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Post 1045
  PaulB, Dover
The AIDA Cara arriving above...first visit for quite a while. Also due in shortly is the Saga Sapphire so we have a double header today.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 08:21
Post 1044
  Mike J., Dover
The DOCKWISE VANGUARD passed Dover about 0330 in darkness. a pity as it would have been quite a sight, carrying part of an oil rig.

By 0700 she was well down-channel, approaching Beachy Head.

Excellent lifeboat pix !

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 07:11
Post 1043
  PaulB, Dover
Here we have a set of pictures of the Lifeboat in action on Tuesday evening. They were taken at roughly the same time as the picture of HMS Mersey just below. The quality is poorish as the evening was drawing in and the distance was long, but thought them to be worth showing. Although for most part Tuesday was a sunny day, after Bertha had passed through, the sea however remained rough tough and turbulent.

Worth reminding ourselves that these guys are volunteers..whoosh! It seems they went to the aid of one of those Channel Swimming support vessels of all things. If we get a press release in due course we will be able to confirm that. Never a dull moment for the guys from the RNLI.

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Mike am hoping to see the lifting sign as yet and the Veendijk must have slipped away in the night. No pictures of that one.
Yes indeed on another picture it does show the Royal Navy ship to be P283. Therefore HMS Mersey it is.
Welcome Nigel..our message is going out far and wide Smiley
Thanks for that Vic. A very long range shot so the small flag may just not be visible over the distance.

Cruise Liner approaching: the AIDA Cara.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 06:16
Post 1042
  Mike J., Dover
The DOCKWISE VANGUARD sailed from Europoort at 1500 this afternoon & is visible on AIS, bound for Brazil.

She’s currently doing between 9 & 10kts & will probably pass Dover around dawn, but this guesstimate may be affected by the tide.

I’m sure that PaulB is correct about the warship being H.M.S MERSEY - he can probably read the 'pennant numbers' on his original photo [just about visible on the hull below the bridge] & if they are 'P283' it's the MERSEY for sure.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 18:30
Post 1041
  nigel stephens, littleport (
The navy vessel is possibly fishery protection

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 10:01
Post 1040
  vic matcham, dover
The small warship has no flag flying so might not be Royal Navy or might not be in service yet, just doing sea trials.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 08:06
Post 1039
  PaulB, Dover

Climbing the Walls....
I know the feeling..Smiley
Ahhh those youthful warm days of summer. Great days. The kids here in Dover have a splendiferous time leaping into and throwing themselves at the water in every which way imaginable. Call it diving or even call it tombstoning, its all just summer long fun to them. We don't need rollercoasters or dodgems here in Dover Harbour..we got the sun, the sea, and the surf, and the occasional pier to leap off.

Yesterday evening this Royal Naval vessel in the pic below appeared just off the harbour. We have been seeing the UK Border Agency in this role recently...but this time it was the Royal Navy itself. The ship prowled, patrolled, and indeed lingered not far off Shakespeare Beach for a considerable time. They don't do the AIS information system but it appears to be HMS Mersey a "river class offshore patrol vessel". In the foreground you can see the newly restored façade of the dockside railway terminal...was it called Dover Marine one time?? But there we are anyway...long range pic taken in the lowering evening sun.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 06:05
Post 1038
  PaulB, Dover
This is the Coral Mermaid arriving this morning at approx. 7.30am. No doubt with another load of very welcome perishables for the nations table.
In the foreground of the Coral Mermaid is the Coral Water the regular service vessel. A lot of Coral all of a sudden.Smiley

PS: The Virgin Strive Challenge guys had to abandon their epic row across the channel because of the persistent bad weather. They are I understand now in Calais about to pursue the next leg of the Challenge and will do the row across the channel at a later date. Pity the weather spoiled it but there we are. At least we got a picture of the craft and the team practising here on Sea News ( post 968).

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 08:01
Post 1037
  PaulB, Dover
Early morning and evening for the Ocean Princess...
This pic above was taken at 6am yesterday and you can see the vivid pastel colours that are produced by the sun rounding the headland that time of the early morning. In the distance you can see one of several of yesterdays minor thunderstorms approaching us, the tail end of Hurricane Bertha still being felt. Below we have the evening departure through the eastern exit. The ship was heading for Rosyth where they are/were still feeling the very rough weather but hopefully by the time Ocean Princess got there everything was a mite calmer.

Thanks for those listings Colette. Great stuff! Smiley

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 06:44
Post 1036
  ColetteB, Dover
Beautiful sunny afternoon now after the atrocious weather conditions this morning so time for our next update of expected cruises over the next week or two Smiley

There are no cruise ships now until Thursday 14th August when two familiar sights arrive back to Dover in the shape of the Saga Sapphire at CT2, TR & the AIDACara last seen here in April, PoC at CT1.

On Friday 15th August the Saga Pearl 11 is back at CT1, TR & the AIDALuna arrives once again for a PoC at CT2, she was last here in May.

