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Post 7109
  Sea News, Dover

THE BRIDGE TO DOVER SEAFRONT


Message from the Port :

UNION STREET BRIDGE NOW OPEN

Following recent strengthening and investigation work on Union Street Bridge (the Swingbridge), the Bridge is now open again to road traffic.

As the works were originally delayed due to the availability of road surfacing contractors, we are pleased to announce that the Bridge has now re-opened (28th January) in advance of the revised date of the 4th February.

HGV traffic is now encouraged to utilise the Union Street route again, rather than the promenade.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the closure and thank the community for their patience during these works.

Ends

Very little traffic on it Wednesday mid-morning (Feb 2 ) when the pic was taken, as you can see.
People may not have twigged that its open yet.
It helps greatly with easier access to the seafront,
Very good to see it open once again.

Thursday, 3 February 2022 - 15:12
 
Post 7108
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from the picture below re the Cormorants, here we have them again, this time skimming the surface of the water in harmonious tandem with the ever busy Border Force guys. One rib appears to be towing the other there.... didn't notice that initially...

Thursday, 3 February 2022 - 07:32
 
Post 7107
  Sea News, Dover
Above we have deep sea trawler H1100 Wiron 5 passing close to Port here a few days ago. It was a bit misty...there were altogether two near identical trawlers, but alas the first one had dipped out of view by the time the camera kicked into play. Watched above there by literally hundreds of cormorants on the breakwater at the time, just some on show there...

Yesterday (February One) the Atlantic Sun came in relatively close and is unusual so definitely worth a shot...she is a ro-ro container vessel..on way to Liverpool from Hamburg.



Wednesday, 2 February 2022 - 06:49
 
Post 7106
  Sea News, Dover

CHARLES ISLAND

Cargo vessel Charles Island approaching the Port a few days ago, on the 30th of January in fact. She went across the harbour, with tugs in attendance, to the new cargo terminal at the western docks for a super efficient fast turnaround.... in the background you can see the DFDS ferry Dunkerque Seaways heading to ... Dunkerque..

Tuesday, 1 February 2022 - 05:58
 
Post 7105
  Sea News, Dover

BORDER FORCE SEEKER



Recent pictures of the Border Force cutter Seeker as she escorts assorted dinghies into the Port here in Dover ... these inflatables rescued in the Channel as the huge number of crossings continue ....

Sunday, 30 January 2022 - 07:17
 
Post 7104
  Sea News, Dover

DOVER LIFEBOAT



Dover Lifeboat ( relief ) in busy dinghy towing action a short while back....

Saturday, 29 January 2022 - 15:20
 
Post 7103
  Sea News, Dover

The Lighthouse on Admiralty Pier Port of Dover in choppy weather....

Friday, 28 January 2022 - 09:49
 
Post 7102
  Sea News, Dover

TESTING ...New Section ...

The all new Clock Tower Square at the Port of Dover

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 - 07:52
 
Post 7096
  Sea News, Dover

THIS SECTION NOW CLOSED

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Majesty of the Seas departs...



Majesty of the Seas: We go back to Sunday evening now and the pictures above show Majesty of the Seas coming about after just having left the Cruise Terminal. Just out of shot to her right is the Disney Magic to give you an idea of her position. Just catching the late sunshine as she left...time of first pic 20.15

Then we see her below after leaving the Port via the eastern exit...catching the warm colour of the evening sun as she goes on her way.... and in the picture you can also see the returning pilot.


SmileyThanks Brian...yes Arcadia in Port and also now Empress of the Seas, and of course still here...Disney Magic.

PB


Wednesday, 1 July 2020 - 05:18
 
Post 7095
  brian dixon, dover
according to the ais the arcadia is on its way to dover

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 - 14:36
 
Post 7094
  Sea News, Dover
As promised and following along from the previous post, some pictures now of Pacific Reefer leaving Port a few days ago...heading back to the Americas no doubt, on a fine fresh evening..
Here we are...
Pacific Reefer.

A picture below of Majesty of the Seas with tug...just readying for departure a couple of evenings ago. It was a fine colourful evening...lots of colour as she turned and came across the Port, will have pictures of that up next...all being well.
Also in shot of course, the Disney Magic.
You can see the people enjoying themselves on the new pier there,...surrounded by cruise ships.

PaulB

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 - 06:06
 
Post 7093
  Sea News, Dover

A sequence there of the Pacific Reefer arriving with us again here in a murky-ish Dover a few days ago...on the 25th to be precise. She came into Port shortly after Majesty of the Seas attracting the same sort of dazzling light as seen in the post below number....7087....although a tad later and a tad murkier.
Have some nice pix of her leaving later that evening...will sort, a bit behind schedule here as you can see..


