Wednesday, 25 April 2018

HMS Smiter and HMS Ranger approaching the Port of Dover in choppy seas Monday afternoon 3pm exactly.... Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover with further coverage of the surrounding towns both sides of the Channel. Email: to send SEA NEWS pix or info.... or click ADD YOUR COMMENT below to post direct, no membership needed.

Port's Chief Executive TIM WAGGOTT RESIGNS see 4778

P&O FERRIES presents big cash to RNLI Dover...see 4829.
P&O FERRIES recruiting...4745.
PORT of DOVER awards Cargo Refrigeration Contract see 4740.
PORT OF DOVER: Community Benefit 4688
PORT OF DOVER: GEEST LINE arrival see 4597.

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Post 4845
  Mike J., Dover

Richard -

I suggest that you contact the Dover Marina Office & they may be able to put you in contact with the owners.


Further details on the ‘Marina’ section of the DHB website.

I’m sure that ‘Dover Sea News’ will be interested in any old photos or more information that you have on this historic ship.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 09:50
Post 4844
  Rickard Undevik, Dala-husby, Sweden (
Hello, I am searching for contactinfo. to the owner of Saint David of London.
I am happy of anyone have some information to give me.
I live in Dala-Husby where she was in traffic 100 years ago.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 08:46
Post 4843
  Sea News, Dover

Following on from the shots at the tip top of page...there we are above with the third of the naval boats...HMS Trumpeter...taken just after 3PM on Monday afternoon. They had already been in Port as we saw with Mike's pictures in 4840 so presumably they went out on a training exercise...and they got some real choppy exercise weather for their endeavours. We are glad they did go out again as they provided some exciting picture opportunities.

Fascinating detailed collection below there from Mike of HMS Somerset docking - don't miss those. Great stuff indeed!Smiley


Yes Mike you will certainly have heard some late night bumping and grinding. We have had notice here in the 'observation tower' and beyond that the work hours have been extended. So ...time for the late night ear plugs Smiley

Cruise ship AIDAsol approaching.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 06:17
Post 4842
  Mike J., Dover
Splendid 'action shots' from Paul of the RANGER & SMITER returning to Dover.

Here's a few 'detail views' of HMS SOMERSET docking on Sunday afternoon.
She sails 1000 Wednesday morning.

Amongst the visitors waiting on the quay for the arrival of the SOMERSET was the all-important poo tanker.

Did I hear pile-driving well past midnight on Tuesday night ?

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 00:21
Post 4841
  Sea News, Dover
La Luna Smiley
It wont have escaped your attention that the AIDA cruise ships all look remarkably similar. Yours truly keeps getting a touch of the deja-vu's through the camera lens but in fact the pix are all originals.I keep telling myself that anyway! This time we have 70,000 tons of the magnificent AIDAluna.. yes another monster here with us in the Port of Dover.

AIDAluna left last night at approximately 6PM. She slowly made her was across the Port to leave through the Eastern Exit...unusual to see them going out through that particular exit, but there was a very strong cross wind last evening so presumably that was the reason. Her next stop was Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. The pictures above are of her morning arrival.

Smiley An excellent collection in the post below there from our busy 'inshore correspondent' with camera at the ready...Mike.
Well done Mike. A super collection there, will be able to add to those naval ones in due course. Its all busy busy around here right now....lots of exciting comings and goings.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 06:56
Post 4840
  Mike J., Dover

Monday morning found three ‘Archer’ class patrol vessels in the Tidal Basin having arrived overnight to join HMS SOMERSET for the ‘Zeebrugge Raid’ memorial service.
They normally work as as training vessels attached to University Royal Naval Units.

P272 SMITER - Oxford
P293 RANGER - Sussex
P294 TRUMPETER - Cambridge

Monday, 23 April 2018 - 16:27
Post 4839
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Patrick and we are with some more shots of the exciting new pier. Its all concrete at the moment and here we are. These pictures were taken last week on the... let me see... yes the 17th and the final pic on the 18th.

Following along from the excellent collection below from Mike of the HMS Somerset extra one here looking across the harbour with added cranes. I arranged for the cranes to pop up right in that spot...Smiley
She is here of course for the ZEEBRUGGE Commemorations as mentioned previously.

