Monday, 18 June 2018

The Maersk Connector - currently at the Port of Dover. Pictured by Benjamin Payne. Great pic. Many thanks Ben.


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DFDS ACQUISITIONS and EXPANSIONS...see below 4984
Dover Marina Control - New Contract Awarded see 4970.
PORT OF DOVER: Konecranes for new Cargo Terminal 4916.
PORT OF DOVER: £21 Million DWDR 'paving plus' contract awarded 4895.
PORT of DOVER - three cruise ships, one day 4885.
DFDS Charters New Ship see 4866.
New Marina Pier ... Latest...see 4861.
P&O FERRIES presents big cash to RNLI Dover...see 4829.
PORT of DOVER: Chief Executive TIM WAGGOTT Resigns...see 4778.
P&O FERRIES recruiting...4745.
PORT of DOVER awards Cargo Refrigeration Contract see 4740.
PORT OF DOVER: Community Benefit 4688
TRADING GROWTH FOR DFDS DESPITE BREXIT see 4642
PORT OF DOVER RECORD FREIGHT see 4551.
PORT OF DOVER: GEEST LINE arrival see 4597.
SECOND FEMALE CAPTAIN FOR P&O see 4608.


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Post 4898
  Sea News, Dover
An extra shot above there of the departing Atlantic Klipper...
see also the post below.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - 06:31
 
Post 4897
  Sea News, Dover
The Atlantic Klipper catching some dazzlingly bright evening sun as she begins to move away late sunday. This time she left by the western exit which is always a bonus for our cameras...however that late low sun is always tricky for the same cameras, especially when the ship is white.Smiley
She was off to Vlissingen...
...and away she goes...



Thanks once again Colette for the Cruise info below. This really is a busy period for cruise ships here at the Port of Dover. Exciting times for sure...

Coming in also as we speak..cargo ship Elvira.
That Costa ship is approaching and its a whopper...to give it a technical term there.. Smiley

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - 05:51
 
Post 4896
  Colette B, Dover

CRUISE VISITS
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Wowser!! The dazzling array of photographs over the last few days are truly amazing, anyone would think it was Summer Smiley Jet skis skimming in the harbour, paddling surfboards, cruise ships and our brave Coastguard plucking a gormless youth off the cliffs Smiley There was even a ‘lowflying’ Airbus being transported down the channel, ‘Something for everybody’ ……. Smiley

Tomorrow, Tuesday 15th May we start off with a ‘Double Whammy’! First we have a long lost soul, Costa Mediterranea (last seen here in May 2014) arriving at CT2, 08.00 hours. She is on a 7 night Round trip to Amsterdam her next ports of call are Le Havre, Hamburg, Bremerhaven then Amsterdam. She leaves us at 20.30 hours, PoC.

An hour later our old friend Saga Pearl ll arrives at CT1, 09.00 (she was last here in September 2017). She sets off on her 7 night ‘Norwegian Notes’ round trip calling at such interesting delights as Haugesund on Constitution Day with celebrations taking place all over town, Stavanger and Eidfjord where you can see the cascading Voringfoss waterfall. She departs at 17.00 hours, T/R.

Back soon …….Smiley



Monday, 14 May 2018 - 20:47
 
Post 4895
  Sea News, Dover

Paving the way in the next milestone for Western Docks development.
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VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed by the Port of Dover to deliver the paving, utilities and infrastructure contract for the Port's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £21m, this construction stage is a mix of heavy duty port paving, interconnecting roads, power and lighting, landscaping, street furniture, reefer gantries, fencing and access gates and border control facilities to approximately 10 hectares of the Western Docks.

During the 12 month programme VolkerFitzpatrick will be working alongside VSBW, a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, the dredging and marine structures’ contractor, whilst they complete the new marine infrastructure and reclamation for the first stage of DWDR.

VolkerFitzpatrick’s specialist paving division will carry out the paving works by utilising its own paving and concrete batching plant onsite.

Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director, Port of Dover, said: “The appointment of VolkerFitzpatrick is another significant milestone as the Port works hard to deliver the first stage of Dover’s Western Docks Revival in 2019.
“The revival of the Western Docks supports the development agenda for Dover, being identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area.”

Chris Evans, Managing Director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s civils division, commented: “Supporting the overall development of Dover Western Docks is a very exciting and prestigious contract to have been awarded, particularly in terms of the growth expected for the port in the coming years.

"We will work collaboratively with VolkerStevin which will allow us a greater understanding of the project from the outset.”

