Monday, 15 July 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

DFDS: 15% off fares plus FREE WINE book by 15th....see 6390
Port of Dover: Chief Exec EU statement 6373

DFDS New Ship for Channel see 6303
DFDS Europe's award winning Ferry Operator 6332
Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123

P&O Ferries: Alternative Euro Breaks 6298
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253
Port of Dover: Reducing Carbon Footprint 6332
Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
DOVER MARINA Open Day 6358

Thames Estuary Forts 6250
SS Richard Montgomery at rest (WW II Supply Ship ) 6329
Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus

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….and now also too the Spirit of Discovery

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Post 6298
  Sea News, Dover


When planning a summer getaway, there are a number of classic European cities that spring to mind – Paris, Amsterdam, Bruges... However, if you’re starting to find your favourite destination a little too familiar, or want to beat the crowds, P&O Ferries has rounded up suggested alternatives to the major tourist destinations. Easily reachable by ferry, these fairytale cities are sure to shake up your holiday ritual:

Swap Bruges for Dinant, Belgium

With all the charm of its better-known counterpart, you’ll be left awestruck by the unbelievable landscape of Dinant; the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Explore the beautiful Collegiate Church of Notre Dame before stopping at a cafe for a Couque de Dinant, but be sure to dunk their traditional biscuit in tea or coffee first. This hidden gem is also the perfect spot for cycling, walking and hiking in the surrounding countryside.

Swap Amsterdam for Groningen, Netherlands

Groningen is the ideal alternative city break for fans of Amsterdam. A bustling yet peaceful metropolis of cafés and cyclists, and the local university adds a surprisingly lively nightlife into the mix. Stop off at the Groninger Museum, opened in 1874 to house all kinds of art, before heading to the top of the tower of the city’s oldest church, Martinikerk, for panoramic views of the neighbourhood.

Swap Paris for Nantes, France

Nantes is Brittany’s capital, set on the banks of the Loire river. An ideal destination for fans of French culture, you could happily wander around this beautiful city for hours without needing a guidebook. The Jardin des Plantes is a spectacular botanical garden, perfect for a reinvigorating walk with the fresh scent of blossoms. Another gem well worth a visit is Les Machines de l’Ile (Machines of the Isle of Nantes), where two artists have created a fantasy world of giant sculptures, including elephants and towering steel trees, which are still being added to today.

Swap Cologne for Trier, Germany

One of the oldest cities in Germany, Trier is a hidden gem in the vine-riddled valleys of the Moselle wine region. After taking a leisurely drive through the countryside, visitors can cross the Roman bridge over the river Moselle, the oldest bridge north of the Alps. Stroll around the ruins and Roman baths before stopping at the second-century Porta Nigra gate, an incredible reminder of days gone by.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said: “The UK’s close proximity to the continent means we’re lucky to have a wealth of affordable holiday destinations at our fingertips. We know many travellers are on the lookout for somewhere off the beaten track to explore this year and these lesser-known cities are a great option.”

“With a variety of different routes and flexible ticket types available, travelling by ferry gives you the freedom to take your car, motorcycle, bicycle, minibus, motorhome, or even travel as a foot passenger over to Europe at leisure. Your holiday begins the moment you get on board.”

There are up to 23 sailings a day between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries, which are 90 minutes in duration, giving flexibility to fit your schedule and ensuring a relaxing trip across the Channel. On board you’ll find a variety of eateries, including The Brasserie for an a la carte dining experience, as well as the Food Court, offering a full range of family favourite dishes. For those who want to travel in further comfort, spaces at the Club Lounge are bookable from just £12 per person.

Daily overnight crossings also operate from Hull to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. A range of comfortable cabin accommodation options, discount shopping and onboard entertainment await.

P&O Ferries also recently extended its ‘Brexit Buffer’ offer, giving free cancellations for all bookings made up until 31st October, to ease any travel uncertainty.

