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

Scroll down and over to see the Boudicca D-Day pictures in several posts...
….and now also too the Spirit of Discovery

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Post 6258
  Sea News, Dover
Dungeness Lifeboat in towing rescue action...

The pictures above were taken on Monday evening just before 8pm ( 20.00 ) and show Dungeness Lifeboat towing a small yacht back to the Port of Dover. The light was fading fast but with a bit of luck in the camera department, we managed to get the shots as they entered the Port. The pix were fairly dark and had to be brightened up somewhat with the help as per usual of the computer program. You can see a Lifeboatman onboard the yacht there in one of the shots guiding things along. Excellent work once again by the RNLI.

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Travel to the continent just got that much more tempting, as British ferry operator P&O Ferries is giving away six free bottles of wine for every day trip booking between Dover and Calais.

Book from now until 26th May, for travel from 7th May until 28th May 2019, to claim six free bottles of Banrock red, or white wine - dependent on your preference and subject to availability. Valid for car, or high car bookings only, using promo code WINE19.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said: “Imagine spending a day in France, exploring its beautiful sights and unrivalled cuisine and then sailing back to the UK with six free bottles of wine to enjoy. We are giving our customers the opportunity to experience that for themselves with this exclusive offer. It’s a great day out and a special treat for when you get back home.”

Renowned for its diverse landscapes and fascinating history now is the perfect time to explore northern France, with warmer weather on the horizon. For culture seekers, a day trip to the Hauts-de France region offers the opportunity to view stunning scenery including forests, farmland, beaches and chalk cliffs. Just over an hour from Calais the city of Lille also offers cobbled streets lined with bars and bistros, plus plenty of shopping opportunities. Travellers interested in history can venture to the battlefields of Ypres, or Dunkirk’s famous beach, just a short drive from the port.

How to claim:
1. Book your crossing via the P&O ferries website
2. Enter promo code WINE19
3. Receive your voucher at Dover port check-in on the day of departure
4. Present your voucher at the tills on board during your outward journey
5. Pick up your six free bottles of wine

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 are a variety of eateries, including The Brasserie, as well as a Club Lounge for those who want to travel in further comfort, spaces are bookable from just £12 per person.

For more information, or to book a crossing visit


SmileyThe enjoyable sandy Calais beach can see families enjoying themselves there. The beach is great for a daytrip and with wine on offer as well...wowser!

SmileyNice collection below Mike. Good to see those...thanks for the info re the motor yacht, have added the name to the earlier post now so our search engine can pick it up later if needed.

Smiley Thanks for that info Del. Well done with that.
Heavens! we wouldn't want you turning into another Chris of those is enough.Smiley

Ooops that wine picture uploaded bigger than expected. A Freudian slip ?...



A double whammy of AIDA ships in today AIDAluna and AIDAvita
...will also have pictures of Prinsedam to follow along also reefers plus more...we're a bit behind but catching up.. Smiley

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 06:11
Post 6257
  Mike J., Dover

Paul’s sleek motor yacht in post 6255 is the Portguese CHELINA which had come up from Plymouth & is still in Dover on Tuesday evening & showing on AIS.

Also in the Tidal Basin was an interesting Dutch motor yacht, the NOORD BANK who looks a lot more businesslike & may be based on a workboat design.

Kind friends from Littlestone have sent me pix of the Antiguan coaster RMS RATIGEN who was in Rye Harbour on Wednesday.
Thanks Alison & Mike !

A stroll up the new marina pier shows that views of shipping at the Eastern Entrance is better than expected, altho’ poor from the end of the pier due to obstructions.
Views of the cruise ships on the Admiralty Pier & the Western Entrance are poor.

A nice structure for sure, with excellent views of the Castle & the town but not a patch on the Prince of Wales,

A lady on the Dover Town forum who calls her herself ‘Weird Granny Slater’ has posted her mixed feelings about the new pier in an excellent post, No.4 on the ‘New Marina Pier & Lock Bridge open’ thread.

The same thread has excellent infrastructure pix from PatrickS.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 01:03
Post 6256
  Del Styan, Norwich
I've done a bit of google digging, and the forts were used from 23rd September 1964 till 9th February 1967 by Radio City. Thank god - I thought my memory was going the way of Chris Grayling's Seaborne decisions.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 23:13
Post 6255
  Sea News, Dover

While photographing the lifeboats on sunday this fabulous motor cruiser came into port and made its way to the inner sanctum. A very impressive beast indeed...however the guys fishing on the Admiralty Pier in the background of pic there weren't overly impressed and hardly gave it a second glance...nor did the lifeboat crews below...what can ye do Smiley
Yours truly didn't get the name of the if anyone knows... ??
it was one of those jobs you mean to go back to .. ah thanks to Mike... Name of cruiser is Chelina.

