Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with some further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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Post 6759
  Mike J., Dover

The British-owned Barbados-flagged FLUVIUS TEIGN came in from Tilbury before dawn on Thursday to load grain on WD4.

The Gibraltar-flagged MERIT came in Wednesday morning from the Swedish port of Sodertalje to discharge biomass timber on WD5 & is still alongside.

Friday, 17 January 2020 - 01:05
Post 6758
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Fascinating accounts on ‘living the dream’. Many thanks for taking the time to provide great insight into the history of this lovely vessel.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 22:40
Post 6757
  JanT , Dover
Great piece on Living The Dream, how many of us day dream about maybe sailing off and living a dream, to actually achieve it must be so rewarding.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 18:10
Post 6756
  Mike J., Dover

Most interesting post from the Archbolds re the elegant NOORDERZOON - a very interesting craft with quite a history.
Many thanks !

Further to Paul’s ’s Wednesday congestion photo, here’s a couple of late afternoon pix from the cliffs - the A2 & A20 were well bunged-up with freight as well but all looked pretty clear by midnight.
Efficient handling by DHB & the ferries !

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 09:51
Post 6755
  Sea News, Dover

Living the Dream ……

Back in post 6526 Mike had pictures of Noorderzon and asked if anyone knew more....Patrick also had pictures in 6529...
well it brought this fascinating response from Gary and Jill below...


You asked for some information on our Dutch ship Noorderzon.

She was Built in Lieden in the Netherlands in 1900, she was built to service the marker bouys in the north sea, her job was to supply them with LPG to keep the lights lite, she was built for the Dutch Coast Guard, to go out in all weathers.

She was then a twin masted ship, with no engine, she would have been towed out to sea, and set sail from there, managed by one man & a boy.

In 1907 she had a small 10 HP engine installed, so she could leave on her own.
First stationed at Rotterdam, later moved to Dan Helder where she finished her days as a working ship.
Not much is known about her until 1964, when she was converted into a motor cruiser.

We have owned her since 2014, and we live on her, we cruised around in Friesland for 4 and a half years, before bringing her over to the UK, we are a British couple, living the dream.

Regards Gary & Jill Archbold (Noorderzon)

ps:I have attached a photo taken in 1907, and a brief history of Noorderzon

Further from Gary.....

....have added photo of our arrival in Dover, that's me on the stern, A local Dover man Mark Hughes, and his Son Harry at the wheel.
Thought it might add some interest.
Regards Gary

And here we are....

As mentioned, see also 6526 and 6529...just type the numbers in our SEARCH ENGINE above.

Many thanks to Gary and Jill for the info and pictures...Keep on "Living the Dream" Smiley
..shades of Riddle of the Sands there in some of the story, it drew a reminder as we were chatting Riddle of the Sands recently.

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Back to the daily fundamentals now with the picture below of the traffic chaos at 07.59 yesterday morning...the approaching lines of trucks controlled by the Police at the Port entrance...a little few let through here, a little few let through there. The weather out there was horrendous...leading to the backlog situation...


Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 06:12
Post 6754
  Sea News, Dover

Leading regional employer P&O Ferries welcomed students from Dover Technical College to its Contact Centre last week, to gain an understanding of potential career paths through a first-hand experience of the ferry and logistic company’s central customer service and bookings division.

Organised by P&O Ferries, 20 students – who are enrolled on the Travel and Tourism (Level 2 Diploma) course at the college – were hosted by the manager of the centre, Mark Hollingdale, who kicked the afternoon off with a careers talk and Q&A session.

The budding travel professionals were given a thorough overview of the crucial function of the Contact Centre, which handles thousands of bookings a week across all routes and focuses on providing exemplary customer service to meet the needs of all P&O Ferries’ customers. The students gained an understanding of the qualities and skills required to pursue a career within the centre and received advice on how to apply and where they could view current vacancies.

Following the talk, the group listened in to calls and spoke to employees, directly experiencing the varied nature of the roles as well as noting additional desirable skills such as speaking a second language. Career paths across other areas of the business were also discussed, demonstrating how an initial entry-level role within the Contact Centre could lead on to wider opportunities within the group.

Mark Hollingdale commented, "It’s always a pleasure to spend time with students who are destined to be the next generation of travel professionals and it’s important as a leading employer in the region, to take the opportunity to remind them that there are a wealth of career opportunities available through P&O Ferries."

Sacha Waite, Programme Director of Travel and Tourism at Dover Technical College, said: "We’d like to thank P&O Ferries for providing our students with valuable insight into what a career would be like within its Contact Centre. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit and found it very informative."

Josh, a student at Dover Technical College, added, "I would love to work at P&O Ferries’ Contact Centre. You have to start somewhere, and this would be a great way to kick start your career."