For more information, or to book a crossing visit


Many thanks to the team at P&O for the information above. PB. Smiley

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - 05:25
Post 6297
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Hunter and Searcher

Yes there we have the Border Force in operation out in the Channel, the two vessels are returning to base from a long way out. First up is Searcher and in the distance Hunter. A busy time for them for sure with yet more migrant incursions over the past few days. Always vigilant...that's the name of the game.

From the BBC...

The number of migrants picked up trying to cross the Channel in May is now higher than the figure for December, when a "major incident" was declared.

Eight men were intercepted in a small boat at about 06:20 BST, bringing the total for May so far to 140.

In December, during mild weather, 138 migrants attempted the journey and Home Secretary Sajid Javid set out a plan for dealing with the problem.

At least 642 migrants have now crossed the Channel since 3 November.


On Friday, 18 migrants were picked up in a dinghy and brought to Dover.
Of the eight men found in waters off the Kent coast earlier, seven presented themselves as Iranian and one was an Afghan national.

The men were transferred to a Border Force vessel and taken to Dover ...


The pictures featured today were taken on Friday.. first shot ( top ) ..10.30am.

Border Force Searcher approaching the Port of Dover.

Border Force Searcher.
Border Force Searcher.


Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - 04:47
Post 6296
  Sea News, Dover

Well we all love a bit of wildlife don't yours truly was proud.. nay delighted.. to capture this dazzlingly amazing pink feathered flamingo in the harbour felt right up there in the far reaching echelons with David Attenborough! Smiley
.....just awaiting the Knighthood now!

Great family fun in Dover Harbour. Smiley


Monday, 27 May 2019 - 10:47
Post 6295
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures above there from Saturday morning. It shows motor cruiser Gallivant along the seafront here waiting to assist a rower doing a channel crossing. Gallivant fulfils the support vessel role on a regular basis. Gallivant operates regularly from Ramsgate we understand.

Great picture below from Mike..enjoying that one. Lovely shot. Good to see the small workboat up close... And great info as usual.Smiley

These photos today all resized to 850 pixels wide...our new size. Smiley


Monday, 27 May 2019 - 07:03
Post 6294
  Mike J., Dover

Good pix of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH from Patrick & Paul.

Re post 6293 & the unidentified workboat.
She’s been in the port for a couple of weeks but has been quite elusive until a few days ago when I caught her heading out from the Tidal Basin.

Owned by Poole-based Jenkins Marine I could see no name, but their website shows her as one of three ‘Beaver’ class workboats.

Ed Connell posted photos of one of their larger catamaran workboats, the AVON, back in 2014 in post 900.

Interestingly amongst a wide range of speciaist marine contracting vessels Jenkins also offer for charter a very smart 15 mtr yacht, the CORK MALT 2, presumably the name of a sponsor.

Monday, 27 May 2019 - 00:35
Post 6293
  Sea News, Dover

Yours truly enjoyed this picture above taken earlier in the week. It shows a small workboat towing those two mighty large fenders across for placing on the new extensions. Didn't catch the name of the small boat there but enjoyed seeing it.

We've heard workboat Pampero has finished its tenure here on the DWDR ( Dover Western Docks Regeneration) and just by sheer chance took this pic below of her on her last day...or next to last day. We will miss her colourful presence.


Following along from Patrick's shot and following a hot wire tip off from Mike... I was able to get these couple of shots of the impressive HMS Queen Elizabeth moving down channel. Very grey ship plus very grey morning equals difficulty...but here we are anyway.

Yes indeed the Captain has been physically removed from the ship while on active duty for seemingly excessive use of the 'company car'...well now that seems a bit extreme doesn't it. Heavens!..there would be nobody left in higher management if all followed that extreme.

