Saturday, 14 December 2019

Sea Pictures from Dover....

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: New CARGO TERMINAL opens for business see 6688....
Christmas Spectacular Event at the Port 6648... Port Fundraise Record 6659.
MP Charlie Elphicke moving aside for wife..see 6646. Wife Natalie Elected 6694.
P&O: St Richards School trip to Calais for 6 year olds see 6630. New Apprentices 6662. AWARD SUCCESS 6681.
DFDS: Contract Cancelled see 6626. New Apprenticeships 6650. WORLD'S BEST see 6676.

P&O Ferries Choir dates for Christmas... see 6693.

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Post 6676
  Sea News, Dover

DFDS named World’s Best Ferry Operator for ninth consecutive year

Ferry operator DFDS scooped the title of ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the ninth year in a row at the World Travel Awards recently.

The awards, which are known as the travel industry’s Oscars, were handed out at a gala ceremony at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. They reward leaders in the tourism, airline, cruise and ferry, and hotel and hospitality sectors around the world. Winners are selected through an online poll involving members of the public and thousands of travel and tourism professionals.

Pete Akerman, Passenger Marketing Director at DFDS, said: "It’s an honour to be recognised as the World’s Leading Ferry Operator for a ninth year, showing the consistent quality of the services that we offer to passengers from around the world.

"We are proud of our record of providing an excellent customer experience across our route network, whether passengers are looking for a relaxing start to their holiday, a fun weekend away, or a comfortable and affordable way to get to their destination."

DFDS operates one of the largest networks of passenger and freight ferry routes in and around Europe. Its UK ferry services run from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, from Newhaven to Dieppe and from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Its pan-European services include routes from Copenhagen to Oslo, from Kiel or Karlshamn to Klaipeda, and from Paldiski to Hanko and Kapellskär.

The company will introduce a new ship, the Côte D’Opale, on its Dover to Calais route in summer 2021. It will be the longest ship on the Channel and will carry 1,000 passengers and crew. The ship will offer new, modern restaurant concepts and the largest shopping experience on the Channel.

Artists Impression: Cote D'Opale


Congratulations to DFDS...
Many thanks once again to the DFDS Media Team for the info there. Smiley

While we are talking about all things we are with some pictures from the past. Just came across these in the files and sure..Who can resist a stroll down memory lane?
We feature here the DFDS ferry Dieppe Seaways with differing colour schemes.

... in 2012 just outside the Port of Dover

and in 2014 just outside the Port of Calais... featuring the ever popular Calais Beach.

Dieppe Seaways

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Dublin Port Pilot Boat....DPC Tolka. Named no doubt after Dublin's River rang a bell! Smiley
she paid a fleeting flying visit here to Dover on...let me see...yes Thursday.
Looking good....
DPC Tolka at the Port of Dover.

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Thanks Del, glad you enjoyed that one...
will aim for some more dramatic morning shots as we amble through winter. Smiley



Monday, 2 December 2019 - 06:04
Post 6675
  Del Styan, Norwich
Great pic of clouds over Calais. Well done.

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - 22:44
Post 6674
  Sea News, Dover
The final shots of grain ship Hendrika Margaretha

These final pictures of Hendrika Margaretha are from late-in-the-day Friday...the swirling grain dust just catching the weak late day sun. You can see the hold of the ship open wide for all comers. The grain truck unloading is one of the trucks featured in our pictures yesterday...the Weald Granary truck finally got its turn. The ship left the Port later the same day...

A picture below from a few days ago shows Border Force Seeker powering towards the Port through the grey seas... always a re-assuring sight.

Border Force SEEKER.

SmileyThe lovely Christmas Event at the Port...the White Cliffs Christmas... starts in earnest today Dec 1St...type in 6648 in our Search Engine Box above and the full details will pop up for you. Very exciting... Entry and Car Parking is FREE which makes it even more exciting! Smiley

ps: will have some pictures of the brief stay Dublin Pilot Boat tomorrow.

