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.

Sea News Dover

Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253

Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
Thames Estuary Forts 6250

Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus
DFDS: For apprentice information see 6125
P&O: Jobs Fair/Apprenticeships 6187

P&O Ferries : FREE WINE with P&O !!!! see 6258
P&0 Ferries : FREE Fuel Voucher see 6268

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Post 6216
  brian dixon, dover
mike, j, thanks for the info about cruise ships.

as for a20 pretty dire with freight at a standstill, reports of the que going 7 miles plus as far back as the roundhill tunnels.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 16:15
Post 6215
  Mike J., Dover

Brian -

For cruise ship info put ‘https://’ [don’t include asterisks] in front of -

& all should be revealed.

Pretty good info but not always updated for last-minute changes which is where the Fairy Godmother comes into her own with updates [nearly got meself into trouble there by almost saying ‘from the horse’s mouth’ - apologies, Colette].

Good Friday traffic starting to build with Jubilee Way inching along & there’s no way that I shall be investigating the A20 approaches.

The pretty little HAMBURG [compared to the AIDA monsters & the like] arrived Ffrom Falmouth about 0800, a few pix from Langdon Cliffs later.

Caro & Vanesa from the AIDA DIVA had left their mark on Langdon Cliffs . . . . . .

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 15:25
Post 6214
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Cruise Liner 'Saga Sapphire' passes the 'Aida Luna' on departure from Dover yesterday

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 10:25
Post 6213
  brian dixon, dover
I note that the cruise ship " mv hamburg " is in port today.

will the cruise list godmother be posting her useall cruise lists soon. destpretly missing those cheerfull posts I do.

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 09:42
Post 6212
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAluna and AIDAdiva
That's the 70,000 ton AIDAluna above there arriving with us yesterday morning just after 6am. It was quite misty at the time, but with a bit of chinookery/chicanery on the computer, we managed to bring the ship out of the fog a wee bit and there we are above.

You wont need me to tell you that all the AIDA ships look alike near-as-dammit, as we are hark back below to another shot of sister ship AIDAdiva leaving a couple of evenings before... leaving as we said through the eastern exit. AIDAluna left last evening taking the normal route through the western exit. We will have some pictures of that to follow along in due course...
You can see the pilot boat alongside AIDAdiva there with one of the DFDS ferries approaching...

These are magnificent ships though, we mustn't take them for granted, but its definitely a case of the …
"if its Thursday it must be Luna" syndrome....Smiley

ps: more AIDAdiva in 6210

Friday, 19 April 2019 - 04:48
Post 6211
  Sea News, Dover
Italia Reefer

Italia Reefer arriving with us here at the Port of Dover earlier this week...Monday in fact. Time of pictures 17.15 (5.15PM). Both tugs Doughty and Dauntless lending assistance as per the norm. Some great and welcome sunshine at last as you can see...

Saga Sapphire has been in Port on an overnighter and now AIDAluna has joined us...

Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 05:49
Post 6210
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAdiva leaving the Port...

Yes there she goes...AIDAdiva moving away on Monday evening at 7pm in some nice gentle light this time. She came right across the harbour on this occasion, cutting a magnificent dash, and off she went through the eastern stop Rotterdam and eventually Hamburg. Her cruise took her from Las Palmas to home base Hamburg.

Wow nice collection below there from Mike our man-on-the-spot ..
Don't miss those!
Well done Mike!Smiley


Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 06:28
Post 6209
  Mike J., Dover

1630 Tuesday & BOUDICCA sails for Bergen.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 00:52
Post 6207
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Tyne off Dover...

HMS Tyne at the earlier part of the weekend just off the Port here in Dover. They are late evening pictures.. just past 7pm with the sun sinking, so yours truly couldn't get the full flavour as it were. The naval ship looked almost orange at one point...

Below we have a longish range picture of Border Force Vigilant just off the Shakespeare Cliff/Beach area on the same day...just checked...Friday. Also in view are several small boats as you can see. There have been no further reports of migrant seagoing activity so not entirely sure what was going on here.

A great set of pictures below there Sarah - hugely enjoyable shots there...
Don't Miss Those!
Nice work below there from our 'roving reporter' who roved over to Margate there...Smiley

ps: AIDAdiva was in with us yesterday, she left last evening at 7PM...her near 70,000 tons looking magnificent as she came across the harbour this time, usually the ships leave through Western Exit but not this time, will have pictures...catching up.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 06:12
Post 6206
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Photos taken from Margate on 14th April 2019.

HMS Tyne spotted from Margate.

THV Patricia also spotted from Margate

Margate Lifeboat "Leonard Kent" on exercise.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 22:04
Post 6205
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover Cargo Limited appoints General Manager ahead of new terminal opening

Nik Scott-Gray has been appointed as the new General Manager for Port of Dover Cargo Limited

In a landmark year when the Port of Dover will open its new state of the art multi-purpose cargo terminal facility as part of its £250 million Dover Western Docks Revival development, the appointment heralds another key component of the next exciting chapter for cargo operations at Dover.

