Thursday, 28 August 2014


Sea News - one year old 1023.
Breaking New Ground with the Port of Dover see below 1016.
DOVER LIFEBOAT..tragic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend see 1012.
Super Offer just in from DFDS SEAWAYS with added FREE WINE.. see 981, now over the page.
THE SEA DREAM I VISIT below 987, 989. ALSO See latest picture of the inaugural presentation 1020.
The Lifeboat in the thick of the action again. See 976.
World Travel Award for DFDS see 949.
Summer Starts at the Port of Dover, see 944.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918 and 929..also 920 for THE BLADES.

The Esmeralda Drugs Bust 934
MyFerryLink..New Appeal in Post 906.

The Publicans Walk for Charity see 924.
UK Border Agency in close operation..see 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
WELCOME TO THE TOUR de FRANCE see posts 870, 877, 882.

Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.
Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.
Eastern Dock Developments..latest pictures see 835..
Stay Safe in the Harbour this summer 823
Charlie Elphicke MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955.
Aerial Map of berths 815.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799

Scroll down and over for much much more.....

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Post 1023
  PaulB, Dover
The Magnificent MSC Magnifica is in harbour today. The weather was abysmal for its arrival prior to 7am but conditions are slowly getting a wee bit better. Obviously all the very welcome visitors don't see Dover at its best in driving rain and awful visibility...the White Cliffs and Castle vanish from view for a start. But as we looks to be improving now as we write. The top picture shows its arrival early today in the slate grey rain, you can see some of the ships lights are still visible, the picture below better shows the great ship on a previous visit.


Just to mention that this new SEA NEWS page was one year old as of yesterday. This page had been quietly languishing, no longer in use, so we re-launched it as Sea News on the 27 August 2013 and here we are one year on...busy busy and intending to keep busy. We are always interested in nautical items from contributors...just click 'add your comment' above or send direct to me Paul Boland on It has been excellent receiving all the contributions and we have been very happy to receive full info from all the main players operating in and from the harbour...the ferry companies and of course especially the Port itself. Many thanks to one and all. PB


Nice set of pictures below there Mike showing the working boats coming in and out. Smiley

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 15:12
Post 1022
  Mike J., Dover

Off to work we go . . . . .

Wednesday morning with the DOVER WORKER & the TOPLIFT en route for the Southern Breakwater & the Range Safety Vessel SMIT ROTHER heading off to defend Hythe Ranges [or perhaps Lydd ranges ?].

Quite a contrast in bows, the OCEAN PRINCESS & the TOPLIFT !

The DAUNTLESS doing her bit for the environment after helping to park AIDALUNA on Cruise-2.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 22:06
Post 1021
  PaulB, Dover
The Braemar leaving Dover a few evenings ago...heading south. Catching a ray of sunshine during the grimey weather. The cruise liner activity is still powering along in fine style with much more to come.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 17:57
Post 1020
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
A fab picture to show that Dover can look glamourous too, right up there with many of the exotic locations that all these cruise liners visit. It shows the team from the Port of Dover, Ben Greenwood PR Man on the left and the lovely Barbara Buczek Head of Corporate Affairs on the right, presenting the Master of the Sea Dream I Remi Eriksen with a plaque extraordinaire to mark the vessel's fab inaugural visit to Dover.

Don't forget the Sea Dream returns on the 30th of August...which is this coming Saturday. So get those cameras charged...yours truly is plugged in to the mains already.Smiley


Many thanks to our colleagues down at the Port for the picture above.
Thanks also for that cruise schedule again Colette. Excellent. Have changed the post number on the listings above. Some good ones coming.
AIDA Luna and Ocean Princess in harbour today.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 06:26
Post 1019
  ColetteB, Dover
And here we have the rest of the cruise schedule for August.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 26th August, the Ocean Princess returns to CT1, TR & the AIDALuna also returns to CT2, PoC.

Then on Thursday, the MSC Magnifica is back at CT2, PoC, she was last here in May this year.

No cruise on Friday

Saturday, we have a second chance to see the elegant SeaDream 1 at CT2, TR & the Ryndam is back at CT1, TR.

Finally, ending the month of August on Sunday 31st, the Crystal Symphony returns to CT1, TR & the Braemar is back at CT2, TR.