Well done with that shot below Patrick. It was a tough one to get.Smiley

Thats great Vic. Glad you are enjoying it ...still lots more to come..Smiley

Del everything seems to be working fairly smoothly at the moment. Its been a very busy packed...and fingers-crossed everyone going through well. And you can have the added excitement of a quick look round to see the changes..

GOOD NEWS RE PICTURES: we have been able to squeeze a bit more out of the system and now the pictures are 850 pixels wide. This is a good size, very happy with it. Good enough for most detail but still the right size for eye comfort.
Pampero above 850 and Royal Navy 850.

So to get the best from your uploaded pictures resize to 850 pixels wide.
My thanks once again to colleague Chris Tutthill for doing the necessary.


Sunday, 26 May 2019 - 06:52
Post 6292
  Del Styan, Norwich
Thanks for the western docks update - I shall see for myself as I'm heading that way next weekend. Hope the French Customs officers are still on active duty.
As to the latest political situation, well - I think I'll adopt the head in the sands pose. If I can't see it, it isn't happening.

Saturday, 25 May 2019 - 23:22
Post 6291
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Good to see a new scheduled arrival for next year in Dover of the 'Scarlet Lady'.

As the early morning mist swept along the Channel just caught an outline of something with a different shape appearing as she passed Dover.
The 280-metre, 65,000-tonne 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' Aircraft Carrier (sans Captain) en route to home port from Rosyth Dock following a program of repairs.

Saturday, 25 May 2019 - 18:17
Post 6290
  vic matcham, Dover
Yes still about great photos coming out about the port. I still read this page only. thank you and well done,

Saturday, 25 May 2019 - 07:06
Post 6289
  Sea News, Dover

Virgin Voyages has announced that Dover will be the first ever port of call for its epic Scarlet Lady cruise ship
…………... in February 2020.

This exciting news was revealed by Spice Girl Geri Horner (Halliwell) at a press conference in London two nights ago and celebrated at a star studded party, which showcased a taste of Virgin Voyages’ signature Scarlet Night on-board events.

After leaving the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, Scarlet Lady will set sail first to the Port of Dover where she will be hosting a number of exclusive events for First Mates, media and VIPs.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover says: ‘We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Scarlet Lady here for her first ever preview. Set amongst the wonderful backdrop of the White Cliffs (now maybe with a splash of red) and Dover Castle, the Port will undoubtedly give her the first class welcome she deserves.’

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Dover adds: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be working work with Virgin Voyages team, who are definitely making waves in the cruise industry. It’s fantastic to see their rebellious approach to creating a unique offer and we are delighted to be part of this extraordinary journey.”

Further details will be revealed soon!


Many thanks to the Port for the exciting info above there.Smiley

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A Smile from AIDAbella

Smiley Well done Patrick. You saved the day with that nice shot of AIDAbella in your recent post below yours truly missed it completely. The extra shot above there is from a former visit.

Smiley Yes progress has been made Del. The new road and bridge are now open and in full urban use, and of course the new pier is open and appears to be very popular. Lots of people experiencing it. I haven't been on it myself yet but will in due course. But the contractors still have much more to do...lots of building work going on all over the area.

Lots of people heading to the Port as I write, very busy, no doubt all frenetically trying to escape the Tory Party Leadership Contest.Smiley



Saturday, 25 May 2019 - 06:26
Post 6288
  Del Styan, Norwich
How are the western dock works getting on? I only ask because I haven't seen any updates recently. Are they near fruition?

Friday, 24 May 2019 - 22:54
Post 6287
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Cruise Liner 'AidaBella' graced our port this morning from Ijmuiden berthing at CT2 for the day before a scheduled 7pm departure.

Friday, 24 May 2019 - 16:53
Post 6286
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Lifeboat

That's the Dover Lifeboat above there powering out into the Channel at some speed on Tuesday evening. They normally carry out training exercises on Tuesday evening, however this time it looked more of a serious 'shout'...but I don't know for sure. These are busy times in the Channel. Time of both pictures above 19:07.