Mr Scott-Gray is currently Chief Executive at Montrose Port Authority in Scotland where he has held the role since May 2015, having overseen the financial performance and driven the strategic direction of a business handling a broad variety of vessels and cargoes. Prior to his time at Montrose, he gained significant terminal management experience working across all aspects of operations on a portfolio of seven ports for Forth Ports Limited.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Dover, said: “This is a very exciting year for the long-term future of our cargo business. Since the arrival of Geest in early 2018, we have already seen a 38.6% increase in ship import tonnage and an 8% increase in ship calls. Our customers have great expectations about their future at Dover and I am delighted that we have appointed Nik, someone with the right experience to drive every aspect of the business forward and realise our collective ambitions.”

Nik Scott-Gray said: “I am delighted to be joining Port of Dover Cargo Limited at this watershed moment for the business. With such a fantastic future ahead of it, created by a platform of much-anticipated new facilities and strong customer demand, I look forward to bringing my full industry experience to Dover and delivering on its success.”

Mr Scott-Gray is due to start at Dover in July.


You can see how it's all taking physical shape at the cargo terminal, as shown originally in the plan below...and as you can also see in Mike's DWDR posts further below.

Recent shot of the new cranes...

A great future for Reefers/Cargo Ships at the Port of Dover ..

Yes an exciting future is on the cardsSmiley


Very interesting collection of pictures in the 2 posts below from Mike Smiley including shots of the new cargo terminal.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 06:14
Post 6204
  Mike J., Dover

Ground-level views of finishing-off work on the east side of the Wellington Dock 'cut' on Saturday morning.

Marina office overlooking the lift bridge & the lock & base of the 'Promenade Pier'

Roadworks approaching the lift bridge, further roadworks being carried out on the other side of the bridge.

'Promenade Pier' on eastern side of new marina, lighting & handrails in position.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 01:21
Post 6203
  Mike J., Dover

Good seal rescue sequence.

I've been away for a few weeks & it was interesting last Thursday to see the DWDR changes from on high since post 6155 on 22/3.

Monday, 15 April 2019 - 00:56
Post 6202
  JanT, Dover
So glad to see the little chap was being taken to safety, we are loosing so much of our marine life.
It's good we have these organisations that do such good work.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 07:55
Post 6201
  Sea News, Dover
Rounding up the little Seal on Dover Beach...

The little seal seemed reluctant, the little guy wanted to make an..ermmm .. run for it! .. when the well meaning ladies approached! They moved in on the little seal slowly, arms outstretched, towels at the ready, and after a brief struggle hither and tither they got the seal into the little cage...

Great work ladies Smiley

Ah yes Del they are great creatures - great to watch. Was thrilling to see this little one.Smiley


Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 07:18
Post 6200
  Del Styan, Norwich
A delight to see the little seal on the beach. It reminds me - a couple of weeks ago we were sitting on Caister beach up here in Norfolk, and a couple of seals popped up and kept us entranced for a good 15 mins swimming up and down the coastline. Nothing to do with Dover, I'm afraid, but it just reminded me!

Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 23:12
Post 6199
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Beach: It was a delight to see this little guy on the beach yesterday....

Yours truly never noticed anything but when a small crowd gathered it gave the game away and the little Seal was spotted. The camera started snappin' and there we are above. After a time some animal welfare people came and they got the little guy into a little cage and took him away. Best his/her welfare is all important. We might have a further pic or two of that event with the animal welfare people...will use if any good..still checking.

Another shot below, a wider shot this time on a different camera, of Saga Sapphire moving away on Thursday to northern climes...Bergen.

Del yes it gets very busy at Easter, the hotels here are already very busy, carparks full etc.. Smiley
Yes Jan we avoided the cliff edge "nightmare" for the moment anyway. Easter busy busy already... Smiley

Following along from Mike's picture of FPV Morven in post 6195
I've had this info through from my ever reliable 'reliable source' ...

More interestingly the FPV Morven has been in and out of the port recently. She is the very vessel that was funded privately to search for, and eventually successfully locate, the downed aircraft with the Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala aboard.


PaulB Smiley

Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 06:49
Post 6198
  Del Styan, Norwich
As Jan says - I paraphrase - best to avoid Easter for another Channel trip. Perhaps after the school hols!
Hope you have some nice Spring weather for some more great shots of the Eastern Docks.

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 23:09
Post 6197
  Jan T, Dover
Wow chaps see you've been busy with those camera's, and yes really glad that Cliff edge has been avoided today,the traffic was building up into the port yesterday afternoon,and I guess it will get busier next week with Easter.
And talking to someone I know yesterday who works for an import export agents, his exact words were it's a NIGHTMARE!!! and he would know.

Friday, 12 April 2019 - 08:22
Post 6196
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Mike's pictures, here we have the Saga Sapphire again with pictures showing her a-coming and a-going yesterday...
The pic above there shows her actually entering the Port while the ones below show the ship long range as she approaches...also in those shots is one of the DFDS ferries returning from Dunkerque.

And now a-going...moving away yesterday evening at 18.30, pausing briefly to allow the pilot off. You can see the pilot boat alongside..

Well done Mike. Interesting collection below there for sure. Always good to see...Smiley
Thanks Del, yes a relief as we came close to the cliff edge. Great time to enjoy a trip to France. 'Bon Voyage' as they say...Smiley
Brian yes - get that broomstick ready for Halloween...the terrors will be abroad in the air that night..Smiley


Friday, 12 April 2019 - 07:06
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