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Post 7044
  Del Styan, Norwich
Very helpful press release from DFDS, thanks for posting it.

Thursday, 4 June 2020 - 23:07
Post 7043
  Sea News, Dover


Ferry operator DFDS has offered a glimpse of how it is preparing to welcome back holidaymakers who are considering how they can get away for a break this year.

As lockdown measures across Europe begin to ease, a spike in searches for travel ideas and destinations indicates consumers’ desire to find a safe way to take a holiday.[1] While holidays are now likely to look very different for all of us, DFDS is reassuring travellers that it is ready to adapt to the new social distancing environment for travelling.

The company has introduced a number of measures on board its ships to enable social-distancing including:

• Passenger capacity to limit the number of people on board at any one time
• Staggered (pre-) boarding and disembarkation procedures
• Passengers to remain in their cars while waiting to be loaded
• Seating in public areas arranged to allow for social-distancing and all outside deck areas open
• Limited number of passengers permitted to enter onboard shops at any one time. No testing or sampling permitted
• All food and drink to be served by crew, with no self-service options available
• Continued supply of hand sanitisers and use of protective equipment, including face coverings and gloves, by ships’ crews and the installation of plexiglass shields at passenger contact points
• Crew and staff will be wearing gloves and masks in areas where Plexi Glass cannot be installed. Passengers and drivers to wear face coverings during boarding and in public areas on board Dover to France and Newhaven to Dieppe routes
• Continued high frequency cleaning of all contact points with disinfectant
• Provision of a continuous supply of fresh air through the ships’ air supply systems
• New signage and clear floor markings to manage passenger flows

Kasper Moos, head of short routes and passenger for DFDS said: "Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crews. The precautions we are taking across our route network will protect the welfare of everyone travelling on our ships and enable us to support socially-distanced travel.

"The travel industry as a whole faces a number of challenges in responding to the post-coronavirus world. However, one thing that remains is our unique ability to offer access to plenty of space onboard and outside, sea views and lots of fresh air when holidaymakers travel by sea with us. Adjusting to this new world offers a real opportunity for holidaymakers to embrace no-fly alternatives and discover the freedom of ferry travel, to enjoy the simple pleasures of a fresh seabreeze and relaxing start to their holiday experience."

To find out more about DFDS’ ferry services from the UK to France and Holland visit

[1] GoogleTrends data 16 April-15 May 2020


Smiley Many thanks to the team at DFDS for the info above...we are all longing to get back to some normality...

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To accompany the picture currently at top of page...more of the delightful don't see so much sailing these times...good to see it... catching the breeze...

Nemo in Dover

The Coastguard helicopter searching just to the west of the Port two evenings ago...presumably another migrant incident (?) as there have been record crossings in the past few days, she put on a dazzling display with the brightest searchlights yours truly has ever seen...dazzling...and effective

An extra shot below here to show the helicopter up close...this pic from a former time. Taken as she hung right outside the 'observation tower' could certainly read the label on my wine bottle from there... Smiley

Always good when they fly in this close...great for pictures.... Smiley
The HM Coastguard helicopter

SmileyMany thanks to Mike and Patrick for the posts below there...
great to capture the Disney Magic moving across...ace work...

Smiley yes Del its always good to see our ol friend Syd... Smiley



Thursday, 4 June 2020 - 06:16
Post 7042
  Mike J., Dover

Further to Patrick's pix, a few more angles on the shift of the DISNEY MAGIC from WD4 to Ct2.

The two light-coloured patches on the Admiralty Pier, once gave access, in Victorian times, to one of several landing stages on the outside of the Ad.Pier.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020 - 01:24
Post 7041
  Del Styan, Norwich
Give Syd a wave for me, if he's not attacked by all the sparrows.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - 23:10
Post 7040
  Patrick, Marine Parade
The 'DISNEY MAGIC' moved berths today from WD4 to Cruise 2 to allow the latter to be vacant for the return of P&O Cruise Liner 'ARCADIA' that has some scheduled work involving diving operations tomorrow. She is due in within the next few hours.

