Monday, 11 December 2017

The guys onboard Trinity House Vessel Alert pause briefly before tackling the raging seas of Storm Caroline at Port of Dover. This is a zoomed-in cropped version of our picture further down the page with more emphasis this time on the rough seas.. PB. Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover with further coverage of Ramsgate, Calais, Dunkerque. Email: to send SEA NEWS pix or info.... or click ADD YOUR COMMENT below to post direct, no membership needed.

Port of Dover's Big White Christmas Ice Event. Delightful fun for all...see..
See also post 4460 below.
Charlie Elphicke MP : On being suspended...see below 4424.

P&O Ferries- Britain's favourite 4465
Mammoth Tooth Find - Extraordinary at Port of Dover see 4389.
DFDS - Helping to tackle Breast Cancer - see 4377.
PORT of DOVER: COOL CARRIERS..great cargo coup. New Trade for Dover.. 4336.
P&O FERRIES...women in the workplace .. also 4336..also see 4370 for the new graduate seafarers.
also see 10 new local apprentices 4451.

PORT: Latest DWDR news and drone pictures...see 4330.

DFDS and the Maritime Catering Apprentices 4323.
P&O Ferries help children with serious illnesses cross to France 4316.
Port of Dover sponsors War Horse 4294
DFDS - Crowned Europe's leading Ferry Operator 4287.
DDC Leader Paul Watkins retires...see 4282 and 4270. Replacement 4328.

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Post 4357
  Sea News, Dover

Following along from Patrick's picture below there of Barent Zanen...there we are above with a pic from later in the morning as she pumped her sandy load into the laid on pipeline... we also have pictures of her leaving the Port again, and they will follow in due course.

Nice pictures below from Sarah over there in the ever attractive Ramsgate. An Alert sandwich...SmileySmiley


Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 13:25
Post 4356
  Patrick, Marine Parade
07:30 Hopper Dredger "Barent Zanen" arrived in first light this morning to discharge into the pipeline to the Hoverport infill. Took just 80 minutes this time and departed around 09:00 presumably for the next load of sand off the Thames / Harwich licensed dredging area.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 09:07
Post 4355
  Sarah, Ramsgate
Great recent photos guys. Daniel L Gibson is on relief at Dover whilst City of London II has some TLC carried out whilst staying at Dover.

At Ramsgate we had a bit of an Alert sandwich yesterday Smiley

First up Border Force "Alert" arrived at Ramsgate.

Then Ramsgate Lifeboat returned home from the Republic of Ireland having had a refit.

Finally Trinity House Vessel "Alert" arrived back at Ramsgate.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 06:47
Post 4354
  Sea News, Dover
Cruising for the sturdy...

Yes in this late season of robust gales and stupendous storms, it takes a brave soul to venture out there for cruising pleasure. But indeed they do...sturdy sailors with stalwart dispositions say pish and tish to late October and embrace the freshness of it all. So here we are with pictures from yesterday of our latest glamour visitor...the AIDAvita ...and looking good she was too, as she cruised her way from Hamburg to Las Palmas. More in Colette's cruise post 4343.

Yours truly missed her coming across the bay, I've been having one of those weeks, so for those who want to see her smiling face and full lips, here is a pic below from early spring..taken on a cold bracing oul day as you can tell...
Whoosh! me timbers are a-shiverin' just looking at that picture...

Nice shots and info below there Patrick of Schooner Pickle. Great workSmiley

Thanks for that info again MikeSmiley

Enjoy yourself in the Highlands Vic and keep tuning in... yes there has been some great pictures from the team all round.Smiley

Brian Smiley


Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 06:27
Post 4353
  victor matcham, Dovor
Looks like the D,H,B, has lost the fight about taking sand from the Goodwin,I am very please about that,it was very wrong of them to think they could just walk over the public on this one.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 03:40
Post 4352
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Sailing Vessel "Schooner Pickle" arrived in Port in full sail this afternoon. This Square Topsail Gaff Schooner, a replica of Nelson's warship HMS Pickle, was built in 1996 at St.Petersburg Russia.

