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HMS Smiter and HMS Ranger approaching the Port of Dover in choppy seas Monday afternoon 3pm exactly....
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Don't miss the inaugural visit of the luxurious SeaDream1 tomorrow at CT1 Friday, 15 August 2014 - 17:11
Beautiful photo there of DFDS Seaways with the lovely sandy beach of Calais
I will have to bag myself one of those terrific DFDS deals in September & with free wine too, Luvit!!! Rather fancy the France Gourmet week Friday, 15 August 2014 - 15:45
Well done Kevin, you got them covered there. Frantically busy this morning. Great to see three ships at once and all looking splendid. It greyed over very quickly but before it did I snapped the pictures above as two of the three ships approached. The other one escaped !!
Here we have the larger AIDA Luna and the Saga Pearl II approaching at long distance out of the early blazing sun. The sun vanished soon after.Friday, 15 August 2014 - 11:06
Kevin Charles, Dover
It's a three ship Friday at Dover Cruise Port, providing an interesting contrast in cruise ship design! We have the 60 year old Azores, with the Saga Pearl II, and the modern look of AIDAluna. Great sight in the harbour.
Friday, 15 August 2014 - 07:43
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
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Thanks guys re the Lifeboat pictures, yes certainly is a tough game especially when the sea is rough like that.
RE UPDATE BELOW:Thanks for that update Colette...so we have a triple header today ..three cruise liners in all at once. Great stuff. AIDA Luna, MV Azores, Saga Pearl II. Plenty there for the cameras.
We have added the picture above to the DFDS press release, it shows the Dieppe Seaways in full flow with Calais Beach in the foreground. Many thanks to DFDS Seaways for the information as ever. A great deal for sure. Oh we love FREE WINE !
Friday, 15 August 2014 - 06:24
Cruise update for tomorrow Friday 15th August.
In addition to the AIDALuna & the Saga Pearl 11, the MV Azores will be at AP3, TR. She was last here in Dover in April this year Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 22:32
Howard McSweeney, Dover
Great shots of our lifeboat in action, to think people volunteer to go out in seas like that.
Steve Ladner of the BBC is one of them.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 18:54
The AIDA Cara arriving above...first visit for quite a while. Also due in shortly is the Saga Sapphire so we have a double header today.Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 08:21
Mike J., Dover
The DOCKWISE VANGUARD passed Dover about 0330 in darkness. a pity as it would have been quite a sight, carrying part of an oil rig.
By 0700 she was well down-channel, approaching Beachy Head.
Excellent lifeboat pix !
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 07:11
Here we have a set of pictures of the Lifeboat in action on Tuesday evening. They were taken at roughly the same time as the picture of HMS Mersey just below. The quality is poorish as the evening was drawing in and the distance was long, but thought them to be worth showing. Although for most part Tuesday was a sunny day, after Bertha had passed through, the sea however remained rough tough and turbulent.
Worth reminding ourselves that these guys are volunteers..whoosh! It seems they went to the aid of one of those Channel Swimming support vessels of all things. If we get a press release in due course we will be able to confirm that. Never a dull moment for the guys from the RNLI.
Mike am hoping to see the lifting vessel...no sign as yet and the Veendijk must have slipped away in the night. No pictures of that one.
Yes indeed on another picture it does show the Royal Navy ship to be P283. Therefore HMS Mersey it is.
Welcome Nigel..our message is going out far and wide
Thanks for that Vic. A very long range shot so the small flag may just not be visible over the distance.
Cruise Liner approaching: the AIDA Cara.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 06:16
Mike J., Dover
The DOCKWISE VANGUARD sailed from Europoort at 1500 this afternoon & is visible on AIS, bound for Brazil.
She’s currently doing between 9 & 10kts & will probably pass Dover around dawn, but this guesstimate may be affected by the tide.
I’m sure that PaulB is correct about the warship being H.M.S MERSEY - he can probably read the 'pennant numbers' on his original photo [just about visible on the hull below the bridge] & if they are 'P283' it's the MERSEY for sure.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 18:30
nigel stephens, littleport (email@example.com)
The navy vessel is possibly fishery protection
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 10:01
vic matcham, dover
The small warship has no flag flying so might not be Royal Navy or might not be in service yet, just doing sea trials.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 08:06
Climbing the Walls....
I know the feeling..
Ahhh those youthful warm days of summer. Great days. The kids here in Dover have a splendiferous time leaping into and throwing themselves at the water in every which way imaginable. Call it diving or even call it tombstoning, its all just summer long fun to them. We don't need rollercoasters or dodgems here in Dover Harbour..we got the sun, the sea, and the surf, and the occasional pier to leap off.
