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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 611
  Jacqui, Dover

My son Adam took this with his new camera from his bedroom window. I think it's rather good.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 12:55
Post 610
  PaulB, Dover
Cracking pictures JohnSmiley
Great spot Kevin re HMS Tyne. Had a stab at getting some pix. Very long range though..will see if any good a bit laterSmiley

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 06:57
Post 609
  John Mavin, Dover
It's true what Paul says about shooting the moon and I've never trusted in-camera metering for these sorts of situations. This was taken handraulically using an old Weston meter I've had for forty years.

The second picure, from June 2010, is interesting because I don't think I've ever seen a full moon so low in the sky.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 21:47
Post 608
  JanT, Dover
Over the last few days some really great pictures, showing our lovely seafront and all that goes on, keep those cameras clicking chapsSmiley
And with this very pleasant spring like weather and the start of the cruise ships, really feels like summer is on its way.Smiley

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 19:03
Post 607
  Kevin Charles, Dover
The Royal Navy River class patrol ship, HMS Tyne, is currently off the Western Entrance.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 19:01
Post 606
  PaulB, Dover
These pictures are of last nights magnificent full moon. It rose early while there was still light so that helped with the shots. The moon is never very easy. But as the night wore on, down here at the lapping waters edge, it conjured up an eerie spooky feel...well shiver me timbers but I'm sure I saw Long John Silver walking the plank at one point...but it may have been a mirage, or an ethereal vision...or maybe that extra glass of...

Yes its great Kevin to see the kids getting all that marvellous local nautical training. Indeed one of them may well be on an MSC bridge one day before too long. Nice shot that Colette from your phone...but don't forget to get that nice camera of yours out too. The ship above is the Pride of Canterbury.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 17:28
Post 605
  ColetteB, Dover
Terrific photos guys of the MSC Magnifica, 95,000 tons + Blimey!!! Smiley
Like Kevin, I love the one with the sailing boats too, great shot there Mr B Smiley I was on my way back from Ashford late yesterday afternoon & as I came into Dover I couldn't resist driving along the seafront to see her. Jumped out of my car & took a shot but alas only had my mobile & it was too far away but here it is anyway. She will be back on the 25th so must remember my camera.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 13:41
Post 604
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great photos, Paul. I especially like the one with the sailing boats. With the great work of the sea sports centre and the new maritime skills academy up at Whitfield, some of those kids may well end up on the bridge of ships like the MSC Magnifica!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 08:09
Post 603
  PaulB, Dover
More on the MSC Magnifica. Nice picture in the post below there Kevin, took quite a few myself as she was leaving. The time was approximately a quarter to seven as she began to move away, and in nice but low evening sunlight too. As you say the views would have been quite spectacular from onboard. There were hundreds on the top deck enoying the visuals. As she moved off towards Amsterdam...the Sprit of Britain moved out into the channel also. Right on cue. It made a great sight as the day began to draw to a close. By the way...that P&O offer for a £23 day trip with 6 bottles of wine for FREE is still on...if you book by April 21.
You can travel up until the 9th may.

The picture below was taken earlier in the day monday and shows the kids training onboard their little sail boats. It gave me a chance to use the old classic Nikon ( in digital terms ) as everything else was charging...the curse of the modern era ! But what a mighty backdrop for the kids...the MSC Magnifica. You can see just how big she is in this particular shot.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 06:21
Post 602
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great to see MSC Magnifica back in Dover today. The passengers were certainly treated to some fine weather and her departure in the evening sun with the town, port, castle, and White Cliffs as backdrop must surely make Dover the most scenic UK cruise port!

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 19:41
Post 601
  PaulB, Dover
This is cruise liner number 3 this season but it is the first of the big players, the first of the heavy hitters. It is totally huge. Kevin mentions below that it weighs in at more than 90,000 tons ( update: 95,000 tons +) and of course is carrying masses of passengers, all eager to see both the local sights and the treasures further afield. Let us hope many stayed locally but as ever the ship was met by a large number of coaches.
The massive ship turned around on a tiny didnt appear to need a great deal of input from the tugboat Dauntless, and then reversed into its position at CT2. It was all accomplished with what appeared to be considerable ease...however yours truly wouldn't like to try reversing something on that scale. No Sirreee ! A wider view below as she reverses into position.
Wot a whopper ! Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 11:31
Post 600
  PaulB, Dover


BRIDGE strengthens links between Dover and Calais Smiley

With freight traffic between Dover and Calais expected to rise by 40% by 2030, the importance of strengthening the route between the two independent ports is currently the focus of cross-Channel collaboration and major investment.

Seeking to protect the long-term resilience of this internationally important trade link, described as a ‘European motorway of the sea’, the BRIDGE (Building the Resilience of International and Dependent Gateways in Europe) Project brings together the Port of Dover and Port of Calais.

Currently those two busiest Roll–on Roll–off (Ro-Ro) ferry terminals in Europe handle more than one third of RoRo cargo between the UK and continental Europe, representing goods worth more than 70 billion euros.

The BRIDGE Project, which aims to ensure that Dover and Calais are part of European efforts to create a fully integrated freight corridor combining road, rail and maritime transport and linking the UK with Northern France, Benelux and North-East Spain, was recently unveiled at a joint event held in the French port.