Be back soon with the September schedule Smiley

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 11:38
Post 1018
  ColetteB, Dover
Good to see The Dover Western Docks Revival going 'Full Steam Ahead' & a great pic of our MP with DHB Chairman & Chief Executive SmileySmiley

That's a cool pic of the Jet Streams MrB with the Channel 4 logo Smiley

We had a lovely day on the beach on Sunday, just got a little chilly late afternoon. Couldn't believe the change of weather in a mere few hours though Smiley
There were quite a few peeps swimming in the sea so good work by the Harbour Patrol Vessel re Jet Ski Smiley

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 11:21
Post 1017
  PaulB, Dover
Prior to the onslaught of the bank holiday monsoon which interjected a level of desolation along the seafront...there was abundant life the previous day sunday. All was jolly and busy. Swimmers aplenty as you would expect. Into this mix moved a jet ski at considerable tilt...jet skis and swimmers do not a good combination make. Within minutes almost out of nowhere the Harbour Patrol vessel came galloping across the bay and put an abrupt stop to the disappointed jet skier. Safety must prevail.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 10:38
Post 1016
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


It was out with the old to prepare to bring in the new when Dover MP Charlie Elphicke ( right) stood alongside Dover Harbour Board Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, and Chief Executive, Tim Waggott, on Friday 22 August. All three were there to start the demolition of the old Seacat berth at the former hoverport – the first physical step in the major revival plan for the Port.

The Dover Western Docks Revival project is a multi-million pound port regeneration project. The demolition of the old Seacat berth, to be completed by the end of 2014, is the first stage in a project that will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover, the old berth making way for a new cargo terminal and associated waterfront developments over the next few years.

Charlie Elphicke:
"It is a real pleasure to be here at the groundbreaking of the Western Docks Revival. It's great to see the commitment of the port to new investment and the creation of hundreds of new local jobs. There's a real sense of change and partnership with the town. New investment, new community directors and a new fund for Dover too. A partnership that can strengthen Port of Dover’s position as one of the UK’s leading ports and enhance its position as the leading ferry port in Europe.”

Tim Waggott:
“This demonstrates ongoing momentum for Dover Western Docks Revival that will bring the town and the port closer together as we develop a port that will protect our long-term port capacity and bring new business to Dover. We have spent a great deal of time discussing and debating the plan and this begins our journey to fulfilling those promises. This is a significant milestone as we continue regenerating the port.”


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This was the dazzling sky above the Port and above the Braemar Sunday morning. It must be the arrival of the colder air as all the jet streams showed up in spectacular fashion in the early morning sky. Almost unbelievable and the picture shows it exactly as was. No trickery even though there is a Channel 4 logo in the middle of it. Can you spot it? No such blinding sunlight today though for Bank Holiday Monday.

Monday, 25 August 2014 - 07:09
Post 1015
  PaulB, Dover

Meant to add this one to the mix earlier...its the Adonia of P&O Cruises making its way down the channel saturday night with France as added backdrop. Bit late in the day and the colours are very late evening but the visibility was good and here we are...would be nice if more P&O Cruise liners could come in here to see us in Dover and of course very welcome they would be. This one was bound for Southampton.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 09:13
Post 1014
  PaulB, Dover
The Ryndam a-comin and a-goin'......
The Ryndam arriving very early yesterday morning Saturday. Bleary eyed picture in a way...only goat-herders and shepherds were up and about at that hour, and of course yours truly. Always a welcome sight to see a cruise liner drifting slowly across the harbour under a big but ever so slightly chillier sky these days.
She slipped away again about 16.30..almost un-noticed as it was something of an early departure, but got a shot at the last minute with the added inclusion of the busy pilot boat darting about. The AIDA Luna left last night probably about 20.00 ( 8pm) or so with three magnificent organ-like toots but it was essentially too dark for cameras... but Howard captured the setup in the pictures below. Good ones Howard.
Yes indeed a very sad start to the weekend with that incident in Post 1012.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 06:47
Post 1013
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Not very original but was up at the castle earlier and took these.

Very sad news about the diver, the lifeboat crew would be traumatised also.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 22:23
Post 1012
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Press Release just in from DOVER LIFEBOAT:Tragic Start To the Bank Holiday Weekend 

The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat had a tragic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend when they went to the aid of a diver in difficulties on Friday evening.

Dover Coastguard requested an immediate launch following a call from a dive boat that had an unconscious male diver on board. Dover’s Severn Class Lifeboat, ‘City Of London II’ left its berth just before 2200 with a paramedic on board and met up with the diving vessel two miles off the harbour entrance. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and CPR was commenced and continued until the lifeboat was back alongside.

The lifeboat was met by medical staff from the Kent Air Ambulance which had landed close to the lifeboat station. Unfortunately despite the efforts of the lifeboat crew and ambulance staff the casualty did not recover and the matter is now in the hands of Kent Police.

All at Dover Lifeboat Station offer their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

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Condolences too from all on Sea News.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 11:22
Post 1011
  PaulB, Dover
The picture above was sent in to me a few years back from our Port of Dover colleagues just along the seafront. It shows a chap called David Anderson standing beside the aforementioned Hovercraft propeller. I use the picture now to show the scale of the propeller in relation to the size of your average citizen. Perhaps on reflection the plinth in Granville Gardens along the seafront may not be strong enough. One suspects it would need solid reinforcing. But yes Dover is the natural home for this iconic propeller...forget museums...the reputation of the Hovercraft was forged right here in the grit and spray of the Dover Strait. The propeller looks fantastic.