And now the latest piece from our MP Natalie Elphicke...




Dame Vera deserves special recognition

____________________________________

Dear Mr Boland,

Dame Vera Lynn celebrated our White Cliffs with her famous song for the fighting troops back in 1942. Following her death last week, I have called for Dame Vera herself to be celebrated here in White Cliffs country with a lasting memorial.

The Forces Sweetheart did much for our area. In her later years she played a critical part in our successful campaign to stop our Port from being sold off to the French or whoever. It was her support and visit that helped to boost our local campaign into a national issue. A lasting memorial would be a fitting way to recognise her special contribution and connection to our community.

A "Dame Vera Lynn" building, square, road, statue or other feature would be a welcome addition to the exciting local recovery plans for our area. I spoke about these plans in Parliament last week. We are an area that could see a jobs and business boost from Brexit from the trade and customs opportunities as well as enhanced border controls. I am keen to see this work progress at pace so that we can make the best of the opportunities on offer.

Much progress has been made in recent years to reverse the decline of Dover town centre. Burlington House and the old multi-storey car park were torn down, a new shopping centre rising in their place. Ambitious plans that have been in development for the next stage of our town are now taking firmer shape, plans for a state-of-the-art aerial transport from the Port to the Castle, top class hotel, new marina, revamped Market Square and much more besides.

There is no doubt that the next period will be economically challenging following the pandemic, so getting pounds in our pocket right here and now will be critical. Thats why the Government has already changed planning and licensing rules to accommodate different ways for pubs and other businesses to operate as they are set to re-open within days, as well as given more than ?21 million in cash grants directly to our local small businesses in recent weeks.

Millions of people pass through Dover in ordinary times. Our beaches and world class attractions are a big draw. We must work together over this next stage to find new and effective ways for people who want to earn money to do so. From wedding venues to days out to short breaks, we have so much to offer.

Its why I welcome the decision by the district council to set up a ?2.5 million town centre fund as part of the local recovery plan we have been working on recently. It is vital that we continue to support small businesses as much as possible.

This has been an incredibly difficult time. But if we get the recovery right, I believe our area can continue the progress we were making before the pandemic.

Let us emerge stronger than ever before, flying like bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover.


NATALIE ELPHICKE MP for DOVER and DEAL

Smiley



Monday, 29 June 2020 - 06:55
 
Post 7092
  Mike J., Dover

Departure of MAJESTY OF THE SEAS for the Solent, dusk Sunday.








Monday, 29 June 2020 - 04:49
 
Post 7091
  Sea News, Dover
Heatwave ...

Here we have a shot or two of the scorching seafront two days ago. All parking spaces were taken as the beach got busier and busier...well people have to go somewhere in the confused lockdown. Most of the time we dont know whether we are coming or going with the unclear messages from Downing St. As you can see, it was very busy in Dover...but its not quite Bournemouth though, where half a million people hit the blistering beach...social distancing went to hell in a handcart...
Smiley

Picture two is more or less the same thing just zoomed in a bit...


Now...this guy below. Is it a Cormorant...??
well if it looks like a Cormorant, walks like a Cormorant, quacks like a Cormorant ( Cormorants dont quack !! doh! Smiley) then one supposes its a Cormorant.
However the colours look different. Several people were looking so it caught my attention.
Picture a bit forced as yours truly doesn't have the lens for wildlife.
The wet pebbles look good.



Mike's posts below... Smiley

PaulB

Sunday, 28 June 2020 - 06:16
 
Post 7090
  Mike J., Dover

The TERRA MARIQUE remained on the DCT on Saturday with no transfers taking place due to high winds.

The forecast for Sunday is not encouraging with winds up to gale force expected at times.
Should be sunny though !

The MTS VICTORY made a brief visit to the Tug Haven during Saturday afternoon before returning to the TERRA MARIQUE.









Sunday, 28 June 2020 - 03:16
 
Post 7089
  Mike J., Dover

Impressive 'glint sequence from Paul of the recent arriival of the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS & also Friday's arrival from Portland of the MTS VICTORY towing the the very specialised heavy lift/RoRo barge TERRA MARIQUE who has visited Dover before.
Posts 3086, 3092, 3099.

Initially there was a pause as the little convoy waited off the Western Entrance while the pilot boat brought out the crew for the barge before entering via Western & crossing the bay & berthing the barge on the DCT berth.