Yes indeed Jan they made an impressive sight, especially at night.
We have another double whammy in effect today with both AIDAluna and HMS Somerset.
Also at the cargo end of things...Emerald is back in with us too.


Monday, 23 April 2018 - 15:02
Post 4838
  Mike J., Dover

DOUGHTY & DAUNTLESS leave the Wick to meet Class 23 frigate HMS SOMERSET on Sunday afternoon.

Charter boat MAVERICK heads for her berth ahead of HMS SOMERSET & the tugs as they prepare to swing the warship before berthing her on the Admiralty Pier.

WETWHEELS SOUTHEAST [post 4802] heads down the Wick with some happy passengers aboard - I could hear them singing from quite a distance.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 23:43
Post 4837
  Jan T, Dover

It was great to see the two cruise ships in yesterday on a glorious sunny day, and yes went out in a blaze of light last night.

Nicely captured in the night picture below.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 09:47
Post 4836
  Sea News, Dover

Following on from the previous post. Nightime departure...both ships in shot at 9.21PM.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 08:06
Post 4835
  Sea News, Dover

As previously mentioned we had two fabulous AIDA cruise ships in yesterday...AIDAdiva and AIDAsol and a hugely impressive sight they made too. It is great to see these glamourous beasts here at the Port of Dover. A fab double whammy. The pictures above show AIDAdiva arriving early...there was some mist but managed to get reasonable if watery images...

Last night they both left in the dark in a blaze of dazzling light...Diva left 9.20Pm and Sol about 9.40...both playing engaging departure tunes on their deep organ-sounding horns..great stuff!!


Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 07:36
Post 4834
  Sea News, Dover

The Spirit of France needing assistance from the tug above there, this has been happening over the past couple of days as she reverses into Dover7. If yours truly is remembering correctly the 'Spirits' usually reverse into Dover9 with no additional help...but as mentioned previously there are works going on. Not entirely sure why tug needed but there we are anyway...
By the way that's tug Dauntless above there.

Well done Mike...that's a cracking collection below and right up close. Very exciting with all the developments...they are moving along very fast as we saw with Patricks shots. I have a few pix too in camera, will see if anything worthwhile.
Great info too...Smiley

Yes that parking info was worthwhile, it all seems fairly clear now.

PS: Another large cruise liner approaching the Port - AIDAdiva Smiley
UPDATE: AIDasol now also in. As mentioned by ColetteB ...
we have a double whammy of AIDA whoppers in today. Smiley
A good day to see cruise ships at the Port of Dover
(alas its a little bit misty at the moment )

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 06:23
Post 4833
  Mike J., Dover

Inspired by Patrick’s interesting pix of the DWDR work I took a closer look at low tide on Thursday.

I hope that the final ‘walkway’ on the pier will be as per the DWDR drawing - it looks a little narrow at the moment !

I wonder what all the work force were looking at in Patrick’s photo ?

Class 23 frigate HMS SOMERSET arrives Dover on Sunday to take part in the Zeebrugge memorial service on Monday & will be in port for a few days..She is currently in Zeebrugge taking part in the Belgium ceremonies.
It'd be a nice surprise if the Belgians sent over a warship as well . . . . .

The DAVID CHURCH has returned after her refit & I hear that the DWDR dredgers will be returning shortly.

Post 4828 & the mystery of the 'tug' ABLE ONE - she has now been definitely confirmed as a ‘new build’ & was built in Whitby in 2015 & is now in Shoreham.
The original 1955-built ABEL DONE still exists in the U.S of A.

Thanks Paul for the very useful St.James parking press release, you’ve ‘scooped’ the regular Dover town forums, despite their compulsive posters !

Friday, 20 April 2018 - 23:42
Post 4832
  Sea News, Dover
Yesterday was the hottest April day in almost 70 years and this is how it
started at the Port of Dover ...

A brilliantly colourful start over the Port caught the eye, with criss-crossing though softening jet streams and yes the hottest April day since 1949...can you believe it. More 'hot stuff' due today we understand. That's an old camera in action above there, an old Olympus, built in the day when we thought 7 million pixels was the blazing innovative forefront of technology...we know better now..

