Wednesday, 21 August 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

P&O Cadet Bursaries plus.. see 6457
DFDS:Temple Ewell Run plus FIP(?) booking 6453
Dover Regatta see 6438, 6441, 6442
Port of Dover: Chief Exec EU statement 6373
DFDS New Ship for Channel see 6303
DFDS Europe's award winning Ferry Operator 6332
Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289

Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123
P&O Ferries: Alternative Euro Breaks 6298
P&O: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253
Port of Dover: Reducing Carbon Footprint 6332
Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205

WW1 Soldier Dover Seafront 6414
Thames Estuary Forts 6250
SS Richard Montgomery at rest (WW II Supply Ship ) 6329
Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus

Scroll down and over to see the Boudicca D-Day pictures in several posts...
….and now also too the Spirit of Discovery

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Post 6456
  Del Styan, Norwich
Wow Patrick - cracking rainbow shots - if you find the crock of gold, can I have a Euro please? Could be worth a bit soon.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 23:02
Post 6455
  Patrick, Marine Parade
We may not have had one of the more colourful cruise liners in our Port yesterday but colour there was none the less.

At the other end of the Rainbow

- found that pot of gold yet Paul?

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 21:56
Post 6454
  Mike J., Dover

After looking in at Ramsgate on Saturday morning [post 6452] I took a look at Margate Roads to see what was sheltering there.
Amongst a few coasters were some interesting craft.

Anchored well offshore were the work barge NP 459 of Neptune Marine Services & Boskalis’s big pipelaying barge BOKA CONSTRUCTOR.

Remember Boskalis ? Much involved with DWDR dredging & infilling works & I’m sure that we’ll see them again when the next stage of infilling is needed & we wave goodbye to the Tidal Basin, Granville Dock & the Wick.

Both barges have now returned to the London Array windfarm area.

A little closer inshore were the tug DUTCH PEARL, THV PATRICIA & the multi-purpose repair vessel DEEP HELDER who may be coming into Dover soon.

The AFON LLIGWY came into Dover about breakfast-time Monday but didn’t stay long, sailing for Plymouth about 1830.

I hear that HMS PICKLE [posts 2427/4846 etc] is expected in Dover on Wednesday, she’s currently south of Selsey Bill & heading this way.
Not to be missed !

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 01:49
Post 6453
  Sea News, Dover


DFDS rolls out red carpet ‘FIP’ treatment for summer ferry travel


Ferry Passengers are being given the opportunity to create their virtual passenger when they book passage online with award-winning ferry operator DFDS, from the UK over the coming weeks.

The innovative approach, FIP (Ferry Important Passenger) enables them to select an avatar with similar characteristics and travel needs and in a few clicks they quickly and simply tailor a range of free perks that best suit them.

Offers include kids eat free and pets go free for travel from Newcastle or Dover as well as free cabin upgrade or free breakfast on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route and free Premium Lounge or priority loading on Dover-Calais or Dunkirk routes.

Stephen House, Senior Campaign Manager at DFDS said: “This is about tailoring the right services and, as FIP implies, delivering a red carpet treatment to fit the passenger or group, to help them make the most of the excellent facilities that DFDS can offer.

It also creates a more emotive booking interface and experience, relevant to the particular traveller. Passenger A might be a young guy, who likes his food and drink, travelling on to a trendy destination. Passenger B might be a middle-aged family man travelling with his family and their dog, heading to different type of destination.

Thanks to FIP, both will receive relevant and quite different offer suggestions and with the information we gather contribute to bespoke deals in the future, whether passengers are planning a short stay close to the port or travelling onward to the myriad of European destinations.

The FIP campaign will run from 7 August - 2 September and continues a DFDS tradition to deliver peak summer travel campaigns focused on our great additional services.”

*Book by 2nd September and travel by 30th September for Dover-France crossings and travel by 30th December for Newcastle-Amsterdam crossings

For more information please visit


DFDS to Sponsor new one-of-a-kind 10K Run in Temple Ewell, Dover

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS have agreed to sponsor the brand new Temple Ewell 10K Run which is to take place on the 13th October 2019.

