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The Disney Magic entering the Port of Dover once again after a brief channel run....

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Post 1185
  PaulB, Dover
This is cargo ship Fegulus arriving early yesterday morn under a blazing yellow sky. She is already unloaded and gone. They certainly know how to do the business swiftly down there at the cargo terminal.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 15:29
Post 1184
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Lifeboat Volunteers Say Thank You Smiley

The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Phoenix Angling Club when a cheque for the grand sum of £1177 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.

They raised the money through a number of events including an auction, a live music event and a collection outside the local branch of Morrisons. Over the years the club has now donated over ten thousand pounds to their local lifeboat and its volunteer crew.

The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham and members of the lifeboat crew.

Dover’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Couzens said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Phoenix Angling Club for their continued support.

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Well done the Phoenix Angling Club. Brilliant fund raising above.
It was quite special in the harbour last night with the two great cruise liners, Aida Mar and Albatross, looking fabulous as it got dark in a diamond dazzling lighting display. A thousand, nay, a million lights shone from the two vessels in fine was enough to gladden the landlubbers corpuscles so it was.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 07:09
Post 1183
  PaulB, Dover
Early morning appearance for the AIDAMar, seen here reversing all 71,000 tons into position on CT2 around 07.15. Very colourful as ever...
The Albatross also in harbour arrived too early for a decent picture from my aspect. Maybe later.
Smiley lol! well done Brian.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 15:48
Post 1182
  brian, dover
all sorted paulb,had a blonde moment.Smiley

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 08:35
Post 1181
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

In light of what happened yesterday re the P&O fire ( see further down the page ), this release was held back..
.........but events show clearly that these safety drills are extremely important for us all...

MyFerryLink participates in major safety drill

Dover to Calais cross Channel ferry operator, MyFerryLink, is participating in a major simulated safety drill in assistance to the French government and Maritime Authorities on Monday 29 September 2014.

MyFerryLink will be providing its vessel Rodin to participate and it is likely the drill will simulate a major at sea disaster. The exercise is designed to give relevant authorities, MyFerryLink staff and crew practice in emergency procedures.

Raphaël Doutrebente, CEO MyFerryLink, says,
‘MyFerryLink is delighted to be part of this safety drill. Safety is our absolute priority and, whilst major emergencies are incredibly rare, it is imperative that our staff are as well prepared as they possibly can be.’

The Rodin


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And now just to catch up with the Swedish Reefer as previously mentioned. The cargo terminal continues to be very busy with lots of new vessels coming. While this one, the Swedish Reefer, was unloading during the day.. the Columbian Star was waiting offshore...
While the Swedish Reefer was waiting to berth on Sunday the Spirit of Britain rounded her to make its way out of the western exit. Quite unusual to see.. although happily much more use is being made these days of the western exit.
Another one of the Swedish Reefer.

Interesting collection of pictures below Ed. Those harbour patrol guys keep very busy. I also wonder if there may have been a suspicion of illegal immigration there too...everything and anything that floats of a small and perhaps delicate nature is being looked at now, or so it appears...and of course we also have the hi-profile presence of vessels like Vigilant from the UK Border Agency patrolling up and down the channel everyday.

Yes Colette the Sea News guys are busy these days with lots of variations with both the pictures and the information which is ace indeed.Smiley

ADDED: AIDAMar and Albatross now in at 07.20. A late season flurry of cruise liners.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 06:51
Post 1180
  Ed Connell, Dover
Whilst we were down on Shakespeare Beach on Sunday, the harbour launch came powering round from the docks and headed over to a small dinghy which two chaps were paddling round from the direction of Samphire Hoe. On closer examination through the zooms lens, it could be seen that their outboard motor was raised up and obviously not working. The DHB stalwart had a word with them and, clearly satisfied that they were not in need of help, the harbour launch returned whence they had come.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 04:36
Post 1179
  ColetteB, Dover
You turn your back for a minute & it's all happening on Sea News!!!

You guys have been busy. Great photos of DFDS Calais Seaways out in the channel in such rough conditions & the final departure this year of Saga Pearl II complete with fly past. Also love 'The Ladies' steam tugs too, very interesting. Terrific stuff all round SmileySmileySmiley

And that seal is just adorable with his mackerel lunch at the ready Smiley

Keep up the good work guys Smiley

Good to hear that no one was hurt on the Pride of Canterbury, we were on it ourselves just recently, hopefully she will be back with us very soon.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 20:11
Post 1178
  PaulB, Dover

This is a picture of the tough old warhorse the Pride of Canterbury in rough sea action recently. The fire this morning has taken the ship out of service but we imagine only temporarily. The fire happened as it arrived in Calais and all passengers and crew, under 500, were evacuated safely.

P&O said: "The Pride of Canterbury had a fire in the engine room at around 8am as it arrived into Calais. It was extinguished by the ship's own fire protection system ... the sprinklers. Nobody has been injured and the ship disembarked all the passengers safely."

The good news here of course is that nobody was injured.