Jacqueline Burns, Business Transformation and Communications Manager at P&O Ferries, said, "Dover Technical College’s visit is just one of many that we organise for local schools and organisations throughout the year, with the aim to introduce students to the full spectrum of career paths available to them at P&O Ferries. The Contact Centre is a vital part of our operations and it represents a fantastic entry point for students who are keen to pursue a successful career within the maritime industry."

P&O Ferries has a workforce of over 4,000 people, spanning a diverse range of sectors. With a myriad of different career paths available, the ferry and logistics operator regularly partners with local organisations and schools to support interests and ambitions across the community.

For more information about career opportunities with P&O Ferries, visit www.poferries.com


Pride of Canterbury

Top Picture: Mark Hollingdale, Contact Centre Manager at P&O Ferries, with students from Dover Technical College.
Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries for the info.

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Below we have the Diana survey boat out in the harbour..well.. surveying..earlier in the week. Getting in the work before the onslaught of the fairly fierce weather we have experienced over the past couple of days...ferries were disrupted, traffic was chaotic, and the observation tower timbers were a-shiverin' and a-rattlin' …

...but all was briefly tranquil here below..

Diana Survey...



Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - 06:06
Post 6753
  Sea News, Dover
The Cormorants gaze on as tug Buffalo heads off for Rotterdam in the choppy waters of Sunday...

Longer range pictures there of Buffalo...the pictures this time are a tad similar but you cant have too much of a good thing ( so they say!) these follow along from yesterdays pictures both from Mike and myself...all round good meaty coverage!

Also on Sunday we had the arrival of Atlantic Reefer...just looking across the top of the French flagged DFDS ferry there as the ship approaches the port...after a long haul across the Atlantic.

Below entering the Port of Dover
Atlantic Reefer.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020 - 07:27
Post 6752
  Sea News, Dover

Following along from Mike's pictures in the post below of tug Buffalo...a couple more above there, taken as she left the Port yesterday sunday a short while after midday...just checking...time of first shot 12.51 in fact. I may have a couple more in due course...taken longer range after she left the harbour.

I took the one below across the rooftops as it were...just in case I missed the departure, as a kind of insurance policy. Now that some of the redevelopment structures have gone this old shot is back. That's a pub in the background there, or was...not sure if its still open. Yours truly sampled it a few times back in the day...

Don't miss Mike's right-on-the-spot collection below...excellent stuff there... Smiley
see also 5172 for former pix of Buffalo...


Monday, 13 January 2020 - 05:08
Post 6751
  Mike J., Dover

Sunday afternoon there was a little flurry of activity in Western Docks with three tugs & the HPL launch on the move & the arrival of the ATLANTIC REEFER from Paita, Peru.

The tug BUFFALO had arrived from Southampton late Friday & sailed for Rotterdam Sunday afternoon.

She ran stern first up the Wick.

Since her call at Dover last February [post 5172] she has changed her KOTUG ‘funnel’ logo to that of BELUDA TOWAGE, a major Spanish tug operator who have absorbed a number of wellknown tug companies.

Southampton tugwork is now mostly in the hands of Danish company Svitzer who operate worldwide & have a large presence in the Thames & Medway.

The HPL heading out with the reefer pilot aboard, followed by the DAUNTLESS.

Both DHB tugs had been busy during the day, assisting the ferries as well as the reefer.


Monday, 13 January 2020 - 00:48
Post 6750
  Sea News, Dover
Some further pictures now of superyacht Asgard as she leaves us here in Dover on Friday morning.
See also yesterdays shots and the other posts below..
We actually have some more pictures at our disposal too, but its probably best to leave it at this and not disperse it too far.

On her way above...
just nipping back a little in the sequence below and we see the pilot boat begin to turn away as Asgard nears the open sea...

SmileyGlad you enjoyed all that Del, yes a fascinating story that and the film of 'Riddle of the Sands' is a good watch. Thanks for the comments below there...

SmileyAnd thanks to Mike once again for the initial 'heads up'.


Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 06:38
Post 6749
  Del Styan, Norwich
Following from my last post, I have just read Erskine Childers Wiki entry, and must say, what a man. Thanks for that PB.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 23:07
Post 6748
  Del Styan, Norwich
I read "the Riddle of the Sands" a while ago, but never knew there was a film or TV show. I must look him up. Thanks for that piece of info.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 23:00
Post 6747
  Sea News, Dover
Superyacht ASGARD - leaving the Port of Dover on Friday morning...

Asgard: Great to capture this mighty yacht. Without Mike's tip-off I would almost certainly have missed it.
Interestingly..same name as the yacht owned by Erskine Childers long ago, a fascinating man...British Army Officer, then Irish Republican and of course legendary author. Said yacht now preserved in Dublin.

Watch for the film of his book The Riddle of the Sands
a film of gentle sailing and espionage,
it comes on TV from time to time starring
Simon MacCorkindale, Michael York, Jenny Agutter.