Dover 9 appeared to be out of action all day yesterday...took the shots below of guys working on it around about 4PM...while a safety boat waits just off...
In the distance one of the P&O Prides comes our way.


Friday, 20 April 2018 - 06:00
Post 4831
  Sea News, Dover
That's a shot above there of the AIDAsol approaching from a fair way out on..ermm...what day was it..ah yes Tuesday morning early. The picture is a wee bit forced as was taken straight into the blinding sun and lingering mist but we recorded something anyway. We are looking into the distance through a gap in the ferries there as the pilot boat returns..
And pictured below just having arrived...

Worth showing this press release below relating to local parking charges. Not of use to those at further locations but bear with...

from DDC......

Sunday Parking Charges Review

Dover District Council’s Cabinet has reviewed proposals for Sunday parking charges following a period of consultation - and having listened to community feedback, has decided to defer plans to extend Sunday parking charges to 11 out of the 12 car parks being considered.

Dover is the only council in East Kent that does not currently charge for parking in the majority of its town car parks on Sundays, which is now the second busiest shopping day of the week.

The plans had included Sunday charging at four car parks in Dover town centre to match charges at the new £53m St James development. Legal & General has confirmed that it will not now charge on Sundays at this time.

The extension of Sunday charging in Deal will be limited to the Middle Street Car Park only. This follows research showing that Middle Street Car Park is operating at full capacity at many times, with shoppers and visitors unable to park. Most car parks in the town will remain free on Sundays.

Sunday charging is not being introduced in Sandwich at this time, as the planned coach park which would have taken 50 spaces from the Guildhall Car Park is now unlikely to proceed.

The Dover district continues to have the cheapest parking in East Kent with the cheapest average hourly rate at £1.10, and the shortest charging period (9am to 5pm).

Dover District Council will continue to monitor town centre car park usage as demand increases, and will continue to take whatever action is necessary to manage town centre car parks where churn is necessary to support high street businesses.

Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We’ve listened carefully to the views of residents, visitors and town centre businesses. We’ve struck a balance between the need to manage ever increasing parking demands at the weekend, as well as maintaining our ongoing commitment to offer the cheapest and shortest periods of parking charges in East Kent.”


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Well done Patrick - cracking pictures below there. Its all powering along very fast.Smiley Don't miss those.


Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 06:37
Post 4830
  Patrick, Marine Parade
The new marina pier taking shape with the latest pre-cast blocks being hoisted into place at the Wellington Cut end hiding the cast iron pilings.

The width of these block is deceptive from the above views but can be seen more clearly in these shots taken from Western Heights

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 22:34
Post 4829
  Sea News, Dover



Release time: immediate

P&O FERRIES presented a cheque for £13,012 to volunteers and officials from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) last week after the integrated ferry and logistics company's employees and customers donated more money to the charity than ever before.

The RNLI has been P&O Ferries' official charity for more than 20 years, with collection boxes present on all six of its ships on the English Channel and all four of its ships on the North Sea. The 12 months to last December saw the highest ever sum donated.

Joe Ciantar, Head of Gaming at P&O Ferries, said: "I was honoured to be asked to present this cheque to the brave volunteers from the RNLI, which has done and is doing so much to save lives at sea."

"The RNLI collecting boxes on our ships are incredibly popular with our customers, who can deposit coins of any currency they wish which we then convert back into pounds. In addition, many of our employees and crew organise fundraising events of their own to support a cause which is, for obvious reasons, extremely close to their hearts."

The RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour rescue service in Britain and Ireland. The charity's crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,200 lives since 1824.

James Clapham, Coxswain for the RNLI's Dover lifeboat, added: "I would like to thank the employees and customers of P&O Ferries for their fantastically generous support over the last 12 months - everyone who donated can rest assured that their contribution will help us to save even more lives at sea."

In addition to supporting the RNLI, P&O Ferries also supports other organisations which make a contribution to life at sea including the sea scouts, sea cadets and marine life charities.

P&O Ferries' wider stakeholder programme offers visits to schools and colleges within the local community, a free initiative with the visit often tailored to school requirements and their current projects.