Volunteers from Portsmouth Naval Base are taking it in turns to sails from Hull to the Solent in time for "Pickle Night" held by the Royal Navy around 6th November each year.

More here:

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 17:21
Post 4351
  brian, dover
so dhb are scooping the loop then.

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 16:52
Post 4350
  Mike J., Dover
After leaving Dover Thursday evening the BARENT ZENAN wenr northeast of North Foreland & presumably dredged up another load of sand.
By 1000 Friday she was lying off St Margarets Bay with Dover showing as her destination, probably waiting to bring in her second cargo.

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 13:27
Post 4349
  victor matcham, Dover
Still some great photos coming out on the Royal Port of Dovor,thank you.Looks like we will be taking our days off in the highlands in the winter weeks this time,and I cannot not wait for it.SmileySmiley

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 09:26
Post 4348
  Sea News, Dover
Well done Mike with those pictures of the Barent Zanen in the previous post saved the day as yours truly just got a couple of weak pictures as shown here. Wasnt sure if it was even worth putting these pix up at all. The visibility was awful over the longer range so had to force an image from the pictures here. As mentioned the dredger only stayed a couple of hours and vanished in the night, so the prospect of further pictures vanished at the same time.

Don't miss the coverage and info in the post below from Mike.Smiley

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 07:21
Post 4347
  Mike J., Dover
Thursday afternoon saw the arrival of the BARENT ZANEN with the first of many consignments of sand for the DWDR land reclamation works.
The structure on the bows is where she connects to the floating pipeline - she can also 'squirt' the sand quite a distance, a spectacular operation known as 'rainbowing' but this is not expected to be done at Dover.

Increasing drizzliness drove me off the pier while she was manoeuvring to pick up the end of the floating pipeline, but she was supposed to start pumping at 1700 & had completed discharge in a couple of hours & sailed about 1945, heading northeast.
If she was fully loaded she would have had just over 14,000 tons of sand aboard.

I had hoped that the TERRA MARIQUE would come across from the Eastern Docks to unload her transformer onto the Ad.Pier, but I was caught out when she landed it on the DCT in Eastern Docks during the afternoon, where the reefers berth.

By way of contrast, in the Tidal Basin on Thursday was the rather flash NORTH STAR.

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 00:46
Post 4346
  Sea News, Dover

Beach Management Works In Deal
As part of ongoing work to maintain sea defences, beach management works are set to start in North Deal this month – works start on 30 October and are due to take two to three weeks. 

Trucks and excavators will be used to recycle material from the north of Sandown Castle, and move it back down the beach to between Sandown Castle and Deal Pier. The programme will mean moving 25,000 to 30,000 m3 of shingle. 

Works are needed following the natural processes of the shingle being moved by the tide and the effects of the weather, and will help to maintain sea defences for North Deal. Contractors will also look to re-profile the beach and level out the slopes. Banksmen will be on site to ensure safety. 

Works are being managed by Dover District Council, working with East Kent partners, and funded by the Environment Agency. Planned works for the future include plans to construct a new rock groyne at Sandown Castle to reduce the effects of longshore drift. 

Roger Walton, DDC Director of Environment and Corporate Assets, said: “These are key beach management works for the area. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, and hope local people will bear with us, while we carry out this important work.”


Lots of amazing work going on all over the district at the moment...
the news gives us the chance to show some of those gorgeous little fishing boats on the Deal shingle....and here we are...

Nice all round work below Mike. Well done with that. Smiley


Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 05:07
Post 4345
  Mike J., Dover
Two more visitors - Wednesday morning & two Dutch landing craft [LCU type] spent the night alongside DAVID CHURCH.
They’re showing on AIS as L9527 & L9529 & have come up from Plymouth & sailed for Zeebrugge at 1300ish.

Well camouflaged !

Definitely not a visitor was CITY OF LONDON 2, in Granville Dock for a few days for a spot of upgrading.

