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Post 6477
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of Atlantic Acanthus arriving a few days ago...
one of the newer visitors here at the Port of Dover
The ship seen here arriving from Paramaribo we understand, as Sammy the Seagull muscles in on the shot again..Smiley !
Pictures from Sunday.


Atlantic Acanthus

PB

Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 06:39
 
Post 6476
  Sea News, Dover

That's Deep Helder above there...you can see the pilot boat alongside and just see a crew member in attendance. The vessel was about to move away soon after the departure of the Disney Magic...round about 6.20pm Sunday evening..
Andrew got Deep Helder moments earlier see 6472.

Later that same evening at 8.10 PM ( 20:10) Amera departed. It was quite dark by then as you can see in the pictures below. She was following the same procedure as Disney Magic earlier and coming across the harbour in the strong wind. Yes quite dark. Sadly the evenings are drawing in already and the days are shortening rapidly..Heavens!
Its all Bojo's fault...Smiley




Amera was on a 5 day round trip from Bremerhaven....Dover Antwerp Amsterdam...

Nice picture below there. Well done Mike for showing that one and big thanks to Dover Strait ShippingSmiley

Well said JanT...Disney Magic is that bit special, brings out the kid in all of us. The place was packed round here with excite-able kids bursting to go...SmileySmiley

PaulB

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 06:54
 
Post 6475
  Mike J., Dover

HMS PICKLE prepares to sail for Harwich on Monday
Its only with the DOVORIAN alongside that you realise how small she is.


Image courtesy & copyright of DOVER STRAIT SHIPPING.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 15:22
 
Post 6474
  JanT , Dover
Some great pictures of the Disney Magic and what fun for those children that got to sail away on it Sunday evening,every child's dream I'm sure and grown ups too going into a world of magic and fantasy.
The child within comes out you better believe it.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 10:07
 
Post 6473
  Sea News, Dover
More of the Disney Magic now as she moves away...
A very strong crosswind saw the Disney Magic come across the harbour this time...not a regular occurrence. An odd shot above there ....as her scale blocks off completely the western exit.. ( its behind you !Smiley)

The boats Pilot and Tug sprint alongside as the magical magic makes her way towards the eastern exit...

Ahhh the open sea...

Almost...

And away she goes across the channel to Amsterdam I believe. That last picture there is quite strange, you might say typical Disney, as the ship appears to be coming and going at the same time. Can you see it? An optical illusion Hollywood style.

Once again the hotels were packed with kids ( of all ages!Smiley ) for this cruise. It specifically happens with Disney...very busy. The ship tinkled away with "when you wish upon a star" all day. Very low...you could just about hear it on the wind. The kids love it. Lovely ship too and all very exciting.

Well done Andrew, a cracking enjoyable collection below there. Brilliant...Don't Miss Those!Smiley

PaulB
ps: will have a few pix of the departing Amera. It was quite darkish when the ship left so they need work. Amera..Yours truly keeps forgetting that name...it doesn't have that ring of memorability to it.
SmileySmiley

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 07:08
 
Post 6472
  Andrew, Broadstairs




My visits to Dover have sadly, been few this year and I have relied on the great coverage supplied by Paul and the Team to keep abreast of so much that has been going on. It was therefore a great pleasure to be sitting on the cliffs at Langdon on Sunday afternoon watching, in glorious sunlight the DISNEY MAGIC sail past as she departed through the Eastern Entrance this being an added bonus and soon to be followed by the DEEP HELDER.



Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 02:02
 
Post 6471
  Andrew, Broadstairs
See Above....

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 01:58
 
Post 6470
  Sea News, Dover
Time to end the migrant crisis...says Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal


Dear Mr Boland,

Migrants continue to try to break into Britain by crossing the Channel in small boats. Attempts are becoming ever more risky – with a large group of around 50 detained last week having arrived in flimsy canoes.

Tragically, the weekend also saw the first incident in which a person may have lost their life trying to make this dangerous crossing. A woman is reported to have fallen from a dinghy seen heading towards the French coast by a cargo vessel on Friday. A major search operation was stood down on Saturday night.

This shocking incident has long been my worst fear. My thoughts and prayers go out to the woman and her family – as well as sincere hopes that she might yet be found.

These dangerous crossings have got to stop. The people traffickers don’t care a jot for people’s safety. Over the winter we heard of toddlers being crammed into unseaworthy vessels, which then crossed the Channel in the most appalling weather conditions.

The only way to bring the migrant crisis to an end is for traffickers and migrants alike to know the crossings won't succeed. That means 24/7 surveillance of the French coast – including investment in the long-range thermal imaging cameras used elsewhere in the world – so that any boats are spotted, intercepted and returned safely back to France.