Well done to P&O FERRIES above there...absolutely great work raising all that money. Smiley

Thanks for all the above info guys...Have added some Dover Lifeboat action pix below...

Remembering this one below from the Regatta 2015 ...

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Well done Mike. Great collection below. All will enjoy those.
You've strayed over into Sarah H territory there.



Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 05:00
Post 4828
  Mike J., Dover
A mystery visitor at Ramsgate on Tuesday morning.
The internet would have the ABLE ONE as either a motor yacht based on an American tug design or a former US Army tug converted to a motor yacht.

She was either built in Whitby in 2015 or was formerly the 1955-built ST2115 FORT MOULTRIE for the US Army & brought across to Europe for use in U.S military port operations & later laid up an the U.S storage facilities in the Solent.
I didn’t have the magic number to get down thru the security gates onto the pontoon so was unable to ‘make further enquiries’

To my amazement the Ramsgate Harbour webcam [post 4557] is actually working today [at least it was at 1710] with the ABLE ONE visible.
You may need to wait a few seconds for the test card to clear.

For the second time in recent weeks the MANNIN [post 4802] & I arrived simultaneously as she returned from the spoil grounds off the port & continued grabbing away at the eternal sandbank at the entrance to the Royal Harbour

I missed most of the early morning departures of the windcat fleet but caught the WINDCAT 29 heading out.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 17:10
Post 4827
  Sea News, Dover
From MP Charlie Elphicke
Hard won investment is making the change in Dover & Deal

Dear Mr Boland,

Walking around Dover these days you can sense a real buzz. After many long years of hard work, people can see things are finally starting to happen.

Every week a new business is opening at the St James site. First it was Cineworld, then Nando’s, then Poundland and Food Warehouse. Now Travelodge is open too – bringing more jobs and visitors to our corner of Kent.

When I first campaigned to be your Member of Parliament more than eight years ago – I promised to do everything I could to bring more jobs and money to Dover and Deal. Since then we’ve had more than £500 million of investment and unemployment has halved.

It’s not been easy. We’ve faced many challenges and setbacks along the way. Yet at last things are changing.

When I parked up at St James, a man approached me shouting: “Oi, is that who I think it is?” I wondered what I might have done to upset him. But then he came running over, shook my hand and said: “It’s great here, isn’t it?”

The new cinema and shops were bustling with customers. Some people scoffed at the excitement surrounding the announcement that Nando’s was coming to town. Yet it was very busy when I went for lunch there – so it’s clearly popular.

It was great to see that lots of people were following the route from St James past the Lord Nelson pub and towards Market Square. We must do everything we can to support the hardworking small business owners in the high street. That’s why I’m fully backing district council leader Keith Morris’ plan to invest £500,000 in the area.

Meanwhile, at the Western Docks amazing progress in being made. I was shown up close the great steel pylons which will form the structure of the new marina curve. Concrete slabs are being laid on top before commercial units are constructed. Port chairman Richard Everitt and his team deserve great credit for the incredible work done so far.

Boosting the cargo business will help the port grow – and opens up the potential for more ferry crossings at the Eastern Docks. Yet the most exciting prospect of all is the new marina curve. Once built, bustling with bars and cafes right on the seafront, it is sure to attract visitors from all over. I can’t wait to sit down and enjoy the view, watching the ferries come and go.

So, a new-look seafront is on the way and St James is up and running. Despite the doom-mongers saying that it could never be done. That Burlington House would forever tower over our town. That to have a six-screen cinema in the centre of Dover was in the realms of fantasy.

We’ve come a long way together since 2010 - and we’re delivering investment that’s making the change in Dover & Deal.


An speaking of all things is an extra shot of the Luzon Strait looking across the rooftops as it were...yes indeed Charlie the cargo business is growing... Look at that load on the Luzon Strait. Also in picture the DFDS Cote des Flandres to the right.

Following along from Mike's shots of the are a couple from yours truly. I'm stating the obvious here but one has to wait for the fog to disperse somewhat before a picture can be taken at all. With the observation tower wrapped in cotton wool nothing is available but once it pulls back...
Looking eastwards above there as the sun fights to get through...
Three piers in one go, in the fog...couldn't say that before..