Completion of the first and second stage of DWDR, will allow the Port to complete its aim of a dedicated ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks and a transformed waterfront for Dover, is scheduled for early 2019.

ENDS

Many thanks to the guys at the Port of the info above. Powering forward.Smiley

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Some pictures now..as promised.. of the delightful Deutschland. She's a bit of a beauty for sure. First two pictures show her catching the early sun at Cruise Terminal One...we are looking across the paraphernalia of progress, showing there in the foreground. The third picture taken much later .. at her evening departure for Amsterdam.





Yesterdays arrival below...AIDAvita early morn..
So many cruise liners - so little time..Smiley


PaulB



Monday, 14 May 2018 - 05:03
 
Post 4894
  Sea News, Dover

Bit of a miscellaneous collection for a sunday morning here. The top shot shows the Dover 9 pier..its still not in use. More trucks and cranes came on Friday to do more work as hopefully you can see in the shot above...note however progress has been made, in that the scaffolding which was shown in our recent pic has gone. The pier has been out of action for quite a while, awkward in the grand scheme of things.

Some dazzling dashing jet skis now powering towards shore one evening during this pleasant week. Couldn't decide which pic was best.. so .. as with all ditherers everywhere I used both..Smiley


Below another jet ski, this time from our archives ..just came across it now. Had long forgotten it. Often refreshingly we see some of our own pictures on Google, ones we have long forgotten and here we are. The jet ski is a popular evening pastime.

Woman on Board: The same evening as the jet ski action...this woman gently paddled by on her board in elegant style.


Nice one below Patrick, saw that one out there myself and you are right...it was very murky out there. A good get that one.
Its not often you see a 'low flying' airbusSmileySmiley

PB.
ps: will have pictures of the Deutschland on monday all being well. A bit behind with that one..
AIDAvita approaching...

Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 06:37
 
Post 4893
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Rather a long way off this shot in rather murky conditions of a 'low flying' vessel - the RORO 'Ville de Bordeaux' passed us earlier today en route from Hamburg to Montoir. Don't see these every day - possibly 'winging it' down the Channel.


Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 22:09
 
Post 4892
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of the Saga Sapphire departing on Thursday evening...
Yes off to Oslo she was...you can see her reversing out of Port above there. A very elegant procedure for sure...below we have a close-up as the pilot boat moves alongside in a hugely skillful manner. A casual observer might think that yours truly is obsessing with the pilot lately Smiley....you can see the tiny 'priesthole' about 10 metres in front of the pilot boat there...that's how the pilot gets on/off.


Aficionados will have noticed the different colour scheme this year...this is how she used to look below.


Great action pictures and news info below there from Mike. Cracking stuff indeed.Smiley
DONT MISS THOSE.

Ahh sorry you had some difficulties further below there Patrick. Cant see any particular problem as have had a look behind the scenes...will check further though. Pity that.Smiley
(Update: only thing I notice that's unusual Patrick is they are double digit image numbers. Mine today for example number Image 1 to Image 4 as they do every time. The system doesn't like a lot of pictures uploaded at once and may have assumed there were many more...hard to be sure.. )

PaulB


Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 06:23
 
Post 4891
  Mike J., Dover
There was a rescue operation on the cliffs up above Eastern Docks today, you may have seen media reports.
Fortunately no injuries or worse.

A foolish youth had tried climbing one of the less steep cliff faces & got stuck.

The ‘incident’ was above the broad ledge & almost below the National Trust cafe [you’ll know what I mean if you know the cliffs].

The MCA cliff rescue team & the police were on scene & the SAR helicopter from Lydd was called for.

The helicopter hovered at a considerable height presumably to reduce the downdraft which might have blown the fellow off the cliff face & the winchman was lowered – an impressive sight & a much higher 'descent' than usual.
A good job that there was little wind. but impressive flying nonetheless.



From my location I wasn’t able to see the ‘casualty’ or the actual rescue but the youth must have been helped down the cliff to the ledge by the winchman as the helicopter moved away & landed on the sloping clifftop & keeping it’s rotors spinning.




The winchman, the youth & his mate walked with the rescue team back to the narrow path that connects the ledge to the clifftop where the winchman rejoined the helicopter which returned to base & hopefully the youths had a good telling-off.



A lot of DHB staff in the docks were watching & would have had a grandstand view.

Taking off to return to Lydd.


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An impressive operation with a lot of folk having to put themselves at risk for an idiot.



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 00:16
 
Post 4890
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Oops! something amiss there in my last post.