And speaking of all things even more serious piece of exotic equipment is this ultra fab superyacht below belonging to the formula one race team Force India. This one joined us here in Port a couple of years back. Yours truly's invitation for a pink gin onboard got lost in the post...strewth!

Now alas at the other end of the social scale...the picture below shows the Police crackdown on rough sleepers last week. A much higher profile from the police was in evidence as they cleared out the seafront shelters over a series of days. Picture can also see an ambulance on the scene. The rough sleepers had taken up residence in the shelters for quite some time.

See also yesterdays fund raising post/pictures re P&O Ferries and the Lifeboat.


Ah yes indeed Del there used to be offshore radio stations...not sure if those forts were featured but maybe...

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - 06:11
Post 6254
  Del Styan, Norwich
I seem to remember some of the pirate stations operating from the forts in my youth. Radio City, I think? Maybe Radio England?

Monday, 6 May 2019 - 23:13
Post 6253
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Ferries welcomed volunteers and officials from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) to Channel House, Dover to present them with a cheque for £13,522.59 – the largest amount ever raised for the charity by the ferry operator’s employees and customers.

Continuing the long-standing partnership between P&O Ferries and the RNLI, this figure was raised through collection boxes placed on all six of its ships serving the English Channel throughout 2018, allowing donations of any currency.

As the company’s official charity these are the exclusive collection boxes on board and this year’s efforts signify an increased donation of over £500, in comparison with the amount raised in 2017.

In attendance at the presentation and accompanying lunch were a range of figures from the RNLI’s Dover branch, who work tirelessly to save lives at sea, as well as P&O Ferries crew who were recognised for their exceptional fundraising efforts on-board.

James Clapham, Coxswain at RNLI said, “We are very grateful to P&O Ferries, their employees and passengers for their valuable donations. These contributions are a big part of our ability to undertake life-saving at sea.”

Joe Ciantar, Head of Security, Gaming and Foreign Exchange at P&O Ferries said, “P&O Ferries are proud to present the RNLI with a cheque for £13,522.59 in respect of 2018 donations, which is another record breaking amount from the generosity of our passengers and employees for the RNLI. The RNLI is our nominated charity with whom we have a long connection and relationship.”

For more information on the RNLI visit For further details on P&O Ferries visit


Pictured with the 'large' cheque (large in more ways than one! ) above and below are Joan Hazelden and James Clapham.
This is the largest amount ever raised by the ferry company employees and customers.

One of the P&O Ferries below which helped to raise all the cash...the Spirit of Britain...

There is much talk of the new pier at the moment, this picture below of Dover Lifeboat was taken from the old pier, yes the Prince of Wales Pier. This picture of the Lifeboat was taken a few years ago by our 'roving reporter' Sarah Hewes ..

Now a couple of shots of Lifeboat action in the harbour yesterday. Both Dover Lifeboat and Dungeness Lifeboat were on a training exercise and here we are below... Dover Lifeboat to the left in first shot...
Picture above shows the Lifeboats at the Port entrance...and the pic below shows Dover Lifeboat and crew as we look across the new development works to the inner harbour.

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Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the information. Great great fundraising there...Smiley

Nice shots below Mike...we are having a big Lifeboat day today.Smiley



Monday, 6 May 2019 - 06:00
Post 6252
  Mike J., Dover

Sunday morning & Tamar Class ELEN COMBIE awaits departure from Dover after overnighting during her long 655 mile trip from Poole to Longhope in the Orkneys.

By Sunday night she had arrived in Lowestoft.

Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 23:31
Post 6251
  Sea News, Dover
Great to have those photos below of the new pier Patrick..great stuff indeed!Smiley
Jeremy they may well add seating later. I understand they rushed to get it open for the bank holiday weekend, but time will tell.Smiley
Yes the new pier should be great for a summer stroll things look good from down thereSmiley

Mike's marvellous 'adventure special' pinned todaySmiley ... ( UPDATE: hugely enjoyable post below now unpinned )


Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 05:52
Post 6250
  Mike J., Dover
In post 6239 I pushed the ‘local’ limits of ‘Sea News’ with a few pix of the Sheerness lifeboat rescuing a small motor launch.
I was waiting at Queenborough before taking a trip out to three of the Thames Estuary WW2 anti-aircraft forts aboard the X-PILOT.

The first & furthest fort visited was the Knock John tower, about 20 miles north of Whitstable, one of several built of concrete & originally manned by the Royal Navy.

The other two forts visited were the Shivering Sands & Redsand towers, built to a different design of a number of steel towers, originally connected by catwalks.
These forts were manned by Army personnel.