Because as we have seen so many times over the years in Dover and Deal, anything other than strong action only encourages this activity. We will never forget the horrors of the Calais Jungle – a desolate place where thousands of vulnerable people lived in absolute squalor.

We got rid of it with tough action. We fought to convince the French to step up enforcement. By the end of 2016 the camp was dismantled – and things now are much improved. Yet a soft approach let the French port town become a migrant magnet. We must never allow it to happen again.

And it was our efforts that got people to stand up and take notice of the recent crisis. We invited numerous ministers down to Dover. Border Force cutters were ordered to return from the Mediterranean. A meeting was held with top officials in France where a joint agreement was struck, which included sending unsuccessful asylum seekers back to France.

Yet there is so much more that could and should be done. We need to send more of the unsuccessful asylum seekers back to France. We need to make the English Channel a joint UK/France security zone, so our boats can intercept smugglers wherever they are found. That’s why the Home Office must now get a grip on this crisis.

We must send out a stronger message. People on the other side of this debate claim to have these people’s safety in mind. Yet their plans would simply encourage more dangerous crossings to be made, putting more lives at risk.

One tragedy in the Channel is one too many. Firm action is needed now to prevent any more.


Charlie Elphicke MP


Many thanks to Charlie for the above...

There certainly has been hugely increased activity.
The pictures below show a flurry of presumably related activity on Dover Beach late last week...just double checking..Thursday in fact. It shows the Border Force out in ..well force.. as they retrieve two boats from the water...looked on by the crew of the Dover Harbour Patrol Boat. Presumably all dealing with another migrant situation. I haven't been able to find out much about it as there is so much migrant activity now that it hardly gets reported anymore. We certainly don't want to see people losing their lives making the crossing.
Anyway...here we are with the pictures below, make of it what you will...







SmileyMany thanks Harald for the post below. A nice collection of pictures there. Fresh and enjoyable. Good to hear from you again. Hope you enjoyed your visit over to Dover.

PaulB

Smiley

Monday, 19 August 2019 - 06:20
 
Post 6469
  Harald Boot, Tholen, The Netherlands
Last Thursday as we were on holiday in Kent we went to the St Martin's Battery car park. The view over the Port of Dover was very beautiful.
We had not expected the HMS Pickle to arrive in Dover so we were surprised to hear him shooting as we saw him arrive.
You can see the HMS Pickle behind the right crane.


A closer shot of the AIDAbella.


The Spirit of Britain and the Pride of Canterbury


The Spirit of Britain and the Cote des Flandres


And a view over the whole Port of Dover.


Sunday, 18 August 2019 - 14:47
 
Post 6468
  Sea News, Dover
HMS PICKLE

That's the last of yours truly's current batch of HMS Pickle above there. The picture shows Pickle earlier in the sequence and a fair way off .. as she comes along parallel to the coast as it were, before changing course for the Port here at Dover.

Yesterday both the Spirit of Discovery and Pacific Princess were in Port...here they are below early morning under a menacing sky...shiver me timbers..




Two exciting cruise ships in Port today...Amera...I don't think off top of head ...that we've had this one before...and also in Port, the extra special Disney Magic, loved by kids of all ages. Alas as I write its raining and grim, so some of said magic is dispersed.

Update re Amera: have just heard from 'a reliable source' that the now white Amera was formerly the black hulled Prinsendam which visited here many times in the past....so there we are. Many thanks.

PaulB

Sunday, 18 August 2019 - 06:52
 
Post 6467
  Sea News, Dover
Some more shots now of HMS Pickle arriving at the Port of Dover on Thursday afternoon...
with all guns a-blazin'

HMS Pickle arriving in Port above and firing off a few rounds as she enters below...


You can see the smoke from the blazing guns there and the crew working hard...the resounding thud from the gun took a long time to reach the 'observation tower'... you would expect a time lapse but twas much longer than expected...fascinating. You can just see the chap in the yellow jacket above there with his hands over his ears waiting for the next ..BANG! Very enjoyable photographing HMS Pickle and quite a challenge getting it right.

A few minutes before the Pickle arrival...the Med Surveyor left the Port
and here she is.......



....type the name in the Search Engine to see the previous Med Surveyor pictures too...


Well done Mike. Interesting pictures and info below. Great stuff!Smiley

PaulB

PS: Spirit of Discovery and Pacific Princess in Port today.

Saturday, 17 August 2019 - 07:14
 
Post 6466
  Mike J., Dover


A few more PICKLES - shortly after arrival Thursday evening & from the pontoons Friday morning.





No signs of life aboard at 0730 so unable to find their ETD & next port.

An unusual sight in the Granville Dock for a few days has been the Border Agency’s SPEEDWELL on the boat hoist berth awaiting a lift-out.


The boat hoist is currently under annual overhaul so maybe she’ll be there for a few days more.