Friday, 11 May 2018 - 22:23
 
Post 4889
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Yesterday we had the return of the Saga Sapphire, complete with yellow funnel
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and today's double arrival - the smaller 'Deutschland' and the 'Aida Sol'
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Friday, 11 May 2018 - 22:17
 
Post 4888
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of Amadea as she moves away on Wednesday evening. The top two shots are a tad out of sequence but thought it better to put the wider view on top. She was heading for Ijmuiden in the Netherlands... her first port. One of the Saga ships Saga Sapphire was in yesterday and we will have pictures of that one too in due course...when we catch up with everything. There is another cruise ship in today too ( Deutchland), with AIDasol also due in, so this is one heck of a purple patch for cruise liners here at the Port of Dover. Great stuff!

The two pictures below also show Amadea on Wednesday evening, this time long range. The pictures show the departing and returning pilot as you can see. 'Twas a bit misty out there ..



Well done all round below Patrick - liking those recent wide viewsSmiley
Interesting inshore collection below there Mike - nice work.Smiley

PaulB

Friday, 11 May 2018 - 06:24
 
Post 4887
  Mike J., Dover

Shellfish dredger RENOWN IV in the Tidal Basin on Wednesday.
She was built in 1966 at Queenborough, on the Isle of Sheppey.

I noticed the Christian ‘fish’ symbol painted by her name & internet photos show a cross painted on the bow itself.
I’m sure that this indicates a devout Christian owner.




The AFON CEFNI is back in Dover, arriving Tuesday evening from Fecamp, a small port between Dieppe & Le Havre, to join her fleetmates AFON LLIGWY & LLANDWYN ISLAND.


The SMIT YOUNG has vanished from lay-up in Granville Dock, last AIS reports showed her there on Saturday, but wherever she is now she’s not transmitting at the moment.

Finally, over in Eastern Docks, some contrasting funnels.




Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 20:18
 
Post 4886
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Just caught the tug sprays on the Aida Sol last Monday. The ones on the Dover Marina site though are great as Mike J has said in #4883. Well worth a look.





The view from the seafront of the three liners in port.

Interesting to see the shots of these cruise ships from the different vantage point of Western Heights, highlighted in Paul's earlier post 4885, where the angle at which CT1 is set gives a much better idea of how the Cruise Terminals are laid out.


Great photos Paul all round.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 10:20
 
Post 4885
  Sea News, Dover


I saw three ships come sailing in ......
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From the team at the Port....

Dover Cruise hosts three cruise vessels.

The sun was shining this May Bank Holiday Monday as three impressive cruise ships called at one of the UK's busiest cruise ports at Dover's historic Western Docks - the first time Dover Cruise has been at full capacity since 2016.

Plantours 'MV Hamburg' and Aida's 'AIDASol' both made a welcome return and the inaugural call from Viking's 'Viking Sun' was greeted by a water salute from Dover's Tugs, marking what is hoped will be a long standing partnership with Dover Cruise.

Sonia Limbrick

Port of Dover Head of Cruise, Sonia Limbrick said: “Dover, one of the busiest cruise ports in the U.K, is the port of choice for 22 cruise lines and will host 124 cruise calls, including 6 inaugural.

It was wonderful to see Dover Cruise at full capacity again and to host the inaugural call from Viking Cruises here at Dover's modern and progressive port.

Through our dedicated promotion of all that is on offer here, more and more cruise lines are choosing Destination Dover each year providing a valuable boost to both local and national tourism and economies.

My thanks go to Viking Cruises for chosing Dover Cruise as a new destination and Plantours & Partner and Aida for their continued support. I wish them all enjoyable journeys and look forward to greeting them here again soon."

ENDS

Smiley

The aforementioned three ships departing now... first one below, the Viking Sun leaves us for Dublin early evening.

Next one departs below as night draws in...the MV Hamburg bound for ..you guessed it.. Hamburg.
Afon Lligwy in the foreground..


Night well and truly here now, and we have .. in a dazzling blaze of light, AIDAsol departing for.. yes indeed Hamburg.


Thanks to Colette, Mike, and Vic for the comments and info below.
Yes Vic those tugs work hard, its non stop.
Also
Amadea was here with us yesterday...we will have some pix of that one following along in due course.

PaulB



Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 05:12
 
Post 4884
  Colette B, Dover

Aah! Thank you for your lovely comments Patrick, always happy to help Smiley
And many thanks for all your great photos Smiley

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - 22:48
 
Post 4883
  Mike J., Dover

It doesn’t look as though anyone ‘caught’ the squirting on Sunday as the VIKING SUN sailed.

