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

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Post 402
  PaulB, Dover
A cargo ship reportedly en route to Genoa in Italy was in collision with a tug and a smaller vessel it was towing at around 3am today saturday out in the channel. The collision resulted in serious damage to the smaller vessel, but no-one was injured in the incident which happened about nine miles off Dungeness in Kent.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "The Dungeness lifeboat went out to the vessels and stood by to make sure everything was okay. The Dover lifeboat arrived to take over from their Dungeness colleagues, while a Trinity House vessel, Galatea, also attended to assess the situation."

Just goes to show how congested things are out there. The good news is..nobody appears to have been hurt.

Picture shows Trinity House vessel Galatea in Dover a while back.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 19:43
Post 401
  PaulB, Dover
Bit of a shock to see blinding sunlight after the terminal gloom and terrible turbulence of recent times, but yes indeed sunlight it we see the Ivar Reefer heading out yesterday morning...bound for Antwerp. There seems to be great trade between us here and Antwerp, taking goods right into the heart of the European Union. Long may it all continue with Dover playing a big part. The picture doesn't show the ship terribly well but you get the idea..
Great set of pictures there below Ed of the Reachstacker in full operation. Must admit I had never seen one before, or never noticed them anyway, until I saw the beast growling its way down the seafront complete with police escort. Fabulous thing when you see it outside its normal environment. Excellent to see it in operation in those pictures below.

Yes it must have been very tough out there Ed in the atrocious weather. I never remember it being as bad...and I'm on dry land. Well done to all the guys out there who keep the ferries and the trade right on going.

PS: just a reminder to all, if you fancy some time away see the current special offers. Le Touquet with MyFerry Link..details now on page 2
and the Ski Slopes with DFDS ..details a few posts below. Nice deals to enjoy.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 07:52
Post 400
  Ed Connell, Dover
Some photos of the Reachstacker doing what Reachstackers do best. Taken yesterday in unaccustomed sunshine. Thank God the weather has improved. I have been on the Dover Seaways since just before New Year and the weather has been unrelentingly abysmal.

Friday, 10 January 2014 - 10:31
Post 399
  PaulB, Dover
Nice and all as Dover Seafront is, even in winter, every now and then you need to get away. How about this idea for hitting the ski slopes from DFDS...

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With no extra charge for taking your skis or snowboard, you can take as much luggage as you can fit in your car or roof rack and avoid the extra fees associated with air travel when heading off for your winter sports holiday.

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Apart from deciding what to spend your onboard voucher on, you’ll also find plenty of other ways to pass the time as you cruise across the Channel. You can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the onboard restaurants and cafés, or have a drink in the bar and admire the fantastic sea views. For little pirates there is a dedicated children’s play area, where they can let off steam before the onward journey.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “For those who want to head for the slopes this season, but don’t want the hassle of the long queues and baggage restrictions associated with air travel, I would encourage you to consider taking the easier car and ferry option. Travelling by ferry is not only a more relaxed way to travel, it is also very cost effective when travelling as a family or small group.”

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Some great places mentioned above there..ahhh Chamonix !
Picture above shows the Dieppe Seaways approaching the western exit/entrance.

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Well done with the pictures and info guys. learning more about the Reachstacker everyday. A fascinating machine. And also am very glad now we spotted the Admiral Kuznetsov moving by...probably heading to Sochi. Very impressive, as you can see in Howards picture there.


Friday, 10 January 2014 - 07:59
Post 398
  Mike J., Dover
Just a Swing at Twilight . . . . [as the song almost goes]

Late afternoon sun catches the SPIRIT OF FRANCE as she swings to dock on No.9 berth on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 23:51
Post 397
  John Mavin, Dover
Thanks for that Ray. Smiley

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 21:26
Post 396
  Ray H, Dover
John, you probably saw one of the Harbour Mobile Cranes that work the ships on the cargo terminal being delivered,they were indeed delivered as deck cargo as you describe.
Both of the Reachstackers were delivered to the Eastern Docks by road on low loaders.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 18:07
Post 395
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
interesting stuff all round, found this photo of the "admral kuznetsov" on manoeuvres.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 15:45
Post 394
  John Mavin, Dover
That Reachstacker ....... a few years ago I watched one being delivered to DHB (it could have been this one). It arrived as deck cargo on a small freighter which initially laid up on the Eastern Arm. The plan was to drive it off the ship on a perfectly horizontal line onto the Cargo Terminal (where the banana boats berth) - a tricky operation which could have been disastrous had it gone wrong.

Firstly, the conditions had to be just right, i.e. slack water at high tide and, secondly, there had to be no swell - this meant that all shipping movement in the port had to be suspended while offloading took place. A third consideration was that once the front wheels were on the quay the ship had to be trimmed to compensate for the weight loss.

