worse.

Whoever wrote the notice knew what they meant, but it might cause some confusion . . . . .

Monday, 13 April 2020 - 00:36
Post 6928
  Sea News, Dover
Mike mentioned that Oceana went out for a further run last night and yes indeed she did and we will have a pic or two following along shortly, as there was just enough light left for a few worthy shots... but just harking back now a couple of days and we see below Bunker ship Whitdawn in the blazingly bright conditions in Port servicing Oceana ...with Aurora in the background...

Going back a further few days...still catching up...and we see workboat/tug Sarah Grey towing in a long barge...the pictures were murky, taken before the onslaught, or should that be onset, of all this good weather. The convoy was heading to the Eastern Arm...Mike got further pictures, just type Sarah Grey in the Search Engine above.

Wot!! no beach!

With Supermoon at its recent fullest and indeed glowing pink...the tide levels were both huge and very low. There is a beach above there normally. And although we are not allowed to sunbathe at the moment...if you did and dozed off...you wouldn't want to do it on this beach...no sirreee bob...

The other side of the coin...low tide.... very low tide...

Good stuff below Mike..very enjoyable pictures and info there..Smiley
You have a colourful rear end there Patrick! SmileySmiley


Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 05:26
Post 6927
  Mike J., Dover

Nice glint on Patrick’s stern view of the COTE DES DUNES with the light showing up well the bumps & rumples caused by ferry service - not for nothing do all the ferries have ‘belting’ along their sides to absorb impacts !

The OCEANA on WD4 on Friday afternoon.

She sailed Saturday evening, exchanging whistles with the AURORA before heading downchannel.
She is expected to be back about 0700 on Tuesday & is likely to go to Cruise-1 as WD4 may be needed for a cargo ship.

P&O’s ARCADIA is due in Southampton today, Sunday, after returning from Durban after abandoning her cruise due to the pandemic.
Disembarkation of her passengers was refused in Durban where she called briefly to take fuel & supplies for the run back to the UK.

After Southampton there is a rumour that she may be coming to Dover, in which case, if WD4 is needed for cargo ships , she will need to go on the Eastern Arm as the only available berth, or perhaps the DCT ]the old reffer berth] if she would fit there.

Shades of the ‘Old Days’ when cruise ships regularly used the DCT & Eastern Arm before the Western Docks cruise terminals came into service.

Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 02:32
Post 6926
  Patrick, Marine Parade
If we can't see the back end of the coronavirus just yet we can have at least a little cheery golden 'glow' from the rear end of the DFDS ferry 'Cote des Dune' yesterday as she exited the Eastern Entrance in the evening sunlight.

Saturday, 11 April 2020 - 12:21
Post 6925
  Sea News, Dover

Stay safe this Easter...says Natalie Elphicke MP

I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter this weekend. It will probably feel like the strangest one we have ever celebrated, but it is actually a good time to reflect on its key message of hope and faith in the future.

Because day after day, time and again, I am struck by how the Coronavirus Crisis brings out the very best in our community - Corona Champions helping to get homeless people into safe accommodation, neighbours and friends shopping for each other, strangers calling strangers to have a chat, to reach out against the loneliness of isolation and disruption to our usual lives.

From Government Ministers, to Members of Parliament, to county, district and parish councils, charities and voluntary organisations, all of us, finding new ways to work and communicate, and ensure we are doing all we can at this challenging time.

I would like to take a moment to thank my small team, and especially Charlie, who has worked tirelessly with me seven days a week, all hours of the day and night, dealing with thousands of individual concerns and issues, many of which have been extremely urgent and serious.

Yet, as was ever the case, aside from the people working hard and doing their best, there are also those who use the situation to steal and cheat – plenty of Corona Champions, but also plenty of Corona Crooks. We must be vigilant of such people, especially those using online and remote scams.

Over the last week, there has been a flurry of scam behaviour, of the type that we should be familiar with. Text messages claiming to be from Kent Police about social distancing fines, from the Department of Education about changes to free school meals, from the Department of Work and Pensions on new benefit claims, from paypal, banks, and utility companies. So in these times it is as important as ever, indeed more so, to make sure that we all do the checks and balances that we would usually do. Don’t click on a link from an unknown email or text. Do look at official websites, mine included, for contact and helpline numbers of Government and other official services.

There have been reports of isolated criminal behaviour. There is no door-to-door virus checking service that you need to pay for. Don’t give your cash to anyone you don’t trust. If you need help, do contact the Super Neighbours scheme. The organising leaders for Super Neighbours are already established community leaders and work alongside council and parish hubs, as well as mental health and other support organisations, as needed.

If you are subject to criminal activity, then report it in the usual way. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are a quick way for the police to alert communities to anything suspicious or of concern in an area. So do consider joining up to one if you haven’t already.

