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BREXIT READY statement from Port of Dover/DFDS/P&O Ferries see 6021.
P&O Spirit of Britain - notable Cyprus reflagging see 6017.
Deal Pier Kitchen restaurant opens 6016.
Charlie Elphicke MP - making our borders stronger, safer 6014.
BORDER FORCE SEARCHER and migrant boat.. see 5969 below..


Port of Dover supports Women in Maritime 5975.
Christmas Lifeboats in Ramsgate see 5937.
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.

The Royal Navy - HMS Mersey off Dover.

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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.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
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 151
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
As promised here we are with more images of the unfortunate Black Watch. Its reputation for sickness follows it around like a dark cloud and they cant seem to shake the image off. Here she is arriving at 12.15 yesterday.

Below we have more pictures of her but this time later in the day as she nestled at the terminal. This time with Syros in attendance. Syros is a small oil tanker..no doubt shown here in the process of re-fuelling the Black Watch. The sky above didnt look too promising for the resumption of voyage.

and below another one of the same but of course zoomed in.

I sometimes wonder if nowadays we have a very sanitised notion of travelling at sea. The exotic and large cruise liners seem to conjure up this impression of bullet-proof immunity. In reality I wonder if a lot of these so called 'outbreaks' are simply just plain seasickness. Even today people must suffer from it. Even Admiral Nelson himself suffered with the problem.

Back 40 years ago or more, when travelling across the rough ol Irish Sea, almost a third of the ship would be seasick. The shipping lines didnt bother too much with stabilisers and the like in those days, and of course the passengers paid the cost in more ways than one. But back then we didnt have a fancy name for it ( Norovirus ) we were just plain...sick!..with the often very extreme motion of the sea.

I wouldnt for a moment underplay any illness outbreak but it makes you wonder.

The Black Watch came yesterday and I think it was its first visit in a year or so. In today is another ship from the same Fred Olsen line...the much more regular and familiar Braemar. Conditions are not terribly good today out there so I hope all well. The Braemar has surpassed the 1.5 millionth customer mark, we had a feature on it recently if you scroll back, no doubt now working on the next milestone.. the 2 millionth !

Friday, 4 October 2013 - 08:03
 
Post 150
  howard mcsweeney, dover
indeed the usual reason due to leave about now.

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 17:54
 
Post 149
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn,com)
The Black Watch finally made it into harbour at 12.15pm..just a while after midday...just a few minutes ago in fact as I write.
The controversially prone ship appeared to be running late as few arrive this time of day.
Is there a further sickness emergency onboard?


Will aim for more pictures in due course..just popped those up to be going on with.

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 12:44
 
Post 148
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes thats good news about the Aida ships coming right up until Christmas, will be great to see them..although I'm thinking that a stout breast and a sturdy gait would be needed out there on the ocean waves at that time of the year. Solid oak legs and a head without inner ear difficulties would help too.
Smiley

The Black Watch was due in today but nothing so far.

But here we go with the latest pix. This time trying to keep up with the busy cargo terminal which has increased traffic quite considerably over the years. As Kevin said previously..up to 26% of the nations bananas come in through Dover. Excellent. The following pictures were taken a day or two ago...so..
here we go with the Southern Bay arriving under a menacing sky.. from Rotterdam if I am remembering correctly.
and closer in for more detail.

Will keep an eye out for any further developments today re Black Watch. As mentioned above she was due in today but nothing so far.
The ship has been hit by further Norovirus problems.
also
I note today that The Pride of Burgundy is back in action. Smiley

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 07:52
 
Post 147
  JanT, Dover
Nice to hear we have not quite seen the last of the Cruise Ships for this year,some winter pictures in store.
And i'm sure there are many who enjoy winter cruising as well as summer.Smiley


Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 21:49
 
Post 146
  ColetteB, Dover
Great stuff on this Doverforum Sea News, certainly keeps us all entertained with the fabulous photos & interesting information aplenty, well done guys Smiley

PaulB, we haven't yet seen the last of the Aida's this season, according to my schedule the AIDAsol arrives here just before Christmas, on December 23rd in fact. She was last here in April 2011 so at worst we might have snow but at best who knows, it might just be a very nice clear winterly day Smiley

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 16:26
 
Post 145
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to River for the comments..positive comments and contributions welcome,
yes we are flagging up the positives about Dover on this new page and there are many positives to enjoy.
The ship above is the Aida Mar which visited Dover yesterday. The picture was taken mid afternoon while she nestled at the pier. She is of course a German cruise ship and there are a whole string of Aida's as we know, and they keep right on bringing visitors here to Dover and very welcome they are too. Unfortunately it is a bit difficult getting pictures of the ships arriving or leaving at this time of the year, alas alas, as they arrive in the dark and leave in the dark. Oh the rigours...Smiley
This picture immediately above therefore is from a little while back and shows her arriving and gliding across the harbour on a very bright morning and in very close order. Such an array of colour first thing in the morning can be quite a shock so it can.. especially if you have a wee hangover.. lol!

