Saturday, 14 December 2019

Sea Pictures from Dover....

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

Sea News Dover

Port of Dover: New CARGO TERMINAL opens for business see 6688....
Christmas Spectacular Event at the Port 6648... Port Fundraise Record 6659.
MP Charlie Elphicke moving aside for wife..see 6646. Wife Natalie Elected 6694.
P&O: St Richards School trip to Calais for 6 year olds see 6630. New Apprentices 6662. AWARD SUCCESS 6681.
DFDS: Contract Cancelled see 6626. New Apprenticeships 6650. WORLD'S BEST see 6676.

P&O Ferries Choir dates for Christmas... see 6693.

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Post 6516
  Sea News, Dover

Surprise singing at sea!

An 86 member Rock Choir surprised passengers on a DFDS ferry to France

Passengers sailing from Dover to Calais with DFDS were surprised recently when they were entertained by an 86 member “Rock choir” in the middle of the English Channel.

On this occasion the choir were travelling to Paris to perform on Saturday 24th August in the public park, Parc Montsouris and on Sunday 25th to perform on Videopolis auditorium stage in Disneyland Paris but broke into song after leaving the port of Dover.

The choir sung the hits “Don’t stop me now” by the legendary Queen and “Shut up and dance” by American rock band, Walk the Moon and were joined by members of the public and some of the crew in the Horizon restaurant aboard the Côtes des Dunes.

The Rock Choir were from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire area and comprise of 3 different choirs led by professional singer and conductor Lizzie Deane.

Lizzie said: “We do flash mobs to give the members another new experience, the buzz of performing to an unsuspecting public, and to ‘spread some joy’. It’s great fun for members and public alike. It’s also a great way of promoting singing to those who have perhaps never tried it before. This was the first flash mob performance that these choirs have performed together and it was a brilliant ice-breaker.

“The Rock Choir groups around the UK offer a glamorous inclusive experience with no auditions and no requirement to read music. Anyone joining need not have any previous singing or musical experience and it offers all ages an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir introducing members to feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs.”

Naomi Harper, PR Manager at DFDS said “We were delighted to be able to offer passengers sailing with us this special exclusive performance. The atmosphere when the choir started singing was electric and unexpectedly emotional. It was lovely to see passengers of all ages joining in, from toddlers bopping to adults singing along and cheering!”.

To join a rock choir please visit and enter a postcode or nearest town and a free taster session can be booked.

To view a video of the event follow this link


And speaking of Disney we are with a couple of pictures from last evening (Sunday). First shot shows the magnificent Disney Magic having left the Port of Dover and turning towards her destination ...The Irish Sea and first stop Dublin. You can see the two patrol boats in fact in the pic they are beginning their return to base as the ship magically sets off...job done!

The second pic below shows the aforementioned boats...Harbour Patrol Boat (pilot) and Police Patrol Boat having a conflab below yours trulys 'Observation Tower' prior to the Disney departure...

ps: Pacific Princess in Port today.

Many thanks once again to the Team at DFDS for the information....rock'n'roll…. Smiley


Monday, 9 September 2019 - 07:23
Post 6515
  Sea News, Dover
Boudicca joins the charge south in the pic above. Photographed just outside the Port on Friday as she sets off at pace for the French Rivers and the towns of Rouen, La Rochelle and Bordeaux etc. Lots of nice wine to taste down there on her 9 day round trip. The picture was taken through the western exit and you can see how calm the sea is inside the harbour, while beyond... a wee bit choppy for sure. Hope all are having a good trip.

"The Dark Side of the Moon"
The picture of the quarter/half moon is from the middle of the week and this is how it looked over the harbour on...just checking.. yes wednesday. When you see it sectionalised like that it always looks so strange. We are hearing on the news bulletins that an Indian moon lander has been lost on the dark side....not surprised when you see the above...

ps: the Disney Magic back in port today...very early arrival.