Here is a section of a press release from 2011 relating to the picture above:
Port of Dover welcomed hovercraft enthusiast David Anderson to the site of the previous hoverport recently. David, now 49 and pictured below, began his love affair with hovercraft at the age of five and admits to having taken over 200 hovercraft trips, many from Dover. He says; “more often than not I was fortunate to sit with the captain and the Flight Engineer.”

He was eager to see the lone propeller, the last symbol of Dover’s hovercraft era which still stands at the site of the old hoverport, up close and capture the moment through a series of photographs. Bob Goldfield, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, commented: “this chapter in cross-Channel travel fascinates many people, from the local area of Dover and much further afield. We were delighted to welcome David to the Port and enable him to fulfil his ambition of documenting this piece of maritime history.”

The picture above follows on from Mike's posting about the cranes dismantling the Seacat section. This shows the said cranes in action yesterday with the Saga Pearl II languishing quietly in the background under a menacing sky.
We received a late press release last night about this.. just come in...this will follow in due course...

The Saga Pearl II turning last evening preparing itself for immediate departure to Stockholm.
ADDED: Cruise Liners Ryndam and AIDa Luna in Port today.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 06:10
Post 1010
  Mike J., Dover
Howard / PaulB -

A quick rummage around the internet found "JAMES’ HOVERCRAFT SITE" which reckons that the propeller is awaiting transfer to the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent, the home of at least one of the Dover SRN4 hovercraft. [unserviceable].

But I agree that the seafront here at Dover would be a much better spot for it, much better than in amongst a lot of other elderly machinery.

I was chatting to the banksman at the Seacat berth site this morning & he reckons that there is several months of work there before the job is finished.
The piles will be left in situ, but cut down to a metre below low water level & divers will be needed for this job.

A second monster crane has arrived, it has a 300-ton lift & came down under its own power - the original crawler crane had to be assembled on site.

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 09:40
Post 1009
  PaulB, Dover
I hope that propeller finds a good home Howard as its a great thing and evocative of the Hovercraft era. The vacant plinth along the seafront ( Granville Gardens) is crying out for something good since the famed miner departed, so perhaps it should be put right there. Would be good to have it fully restored with added plaque dedicated to the memory of the mighty Hovercraft and all who hovered with her. It would also be in keeping with the towns nautical tradition as was placing the anchors in Townwall St.

Long ago when I lived far away and hardly knew Dover from a hole in the head...this famous slogan captured the imagination.."Hover over from Dover".
I recognise that as a simple slogan but somehow a great one and very effective from an advertising point of view. I wonder who penned it initially...sail over from Dover doesn't work, nor does any other combination, but somehow the Hover one did the trick. I came, I saw, and I hovered...
A lot of people have a lot of affection for the Hovercraft era.
And now one or two might enjoy pictures of this delightful older era wooden vessel which meandered around the harbour a couple of evening ago and then stayed overnight about 120 metres from the 'observation tower'. It might be called a ketch I guess..?

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 06:46
Post 1008
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
If i can be allowed to go off subject, mike - along with his very interesting photos - commented on the demise of the Hoverspeed terminal.

Went past a few days ago and the propeller was still there, what is its fate?

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 20:38
Post 1007
  Mike J., Dover
Last Saturday morning the DOVER EXPLORER departed Western heading for the Goodwins towing a small rubber dinghy for landing the punters on the sands.
I did the same trip a couple of times on the hovercraft - fascinating visits.

She was followed out by a couple of colourful local angling boats, the catamaran PORTIA & the more conventional ROYAL CHARLOTTE.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 11:44
Post 1006
  Mike J., Dover
Whilst walking up the Prince of Wales on Saturday for a few snaps of the SEADREAM-1 I noticed that demolition of the Seacat berth at the side of the Hoverport was taking place.
Probably mostly gone by now - the end of the High-Speed Era.

Now that the DHB Police RIB has been laid-up the Harbour Patrol launch DIPLOMAT [?] temporarily changes itself into a Police Launch when required.

The continuous plume of smoke from the SEADREAM mentioned earlier is probably from her generators which are perhaps as old as the ship - 30 years !

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 11:33
Post 1005
  PaulB, Dover
Great info Mike...Smiley
Thanks re update Colette....

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 10:09
Post 1004
  ColetteB, Dover
Some terrific photos & information there over the last few days Smiley

And now for the rest of this week's cruises Smiley

Today, Thursday 21st August the Saga Sapphire is back with us at CT1, TR.

Tomorrow 22nd the Saga Pearl 11 returns to CT1, TR.

Two cruises on Saturday 23rd, the Ryndam is back at CT1, TR & the AIDALuna, PoC at CT2.

We end this week on Sunday with the Braemar, CT2 TR.

There are no cruises on Monday & Tuesday, be back again soon Smiley

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 06:47
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