A real treat on Saturday 16th August, cameras at the ready, for the inaugural visit of SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream1 at CT1, TR. She is the ultimate in Yachting Luxury with a 5-Star Service inclusive. She carries a maximum of 112 guests all pampered by an award winning crew of 95 & the best thing is, we will have the pleasure of seeing her here again on the 30th August when she returns from her Baltic Voyage Roundtrip. She will then cruise from Dover to Lisbon. I would love to spend even a few hours on her, maybe one day!

We end the week on Sunday with a Crystal Cruise, this time it's the turn of the beautiful Crystal Symphony at CT1, & the Braemar returns to CT2, TR.

Two ships again on Monday 18th August, the Saga Pearl 11 is back at CT1, TR & the AIDACara returns to CT2, PoC.

Then on Tuesday 19th August, two more cruise ships, the Ocean Princess returns to CT1, TR & the AIDALuna has a PoC at CT2.

Be back again soon Smiley

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 16:37
Post 1035
  PaulB, Dover
Virgin Strive Challenge 2014...these are the guys from The Challenge rowing in the harbour about an hour ago as I write..
As far as I know they didn't row across the Channel today due to the adverse weather..not that I could see anyway. The challenge is to raise money for charity by getting from London to the top of the Matterhorn in Switzerland by physical human effort. All sounds very physical good luck to them.
And another clap of thunder rings out...

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 10:54
Post 1034
  Mike J., Dover

She sailed at 2200 but merely moved downriver from Rotterdam & is now moored at Europoort, near the mouth of the river.

Presumably preparing for her trip to Brazil, perhaps she is loading an oil rig.

Sorry ‘bout that Jacqui !

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 06:46
Post 1033
  PaulB, Dover
The remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept menacingly through Dover yesterday morning. The sky at one point was threatening full scale Armageddon and the sea was very rough indeed, we believe it notched its way up to a Severe Gale 9 and possibly beyond. This caused delays to the ferries of course, as you would expect, and was a shock to the proverbial system for all those summertime holidaymakers waiting to cross over. A rough tough start to the holiday for sure.
Yes indeed tough for those out on the water, you can see the Lifeboat in the bay in this picture. It did venture outside the harbour in horrendous waves at one point. Not sure if it was on a shout or whether the guys were in training..serious training.
In the afternoon the gloomy situation brightened up and the worst of the dismal weather went away but the sea remained rough. This picture shows the DFDS Calais Seaways making its way towards the harbour and taking a pounding in the process. In the foreground you can see the edge of a resting P&O ship.

Thanks for those tips Mike ..will hopefully get a glimpse of the activity all being well.
Jacqui I wasn't about on Saturday so didn't see any of the helicopter action. Glad Brian was able to fill you in with what was going on. Should be a bit calmer on the crossing today. Rather today than yesterday.

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 06:07
Post 1032
  brian., dover
hi Jacqui,the air ambulance landed in de bradli wharf to pick up a passenger [walking wounded],also 2 ambulaces a couple of police cars also in attendance.story and pictures on facebook.Smiley

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 13:37
Post 1031
  Mike J., Dover
Jacqui -

Should think that they’ve got quite a good chance of seeing her if she keeps to her 2200 ETD.

If they’ve got access to AIS on their phone [‘Marine Traffic’ is also available on the main Dover forum] they’ll be able to check her exact position.

Looking forward to seeing their pix on ‘Sea News’ !

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 13:08
Post 1030
  Jacqui, Dover
Good morning PaulB.
Did you see the air ambulance yesterday afternoon over the harbour? I didn't take any photos because I thought you would lol. It went down very close to the water in the bay then was circling between the two dock areas. Eventually it disappeared then a bit later came back across to the western and went inland. Just wondered if you could shed any light on it. Nothing on SWR about it. I know a young lad was rescued from the cliffs last night but this was much earlier. I was in my usual place - St Martins Battery.

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 11:26
Post 1029
  Jacqui, Dover (
Good morning Mike.
My son and his partner are sailing DFDS to Dunkirk on the 07.00 sailing in the morning. Do you think they might see Dockyard Vanguard en route or will that be too early?
What a striking looking vessel!

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 11:17
Post 1028
  Mike J., Dover
DOCKWISE VANGUARD - this very strange heavylift ship is sailing for Brazil from Rotterdam at 2200 tonight.

With any luck she should be passing Dover in daylight tomorrow, probably during the morning.

Plenty of information on her on the Internet.

She can lift 117,000 tons & at one stage was being thought of for carrying the COSTA CONCORDIA to the scrapyard.

Pray for good vis tomorrow !

There's also a possible flypast late morning on Monday of WW1 biplanes & a modern jet between Capel Battle of Britain Memorial & Langdon Cliffs.
Details on the main Dover forum.

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 10:09
Post 1027
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
I think that Chris may be referring to the P & O "knock" as seen in the photos earlier Paul.

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 19:40
Post 1026
  PaulB, Dover
Our regular old friend the Ryndam arriving at 06.15 this morning Saturday. it is a gorgeous morning here in Dover with fab colourful views of the cliffs and harbour... 'tis enough to gladden the heart of any visitor. Very welcome all.

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 06:33
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