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Easter Greetings to All. Top picture taken yesterday Easter Saturday looking across the Port of Dover at the rising sun.
The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

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Post 1116
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

2.3 MILLION TOURIST PASSENGERS passed through the Port of Dover this summer, making it a fantastic year for Europe’s leading ferry port with 2.5% extra passengers using the ferry services compared to last year...
...that's a thumbsup for sure! Smiley



To celebrate the last day of a successful summer, one lucky family on the Dover to Calais route was presented with a bottle of Champagne by Tim Waggott, Port of Dover’s Chief Executive.
David and Jenny Young and their two children from Bacup in Lancashire were heading off on holiday to the Paris region when they were presented with the bottle while waiting to board P&O Ferries’ Pride of Kent to France.

Picture shows left to right:
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive Port of Dover, David and Jenny Young, Andy Goss, P&O Ferries; and PC Paul Skinner, Port of Dover Police.

Tim Waggott was delighted to present the Champagne to a surprised Mr and Mrs Young.

“This has been a really strong summer for the Port of Dover’s ferry operations. We are seeing significant growth in the number of passengers using the ferry terminal and this year’s figures are even more satisfying as we continue the revitalisation of the port. Ferries from Dover have been creating the perfect start to family vacations in Europe for generations. It is great to see that they still are.”

The ferries in busy busy action above during the fantastic season for Dover.

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Good set of pictures below Mike. Good to see those. All the action there.
The Marina already in Port..arrived way too early for yours truly's camera. But hopefully will get some pix later.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 06:34
Post 1115
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB -
Thanks for the interesting Breakwater pix.

Tuesday morning the German tug BUGSIER-3 came downchannel & was escorted in thru the Western Entrance by the pilot boat & docked on Cruise-2.
She is still in port but has shifted off the cruise terminal to a berth nearer to the lighthouse.
Presumably to make way for the OCEANA MARINA on Wednesday morning on what I think is her first Dover visit.

The Border Agency’s VIGILANT sailed after a night alongside the DAVID CHURCH, preceded by Dover’s smallest 'ferry' the TOPLIFT, heading for the breakwater with a dumper truck.

I later noticed on AIS a second visiting tug - the DOCKMAN who sailed from the former Jetfoil Terminal & at 1900 she was north of Whitstable bound for the Medway, only doing 4 kts so maybe she is towing something.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 22:19
Post 1114
  PaulB, Dover
We are still powering ahead on the cargo front. Here we are with a selection of recent visits. Picture above shows the Columbian Star arriving on sunday evening in the low sun. This one waited and lingered offshore while the one below, the Schweiz Reefer, readied itself for departure. As soon as the Schweiz popped off the Columbian popped in. Ed mentioned about the Hellas Reefer in an earlier post, that it might be a first visit, not sure...but this one the Schweiz Reefer is a new one on me so could be another first visit. Onwards and upwards we go.
The Schweiz Reefer in the colourful late day sunshine. See also above....about to depart here for Hamburg.

Today saw the early arrival of this one...the Discovery Bay. Seen here being helped into position by the ever busy tugboats. You can also see some of the guys on the breakwater again in this picture. An extra pic below in close up...after these pix I can feel the salt sea spray and ocean going grit in every corpuscle..
....well, sort of !

Hi again Vic. Bet you wish you were out there on the breakwater with the lads.
Always good to hear about your hard working exploits.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 15:21
Post 1113
  vic matcham, dover
Again you are looking at more of my work I was just one of a gang that renewed and done repairs to hand rail and building out there some years ago.Smiley

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 07:12
Post 1112
  PaulB, Dover
Here are some pictures of the guys and indeed the boats working out there on the breakwater in the breezy weather. I am not entirely sure what's afoot out there but I guess its basically essential maintenance ahead of the winter turbulence. Much work has also been done on the harbour walls generally as we know, so it looks like a heavy maintenance schedule is in full swing throughout the Port.... anyway here we are with the pictures, they were taken just prior to the weekend..