Calais Port 2015 sets out plans to increase capacity through the development of a new harbour, a new cross-Channel terminal with a further three cross-Channel berths and one Ro-Ro berth, and 80 hectares of new platforms. To handle the increased traffic, Calais, like Dover, is reorganising cross-Channel traffic flows and the road networks in and around the Port. Major investment being undertaken under the Calais 2015 banner also includes the development of a rail motorway terminal linking the Port in Nord-Pas de Calais with Perpignan in the south of France, enabling the transhipment of trailers between rail, road and ferry in the Port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:
“BRIDGE recognises that, by collaborating, we can complement each other and enhance the resilience of this international trade route. We connect the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with the continental mainland, so it is essential that Dover works closely with our opposite numbers in Calais. By developing efficient port facilities and transport connections on both sides of the Channel we will be perfectly placed to meet the needs of our customers, communities and strengthen the local economies.”

In the short term, the BRIDGE project will ensure that the two ports operate efficiently by adapting the berths to the highest technical standards of ship accommodation, as well as focussing on the enhancement of the local transport networks to improve the resilience of the trade route.

At the Port of Dover, three berths are being enhanced with two piers recently extended. To improve the short-term operational performance and safety on the Kent side of the English Channel, a further three major berths will be refurbished by 2015.

The ports of Dover and Calais, each recognised by the European Commission as strategically important, and designated as ‘core ports’ under the TEN-T network 2014-2020, have been working together on the BRIDGE Project.

During the event, and in the presence of their stakeholders and the Nord-Pas de Calais Council (as the owner of the Port of Calais), a Memorandum of Understanding between the two ports was signed by the Côte d'Opale Chamber of Commerce and Industry (as the port manager) and Dover Harbour Board.

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Thanks for that ace reminder Kevin. I have a tendency to forget what's coming where and when myself. Always great to get a tip off.
No sign of anything as I write.

Terrifically encouraging to see these new moves forward as shown in the press release above.

ADDED EXTRA: Cruise liner MSC Magnifica arrived into harbour at 07.25. Truly magnificent. We will have pictures later. Smiley

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 06:35
Post 599
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Just a quick reminder that the first of the big cruise ships of the season is due tomorrow, the MSC Magnifica. At over 90,000 tons and with 2,500 passengers, it should be a busy day for Dover!

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 09:26
Post 598
  PaulB, Dover
Very long range shot of the cargo ship Baltic Jasmine after she left Dover last night. Quality isn't great because of the range and the fading light but you can get the gist of the situation. Time of picture about 7.30pm in low yellowing light as the sun went down. You can see the pilot has just departed. The ship is just off South Foreland Lighthouse as a rough estimate at the time of picture.
The Baltic Jasmine was indeed heading for the Baltic and to the glorious St Petersburg in Russia in particular. Her slot here in the harbour has already been filled by yet another cargo ship. One in one out. Very busy. There is most definitely an urgent need for cargo facility development here in Dover... as per the Ports new avenue to potential growth and prosperity lies in wait, with regard to cargo development in particular.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 08:15
Post 597
  vic matcham, Dover
There you have it in photos, wait till we see the younger ones doing it .

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 12:17
Post 596
  PaulB, Dover
Kids on the Rocks!
The rest of the beach might be entirely empty but where the rocks are the kids will surely follow. The Norwegian rocky groynes are already weaving a strange spell on kids from everywhere. These particular kids look like students passing through. Of course in time they will become slippery...the rocks that is not the kids ! and the mighty sea may well claim the odd mobile phone or dampen the odd trainer.
Yes always plenty going on Howard, will be even more too once the cruise liners get into full swing. Yes indeed the patrol vessel cut a dash yesterday.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 07:21
Post 595
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
great photos of the harbour patrol boat paul, as you say there is never dull moment in our harbour.

people station themselves on the langdon cliffs, st martin's battery etc for hours on end to watch the action.

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 20:04
Post 594
  PaulB, Dover
The harbour patrol guys powering onto the scene earlier today. I think the pictures speak for themselves but it looks thrilling and spectacular.
Very busy boat that.. always plenty to do. There's never a dull moment here in Dover.

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 15:50
Post 593
  PaulB, Dover


- Up to 50% discount available on crossings between Dover and France

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has launched a trio of discounts for passengers to choose from, with discounts of up to 50% available on both the Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais crossings.

You can choose from the following discounts, which must be booked by 21 April, for travel between 7 April and 30 June 2014:
- 50% off sailings in both directions between 02:00 and 04:00
- 20% off sailings in both directions between 22:00 and 01.30
- 10% off all remaining sailings in both directions

Whether you’re looking to travel to Northern Europe by car with your family or friends or hit the open roads on your motorcycle, crossing the Channel with DFDS Seaways is the perfect way to start your journey.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments:
“We already offer passengers a choice of ferry routes from Dover to both Dunkirk and Calais and now we’re offering even more choice by introducing our new range of discounts - so you can choose what works best for your holiday! If you like to maximise your time away, take advantage of our 50% off discount and travel through the night to enjoy quieter roads, however if you’re looking for a more leisurely start to your trip, travel during the day and save 10% off crossing prices.”

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings per day between Dover and France, offering passengers a choice of departure times and flexibility. Passengers can relax onboard during the short crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop, let the kids play in the dedicated children’s areas or explore the ship’s deck and take in the sea air.

To find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235 to book.

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Fantastic collection of nauticals below there Ed...absolutely brilliant. Left them in pole position for as long as I could. When we look at those we can feel the salty spray on the wind and hear the yelp of the seagull on the wing. Great stuff! Some fantastic zooming there...I wonder if you have a new camera. They add wonderfully to the mix on here for sure...we are amazingly seen far and wide these days on Sea News too, more so since relaunch, never ceases to amaze. I guess its thanks to our solid positioning on the search engines Google and Bing ( just type in Sea News ) something that surprised me...but of course 'twas a very welcome surprise.


Friday, 11 April 2014 - 07:39
Post 592
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
you certainly never come up short with the photos ed along with many others here.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 23:12
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