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - 06:36
Post 6673
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there of Hendrika Margaretha once again and the ongoing truck discharging at pier WD4. You can already see this is a very popular new asset for the Port ...look at those grain trucks lined up there...

Hendrika left the Port last night.

While photographing the above, the Sand Falcon came in close to Port...I think we have featured this one before off top of head, it should be in the Search Engine. The pic isn't super clear but...


Saturday, 30 November 2019 - 07:47
Post 6672
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above was taken about a week ago...looking across the channel to the very heavy cloud hanging over Calais...while at the same time the colourful sky and sun struggles to burst through. All natural pic. Its normally a great time of year for sunrises but this time around we have struggled with too much rain... rain rain go away come back again another....etc etc.

The picture below from yesterday shows another ship at the all new pier WD4, This time its...and lets see if I get this right...Hendrika Margaretha
...and here we are...

A first visit for Hendrika there... obviously a grain ship. Late in the day yesterday there were quite a substantial amount of grain trucks queuing up delivering. Will aim to get a few more shots on this...


Friday, 29 November 2019 - 07:23
Post 6671
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of the relatively new regular reefer...Star Stratos...
Here she is on Monday readying for departure having just left the Cargo Terminal...and indeed eventually departing, she is seen here as she begins her journey to Vlissingen in the Netherlands...the regular destination for many...
Star Stratos

Star Stratos.

The tug, seen peeling away in the final two shots there, was heading back to the Cargo Terminal, or in actual fact to help move Pacific Reefer from the Eastern Arm where she had been waiting, directly to the Cargo Terminal. Very busy down there once again.


Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 06:37
Post 6670
  Sea News, Dover

Clocking on to Christmas Time at Deal Pier

Time and tide wait for no one so the saying goes, so it’s good news that Deal Pier has a brand new clock! Installed as part of the £1m revamp of the popular local attraction, the bespoke art-deco style clock was manufactured by Smith of Derby, clockmakers since 1856, and has been installed at the entrance to the pier.

Along with the new clock, the entrance to the pier also now features a new digital media screen which will have a showreel of the pier’s history along with information on the Deal Pier Kitchen eaterie, local weather, tide and fishing information, and promoting local tourist attractions.

Adding a festive cheer to the pier this year, Dover District Council has also unveiled an 18ft Christmas tree on the pier apron. The lights were switched-on Friday (22 November) to coincide with the town’s Christmas lights event organised by the Deal & Walmer Chamber of Trade.

The next stage of the refurbishment works will include the installation of new LED lights along the full length of the pier in the New Year.

Roger Walton, Strategic Director at Dover District Council, said: "Deal Pier is a key focal point for the local community so the new clock is a perfect addition. We hope everyone enjoys the Christmas tree."


Thanks to the media team at Dover District Council for the above.Smiley

As mentioned briefly ship AIDAmar called into Port yesterday tuesday. The visit was scheduled, but it is still something of a jaw dropping moment to see a cruise liner this late in the year. She arrived in the dark and left in the dark
...but as ever, with a bounding bravura we tackled the picture problem that the darkness presents...Smiley

And here we are...

Yes...AIDAmar with the help of the tugs, moves astern with lights ablaze towards Cruise Terminal Two in the shots above. She left again around 7pm...the ship is on a 13 day one way trip from Hamburg to Majorca.

Also in port we have general cargo ship EEMS Dollard at the new pier WD5... limited visibility so just able to catch the 'rear end' here... hopefully more pictures later... high tide needed for this one..



Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 07:43
Post 6669
  Sea News, Dover

We just caught the Lifeboat powering out of harbour on Sunday morning...time of first shot above there is 09.33. We have a bonus in the first pic above...because to the left we see the Border Force rib hurtling off out into action also, to the right a fisherman's boat returns to Port after an early morning sojourn in the choppy seas... these pictures taken shortly after the pictures of Royal Charlotte in the previous post....