So my message for this week is a warning to any would be Corona Crooks: we are watching out for you. And a huge thank you to all of the Community Corona Champions. Together we are making the difference together locally, and we will get through this.

Natalie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal

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Many thanks to Natalie Elphicke for the above. Stay Safe Smiley

Just catching up now below with a picture of the departing Atlantic Reefer from a few days ago with pilot boat in attendance. We are catching up with 'various' at the moment. There she goes...

Atlantic Reefer - on her way to Vlissingen.

A couple of pictures now which we had intended to put up a few days back but here we are...you know what they say...'better late than never'

The pictures above show small tug New Ross 1 which has been moving back and forth between the two arms in the Port..she was working recently guiding the barges into Port and across Port. There she is above catching the evening sun.

Good to see Mike's post below again...very enjoyable post with comprehensive coverage, it was one of the posts lost during our enforced breakdown.Smiley


Saturday, 11 April 2020 - 06:30
Post 6924
  Mike J, Dover

The 53–year old tug EMS DEFENDER, operated by Eastern Msrine Services of Lowestoft on the slipway at Ramsgate on 17/3 after some weeks on the Commercial Quay after arriving late February.

It’ll be noticed that the vessel has no propeller or rudder.

She is fitted with a ‘Voith Schneider propeller’ which is composed of vertical rotating blades whose pitch angle can be varied to provide thrust in any direction [& I’m not going any ‘deeper’ than that ‘cos I’m not a marine engineer - plenty of info on the ‘net !].

Most modern harbour tugs use a variety of these & other systems which produce the same effect of improved manoeverability & much else & these types of unconventional systems can be be found on many other types of vessels.
We even had one on the FANTASIA but that’s another story . . . .

The current DHB tugs, for example, have a system called ‘Azimuth Stern Drive’ quite different from the Voith Schneider system but with same effect & advantages over conventional propellofs & rudders.

The vertical blades of the DEFENDER’s system can be seen behind the propellor guard.

The BORR, an unusual low-profikle dredger was in Ramsgate on 27/3 after coming down from Harwich, operated by Van Oord, one the leading Dutch dredger companies.
She is a ‘water injection dredger’ who disturbs sediment on the seabed with a powerful pump which is then carried away by the current.
A similar vessel, the much larger JETSED has worked in Ramsgate in the past [posts 5963/6006].

The BORR is unusual in that she splits in two for lorry transportation the & ‘join’ can be clearly seen.
Remember the TOPLIFT [post 6043] who was similarly designed for lorry haulage & one or two of the DWDR contractor’s jack-up barges were designed similarly.

If you google Van Oord’s website & look for ‘water injection dredgers’ there’s a nice little video explaining how the system works & many Ramsgate views of the JETSED in action, sometimes with the poor old OSTEND SPIRIT in the background.

Finally the much more conventional & nice-looking ‘training vessedl’ SMIT SPEY in Ramsgate on 27/3, one of a class of general purpose workvessels that are often used for target towing & working with the aeronautical authorities.
One of her sister ships, the SMIT DEE, was basking in the sun in the Tidal Basin on Sunday.
Pix to follow.

Saturday, 11 April 2020 - 00:45
Post 6923
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover donates £40,000 to the Coronavirus Emergency Fund Smiley

The Port of Dover has allocated £40,000 to support local charities in Dover that are caring for those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds are available to apply for now via the Coronavirus Emergency Fund, part of the Kent Community Foundation.

Doug Bannister, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover said:

"As we navigate through these unprecedented and challenging times, it is vital that we work together as one community and continue to provide support to those in need.

The Port of Dover has therefore immediately released £40,000 from our Community Fund into the Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the Dover area. These funds will provide local charities with additional financial support as they work tirelessly to care for our community."

The Port encourages all local organisations in Dover that are supporting those affected by Coronavirus to apply for a grant through the Fund. This could include charities looking after vulnerable people, plus those providing important social support to members of the community. Funding will be released soon after a successful application.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said:

"Kent Community Foundation is overwhelmed by the response from our Fund holders and supporters to the new KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund. The Port of Dover has very generously donated £40,000, specifically for organisations within the Dover area supporting the elderly and vulnerable. If you would like to apply or to make a donation to the Fund please visit


"Good to be Back!" Following the loss of a few days postings after our 'breakdown'...I am re-doing the one above so that we have it on file. it was one of the posts gone into the forever ether... but certainly worth re-recording...anything that helps us through the current crises is warmly welcomed.

Just getting re-connected again and checking everything is working this end with the picture below. It shows a couple on the new pier getting close-up to the giant cruise liners Oceana and Aurora here in Dover.

