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Post 6719
  Mike J., Dover

Merry Christmas to all DSN readers !

Then there were three . . . . .
The Border Force patrol vessel EAGLE arrived in Dover Tuesday evening from the Solent, her usual patrol area, & was on the Crosswall Quay pontoon about midday Wednesday.
She is here over the Christmas period but all three p/vs are manned & ready for service.




HUNTER astern of EAGLE



Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 02:30
 
Post 6718
  Del Styan, Norwich
And Merry Christmas to you too PB

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - 22:47
 
Post 6717
  Sea News, Dover
Containers: looking westward towards the recently arrived containers as night falls on the Western Docks.
Its now beginning to get quite quiet all around us...in fact its …
"Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...everywhere you go..."

We will probably wind down now for a couple of days.
Merry Christmas everybody...Smiley


Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - 07:02
 
Post 6716
  Sea News, Dover


The Maritime Skills Academy undergoing some training exercises in the harbour on...ermmm let me see..yes Friday mid morning. They always make for a colourful display as you can see... they added some much needed colour to a grey ol' day... Delighted to take their picture for sure, anything that keeps yer bones away from Christmas Shopping has to be enjoyable.

Smiley Smiley

PaulB

Monday, 23 December 2019 - 06:28
 
Post 6715
  Sea News, Dover
A fairly dazzling sunset above there as we look over and beyond the Western Docks, picture taken on Thursday evening. Its not often we see the sun lately so we rejoice when we see it...enough already...of this eternal rain. Sadly I missed out one of the cranes in the picture, can you believe it! Grrr Smiley

SmileyBrian thanks for that info...its always sad news to hear of situations like that. Last night the Coastguard helicopter was continuing to search to and fro in the area shown in the picture above .. for those who are not familiar, its the area just beyond the harbour.

PaulB

Sunday, 22 December 2019 - 07:52
 
Post 6714
  brian dixon, dover
sar's helicopter and lifeboat off shakespere beach at 3.30 pm this afternoon, body found in the cliff area .

Saturday, 21 December 2019 - 16:47
 
Post 6713
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Speedwell

A busy week once again for the Border Force as the migrant crossings continue despite the miserable weather. We understand 79 migrants made the crossing this week. Our new MP Natalie Elphicke has requested a meeting with the Home Secretary Priti Patel to discuss the difficult situation.
Some very recent pictures here of the ever busy Border Force Speedwell returning to base here at Dover...


Border Force Speedwell.

Many thanks Steve for the information below on the European Seaway Smiley

Del I thought the same thing...a nice idea for sure Smiley

PaulB

Saturday, 21 December 2019 - 06:43
 
Post 6712
  Del Styan, Norwich
Nice post from DFDS - almost makes me wish I was a lorry driver, but not quite!

Friday, 20 December 2019 - 22:50
 
Post 6711
  Steve P, Dover
I see P&O's long lost Dover ship the European Seaway has (finally) sailed from Gdansk... ETA Calais 00:00 on 23rd December

Friday, 20 December 2019 - 08:41
 
Post 6710
  Sea News, Dover

Delft Seaways : Picture by George Holland


Freight drivers to enjoy complimentary Christmas meal on-board DFDS sailings
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Freight drivers sailing with DFDS on their Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes will be able to enjoy a complimentary Christmas meal on board, from Sunday 21st December.

Traditional Christmas turkey, served with pigs in blankets, roast parsnips in honey, batons of carrots, Brussel sprouts and crispy roast potatoes in a flavoursome jus will be on offer.

To follow, there will be a selection of festive dessert treats, including mince pies and homemade classic desserts all served in the exclusive on-board driver area, Road Kings.

The complimentary Christmas dinner and dessert will be available on all sailings for freight drivers from Sunday 21st December up to and including Christmas Eve.

Dave Lewis, Food & Beverage manager said ‘’Truck drivers face long and variable working hours, long distances and tight schedules. We recognise all year round how important good food and rest is and it’s especially great that we’re able to offer all our freight customers a complimentary Christmas dinner for them to enjoy the festive spirit on-board our ships.’’

For more information please visit: https://freight-sales.dfds.com/



ENDS

Starting this Sunday Dec 21 - that's great news for the hard working truck drivers...Smiley


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Following along from Mike's pictures of the David Church..here we are with a couple of additions. The first shot shows the dredger close to the entrance of the new marina while in the background a cloud of dust from the grain loading fills the air. The pic also shows Smaragd ...just about shows her through the dust...loading the grain in the background. Smaragd has since left us.