Meantime cruising at a much smaller and very leisurely pace within the harbour the increasingly popular paddle boarding activities take full advantage of the good weather

with 'Sid the seagull' making a guest appearance again

Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - 22:37
Post 7039
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Elvira arriving on Sunday....

Time of first shot above there 16.26 on Sunday...on a glorious day as you can see. Another very fast turnaround at the new Cargo Terminal and in the blink of an eye she was back on her way heading to Vlissingen...
will just add this extra one below...showing Doughty coming to her aid mid harbour.

Smiley Del yes most people seem to be observing the social distancing rules...however one group ignore these rules completely.. teenagers! No rules there...However I guess in fairness it must be said...they're not a group known to attract the blasted thing...

There has been an increase in Sparrow activity around the 'observation tower' here...very welcome. Great to see them buzzing/darting about. We normally just have seagulls and pigeons...with the occasional crow..
Must be the hot weather.....


Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - 06:57
Post 7038
  Del Styan, Norwich
Good to see everyone looks suitably distanced while watching the boat problem.
I've been interested to see the national tabloids using many long lens shots to try and show lots of people on beaches, when its fairly obvious most folk are keeping a good distance between them and others. Just like Dover beach in fact!!

Monday, 1 June 2020 - 23:05
Post 7037
  Sea News, Dover
Nothing too menacing here below so no worries....a small motor boat was returning to the slipway and the guys must have lost control for a moment and the thing beached itself...fortunately the cavalry came to the rescue in the shape of the Harbour Patrol guys … while the beach watchers watched...and the pictures tell the story...

All's well that ends well.... once again...Smiley

A chilling breeze kept the beach numbers down yesterday...but it still looked good... the pictures above are from Saturday...

Del yes its great to see the ferries still busy with plenty of trucks...but yes there are fewer ferries operating as no leisure traffic..


Monday, 1 June 2020 - 06:59
Post 7036
  Del Styan, Norwich (
Thanks for those pictures of a fully laden DFDS ferry, good to know goods are flowing freely. I did wonder how things were going. I heard there are fewer sailings these days.

Sunday, 31 May 2020 - 23:03
Post 7035
  Sea News, Dover

Three shots above there of Oceana arriving at the Port a few days ago. The pictures murderously looking into the blinding early misty light...with added ferries. Have used the third shot there previously but added it again there to make a bit of a sequence for future ref...quiet days...Oceana left the Port later the same day (Thursday).


Sunday, 31 May 2020 - 06:55
Post 7034
  Sea News, Dover

Its Thursday evening above there and the late-in-the-day weak warm sun catches the Dunkerque Seaways leaving the Port here in Dover...she was on her way to...wait for it...yes that's right...Dunkerque ( someone is awake this morning Smiley ) We just wanted to show her full load...great to see the ferries are still coming back and forth packed with trucks in this difficult time, all the while keeping our essential supplies topped up.

A thumbsup for the crews/drivers on the ferries and in the trucks... Smiley


Saturday, 30 May 2020 - 06:39
Post 7033
  Sea News, Dover
A late evening shot below from Wednesday now and we just catch Arcadia moving off into the distance for another channel run... in the foreground there is Disney Magic. Arcadia hitting the full light and the port side Disney Magic in shade...tricky, but there we are...hopefully all can see okay..

Another picture into the light as we see Oceana arrive early yesterday morning...the steady stream of comings and goings continue. She left late last evening just as night was falling...

An extra one now of reefer Autumn Stream from a few days ago...more pictures of Autumn Stream below page (7031)...

The Clap for our NHS stars went on again last night. A great effort along the seafront here in Dover. Thunderous applause...pot banging, bell ringing... excellent. There were 2 cruise liners in port, Oceana and Disney Magic...but neither blew a horn in support...
…ah well..
they say that was the last official Clap anyway.
I guess time to stop while its still a hit, and before it all fades.Smiley


Friday, 29 May 2020 - 06:38
Post 7032
  Sea News, Dover

Just catching up with Aurora leaving on Tuesday evening above there..
….a slightly misty shot there as she heads south on beautiful evening...

