Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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Mike J., Dover
After PaulB's super photo of the RYNDAM's arrival in that strange yellowy light Saturday morning [there was a line of denser yellow muck on the horizon as well] here's a view of her sailing for Copenhagen via the Eastern Entrance at about 1700.
If I'd not run out of memory at the crucial moment the photo here would not have had a ship sticking out of the RYNDAM's funnel !
Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 10:45
Ed Connell, Dover
One of our regular visitors, Saga Sapphire, has had an electrical switchboard fire. Item below from the BBC News website:
A cruise liner with 1,008 passengers and crew on board is stranded off the Isle of Mull after an electrical fire. An emergency was declared on the Saga Sapphire when the fire broke out at about 10:00 on Friday, knocking out the ship's power supply. Coastguard crews provided support while the ship's own crew dealt with the problem. The liner was expected to resume its voyage on Saturday following repairs. There were no reports of injuries. Saga Holidays UK tweeted: "The ship is currently anchored, in fine weather, off the Isle of Mull whilst the damaged electrical panel is repaired and tested. "Our priority is always to make sure our passengers and crew are safe and well."
Further to Paul's photo of the old lifeboat "William & Kate Johnston" below. She was one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk and is seen here in the Dunkerque approach channel during the Operation Dynamo commemorations a few years ago.
Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 10:32
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
DOVER MARINA OPEN DAY .. pictures..
This is a nice event with room to grow in the future should demand be there. On hand to support it yesterday Saturday were District Councillors both past and present and all enjoying the atmosphere and the blinding sunlight.. left to right...Wayne Elliot, Jan Tranter former Mayor of Dover, Adrian Friend, Trevor Bond. Trevor Bond was also there in his capacity as General Manager of the Dover Marina Hotel...which had delicious food aplenty...as did the Hythe Bay Restaurant also on the dock. Maybe some tables and chairs next year might be good..so yours truly can sit down and tuck in
This is a pic of the rather special old lifeboat dating from 1923, the William and Kate Johnston, which had moved around the dock to join in. In the background you can see the cruise liner Ryndam. The local hotels were doing great business the previous night with many passengers waiting to join their ship...all good news for the town's economy.
Further info re the William and Kate Johnston...
"THE WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON.
William & Kate Johnston, which is listed on the United Kingdom's National Register of Historic Vessels, was launched in 1923. She was designed as a prototype lifeboat by James R. Barnett, Consulting Naval Architect to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. She was built, with double diagonal teak hull, by J. Samuel White and Co. at Cowes. At the time of her launch she was the largest lifeboat in the world. Length: 60 ft; Bre. 15 ft; Displacement 44.5 tons; cruising speed 9 knots; cruising radius 200 nautical miles."
As we understand it she is currently being restored to full potential. Looks great !
Always good to see the kids enjoying their sailing here in Dover. They were a tad becalmed yesterday but nevertheless all were enjoying it immensely.
'Twas excellent weather overall for a great day out, whether for sailing or strolling.
Some hard working vessels here, always a pleasure picturing these guys, sometimes in the teeth of the action and sometimes just laying up at rest as shown above. Dover Castle adding to the backdrop here, that's her atop the hill in the distance. The Lifeboat was open to visitors.
Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 07:16
This picture is from about 30 minutes ago as I write...it shows the Ryndam approaching the harbour for yet another exciting visit. Always good to see our regular familiar visitors here in Dover, this time we see her outside the harbour approaching against a dramatically colourful early morning background.
Last night the fabulous Norwegian Star began drifting off about 7pm. She had a very successful visit, depositing many passengers in and around the town, always great to see that and very welcome they are. Quite a striking ship, she looked magnificent moving off last evening...heading to Helsingborg in Sweden.
Ahhh..so many exotic locations...so little time...
Back down to earth with our regular workboat Diana. The survey vessel was back in action yesterday going hither and tither up and down and across the harbour. Photograph taken at the moment the crew seemed to find something out of the ordinary...lets hope in wasn't too unpalatable...not something from...the deep..
not a prehistoric but vitriolic shark, no of course not !
Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 06:51
howard mcsweeney, dover
Congratulations to Jamie and Jason who will contribute to the future of the port.
I think these apprenticeship schemes are the way forward and contradict the mantra of today's youth wanting to lie in bed until noon.
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 21:33
Ed Connell, Dover
Yes indeed, as Mike says the Type 23 frigate was HMS Richmond. The aforementioned HMS Northumberland is about to depart from Plymouth quote:
"HMS NORTHUMBERLAND has completed final preparations and is now ready to deploy on a seven-month voyage policing crucial international maritime trade routes. The Type 23 frigate leaves Plymouth on Monday morning (19th May) to relieve her sister ship HMS SOMERSET after her six-months patrol helping to keep the sea lanes open and clamping down on illegal activity in the region. The ship has conducted visits round the UK, including to her affiliated county of Northumberland and carried out trials and the normal operational sea training programme under Flag Officer Sea Training.