The barge is here to transfer two large rubber-tyred mobile cranes from the DCT [the old reefer shed in the Eastern Docks] across the harbour to the Western Docks, probably to WD4 or WD5.

As the cranes were to be driven aboard the barge, which is self-propelled & has its own stern door & ramp so that she can load/unload from any suitable quay, timing is critical when the transfer takes place & this is usually done at high water when for a short period there is very little change in the water level.

About an hour before high water [1529] I was on the cliffs, just above the DCT on a very hot sunny afternoon.

Tha actual quayside was obscured by the DCT building but the barge was visible & I watched her come off the quay, under her own power, & manoeuvre herself until she was was stern-on & at right-angles to the quay.


Sid got in on the act of course.

It was then that I lost sight of the barge & Dover in general as the fog rolled in from the west & the temperature dropped like a stone & for the best part of an hour & I caught only glimpses of the barge..

During the fog the MTS VICTORY materialised & hung around nearby but her services were not needed.



The ferries kept coming & going of course & ships whistles could be heard booming out the murk from time to time altho DHB rarely use their own foghorns nowadays, a silence much appreciated by local residents.
There was a particularly irritating high pitched one which went off every ten seconds which is definitely not missed,

When the fog finally cleared & the sun was out again the larger of the two cranes could be seen looking as though it was ready to board the barge, but high water had passed & the water level was dropping again & about an hour after high water the barge was moved back alongside the DCT quay.



The non-loading may just have been tests before the actual transfers which looks unlikely at the moment [1000] as the wind has sprung up considerably from Friday's light airs.

TERRA MARIQUE is not transmitting on AIS this time but the MTS VICTORY is tied up on the DCT this morning, so unless anything happened during the night-time high tide the transfers are unlikely to have taken place yet.

Dunno whether both cranes will cross the harbour together or two trips will be needed.

An interesting operation.

Saturday, 27 June 2020 - 10:34
 
Post 7088
  Sea News, Dover
A sequence now of tug MTS Victory towing barge Terra Marique into Port yesterday...all happening in between flashing thunderstorms. We understand the barge will be used to carry cargo terminal cranes from one side of the Port to the other … we watch to see what happens... and now the pictures in sequence..


Arriving above there through the western entrance.... time of first pic 08.43..and heading to the Eastern Arm.
AIS is showing MTS Victory at the old cargo terminal.
Thanks to Mike for the info once again Smiley

PaulB

Saturday, 27 June 2020 - 05:06
 
Post 7087
  Sea News, Dover
Gold morning. A couple of pictures now of the dazzlingly bright arrival of the Majesty of the Seas yesterday morning at sunrise.
Get your sunglasses now! Smiley
Yours truly was dazzlingly bedazzled as the ship approached out of the sun..difficult but we got something...here we go...

Majesty of the Seas
We are looking across the top of the Cote des Dunes in top shot...those DFDS passengers have a cracking view.

Just need to catch up with these two pix of the Pacific Reefer taken a few days ago,
meant to post them yesterday but with one thing and another....
The reefer made a quick return to Port again yesterday ..will have more pictures...and went to the old cargo terminal again.
Pacific Reefer
Pacific Reefer

Nice collection below from Mike Smiley Didn't catch Santa Helena Mike...
Vic Smiley

PB
ps: just had a gentle tinkle of "When you wish upon a star" from the Disney Magic, still just across from the 'observation tower'

Friday, 26 June 2020 - 07:30
 
Post 7086
  Mike J., Dover
MAJESTY OF THE SEAS on CT3 on Thursday evening after arriving at dawn from Southampton - she'll be in Dover for a couple of days.

Almost invisble at the RH end of the reefer shed you'll see the bridge pf the coaster SANTA HELENA 1 on WD5 who arrived Wednesday afternoon from Rotterdam to load grain.
Maybe Paul caught her arrival.
Post 5840.


Range safety vessel SMIT STOUR returning down the Wick Thursday dusk after a day patrolling Hythe & Lydd ranges.


The Range Safety craft used to roost in the Tug Haven but recently have been berthing amongst the Tidal Basin pontoons.
Post 6970



Friday, 26 June 2020 - 01:20
 
Post 7085
  matcham, DOVER (victormatcham@hotmail.co.uk)
Thank you, now that I have Mr Cooper as the press officer, it has moved, even all local press know and the D/Mail. Emails now sent to THE PM. Hope they take the story up now, would be great for our port and Dover.SmileySmiley

Thursday, 25 June 2020 - 09:36
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