Sunday, 8 September 2019 - 06:28
Post 6514
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit of Discovery heads to the Fjords on thursday evening with the French Cliffs in the distance...
The PEDAL to PARIS Royal British Legion Event above and below...very exciting colourful event passing through Dover from London. We had pictures last year as well. These current shots were taken on Thursday. Pausing above there, champing at the bit, just like the start of the Tour de France...and then below...they're off !! Whooosh!!

Below you can see them relaxing earlier and note all the accompanying exciting event for was almost tempted to don the lycra, although yours truly probably said that last year as well...Smiley

SmileyThanks to Del and Jan below there for the Goofy comments...Smiley
or perhaps I better put it another way...thanks for the comments on Goofy...Smiley


Saturday, 7 September 2019 - 06:03
Post 6513
  Del Styan, Norwich
I don't have much time for the corporate Disney brand, but I must admit that Goofy pic is a cracker!

Friday, 6 September 2019 - 22:57
Post 6512
  JanT , Dover
The good old Nikon did do well yes that's Goofy,as said you would never have known he was there had the camera not been able to capture the picture brilliant Smiley

Friday, 6 September 2019 - 08:32
Post 6511
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit Of Discovery

Some pictures above there of the Spirit of Discovery arriving with us again yesterday morning early...catching the now autumnal light here in Dover. The pictures have a sepia tone to them, but not anything supplied by yours truly...all natural....
She is on a 7 Day round trip...Dover - Norwegian Fjords - Dover.

Below we have some departure shots of the recent Disney Magic visit on September 1...yes we are still catching up... Smiley

You can see the pilot boat to the left of top shot there, normal procedure, but over on the right of picture you can just spot another launch...the police escort we understand.

The second picture surprised me as it came out better than expected as its quite long range...wasn't expecting such clarity. The old Nikon did well there...Smiley

That's Goofy isn't it??Smiley

ps: Boudicca in Port.

Friday, 6 September 2019 - 07:05
Post 6510
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now from Merchant Navy Day on Tuesday...showing the ceremony on the seafront..

You can see the assembled dignitaries waiting to lay wreaths at the statue. Always a very moving ceremony beautifully done, it follows along from the event at the Town Hall. Just marking the occasion above there with those few pictures.

Well done TED. Great to see your "Famous Five" below there. Excellent standard on the brilliant pictures there in 6508.Smiley

Brilliant shots from our 'inshore correspondent' Mike below too in 6509...great stuff all round!Smiley

DONT MISS THOSE posts below Smiley

ps: Spirit of Discovery in Port today.

Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 07:16
Post 6509
  Mike J., Dover

A drizzly day in Dover Docks [sounds like a song title !],

Fortunately it cleared up later in the day but I was severely drizzled-on at 0845 as the ‘Tamar’ class Cromer lifeboat 16-07 sailed from Dover after overnighting en route for refit at Poole.

The LESTER has been temporarily replaced up at Cromer by another ‘Tamar’ PETER & LESLEY–JANE NICHOLSON, 16-01, the prototype of the class.

An excellent selection from Ramsgate - Ted seems to have a knack of finding plenty of action & interesting vessels on his Wednesday visits . . . .

Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 00:47
Post 6508
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five from Ramsgate"
Ramsgate Lifeboat had a busy day with an early morning rescue.
The narrative is taken from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Facebook page.
Service Call 48
4th September at 05:19 All Weather Boat tasked by UK Coastguard to an 18m Ketch at anchor with engine failure at the end of the Ramsgate approach channel. On scene the AWB passed a line and after the skipper of the ketch ditched his anchor, towed it into Ramsgate.

Service Call 49
4th September, immediately after completing Service Call 48, the AWB was re-tasked by UK Coastguard to a yacht with engine failure 26 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty vessel into Ramsgate harbour. Wind on scene Force 9.

Ramsgate Lifeboat returns to the Boathouse to get refuelled and ready for service.

A weather front passes over Ramsgate but luckily the rain stayed away.

