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Big Sky over the Port of Dover with Disney Magic and Oceana.
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Yes Jacqui, it will be a great shame to lose the Ryndam in 2015 if that is the case
Fabulous looking cakes for MyFerryLink's 2nd Birthday, the French make great cakes, Marie Antoinette will be fuming
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
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
Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 14:31
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
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
Mike J., Dover
Saturday - Seacat berth demolition continuing.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 23:30
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
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
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
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
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
We are running a little late with this one. But here we are with a big well done to them..
It’s a piece of cake: MyFerryLink celebrates 2nd birthday
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 www.myferrylink.com or call 0844 2482 100
The Berlioz above and finally the Rodin.
ADDED: SEA DREAM and RYNDAM in today. Another double header. Enjoy!
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 06:52
Well I Never!!!
Happy First Birthday to the Great Sea News
Well Done MrB & all the many contributors. It's jam-packed with awesome seafaring news & photos, LUVIT!
Onwards & Upwards!!!
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 14:26
PaulB, Sea News, Dover
Further Steps Towards Community Director Appointment
In accordance with the published timetable, the panel met at the Port of Dover on 26 August to review what were acknowledged by all present to be 27 high quality applications for the recently advertised non-executive Community Director role on the Dover Harbour Board.
Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, Tim Waggott said:
“It is very encouraging that we received such a substantial response as we continue the momentum of working together with our community to deliver for Dover. I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time to express an interest in the role for their commitment to being part of a shared vision for the future.”
Candidates who have been shortlisted will be invited for interview on the 18 or 19 September, and will be met by the panel which includes the Leader of Dover District Council, the Deputy Mayor of Dover and the local MP. Alongside these locally elected representatives, candidates will also meet the independent Chairs of the Port & Community Forum and Port Users Group as well as members of the Board’s own Nomination Committee and the Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
“Local elected representatives form around one third of the interview panel. We feel the group reflects an equitable distribution of responsibility and input between locally elected representatives, independent community and customer representatives and Dover Harbour Board itself.”
Departure time for the great ship...yes its the MSC Magnifica moving off late yesterday in slightly blustery conditions. Turning south heading for the delightful St Peter Port in the channel island of Guernsey.
Great pictures below guys. Glad Ed was able to add that one for you Kevin.
Thanks for all the comments guys. Onwards and upwards as they say...
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 12:19
Kevin Charles, Dover
Hi Ed. The dates on your photograph correspond with my voyage from Portsmouth to Plymouth on HMS Illustrious in 1983! I'm guessing the photo was originally owned by one of my fellow Sea Cadets from Dover or the unit from Rye who were also onboard.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 22:15
Ed Connell, Dover
HMS Illustrious entering Dover in 1983, picked this up on eBay a few years ago.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 21:47
Kevin Charles, Dover
Just checked my records and it was actually 31 years ago this week that I was onboard HMS Illustrious with Dover Sea Cadets!
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 21:33
vIC mATCHAM, dOVER
By far the best page for comments and photos and news about the port please keep it up. Thank you.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 19:44
Kevin Charles, Dover
Congratulations, PaulB on overseeing a year of Sea News!
Today saw the decommissioning of HMS illustrious which had strong links with Dover and visited the port on two occasions I recall. She was affiliated to the Cinque Ports, and as a Sea Cadet with TS Lynx in Dover I got to spend a week onboard, sailing from Portsmouth to Plymouth.
Let's hope the Royal Navy recognise the important role that Dover and the Cinque Ports played in the nation's maritime history and pass the honour to another major warship - the new HMS Queen Elizabeth would be great, although I am not sure she would fit in the port!
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 19:39
The Magnificent MSC Magnifica is in harbour today. The weather was abysmal for its arrival prior to 7am but conditions are slowly getting a wee bit better. Obviously all the very welcome visitors don't see Dover at its best in driving rain and awful visibility...the White Cliffs and Castle vanish from view for a start. But as we say...it looks to be improving now as we write. The top picture shows its arrival early today in the slate grey rain, you can see that some of the ships lights are still visible, the picture below better shows the great ship on a previous visit.
ONE YEAR OLD:
Just to mention that this new SEA NEWS page was one year old as of yesterday. This page had been quietly languishing, no longer in use, so we re-launched it as Sea News on the 27 August 2013 and here we are one year on...busy busy and intending to keep busy. We are always interested in nautical items from contributors...just click 'add your comment' above or send direct to me Paul Boland on email@example.com. It has been excellent receiving all the contributions and we have been very happy to receive full info from all the main players operating in and from the harbour...the ferry companies and of course especially the Port itself. Many thanks to one and all. PB
Nice set of pictures below there Mike showing the working boats coming in and out.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 15:12
Mike J., Dover
Off to work we go . . . . .
Wednesday morning with the DOVER WORKER & the TOPLIFT en route for the Southern Breakwater & the Range Safety Vessel SMIT ROTHER heading off to defend Hythe Ranges [or perhaps Lydd ranges ?].
Quite a contrast in bows, the OCEAN PRINCESS & the TOPLIFT !
The DAUNTLESS doing her bit for the environment after helping to park AIDALUNA on Cruise-2.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 22:06
The Braemar leaving Dover a few evenings ago...heading south. Catching a ray of sunshine during the grimey weather. The cruise liner activity is still powering along in fine style with much more to come.Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 17:57
PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
A fab picture to show that Dover can look glamourous too, right up there with many of the exotic locations that all these cruise liners visit. It shows the team from the Port of Dover, Ben Greenwood PR Man on the left and the lovely Barbara Buczek Head of Corporate Affairs on the right, presenting the Master of the Sea Dream I Remi Eriksen with a plaque extraordinaire to mark the vessel's fab inaugural visit to Dover.
Don't forget the Sea Dream returns on the 30th of August...which is this coming Saturday. So get those cameras charged...yours truly is plugged in to the mains already.
Many thanks to our colleagues down at the Port for the picture above.
Thanks also for that cruise schedule again Colette. Excellent. Have changed the post number on the listings above. Some good ones coming.
AIDA Luna and Ocean Princess in harbour today.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 06:26