Sunday, 19 November 2017

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Mammoth Tooth Find - Extraordinary at Port of Dover see 4389.
DFDS - Helping to tackle Breast Cancer - see 4377.
PORT of DOVER: COOL CARRIERS..great cargo coup. New Trade for Dover.. 4336.
P&O FERRIES...women in the workplace .. also 4336..also see 4370 for the new graduate seafarers.

PORT: Latest DWDR news and drone pictures...see 4330.

DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover's Big Christmas Ice Event 4311. Fun for all...
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.

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Post 4282
  Sea News, Dover

Catching up now on just some of the goings on in the past few days. That's a whopper of a tug above there...Inge W, she arrived in from Rotterdam towing something low and trailing in the water, not entirely sure what. But you can see the scale of her by noticing the three men working on the rear platform ...a muscular tug for sure. In the second shot she is joined by Morag M one of the regular DWDR working tugs.

Below we have Afon Lligwy alongside a drilling/ hammering platform early morning as they get ready for another day of heavy pile-driving...oh my head!

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Council leader leaves a legacy to be proud of.

Dear Mr Boland,

Last week Councillor Paul Watkins announced he would be standing down after 15 years as Leader of Dover District Council. And what an incredible 15 years it's been. So much has happened in our corner of Kent - so much has been transformed. And so much of that could not have been achieved without Paul Watkins playing a key role at every stage. Paul can look back with enormous pride at what he has achieved as leader of Dover District Council.

He has worked tirelessly, year after year, doing his level best to boost Dover, Deal and the villages. He battled every step of the way to defy the doubters. Doubters who never believed investment would be delivered in our community.

He leaves a legacy he can rightly be proud of. Deal is a town transformed. The fast train now sweeps into the station every hour. Cllr Watkins helped fight to deliver the service which has helped the town go from strength to strength. Projects he masterminded transformed the sea front and improved the High Street. Not only has Deal won high street of the year, it is ranked number one in a Times newspaper list of the top UK coastal towns.

Paul has worked tirelessly to make Dover and Deal open for business and to encourage investment in the area. When the financial crash hit and Asda pulled out of the Dover Town Investment Zone scheme (or ‘DTIZ’ as it was then known) it was a big setback. People walked along Townwall Street, looked up at Burlington House, shook their heads and thought about what might have been.

Yet Paul never gave in. He had a vision for the future and kept going regardless. When I was elected as MP in 2010, one of the first things Cllr Watkins and I talked about was reviving the town centre – and bringing down Burlington House. When I spoke to people around town, they told me it would never happen. This twelve-storey eyesore would blight our landscape forever.

Still Paul kept on going. And finally, in 2015 demolition crews started tearing down Burlington House brick by brick. In 2016 it was gone forever. A huge victory – a symbol of how things really are changing. Legal and General agreed to put more than £50 million into the St James scheme. Cineworld, Next, M&S, Nando’s and many others signed up. And the exciting new development is set to open next year.

So much has changed since Cllr Watkins first joined the Council in 1983. Yet whether as ward councillor, chairman or leader – he has given his all to driving the district forward. Everyone can see how deeply this former Dover schoolboy cares about his community.

I wish him a happy retirement with his wife Christine, their two daughters and three grandchildren.

Cllr Watkins has done what he set out to do 15 years ago – and more. Incredible progress has been made. We will miss him as Leader of the Council. Paul can look back on all he has achieved with real pride.


Thanks to Charlie for that one above.
Here we are now with a pic below from our archives. It shows Paul Watkins himself on the left at the launch of Terry Suttons book ( Mr Dover Reporting) quite a few years ago now. Also in the shot is the late great former Mayor of Dover Cllr Diane Smallwood...and on the right the former Town Centre Manager Mike Webb.
Had to brush the cobwebs off this pic for sure...


PaulB Smiley

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 06:50
Post 4281
  Del Styan, Norwich
I guess they would have discovered the delights of Tesco'sSmiley car park in Whitfield?

Monday, 2 October 2017 - 23:04
Post 4280
  Sea News, Dover

Some more pictures above there to add to the Channel Dash feature...see also below 4278. The pictures overall show the Memorial Service on Saturday celebrating or marking the 75 year anniversary. The top picture is another one from Saturday while the two immediately below were taken on sunday, the day after the event, and show the wreaths and flowers and the impressive memorial...