Dover Lifeboat in action.

For Lifeboat guys everywhere. Smiley
Mesmerised to see a big cruise ship outside the 'observation tower' window very early this morning
...AIDAmar a blaze of light through the darkness.
The final ship...


Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 07:24
Post 6668
  Sea News, Dover

A picture above there from yesterday morning Sunday (08.36) of fishing boat Royal Charlotte...the sea was difficult as you can see...and the boat was doing some considerable rolling. As the guys were just outside the Port yours truly thought they might give up and return...but no they carried on with a steely determination as you can see in Picture 3.

Picture 2 below is a crop/enlargement of the top picture in an effort to show clarity however not sure it improves clarity as the quality is fairly poor on the enlargement.

We have some Lifeboat shots in the pipeline taken at roughly the same time...they just need a bit of work and a bit of resizing to fit etc watch for those...
We have featured Royal Charlotte before, you can find her via our Search Engine above.


Monday, 25 November 2019 - 07:33
Post 6667
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of Border Force Seeker as she sets out on a benign recent from just a few days ago... 'twas benign weatherwise as you can see, but the vessel's busy role is anything but tranquil .. and goes on...
the little boat below is called Y Knot and sure... why not!!?

Although the colour changes significantly above there in the few pictures, they were actually taken at the same time...the bottom two as she turned away from the light just outside the harbour...odd..

Back to the Air Ambulance
Yes another shot of the Air Ambulance helicopter there as she approaches Dover Castle earlier in the week...just noting the large gun at the bottom left of pic. They fire this one off from time to time to mark significant occasions...and it makes one heck of a thunderous bang I can tell you. It doesn't half rattle the rafters in the roof around here, and at one time yours truly's Ming Vase fell off the mantlepiece with the vibration...fortunately it landed on a cushion...SmileySmiley


Sunday, 24 November 2019 - 06:12
Post 6666
  Sea News, Dover

Dover Sunrise:

A couple of extra 'gloomy' sunrise pictures designed to run in harmony with the picture currently at top of page. Meant to use them earlier in the week but with one thing and another...Pictures taken about a week ago...all natural, nature doing the work.

An enjoyable 'Famous Five' from Ted below, very interesting post indeed. Don't miss those pix. Smiley


Friday, 22 November 2019 - 07:44
Post 6665
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five liners from the past"
The Cunard liner CARONIA......Looks familiar....Later became the SAGA RUBY.

The SAGA ROSE sister ship to the SAGA RUBY.

The PRINSENDAM. Recently sold and renamed AMERA.

The BRAEMAR just before she was lengthened in a dry dock at Hamburg.

The BLACK PRINCE. a former North Sea ferry.One of Freds early cruise ships.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 16:59
Post 6664
  Sea News, Dover

"Smoke on the water...Fire in the sky"
Well not exactly but this exciting phenomenon is quite rare...yet nature put on this foggy display for our delight and delectation on Tuesday morning. Not that early either so easily see-able. Time of first shot above 07.53. That picture looking more into the sun so showing a tad more 'fire'...below looking a smidgen further westward.
Fog on the water...

Just caught Elvira departing for Vlissingen on same day, just got the one pic before she disappeared from immediate view..

Just came across this one below again recently. I took the pic a few years ago but recently spotted it on Google...had forgotten all about it. But here is Elvira again and in very rough weather, and here's the thing... in the very same spot...just a-coming rather than a-going..
Rough weather in Dover...

Nice collection below from Mike...don't miss those pix showing some of the Border Force team ..Smiley


Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 07:10
Post 6663
  Mike J., Dover
On 18/11 three Border Force patrol vessels were noticed in the Tidal Basin, with the NIMROD joining the SPEEDWELL & HUNTER.
All three remained alongside on Wednesday.

The NIMROD was last noted in Dover almost a year ago [post 5938 when again three PVs were in port].