Good spot that one below Phil. Keep your eye on the channel for any further excitements. Always welcome and thanks Howard as ever. Smiley
There was some good cargo ship activity in the harbour recently too, getting ever busier, pictures of those to follow in due course.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 07:01
Post 1111
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
This is the "Eugen Maersk" going down the channel yesterday, the world's longest containership at 400 metres long.

Photo by Phil Smith.

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 18:42
Post 1110
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for that info Mike...will keep watch. I have a few appointments on Wednesday but will keep watch when I can. Its great to get the tall ships where possible. in the pic above you can see Jantje as a speck this morning. This is the sailing vessel as featured currently at the top of page. I was actually photographing the strange sky when I noticed the sailing vessel. This was the sky as was, quite unusual, it isn't doctored other than brightened a tad ( yours truly doesnt have any of that fancy photoshop stuff ).
Just catching up with the Crystal Symphony, shown here prior to departure on...gosh forget which evening it was as I write...over the weekend anyway.

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 16:14
Post 1109
  Mike J., Dover
Tall Ships 2014 -

Currently down at Falmouth the fleet is expected to sail for Greenwich on 3rd.September.

Hopefully they'll take the Inshore Traffic Route & pass close to Dover.

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 09:54
Post 1108
  PaulB, Dover

I think we were all quite surprised to see the ballyhoo on Saturday evening surrounding The Holland America Line's Ryndam as she departed the Port here in Dover. But then in due course the penny dropped and it dawned on us that she was leaving here for good. It was the final goodbye. So a commonplace departure turned into a sad farewell to an old staple. She heads off to pastures new we understand.

it was a still but slate grey evening as she moved away. The tugboat Dauntless led the way out into the open sea spraying vigourously and high into the calm cool can see the beginning of proceedings in the picture below. The whole thing almost un-noticed on the Prince of Wales Pier..
Out into the open sea she goes below, almost posing for the last picture, while Richard Mahoney's White Cliffs Boat Tour trundles by in the foreground - with not too many takers in the cool sharp evening.

Monday, 1 September 2014 - 05:30
Post 1107
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the information girls. Great stuff! Smiley

Colette have added the latest post number to the top listing as per usual, we still have some good and fab ships coming which is a satisfying and exciting prospect.

Jacqui thanks for that. We have had a varying info re the Ryndam since but nothing seems clear. Whatever happens to the ship in future.. well it certainly now looks that Dover wont be part of that future. Will have pictures of the final departure in the morning.

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 18:18
Post 1106
  ColetteB, Dover
Yes Jacqui, it will be a great shame to lose the Ryndam in 2015 if that is the case Smiley

Fabulous looking cakes for MyFerryLink's 2nd Birthday, the French make great cakes, Marie Antoinette will be fuming Smiley
Happy Birthday MFL

And now for the September Cruise Schedule
Tomorrow 1st September the AIDAStella cruises back to CT2, TR, for the last time this year.
Tuesday 2nd the Saga Sapphire arrives back to CT1,TR.
Wednesday 3rd the Marina is back for a PoC at CT2, she was here in June this year.

Thursday 4th brings the Artania with a PoC at CT2, she was last here in August 2013, so a nice treat to see her again this year Smiley

Friday 5th the Saga Pearl 11 is back at CT1, TR.
Saturday 6th, another chance to see the MSC Magnifica at CT2, PoC. This is her last call this year.

Over the next two days 3 Costas cruise into Dover, starting on Sunday 7th, the Costa Pacifica arrives at CT2, PoC, last here in June this year.

Two arrive on Monday 8th, the Costa NeoRomantica at CT1 & the Costa Luminosa at CT2, both PoC's & last here in May this year. This is their last call this year. Enjoy!

No cruises on Tuesday & Wednesday. Be back then Smiley

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 14:31
Post 1105
  Jacqui Whatson, Dover
Paul I just looked at the Holland America website and although I'm no expert it does look as though Ryndam will be using Harwich for her future cruises. Shame because she's one of our regulars.