There was a brief helicopter flypast on Saturday just as the event got caught yours truly by surprise.. I snatched at the picture so its a tad blurred...don't stare at it for too long!
Here it is....

Smiley Ah yes Del we are still getting lots of camper vans I gaze out now at 06.10 they are still lined up along the seafront. You would imagine all that enthusiastic travelling would have ceased by now...especially in this turbulent chilly weather...but no...enthusiastic is the word. No doubt a degree of panic would have set in when they found the seafront closed.
"What do we do now Ethel !?" Smiley


Monday, 2 October 2017 - 06:13
Post 4279
  Del Styan, Norwich
I wonder where all the campervans went when the prom was closed!

Sunday, 1 October 2017 - 23:02
Post 4278
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of the service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Channel Dash held on Dover Seafront yesterday Saturday. The seafront was closed to traffic for a number of hours while preparations for the gathering were put in place...and the service itself began at 2pm. In one of the pictures you can the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Lord Boyce, addressing those gathered.

Just to add this extra one of the monument itself from a former time.....

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Thanks Ed - was wondering what was going on down there at the DCT.Smiley

Sunday, 1 October 2017 - 07:19
Post 4277
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Pride of Burgundy laid up at the DCT today.

Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 15:29
Post 4276
  Sea News, Dover
DUTCH POWER towing the WADDEN barges out to sea...
At the last minute yours truly just caught these guys as they slipped away...its the fantastically named tug Dutch Power towing the Wadden barges...Wadden 1 and Wadden 4 their work here done ? are we losing more of our treasured friends ?
The impressive tug Dutch Power just about to pass out of immediate view..
The barges being steadied and aided by one of the DWDR tugs Morag M as they leave the harbour.
There they go out to sea possibly heading for Rotterdam. In the background there we can see the giant container ship MSC Oliver heading south to Suez, all 193,000 tons of her... a true whopper!Smiley
Morag M returns to base after sending them on their way...

Thanks Brian. No didn't notice anything out of the ordinary re the Police. We had the usual array of emergency vehicles powering back and forth with sirens a-blazing, but that's normal life around here.


Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 04:44
Post 4275
  brian, dover
nice pictures paul,i wonderd what it was.

did you notice the police where up to no good your end of townwall street.

Friday, 29 September 2017 - 19:22
Post 4274
  Sea News, Dover

Trinity House buoy laying vessel Patricia had been working just off the Port of Dover for the past few days..stationary out there in the mist. Yours truly was lucky enough to catch the moment on Wednesday early evening when she began to move away...and just as the misty murky conditions had improved a tad. PB

Friday, 29 September 2017 - 04:58
Post 4273
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from the cracking pictures by Ed and Sarah in the posts below...these next two are rather dull I'm afraid. They show the Seven Seas Navigator through the blasted all encompassing mist on Tuesday grrrrr..Smiley
She was on her way to Honfleur...

Just to lighten the spirits here we are with yours truly's pic of Honfleur from recent happier days...

Well done once again with those ace pix below guys.
Lovin' those shots of Esmeralda Ed
and Sarah in great form once again with the Lifeboat call...


Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 15:42
Post 4272
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Esmeralda at the DCT today.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 22:07
Post 4271
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Ramsgate Lifeboat Service Call 57.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 20:49
Post 4270
  Sea News, Dover
My long time good humoured sparring adversary on the Forum during its long heyday was none other than Paul Watkins himself, the long time Leader of Dover District Council. Paul has announced that he is retiring and is soon to stand his time he has heralded the arrival of our great new St James's Development here in Central Dover, the Whitfield commercial park, plus much much more...and not least he oversaw the demise of the infamous eye sore Burlington House.... cue the picture...

Paul Watkins left, Tim Ingleton Senior Officer DDC, and Charlie Elphicke MP at Burlington House...before the horror was eradicated.
Below Paul having a chat with Simon Jones of the BBC.

The Statement:

Cllr Paul Watkins is to retire as Leader of Dover District Council and step down as a ward councillor on 30 September 2017. Cllr Watkins has been Leader since 2003 and is one of the longest serving Council Leaders in Kent. He first joined the authority as a ward councillor for Lower Walmer in 1983 and since 1999 has represented St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe. Cllr Watkins also served as Chairman of the Council from 1989 to 1992.