Now fine weather and a fine looking motor vessel on the slipway at Ramsgate.
Flying the French flag..but the name on the awning on the stern was Zeeland which is a coastal region of the Netherlands.A Marine surveyor was taking readings of the hull plating.I cannot find any information about her on the web.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 18:35
Post 6507
  Sea News, Dover

Two pictures above there taken on Saturday...the pix obviously show the yachts sailing by but look at the swimmers in the water right next to them. Yours truly didn't notice at first but upon examining the pictures later was surprised and concerned to see the swimmers right alongside the yachts as the yachts powered by. There was a number of yachts out there as you saw in Patrick's earlier shot ( 6499 ).

I will draw the Ports attention to this as none of us want to see an accident.


Thanks to Howard James for the information on the US Warship see the UPDATE in 6502. Smiley
Thanks to Mike as ever for the information on those early ferries below. in 6503.. Smiley
And thanks too to John Hendy for the cracking shot below looking across the channel Smiley

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 06:59
Post 6506
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit of Britain making for Dover passes the liner Berlin in the Dover Strait. The latter was making for Le Havre. A hazy view but at least a record!

Picture/words by John Hendy

Many thanks for the striking picture John - happy to help. PaulB Smiley

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 14:51
Post 6505
  John Hendy, St Mary's Bay (
Image above....

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 12:08
Post 6504
  John Hendy, St Mary's Bay (
The Spirit of Britain making for Dover passes the liner Berlin in the Dover Strait. The latter was making for Le Havre. A hazy view but at least a record! (see 6506)

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 12:06
Post 6503
  Mike J., Dover

Steve -

Post 6501 - You're quite right of course, I was thinking of passenger ferries rather than freight ships, altho' I'm sure that the SEAWAY has carried 'tourist' traffic on occasions, altho' with a much limited passenger capacity.

She's flitted around a bit, having worked in the Irish Sea & even as a windfarm 'mother ship' several times.

Her two sister ships the EUROPEAN HIGHWAY & EUROPEAN PATHWAY were extensively converted in 2002 becoming the PRIDE OF KENT & PRIDE OF CANTERBURY & can now carry 2000 passengers.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 07:38
Post 6502
  Sea News, Dover

Pictures above of the Spirit of Discovery approaching and entering the Port last Sunday morning early...shooting into the light to a degree and then below across the other side of the Port with the light behind us somewhat.

As you can see the Disney Magic was already in....on Cruise Terminal Two. The Disney Magic always arrives in the wee small hours. You can see the Spirit of Discovery manoeuvring towards Cruise Terminal One in the shot below.

Just an extra one now...showing a warship going down the channel yesterday afternoon Monday...time of picture 13:26. Alas its just for visual purposes only... as I write as don't know the name of the if anyone knows let us know, info always welcome.

UPDATE:The warship is USS RAMAGE –DDG 61 – Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile destroyer – have no movement details.

Hope this helps,


Howard James

……..Huge thanks for the update Howard - PaulB Smiley

Thanks for that info/clarification below Steve. Yes both of those you mention are indeed our older ferries....Smiley

ps Still have quite a few pictures to catch up with including Pacific Reefer which came and went yesterday...saw her leaving surprisingly last night just after 10PM..also more Disney etc etc

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 06:09
Post 6501
  Steve P, Dover
Reference 6492 and the Calais Seaways. I'm sure the European Seaway (presently broken in Dunkirk) is the oldest ship of the combined DFDS/P&O cross channel fleets. October 1991 for the Seaway v 1992 for the Prins Filip/Calais Seaways.

Monday, 2 September 2019 - 16:24
Post 6500
  Sea News, Dover

From Charlie Elphicke MP

Missing Banksy

The Dover Banksy was an iconic piece of art. Wherever you stand on Brexit, it attracted visitors to our area and got people talking.