HMS NORTHUMBERLAND is now to deploy as part of the Royal Navy's standing commitment in the Middle East, providing reassurance to the UK's allies in the region, policing busy shipping lanes and carrying out maritime security and counter-piracy patrols."
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 14:50
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Commitment to community and training sees Port of Dover shortlisted...
An ongoing commitment to the local community and the development of a skilled local workforce has seen the Port of Dover shortlisted as finalist in two categories in the county’s leading business awards.
The Port of Dover has been shortlisted in the Business Commitment to the Community Award category in this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBAs) for its efforts to protect and promote the town’s maritime heritage, culture and tourism economy.
The Making Port Heritage Work project has seen the Port of Dover and Port & Community Forum work with local heritage and amenity organisations, including the district council, Dover Society and local visitor attractions. The aim is to help bring the Port and the town’s history closer to the community and visitors.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, said: “This recognition is the result of the hard work put in by every one of our 300 employees, and our shared goal to be the best port in the world for our customers and community.
“We have reached out to the local community, to its schools, colleges and businesses, and together developed key events for the town, including the Port of Dover Community Regatta, and the proposed Heritage Trail.
“Through our work with the Port & Community Forum, the revival of the Western Docks and ongoing investment across the Port, we will be able to play an even bigger role in the long term future of Dover.”
The judges also identified work undertaken to support the career prospects of local young people, through a bursary scheme that helps local young people study at University in a port-related discipline, and its Apprenticeship scheme.
Apprentices Jason Scorer, 22, and Jamie Ward, 20, both from Dover district, have made it through to the KEiBA Apprenticeship of the Year category.
Jason Scorer became an engineering and mechanical apprentice at the Port and while working there has been studying for an HNC in electrical and electronic engineering at Canterbury College. He has also achieved a number of other NVQ and BTEC qualifications in pursuit of his ambition to be a multi-skilled electrical mechanic.
Following a year at Canterbury College studying a BTEC level 3 National Diploma in engineering, Jamie Ward knew he wanted a career in the industry and successfully applied to become a mechanical and technical apprentice at the Port of Dover.
Jamie is currently studying for a foundation degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Greenwich, funded by the Port of Dover.
He has also passed an NVQ level 2 in multi-skill maintenance mechanical/electrical and a level 3 BTEC diploma in engineering maintenance.
Tim Waggott said: “The ability to safely handle a vessel every 10 minutes of every day at the Port requires a highly trained, skilled and motivated workforce.
“We are absolutely committed to our apprenticeship scheme and the opportunities it gives to local young people. We are therefore absolutely delighted that the achievements of Jason and Jamie, nurtured by the Port, have been recognised and that they will be flying the flag for the Port at the KEiBAs.”
The Port runs a full programme of apprenticeships across the business, ranging from electrical, mechanical, plumbing and construction through to ICT, customer service, marketing and business and administration apprenticeships. There are 12 apprentices working at the Port.
For further information on the Port of Dover’s youth engagement and community activities, refer to the Port’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report www.doverport.co.uk/_assets/client/images/collateral/CSR%20Report%202013a.pdf
Top Image – (left to right) Jamie Ward, Sean Foord & Jason Scorer
Second Image – (left to right) Jamie Ward and Jason Scorer
The striking and large Norwegian Star came in very early today. No picture for the moment. Definitely worth a look.
Thanks for that info once again Mike.
Friday, 16 May 2014 - 07:19
Mike J., Dover
F239 ? That'll be HMS RICHMOND then.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 22:35
The AIDA LUNA arriving this morning in fine sunshine and in fine style. As you can see many passengers on the decks enjoying the glorious the White Cliffs and the harbour as they arrive....
Mike - good info there. Have now checked the number on the side of the frigate and its actually...F239.Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 15:51
Mike J., Dover
Its one of ours ! [I think]
It looks like a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, but I canna read the pennant number on the hull.
It MIGHT be F238 in which case its HMS NORTHUMBERLAND.
Warships don't usually show up on AIS [Marine Traffic] but I've occasionally seen those little patrol craft that come into Dover showing up as 'COALITION WARSHIP'
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 10:05
Thanks guys for the comments as ever. The AIDA Luna is back in today after her short cruise...will get a picture uploaded later. But in the meantime I saw this guy prowling down the channel last evening in the bright sunshine. Obviously a navy vessel but not sure which navy...is it the Royal Navy? Might be. There was nothing showing up on our Channel Traffic feature on main frontpage. But thought it worth showing...one huge monster container ship moving north as the navy move south. In the background you can spot the south part of Boulogne. A very long distance shot this, so some quality loss.
Good to see the Avon there.Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 09:18
Vic Matcham, Dover
Good photo of the old Avon only small but it has done a lot of work over many years they look after it well.
I t would nice to think that after its working life they will still look after it.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 07:18
Mike J., Dover
Three superb sunset photos Paul, well done !
I particularly liked the first one, more like a painting than a photo.
