Friday, 20 October 2017

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.

DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover's Big Christmas Event 4311. Fun for all...
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.

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Post 4309
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Following on from Mike's post are some photos I took of Islay Trader being assisted by Tug Christine which is seen fairly regularly in Ramsgate & the Margate Lifeboats.

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 18:20
Post 4308
  Mike J., Dover

Ship ashore.
I’ve been sent this photo by the former coxn of the Margate lifeboat of the ISLAY TRADER who went ashore right off the Margate boathouse about 0300 Sunday morning.

Copyright & courtesy Peter Barker

Frustratingly I’m up in London but the ‘Sea News’ Ramsgate correspondent is ‘on scene’ & will probably be posting soon.

Watching the action on AIS the ISLAY TRADER was hauled off at high water by the local tug CHRISTINE about 1400

Not a thing that happens every day - most annoyed that I missed it, but I’m sure that Sarah will come up with some good pix.

The ISLAY TRADER is a regular visitor to Whitstable, having recently taken over from the PLUTO, bringing sand & gravel into the port.
She currently has a cargo of broken glass & was heading for Antwerp before her little problem.

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 15:07
Post 4307
  brian, dover
hi paul, have put it on main forum now. Smiley

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 09:21
Post 4306
  victor matcham, Dover
Thank you for that now we know what happen to her,
And thank s again for showing the piles .they are the size I would cut round and take the left over and weld it back on to a end of a pile cut off so it could be used again.Smiley

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 09:14
Post 4305
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there from Friday...they show Holyhead Towing's tug Afon Lligwy pushing a platform with more piling into position for further pile-driving throughout the day. The work goes on apace...
interesting to see the wooden stakes above there at the front of the barge/platform...not sure how/why they would use those...

Well done Brian - glad you were able to help Vic re his enquiry yesterday.Smiley
ps: the links are not live on here but you can always copy and paste onto your browser.

Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 07:26
Post 4304
  brian, dover
vic,have put the link on the main forum.

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 19:39
Post 4303
  brian, dover
vic you may have to google the answer as the link wont work here.just type the name of the ship in your google bar,tap enter and click on the wiki link.

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 19:30
Post 4302
  brian, dover

here is your answer vic.

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 19:25
Post 4301
  brian, dover
hms codrington vic,thats the only info I could find.

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 19:23
Post 4300
  brian, dover
vic the only war ship/s that blew up are from ww1, I believe if memory serves me well there was 3 that went down in the harbour.

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 14:30
Post 4299
  victor matcham, Dovor
Can you help with this one ,a warship was blowen up in the port in the last war with lose of life a member of my wife family was on it,can you tell me what ship and how it happen thank you.?

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 12:11
Post 4298
  Sea News, Dover
Now .. a touch of barking madness for the weekend, here we are with the latest lot of pix, especially for our longstanding lovers of lunar lunacy. The pictures were taken Thursday night as the full moon did its thing over the Port...all natural this time.
There we are above. The moon spotted over the port early on in the proceedings ...
Then she was ready for her close-up...Smiley
And then a little while later watching and shining down from the heavens as one of the P&O Spirits arrives on the still water..
As Tom Petty might say...Full Moon Fever!

Well done Sarah below. Nice pictures all round. Looks like you had a couple of trips on the Waverley below there. Exciting stuff!Smiley

Thanks for that Colette re War Horse. Sounds like you enjoyed it for sure. One of the National Theatre's most successful plays ever...that's some doing.Smiley


Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 05:14
Post 4297
  Sarah, Ramsgate
A few photos from today's trip on PS Waverley.

PS Waverley

Red Sands Army Fort

Europa 2

MSC Diego & Victor Horta

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 00:08
Post 4296
  Colette B, Dover
I saw War Horse last week at the Marlowe. It was both gripping and exhilarating to watch and I would urge everyone to go and see it. It is an unforgettable theatrical experience based of course on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo pictured above with the Port of Dover chief executive Tim Waggott.

An astonishing seven million people have already seen the play in theatres all over the world. This second UK tour runs until 2019 and it will be playing to audiences in the 100th year since the end of the First World War. The play has sold better than any other National Theatre production and needless to say War Horse Joey has celebrity status Smiley

Striking photos below in the wonderfully restored historic Old Marine Station at Cruise Terminal One Smiley

Friday, 6 October 2017 - 14:07
Post 4295
  Sarah, Ramsgate
A few photos from my trip on the PS Waverley.

Lightvessel 21

Grande Dakar


WEC Mondriaan

I was very pleased to spot Relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat B-870 John & Louisa Fisher, a rarely photographed lifeboat

Friday, 6 October 2017 - 07:04
Post 4294
  Sea News, Dover
Port of Dover Sponsors War Horse at the Marlowe Theatre

The Port of Dover is proud to announce its sponsorship of the National Theatre's celebrated First World War play, War Horse on its UK tour at the The Marlowe Theatre this October.

The announcement was made on Monday 2 October 2017 at a charity launch event in the fitting location of the historic Old Marine Station (Cruise Terminal One). Constructed between 1912 and 1914, the Station was completed as the First World War swept across the battle fields of Europe. It played a central role in supporting Allied forces and saw five million troops and their equipment pass through it on their way to the European battle front. One and half million wounded soldiers returned through Dover including the Unknown Warrior now interred at Westminster Abbey.

