Saturday, 14 December 2019

Sea Pictures from Dover....

Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with further coverage of the surrounding ports.

Sea News Dover

Port of Dover: New CARGO TERMINAL opens for business see 6688....
Christmas Spectacular Event at the Port 6648... Port Fundraise Record 6659.
MP Charlie Elphicke moving aside for wife..see 6646. Wife Natalie Elected 6694.
P&O: St Richards School trip to Calais for 6 year olds see 6630. New Apprentices 6662. AWARD SUCCESS 6681.
DFDS: Contract Cancelled see 6626. New Apprenticeships 6650. WORLD'S BEST see 6676.

P&O Ferries Choir dates for Christmas... see 6693.

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Post 6636
  Del Styan, Norwich
Sorry to hear about your rough conditions yesterday. We had a tree or two down up here in Norfolk, but you got the brunt of it in the South East.
I will watch the Charlie outcome with great interest! An Election no one can forecast, but lots of guesses.

Sunday, 3 November 2019 - 23:22
Post 6635
  Sea News, Dover
Rough Day in Dover
The couple above there are about to get a soaking...brace yourselves!

Nobody going anywhere fast as the rampant rabid waves roll in...

The tugs (Svitzer Intrepid here) tried manfully but look at it....impossible.... Sid the Seagull however is carrying on regardless..

You wont need me to tell you how rough yesterday was horrendous. The ferries tried to carry on gamely, going out in the very rough weather initially, but even they had to pause in the end to let nature 'get on with it'. All services were stopped for something like 4/5 hours.

Night shot below of SVS Vega moving away from new pier WD4 the night before...time of shot 5.25pm...she is still in port at the Cruise Terminal One...presumably moving over for increased shelter.

Well Del the election announcement is incredibly bad timing for Charlie Elphicke as he is firmly ensconced in 'no mans land' with the legal situation hanging over him, and the Conservative whip removed. There has been no announcement as to his he standing or is he not...however just a couple of days prior to the Election announcement yours truly had a 4 page A4 promo leaflet through the front door highlighting Charlie's achievements (according to the Conservative Party)... as they say 'watch this space'.

Charlie was an avid Remainer initially but when most here in Dover voted the other way, Charlie re-invented himself, and he turned into the tub thumping Leaver extraordinaire...


Sunday, 3 November 2019 - 07:38
Post 6634
  Del Styan, Norwich
Sorry to interrupt the sea theme - do you know if Charlie is standing for the General Election? Do feel free to delete if you think it's inappropriate!

Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 23:12
Post 6633
  Sea News, Dover
SVS Vega
Some more pictures now of SVS Vega, this time yours truly's shots are without the overpowering backdrop provided by the cruise ship AIDAsol (6627). Top picture there shows the ship at evening time on Halloween. No witches to be seen anywhere. But you can see tug Dauntless paused there in the background.

The two pictures below were taken yesterday early afternoon and show the reinforced steel bars being lifted off SVS Vega by the towering crane.

SVS Vega moved away from WD4 last night at 5.25PM. We may have a night shot of that...although it was pitch dark and raining...will examine and see if useable. Although I cant see with naked looks like SVS Vega is over at Cruise Terminal One. It may be a sheltering option as very strong winds are forecast here this morning... "severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10" .. said the man on the shipping forecast.

Below we have a glimpse of well known dredger Reimerswaal passing us on Thursday...will have pictures of that following along...bear with..
The Spirit of Britain was entering through the western entrance with Reimerswaal a short distance can see everything in the picture..the dredger, the lighthouse, the Spirit and the hardy passengers sitting on the rear was chilly and damp at the time... hardy souls..

The second picture is a closer crop of the first there...

Del yes indeed a very encouraging story in these hardened times... glad you enjoyed that one.. Smiley
Another 'famous five' from Ted don't miss those. You are getting really amazing quality on the pictures Ted. Smiley


Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 06:06
Post 6632
  Del Styan, Norwich
What a lovely story from P and O about the school children going to meet their counterparts in Calais. Gives you hope in these troubled times. Give me more!

Friday, 1 November 2019 - 23:11
Post 6631
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five from Ramsgate"
A stroll around Ramsgate Harbour on Tuesday.The rain had cleared and blue sky started breaking through.A strong breeze from the East added to the atmosphere.
The wind farm vessel Tempest enters in choppy conditions.

The workboat/tug MTS Valour alongside the Commercial Jetty.
A workhouse around the coast towing barges etc for Coast protection projects.

Alongside the East Pier the "Art Barge"which will eventually be converted into an Art Gallery attraction in the inner harbour.The other large pontoon will be moved over to Bretts Wharf.