And now the harbour or port as mentioned by the commentator from River,
here is an extra one of the sun rising across the harbour in splendid style. Picture taken just 2 days ago.
No navigation equipment needed for Calais..the captain of the Spirit just says to crew..'just follow the sun boys!' Smiley

I have thrown in a little bit of my roof there.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 07:37
 
Post 144
   , River, Dover
Thank you for showing some great photos not only of the ships that use the port but the port of Dover its self.Smiley

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 09:49
 
Post 143
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks to Mike and Howard there for the information and comments.
Just to let all know that the colourful Aida Mar is in today. Quite a large ship for the time of year. Will try to get a picture or two later. She came in while it was still dark. The Empress failed to show yesterday..she was on the schedule..but

The news reached us yesterday that the dear old Pride of Burgundy had suffered a hole in her undercarriage and has now been withdrawn from service. Its not surprising, as these ships take quite a battering day in and day out. This prompted me to look back through the archives and I came up with these from way back in 2007 can you believe.

This first picture below is by none other than PHIL MEDGETT.
Phil sent this to me way back in 2007. I cant swear to it being the Burgundy but it looks like it. Phil braved the Prince of Wales pier in a storm that year. Brave man. It shows the 'Burgundy' across the breakwater with the sea powering over..

This is the Burgundy below for sure and also from 2007. Getting quite a pounding as you can see. The quality of these two pictures isnt great but my equipment is better nowadays. A chap needs his equipment. But at least they show what its like for the Burgundy crossing in rough weather.

No doubt we will see her back in frontline service real soon.

also one more of the Albatross to add to the mix. Taken on arrival on Sunday and lit by an early sun.


Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 07:31
 
Post 142
  howard mcsweeney, dover
thanks for info about the "mair" mike, great photos from paul there especially the sunrise ones.

we get great dawn and sunset shots in dover but telephone lines get in the way of mine.

Monday, 30 September 2013 - 18:44
 
Post 141
  Mike J., Dover
ALBATROS - nice pix of a nice ship.

Portland - big former naval port on the east side of Portland Bill, just south of Weymouth.

Site of last year's Olympic sailing events.


By the way, the neat little MAIR, photographed by Paul S & posted by Howard is an ex-RN 'Clovelly' Class Fleet Tender built in 1973 as the HORNING for odd jobs in support of the Navy.
Since she 'went civilian' she has often been chartered by Trinity House for work on navigational aids.

Monday, 30 September 2013 - 08:03
 
Post 140
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
It is just past 8pm on a very dark Sunday night and the Albatross has just left in a blaze of sparkling dazzling light..at the moment the ship is just outside harbour and turning south, heading for Portland.. not really sure where Portland is but thats what it says on the tin. Its a dark oul night for sure...I wouldnt be convinced its an ideal time of year for cruising but many like it. The weather is calm though which I suppose is appreciated by those sipping cocktails with the captain !Smiley

But here we are..pictures from the other end of the spectrum...its arrival earlier today just after sunrise.

And below a little while later across the harbour being manouvred into position by Doughty and Dauntless.

and once again, slipping slowly slowly into place on a gorgeous bright morning.




Sunday, 29 September 2013 - 20:18
 
Post 139
  PaulB, Dover
The Albatross is in harbour now and looking sleek. No pictures yet because yours truly was sidetracked and wholly fascinated by the early sun hanging over the harbour as The Albatross approached. I havent uploaded the Albatross pictures from the camera as of yet so bear with me. It is her final call this year as you might expect.

But here we are with pictures of the early sun over the harbour which I thought were worth putting up on the page. It rises amid tramtracks of jet streams. Only a day or so ago I noticed the entire cloud formulation over the harbour was made up entirely of jet streams. If thats not one for the global warming bods i dont know. But anyway here we are with the latest batch of jet streams as of the sunrise this very morning. Will do the ship itself in due course so bear with..as they say.