The red fishing boat in shot 3 is Royal Charlotte.

We may also have further pictures.

Smiley See also Mike's post 6745.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 06:08
Post 6746
  Sea News, Dover
Maritime Skills Academy

Some pictures above of the Maritime Skills Academy out there in the bay ( Dover Harbour) doing some training exercises on Wednesday this week. It was very misty/foggy at the time but when they came in closer to shore we managed to get some images and there we are above. They always make for colourful interesting pictures.

The picture below is from their previous sojourn in December, had the image but in the rush at the time, forgot to add it to the other pix used...doh!Smiley

Anyway ...made up for it now.

Thanks Mike for the pictures and the info there on Erskine Childers...know him only too well from my schoolbooks..Smiley

Brian very amusingly clever...lol! Smiley Smiley

Brilliant analysis of the scene Mark...really enjoyable..was the oddest sky but most interesting to read your contribution.Smiley


Friday, 10 January 2020 - 07:49
Post 6745
  Mike J., Dover

Under cover of heavy rain the very smart 43mtr superyacht ASGARD came into Dover Thursday morning from Ymuiden & berthed alongside the DAVID CHURCH.
Built in Germany in 1993 as the HEITAROS she is now British-flagged & had a major refit in 2014.
More info on her on the ‘net.
It was not until mid-afternoon that the rain eased to a drizzle & some unsatisfactory photos were obtained, almost invisible up against the CHURCH.
She is expected to sail Friday morning.

Her name is interesting, being the same as a yacht that was involved in 1914 in gun-running from Hamburg to Howth [near Dublin] when owned by Erskine Childers who supported the Republicans during the Irish Civil War despite a long career with the British Army.
The original ASGARD is preserved in Dublin.

He is also remembered as the author of the novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’ written in 1903 which had a major influence on British Naval policies before WW1.

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 23:26
Post 6744
  brian dixon, dover
yes paul it do, but that's the score to bach to the future

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 14:50
Post 6743
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Well you've done it again ! Another fascinating skyscape. The horizontal lines do look like jet con-trails, it has to be said, but from what ? Looking at the Flightradar payback from dawn on the 4th Jan shows no obvious candidates over the channel, but there is a very busy corridor running NE-SW broadly aligned with Antwerp - Paris that could correspond with what we're looking at here. Yes, it's about 70 miles from the camera, but given the altitude of the planes it's not inconceivable - what's unusual is the high persistence of the trails.

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 11:18
Post 6742
  Sea News, Dover
We have another ship in at the 'grain terminal' WD4...this time its general cargo ship RIG. The picture above shows her yesterday morning. The picture itself looks like it was taken at night but no it was actually taken yesterday morning at 07.44...through the rain gloom mist etc etc...it was that kind of day...the wailing fog bell wailed in the foggy conditions. We did hear that they were removing said bell but...

Another pic below of the Pacific Reefer approaching on Monday morning, to follow along from yesterdays shots.

The two pictures below were taken just after dawn on the 4th January....look at that odd sky, its like someone is writing a musical score in the sky. The horizontal lines, the musical notes dashed downwards...
is Mozart trying to communicate?SmileySmiley
Natural pictures but how...? re those horizontal lines. jets cause the downward dashes but the horizontals??


Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 06:28
Post 6741
  Sea News, Dover
Pacific Reefer:
Some pictures above there of Pacific Reefer approaching and arriving at the Port here earlier in the week....on Monday morning in fact. Time of first shot 10:10. Pictured below a short time later manoeuvring into the new Cargo Terminal in the Western Docks with the help of the tugs... you can see tug Dauntless in the picture.

Pacific Reefer left late last night for Vlissingen, 'twas a dark and rainy night...guessing... it was around 11pm. Another fast turnaround for sure.


Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - 07:32
Post 6740
  Sea News, Dover

Some long range pictures of the Dover Lifeboat above there as she powers into the distance out there in the channel. It's Sunday morning early. We feature two different red ships in the further distance there as the Lifeboat makes her way further and further out.

Yours truly hadn't actually spotted the Lifeboat but was taken the wider sky picture below...the clouds were dramatic looking and menacing, but the day itself was relatively benign, but then that shaft of sunlight above picked out the Lifeboat. If you look below you can just see a dot centre stage...that's the Lifeboat. Something of a microdot in the wide view....so was glad that the shaft of sunlight picked them out.

A short time afterwards the Border Force joined the scene... that's Vigilant in the picture below ... also powering along at speed...presumably both were engaged in a further migrant situation.

Thanks Del...its always very colourful early morning..ermm 'cept when its grey!!SmileySmiley makes the pictures that bit easier..

ps: Pacific Reefer came and went yesterday...very fast turn around at the new Cargo Terminal West. These reefer ships don't turn about in the bay anymore which is depressing news for the camera Smiley!!
Will have some pix though.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020 - 07:07
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