With the zoom lens on full magnification the Dutch square rig vessel Morgensten appeared on the horizon heading for Ramsgate. My thanks to John Masefield for the quote.

Friday, 1 November 2019 - 10:38
Post 6630
  Sea News, Dover


A class of six-year-olds from St Richards Catholic Primary School in Dover enjoyed a day out with an international twist when they were transported to France on a P&O Ferries ship to meet with their counterparts at Ecole Notre Dame de Calais last month.

The six-year olds had first met in November 2018 at the launch of P&O Ferries’ Sail with Santa initiative, where the two classes were invited onboard to meet Father Christmas and one of his reindeers, who were then special guests on weekend sailings in the lead up to Christmas. Despite the language barrier, the children hit it off, and the resulting connection between the two schools led to this month’s trip across the channel, provided by P&O Ferries.

During their sailing across the channel, the 21 pupils from St Richard’s were given a guided tour of the ship and enjoyed trying on P&O Ferries’ various uniforms, including the chief engineer’s hat, helmets and hi-vis jackets. The children were further entertained with a quiz about the vessel, where they were tested with questions like ‘how many lorries can be loaded onboard’ and ‘how many tonnes of chips are cooked in a year’.

The children arrived at Ecole Notre Dame de Calais in time to share lunch with their French friends, and with no hint of language barriers, went out to play with the whole school. The children’s’ French and English speaking skills that they had practiced in the lead-up to the reunion were put to the test through activities organised by Ecole Notre Dame. ‘Find a friend’ proved particularly popular, where each child was given the name of someone in the opposite class, and they had to find that person by asking questions in the language they were learning.

While improving their language skills and building friendships was a key element to the day, the experience also provided the children with the opportunity to learn about a new culture. St Richard’s pupils were interested to learn that all French school children eat lunch at home every day with their parents, while the French pupils were intrigued about St Richard’s uniform, not having one of their own. The day concluded with a guided tour of Ecole Notre Dame for St Richard’s.

Jacqueline Burns, Business Transformation and Communications Manager at P&O Ferries, said: "We’re thrilled to have been able to facilitate St Richard’s trip across the channel and it was fantastic to see how excited the children were to visit their friends in Calais. It was a joy to hear that they got on so well after meeting for the first time last year aboard the Spirit of Britain, and we hope that we can continue to support the special relationship between the two schools."

Mrs Hannah Waller, Teacher at St Richard’s, said: "We’re very grateful to P&O Ferries for supporting the relationship between our two schools and making this wonderful exchange trip happen. The children learned a great deal, both onboard the Spirit of France and at Ecole Notre Dame, and we hope that our close bond will continue long into the future."

Finally, Madame Fabienne Evrard, Head Teacher at Ecole Notre Dame, added: "We were very happy to welcome the children from St Richard’s to our school and it was great to see the children renew their friendships. Following the initial meeting, children at Ecole Notre Dame now start learning English from the age of two, and it’s brilliant that through our schools’ connection, we can build on this and allow our children to put these important skills into practice."

For more information or to book a crossing visit


The Spirit of Britain

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Many thanks as ever to P&O Ferries for the information above. A heartwarming enjoyable story for sure. Great to see that. Smiley

And now...the departing Baltic Klipper
Baltic Klipper: Just caught her at the last minute as she left through the western exit a few days ago, heading for another exotic destination...this time Madagascar we understand. The vessel had two short visits to the cargo terminal having moved out of the way ( to the eastern arm ) to accommodate another cargo vessel Lady Rosebay.

An extra pic below as she rounds the bend as it were... ! Tugs are Dauntless and Svitzer Intrepid.

Teds 'Famous Five' : Absolutely cracking pictures below from Ted who roved over to Whitstable...very nice shots indeed Ted..Smiley
'Inshore correspondent' Mike got in close below there to get those shots of SVS Vega Smiley

Don't miss those pictures below from Ted and Mike.


Friday, 1 November 2019 - 07:01
Post 6629
  Mike J., Dover
Nice Whitstable pix from Ted, always worth a walk around the colourful harbour on a sunny day, particularly when the faithful NEPTUNE is in port & other movements taking place.
With Ramsgate, one of the few commercial harbours in the southeast where public access is permitted.

Liked the tortoises & Paul’s view of Sid the Seagull in fancy dress swooping in for Halloween.

A few views of SVS VEGA discharging on WD4 on Thuesday afternoon.
High water is a 'must' for pix from the end of the new Marina pier, around 5 metres difference between high & low tide.
Paul has the prime spot [post 6627].

The ‘rebar’ is being stacked on the quay, handled by a heavy-duty forklift.
My apologies for the damned lighting pole across the bows, not noticing it before I got back home - sloppy . . . .