Crewmembers that I met were understandably a little cagey about whether all three were to remain in Dover

On the same day I noticed that the ALERT had left the boatyard where she had been blocked-up for some time.
Neither her or the NIMROD had their AIS switched-on, so it wasn't possible to see their recent movements.

The odd shapes & colours in the smart chromed nameboard are reflections of 'stuff' in the Tidal Basin.


Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 02:55
Post 6662
  Sea News, Dover



After receiving a record number of over 180 applications, ten new recruits have been selected to join P&O Ferries apprenticeship scheme - the two-year course commences this month.

The trainees, aged between 18 and 26, come from a variety of backgrounds in Kent, including a former railway worker, security guard, retail supervisor and two P&O Ferries stewards.

Seven members of the group are in training to become Deck Ratings and three members as Engine Ratings, with the course resulting in a SQA Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies, certified by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

The full group are employed on a 'Shoreside Learning Contract', meaning that they will split their time between the classroom and at sea. They will spend three one-month periods at the National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College learning essential skills, which they will then put into practice on board. While at sea, the trainees will gain additional insight from former apprentices who are now in full-time employment with P&O Ferries, as well as individuals from the operators officer cadet programme.

Commenting on the programme, trainee Blaze Robson-Davis, aged 19, said, "My family has a seafaring background and recommended it to me. It is a good life and you get to see a lot of the world at the same time which really appealed to me."

Fellow apprentice, James Goudie, aged 25, added, "What attracted me to apply is the fact that P&O Ferries put your career progression first and the apprenticeship offers a better salary than I would have been able to get elsewhere. I cant wait to be on board."

Mike Willis, Learning and Development Advisor at P&O Ferries, said: "We received a huge amount of interest in our scheme this year and are pleased to welcome our new apprentices to the P&O Ferries family. Our scheme is geared to set individuals up for life, which is reflected through the quality of training we provide and the significant investment we place in each persons progression."

P&O Ferries launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2014 and has since welcomed four successful cohorts to its Dover to Calais route.

Applications for the next apprenticeship scheme open next summer....
To register for job alerts visit

Image above:
The P&O Ferries 2019 Apprenticeship Intake:
Front row (L to R): Stefan Palmer, Joel Venner, Ryan Sarahs, Blaze Robson-Davis and Alex Roberts
Back row (L to R): Jack Marsh, Liam Care, Jordon Newport, James Goudie and Jack Smith

P&O Ferries...
The Spirit of Britain above and below...
with the addition of Border Force Vigilant...ever vigilant...


Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the top picture and for the information.
A nice shot of the lads there...good luck to them.



Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 06:10
Post 6661
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above shows Elvira just after arriving in Port last evening...just catching the late-in-the-day glow of sunlight. She is moving gently and elegantly towards the Cargo Terminal...both tugs lending assistance, one out of shot. She is not scheduled to stay here in Dover for long... will be on her way to Vlissingen shortly, having arrived here from Paramaribo.

Winding back the clock to earlier yesterday, time of first shot 09.53, and we see the Air Ambulance approaching Dover Castle...

The helicopter cant have been on the ground for more than 7 to 10 minutes...then she was off again in the picture below...moving away westward over the Castle. As of yet I haven't been able to find any further info relating to the visit.

Nice pictures and info below..always good to see Seeker up close..Smiley


Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 06:12
Post 6660
  Cyril Jackson, Dover
Arrival of Border Force cutter SEEKER returning to her berth at Ramsgate on 16/11.

Impressive & good-looking vessels, the ‘gun’ on the foredeck is not what it seems, it is in fact a fire-fighting ‘monitor’

So if WW3 breaks out SEEKER won’t be able to blast our enemies out of the water, but will at least be able to give them a good soaking.

In Dover on Monday, Border Force patrol vessels SPEEDWELL & HUNTER had been joined by NIMROD.