Tug INDUS & TERRA MARIQUE came in yesterday evening & berthed on the Eastern Arm & were still there at 1330.
Landing the transformer will take place around high water on the Ad.Pier - first opportunity will be mid-afternoon this afternoon, but is starting to seem unlikely.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 14:15
Post 4344
  Sea News, Dover
Mike recently showed a picture of the cranes dipped and readied for the approaching Storm Brian...well here they are in the gloom of yesterday fully erect and fully back in action. There are four on show here in this shot above but all and all there are six currently in operation at the DWDR end of things. I think there were one or two others as well earlier on in the proceedings...

As mentioned it was a very gloomy day yesterday but here below we have couple of extra pix from the weekend which show the second strand of piling now completed or near completed and right up to the 'canal gates'.
You can see the latest newer line of piling in the near ground as it were.

An extra early morning picture below which shows the vivid orange colours of the piling as it catches the golden early sun...or to put it another way, golden early sun meets elegant rusting. You have to admire the accuracy of our famous clock...twice a day its spot on!Smiley

You should hopefully be able to clearly see the newer line of piling in this wider shot...
See also the ace pictures in 4330 below page.

Great pictures all round below Ed - cracking stuff. Both of the Arctic Princess in Dunkerque and the rainbow..and glad you got that ace shot of the Lombok Strait ..particularly with the noted expansion in reefer trade announced this week (4336). Great stuff!Smiley

Well done Mike, great stuff too ...welcome coverage all round there of all the goings-on from our 'inshore correspondent'Smiley

Thanks Colette...still a few straggling cruise liners coming I see - will watch for that one on Friday.Smiley

Good to hear from you Adam up there in Warrington...lots more great coverage to come. Glad you are enjoying it all.Smiley


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 06:14
Post 4343
  Colette B, Dover


Lots of dramatic photos chaps, with a photographer risking a soaking to get that all important shot and the ferries battling heavy swells in the wake of Storm Brian… Sea News has it all & with wonderful rainbows too Smiley

On my last report I mentioned that AIDAmar was due to visit us tomorrow, instead she is now sailing to New York, due to arrive there on Halloween after leaving her home port Hamburg on the 14th.

Our next visitor due on Friday 27th October is another of the AIDA fleet, the ever smiling AIDAvita last seen here in August. She sails into CT2 at 08.00 hours on her 12 night cruise from Hamburg to Las Palmas, visiting such delights as Le Havre, Ferrot, Porto, Lisbon, Cadiz, Arrecife before finally dropping anchor in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She departs at 21.00 hours, PoC.

She will be based in the Canaries cruising to the Azores, Portugal and Spain until March 25th 2018.

The last scheduled visitor of the 2017 cruise season is not until 30th November when the Artania graces our shores once more Smiley

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 14:46
Post 4342
  Mike J., Dover
Two more visitors - 0830 Monday morning & the arrival of the PEAK BREMEN with more DWDR piles. probably loaded in the Netherlands but she spent the weekend anchored off Margate.

Around midday the LIAMARE came in out of the drizzle with another load of DWDR rocks from Boulogne & docked between the turret & the PEAK BREMEN who was unloading on Cruise-2.

Them of us as lives in Dover & Fo;lkestone have been leafletted that another ‘house-sized’ transformer is coming into Dover for transport to the Sellindge sub-station & that the convoy will take to the roads on Tuesday evening.
Marine Traffic’s AIS's ‘Dover ETAs’ page shows the tug INDUS gIving an ETA Dover at 1230LT Tuesday.
She has just left Rotterdam & is only doing 5kts with ‘restricted manoueverability’ & is probably towing the unusual heavy lift barge TERRA MARIQUE who has been used for some of the transformer jobs in the past.
The transformer will probably already be on the transporter trailer & it’ll be interesting to see whether the little convoy will leave Dover as planned on Tuesday night.

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 22:39
Post 4341
  Adam, Warrington
Well done to Dover port on the cool carriers service. I look forward to even more brilliant pictures from you guys in the future!!!

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 20:38
Post 4340
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Lombok Strait waiting in the bay today prior to berthing whilst several ferry movements take place.

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 18:42
Post 4339
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
LNG tanker Arctic Princess in Dunkerque West today. She has been sitting out at anchor for the last few days.

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 12:17
Post 4338
  Ed Connell, Dover Strait
Rather nice rainbow after Storm Brian had passed through.

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 12:13
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