Cllr Watkins said: "It has been an honour to serve as a district councillor for the last 30 years and as Leader of the Council for the past 14 years. Now is the right time to pass the baton on to someone new to lead the Council into its next phase, including an Electoral Commission review of the number of elected members, and the local elections in 2019.

"I leave the district in a strong position with major regeneration projects underway bringing new investment and jobs, and with renewed confidence in the future."


Good luck Paul.Smiley

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Also a wee bit of jolly news from the Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurants.
One of those restaurants is right on the beach here at the Seasports Centre and very nice it is too.

Staff donate tips to charity.

The Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurants in Deal, Dover and Hythe are holding a coffee morning on Friday 29th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Charity. The company is donating the gross takings for teas, coffees, scones and biscuits that morning. The staff of all these restaurants are donating all of their tips for the whole day. Turrloo Parrett, the owner, has said he will personally double the amount generously donated by the staff.


Good luck to the staff and customers there and well done Turrloo as the Macmillan Cancer Charity do wonderful work.

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Big sky over the Port a couple of mornings ago with all the bizarre cloud formations..

And below the departing Pacific Princess on Monday evening...leaving us through the misty conditions and heading on down south to le Havre on the first leg of her journey.. more on the Cruise Visit posts from ColetteB.

Terrific pictures below there Sarah. Isnt the P22 looking just great as is Ramsgate in the background. It looks like you had better visibility over there in Ramsgate than we did here in Dover. Great work once again...


Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 07:39
Post 4269
  Sarah, Ramsgate
USN P22 leaving Ramsgate for Sandwich today.

Border Force vessel Alert

Estuary Warden

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 18:37
Post 4268
  Sea News, Dover
Above we are looking across the Port of Dover at sunrise yesterday morning early...and even earlier below we have the arrival yesterday of cruise ship Marina at 06.20...captured as she reverses into slot at Cruise Terminal 2. The picture below is a bit forced as it was just too dark at 06.20. In Port today we have the Seven Seas Navigator....she came in when it was quite dark so we hope to get a picture later.

Ah good to see those below Sarah of USN P22...cracking sequence of shots thereSmiley PB.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 07:56
Post 4267
  Sarah, Ramsgate
USN P22 arriving at Ramsgate today for an overnight stay.

Monday, 25 September 2017 - 23:14
Post 4266
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Patrick's earlier pictures we are with some more of the Dutch ever so mad flyboarders doing it all for cancer charities as they wackily cross the channel in spectacular style...

Its a mad mad mad mad world....SmileySmiley

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And now... Dover and Deal rallying in a good cause....

Caring for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy

The latest newsletter from Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal....

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 14th, a fire broke out in Grenfell Tower, West London. Many of us woke up that morning to horrific images on our TVs of flames engulfing the 24-storey building. At least eighty people were killed in the tragedy.

At such times we feel like we must do something to help those in need. Yet we ourselves feel helpless. What can we really do to make a difference? Local charities were bombarded with clothes and donations. Yet before long they started turning things away because they already had far more than they could handle. People here in Dover and Deal got in touch with me asking what could be done to help.

My first thought was what do we here have to offer in our corner of Kent? We have beautiful beaches, incredible history and lots of things to do. The victims of the fire should be offered the opportunity to enjoy all Dover and Deal has to offer.

I met with local hotelier Ian Dunkerley. He wanted to do something to help the victims too. His daughter works in a school just 400 metres from the tower. Hoteliers at The Clarendon, The King’s Head and The Royal in Deal also offered to help.

We got our heads together and started planning an all-inclusive trip with local businesses. Dover Sea Safari offered a boat ride around the harbour. The Dover Marina Hotel said they could put on lunch. English Heritage provided tickets for Dover Castle and Walmer Castle. Dunkerley’s Seafood Restaurant would do dinner. And the Clarendon Hotel offered an overnight room. All free of charge.

And last month I was delighted to welcome Judith and Rafthina Peterson down to Dover and Deal. We met in the square outside The King’s Head in Deal where live music had been playing all afternoon in glorious sunshine. We had a long chat about the fire at Grenfell. How they had been made homeless. How their lives had been turned upside down. It was heart breaking to hear.