SmileyLast night at 8pm the seafront erupted in applause once again for the magnificent people keeping the nations essential health services running...and indeed for all the people keeping everything running, including those in the Food Supply chain. The cruise ships did their bit...loudly hooting in super support at 8pm. Well done all.

Excellent post below Mike...back on and on top form, don't miss that oneSmiley

Have another go George when ready...no worries...I'd like to see that pictureSmiley

Del Smiley


A big thankyou to our 'ace man' Chris Tutthill who did the necessary repair/rebuild work and re-launch and it was difficult this time...
We have lost a few days posts but we can recover from that....But yes once again...

"Well Done Chris T" Smiley


Friday, 10 April 2020 - 06:09
Post 6922
  Mike J., Dover

I echo Brian & Del's remarks & its good to see DSN back 'on the air' with thanks due to the expert[s] involved in bringing it back to life.

Both Del & I had posts go missing durine the ‘outage’ so here is the second of two Ramsgate posts.
I now have to try to remember what was in the first post !

Nice view of the DOVER GRAFTER from an unusual angle by 'Roving Reporter' & a fascinating AIS plot from Patrick of the cruise ships off Miami, including of course Virgin's SCARLET LADY who has yet to set off on her maiden cruise down to the Caribbean.

27 March found the large 1991-built workboat CAMERON whose usual duties are working as a buoy tender & laying & recovering moorings, aided by the lifting ‘horns’ on the bows.

In the second photo she is tied up alongside the Bennett barge CHURCHILL,which is itself tied up to the Commercial Quay, home of the Ramsgate lifeboat house.

The CAMERON is operated by the Scots marine contracting company Briggs Marine who have a large fleet of many types of workboats, including survey vessels that have occasionally visited Dover [post 3782] as well as operating the Woolwich Ferry service which has a Dover connection [post 6546].Their website is well worth a look to see their wide range of activities & vessels.

Three vessels from the ever-changing fleet of workboats & windcats.

WorKboat WIND ENERGY & windcats WEM 1 & TMS BITTERN.

As usual there were many more windcats both in the outer harbour with a number
laid-up in the inner harbour.

Friday, 10 April 2020 - 03:31
Post 6921
  George, Dover

Calais Seaways arriving in Dover Harbour still wearing the traditional DFDS Maltese cross emblem on her funnel. It would appear she has yet to receive a repaint this year.

Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 23:15
Post 6920
  Del Styan, Norwich
and welcome back from me!

Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 23:01
Post 6919
  brian dixon, dover (brian-dixon2@outlook.com)
wellcome back.Smiley

Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 19:09
Post 6918
  Roving Reporter, Dover
Here’s a picture of Riley Marine LTDs newest vessel to the fleet "Dover Grafter" pictured last week heading west after a day at work carrying out essential works in the Eastern Docks

Sunday, 5 April 2020 - 17:50
Post 6917
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Another misty morning shot before the'AURORA' appeared once again through the haze on Cruise 2. It took until after midday yesterday for the sun to finally succeeded in breaking through. Then it was a glorious afternoon. Good to see everyone that was out and about complying with social distancing rules.

Of our two P&O temporary lay up cruise liners the OCEANA sailed yesterday followed by the AURORA today. AIS shows both heading down the channel and due to return tomorrow (Monday) - beginning of a new financial year!!

As I post the OCEANA is heading south off Weymouth and the AURORA is in the southbound channel off Eastbourne. Nice day for a cruise. Pity they are not able to have their usual custom due to the enforced COVID-19 lay ups around the world.

Speaking of which this AIS image shows the extent of some of those large cruise liners sitting with nothing to do off the coast of Miami. I counted at least 40, probably more in the area of Miami and the Bahamas. Our old (sorry new) friend Virgin's 'SCARLET LADY' is sitting right in the middle here.

Saw a child's take on coronavirus in the news the other day.

'Mummy - what did you do when you had COVID 1 to 18?" Delightful - cheered me up no end.

Sunday, 5 April 2020 - 14:39
Post 6916
  Sea News, Dover
A picture above there of the fog yesterday morning Saturday about 10 am. It looked to be pulling away and clearing up, but no sooner had the picture been taken when it swirled back in again ... as the wailing horns...wailed! Eastern Docks completely covered above there, but in the foreground the empty Premier Inn hotel comes back into view...only to vanish again soon after. As you can see...not a soul about. People are generally heeding the Governments warning...stay indoors...