By way of a contrast to the AIDA STELLA - here's an Ugly Duckling -
The workboat AVON came into Dover this afternoon & parked-up in the old Jetfoil terminal.
She started life in 1969 as the CROSSNESS. a Port of London salvage vessel.
That's the 'local' DOVER WORKER alongside her.
The AVON is probably here in connection with contractors working in Eastern Docks.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 21:28
Beautiful pastel shades and a very tranquil scene for sure MrB
I love that poem Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, one of my favourites
Love the silvery moon too, I feel a song coming on, By the light of the silvery moon....
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 18:24
Some gentle pastel shades were prevalent when the AIDA Stella left the harbour last night Tuesday. She left at 8pm on the nose in unusual lighting conditions as you can see. The tranquil scene was lit by both a slanting sun and a rising full moon...and all on a flat calm sea too. Never a dull moment here in Dover, all constantly changing. No camera manipulation with the colours here, this is as was..as they say in all the best houses..
The moon eventually turned silvery and the channel looked magnificent..just like in the famed poem. "The tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits..." These pictures were taken while there was still remaining daylight as you can see, in that brief period of sun and moon. Otherwise known as.. the twilight zone..
Will aim to pop along to the Dover Marina Open Day...see Post 704 below.
Good luck with the Dance to France Andy (705)...if you get a chance pop up some follow-up pictures of the event in due course.
Will watch for that Seacat Mike just in case.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 15:26
Mike J., Dover
Remember the SEACAT FRANCE ?
One of the early highspeed Cats that used to run out of Dover.
She’s just left Tilbury after many years laid-up in Tilbury Docks & is under tow by the tug HUNTER & bound for Piraeus, Greece.
The HUNTER can be seen on AIS but unless she speeds up will pass Dover during the night.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 14:38
Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please share this to spread the word far and wide!!
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 18:42
Dover Marina Open Day
Back by popular demand, Dover Marina Open Day returns on Saturday 17th May to provide both budding mariners and those already enjoying the fantastic community benefits of sailing at the Port’s award-winning marina with the chance to try something new.
In partnership with the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC) and international yacht brokers Clarke & Carter, the free event will bring together the local sailing community and industry experts for a day of family fun filled with water displays, exhibitions, local food stalls, children’s entertainment and a second-hand boat sale if you really get the bug!
Taking place on the Crosswall Quay from 9.00am until 5:00pm, free parking will also be available, so there is no reason not to come along and explore what Dover’s waterfront has to offer.
Ben Greenwood, Business Development Manager – Marine, said:
“This is a great day out that gives seasoned sailors fresh opportunities and introduces newcomers to the charms of sailing and the sea. Ultimately, it is about building a thriving sailing community in Dover that brings people together, creates a buzz and puts Dover further on the map as a vibrant sailing location.”
As well as trying something new, why not experience something old by exploring Dover’s very own Bronze Age Boat replica before being brought right back to the 21st century with a bang by entering a draw to win an iPad if you come and complete our treasure hunt.
The open day forms part of the Port of Dover's participation in the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) Active Marina Programme, which offers additional training, cruising and social opportunities throughout the year. Being run in association with the RCPYC as well as the British Marine Federation’s 'On the Water' campaign, practical workshops will take place during the day.
Bernard Sealy, Commodore, Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, said: “The return of this event and the growing partnership with the Port of Dover demonstrates the great work going on to promote Dover as a destination – somewhere to savour a rich maritime heritage and somewhere to experience and enjoy the delights of the sea."
Had a listen to Ed's link re the MSC Magnifica sound display ( see post 700 )..,.wowser! brilliant stuff indeed. Wonder could we get them to do that here.
Will give Disney a go.
Another AIDA cruise liner in today..this time the AIDA Stella.
Also just arriving, caught me unawares...the Saga Sapphire.
Another double header for Dover !
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 07:20
Mike J., Dover
Further to Ed’s comments on the tune played on the MSC MAGNIFICA’s whistles - Disney do the same stunt, playing the first few bars of ‘When you wish upon a star’
Listen out for it when you're watching a Disney ship sail from Dover in 2015 !
To hear it now, use Ed's trick & remove the spaces -
h t t p : / / www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7UXsxloiWg
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 05:56
Great to see all the AIDA ships coming here to Dover, very welcome they are, this picture from this morning shows the AIDA Mar arriving for its first visit of the year, gliding across the harbour in gentle fashion. Colette gave us the nod on this one with her list in post 691. Will just show the nose here this time to make everyone smile...who can resist..
Mike J gave me the tip off re this one.. I didn't see it coming. An ocean going long distance racer by the looks of things. A serious bit of kit for sure...she raced by the harbour around mid morning. She didn't drop in. Sponsorship by Brunel or Brunei. Just got a couple of shots in time before the camera died of terminal battery exhaustion. But there she is...thanks Mike for the info.
Will check out that link Ed..should be good.
Yes was choppy indeed Jan..those pix below show just how choppy.
Monday, 12 May 2014 - 15:07