Friday, 1 November 2019 - 00:00
Post 6628
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five from the Bubble" (Whitstable)
The Thames sailing barge Greta departs Whitstable for her Winter layup at Faversham Creek.
Greta is a Thames Sailing Barge built in 1892 to be used as a working barge transporting cargo on the River Thames and the Thames Estuary. She carried ammunition, beer, grain, malt and building products. Although Greta no longer carries cargo she still works providing Thames Sailing Barge day trips for individuals from Whitstable Harbour, The sailing season is usually from Spring (April/May) till late Summer (Sep/mid Oct). During the winter months she is moored at the Standard Quay Faversham.

The self discharge coaster Neptune unloading stone for Bretts.The stone will be used to make asphalt from their plant on the quay.

The beam trawler Seiont-A which is registered in Brixham but has been around our part of the coast for some time.Last seen on the slipway at Ramsgate having an overhaul.
The green coloured nets attached to the beams are for catching scallops.

The Cockle boats Cardium ll and Oly-Ray now laid up until the Cockle season starts at the end of June until the end of October.Most of the catch is exported to Spain.

With Winter approaching the Harbour tortoises are now making their way back home.
Once in the box it will be from the London Gateway or Felixstowe to the Philippines.

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 19:11
Post 6627
  Sea News, Dover
SVS Vega with the magnificent cruise ship AIDAsol as backdrop...

SVS Vega and AIDAsol

Following along above there from Mike's earlier shots in post 6625, we see again SVS Vega at new pier WD4...offloading her cargo with the help of the super new towering crane, which had moved over and across from WD5 especially for the job. AIDAsol here providing a striking backdrop...AIDA came in the dark and left in the dark, she is currently on a one way 13 day cruise from Hamburg to Majorca with all stops in between...including Dover of course.

There is only one cruise visit left on the schedule..towards end of November, strictly.. one would think.. for those who like it wild and blustery...
Put the Pimms back in the bottle!


Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 07:29
Post 6626
  Sea News, Dover



On 6 September 2019, DFDS entered into an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire two ferries, Moby Wonder and Moby Aki, for deployment on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route.

Moby would in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle, King Seaways and Princess Seaways.

The agreement was expected to be completed in the second half of October 2019 but Moby has unfortunately not been able to meet the delivery terms of the agreement. The agreement has therefore been cancelled.

"We will continue to explore solutions for a renewal of the ferries on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route in line with our customers’ wishes and our strategic ambitions for the route and for DFDS.

The two current ferries offer a great service today, and they will continue doing so until a new solution with new ferries is in place. Therefore, this will not change our plans for developing the route, it will merely delay it," says Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division.


Many thanks to DFDS for the information above. Obviously disappointing news for all concerned.
To see the original statement and artists impression of ship.. see post 6524 (type number into Search Engine Box above) or indeed use DFDS Moby.

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As promised here we are with the arrival shots of Lady Rosebay we saw her approaching in the earlier post and here she is arriving on a very bright Sunday. Baltic Klipper moved out of the Cargo Terminal to allow her in...Baltic moving to Eastern Arm...seems to be a new habit.

Lady Rosebay

The Lady has since left us for Vlissingen...she didn't remain long in Port and Baltic Klipper returned to the Cargo Terminal. The tugs in action above...Svitzer Intrepid and Dauntless.

We also have pictures of Baltic Klipper, SVS Vega, AIDAsol, Reimerswaal, plus.. to catch up on so bear with...

Don't miss the interesting post below from Mike with SVS Vega...great stuff! Smiley
Thanks for the info below there Brian...never a dull moment around here..Smiley


Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 07:01
Post 6625
  Mike J., Dover

Tuesday morning & the SVS VEGA preparing to discharge ‘rebar’ [reinforcing steel rods used mostly in reinforced concrete construction] from Klaipeda, the first such cargo to be discharged on WD4.

She came thru the Kiel Canal & aanchored in Margate Roads for a day or so waiting for the SEABEE to sail Monday evening for the Italian port of Oristano wth her cargo of beans.
No jokes about a following wind, please.

The VEGA had a noticeable roll from time to time during the afternoon, exposed to the swell from the moderate easterlies that we've had for at least 24 hours.

No fun working down the hold connecting up the bundles of rebar to the crane wires with the ship moving about.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 02:24
Post 6624
  brian dixon, dover
tell me about it paul, Aycliffe estate was full of police, border force and search dogs. Aycliffe school was on lock down until lunch time because of the dogs.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 19:18
Post 6623
  Sea News, Dover
A couple of poor quality pictures of the Lifeboat returning to Port in the misty conditions yesterday morning Monday. Time of first shot you can see the Lifeboat is towing a dinghy. There were reports on the news of 2 migrant dinghies being located early yesterday. One in difficulty spotted by a DFDS ferry which paused on the scene to lend assistance...a second 'empty' dinghy located on Shakespeare Beach here in Dover.

