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Dover Lifeboat in evening action. More below... Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover with further coverage of Ramsgate, Calais, Dunkerque. Email: to send SEA NEWS pix or info.... or click ADD YOUR COMMENT below to post direct, no membership needed.

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Post 771
  Ed Connell, Dover
Sea Cloud II and Black Watch.

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 18:48
Post 770
  PaulB, Dover
Excellent pictures below Mike...great stuff! Right in the thick of the action.Smiley

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 17:44
Post 769
  Mike J., Dover
Security didn’t arrive to unlock the Prince of Wales Pier until after the SEA CLOUD 2 had passed the end of the pier so no close-up ‘bow-3/4’ views !

She was followed in by the SAGA SAPPHIRE who docked on Cruise-1.
BLACK WATCH is due about 1800 & will only be in port for a few hours.

SEA CLOUD 2 is Maltese flag & was built in Spain in 2000.

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 16:07
Post 768
  PaulB, Dover
A big well done to Paul Sampson for this shot of the Sea Cloud II arriving this morning. Excellent stuff Paul, this picture saved the day as we didn't have one to speak of..also big thanks to Howard. Well done lads...
Smiley Thanks Vic...yes good to see the quick turn around with the cargo ships, saves on costs as you say, all going swimmingly there.

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 10:27
Post 767
  Vic Matcham, Dover
That's what the trading companys like about Dover their ships get unloaded and back out again in record time making their costs a lot lower then other ports.
Also their goods can get to the London markets in just over the hour or two.
And again thanks for the great photos of the grand ships we have coming in and out of the port.

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 08:47
Post 766
  PaulB, Dover
The magnificent Sea Cloud II is in today as is the Saga Sapphire...the great collection of ships continue to amaze here in Dover. No pictures yet of the Sea Cloud II , none that do it justice anyway. She languishes currently at the tip of Admiralty Pier in calm but very grey conditions.
In the meantime here is a look at the Summer Flower departing last evening on a glacier sea and in beautiful sunlight.

See post 760 for a full sail picture of Sea Cloud courtesy of Mike and Sea Cloud Cruises.

Monday, 2 June 2014 - 08:09
Post 765
  PaulB, Dover
The Ryndam heads off last evening heading north into the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel...a very popular ship by all accounts. Yours truly didn't manage to get a picture of the ship arriving but managed the departure which was relatively early at around 4.15 (16.15) so there was plenty of light to play with....and there we are above.
By the way someone asked me yesterday if the orange sunrise picture of the Ryndam further below was 'photoshopped'. The answer is no. I don't have Photoshop as I am not a fan, preferring to keep things as natural as possible. Most I do generally is brighten them up and/or use the added extra facilities in the camera. I have a whole brace of orange ones from that weekend...I think the colours were down to a mixture of pollution and early sun.

Yesterday saw the arrival of..and double check the name...the Cote Divoirian Star. Very similar to Dovorian, the name threw me for a moment, so she is in the right place for sure. Bit of a plain picture alas, cant seem to do the cargo ships justice.
The cargo bay continues to be very busy which is always good to see. Thumbzzzupp to all involved.

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 08:23
Post 764
  PaulB, Dover
The Ryndam of the Holland America Line arriving Dover Harbour.
Yes our old friend The Ryndam is in this morning. The picture shown however was taken a couple of weeks ago during that period of the deep deep orange sky. Haven't used it before so took the opportunity to do so missed the actual arrival this morning...sleeping tut! tut! very bad...

What a collection of ships we have had this year already and more exciting ones coming too as you can see from the other posts. Thanks for that list again Colette. Will promote it again at the top for easy reference.

Ah yes nice one below there of the Wind Surf Mike. One of the favourites for sure. So spectacular under full sail. I have a few pictures somewhere in the system too. Well done with that one.
Exciting times coming up.Smiley

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 08:37
Post 763
  Mike J., Dover

Colette/Paul -

Not my photo !
I should have mentioned that it was copyright of SEA CLOUD CRUISES & lifted from their website.

She’s similar to [but different from] the WIND SURF which had five masts & a different ‘rig’ of sails - the SEA CLOUD is more of a ‘square-rigger’

Here’s a snap of WIND SURF leaving Dover via Eastern in July 2012.

Lets hope that the SEA CLOUD does the same & that the weather is good !

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 20:18
Post 762
  ColetteB, Dover
Great photo there Mike of the beautiful Sea Cloud II Smiley
Also, just a little teaser for everyone, another inaugural visit to look forward to on Monday June 9th is the Silversea Cruises Silver Cloud Smiley

And now for the June cruise ship schedule (first week)

On Monday 2nd June the Saga Sapphire returns again to CT1, TR.
Also on Monday is the inaugural visit of Sea Cloud Cruises, the beautiful Sea Cloud II cruises into CT2, PoC, a real treat for us all, cameras at the ready guys Smiley
Again on Monday, when the Saga Sapphire departs from CT1, the Black Watch will cruise into its slot at approximately 1800hrs, embark only. This will be the first Fred Olsen in Dover this season, they usually come here at the beginning of the Season but alas not this year. She was last here in December 2013.

