Monday, 27 May 2019

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 : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253

Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
Thames Estuary Forts 6250

Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus
DFDS: For apprentice information see 6125
P&O: Jobs Fair/Apprenticeships 6187

P&O Ferries : FREE WINE with P&O !!!! see 6258
P&0 Ferries : FREE Fuel Voucher see 6268

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Post 6115
  Del Styan, Norwich
I think you and I must be leading parallel lives - I changed PCs at the same time as (more or less) upgrading to "super fast" fibre. Naturally - and as I gloomily predicted - things didn't work out. Still, got there in the end - as this message proves!
Now back to the Failing Grayling show! And the ever rising Premier Inn.

Friday, 1 March 2019 - 23:11
Post 6114
  Sea News, Dover
While we are on a roll with survey boats...there we go with an extra gadget-packed one above there. Pictured about a week ago. I believe it was/is called Kippo and as yours truly had no phoneline/internet at the time I couldn't be sure. It has a web listing there that suggests Finland...have since been able to confirm yes it is Kippo underwater survey boat.... haven't seen that one before.

Premier Inn: As mentioned yesterday the Premier Inn extension nears completion..a big pullout in the past day or so of all the main functions of redevelopment...offices, hardware etc etc

Here are a further three pictures showing the evolving situation...
these will be the penultimate pix as most of it done now, however will do a final post of the final finished product to top the series off. They are currently re-landscaping. I have to say the teams doing the overall development were hugely impressive, working at some considerable speed. Two companies leapt out, Carter and RCL Royland. There were other sub-contractors too.

So yes will do one further post in due course when work complete to finish off the sequence.
As mentioned see it all rising from ground level type Premier Inn into the Search Engine above.

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Thanks Mike, yes good to be back with internet running well. Such a relief and a joy. Thanks for all the info below there - will watch for HMS Kent for sure. Smiley

Ah that's a nice shot below there Ted from Ramsgate. because we cant go very wide on Sea News we are probably not doing it justice. we're more square...SmileySmiley

Ah yes indeed Del its never as easy as they promise is it. I had the added mess-up of a failed phoneline too. They came and fixed that, then no sooner had they left I realised OMG it still wasn't working. The guys from BT Openreach eventually came 4/5 days later and they fixed it. While all this was going on I had perhaps chosen unwisely and picked the wrong time to change my internet the complications got worse.


Friday, 1 March 2019 - 05:10
Post 6113
  Mike J., Dover

It is HMS KENT coming to Dover on Friday, not HMS MERSEY.

Tanker GALWAY FISHER was showing Dover as her destination on AIS a couple of hours back, perhaps to bunker the KENT, but a few minutes ago she had changed her destination to the MPC buoy, mid-channel off South Foreland.
We shall see !

Post 3774 for a photo of HMS KENT, together with some superb early morning pix taken from the DOUGHTY that I'd quite forgotten about.
The smoky one of the DAUNTLESS is one to die for.
Thanks, Connor !

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 23:35
Post 6112
  Del Styan, Norwich
Welcome back PB. I am presently "upgrading" to fibre, so obviously having similar problems. Things seem to be getting more complicated the older I get! Or maybe it's just me!

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 23:06
Post 6111
  Mike J., Dover

Good To see PB back 'on the air’ & certainly hitting the ground running with some excellent pix, particularly the dawn arrival of the AIDAMAR on Wednesday who was soon followed in by the SAGA SAPPHIRE.

Arriving before the two cruise ships was the second coaster with crane parts, the Dutch HEKLA who docked in darkness on the DWDR reefer berth & by late morning the second frame [?] had been unloaded.

I have problems posting pix today so no Ad.Pier pix of the cruise ships & HEKLA & the workboat NJORD.

Facebook is reporting the arrival of HMS MERSEY, one of the two 'Clandestine Patrol' RN vessels on Friday at 1100 on the Admiralty Pier, probably on Cruise-1.
[post 6035].

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 14:30
Post 6110
  Ted, Canterbury
Reflections at Ramsgate.

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 12:00
Post 6109
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures from last week now of survey boat Diana working its way around the harbour...while in the distance at the end of the new DWDR long arm, much work goes on... that's workboat Pampero there in the distance..

Was surprised the see yesterday the bulk of the building staff move all their offices, heavy equipment, wooden fencing etc etc away from the new Premier Inn development. To all intents and purposes it seems to be finished, barring a few minor bits'n'pieces. It is staggering to see how fast they can do these things nowadays. Will have a picture or two to follow soon. There hasn't been that much to photograph recently as completion was obvious..somehow yours truly didn't twigg ..

Thanks Brian...lots more of the same to come Smiley


Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 06:21
Post 6108
  brian dixon, dover
welcome back paul, I missed your cheeky posts.Smiley

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 16:27
Post 6107
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAmar arriving this morning...

And a glorious morning it was too. Time of pictures: 07.10

See todays earlier post from yours truly below.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 16:09
Post 6106
  Sea News, Dover

You will have seen on the news the sudden upsurge in migrant boats coming across the channel once again, presumably encouraged by the unbelievably good, almost freaky, weather. The pictures above were taken on the 24th which I believe coincided with the arrival of the first family of seven...two adults five children according to reports. The images above, showing Border Force Vigilant and RIB, are quite long range. Yours truly tried zooming in on the second one but the heat haze/shimmer got a bit too much..have used the picture anyway for info purposes and pushed both as large as poss so all can see.