This is a new race, to start by the race HQ in Kearsney Abbey and finish in nearby Russell Gardens, taking a picturesque figure of eight course on the Kent downlands around Temple Ewell and Ewell Minnis. It is a multi-terrain course, run on a combination of track, trail and quiet lanes. It is currently the only running event to take place in the Dover area.

The race is aiming for 300 entrants and in addition to medals for all finishers, there will be prizes for the first 3 male/female plus first in age group categories (V40, V50, V60 and V70 male; V35, V45, V55 and V65 female). There will also be free photographic downloads. The race will have a race license from UK Athletics and will have medical support from the Margate Ambulance Service and on course water stations. Invicta East Kent Athletic Club are supporting the event with logistical support and loan of equipment.

The race will raise money for PTFA association for Temple Ewell School and entries are available online via the event website .

The minimum age for entrants is 15 and the cost is £14.00 for club affiliated runners and £16.00 for non-affiliated runners.

The event is being promoted to attract runners from the whole of East Kent and participants of all standards are welcome. DFDS as part of their sponsorship will be entering a team of runners.

Race Director, Glenn Mousley has said “The opportunity to put on a race in the Dover area was compelling and with careful planning we have managed to find an interesting route that does not cross any roads. We are sure it is going to be popular, so potential entrants should register in good time to ensure a place”.

Angela Matthews, Head Teacher of Temple Ewell CofE Primary school said: “The funds raised by our amazing PTFA each year are fundamental in providing vital resources for all our pupils. All schools have been affected by budget cuts in recent years, but as a small school Temple Ewell feels this even more. Without the extra funds raised, our children would miss out on vital IT equipment, enrichment opportunities and playground equipment, as well as the many other resources the PTFA pay for. We are extremely grateful to our PTFA for all their hard work in organising and running such fantastic events as the 10K run and appreciate all support they receive from the wider community”.

Naomi Harper, PR Manager at DFDS said “To be involved with this new race initiative is really exciting. The course really is one of a kind, with some beautiful scenery – and challenging hills along the way! And to be able to support a local school’s fundraising activity is a natural partnership with DFDS’s new company CSR strategy. We hope to be a partner for many years to come”.


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The strange barrel/spiral cloud above was seen on the Dover Straits just immediately prior to the recent gales. A forewarn physical omen.... note the might of the thing in comparison to the ferry.
And below we see the ferries battling the conditions. Big delays alas in the fierce weather, ferries couldn't get into port to dock for much of the time, but what can be done...nature is too powerful, all powerful.

Many thanks to Mike and Nigel for the pictures and info on the MED SURVEYOR see below 6450.Smiley

A great collection immediately below from a packed Ramsgate..ace work Mike Smiley

Yes the traffic chaos has cleared Del so all seems back to normal. That was some wind for August.
Unsettled weather promised for this week.
August is a wicked month...SmileySmiley



Monday, 12 August 2019 - 06:03
Post 6452
  Mike J., Dover

There were no less than 23 Windcats & two Workcats sheltering in Ramsgate on Saturday, plus Border Agency SEEKER & Holyhead Towing’s AFON LLIGWY who is expected to be returning to Dover in a few days.

The only vessel seen moving was pilot vessel ESTUARY ELITE returning to port.

Amongst the Ramsgate-based fishing fleet was Dover-registered DR67 - STELLA MARIS.

The MED SURVEYOR sailed from Cruise-1 about 2230.
Her AIS showed her destination as OFFSHORE & wherever that is her ETA there is 0800, at 0030 she was heading north to the east of the Goodwins.

Local media is reporting that the search has been abandoned for a female asylum-seeker missing after the rescue operations on Friday [post 6447].
The almost-inevitable has happened.
Very sad.

Monday, 12 August 2019 - 01:03
Post 6451
  Del Styan, Norwich
Rotten time of year to have a storm - hope Dover has cleared a bit for you to get out and about, but not deserting your observation tower for too long!

Sunday, 11 August 2019 - 23:12
Post 6450
  Mike J., Dover
MED SURVEYOR - better pix when you bob about in a boat . . . . .

Copyright pix courtesy of Nigel & DOVER STRAITS SHIPPING Facebook page.