Another couple of pictures below of the exciting Queen Victoria...which alas failed to make it into the Port here...tried a closer up view on the second one to try and show detail, but unfortunately inhibited by a bit too much shimmer... although with eagle eyes and a strong pair of glasses you can see the legendary name Cunard and maybe even Queen Victoria at a stretch...


Thursday, 28 May 2020 - 06:14
Post 7031
  Sea News, Dover
According to schedule the Queen Victoria above was due in here in Dover late yesterday, would have been quite exciting for sure, but at the last minute or the eleventh hour...she opted to head to Portland instead, leaving us all gaping in bewilderment. As you can see from the picture above she was almost here...very close...
Thanks once again to our 'inshore correspondent' Mike for the info behind the scenes..

Early yesterday Aurora came back here to can see her below gently passing the Disney Magic... as she heads for Cruise Terminal 2..
she didn't stay long..left last evening again.

Some pictures below of an approaching and arriving Autumn Stream on Monday..
off the top of head this might be a first as its a new name on me...
a rapid turnaround once again and she was gone again in double quick time... no chance alas of further pictures...was hoping for some departure shots..


Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - 07:13
Post 7030
  Sea News, Dover

A couple of pictures above there of Border Force Searcher taken a couple of days ago as she returned to the Port of Dover after a busy time of it out there in the channel. The migrant incursion level has increased dramatically with the pleasant weather, so of course its very busy and of course very controversial...

The view from local MP Natalie Elphicke....

Time for a new immigration system that works for Britain

The Coronavirus pandemic is without doubt the most serious crisis of our lifetimes. Yet we cannot allow life to stand still while we battle the virus especially as it is now starting to come under control. It is important to ensure we continue to plan for the future. It is therefore right we start to focus again on our long term relationship with the EU after the end this year. Part of that is to put in place an immigration system that works for Britain.

So I welcome that this week the House of Commons moved forward with the Immigration Bill that will bring in a points based immigration system. A system that will ensure immigration is controlled and that we attract the skilled workforce we need not just from the EU but from around the world. A system that will encourage employers to invest in their employees while enabling people who have grown up in the UK to realise their full potential.

Yet with the right immigration policy, it is vital to have the right border security policy too. In our area we can look across the English Channel and see the twinkling lights of Calais. France is less than 21 miles away three times closer than London. People traffickers and organised criminal gangs in Calais are active in seeking illegally to smuggle people across the English Channel and into Britain. These trafficking gangs squash migrants into dangerously overcrowded small boats for treacherous night-time crossings of the Channel.

I was pleased to accompany the Minister in December when we inspected the Dover Border Force operations at Dover Docks. I want to thank the men and women of our Dover Border Force together with the volunteers at Her Majesty's Coastguard and the RNLI for the sterling work they do, day in and day out. Putting themselves in harms way and saving lives.

It is now time to bring these small boat journeys to an end. Because the Dover Straits is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the weather in the Channel can be dangerous, and lives can be and have already been lost through this illegal activity.

That's why I have been campaigning for increased action to stop these illegal journeys. For illegal entrants to be returned to France â€" and to be quarantined pending their return.

I welcome the action being taken by the Home Secretary in working with France to stop boats leaving French shores, for quarantining and to seek to return of any illegal entrants back to France.

Because everyone knows that best way to stop these crossings is for all illegal entrants to be returned. For only when migrants and traffickers alike know they will not succeed will they stop trying.

Natalie Elphicke MP

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Thanks to Natalie for the above... Smiley

A safe outcome for all would be ideal...we don't want any lives lost.

And talking about the very same topic...yours truly switched on his TV a couple of days ago (Adam Boulton programme Sky News) and saw this chap reporting LIVE on the controversial topic just below the 'observation tower' one rushed to the window camera in hand..
….and here we are...

Unfortunately I don't know the reporters name...



Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - 06:45
Post 7029
  Sea News, Dover
Its a wee bit quiet at the moment, not a lot happening, so it gives us a chance to include some more general seafront pictures...with added wild flowers, a novelty at this time of year. The pictures at the top of the page will eventually be disappearing as per usual, so its good to have these on the system. And here we are...