About an hour later, in the picture below, we see David Church towing the buoy as per Mike's pictures further below page...also in shot the pilot boat and in the far distance that looks like the bull nosed ship we saw in the earlier pictures by Mike in post 6698.
These David Church pix were taken Wednesday.




'Tis a rough oul day here in Dover...well its not day yet but you know...

PaulB

Smiley

Friday, 20 December 2019 - 05:05
 
Post 6709
  Sea News, Dover
Yours truly has just had a touch of the deja vue and the double take...
Emerald is back at the New Cargo Terminal already...
seems she only just left for Vlissingen see 6704 ( or was it all a dreamSmiley Smiley )....
...might be a weather issue...


See Mike's interesting collection below of the dredger David Church..Smiley

PB

Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 07:55
 
Post 6708
  Mike J., Dover

DAVID CHURCH pix -

I was having trouble posting pix & had to do & re-do them several times & exceeded the magic '9' images after which the system refused to load more !

Here, hopefully, is the final image of the CHURCH towing the buoy away to it's new home.



Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 02:00
 
Post 6707
  Mike J., Dover

On Wednesday morning I noticed the DAVID CHURCH working at the end of the new marina pier.

She was changing what looked like a tide buoy & had come in to take shelter between the new pier & the ‘Marina Curve’ while the job was done.

The original buoy had already been recovered & the new buoy was being lowered overside.
Unfortunately the battery of my pocket camera was on it’s last legs but I was able to get a few pix of this interesting operation.



Lowering the new buoy with the old weed-encrusted buoy laying on deck



The battery finally died as the DAVID CHURCH moved slowly away, towing the buoy back to its normal location in the bay.

[IMAGE-10]


Incidentally if you’re driving & fancy a quick stroll up the pier there are a limited number of free one-hour parking spaces at the landward end of the marina pier.
Much better than feeding the parking machines along the seafront !







Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 01:24
 
Post 6706
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Lifeboat in Harbour action once more
once more but its the final four...
from that exciting display on Thursday Dec 12.



Dover Lifeboat

Closely observed by a group on the new pier in the final shot there.
More... see also the other pictures from the same display in posts 6696 and 6699.
Absolutely brilliant demonstration/display by the Dover Lifeboat.
Smiley

PaulB

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - 08:22
 
Post 6705
  Del Styan, Norwich
Thanks for the X bow link - very interesting indeed. One for future ferries perhaps?

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 22:39
 
Post 6704
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Mike's picture of Smaragd in the approaches to Dover, and in the pix below, there she is above after she eventually settled in at 'grain pier' WD4. She is still there as we write...absorbing grain deliveries..

Yours truly failed to see Emerald departing after another quick turnaround at new cargo terminal WD5...the Lady Rosebay had a fast (inaugural) visit too, but we caught Emerald mid-channel in the picture below, fairly long range, you can see the familiar reefer here on her merry way to Vlissingen in the Netherlands... 'twas a grey oul day out there...as you can see.


Don't miss Mike's posts below with the interesting collection of pictures/info..Smiley
Great shots from Nigel there...well done with those, excellent.Smiley
DelSmiley

PaulB
ps: will have a final burst of Lifeboat pictures tomorrow from their in-harbour display...the last four..

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 06:40
 
Post 6703
  Mike J., Dover

Del -

Missed your X-Bow query untiI I had posted.

Just google 'ULSTEIN X-BOW PHOTOS INFO' & all will be revealed !

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 01:47
 
Post 6702
  Mike J., Dover

A view of the EMERALD from St.Martins Battery on a murky Monday morning.
She didn’t stop long, sailing for Vlissingen mid-afternoon.


As there are no signs of any repairs to the short-lived temporary walkway on the lower level of the Admiralty Pier this will be the only view of ships on WD5 available to the general public unless they are waterborne.

A big disappointment for the Ad.Pier anglers & the occasional promenaders’ [& the even rarer ship photographer].
Even views from Paul’s watch tower are obstructed.

Some better views of the EMERALD sailing & SMARAGD loading on WD4 ourtesy [& copyright] of ‘Dover Straits Shipping’ who has dock access.



SMARAGD remains alongside Monday night, loading was interrupted during the day due to rain.


Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 01:40
 
Post 6701
  Del Styan, Norwich
That the 'X-Bow vessel is an odd one - anyone know any more?

Monday, 16 December 2019 - 23:01
 
Post 6700
  Del Styan, Norwich
That 'X-Bow vessel is an odd one - anyone know any more?

Monday, 16 December 2019 - 23:00
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