No cruise ships then until Friday 6th June when the Ocean Princess arrives at CT2, TR, last here in August 2013.
On Saturday 7th June the Ryndam returns to CT1, TR. On the same day, Oceania's cruise line, the sophisticated & elegant Marina arrives at CT2, TR. She was last seen here in September 2012.

Ending the week on Sunday, the Braemar arrives at CT2, TR for the first time this season, she was last here November 2013, also being the first cruise ship in Dover in March 2013.

That's it for now folks, Enjoy!!

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 15:34
Post 761
  PaulB, Dover
Wow! that looks a bit special Mike.
Will be watching for that one camera at the ready..huge thanks for the tip off Smiley
Reminiscent in principle of the Wind you remember that one?

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 14:43
Post 760
  Mike J., Dover
& now for something completely different !

The 'sailing' cruise ship SEA CLOUD 2 is due in Dover at 0700 on Monday next.

Let's hope that she makes it & is not a 'No-Show' like the expedition ship POLAR QUEST back in April.

But she's on the list on DHB's website & my spies in the docks tell me that the visit is 'on'

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 10:09
Post 759
  PaulB, Dover
The magnificent Costa Mediterranea moving off yesterday evening Thursday roughly about 7pm. We had some very weak and watery sunlight to send it on its way. Off to Amsterdam I believe and in some style too as you can see. All this exotic cruising - well its a hard life but someone has to do it !Smiley
The Berlioz begins to follow the cruise liner out...on its regular trip to Calais, this time leaving by the western exit/entrance.

Mike got a picture of the Avon in post 709 with some added she is again moving across the harbour yesterday afternoon, returning to base. The vessel is working hard on the redevolpment at Pier 2...for more on this see Ed's post no 752 below.

SmileyThanks to one and all re the comments about Briony. Howard making us laugh out loud as ever. Jacqui yes it seems like twas only yesterday she was in school...where do the years go. Well said Colette and Brian...we will all be discovering ailments we didn't know we had nowSmiley

I watched for the bikers Ed. I think I saw them heading up Jubilee Way..if it was the same batch. I couldnt get any pictures though. There seemed to be a lot of bikes around yesterday. Must be something major afoot..."the game's afoot Watson!"

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 06:53
Post 758
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Wonderful news after 6 years of hard work.

Without wishing to sound mercenary will there be a forum member's discount for treatment?

Back is playing up, knee is giving me gip and I am a martyr to my Farmer Giles.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 21:47
Post 757
  Jacqui Whatson, Dover (
Huge congratulations to Briony! It doesn't seem that long since she left school and went to uni and now she's a doctor. Paul and Colette you must be soooo proud of her, wonderful news.
All best wishes for a wonderful future Briony, you deserve it xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 18:12
Post 756
  ColetteB, Dover
Indeed Paul, Congratulations to our beautiful daughter Briony, after 6 years hard work studying medicine, she is now officially Doctor Boland Smiley
A Huge Well Done to Briony xxxx SmileySmileySmiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 17:41
Post 755
  brian, sunny dover.
well I never many congrats to briony for passing out and becoming a doctor.Smiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 14:20
Post 754
  Ed Connell, Dover
Hi Paul. As a dedicated biker you may be interested to know that we have fifty motorbikes onboard going somewhere so you may see them streaming past you when the Dover Seaways berths some time after 1300.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 12:45
Post 753
  PaulB, Dover
Dover Welcomes Another Great Costa....
The huge and striking Costa Mediterranea is in today... approximately 86,000 tons of mass appeal.
Had to wait for the gloom to disperse before we could get a reasonable picture.

Below :The Declaration of Independence.

For a while there yesterday a piece of Dover became part of the USA. But, just as we were about to mobilise the gunboats, we realised what it was...the channel swimmer guys practising their long range strokes with added support shown. Always a pleasure to see our American friends...very welcome.

Good to see that post below Ed. Fascinating to see the development up close. The walking man shows the scale.
Good to hear that its a real bargain below Brian... hopefully we can keep tipping everyone off to the deals available. Huge thanks to DFDS for the info.

Personal Note :After years of immense struggle my daughter qualified as a doctor yesterday. Waiting here for the final results was rough, even my own sinews and nerve ends were stretched as if I was on the rack in the Tower..Strewth!! Well done Briony. Phew!
Smiley Smiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 11:25
Post 752
  Ed Connell, Dover
Work in progress on the major renovation to berth ED2. Fender installation cofferdam seen out of the water, suspended from a crane. We saw photos of this during the similar work on ED3 last year. It is attached to the side of the pier and the water pumped out enabling preparation work to be carried out prior to installation of each new fender. Jack-up platform named Harwich Haven Seajack seen nestling against the pads on ED2.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 00:08
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