Monday, 27 May 2019

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

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Post 6236
  Sea News, Dover

That's our ol regular friend Sikinos above there coming down from Rotterdam ( its usually Rotterdam ) to do bunkering duties for Boudicca on Thursday, we capture her there under a big sky as she arrives.

The following day below Friday and very early morn..06.00 or thereabouts and we see the Atlantic Klipper approaching. First shot shows her as we look across the early Port and towards the big sky. The following pix show the ship getting ever closer. I tried something called 'active d-lighting' on these, a feature you find in some cameras that's supposed to work by even-ing the light when you are looking directly at didn't work!!

The computer resurrected the pictures from the dead...SmileySmiley

Below...its now Saturday late afternoon and yours truly just spotted Atlantic Klipper in the far distance, heading off to Bridgetown in Barbados...long range shot...

Thanks for the great info below PatrickSmiley


ps; Saga Sapphire in again today.

Sunday, 28 April 2019 - 06:17
Post 6235
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Mike J
re posts 6232 & 6233
The well dressed and uniformed gents were here to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid held annually at St James’ cemetery and at noon on the 23rd at the Town Hall for the ringing of the Zeebrugge Bell. I believe these gents were on a coach from Brugge. Plenty of past years coverage can be found on YouTube.

Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 11:04
Post 6234
  Sea News, Dover
Boudicca again ... and the Pilot Boat battling the waves..

Yes there goes Boudicca again, this time heading south on fabulous trip to the Italian Riviera, cant be bad...Smiley
...chased along below by the pilot boat which is getting a bit of a bashing in the rougher conditions. Had to zoom in to the max to get these ones below so quality not ideal.

Well done Mike below...excellent pictures and info as ever...Smiley


Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 07:14
Post 6233
  Mike J., Dover
A nice view of AIDASOL's arrival & a fine military collection.
Perhaps two RN & an American Army or Air Force officers but the other two ?
Basically the same uniform, with subtle differences in in braid, rank badges & scrambled egg on the their caps, European Allies presumably.
Anyone know more ?

A couple more from Thursday with the BOUDICCA swinging in the bay, leaving for the Mediteranean with Malaga as her first port.

The BOUDICCA had been bunkered by the SIKINOS who had arrived from Dublin late Wednesday night is now, Friday midday, anchored northeast of North Foreland awaiting her next customer.

About a week ago ‘Sea News’ mysteriously disappeared overnight which prevented me posting a few pix before I left Dover for a while.
Here’s a few ‘catch-ups’

Arrival of HAMBURG from Falmouth on Good Friday, this nice little ship is now in Dublin after calls at Hamburg & London.

Going back even further is the the elusive DWDR workboat NJORD on 16/4, followed, after the departure of the BOUDICCA , by the interesting 1937 Dutch-built motor yacht WIMA who is on the ‘National Historic Ships Register’ & saw service [on our side] during WW2.

For more details of the WIMA try Googling ‘National Historic Ships Register’ & search for her name.
She seems normally to be based on the Medway.

Friday, 26 April 2019 - 11:59
Post 6232
  Sea News, Dover

The magnificent AIDAsol arriving with us here at the Port of Dover very early yesterday morning Thursday. Time of picture we said before, the AIDA ships all look or are similar but of course are all immaculately 'turned out'.
And speaking of immaculately turned out...look at this fine body of military gentlemen taking an amble along the seafront a day or so ago...Wednesday.. they were gently perusing the various seafront statues/memorials. These gentlemen of immaculate perception, appear to be top brass from various nations...they came by coach...more people from the coach waited by the seaside railings while the military men did their 'flypast'. Never a dull moment around here...

A fairly standard shot below of Boudicca taken yesterday, looking across the gaggle of DWDR diggers and various workings...
but we will have further and better pictures taken later in the day yesterday at time of departure. Will catch up with those... quite a lot happening at the moment so quite a bit to catch up with, much more to come in due course.

Well done Patrick nice shot belowSmiley
Yesterday was an odd day weatherwise, we had rough, calm, bright, dark, good visibility and poor visibility... kitchen sink weather, today according to the shipping forecast its going to get windy, so hold on to yer hat!


Friday, 26 April 2019 - 06:08
Post 6231
  Patrick, Marine Parade
'AIDAsol' departure this evening. Passengers enjoying the late sunshine as they sip their cocktails and look back on our ever changing port. The Pilot launch can just be made out alongside with the chalk cliffs of France in the background. Tomorrow sees the return of sister ship 'AIDAluna' on one of her short trip schedule visits

Thursday, 25 April 2019 - 22:59
Post 6230
  Sea News, Dover
The Harbour at Night

AIDAluna stayed on well into the night on her recent visit...she's a large ship with spectacular lighting...well what can you say, her presence illuminated the harbour in fine style. There was almost a party atmosphere.. I say almost... not down this end, where in the pic below and at the same time, we see reefer Elvira moving out in rudimentary style with the help of the tugs. The basic shovelling goes on....

Harking back to the same morning and we see AIDAluna arriving below...
she was on another one of those short cruises from Hamburg.

Another BIG AIDA ship in today...AIDAsol
also Boudicca
another double whammy...