That’s why so many of us were so deeply disappointed to see it disappear from the side of the former Shakespeare Hotel. We don’t yet know what’s happened – but many suspect the building’s owners have simply painted over it.

Our campaign to save the Banksy at least kept it in Dover for more than two years. The huge piece – thought to be the artist’s largest ever – became something of a landmark. Children and adults stopped and stared. Tourists came from far and wide. News reporters and film-makers pointed their cameras. All of us looked up, appreciating the special tribute to a unique moment in time.

And we fought hard to preserve it. An application was sent to Historic England to have the building listed. It argued the Banksy had strong cultural significance, that given its size and political relevance it could be worth millions of pounds. Historic England previously listed the Abbey Road crossing and even a 1960s Bournemouth bus depot described as hideous. If they are going to list things like that, they should have listed an iconic and culturally important piece of art like our Banksy. Yet they refused. This is the result – and they should hang their heads in shame.

We also tried to engage with the building’s owners – the Godden family, famous in this area as the former owners of the Rotunda in Folkestone and Dreamland in Margate. Sadly, they wrote to me at the time labelling it graffiti. I tried to approach them to arrange a meeting, but they failed to respond. Only a few weeks ago I spoke to the council – who told me they were also finding it difficult to get them to engage.

What a massive shame. Because in Dover and Deal we have not always done well enough at protecting our heritage – at looking after things loved through the ages. Our iconic Prince of Wales Pier was shut down. Near to the Banksy, the Crypt site badly needs sorting out too.

Yet we should not forget the progress we have made. Burlington House was a far less loved part of the local landscape. The huge empty town block blighted the area for years. Now, a shopping and cinema complex has risen in its place. Similarly, the seafront is being transformed. A new marina curve is due to be constructed next year.

Yet we must also fight to protect the great things we already have. Regeneration is about more than just new buildings. This was about protecting a piece of social history for the people it was intended for, their children and grandchildren.

I hope that as we continue to build a brighter future for Dover and Deal, we always remember the past. Our town has long been the gateway and guardian of the nation. We must embrace and celebrate its special role.

Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal

The Disney Magic provided all round hectic excitement yesterday once again, packed hotels...taxis too-ing and fro-ing doing great business ...frenetic kids with Mickey Mouse ears everywhere ( I will have to get a pair of dem ears...Smiley ) Great fun all round to a gentle background tinkle of "when you wish upon a star".

Also in Port was the Spirit of Discovery...we will have more pictures later. So an impressive day for Cruise Liners at the Port of Dover..

A couple of shots now to finish off...showing bunker ship Duzgit Harmony a-comin' and a-goin'
The sea looks positively Caribbean in the hot shots...

Cracking picture below Patrick - well done with that one.Smiley

ps: Viking Sun in Port today...

Monday, 2 September 2019 - 07:11
Post 6499
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Five in a row silently a'sailing. Makes a welcome change from the diesel powered ferries going back and forth on a pleasant afternoons recreation in the outer harbour.

Sunday, 1 September 2019 - 16:11
Post 6498
  Sea News, Dover
The Lombok Strait

A series above there of the Lombok Strait coming towards the Port of Dover on Friday morning early, arriving from Vlissingen just as the sun rose dramatically behind her...glancing across the Port now I see she has since left us, must have left in the wee small hours of the morning... yes I see now, currently on her way to Bridgetown.

Most interesting all round collection below from Mike our 'inshore correspondent' so don't miss those. Great info too...Smiley
That sounds like one heck of a cruise you have booked to go...Smiley Smiley

And speaking of all things 'cruise' ... two heavy hitters in Port today, the Disney Magic and the Spirit of Discovery.


Sunday, 1 September 2019 - 07:12
Post 6497
  brian dixon, dover
the Viking sun cruise ship, intrestly will be starting a 33 week cruise from dertford creek London,at the princly sum of 66990 gb pounds.will not be back until late april next year.yes its a world cruise. yikes.

Sunday, 1 September 2019 - 06:27
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