Sunday, 21 April 2019

Easter Greetings to All. Top picture taken yesterday Easter Saturday looking across the Port of Dover at the rising sun.
The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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Post 6224
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Relief Lifeboat "Forward Birmingham" has returned to Ramsgate from having completed a successful spell of relief at Sheerness. Pilot Boats Estuary Elan & Estuary Esprit are seen in the background.

HMS Blazer, Dasher & Puncher overnighting in Ramsgate.

CPV Alert in Ramsgate.

HMS Puncher in Ramsgate.

HMC Vigilant at rest in Ramsgate.

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 19:44
Post 6223
  Sea News, Dover
Yours truly accidently left these two extra pictures of MV Hamburg off the earlier post with the Jetskis this morning. These follow along from the earlier shot of the elegant ship leaving late evening in post...ermmm just check the number.. thats it...6219.
You know what they say...better late than never!Smiley

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 10:07
Post 6222
  brian dixon, dover
still missing colettes witty posts though.

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 07:31
Post 6221
  Sea News, Dover

The couple on the jetski above are shown powering back into Port from the open seas on Thursday evening. They are clearly having an exhilarating time of it in the late day sun. The weather was then and is now...just gorgeous. An amazing Easter - Dover enjoying big numbers of visitors.


Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 06:27
Post 6220
  brian dixon, dover
liking the cruise ship listings. Smiley

Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 19:43
Post 6219
  Sea News, Dover
Yes indeed MV Hamburg was with us yesterday and there she is above leaving the Port in the fading light last evening. Time of departure about 19.30 or 7.30pm if you prefer. She was off to...well yes you've guessed it...Hamburg !!Smiley

The pictures below are from the evening before and we have AIDAluna leaving and where was she going ? ...yes Hamburg again.

Its all happening in HamburgSmiley
Im afraid we have been off the air for quite a few hours. Not sure what caused it as yet but very much a disappointment. We are back now so hopefully all okay.

Many thanks to the guys below for all the info on traffic etc... nice shot below there from Patrick.
Great traffic pictures Mike...will try and add that link to the top of the page will be helpful while in the current situation.


Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 08:51
Post 6218
  brian dixon, dover
yes phil, cleaed up about half 3 / 4 o'clock.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 19:09
Post 6217
  Phil C , Dover
Seems clear now - just drove back from Folkestone through Capel, but when I got to the junction at the top of Folkestone Road there was nothing queueing on the A20 at all.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 17:25
Post 6216
  brian dixon, dover
mike, j, thanks for the info about cruise ships.

as for a20 pretty dire with freight at a standstill, reports of the que going 7 miles plus as far back as the roundhill tunnels.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 16:15
Post 6215
  Mike J., Dover

Brian -

For cruise ship info put ‘https://’ [don’t include asterisks] in front of -

& all should be revealed.

Pretty good info but not always updated for last-minute changes which is where the Fairy Godmother comes into her own with updates [nearly got meself into trouble there by almost saying ‘from the horse’s mouth’ - apologies, Colette].

Good Friday traffic starting to build with Jubilee Way inching along & there’s no way that I shall be investigating the A20 approaches.

The pretty little HAMBURG [compared to the AIDA monsters & the like] arrived Ffrom Falmouth about 0800, a few pix from Langdon Cliffs later.

Caro & Vanesa from the AIDA DIVA had left their mark on Langdon Cliffs . . . . . .

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 15:25
Post 6214
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Cruise Liner 'Saga Sapphire' passes the 'Aida Luna' on departure from Dover yesterday

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 10:25
Post 6213
  brian dixon, dover
I note that the cruise ship " mv hamburg " is in port today.

will the cruise list godmother be posting her useall cruise lists soon. destpretly missing those cheerfull posts I do.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 09:42
Post 6212
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAluna and AIDAdiva
That's the 70,000 ton AIDAluna above there arriving with us yesterday morning just after 6am. It was quite misty at the time, but with a bit of chinookery/chicanery on the computer, we managed to bring the ship out of the fog a wee bit and there we are above.

You wont need me to tell you that all the AIDA ships look alike near-as-dammit, as we are hark back below to another shot of sister ship AIDAdiva leaving a couple of evenings before... leaving as we said through the eastern exit. AIDAluna left last evening taking the normal route through the western exit. We will have some pictures of that to follow along in due course...
You can see the pilot boat alongside AIDAdiva there with one of the DFDS ferries approaching...