John and Jan see also the post below.
Will have pictures of the Albatross later.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 - 08:26
 
Post 138
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Ah..of course. Thanks for the information there John..the Quest for Adventure of course. How could I forget. Just looking at the picture i expected it to be called Saga something or other and the name completely slipped my mind. Interesting info too about the Saga Ruby and yes indeed she had a great send off from Dover.

Yes thats right Jan thousands and thousands will have enjoyed her pleasures. I wonder how many people have actually travelled on the ship over the years. When you think that only recently the Fred Olsen Braemar celebrated its 1.5millionth customer..I feel sure the Saga Ruby must be way up there too. The story on the Braemar is now on page 5 right here on Sea News.

THE ALBATROSS is approaching. Pictures in due course.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 - 06:48
 
Post 137
  JanT, Dover
some really fab pictures of the Saga Ruby leaving dover for the last time, the end of an era for the ship.
I'm sure there will be some happy memories for all of those people who have sailed on her.Smiley

Saturday, 28 September 2013 - 14:45
 
Post 136
  John Mavin, Dover
That's the Ruby (the Rose finally bowed out in 2009) and the Quest for Adventure. I can't tell you the actual date because I've lost my diary for 2011. With an eight year difference in their ages the interior layouts of the Rose and the Ruby was significantly different.

On Thursday I visited both the Ruby and the Sapphire and inevitably the subject of the Ruby's future was discussed. Needless to say plenty of rumours are flying around but for obvious commercial reasons nothing will be disclosed until the ink is dry on a contract. However, there is a strong hope that Ruby will continue her life, but not necessarily as a seagoing ship (on that bombshell ......!).

Saga Ruby was given a very nice send-off from Dover and one particularly amusing feature was a dance routine performed by the tugs prior to hitching up. Still pictures wouldn't really capture it, but if anyone videoed that from a distance you'd see what I mean.

Saturday, 28 September 2013 - 10:39
 
Post 135
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
By way of further homage to the dear departed Saga Ruby.
Here is a picture from a couple of years back which I had labelled 'Saga Ships' in the archive. The ship on the left looks like the Saga Ruby or could it be the Saga Rose..they were near identical as far as i could make out, The ship on the right is not Saga at all but the Ryndam from the Holland America Line. But for the life of me I cant remember now what the one in the middle is? Year is 2011. Picture was taken immediately after one of those summer storms, hence the soft light.


To mark the final departure I couldnt resist doing a mock-up as homage to the passing era. As the ship looks mightily from another time, even a tad Art Deco, I figured we could almost get back into that era by creating this (fake) postcard immediately below, just the way they used to make the postcards of old. And as she leaves and the band plays on, you can almost see Jay Gatsby nuzzling into those Pink Gins on the foredeck. Picture was of course taken thursday evening.


And speaking also of the near identical Saga Rose now no longer with us either. Here is another couple of old pictures from about six or seven years back. This time featuring the interior of the Saga Rose. These pictures were sent to me several years ago by Barry W-S. Ive never been on one of these Sagas myself but here we go. I imagine it was exactly the same on the Saga Ruby.



That's the oul dependable David Church below there through the mist Howard.
Well done as ever Paul Sampson - keep them coming as and when.


Saturday, 28 September 2013 - 06:47
 
Post 134
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
this has probably featured on this thread before but i cannot work out what exactly it is and does, no doubt ed or mike will know the answer.




Friday, 27 September 2013 - 15:40
 
Post 133
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
another taken by paul s yesterday, the "mair" which is a buoy/lighthouse maintenance vessel.





Friday, 27 September 2013 - 10:26
 
Post 132
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
A great set of pictures all round there guys. Well done with those. Great stuff.
Yes indeed Dover gave the Saga Ruby a terrific send off. It was a mite sad to see her go, with the horns sounding and the water spraying. But age catches up with us all in the end I suppose. She really had that old world different era look to her..but now gone.

It was a spectacular goodbye though for sure..here are a few pix from me to add to the collection.
One of the tugs spraying in her path as she begins to move away out of shot.
The second tug doing the business as the Saga Ruby reaches open water..I didn't get a pic of the two spraying together unfortunately.
She begins to turn for Funchal with the pilot in attendance and one of the tugs returning. The send off complete.



Friday, 27 September 2013 - 07:03
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