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Rowers - cold sunday...

Listing highlights....
P&O: Britain's Favourite see 5922.
DFDS: Voted Worlds Leading Ferry Operator...see 5918..
Charlie Elphicke MP: Migrant Crisis 5894.
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.
White Cliffs Ice Christmas at Port 5852.

Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881, 5882 ...
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.
DFDS: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 5831.
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812. see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.

Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.

DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.

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Post 1062
  vic matcham, dover
Thanks Paul sorry to say that does not work .
And the guns going off might have been army training.

Monday, 18 August 2014 - 10:43
Post 1061
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

THE MYFERRYLINK BIRTHDAY FLASH SALE – ALL crossings available for £19 (save a minimum of 46%) for one day only

18 August 2014 - Dover-Calais ferry operator MyFerryLink is celebrating its 2nd birthday with a one day (24 hour) sale on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

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Monday, 18 August 2014 - 10:07
Post 1060
  PaulB, Dover
Hello Vic, I don't know as yet if the Lifeboat was called out, but I don't think they fire the gun off any more. They used to do it from the clock tower with earth shattering effect to the ear drums. Nowadays I think technology has taken over and they call the guys with pagers or mobile phones...bit less exciting but there we are...

Try pressing Ctrl and F5 at the same time on your keyboard and that will reload the page, hopefully to good effect, and all the pictures should come up. If that doesn't work let me know and we can ask technical guru Chris Tutthill himself what he recommends.

Monday, 18 August 2014 - 08:06
Post 1059
  vic matcham, Dover
Please can you tell me if the lifeboat was called out last night as we heard the guns going off 3 times, Thank you,
Also I am not getting a full photo up and can you tell me why?and what I can do about it,? Thank you for any help,

Monday, 18 August 2014 - 07:50
Post 1058
  PaulB, Dover
The weather got very rough again yesterday and we had the tugs in operation once again helping the ferries dock. Got these pictures around about 4pm when it was particularly rough just outside the harbour as the ferries began their journey towards France. It was a good bracing day for the passengers with lots of blustery fresh air to chase away life's cobwebs.

The pictures were taken over the long range in a sort of weak and watery sunlight, but they show the conditions. The ferries featured are the DFDS Dieppe Seaways and the Spirit of Britain. Incidently the Spirit was docking here bow first yesterday for some reason. Wonder if it is still suffering some fallout from the recent minor mishap.

It was a busy cargo day yesterday Sunday. This first picture below shows a cargo ship called the Swedish Reefer, don't think I remember this one before so it was very interesting to see. A tad earlier the Costa Rican Star made her way off and the Swedish Reefer took the slot. The cargo bay was in full blazing floodlit operation way past 10pm last night. It never sleeps by the looks of it.

Yes Ray the Sea Dream did seem to put up a bit of a smoke trail...we will be able to have a further look when she returns on the 30th of August. We have some pictures too of the Crystal Symphony leaving last evening which will follow in due course.
Today the AIDA Cara is back in harbour..and the Saga Pearl is due..
Twas a hectic time for activity and pictures over the weekend and so it continues, lots happening in and around the Port of Dover...

Monday, 18 August 2014 - 06:27
Post 1057
  Ray, Dover
Nice photos of the recent visitors to the Harbour tis a shame though that the Sea Dream seems to be trying its best to lay a smoke trail wherever it sails.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 - 12:48
Post 1056
  PaulB, Dover
Worthwhile adding another couple of pictures of the luxury super yacht Sea Dream I. Picture above shows her departing on a busy sun-kissed Saturday evening..heading for Ostend. She cuts a mean dash as she powers through the briny blue. She was a very welcome visitor here in Dover for sure, quite exciting for the cameras. Have many more pictures available but we will settle on these two. The one below is an extra one of her early arrival. Now that she has departed for foreign shores we will have to put any thoughts of caviar and gin slings on hold ...
Today and already ensconced as we write, we have the Crystal Symphony in harbour.
Also due in is the Braemar, so today we have another double header.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 - 06:09
Post 1055
  ColetteB, Dover
Great photos guys of the last couple of day's cruises Smiley

Good to see the ever so glamourous SeaDream 1, cavier & gin slings MrB, now you're talking Smiley

Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 20:01
Post 1054
  PaulB, Dover
The exciting and very glamourous Sea Dream I arriving here with us in Dover Harbour just a few minutes ago as I write ( 08.10). One wouldn't say no to a gin sling on the foredeck of that one...perhaps with just an ever-so-small dollop of caviar...