Thursday, 25 April 2019 - 06:01
Post 6229
  Sea News, Dover
Featuring Border Force today...

The shots above ( seriously hampered by misty murk ) are from Easter Monday which was a very busy day for Border Force with the reported sightings of incursions. You can see Vigilant above there heading out from the Port of Dover to join the fray as it were. Vigilant most definitely gets about, certainly highly active, we saw her in Ramsgate in Sarah's pictures a couple of days ago.

As she headed out one of the smaller Border Force boats came towards Vigilant. We understand it to be Speedwell...the smaller boat was towing a dinghy, read into that what you will, and as she approached the Port entrance had a change of heart and surprisingly veered off to her left, her port side...

As we said, those three pix above are from Easter Monday 08.20 approx...and the one below shows another Border Force cutter...this time its Searcher heading out. This picture below was taken yesterday morning Tuesday at 09.39...


Wednesday, 24 April 2019 - 06:20
Post 6228
  Sea News, Dover
Some very hazy pictures now from Sunday morning. It looks like HMS Mersey in action here but because of the mist/haze call it what you will, we cant be entirely sure. But assuming it is HMS Mersey...the naval vessel was advancing westward and suddenly did a swift 180 degree turn presumably to check something out, perhaps some concern was expressed onboard over the visible yacht. This was another weekend of migrant boat activity so you can understand the ship being in high alert mode... three incursion boats were picked up over Easter.

Also have pictures of Border Force activity...still in camera but if quality any good will also show those. The visibility haze issue might hamper us a bit with those yet again..

Smiley Nice collection below from Dover Sarah.. well done with those....
...the roving reporter roved over to dover with camera over shoulder ready to record...Smiley

Try saying that in a hurry...Smiley


Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - 06:27
Post 6227
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Enjoyed The Easter Event at RNLI Dover on Sunday, below are a few photos.

Monday, 22 April 2019 - 19:35
Post 6226
  Sea News, Dover
Misty Morning Moon: The picture above shows the moon on Saturday morning at 6am. Yes its the misty morning moon hanging just above Dover's Western Heights and about to disappear... but looking spectacular even though gently fading away...

Turn the clock back a few hours and we look out across the night-time port with one of the P&O Spirits to the left and the moon lighting up the Dover Straits. Not really focusing on the moon in this shot... just a general night pic.
As you can see...the moon beautifully and conveniently lights the way to Calais.

Smiley Wow! awesome collection of pictures below there... absolute stunners..
and the featured vessels amazing, amazing to get them all in one place.

Bet Google will highlight those in due course.

Don't Miss Those!!

Thanks Jeremy on behalf of all the 'snappers'. Glad you're liking it all.....SmileySmiley


Monday, 22 April 2019 - 06:15
Post 6225
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
Great photo's on here from some talented photographers!Smiley

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 22:13
Post 6224
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Relief Lifeboat "Forward Birmingham" has returned to Ramsgate from having completed a successful spell of relief at Sheerness. Pilot Boats Estuary Elan & Estuary Esprit are seen in the background.

HMS Blazer, Dasher & Puncher overnighting in Ramsgate.

CPV Alert in Ramsgate.

HMS Puncher in Ramsgate.

HMC Vigilant at rest in Ramsgate.

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 19:44
Post 6223
  Sea News, Dover
Yours truly accidently left these two extra pictures of MV Hamburg off the earlier post with the Jetskis this morning. These follow along from the earlier shot of the elegant ship leaving late evening in post...ermmm just check the number.. thats it...6219.
You know what they say...better late than never!Smiley

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 10:07
Post 6222
  brian dixon, dover
still missing colettes witty posts though.

Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 07:31
Post 6221
  Sea News, Dover

The couple on the jetski above are shown powering back into Port from the open seas on Thursday evening. They are clearly having an exhilarating time of it in the late day sun. The weather was then and is now...just gorgeous. An amazing Easter - Dover enjoying big numbers of visitors.


Sunday, 21 April 2019 - 06:27
Post 6220
  brian dixon, dover
liking the cruise ship listings. Smiley

Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 19:43
Post 6219
  Sea News, Dover
Yes indeed MV Hamburg was with us yesterday and there she is above leaving the Port in the fading light last evening. Time of departure about 19.30 or 7.30pm if you prefer. She was off to...well yes you've guessed it...Hamburg !!Smiley

The pictures below are from the evening before and we have AIDAluna leaving and where was she going ? ...yes Hamburg again.

Its all happening in HamburgSmiley
Im afraid we have been off the air for quite a few hours. Not sure what caused it as yet but very much a disappointment. We are back now so hopefully all okay.

Many thanks to the guys below for all the info on traffic etc... nice shot below there from Patrick.
Great traffic pictures Mike...will try and add that link to the top of the page will be helpful while in the current situation.


Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 08:51
Post 6218
  brian dixon, dover
yes phil, cleaed up about half 3 / 4 o'clock.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 19:09
Post 6217
  Phil C , Dover
Seems clear now - just drove back from Folkestone through Capel, but when I got to the junction at the top of Folkestone Road there was nothing queueing on the A20 at all.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 17:25
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