These are magnificent ships though, we mustn't take them for granted, but its definitely a case of the …
"if its Thursday it must be Luna" syndrome....Smiley

ps: more AIDAdiva in 6210

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 04:48
Post 6211
  Sea News, Dover
Italia Reefer

Italia Reefer arriving with us here at the Port of Dover earlier this week...Monday in fact. Time of pictures 17.15 (5.15PM). Both tugs Doughty and Dauntless lending assistance as per the norm. Some great and welcome sunshine at last as you can see...

Saga Sapphire has been in Port on an overnighter and now AIDAluna has joined us...

Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 05:49
Post 6210
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAdiva leaving the Port...

Yes there she goes...AIDAdiva moving away on Monday evening at 7pm in some nice gentle light this time. She came right across the harbour on this occasion, cutting a magnificent dash, and off she went through the eastern stop Rotterdam and eventually Hamburg. Her cruise took her from Las Palmas to home base Hamburg.

Wow nice collection below there from Mike our man-on-the-spot ..
Don't miss those!
Well done Mike!Smiley


Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 06:28
Post 6209
  Mike J., Dover

1630 Tuesday & BOUDICCA sails for Bergen.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 00:52
Post 6207
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Tyne off Dover...

HMS Tyne at the earlier part of the weekend just off the Port here in Dover. They are late evening pictures.. just past 7pm with the sun sinking, so yours truly couldn't get the full flavour as it were. The naval ship looked almost orange at one point...

Below we have a longish range picture of Border Force Vigilant just off the Shakespeare Cliff/Beach area on the same day...just checked...Friday. Also in view are several small boats as you can see. There have been no further reports of migrant seagoing activity so not entirely sure what was going on here.

A great set of pictures below there Sarah - hugely enjoyable shots there...
Don't Miss Those!
Nice work below there from our 'roving reporter' who roved over to Margate there...Smiley

ps: AIDAdiva was in with us yesterday, she left last evening at 7PM...her near 70,000 tons looking magnificent as she came across the harbour this time, usually the ships leave through Western Exit but not this time, will have pictures...catching up.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 06:12
Post 6206
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Photos taken from Margate on 14th April 2019.

HMS Tyne spotted from Margate.

THV Patricia also spotted from Margate

Margate Lifeboat "Leonard Kent" on exercise.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 22:04
Post 6205
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover Cargo Limited appoints General Manager ahead of new terminal opening

Nik Scott-Gray has been appointed as the new General Manager for Port of Dover Cargo Limited

In a landmark year when the Port of Dover will open its new state of the art multi-purpose cargo terminal facility as part of its £250 million Dover Western Docks Revival development, the appointment heralds another key component of the next exciting chapter for cargo operations at Dover.

Mr Scott-Gray is currently Chief Executive at Montrose Port Authority in Scotland where he has held the role since May 2015, having overseen the financial performance and driven the strategic direction of a business handling a broad variety of vessels and cargoes. Prior to his time at Montrose, he gained significant terminal management experience working across all aspects of operations on a portfolio of seven ports for Forth Ports Limited.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Dover, said: “This is a very exciting year for the long-term future of our cargo business. Since the arrival of Geest in early 2018, we have already seen a 38.6% increase in ship import tonnage and an 8% increase in ship calls. Our customers have great expectations about their future at Dover and I am delighted that we have appointed Nik, someone with the right experience to drive every aspect of the business forward and realise our collective ambitions.”

Nik Scott-Gray said: “I am delighted to be joining Port of Dover Cargo Limited at this watershed moment for the business. With such a fantastic future ahead of it, created by a platform of much-anticipated new facilities and strong customer demand, I look forward to bringing my full industry experience to Dover and delivering on its success.”

Mr Scott-Gray is due to start at Dover in July.


You can see how it's all taking physical shape at the cargo terminal, as shown originally in the plan below...and as you can also see in Mike's DWDR posts further below.

Recent shot of the new cranes...

A great future for Reefers/Cargo Ships at the Port of Dover ..

Yes an exciting future is on the cardsSmiley


Very interesting collection of pictures in the 2 posts below from Mike Smiley including shots of the new cargo terminal.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 06:14
Post 6204
  Mike J., Dover

Ground-level views of finishing-off work on the east side of the Wellington Dock 'cut' on Saturday morning.

Marina office overlooking the lift bridge & the lock & base of the 'Promenade Pier'

Roadworks approaching the lift bridge, further roadworks being carried out on the other side of the bridge.

'Promenade Pier' on eastern side of new marina, lighting & handrails in position.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 01:21
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