Highlights from the launch event included a personal message from the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, and appearances from the incredible stars of the show, War Horse Joey and the Songman. The 120 guests, including the Mayor of Dover, were also treated to vocal performances from the P&O choir and 100 children from local schools; Astor College, Deal; Canterbury College; Ethelbert Road Primary, Faversham; Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury and Wickhambreaux Church of England Primary.

A charity auction was held featuring fabulous lots donated by local businesses such as a Kuoni holiday to Indonesia, a luxury opera break, a White Cliffs weekend and tickets to see War Horse plus an on-stage meet and greet with the star horse, Joey.

All proceeds from the event and auction will be donated to the The Marlowe’s Creative Opportunities Fund. This fund enables The Marlowe to bring the community into the heart of its programme. Initiatives include bursaries for the venue's acclaimed youth theatre, workshops with professional artists, and tickets for schools.

Port of Dover Chief Executive Tim Waggott said: “This award-winning building, which has been painstakingly restored, is living history; a working monument to those who passed through here to fight for our freedoms and a poignant reminder of those who did not return. What better place to welcome and celebrate Michael Morpugo’s defining work War Horse?

“As the proud custodian of the magnificent Dover Marine Station, it is touching to see this part of its history so faithfully brought to life by the incredible work of The National Theatre and it is an absolute pleasure to sponsor their UK tour performance at The Marlowe Theatre.”

Marlowe Theatre Director, Mark Everett said: “We are delighted the Port of Dover has come on board as sponsor of War Horse.

"With the Port's strong links with the First World War - links which are both moving and fascinating - there could be no better partnership. I know my colleagues at the National Theatre feel the same, and we all look forward to working together now and in the future."


Many thanks to the team at the Port for the striking images above and all the info.Smiley

Don't miss the excellent pictures and info below on the DWDR progress from Mike .
Well done Mike. Cracking shot of the Hagland Boss too.Smiley

Ah yes Patrick we may have to endure some restrictions on our visuals but hopefully new angles will be found.Smiley



Friday, 6 October 2017 - 06:11
Post 4293
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Great photos Mike. Wonder what we will be able to see across the new pier, marina and reclaim area looking towards the Ad and cruise terminals once the work is complete!

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 23:09
Post 4292
  Mike J., Dover
Some high-level views on Tuesday as the new marina continues to take shape - the lefthand line of piles will be for the ‘promenade pier’ & the ‘marina curve’ piles on the right will be extended further & terminate in half a ‘T-head’ which if the rumours are to be believed will be the home of the tugs & lifeboat & other service craft.
These may obscure the views of Eastern Docks, with the view of cruise ships on the Admiralty Pier similarly obscured by buildings & other structures on the former Prince of Wales Pier & the ‘reclaimed’ area.

The pier itself, according to the DWDR drawings & easily found under ‘DWDR’ on the internet [& subject to revision of course] will apparently terminate in an open-sided shelter with a gentleman under a parasol selling ice cream from a bicycle-cart [or possibly playing a barrel-organ, hard to tell] with little shipping to see, altho’ there will be good views of the Dover seafront & the castle & yachts in the marina, quite a contrast to the views [& facilities] that used to be enjoyed during a stroll up the Prince of Wales pier.

Work continues on the cut from the Wellington Dock into the new marina.

Thursday afternoon’s arrival of HAGLAND BOSS from Boulogne with rock which is being placed by KREEFT on the west side of the Prince of Wales after being transferred onto barges.
More information on this operation is on DHB’s website in Notice to Mariners 57/17.
The HAGLAND BOSS is expected to make about 35 calls during the operation !

Shortly before the arrival of the HAGLAND BOSS the MORAG M assisted the KREEFT from the old Jetfoil terminal across to the Prince of Wales & then delivered a stone barge to the KREEFT.

It looks as though stone is also being stockpiled on Shakespeare Beach.

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 22:57
Post 4291
  Sea News, Dover
Latest Lifeboat Collection.
Here we are with pictures of the Lifeboat guys in action last sunday morning. They appeared to be simulating the 'body in the water' you can see in shot 5. It was thoughtful training rather than anything spectacular...but great to see them in action as ever.

Welcome back Mike...nice collection below there. Good to see those. Smiley

Ah yes Del its very enjoyable all along Cote d' Opal you will have a great time for sure. Notice those fences on the Calais beach now, I am sure they must be a recent addition...perhaps to stop the sand drifting..Smiley

Vic yes a lot of warships on the move but its all okay...says he hopefully.Smiley


Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 07:01
Post 4290
  Mike J., Dover
Shellfish trawler BONNIE LASS 3 was in the Tidal Basin on Wednesday, with the crew working on one of the trawls.

Her fishing number is MT126 - the two letters are usually the first & last letters of her port of registration, in this case MARYPORT in faraway Cumbria.

Moored across from the BONNIE LASS was the crewboat CRC GALAXY who has been moored in the same spot for several days at least [I’ve been away].

She was in Dover back in July [post 4023] & had previously been working on the Ramsgate power cable job under Sarah's beady eye [3891]

The GALAXY is not transmitting on AIS & I haven’t seen the GRUMPY on AIS in the few days since I’ve been back in Dover - perhaps the GALAXY is a replacement for her ?
Time [& AIS] will tell . . . . . .

Back on the pontoon the PAMPERO was waiting for customers.

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 01:58
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