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Post 695
  ColetteB, Dover
The boy done good!! Well done with those shots of the MSC Magnifica MrB, the close up certainly shows the scale of her, yikes! I popped down in the day, yes, with my camera this time but couldn't see much with the mist. Hopefully, better days ahead for getting some smashing photos from you guys as we have an abundance of cruise ships in May to look forward to. There will be 29 of them in the month of May with some double & triple cruise ship days SmileySmileySmiley

Remember to look out for the Aida Bella on the last day of April, Wedsnesday 30th Smiley

The month of May kicks off on May Day, Thursday,1st May, with the first of the Saga's, the Saga Pearl 11 at CT1, TR. We last saw her here in August 2012.

Then on Saturday May3rd, the now familiar Ryndam returns for the first time this year to CT1, TR.

The following day, Sunday 4th May, the Awesome MSC Magnifica returns to CT2, PoC.

Now I'm hoping to get some decent photos this time round Smiley

Then three cruise ships on Tuesday 6th May, the Saga Sapphire, CT1, TR, last here in September '13, the AIDAStella, CT2, PoC, last here in August '13 & the MV Empress, last seen here in September '13 Smiley

The following day, Wednesday 7th, we have two cruise ships, the beautiful Celebrity Constellation, CT2, PoC, last seen here May '13 & the AIDALuna, CT1,PoC, last here April '13.

Another three cruise ships the following day, Thursday 8th May, the Princess Daphne, PoC, AP3, last here May '13, the Albatros, PoC, CT1, last here September '13 & this time the MSC Orchestra, PoC CT2. I can't recall when she was last here, I think perhaps 2010 but I'm sure one of guys, John/Mike/Kevin will advise.

Then the Ryndam returns to Dover Cruise Port on Saturday 10th May, CT1, TR & to end the week the AIDALuna returns to CT2, PoC Smiley

That should keep everyone happy not to mention busy taking pictures & generally enjoying the views Smiley

Be back in a couple of weeks with the rest of May, all 16 more of them Smiley

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 18:31
Post 694
  PaulB, Dover

As most will know we battled with poor and gloomy foggy visibility all day on Friday. The ship could not be seen by the landlubber and the land could not be seen by the ships passenger. But as Howard mentions below there in the previous post, quite a few of these passengers eventually came into town and hopefully enjoyed their experience. Nice pictures of the ship were generally impossible. The weather did brighten up later in the day somewhat, ermm sort of, and so now we have a few more pictures to show you...

Tried to show the scale of the beast in the second shot here. Not sure if it works, but the scale of this ship is phenomenal. This second pic just above shows the pilot returning to shore having completed his job. It was a tight squeeze getting this whopper of a ship out into the open sea but all was done successfully. Once outside of harbour the ship turned immediately to its right and headed for Le Havre in elegant style.
Have never been to Le Havre...wonder what its like...pondering vaguely....

The time of the pictures shown was about 7pm...the fog had dispersed but it was still very grey.
Glad you are enjoying the page Barry W-S. Couple more there for you to enjoy.
Wasn't worth going up top on the day Howard - but better days ahead.

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 06:11
Post 693
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
i must admit that barge does look enticing, a real "away from it all" look.

Didn't bother to go up top for photos of today's cruise liner, as paul says too murky a day.

plenty of visitors in town this morning taking photos of the castle with the fountain in the foreground, doubt if they came out well though.

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 20:38
Post 692
  Barry W-S, Dover (
Nice photo PaulB, especially in these weather conditions, it's good to see cruise ships of this calibre, stylish, smooth lines, very Italian Smiley

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 11:07
Post 691
  PaulB, Dover
Here is the MSC Magnifica pictured a few minutes ago. The image is manipulated as in reality its just not clear enough to get a decent picture it were. There is still a lot of fog/mist about and its probably unlikely to get much better, although one lives in hope. Maybe this evening...
Also in the picture is the familiar dredger David Church.

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 10:41
Post 690
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Fog clearing and yes, MSC Magnifica has arrived. At over 90,000 tonnes, one of our big visitors. But I see an even bigger "celebrity" is due to call next year!

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 08:47
Post 689
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the ace reminder Kevin. Unfortunately fog has blighted the situation this morning..cant see a thing as I write. Don't know if she is in or not...but hopefully the weather situation will get better so everyone can see. Pity that...yours truly was camera ready for the returning monster cruise liner.

Wow!..great barge. Can you set that one up for me on the Seine Mike, just 300 or 400 metres east of Notre Dame will do...Im moving in !! SmileySmiley

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 07:20
Post 688
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Always fancied the idea of a trip on a canal barge and that one looks like just the job! A quick reminder that the MSC Magnifica is due into Dover again tomorrow.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 19:49
Post 687
  Mike J., Dover
Came across this Dutch luxury canal-boat in Wellington Dock this morning.
Dunno how long she's been here.

Further details if you Google HAKVOORT SHIPYARD TIGRE D’OR

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 11:35
Post 686
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


Key point in Port transformation arrives with closure of Travel Centre

The Port of Dover’s Travel Centre, the building that has welcomed millions of passengers to Europe’s busiest ferry port for the past 30 years, is to close at 8pm on 30th April 2014. The familiar building is closing in readiness for demolition, representing a key point in the Traffic Management Improvement (TMI) project that is transforming the Port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “Freight vehicle numbers have virtually trebled over the past thirty years and we want to create a new welcome for our customers, one that delivers enhanced efficiency, flexibility and fantastic customer service.”