An hour and a half later and we see the return..time of first following shot is 20:28 in the fast fading light. The light was a wee bit too poor for the long range camera but we were lucky and just about managed. Great to see the guys in action.

Unscheduled I will try and include these two Lifeboat shots from the past. Had forgotten these ones but have just re-discovered them...good action... and certainly worth another look. Ive gone a bit overload with the pix this time but hopefully it will all post okay.
These following two pix are from hi-summer 2016.

Border Force Hunter passes the power boat from the Patricia ...this following along from Mike's shot in his earlier post ( see post 6284 ). The second pic below here is a crop of the first one...just about works as its enlarged a bit too far! See Patricia herself in 6285.
These pix wed morning 09:40.

ps: AIDAbella has come in behind me here...missed it...yikes Smiley

Friday, 24 May 2019 - 07:16
Post 6285
  Sea News, Dover
I have been asked to show a large version of the little sailboat picture at the top of page...well there we are, pictured in full 'chocolate box' mode.. as we used to refer to these things. And very nice too.... Dover on a beautiful morning.

Below we have a small shot of Morgenster passing a few days back, yours truly couldn't get a sharp picture, camera on the blink again ( always blame yer tools Smiley ) She was on her way to the delightful Cherbourg, because the pic is poor an extra shot of Morgenster from a previous time now added further below.

Mike mentions THV she be yesterday morning just off Samphire Hoe...looking across the western rooftops.

Enjoyable post below there from Mike. Excellent pictures - don't miss those.Smiley
Jan yes busy time of it these days for sure Smiley
Del yes an ungodly hour.. yours truly has been known to nod off occasionally, not that one would admit to it. SmileySmiley

Will have some Lifeboat pictures following along...from Tuesday evening... bear with...

Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 06:08
Post 6284
  Mike J., Dover

STØDIG sailed for Dunkirk late-morning Wednesday.

While I was waiting for her to sail an unusual visitor heading back out to sea passed by, one of the two tenders from THV PATRICIA [post 4122] who was lying off Samphire Hoe.
The tender had presumably called in for stores or a personnel change.
& to pick up the morning papers nae doot.

Wednesday morning blocked-up In the boatyard was the ALERT.

Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 01:10
Post 6283
  JanT, Dover
Good set of pictures there from Mike J, see you've been busy with that camera, with the better weather coming up the seafront is getting more busy than ever..

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 14:47
Post 6282
  Mike J., Dover
Hansa Shipping’s KERTU sailed Tuesday afternoon for Rouen after delivery of the second of three consignments of biomass timber for Sandwich.
This was the second series of deliveries & the KERTU had brought in one cargo during the first series.

Preparing for sea with gantry crane lowering hatch covers into position.

Coming off the berth & preparing to swing.

Swung & proceding out.

Just before she sailed there was the unusual sight of a yellow ships lifeboat entering by the Western Entrance & heading down to the Tidal Basin.

The STODIG [Norwegian for ‘reliable’ or ‘Steady’] is a semi-enclosed lifeboat previously in service up in Bonnie Scautland on the Caledonian-MacBrayne ferry CLANSMAN.

She was sold in 2017 to two young architects who have fitted her out as a motor yacht & is currently on the first stage of an ambitious voyage to Tromso in Norway, partly at sea & partly thru the European inland waterways system.

The STODIG had come up from Newhaven & had had an uncomfortable night anchored down near Dungeness & plan to set off on Wednesday for Dunkirk.

An impressive conversion has been carried out internally & the very basic interior of a 100-person lifeboat has been converted into a series of cabins & other accommodation, with all ‘mod cons’ installed & equipment & machinery upgraded.
At present she doesn’t have an AIS transmitter.

A most unusual conversion although a similar houseboat conversion can be seen at Ramsgate.