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Obviously I have been out of action in a big way. Lost my phone line with all that entails nowadays. Its unbelievable the amount of stuff that comes through on a chaps phone line and when it goes wrong ... well you are stuffed.
I have now returned with added fibre ( no I'm not talking about Bran Flakes !Smiley ) and a new provider so hopefully it will all work.

Thanks to all the teamsters for keeping everything going.
Great and interesting picture collections from Mike and Patrick below, so don't miss all those.Smiley

And don't miss the 'images exceptionelle' (trying a wee bit of French there...most of my emails are French believe it or not..must be the location ) but yes the pictures of the ponies in post 6094 are truly fab. Type the post number in the Search Engine Box above.Smiley

Thanks to Ray as well too - glad you are enjoying it all Ray. Lots more to come.Smiley

Thanks also to Del and Brian too...Smiley

And last but not least thanks to our former Mayor of Dover Jan Tranter for keeping everyone posted about yours truly's between her postings on the Victoria Derbyshire show - we are not worthySmileySmiley


PS: 2 cruise liners in today..whopper AIDAmar and regular Saga Sapphire.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 05:07
Post 6105
  Mike J., Dover

Interesting DWDR pix from Patrick, some mysterious structures being built & I’d not previously noticed the hinged hydraulic cylinders on the uprights of the bridge which give a clue as to how it’ll operate - it’ll be interesting to see the bridge in action when testing starts.

The veteran yacht made a nice contrast to all the ‘new works’ going on.

Midday Tuesday with an Ainscough crane assisting with the erection of the first reefer berth crane, the large grey object on the right.

Another vessel, the Dutch HEKLA, of a similar size as the RMS TWISTEDEN is heading for Dover from Rotterdam & her AIS is showing an ETA of 0500 on Wednesday.
The second shipload of crane parts ?

I was talking to the Dover Sea Angling Club steward on the Admiralty Pier & he said that there was no truth to the rumour that DSAC will be charging non-angling visitors to walk up the Ad.Pier.
He also said that few people took the opportunity of a stroll, even with the current good weather, with most non-anglers being families of some of the anglers. [as well as the occasional eccentric ship-spotter].

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 00:49
Post 6104
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Much better photos of the RMS boat by Mike J yesterday.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 17:55
Post 6103
  Patick, Marine Parade
General cargo vessel RMS TWISTEDEN arrived at DWDR Berth A yesterday morning with sections of the cranes that will be used to load/unload goods into the RCT.

At the Bascule Bridge across the Lock Cut traffic lights and barriers have been installed

with work continuing across the DWDR site

Meanwhile, in the outer harbour on a quieter note everything is red and serene. Reminded me of that popular 1963 tune by Ronald Binge - 'Sailing By'

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 17:49
Post 6102
  Jan T, Dover
Nice set of pictures Mike J shows the lovely weather we've been having as well as all the works being carried out
Yes it's been frustrating but
Keep eye's on seanews your Editor PaulB will be back very soon. SmileySmiley

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 08:10
Post 6101
  Mike J., Dover

The Antiguan-flagged RMS LINKEDEN soon after arrival on Monday morning after spending the weekend anchored off Kingsdown.

She had come down from Rotterdam & is thought to be carrying one of the yet-to-be-assembled mobile cranes that will be used for handling reefer boxes at the new fruit terminal & may perhaps work on the other cargo berths.
The DIANA passes by after a spot of surveying.

A second ship is expected very soon with a similar second crane, but nothing that might be her is showing on Marine Traffic’s ‘Dover ETAs’ page.

Wellington Dock was in a reflective mood this morning.

The very low tide this morning revealed a pipe that has been laid across the sill of the Wellington Dock gate, perhaps temporarily.

Blue pipes usually indicate water but I dunno whether that shade of blue indicates wastewater or freshwater.
Not often that you can see that much of the gate & surrounding 'structures'

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 03:53
Post 6100
  Ray, Dover
Good shots of the new lock gates and the bascule bridge, it will be interesting to get down there and have nose around when it is completed. I have been missing Paul B's harbour shots over the days that he has been off air hopefully he will be back soon.

Sunday, 24 February 2019 - 10:04
Post 6099
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Thanks Mike J for the update on the lock gates. Frustratingly the views still obscured by the temporary constructors road bridge.
Great photos of the ponies too.

Sunday, 24 February 2019 - 09:56
Post 6098
  Mike J., Dover

Just an experiment to see whether ‘SEA NEWS is ‘operating independently’ of Paul B who seems still to be ‘off the air’ & must be getting very frustrated.

Lock chamber & bridges on 17/2, partly obscured by the contractors’ temporary bridge.
Both sets of lock gates that make up the lock chamber look to be on the seaward side of the bascule bridge.

Sunday, 24 February 2019 - 00:04
Post 6097
  Jan T , Dover
Just to add to this mornings post seanews users seanews is still up and running,it is PaulB with the Internet problems but he will be back in a few days.

Love the pictures of the ponies such beautiful animals,hopefully everyone is enjoying our spring weather.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 - 15:00
Post 6096
  Jan T, Dover
Good morning seanews users due to Internet problems Paul B will not be on for a few days,will be back as soon as the problem is sorted out.Smiley

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 - 07:55
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