Over in Thanet today [when I finally got clear of gridlocked Dover] & as expected Ramsgate bunged full of sheltering windcats & all sorts of stuff anchored off Margate.
Pix to follow.

Saturday is a bad day to have a storm - often the busiest day of the week as continental freight heads home for the weekend.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 23:32
Post 6449
  Sea News, Dover
Pride of Burgundy earlier today in the rough tough conditions...the ever resilient tug Doughty helping out...

Shock conditions for August cause massive ferry and traffic delays...


Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 18:13
Post 6448
  Sea News, Dover
Yes we are experiencing very rough weather at the moment see Mike's post below..."unseasonable" is the term being used by the weather forecast people. It certainly is that. One has to hold on to one's hat! But harking back a few days now (Aug 5) when it was a tad calmer...fresh but calmer, and we see the Viking Sun departing...

The pilot boat was darting this way and that for a few moments, but no doubt everything was A-Okay. The Viking Sun was off to Dublin, from there heading round the British Isles and eventually reaching Bergen in Norway. Its a 14 day cruise...

See Mike's post below for all the latest ..Smiley


Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 05:47
Post 6447
  Mike J., Dover (
The 51-year old Panamanian survey ship MED SURVEYOR came into Dover from Grimsby in the wee small hours of Friday & docked on Cruise-1.
She was still alongside Friday night - probably not a bad idea with the lively weather forecast for the weekend.
Not easy to photograph - damned lighting poles !

A small but iumportant error re the m/y YOLANDA [post 6445] - Not French, but Dutch-flagged.
Sorry !

As you may have heard on the media there's been a major search operation going on today with three or four asylum seeker boats, including a kayak being brought into Dover earlier today but apparently there are people missing & local lifeboats & helicopters have been searching.
This may be the accident that has long been feared.

Looking at AIS at 0030 Margate & Dover lifeboats are operating east of Ramsgate, with the Dover boat well out to sea.
Ramsgate lifeboat is back alongside, perhaps for refuelling & crew change, but her signal is 5 hours old.

Ramsgate looks packed with small craft sheltering, I see our old friend AFON LLIGWY there.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 00:54
Post 6446
  Sea News, Dover
Catching up now with Royal she is departing through the western exit a few evenings ago. Quite late in the day in fact ... around 20.40 approx...a sequence here of the reefer's departing moments as night begins to fall over the harbour.

The tugs depart and the pilot boat joins the sequence...

Royal Klipper... and she's off...Bridgetown Barbados is the destination.

Nice shots below Mike ...well done getting those..Smiley


Friday, 9 August 2019 - 06:06
Post 6445
  Mike J., Dover

Visitors Wednesday / Thursday --

British research vessel MORVEN overnighting Wednesday night alongside DAVID CHURCH. [posts 6012 / 6985]

Rather smart French motor yacht YOLANDA was in Wellington Dock Wednesday evening & was still alongside midday Thursday.

Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 23:45
Post 6444
  brian dixon, dover
her name must be june, she's bursting out all over. lol

Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 15:02
Post 6443
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Lifeboat action...
We all greatly missed the Lifeboat display at the Regatta this time around, as they do it every year, but the Lifeboat team were very busy indeed on the day...and that hectic period extended into the following day Monday 5th when these shots were taken. The top two shots show the Lifboat returning to port at speed....
....but just as soon as they returned they were off out again in the same breath, heading to a small yacht in difficulty. And here they go below...
Dover Lifeboat.

Never a dull moment around yours truly was taking the Lifeboat pix...with gobsmacked awe I noticed the wedding couple below window on the windy but sunny seafront, so I pinched a few shots of the lovely couple over the head of their own photographer. Very exciting!

We wish them 'Bon Voyage' as they set out on life's journey together..Smiley

"Nice day for a...white wedding "


Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 07:01
Post 6442
  Sea News, Dover

The tugs put on a fantastic display of water jet action during this years Community Regatta and those three pictures above hopefully show it well enough. As the weather brightened up they carried on with their enjoyable display minus the water jets as you can see below...

