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Post 7156
  Sea News, Dover

Protestors marching in support of sacked P&O workers yesterday (Saturday March 26) along the main road here in Dover. Picture shows them approx 500 metres from the main entrance to the Port of Dover. They chanted "seize the ships" "seize the ships" as they marched by. The simple cure ( is anything simple?) for this disastrous PR situation is to re-employ the staff and lose the architect. Okay...costs, but if they have that level of a redundancy budget then surely more can be raised.
Below ...From the BBC....
At Saturday's Dover protest, RMT union national secretary Darren Procter said: "Bringing a crew on board a vessel they're not familiar with to sail across the busiest shipping lane in the world, carrying passengers, is going to be a dangerous act."

Time of Picture: 12.55 Saturday

Sunday, 27 March 2022 - 05:48
 
Post 7155
  Sea News, Dover

We will try to get back to our normal pictorial routine now after the grim P&O situation left us completely dumbstruck here. Not that the P&O debacle has improved in any way. The appearance before the Select Committee yesterday of their bossman Hebblethwaite was ....well....gobsmacking...

Okay, we have been delighted to see trawlers around us in very recent times. The picture above shows Wiron 6 H2200 again, she has been with us recently as mentioned (more pictures below or on page 2 and 3), but here she is back again to enjoy the rough-ish waters off Dover just a few days ago. We were about to show this picture before our routine went out the window.

Feel the bracing freshness of the sea above there...

Friday, 25 March 2022 - 05:57
 
Post 7154
  Sea News, Dover

Not the most exciting picture ever ( and misty as well ) but we wanted to show it so you can see the ocean of trucks on the Port's departure apron yesterday, a sea of trucks all waiting to be transported over. It is packed, look at that. You couldn't squeeze a sixpence in...a 5p coin ! And the roads around the port remain packed with trucks.. Jubilee Way un-useable by local people coming inwards as trucks fill the entire downward lane. There is only one lane coming down... time to use the central lane as a down lane for local traffic only...( there are 3 lanes )...
As I write frustrated traffic horns blare out into the morning air...and all this at 06:04 am...
The P&O Ferries remain tied up.

Thursday, 24 March 2022 - 06:00
 
Post 7153
  Sea News, Dover
P&O FERRIES move West to East

We initially thought the P&O ferries were leaping back into service when two of the three resting at the Eastern Arm were moved. But they just went from one arm of the Port to the other ...with the help of tugs Doughty and Dauntless. Bizarre, but then the whole sorry saga is bizarre...

Top shot there shows the Pride of Canterbury moving on a misty Tuesday morning (yesterday as we write) at 07.22. The second shot shows the Pride of Kent following roughly three hours later, both moving over to the Eastern Arm of the Port where they remain in limbo. The other ferry Spirit of Britain ... remains on the Western Arm at Cruise Terminal One.

The BBC are reporting that P&O have offered the redundant/severed staff a total of 36.5 million English Pounds...a lot of money but it begs the question, couldn't they have been kept employed if that amount is available.


Wednesday, 23 March 2022 - 06:16
 
Post 7152
  Sea News, Dover

Image shows the high level DFDS presence in Port here in Dover yesterday Monday (afternoon Mar 21). The company along with Irish Ferries are keeping our trade flow with the EU going in these difficult times. Meanwhile the P&O Ferries remain tied up on the western arm of the Port, we understand they are recruiting or have been recruiting. A scandalous story has emerged, courtesy of RMT, stating that the new replacement labour/crew are being offered as little as £1.81 per hour. Illegal under UK law but as the ships are registered elsewhere....well...
P&O deny this is the case but have added nothing further at the time of writing.

The PR 'own goal' goes on.....



Tuesday, 22 March 2022 - 06:22
 
Post 7151
  Sea News, Dover
The Port of Dover minus P&O....


This is the scene at 06.05 am Monday morning. Of course no P&O ships, in fact the hub of our gigantic trade with the EU only has one lingering but working ferry (Irish Ferries) in Port. DFDS of course still working hard too, not in shot obviously. Meanwhile the P&O ferries, three of them, lie in wait on the western arm of the Port. Somebody needs to fix this soon. It is shameful the way the P&O staff have been treated....shameful to see this happen in the modern age...
We wait for a solution...

Monday, 21 March 2022 - 06:47
 
Post 7150
  Sea News, Dover

And the media interviews went on, this looks like Simon Calder again in the shot above, but for a different news channel this time. The situation has sent shockwaves through the nations workforce... and of course a particularly nasty shockwave through the hard working P&O teams...how can you replace experience crews like that and still maintain the required safety levels....

Our Dover MP Natalie Elphicke went to join the P&O protesters to show solidarity but was heckled ...
..."shame on you" they said.

We've put our normal picture uploads on hold for the moment....
more below...



Saturday, 19 March 2022 - 16:33
 
Post 7149
  Sea News, Dover

As you would expect the P&O job nightmare got much media attention. The pic below, not the clearest, but it shows well known travel writer Simon Calder reporting this morning Thursday. One presumes it's for the BBC as we have seen him regularly on there.... there were numerous other tv crews covering the story....


" In the past 24 hours, P&O Ferries has demonstrated how to render a reasonably well-regarded brand... toxic."
Simon Calder Travel Expert.

....more below....

Friday, 18 March 2022 - 15:10
 
Post 7148
  Sea News, Dover


The dreadful P&O story continues....

Quotes from local leaders....


"....we are acutely aware of the impact this will have on those directly affected as well as those who live and work with them. They are in our thoughts at this unsettling time."

Doug Bannister, CEO, Port of Dover


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"This is a bitter blow for Dover and the wider district. Our first thoughts are with those employees affected and their families who’ve been plunged into uncertainty. We’ll do everything that we can to support them at this difficult time."