During the demolition, which is due to be completed by mid-September 2014, two outbound traffic lanes will be maintained during peak times with minimal impact anticipated on inbound tourist and freight traffic.

The Arrivals Area of the Passenger Handling Building has been fully refurbished to provide new and permanent facilities in order to accommodate the existing tenants of the Travel Centre. A new Passenger Lounge has also been provided as an additional customer waiting facility during peak times.

Mr Waggott added: “The Travel Centre has faithfully served our customers over a long period of time, but in order to be the best port in the world, we need to move with the times and that means keeping the £89 billion of goods that come through the Port moving. I offer my continued appreciation for the understanding of our customers whilst we improve the Port for their journeys of the future and to our community whilst we work to reduce possible congestion in the town.”

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 06:26
Post 685
  brian d., sunny hieghts.
ah yes I seen it in the bay this afternoon.Smiley

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 20:44
Post 684
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
It was a very busy harbour last evening as you can see..with lots of sizzling activity. The Lifeboat joined in with the sunlit action. They were on a training run we can assume, as there was no immediate danger to be seen. All was sunlit tranquillity itself. But they certainly cut an exciting colourful image as they rounded the café and lighthouse on the Prince of Wales pier and headed in our landlubber direction. They made for some nice pictures but we can settle on the one above.

I promised another pic of the Star Trust and here she is below... I managed to get some of the overly orange evening colour out of the picture and here we are. Not too bad. As mentioned in the previous post...she left again not all that long after arriving...about 7.30 or so. And yet another cargo ship arrived today called the Hope Bay...was too hazy at the time to get a good picture of it though.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 16:00
Post 683
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Just immediately after assisting the Star Trust cargo ship into Port yesterday, tugboat dauntless returns to base in the picture above. The Star Trust below was also assisted by Doughty which is just out of shot. In the background above you can see the Pilot launch boat powering eastwards at full speed. Time was about 3.30pm. I believe the Star Trust had come all the way from the Panama Canal. That is some trip! Definitely long hail. The interesting thing... by 7.30 early evening she was on her way again. presumably had just dropped off some cargo/containers here and was heading onwards, perhaps to Antwerp...
We have some pictures of her leaving but all a tad too orange in the late dying sun. I will try to un-orange them in due course. Wish me luck...
The Star Trust is a regular visitor here of course. Its great to see our cargo ship too-ings and fro-ings increasing all the time. As Howard says below there...quite a surprise to see the amount and different variety of ships passing through the Port these days. Great to see.
Indeed Howard the input from our resident experts always hugely welcome.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 06:38
Post 682
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
quite astonishing to see the variety of vessels that frequent our port.

most of us see dover as a ferry port plus cruise liners in season.

paul sees them all from his eagle's nest and resident experts give the lowdown, great stuff.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 22:22
Post 681
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous post these are the pictures showing the arrival of the new groyne marker 'lampshade'. Replacing the one that fell heroically in the winter storms. Yours truly didn't actually see the new fitting taking place but noticed the survey boat Diana next to it earlier in the day. You can just see the tiny bit of marker pole sticking out of the water. Diana then moved away but later when I looked all was in place and here we are.. see also the post below plus posts 581, 583, 584, on page 3.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 07:47
Post 679
  PaulB, Dover
Very interesting pictures and info below there John and Ed. Had no idea the Cornelis Vrolijk had ever been into Port. And there we are..great stuff as ever lads!
Now by way of that tidal novelty again...
These pictures are from a few days back, the last few days, and you can see the tidal line very pronounced in the harbour. No work was going on or anything to contribute to the distinctive line but some days it is very pronounced...not often though. In the lower right of top picture you can just see the new groyne marker pole. Since then the 'lampshade' and extension have been added to it to bring it in line with requirements. Will have some pictures etc...
Slightly later and on a different camera...a colourful windsurfer tackles the now breaking tide line with panache and gusto.

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 07:00
Post 677
  Ed Connell, Dover
One of Cornelis Vrolijk on the South Jetty a few years ago. Registered in Hull and flying the Red Duster.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 11:31
Post 676
  John Mavin, Dover
That's the Cornelis Vrolijk Fzm. She calls at Dover from time to time, usually for a crew change - which I guess is what's happening here. If you Google her name you can see her company website.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 11:11
Post 675
  PaulB, Dover

For about an hour yesterday Easter Saturday between 5 and 6 pm...this fishing trawler above circulated around the western entrance. It was met in due course by the small launch from George Hammond. What was going on was impossible to tell..but after a short time all necessities were completed and courtesy of our Channel Traffic info ( top of page ) the ship carried on on its journey to...and ive had to double check the spelling on this Ijmuiden in Holland. I must admit I have never heard of Ijmuiden before. So there you are, you learn something new everyday.
The ship is called the Cornelis Vrolijk.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 06:48
Post 674
  PaulB, Dover
This is another one of these special ops vessels...we seem to have had quite a number of these guys visiting in recent times. Quite a new phenomenon. More pictures of the other ones down and over the page. This most recent one is called HMS Example and I just caught the tail end of her visit as she departed around 11.30am earlier today...slipping out of harbour between ferries.

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 12:10
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