Below we have a picture of an approaching Lady Rosebay in the high bright conditions of Sunday. The picture looking across the Port into the distance. We will have more pictures of this arrival following along. Lady Rosebay is a relatively new visitor, but nevertheless we have pictures in the system ( just one batch)...type in Lady Rosebay in our Search Engine box and you will see them..
Here she is arriving Sunday from Paramaribo.

Seabee left Western Dock 4 last night about 8PM
and SVS Vega arrived this morning early to fill the slot about 4am.
No pictures of either of those happenings as too dark alas.

ps:Late-in-the-year cruise ship AIDAsol now arriving 06.45

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 05:01
Post 6622
  Sea News, Dover
Noordhoek Pathfinder

Noordhoek Pathfinder: You will remember we had some pictures of Noordhoek Pathfinder a couple of days ago [6618)...they were taken in murky conditions and relatively (or middling) long range. The following day the exciting Support/Survey vessel obliged us further and came right into Port for a short hop flying visit. This allowed us a great opportunity to indulge and here we are...the sequence was taken on Friday morning following the vessel in and around as it were .. first shot you can see the camera shooting into very bright morning light...

Noordhoek Pathfinder


Monday, 28 October 2019 - 07:05
Post 6621
  Sea News, Dover
The clocks go back/went back an hour over night
but it caught yours truly out as this post is even earlier than turned on the shipping forecast as per usual but it wasn't there, had society as we know it collapsed thought I through woolly brain, but eventually..eventually.. the penny dropped...
to give us a lift in spirits and to act as an antidote to the ever eternal rain.. recent picture below taken as the sun rose over the Spirit...

Seabee arrived late in the day, we have shown pictures in the earlier posts below, but as she waited to berth on WD4 night fell... and here she is waiting waiting eagerly anticipating... with the pilot boat seemingly doing tug duties...

And then below the following day beginning to load up, beans being the commodity this time we believe, in picture 2 you can see the trucks waiting to discharge their load...

Just a note to say will have further pictures of the Noordhoek Pathfinder up next...taken when she nipped briefly into Port.
Just working on those now...

Mark and Del below Smiley


Sunday, 27 October 2019 - 05:12
Post 6620
  Del Styan, Norwich
I love Mark's comments. It begs so many questions, I dont know when to start!

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 23:02
Post 6619
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Nice picture of G-TECC there. You might like to know that the lady pilot you refer to used to work on the ferries and is a past member of Channel Gliding Club. She has a fondness for flying with a giant teddy bear strapped in to the passenger's seat. And why not ?
Keep up the good work....

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 10:08
Post 6618
  Sea News, Dover

Top four pictures there show Klaipeda leaving Port again after her second visit, no doubt with another full load of grain. She had just moved away from new pier WD4 where she had been for a few days. The pix are from Thursday afternoon, first shot 4.33 pm. The last picture above taken while she was beginning to get some distance behind her....

And speaking of longer distance...or semi longer range, here we are below with offshore support/survey vessel Noordhoek Pathfinder, out there in rough miserable weather earlier the same day. It was very grim/grey/grisly out there... twasn't picnic weather when these were taken, so they needed help from the overworked computer. Hopefully they show up well enough here..

See also post 6382, more pictures of Noordhoek Pathfinder there. Type number of post in Search Engine box above.

Nice round-up collection below there from Mike.. enjoyable pictures. Good to see those.Smiley


Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 04:59
Post 6617
  Mike J., Dover
More 'small fry'

Old friend TOPLOADER, who has often worked in Dover, as pretty as ever, called in briefly on 3/10.

She is currently working over in France. & on Friday night was bound for Fromentine from L'Orient'
A wild night to be out.

On 23/10 the former Dutch barge BEMA [post 6596] was back in the water in Granville Dock & looking very smart, soon to head off for Richborough for more work.

Also the same day the unusual-looking catamaran survey/research/guard vessel MAGNIFICAT [splendid name] was at Ramsgate..
She's been working locally for a while & on Friday night was working off Margate, close by a clump of ships sheltering from the current unpleasantness.

On 7th.October the elderly G-TECC passed slowly over the Admiralty Pier, heading south along the coast.

Google tells me that the aircraft is a US-built Aeronca 'Champion' built in 1946 & subject of an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report in 2008 when she crash-landed after engine failure, fortunately without injury to the lady pilot.

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 00:58
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