ALERT, blocked-up in the boatyard for some weeks [post 6596], has left Dover for an unknown destination & is not showing on AIS.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 02:21
Post 6659
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover breaks fundraising record at this year’s Regatta

The Port is delighted to announce that the 2019 Port of Dover Community Regatta raised a total of £7,500 for charity; the largest amount it has ever generated. This year’s event attracted around 10,000 people to the beach and town in one day.

For the first time, the funds have been split between three local charities chosen by the Port – Dover SmART Project, Pegasus Playscheme and Wetwheels. Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, and Amanda Stewart, event manager for the Regatta presented the three charities with their cheques this week.

Amanda Stewart, Senior Property Executive at the Port of Dover said:
"The Regatta is such a fun and lively event, bringing the local community together every summer to enjoy the very best that the seafront has to offer. We always aim for the event to be even more successful every year, so I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve reached our fundraising record. Most importantly, we are able to spread the funds across three really important charities within the local area."

The Regatta celebrated its 7th year on 4th August 2019, with a huge, energetic program which was the biggest yet. For the first time ever, the Port hosted an Open Air Cinema screening of The Greatest Showman on the beach at dusk. Other highlights were a giant inflatable assault course, a 7.5 metre high climbing wall and Segway’s, plus the much-anticipated Community Raft Race. All funds raised from the event were donated to charity.

Dawn Maddison, Founder of Dover SmART Project said:
"The Smart Project is absolutely delighted to have received such an amazing donation. For us as a small local charity, this will have a huge impact and enable us to keep supporting our community."

Sue Clark, Chairman of Pegasus Playscheme said:
"This will be our starting block for 2020 and will help us so much. We are extremely grateful and proud of our town."

James Salmon, Director of Wetwheels added:
"We will dedicate this money towards themed Wetwheels experiences in 2020 that are aimed at the local Dover community; enabling disabled and disadvantaged people to experience the thrill of powerboating and our beautiful White Cliffs of Dover coastline."

The Port has recently announced that the 2020 Community Regatta will be on Sunday 9th August .


Excellent news above there...truly great to see those charities benefitting.Smiley

PaulB .. Interesting collection from Ramsgate below from Mike...don't miss those! Smiley

Monday, 18 November 2019 - 07:15
Post 6658
  Mike J., Dover
A quick visit to Ramsgate on Saturday morning found a couple of interesting vessels amongst the usual windcats & other 'residents'

The workboat FORTH TROJAN was on the Commercial Quay, having come in from Eemshaven & was still alongside on Sunday night.

The large windcat CWIND FULMAR was on the visitor's pontoon but later moved to tie up amongst the other windcats in the centre of the Outer Harbour.

Estuary Services Ltd's pilotboats ESTUARY ELAN & ESTUARY LEADER awaited their next call of duty.

My departure from Ramsgate was delayed a little with the lucky arrival of the Border Force cutter SEEKER.

Monday, 18 November 2019 - 01:32
Post 6657
  Sea News, Dover

Border Force Seeker:

These pictures were taken on Friday at midday and you can see how rough it is/was out there. Border Force Seeker was powering through at speed from west to east, the vessel always ready to deal, from one minute to the next, with possible further emergencies … its ongoing...

From the BBC

Two boats carrying 17 suspected migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast. Border Force said it was alerted to one of the dinghies in the Channel at 22:40 GMT on Thursday and the other at 00:15 GMT on Friday.

Eleven Iranian and Iraqi men, and a boy were onboard the first boat and five Iranian men were on the second.

Eight boats carrying more than 90 migrants have crossed the Channel since 8 November.


So the alert for the Border Force goes on. The sea was terribly rough...not the weather for potentially lethal dinghy crossings.
UPDATE: We understand a further three migrant boats were intercepted today SUNDAY...the weather was a tad easier today, easier than in the pictures shown here from Friday.

Yours truly tried zooming in below but it didn't work. The picture is poor, debated whether to incude it...but it conjures up the rough day in its own way... Time of first picture 12.15 Friday.


Sunday, 17 November 2019 - 07:37
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