As I recall the first planned attempt was abandoned because of the wind, but on the following day the conditions were perfect and the whole operation was carried out excellently.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 10:15
Post 393
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for that info John, great stuff. Looks like its the Russian Navy for sure. The reason I suspected Russians earlier was a bit more than a wild guess as there were at the same time a gaggle of Russian cargo ships following along behind all at once..So I ye do. Bit unusual.
The aircraft carrier was relatively close in to shore but the visibilty was not great.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 09:54
Post 392
  John Mavin, Dover
I'm fairly sure this is the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, currently en route for deployment in the Med. Because of the weather she's been at anchor off Scotland for a few days.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 09:01
Post 391
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB - Aha ! So it turned off the seafront there & must have gone 'contraflow' to Eastern Docks along the dual carriageway bringing traffic there to a grinding halt for a short while.
Thanks !

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:50
Post 390
  PaulB, Dover
Mike here's another picture for you to show the beasts exit route from the seafront. Must have been a tight squeeze as you say but it probably used pavement and all. To exit further down the seafront by the Premier Inn would probably have been too tight a squeeze. I suspect the average motorist would feel a tad menaced to see this thing approaching in the rear view mirror.
I'm sure I saw Charles Rolls turning his head there to have a look..Smiley

Yes indeed thanks again for all the info certainly know your onions. The full frontal shot of it below coming down the seafront almost shows the thing breathing fire !!Smiley I'm not sure where it was heading but if I see it again will let everyone know.

Out in the Channel yesterday there appeared to be some heavy military hardware on the move. This looks like an aircraft carrier to me but as ever I cant be 100% certain as it didn't show up on our Channel Traffic thingy...which can be found on our overall merged frontpage ( at top of page It seemed to have a smaller ship as 'outrider' as well .. But here's the thing, it was shadowed further back by the Royal Navy, HMS Defender in fact, which did show up on the channel traffic device. Maybe they were shadowing Russians on the move...perhaps the cold war is still to some extent in operation or is my imagination running riot? Anyway here's the picture..

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:32
Post 389
  Mike J., Dover
PaulB - thanks for the interesting photo of the beast heading along the seafront, heading presumably for Eastern Docks.

How did it get from Marine Parade onto Townwall Street ?
It sure as heck would have problems with the gap between the bollards.
I always breathe in to get my car thru the gap . . . .

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 15:21
Post 388
  JanT, Dover
Thank you for that imfo Ray as you can see by the picture, it certainly was not something you see everyday traveling down the seafront.Smiley

Mark and Vic glad to see you enjoy Sea News SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 13:09
Post 387
  Ray H, Dover
You guess correctly, the machine is a SISU Reachstacker built in Finland for the express purpose of handling shipping containers. There are two of these wee beasties lurking around the Port somewhere, originally purchased by DHB then sold off to Hammonds some years back. It is good to see that they are still working they are built like the proverbial brick outhouse.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 08:53
Post 386
  PaulB, Dover
Thats a cracking picture there a couple of posts below from Stephen Walker. You can almost feel the moment and hear the roar of the sea. Ace pic Stephen..well done Howard getting it up. Great addition.

Vic you are right, its very tough for the guys out there on the sea in this weather, going through the thick and thin of it every day. Thanks again for your comments..glad you are enjoying the Sea News pages.

Hello Mark ..welcome. Good to hear from you all the way up there in Northants. Ah yes have often gazed at those local glorious gliders over that way on summer days..tranquil beauty in motion. You made us laugh about Brussels standardising the seagull.

Look at this guy from yesterday...
This Monster Mover came grinding and growling down the seafront yesterday around 1pm. It had a police escort front and rear, because of its size no doubt. The front escort just out of shot. We are seeing an upsurge in monster movers lately and this is the latest. I dont know what it it a container lifting crane or similar? Bit of a beast. Came close to crushing that blue car left like an elephant would a bug..Look at the size of those tyres.

SEAFRONT LIGHTS: Glad the guys at the Port noticed our comment mentioning that the very central light amongst the all new seafront lights wasn't working...the guys came to fix it late yesterday...and now we have the full set of new lights all glowing brightly along Dover Seafront...the new lights run from the Premier Inn to the Yacht Club. White light rather than orange light as we noted previously...and very nice too.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 07:33
Post 385
  vic matcham, Dover
This is a very good site with some great photos of the sea and the port and the ships that come and vist us all the year round and in all weathers,I worked at sea off and on in ny working life on ships mainly welding ,just glad not out there this year,I was on a ship working in the 1987 storms but this time it has gone on for so many weeks and looks like no end to it yet,but the good news about it all it is keeping the snow away.Smiley

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 02:02
Post 384
  howard mcsweeney, dover
the photos get ever more dramatic - the cloud formation is a great one, this one was taken at the hoe last friday by stephen walker during a volunteer conservation day.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:17
Post 383
  Mark Rushton, Northants (
Hi Paul,

Great Blog - as someone who has an interest in the ferries and as a fairly regular visiting instructor at Channel Gliding Club just up the road I find it very enlightening. As regards your feathered friend, my money's on a cormorant (or possibly a sh*g, but that might not get past the lewdity filter....). Your comment implies that Brussels are now standardising the seagull, which, although disappointing, really doesn't come as that much of a surprise....

Cheers, Mark

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:02
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