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Road closures as district marks WWI naval raid with parades.

Parades featuring the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with representatives of reserve, cadet and veterans organisations, will be a key feature of commemorations in Dover and Deal on Monday, 23 April (St George’s Day) to mark the centenary of the WWI naval raids on the Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend.

The commemorations in Dover are organised by Dover Town Council and start at 1015 with a service and wreath-laying at the Zeebrugge Memorial in St James’s Cemetery.

Road closure (0900-1115): Old Charlton Road
At 1130 the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood leads a parade from the Market Square to the Maison Dieu. The parade will form up in front of the Maison Dieu where the Town Mayor of Dover will ring the historic Zeebrugge Bell at midday.

Road closure (1100-1145): Market Square, Cannon Street, Biggin Street (precinct section)
Rolling road closure (1140-1150): Biggin Street (section between Pencester Road and Edwards Road)
Road closure (1145-1230): Priory Road, High Street (outside odds
1-19), Effingham Crescent
Road closure (1200-1210): Ladywell for two minutes silence
The commemorations move to Deal in the afternoon for events organised by the Royal Marines Heritage Trails. This includes the launch of the Royal Marines Heritage Trails, marking the town’s historic links with the Marines. Many of the Royal Marines who took part in the Zeebrugge and Ostend raids trained in Deal.

The Corps and Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, led by a colour guard from 42 Commando, will exercise their freedom of the borough of Deal with a parade through the town.

Road closures (1450-1530): Dover Road (between Cornwall Road and Canada Road); The Strand (entire length); Victoria Road (between Marine Road and Gilford Road); Marine Road (northern limb)
Road closures (1550-1630): Prince of Wales Terrace (entire length); Beach Street (from Prince of Wales Terrace to King Street); King Street (entire length); High Street (between King Street & St George’s Road); St George’s Road (between High Street and West Street junction)

Parking suspensions will also be in place along the route of the parade in Deal.
Members of the public are invited to come along and watch the parades. Motorists are asked to respect road closures which will be reopened as soon as possible after the parades have passed.


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Many thanks once again Colette - great cruise info below there all round. Will have the eyes peeled and the camera ready.Smiley

Thanks for those earlier comments too Jan re Ed and more. Smiley



Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 05:56
Post 4826
  ColetteB, Dover


Dover will be full of smiles with the next five cruise calls over the following two weeks as we have a brace of AIDA cruise ships visiting Dover from ports far afield Smiley

Firstly, tomorrow Tuesday 17th April once again AIDAsol calls at CT2, 09.30 hours. She greets us with her usual beaming smile on her 4 night Hamburg round trip via Ijmuiden before finishing at her home port of Hamburg. She leaves us at 21.30 hours, PoC.

Then on Saturday 21st April (The Queen’s Birthday) we have the second Double Whammy of the month with a wink and a grin Smiley from AIDAdiva cruising into CT1 at 08.30 hours. She is on her 13 night cruise from Las Palmas to Warnemunde-Rostock, her next ports of call are Le Havre, Amsterdam, Goteborg then Warnemunde-Rostock. She was last here in April 2017, Welcome Back Diva! Smiley

She departs ours shores at 18.30 hours, PoC.

An hour later AIDAsol arrives at CT2, 09.30 hours. Again she calls in to say Hello on her 4 night Hamburg round trip. She is leaving us at 21.30 hours, PoC.

We only have a day to wait as on Monday 23rd April AIDAluna calls at CT2 at 08.00 hours on her 26 night Montego Bay to Kiel cruise, last seen here in April 2017. Her next port of call being Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, before dropping anchor in Hamburg on Thursday after her Caribbean adventures. She leaves us at 18.00 hours, PoC.

Then on Wednesday 25th April AIDAsol calls once again at CT2 at 09.30 hours whilst on her 4 night Hamburg round trip. Her next port of call is Ijmuiden before arriving in Hamburg 26th April. She is leaving us at 21.30 hours, PoC.

Lovin all the photos from the Sea News Team, beautiful colours & romantic misty shots Smiley

Back soon …… Smiley

Monday, 16 April 2018 - 19:55
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