Full details of the project & intended voyage can be found on their excellent website by googling ‘ARCTIC LIFEBOAT’

I’m sure that we all wish Guylee & David [not forgetting ship’s dog ‘Shackleton’] all the very best & bon voyage on this most interesting trip.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 00:58
Post 6281
  Del Styan, Norwich
4.50am - ye gods, I hope you have a nap the afternoon!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 23:04
Post 6280
  Sea News, Dover

Pacific Princess wins Port of Dover award for environmental performance

The Port of Dover is pleased to announce that Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess has won its Safety Environment Awareness SEA Award for 2018.

Presented to Princess Cruises at the recent Seatrade 2019 Global Cruise Conference in Miami, the award acknowledges the outstanding performance on recycling rates and waste procedure compliance of Pacific Princess when calling at Dover during the 2018 season.

This year’s SEA award presentation was part of a bigger push by Dover to encourage cruise lines looking to minimise their impact on the environment whilst growing their business. The Port exhibited at Seatrade with a stand made entirely of waste plastic collected from the world’s oceans and beaches during 2018 – the most sustainable stand ever to exhibit at the conference and fully accredited zero waste.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at Dover Cruise Port, said: “I was delighted to present Princess Cruises with our SEA Award, which shows our joint commitment to driving the sustainability agenda within the industry.

“The award, now in its second year, also recognises and reflects the strengthening partnership between the Port and our wider cruise line partners, shipping agents and waste handlers in working to improve environmental performance.”

The Port looks forward to welcoming back Pacific Princess and Princess Cruises during the 2019 cruise season.


Thanks to the Port for the info. Any move that reduces plastic in the oceans has got to be good. Smiley

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A picture of Border Force Searcher above there taken at the weekend in the harbour. They were probably/presumably taking a short break while they regroup in the midst of yet more migrant crossings at the weekend. It was and is hugely busy out there. 52 people including children made the crossings in four boats all of course at different times..that's as as we understand it. There were other Border Force vessels also out there on patrol. We can be glad that nobody has lost their life making the far.

A pic below from yesterday morning..super 4.50am and a sleepy eyed yours truly just caught the tail end of the departure procedure of Emerald. Several shots were attempted, all blurred, apart from the one below which was just about passable in the early dark gloom. The ship was setting off for Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

The picture below shows Emerald better...from a previous time..



Very interesting post below from Mike so don't miss that one...enjoyable pictures and info thereSmiley

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 06:03
Post 6279
  Mike J., Dover

After Paul’s flurry of elegant cruise ships, another ship much less elegant & considerably older.

Paul & Sarah have from time to time put up photos of the former U.S Rhine patrol boat P-22 [posts 4534/4762] built in Germany just after WW2 that now lives at Sandwich but ventures out from time to time.

A few miles away , further down the Stour & moored in the Stonar Cut, Richborough is another wartime veteran, this time built during WW1, the former sand & gravel dredger SPITHEAD enjoying retirement as a houseboat after an interesting career.

Designed by shipbuilders Pollocks of Faversham & built by yards around the UK no less than 200 ‘X-Lighters’ [nicknamed ‘Black Beetles’] were built during WW1 & were intended as harbour vessels & landing craft, most notably at Gallipoli, although it’s not known whether the SPITHEAD served in Turkey.

Initially known as X44 she was built in Sunderland in 1915 & disposed of by the Navy in 1921 becoming a gravel dredger until she was requisitioned by the Navy during WW2 which she spent working up in Scapa Flow.

After the war she returned to dredging as well as working as a salvage vessel until the 1970s & has been a houseboat at Stonar Cut for at least 30 years & was being worked-on when photographed last July.
You can see her 'spoon' bow which enabled her to run aground easily when necessary, such as when landing troops, usually from ladders on each side of the bow.

Interestingly, almost alongside SPITHEAD & partly visible at low water is a former German coastal patrol launch that sank at her moorings & was abandoned, to be largely swallowed by the mud, but that’s another story . . . . .

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 01:01
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