For some excellent photos, see DOVER MARINA.COM Facebook page.

Well worth a look.


Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - 20:59
 
Post 4882
  vic matcham, DOVOR
Our two Tugs have their work cut out trying to keep up with their work load 24/7, and thank you again for the great photos of our port.Smiley

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - 16:51
 
Post 4881
  Sea News, Dover
We're all off to Hamburg ...


Pictures above show Esmeralda on Monday evening beginning her journey to Hamburg. She slipped out of Port without coming across the harbour at all, so yours truly was just able to capture the tail end of proceedings. It all happened in super harsh late contrasty sun but we just managed to hold it together. No I wont do that old joke, I said I wouldn't. oh well .. alright then....
"The Bells The Bells " Smiley !!

Above there we have another one of MV Hamburg following along from Patrick. Yes MV Hamburg also left for Hamburg as did the AIDAsol. I tried to get some night departure pix of AIDAsol...boy was she glowing. If any good will get at least one up in due course. Haven't got around to sorting those ones yet.

Well done Patrick below. Super good enjoyable collection there. Keep snappin'..SmileySmiley
Don't miss those.

Also yes indeed a great cruise listing from ColetteB below. To use football parlance..'the girl dun good!' SmileySmiley

PaulB

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - 06:45
 
Post 4880
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Thanks Colette as always for the best cruise info in Dover.

The triple whammy on Monday saw the arrivals and departures of Sun Viking, Aida Sol and Hamburg liners in gloriously warm (even hot) weather.

The cruise liner 'Hamburg' arrived in the afternoon, berthing on CT3


Here later in the early evening the departure of the 'Viking Sun', passing the Aida Sol, on her way out to Dublin, the west coast and Norway.


and just a minute or so later, sliding gracefully past the 'Hamburg'


Meanwhile landlubbers take the long wide view whilst enjoying the well maintained Marine Parade Gardens, a leisurely perambulation along the seafront or just a bask in the sunshine on the beach. Wonderful!!




Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 23:17
 
Post 4879
  Colette B, Dover

CRUISE VISITS
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Great May Day Bank Holiday photo of the sunbathers sizzling on Dover beach and on a three ship day too! Smiley
Our New visitor Viking Sun looked amazing as she docked at CT1. An interesting variety of photos over the past week, the hustle & bustle of a busy port constantly changing with our magnificent castle overlooking all Smiley

Firstly, on Wednesday 9th May we will see V Ships Amadea, (last seen here in September 2016) cruising into CT1 at 08.00 hours. She is coming to the end of her 14 night Villefranche-sur-Mer to Bremerhaven cruise, having called at Portoferraio (Elba), Civitavecchia (Rome), Alghero (Sardinia), Port Mahon (Menorca), Ibiza, Almeria, Malaga, Portimao, Porto, Jersey. Her next port of call is Ijmuiden in the Netherlands before dropping anchor at Bremerhaven. She leaves us at 18.00 hours, PoC.

Then on Thursday 10th May, our old friend Saga Sapphire comes back to our shores at CT1, 08.00 hours. Last here in August 2017 she is on her way to us from Southampton on a 6 night Scandinavian Cities cruise calling at Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Ijmuiden and Tilbury docks. She will be based here using Dover as her home port until late September. She departs at 16.00 hours, T/R.

On Friday 11th May it’s another ‘Double Whammy’! Smiley

First we have MS Deutschland (last seen here April 2013), she drops anchor at CT1, 08.00 hours. She is calling in whilst on her 22 night Western Europe, Azores & Canary Island Round trip to Bremerhaven. Her next port of call is Amsterdam then back to her home port of Bremerhaven on Sunday. She is leaving us at 16.00 hours, PoC.

Then an hour and a half later AIDAsol gives us a wink, as she arrives at CT2, 09.30 hours. Once more she calls in to say Hello on her 4 night Hamburg round trip. She leaves us at 21.30 hours, PoC.

On Sunday 13th May at CT2, 08.00 hours, we are greeted with another beaming smile from AIDAvita on her 14 night Great Britain & Ireland cruise. Her ports of call are Portland then Cork & Dublin in the Emerald Isle (one of my favourites Smiley), Greenock, Belfast, Liverpool, Fishguard, Le Havre then her home port of Hamburg. She departs at 20.00 hours, PoC.

Back soon with more Month of May cruise calls Smiley

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EDIT: see also the latest travel suggestion from DFDS below.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 12:10
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