Thanks once again to Jacqui for the initial info.
Brian you say the Pride of Calais in your post on the main forum. You need to change that to the Pride of Canterbury.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 15:34
Post 1177
  brian, dover
I have put the link on the main forum about the ferry fire,Smiley

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 12:47
Post 1176
  PaulB, Dover
Jacqui thanks for that info.
Its possible to put up a link if you leave out the http bit...just trying this now anyway

Yes there we are...
Just copy and paste the link and you're there.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:25
Post 1175
  Jacqui, Dover

Just seen this on Kent online but can't cut and paste the url.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:18
Post 1174
  Jacqui, Dover
Just been told that the PO Canterbury suffered a fire on her approach to Calais at around 8am this morning. Everyone got off ok and berth 5 was sealed off for investigation. No-one was hurt as far as I know.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:11
Post 1173
  PaulB, Dover
I was poised ready to photograph the Swedish Reefer when this guy popped up right in front of just don't know what's down there !! Smiley

Clearly he enjoyed a nice sunday lunch even before I had mine...some cheek..showing off with his mackerel too! Smiley
This is the last picture below of the Saga Pearl for this year, Mike has some great shots below of the final departure for this year... this one shows her arriving early morning saturday.

Cracking pictures below there Mike. You played a blinder with number 3 for sure. Yes there is a fascinating mini air shows every time a Saga ship departs lately which is something of a great and novel idea. As you say must be great if you are onboard to be buzzed by these fab planes ...ones cocktail would be both shaken and stirred ! ooh I say !

Did eventually get a picture or two of the Swedish Reefer which I will sort out afore too long.
Also just to mention...the overhyped Port Blockade on saturday was a monumental damp squib. A mere handful of NF protesters showed up and there was no Port blockade. Pictures on the main forum.. including a couple from yours truly.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 07:18
Post 1172
  Mike J., Dover
Recent SAGA departures seem to be accompanied by Spitfire displays.

When the SAGA PEARL 2 sailed for Gibraltar on Friday afternoon two Spitfires [perhaps a Spitfire & a Hurricane ?] gave a display.

A bit far away for pix from the clifftops but they must have been an impressive sight from onboard.

I struck lucky with one photo - a sheer fluke !

Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 12:38
Post 1171
  PaulB, Dover
It was one of those days when you wonder if you did the right thing getting out of bed at all...never mind making that early journey to France. The wind was blustering and swirling, the sea was choppy, the ship was rolling, and the sky looked menacing and didn't promise too much for the day ahead. Looking back on it from rose coloured hindsight it all remembers better than it was....but all day I kept the camera clicking away and the pictures worked out okay, a little threatening maybe but okay. And.. it was one of those days you remember..

The ship featured is the DFDS Calais Seaways, shown here and also on show currently at the top of the page as she leaves Calais Harbour a few days ago. This ferry in former recent times sailed between Dover and Calais in the colourful livery of LD Lines. It was called the Norman Spirit then. A hard working ship of long standing. She started life in Belgium in 1991/92 as the Prins Filip.

ADDED at 07.20: The Saga Pearl II has just arrived for the final time this year.
Also note that the Port Blockade is planned for today from 1pm. Traffic chaos will almost certainly ensue. Avoiding action needed.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 06:05
Post 1170
  PaulB, Dover
Don't worry at all John. Nice post that.
Earlier Mike's post was pinned for the morning so that Ged could see it easily re tug Diligent. The numbers and posts revert to normal once the pinning is over...if that's clear. Hope so.

Thanks to Mike for the info ..great stuff.
And to Colette for the latest cruise liner visits - only a few now.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:30
Post 1169
  John Mavin, Dover
(It seems my post 1099 below is out of sequence - it should follow Mike's. Perhaps it filled the slot of a deleted post .... oh well , ne'mind eh?)

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:16
Post 1168
  John Mavin, Dover
My own particular interest is "The Ladies" - the steam tugs that operated in the harbour from the beginning of the 20th C. until the last one retired in, I think, 1958. These were the Lady Duncannon, Lady Crundall, Lady Brassey, Lady Vita and Lady Curzon.

There is a model of the Lady Curzon in the departure lounge at Cruise Terminal 2. She had a relatively short career at Dover which ended in 1912 and she was last heard of in Iraq in 1953.

Another one was the tender/tug Delphinus. I thought I had a picture of this one but I can't seem to find it. Delphinus was mainly responsible for transporting passengers to and from liners as they laid off the port. Having two decks she tended to roll like a pig and was not regarded as particularly successful. She operated in Dover from 1957 - 1967 before finally ending up in Cyprus.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:56
Post 1167
  ColetteB, Dover

Just to remind everyone that tomorrow Saturday 27th September the Saga Pearl II will cruise into CT1, TR. for the last time this year.

Nothing then until Tuesday 30th September when two cruise ships arrive for their last PoC's this year, the Albatros at CT1 & the AIDAMar at CT2. They were both seen here back in May.

Only two cruises left this year, Monday October 20th the AIDACara is back for a PoC at CT1. She was last here in August.

We end the year on Monday December 8th with another PoC from the AIDASol at CT2, she was also our last cruise in December last year.

That's it for this year folks Smiley Smiley

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:20
Post 1166
  Mike J., Dover

The DILIGENT left Dover in 1984 & went to Poole.
In 1989 she was sold to Canadian owners & renamed OMNI ST.LAURENT & was reported still to be in service in 2002.

This information is from the excellent 'Dover Ferry Photos' website which is packed with information about Dover marine operations.

We can't post 'live links' here but Googling 'doverferryphotosforums' should bring up the website.

Just in case you'd not noticed, all DHB service craft's names always begin with 'D'
Apologies if you know this already !

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 08:04
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