Yet when we asked how they had enjoyed their trip to Dover and Deal, big smiles appeared on their faces. They said they’d had a fantastic time and it was one the best breaks they’d ever had. Their local council said Judith and Rafthina returned to London with a spring in their step.

Of course nothing will ever put right that tragic day in June. Yet we wanted to show that every corner of the country cares deeply about what happened at Grenfell and the people affected by it.

Community spirit is one of our many strengths around here in Dover and Deal. We always rally around to help those in need. It’s what makes me proud to live in this area and call it home.


Many thanks for the Cruise info again Colette...
two glamourous ships already in Port as I write...


Monday, 25 September 2017 - 06:30
Post 4265
  Colette B, Dover


With Disney filming at the old Dover Marine/Dover Western docks railway station at Cruise Terminal One and ‘Flyboarders’ hydroflying across the channel, Dover is once again firmly on the ’International’ map. Also as usual, terrific stuff on all things nautical from the brilliant Sea News team Smiley

After a week’s break of cruise ships visiting us, we hit the ground once more with a Double Whammy!

Tomorrow Monday September 25th the wonderful Pacific Princess sails into CT1 at 06.00 hours on her eleven night cruise from Dover to Civitavecchia (Rome). She will be calling at Le Havre, La Coruna, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Sete, Monte Carlo, Wow! and Livorno before arriving in Civitavecchia (Rome). She departs our shores at 17.00 hours, T/R. She will be based in Venice until late November when she sets sail for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We will have to wait until May 2018 when she graces our shores once more.

Also tomorrow, the Oceania Marina arrives at CT2, 07.00 hours from Amsterdam whilst on her 12 night cruise to Lisbon, she was last here in September 2015 so we welcome her with open arms. Her ports of call include Honfleur, Saint-Malo, Brest, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bilbao, Ferrol, Porto before finally dropping anchor in Lisbon. She departs at 19.00, PoC. She will be based in the Mediterranean for a while, we look forward to seeing her again in 2018.

The following day Tuesday September 26th we have a new visitor, Regent Seven Seas Cruises ‘Seven Seas Navigator’ arrives at CT2 at 07.00 hours to start her 10 night cruise to Lisbon. She calls at Honfleur, Jersey, Saint-Nazaire, Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Bordeaux, Gijon, Ferrol, Porto and Lisbon. She leaves us at 17.00 hours, T/R. She will eventually be setting sail from Lisbon in October for the Big Apple, New York Smiley
We look forward to seeing her again.

We are nearing the end of the 2017 Cruise season so there will be a break now until 25th October when we look forward to welcoming the ever smiling AIDAmar Smiley

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 18:07
Post 4264
  Sea News, Dover
A ragtag bag of pix now for a sunday morning...all taken in low light.

The picture above shows a dramatic end of day in the Channel. The sun is behind us to our right and sinking fast, but its late rays are catching the high clouds over the sea and all's well for a lovely evening, while the ol lighthouse flashes away reassuringly..
Disney are filming furiously all week...their great arc lights beaming with intensity over and around the olde railway station and amongst the sand dunes ( probably more gravel than sand !) ...
Dover attracts a lot of movie makers and no mistake. Above there an earlier pic from a former recent movie...I think Brian would tell you it was taken during the making of a film called The Tunnel ...
All these movies going on and they haven't once offered yours truly a contract as the leading man...I dunno...
Moon over the Port: So for all latent lovers of lunar lunacy here we are with the most recent and momentous mad moon shot. I swear .. that moon gets ever larger, one of these days it may well bump against the observation tower...but no doubt we will be able to gently shove it off and cast it adrift ...


Great shots below there Patrick of those guys 'flying' the channel...Smiley
I may be able to add to those when I catch up with myself.

Great pic and info below there Andrew from Ramsgate. Good to get that shot...ace....Smiley

Thanks Vic once again - interesting thoughts there.Smiley


Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 05:02
Post 4263
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Don't know if this classes as 'Harbour Vessels' but a fascinating scene this morning as these two Dutch Flyboarders left the Western entrance to 'fly' across the channel to raise money for cancer. Up....up....... and away!!

Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 10:58
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