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 09:50
Post 1104
  PaulB, Dover
Just catching up here with some of the pictures. Back to the ever so exotic Sea Dream I again. Here she is approaching early on Saturday morning out of the blazing sun..ermm I say blazing sun but alas alas it blazed all too briefly. That tiny dot in the middle of things is the ship itself if you can spot it, so some fairly fierce zooming-in was required. So here we are...
The sea looks to be a tad choppy there but she looks good in her approach both in the pic above and below. Both pictures taken across the rooftops as it were. Lucky that there was no ferry in berth to spoil the view of the approach.
The Sea Dream was still trailing smoke as she left last evening but the situation doesn't look too problematic in the pictures above, got some pictures of her departure and also of the Ryndam departing with tugboat spray salute. I am still baffled as to why, somebody on Twitter said The Ryndam was departing Dover for the final time but I don't know how accurate that information is/was. Will have some pictures of it all anyway in due course...still in camera as I write and still not examined but should have some good ones. Hopefully.

ADDED: Crystal Symphony and Braemar in Port today.

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 05:16
Post 1103
  Mike J., Dover
Saturday - Seacat berth demolition continuing.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 23:30
Post 1102
  PaulB, Dover
Nice pictures lads - just been watching the Ryndam depart with tug spraying. Have the awful sinking feeling she may be leaving us for the last time.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 17:16
Post 1101
  Mike J., Dover
The SEADREAM-1 returned to Dover around 0800 Saturday morning, trailing her usual plume of smoke.

The RYNDAM had arrived earlier.

The first two photos are a slight ‘cheat’ & were taken on the SEADREAM's first arrival on 16/8.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 13:37
Post 1100
  Ed Connell, Dover
The little "multicat road-transportable multi-purpose workboat" Toplift working at the Southern breakwater at very high water with Spirit of Britain entering via Eastern and Pride of Kent departing by Western.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 13:23
Post 1099
  Ed Connell, Dover
Another cargoship I do not remember seeing in Dover before. Hellas Reefer berthed at the Dover Cargo Terminal last Sunday.

Kevin: Interesting provenance for the photo of HMS Illustrious. You are more than welcome to the original if you would like it, I was only interested in scanning it.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 13:09
Post 1098
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

We are running a little late with this one. But here we are with a big well done to them..Smiley

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It’s a piece of cake: MyFerryLink celebrates 2nd birthday Smiley

Passengers onboard MyFerryLink’s fleet were treated to cake and free gifts last Wednesday, 20 August as the French ferry company celebrated its second birthday. The cakes had been specially created onboard by their pastry chefs and were devoured with great enthusiasm by passengers on the ferries. Customers who weren’t travelling on MyFerryLink’s birthday were included in the activities with a highly successful birthday special offer sale.

UK Managing Director, Robin Wilkins said the company certainly has reasons to celebrate: “MyFerryLink is going from strength to strength with excellent customer feedback and a really strong performance. On our first day of operation, 20 August 2012 we carried 230 passengers; one year later in 2013 we carried 5,476 passengers and this year on 20 August, our second birthday, the figure had increased to 7,341. We have had a highly successful summer this year and would like to thank all of those people who have chosen to travel with us in our first two years of operation.”

20 August 2012: 13 trucks - 64 cars & other vehicles - 230 passengers
20 August 2013: 1,135 trucks – 1,327 cars & other vehicles – 5,476 passengers
20 August 2014: 1,329 trucks – 1,968 cars & other vehicles – 7,341 passengers

To find the best fares or for more information, visit or call 0844 2482 100

The Berlioz above and finally the Rodin.
Another Birthday! Smiley


ADDED: SEA DREAM and RYNDAM in today. Another double header. Enjoy!

Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 06:52
Post 1097
  ColetteB, Dover

Well I Never!!!

Happy First Birthday to the Great Sea News SmileySmileySmiley
Well Done MrB & all the many contributors. It's jam-packed with awesome seafaring news & photos, LUVIT!
Onwards & Upwards!!! Smiley

Friday, 29 August 2014 - 14:26
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