DEEP HELDER [post 6454] came in mid-afternoon Friday & was still berthed on the Eastern Arm at 0030.

Excellent pix of the departure of MED SURVEYOR on the ’Dover Straits Shipping’ Facebook page.
She’s currently off the Dutch coast.

Interesting news for Dovorians who live within earshot of the Eastern Docks foghorns - they have been removed !
I certainly won’t miss the one that gave an irritating high-pitched electronic bleep every ten seconds.
More details on Notice to Mariners 38/19 on the DHB website.


Saturday, 17 August 2019 - 00:43
 
Post 6465
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there of dredger Reimerswaal. We have featured Reimers before if you look in our search engine above you can see previous pix. She came in very close to shore earlier this week...presumably to let the 'captive' pilot off ...the pilot no doubt held up by the wild wild weather earlier on..

Below we have AIDAbella tranquilly arriving yesterday morning (Thursday)....

AIDAbella - on a 14 day round trip from Kiel in Germany of essentially the British isles...

The huge crane platform Saipem 7000 was offshore a few days ago. There it was...massive and semi static in front of yours truly but for some reason I couldn't get a sharp picture. I blame the camera...
it has to be the equipment..SmileySmiley


Nice collection below MikeSmiley I understand the frustration but I have some shots of Med Surveyor and also more of HMS Pickle in the pipeline...still sorting...

Thanks Brian Smiley

PaulB

Friday, 16 August 2019 - 06:03
 
Post 6464
  Mike J., Dover

A frustrating afternoon which started when I went up Citadel Road to see whether HMS PICKLE was coming up to Dover under sail.

She wasn’t & I was about to drive down to the Ad.Pier when I saw to my horror the MED SURVEYOR coming off her berth & heading for Western & was only able to get a few unsatisfactory pix of this most interesting vessel,.
I hope that Paul or Patrick have better views.



Down on the Ad.Pier on the Turret [as usual the outer end of the pier was closed as a cruise ship was on Cruise-2] I got a few views of PICKLE’s arrival - her only sail set was the jib.



However as Paul’s nice pix show she was hoisting more sails as she entered & this must have explained the long wait as she hid behind the AIDABELLA before there was the thud of her cannons going off.
Frustrating not being able to see anything !

Eventually she appeared from behind the AIDA & headed down to the Tidal Basin & berthed astern of the lifeboat, all tied up by the time I got down there.



Nice underway pix of ANNA’s arrival from Paul.


Friday, 16 August 2019 - 01:42
 
Post 6463
  brian dixon, dover
paul. Smiley

Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 19:08
 
Post 6462
  Sea News, Dover

HMS Pickle arrives at the Port of Dover...and with all guns blazing...SmileySmiley

Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 16:02
 
Post 6461
  Sea News, Dover
Thanks for the tip-off Brian... PB Smiley

Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 15:42
 
Post 6460
  brian dixon, dover
hms pickle now sailing past dungenss as I type. 1305.


Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 13:03
 
Post 6459
  Sea News, Dover


The magnificent monster cruise ship Celebrity Reflection was in with us again yesterday. A huge beast as you can see in the pictures above and very impressive. Pictures were taken early morning and show the ship at Cruise Terminal Two. In pic 2 you can see Border Force in the distance...BF vessels trying hard to keep abreast of the ever increasing influx. The Celebrity Reflection was/is on a 12 day round trip of the British Isles from Amsterdam.... the weather wasn't too good for her yesterday, she left at 7pm approx. in the rain. Pictures taken at that time were soft and grey...not much use to man or beast.

Following along from Mike's nice shots in the post below of ANNA TX37 Smiley
here she is arriving earlier the same day (Tuesday) and looking good.




PaulB
PS: AIDAbella in Port today...

Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 06:05
 
Post 6458
  Mike J., Dover

On Tuesday the rather nice Dutch schooner ANNA TX37 came into Dover from Cherbourg & sailed at dawn on Wednesday for Nieuwpoort, Belgian.


Built in 1931 as the f/v ANTHONIE she still carries her Texel fishing registration number.
She fished until 1977 & in the 1980s was converted to a gaff-rigged schooner for charter work.
An attractive vessel that would look much better under sail !

A number of surplus Dutch motor f/vs have been converted to sail & elderly coasters converted to angling boats.


Sorry ‘bout chopping off the tops of her masts - with the sun over my shoulder the damn screen on my pocket cameras was almost unreadable !

Wednesday morning found four vessels on the Admiralty Pier, the ANDROS was bunkering DEEP HELDER & MED SURVEYOR was alongside Cruise-1.


Something large & rather ugly [IMHO of course] was on Cruise-2.

No sign of HMS PICKLE heading for Dover yet, she seems firmly planted in Eastbourne.


Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 14:14
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