Dover Seafront

Dover Seafront

Out there in the gloom yesterday was a tall ship called Tres Hombres ( even with my ultra rudimentary Spanish... that's got to be...Three Men ). I think she was doing a round trip from Amsterdam but yours truly couldn't get a clear picture...its not that she was that far away, but the gloom did for us...
Tres Hombres - poor quality alas....


Monday, 25 May 2020 - 05:57
Post 7028
  Sea News, Dover
Disney Magic and the Lifeboats.

Wider shot....

These pictures above from Friday morning around 11.30. As you can see the Disney Magic is still at pier WD4 and is obviously carrying out a drill above there... lowering the lifeboats etc...yours truly was lucky enough to spot a moment easily missed. All appeared to go well and it all went back to normal afore long...
the ship is still at Wd4 and weathered the rough weather there yesterday....all appears well...

This chap was nearly caught out with the swiftly incoming tide a few evenings ago. I grabbed the camera in haste as spotted a car unattended in the water. Give that car...thought I....another few minutes and it wont be going anywhere. Yours truly was ready with the camera for a scoop. But just in time the chap came charging back and happily pulled out of what could have been an awkward situation..

All's well that ends well....SmileySmiley


Sunday, 24 May 2020 - 07:12
Post 7027
  Sea News, Dover
Another shot above there of Oceana approaching the Port on Thursday this week...this shot follows along from yesterdays similar pic (post 7026) but obviously is a closer picture... Oceana has since left us again, off on one of her channel excursions...dizzying...
Slightly experimental picture...

I thought Disney Magic was about to do the same in the first picture along but no....

She was oh so gently and slowly moving stern first onto pier WD4. Gently was the word, This ship is immaculate...we don't want any possibility of damage... No mishaps...Nosirree Bob!

Yours truly has no idea why she moved from Cruise Terminal 2.

ps: have some pix of her lowering her lifeboats yesterday...will get those up tomorrow.

Saturday, 23 May 2020 - 06:28
Post 7026
  Sea News, Dover

Another shot of Arcadia there at pier WD4 to run in harmony with the pic currently at the top of page..the bow of ship hugely dominating the pedestrian shelter at the end of the new pedestrian pier. In the background we see the Disney Mike said she has since moved over ever so gently to WD4 as Arcadia left the Port again..these lay-over cruise ships are truly zipping in and out...

Below we see Oceana approaching on...let me see... oh yesterday.. the 21st early morning.. she left us again last night. Busy Busy....

And another early dreamy pic of the ever popular Disney Magic.
Yes she is now at WD4. Will have a further pic or two showing her moving over. Bear much stuff, so little time...Smiley

Smiley The ships joined in once again for the Clap for the NHS and Carers everywhere last night at 8PM. A great response along the seafront all round... Smiley...ring dem bells, bash those pots...


Nice collection and info below Mike... Love the ponies...Smiley


Friday, 22 May 2020 - 06:20
Post 7025
  Mike J., Dover
A few more pix from the arrival of the DISNEY MAGIC & ARCADIA on Tuesday,

Langdon Hole. as DISNEY MAGIC approaches.

I remember the Exmoor ponies back putting in an appearance on 7/15 for the MAGIC's first arrival [post 2173].

The DISNEY MAGIC shifted to WD4 during Thursday afternoon.

OCEANA paid Dover another brief visit on Thursday & is currently heading back down-Channel to Weymouth again.

Border Force & Dover lifeboat were busy during the morning after what seemed like a swarm of migrant RIBs coming across overnight in perfect migrant-smuggling weather & media reports 157 migrants landed today.

Dovorians & visitors will be pleased to know the National Trust's carpark on Langdon Cliffs reopened on Thursday will be open daily 0900-1800 which seems a llttle mean as I'm sure many & people would like to park up there in the evening to watch the sun go down.

The Cafe & Visitor Centre will NOT be re-opening for the present.

Friday, 22 May 2020 - 02:56
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