The picture above is included to show the scale of the tugs. Yours truly often sees them in daily action physically guiding
cruise ships, reefers, etc etc..and one doesn't even register that they are big muscular beasts...but when survey boat Diana came to join them in their display you can see the scale.

This is Diana again below a day after the Regatta on the 5th, carrying out survey work beneath the 'observation tower'

Worth just adding this one from the display last year 2018...sure why not!

So much to catch up on...but here we are with at least one shot of the Spirit of Discovery again as she arrives back in Port here on the...let me see...yes the 3rd August. Moving astern towards Cruise Terminal One.

That's the last of the Regatta pictures now.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 06:30
Post 6441
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force at the Regatta 2019

Yes an exciting exhilarating 'flypast' by the Border Force above there on sunday...scattering the wildlife as she goes..whoosh! The eagle eyed amongst us will notice that yours truly has used the top picture for the second time. This is so we can show the quartet of shots together for future ref the search engine etc etc

The Men in Black kept it spectacular. Smiley
We will have more Regatta pictures tomorrow..featuring the tugs. Still waiting to be sorted.


Yes two Viking ships were in with us in the past few days.
First one up..the Viking Sun, was in with us yesterday.. she left us heading for Dublin then around the UK to Bergen in Norway.
the second pic from a few days ago... Viking Sea which is on a very similar trip also finishing in Bergen.

SmileyThanks Patrick glad you liked those pix...yes the cinema on the beach was quite an exciting first..

SmileyYes Jan very busy days and huge crowds on Sunday. It seems to have been the most attended/successful Regatta in recent years. Amazing too how clean everything was and is. The next day despite the crowds and all the stalls and events...the whole seafront was spic and span. Everyone took a responsible line and of course the Port's cleaning team are obviously ace.


Tuesday, 6 August 2019 - 06:54
Post 6440
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Great photos of the Community Regatta Paul, especially the 'big screen' night shot.

Monday, 5 August 2019 - 17:30
Post 6439
  JanT , Dover
A very busy weekend on the seafront Saturday we had two very large cruise ships in, and plenty of people enjoying the sunshine even enjoyed an ice cream meself.
And on Sunday lots of people made their way to the seafront to enjoy the regatta,all rounded off with a brilliant film The Greatest Showman.

Enjoying the pictures chaps keep them coming and those camera's clicking.

Monday, 5 August 2019 - 09:18
Post 6438
  Sea News, Dover
The Dover Community Regatta 2019

Some pictures above there of the Community Regatta yesterday sunday, the pictures show the day begin from morning to early afternoon. You can see the crowds building. The organisers were expecting/or hoping for 10,000 people and 10,000 people they got. It was busy busy....with more stalls than in recent times. More music, more displays etc etc.

The major disappointment for this website of course was...the Lifeboat display didn't happen. It was scheduled for 2.15 in the afternoon...yours truly stood rivetted to the spot, poised like a coiled spring with camera at the ready, only to find out that the Lifeboat was out in the channel on a pressing emergency. So the event didn't happen. Of course the Lifeboat teams are always on call for emergencies which of course is their essential and vital remit

The Border Force did a brief 'flash past' and here they are...
will have a further few pictures of these guys in due course. It was very brief so only got a few shots..

The tugs did a great display with their water canons...will have pictures of that in due course..



Monday, 5 August 2019 - 06:30
Post 6437
  Sea News, Dover
Albatros leaves port...

It was murky out there yet with a hint of sunlight and very calm as the pilot boat pulls alongside Albatros. The ship was on a short cruise... Bremerhaven, Amsterdam, Dover and back to Bremerhaven in Germany, and very nice it sounds too. Short can be good..
These pictures were taken on August 2nd..which was...let me see... yes Friday.

Below we have a picture of Boudicca from the 31st. Didn't use any Boudicca pictures previously from this visit as they were essentially too dark but have recovered the one below. Pictures were taken close to 9PM as Boudicca began to move away...that's partially why they were too dark, but here we are with one shot anyway. Off to the Norwegian Fjords once more...

"Once more unto the fjords dear friends once more.."

We've got that Shakespeare guy worried Smiley

Community Regatta day today Sunday....
see the post below for schedule details.


Sunday, 4 August 2019 - 06:10
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