A couple of pictures of the colourful departures late last evening...

The Saga Pearl II turns in the inner harbour and is illuminated by a shaft of golden light from on high. Right next to it is the AIDA Luna which didn't go out until it was quite darkish. Earlier, in the pic below at around 19.00 or 7.00pm, the MV Azores made its way out into the open sea with France all aglow in the background enjoying the evening sun.

Well done with those ones below Mike. Great stuff!
A good reminder that one Colette...had forgotten for the moment.

Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 08:11
Post 1053
  Mike J., Dover

Another view of the AZORES, the first of today's visitors.

Whilst the AIDALUNA was swinging before berthing on Cruise-2 Trinity House's ALERT sneaked out under her stern after spending the night alongside the DAVID CHURCH.

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 21:30
Post 1052
  ColetteB, Dover
A Reminder:
Don't miss the inaugural visit of the luxurious SeaDream1 tomorrow at CT1 SmileySmiley

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 17:11
Post 1051
  ColetteB, Dover
Beautiful photo there of DFDS Seaways with the lovely sandy beach of Calais

I will have to bag myself one of those terrific DFDS deals in September & with free wine too, Luvit!!! Rather fancy the France Gourmet week Smiley

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 15:45
Post 1050
  PaulB, Dover

Well done Kevin, you got them covered there. Frantically busy this morning. Great to see three ships at once and all looking splendid. It greyed over very quickly but before it did I snapped the pictures above as two of the three ships approached. The other one escaped !! Smiley.
Here we have the larger AIDA Luna and the Saga Pearl II approaching at long distance out of the early blazing sun. The sun vanished soon after.

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 11:06
Post 1049
  Kevin Charles, Dover
It's a three ship Friday at Dover Cruise Port, providing an interesting contrast in cruise ship design! We have the 60 year old Azores, with the Saga Pearl II, and the modern look of AIDAluna. Great sight in the harbour.

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 07:43
Post 1048
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

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Thanks guys re the Lifeboat pictures, yes certainly is a tough game especially when the sea is rough like that.
RE UPDATE BELOW:Thanks for that update we have a triple header today ..three cruise liners in all at once. Great stuff. AIDA Luna, MV Azores, Saga Pearl II. Plenty there for the cameras.

We have added the picture above to the DFDS press release, it shows the Dieppe Seaways in full flow with Calais Beach in the foreground. Many thanks to DFDS Seaways for the information as ever. A great deal for sure. Oh we love FREE WINE !

Friday, 15 August 2014 - 06:24
Post 1047
  ColetteB, Dover

Cruise update for tomorrow Friday 15th August.
In addition to the AIDALuna & the Saga Pearl 11, the MV Azores will be at AP3, TR. She was last here in Dover in April this year Smiley

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 22:32
Post 1046
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Great shots of our lifeboat in action, to think people volunteer to go out in seas like that.

Steve Ladner of the BBC is one of them.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 18:54
Post 1045
  PaulB, Dover
The AIDA Cara arriving above...first visit for quite a while. Also due in shortly is the Saga Sapphire so we have a double header today.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 08:21
Post 1044
  Mike J., Dover
The DOCKWISE VANGUARD passed Dover about 0330 in darkness. a pity as it would have been quite a sight, carrying part of an oil rig.

By 0700 she was well down-channel, approaching Beachy Head.

Excellent lifeboat pix !

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 07:11
Post 1043
  PaulB, Dover
Here we have a set of pictures of the Lifeboat in action on Tuesday evening. They were taken at roughly the same time as the picture of HMS Mersey just below. The quality is poorish as the evening was drawing in and the distance was long, but thought them to be worth showing. Although for most part Tuesday was a sunny day, after Bertha had passed through, the sea however remained rough tough and turbulent.

Worth reminding ourselves that these guys are volunteers..whoosh! It seems they went to the aid of one of those Channel Swimming support vessels of all things. If we get a press release in due course we will be able to confirm that. Never a dull moment for the guys from the RNLI.

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Mike am hoping to see the lifting sign as yet and the Veendijk must have slipped away in the night. No pictures of that one.
Yes indeed on another picture it does show the Royal Navy ship to be P283. Therefore HMS Mersey it is.
Welcome Nigel..our message is going out far and wide Smiley
Thanks for that Vic. A very long range shot so the small flag may just not be visible over the distance.

Cruise Liner approaching: the AIDA Cara.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 06:16
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