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council


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"This is devastating news for all P&O workers & their families. It is a u-turn on assurances given to me and the RMT Union over the last two years.

It is shabby corporate behaviour by Dubai’s DP World and an insult to the decades of loyalty and hard work by Dover’s workforce. "

Natalie Elphicke MP for Dover

See also the post below ....




Friday, 18 March 2022 - 06:30
 
Post 7147
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Ferries Brutally Sack 800

Quite an extraordinary situation has developed today at the Port of Dover...P&O ferries have brutally sacked 800 staff/crew in a shocking development, and just now too when the ferry business as a whole is just recovering from the lingering horrors of Covid. The P&O ferries are laid up as we speak...we believe the sacked crews initially refused to leave the ships....

... We are absolutely shocked at this development.




Thursday, 17 March 2022 - 17:50
 
Post 7146
  Sea News, Dover

Sailing Ship Phoenix

Sailing ship Phoenix exiting the Port of Dover on.....March 14 at 10.47am ...
We only saw the delightful Phoenix at the very last minute, just as she exited the Port through the eastern exit. She was then obscured from our view almost straight away by a just entered ferry. We got just ONE picture, and that's it above...happy to be able to say we got a picture though...Lots more info about Phoenix on Google including details of her film career..

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 - 07:02
 
Post 7145
  Sea News, Dover
ASPRI

As promised there we are with the two further pictures of the Aspri departure. The rain was easing in the top shot which helped somewhat with the clarity although it was getting darker by then, but in picture two, taken a tad earlier, you can see how wet it is/was as the working lights behind tug Doughty blurrrr in the rain...
See also below...

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 - 16:07
 
Post 7144
  Sea News, Dover
ASPRI : above there we have bulk carrier Aspri pulling away from pier WD4 on Friday night in the rain. It was dark and gloomy and of course...wet, time of pictures 6pm (Mar 11). We will have another pic or two of this following along in due course...we notice on AIS that the vessel is currently at anchor to the east of Port close to Deal.

Monday, 14 March 2022 - 06:38
 
Post 7143
  Sea News, Dover


Hurtigruten's Maud leaving the Port of Dover on Wednesday evening (Mar 9) ...setting off on another northbound expedition to the fascinating Fjords and beyond. You can see the joyous passengers there, all suitably attired in well padded anoraks .... should be good...

ps: Aspri left the Port later last evening after a long stay...we will have some pix of her rainy departure in due course...

Saturday, 12 March 2022 - 06:29
 
Post 7142
  Sea News, Dover
There we are with the second of the trawlers from a few days ago (Monday March 7th), there were four all in all, but we just captured two with the old Nikon. This one above is Jannetje Cornelis...as you can see Jannetje was already across the harbour and in the blinding sunlight on the water, which was almost too much for said camera, however we managed to recover something passable with the computers help...and there we are above.

In the previous post we saw Nederland Stream (formerly Nederland Reefer) just creeping into shot in the background. Well here she is below having made her way round...the pilot boat in the shot above is dashing at speed to her assistance. Look at that natural circle in the pilot's speed-generated spray...reminds you of those guys who can blow smoke circles with their cigarettes! ....

Here we are...Nederland Stream.
Nederland Stream

Friday, 11 March 2022 - 06:55
 
Post 7141
  Sea News, Dover
More Fishing Trawlers...
We've seen some terrific trawlers in the past few weeks, some showing down the page or over the page...and on Monday we had four more, this time coming into Port.. We have a couple of pictures of the Louwe Senior which we understand is a Dutch trawler...not entirely sure what's going on re all the trawlers but keep them trawlers coming!...
....anyway, here she is entering Port. ( in the background you can just see the Dover bound Nederland Stream creeping into shot )
Louwe Senior

The second pic below was taken a few moments earlier...we may have over-cropped this one...
Louwe Senior

We may have another trawler but when spotted 'twas already in the blinding light on the water...working on it...

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 - 19:42
 
Post 7140
  Sea News, Dover
BARRINGTON ISLAND
Barrington Island
The pix today show the reefer Barrington Island arriving with us here in Dover last Sunday March 6, we briefly had some fairly nice fresh weather as you can see.... always helps with the photos... The super quick turnaround at the cargo terminal here continues as Barrington is already in Vlissingen in the Netherlands...

Sunday also marked the 35th anniversary of the unbearably sad loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise.

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 - 06:06
 
Post 7139
  Sea News, Dover

This delightful guy was yesterday rummaging, foraging, through the storm tossed salad of seaweed here on Dover Beach. We're not even sure which particular bird it is .. but.. very nice to see. His foraging was successful too as he scoffed lots of seemingly enjoyable nibbles. The picture isn't the best but he took off heading inland before we could regroup with the old Nikon. (Editor's Update: My animal-loving grandson Harry age 4 tells me it may be an Egret...so there...)

Sunday, 6 March 2022 - 06:54
 
Post 7138
  Sea News, Dover

The aforementioned Aspri unloading at the WD4 cargo terminal Port of Dover....on a grey day... she has been in Port a week approx as we write, having come from Waterford in the Irish Republic.....
.....oddly and ironically we now have a strategically placed 'bicycle shed' right in our camera's line of fire, can you see, of all the places to put it !! ...still, we can probably work round it.

Saturday, 5 March 2022 - 07:36
 
Post 7137
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from the pix below....we're Just briefly slipping back to Fortuna 1 again and we see her above entering the Port late-in-the-day Sunday 27 Feb to carry out her overnight bunkering services with Aspri ...
and in the post below we see Fortuna leaving early the following morning..

Friday, 4 March 2022 - 07:22
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