Yesterday evening this Royal Naval vessel in the pic below appeared just off the harbour. We have been seeing the UK Border Agency in this role recently...but this time it was the Royal Navy itself. The ship prowled, patrolled, and indeed lingered not far off Shakespeare Beach for a considerable time. They don't do the AIS information system but it appears to be HMS Mersey a "river class offshore patrol vessel". In the foreground you can see the newly restored façade of the dockside railway terminal...was it called Dover Marine one time?? But there we are anyway...long range pic taken in the lowering evening sun.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 06:05
This is the Coral Mermaid arriving this morning at approx. 7.30am. No doubt with another load of very welcome perishables for the nations table.
In the foreground of the Coral Mermaid is the Coral Water the regular service vessel. A lot of Coral all of a sudden.
PS: The Virgin Strive Challenge guys had to abandon their epic row across the channel because of the persistent bad weather. They are I understand now in Calais about to pursue the next leg of the Challenge and will do the row across the channel at a later date. Pity the weather spoiled it but there we are. At least we got a picture of the craft and the team practising here on Sea News ( post 968).Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 08:01
Early morning and evening for the Ocean Princess...
This pic above was taken at 6am yesterday and you can see the vivid pastel colours that are produced by the sun rounding the headland that time of the early morning. In the distance you can see one of several of yesterdays minor thunderstorms approaching us, the tail end of Hurricane Bertha still being felt. Below we have the evening departure through the eastern exit. The ship was heading for Rosyth where they are/were still feeling the very rough weather but hopefully by the time Ocean Princess got there everything was a mite calmer.
Thanks for those listings Colette. Great stuff!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 06:44
Beautiful sunny afternoon now after the atrocious weather conditions this morning so time for our next update of expected cruises over the next week or two
There are no cruise ships now until Thursday 14th August when two familiar sights arrive back to Dover in the shape of the Saga Sapphire at CT2, TR & the AIDACara last seen here in April, PoC at CT1.
On Friday 15th August the Saga Pearl 11 is back at CT1, TR & the AIDALuna arrives once again for a PoC at CT2, she was last here in May.
A real treat on Saturday 16th August, cameras at the ready, for the inaugural visit of SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream1 at CT1, TR. She is the ultimate in Yachting Luxury with a 5-Star Service inclusive. She carries a maximum of 112 guests all pampered by an award winning crew of 95 & the best thing is, we will have the pleasure of seeing her here again on the 30th August when she returns from her Baltic Voyage Roundtrip. She will then cruise from Dover to Lisbon. I would love to spend even a few hours on her, maybe one day!
We end the week on Sunday with a Crystal Cruise, this time it's the turn of the beautiful Crystal Symphony at CT1, & the Braemar returns to CT2, TR.
Two ships again on Monday 18th August, the Saga Pearl 11 is back at CT1, TR & the AIDACara returns to CT2, PoC.
Then on Tuesday 19th August, two more cruise ships, the Ocean Princess returns to CT1, TR & the AIDALuna has a PoC at CT2.
Be back again soon Monday, 11 August 2014 - 16:37
Virgin Strive Challenge 2014...these are the guys from The Challenge rowing in the harbour about an hour ago as I write..
As far as I know they didn't row across the Channel today due to the adverse weather..not that I could see anyway. The challenge is to raise money for charity by getting from London to the top of the Matterhorn in Switzerland by physical human effort. All sounds very physical indeed...so good luck to them.
And another clap of thunder rings out...Monday, 11 August 2014 - 10:54
Mike J., Dover
DOCKWISE VANGUARD - False start !
She sailed at 2200 but merely moved downriver from Rotterdam & is now moored at Europoort, near the mouth of the river.
Presumably preparing for her trip to Brazil, perhaps she is loading an oil rig.
Sorry ‘bout that Jacqui !
Monday, 11 August 2014 - 06:46
The remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept menacingly through Dover yesterday morning. The sky at one point was threatening full scale Armageddon and the sea was very rough indeed, we believe it notched its way up to a Severe Gale 9 and possibly beyond. This caused delays to the ferries of course, as you would expect, and was a shock to the proverbial system for all those summertime holidaymakers waiting to cross over. A rough tough start to the holiday for sure.
Yes indeed tough for those out on the water, you can see the Lifeboat in the bay in this picture. It did venture outside the harbour in horrendous waves at one point. Not sure if it was on a shout or whether the guys were in training..serious training.
In the afternoon the gloomy situation brightened up and the worst of the dismal weather went away but the sea remained rough. This picture shows the DFDS Calais Seaways making its way towards the harbour and taking a pounding in the process. In the foreground you can see the edge of a resting P&O ship.
Thanks for those tips Mike ..will hopefully get a glimpse of the activity all being well.
Jacqui I wasn't about on Saturday so didn't see any of the helicopter action. Glad Brian was able to fill you in with what was going on. Should be a bit calmer on the crossing today. Rather today than yesterday.Monday, 11 August 2014 - 06:07