The busy boat Eagle below...she 'commutes' every day from western to eastern docks...off top of head I think Mike mentioned that they are diving off Dover 7...but anyway here she is winding her weary way homeward at the end of the day...final picture beneath the bow of P&O Cruise Ship Aurora ( ps Oceana headed out again last night at 9pm approx. with a great blast of her horn )


Sunday, 5 April 2020 - 06:17
Post 6915
  Sea News, Dover
Pictures of hopper dredger Reimerswaal now from a few days ago, she is still hereabouts at the moment too, as we saw her again offshore yesterday...the pictures were taken through that annoying white misty stuff so had to push them a bit. The pix show the George Hammond workboat making its way out to the dredger. Yours truly thought it was the pilot boat but when the small boat turned into the light we could see that it was yellow...meaning George Hammond.

We've had Reimerswaal before too..find her via the Search Box above.

Looking eastwards to the early sun below... over the top of the Eastern Docks, still busy down there but of course no leisure traffic. Dem trucks are rollin'

Catching up with plenty of images..rocks and more... will be sorted..


Saturday, 4 April 2020 - 06:33
Post 6914
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Oceana approaching on a beautiful if chilly morning after one of her occasional trips in the channel. Pictures from a few days ago (April 1st) so catching up... yours truly had a brief time away from the frontline while doing an upgrade in the gubbins department...but almost back to normal now...whatever normal is in these hard times..
Oceana at Dover

At the 8pm applause last night for the NHS carers...and once again many took part..the two cruise ships Oceana and Aurora played some magical notes on their horns to accompany the applause..a great moment in Dover...the ships gave us an excellent musical lift. The whole country takes part in the applause, which is a regular thing now, and it is indeed very uplifting.

Well done Mike re the excellent all-round collection below...great info there too from our 'inshore correspondent' Smiley
Lol!! Vic...I will be the first one out...better times ahead SmileySmiley


Friday, 3 April 2020 - 06:29
Post 6913
  Mike J., Dover

LIAMARE has now completed discharging her sea defence stone cargo, sailng on MoNday evening for the big quarry at Rekefjord in Norway, probably to reload for Dover
The stone traffic is expected to continue for some time & some reports speak of 100,000 tons of stone to be delivered.

VENTURE & SARAH GREY & their barges remain in the Eastern Docks, both barges loaded with LIAMARE’s rocks.
The VENTURE & her barge are hidden by the DCT shed, but the SARAH GREY & her barge are vislble on the Eastern Arm.

Outbound PRIDE OF CANTERBURY passes under the stern of the METTE MAERSK who had landed an over-carried Feiixstowe pilot on a murky windy Sunday & was now heading for Rotterdam.

The CANTERBURY was dwarfed by the giant METTE MAERSK, a smidgeon [technical term] under 400.mtrs in length & she can carry 18,000 TEU of containers.

If the MAERSK in a ships name is preceeded by a Christian name this indicates that the ship is owned by the Maersk family but if MAERSK comes first this means that the vessel is one of Maesrsk’s vast chartered fleet of many different types of vessels.

Seatrade reefer PACIFIC REEFER arrived from Colombia Tuesday morning & berthed on WD5.

Survey vessel SEVERN SEA remains in the old Jetfoil terminal, not seen to be have moved from there since her arrival on Friday.

OCEANA sailed about 2130 Tuesday & is is expected back in Dover on Wednesday at 0630.
At 0300 she was east of Ramsgate heading northeast at an economical 6kts.

Tidal Basin on Tuesday with the small survey vessel FUGRO SEEKER who came into Dover for shelter Monday aftgernoon.
She had been heading for Ramsgate from Gosport en route for work in the Scarborough area.

The friendly crew told me she had recently been in involved in work searching for unexploded ordnance but gets involved with all sorts of work looking for seabed objects, towing the object seen on the stern & is fitted much other equipment including multi-beam sonar, which can produce remarkably clear inderwater mages.
Weather permitting she hopes to sail to Ramsgate on Wednesday.
If you google 'FUGRO SEEKER PHOTO' you’ll find a photo of her on the back of a lorry, under escort on some UK motorway.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 03:16
Post 6912
  matcham, DOVOR

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 11:58
Post 6911
  Sea News, Dover
A further shot of P&O's Oceana...on yet another foray into the channel on the 26th. You can see tug Doughty returning after doing the necessary on a fresh day, and in the background you can just see the pilot emerging from the ship itself. On the full large version of the picture this is visible in more detail, but this is the max size we can do here...but hopefully all can see everything okay...

SmileyThanks Del...yes its a strange but effective picture that of the Premier Inn Hotel below... in post 6909..That's the way of it now...it all looks quite bleak and forlorn, these are hard times, and at night the seafront is very deserted and..well..dark on many levels.


Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 06:54
Post 6910
  Del Styan, Norwich
Having stayed in the seafront Premier Inn many times, its so sad to see it so empty. They have closed most of their hotels. I just hope the employees are getting paid - somehow.
Ditto for the ferries' staff.
In these rotten times, thanks for keeping going.

Monday, 30 March 2020 - 23:15
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