Restoration of one of the Redsand towers is slowly taking place by a group who recognize the historical significance of these defences & regular work parties go out from Queenborough aboard the X-PILOT.
A lot of work has already been carried out internally & occasionally members of the public can board the tower with the work group.

[We went VERY close alongside the landing stage & passed between two of the towers beneath a temporary bridge, a fascinating experience & a rare chance to get close to these little known historic relics, some of which are visible from parts of the North Kent coast.


Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 01:53
Post 6249
  Jeremy Ward, Whitfield, Dover
Looking at the great photo's of the new Pier it doesn't look like there are any seats to sit down on only some at the end? Smiley

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 22:24
Post 6248
  JanT, Dover
Looking at the pictures of the new pier that Patrick has posted,it looks very nice for that summer evening stroll.

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 17:18
Post 6247
  Patrick, Marine Parade
re#6245 New Pier Open to public

Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 08:37
Post 6246
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above shows the sky over the Port on Thursday afternoon. A very dramatic looking stormy sky as you can see. Out there underneath all that squally menace is a Border Force cutter...just a dot to the left of the central cranes...keeping our borders safe despite the weather. I've pushed the picture as large as we can go to show nature at its best.

You can see the Pullmantur Zenith once again in the shot below … she is about to disappear into the fog while in the foreground you can see the P&O ferry the Pride of Burgundy setting out for Calais through the western exit. Speaking of P&O we have had some very good info through from will get that sorted...

Don't miss the latest info in the post below.


Saturday, 4 May 2019 - 05:55
Post 6245
  Sea News, Dover
DHB Tweet today -

. . . . . We’ve managed to get Dover’s new 500m+ marina pier open to public in time for bank holiday - open today at 4pm.
Normal times 7am – 9pm. Enjoy while we continue delivering wider western docks development ….


Mike just sent this over. There we go.Smiley

Friday, 3 May 2019 - 16:42
Post 6244
  Sea News, Dover

Some pictures now of the US Coastguard tall ship EAGLE which passed close to Port the other day..let me check..yes wednesday. The pictures are more drawing or indeed old print rather than straight forward photographs, this due to them needing work because of quality issues. Great to see the ship, frustrating because of fog/mist.

Tried zooming in on the one below...

See also Patrick's pic in 6241.
You can also see Eagle to the left in the pic below...featuring the Pullmantur Zenith.

More Zenith pictures below as she departs on a foggy/misty Wednesday evening bound for Ijmuiden in Holland and on then to Malmo in Sweden...Passengers enjoying a one way 8 day cruise starting in Lisbon and finishing in Malmo.

Smiley Excellent collection below Mike and added info...very interesting to see the development progress.
Great work there from our 'inshore correspondent'
Yes the Border Force are hi-profile, they have been busy with two more migrant boats picked up.


Friday, 3 May 2019 - 05:58
Post 6243
  Mike J., Dover

More Border Agency craft with HUNTER & SPEEDWELL snoozing in the Tidal Basin awaiting their next patrol.

The edge of the cut & lock from the new marina to Wellington Dock.

There are srong rumours that the new Marina Pier may open to the public during May. This would certainly be good PR for the public to see a little of the work that has been going on altho ' I fear that they may be disappointed at the shipping views from the end of the new pier due tg 'obstructions'

For excellent drone footage of the new lock & much else besides - google -

dwdr revival march 2019

The drone footage gives good views of the new road road layout & much of the fencing & the security gates have been removed at the endc of the Union Street swingbridge.

Work continues on the reclaim area which has has swallowed forever much of the Prince of Wales pier.

Friday, 3 May 2019 - 01:39
Post 6242
  Sea News, Dover

The top two pictures above show Border Force Searcher moving by the Port two days ago in the grey oul conditions, miserable visibility at the moment. Grey grey all is grey. The third picture down shows Border Force Hunter returning to Port here at the same time. Obviously the busy time continues for the Border Force.

Unscheduled but one cant resist showing the two pictures below, just spotted them in the files here while uploading...showing Border Force Searcher again but this time from 2014....can you believe the changes...we still had an operational Prince of Wales Pier then. Fascinating looking back but yours truly is however embracing the new... A couple here for the National Archive...

You've seen Patricks shot of the tall ship yesterday...the American Eagle, well the day before we had these two pass by... but the image is sadly very poor because of the visibility. The close ship is Oosterschelde, surely Dutch with that name...and further away the delightful Queen Galadriel.

SmileyNice pictures below did a good job with the US Coastguard Eagle as the visibility was fairly awful. I tried it too .. but...but however will have some images in due course with the computers help.

The bumbling shambles goes on in Whitehall with 'Private Pike' pushed onto his sword after refusing to fall on it.. Smiley

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 06:10
Post 6241
  Patrick, Marine Parade
One in, one passing this morning.

Pullmantur Cruise liner 'Zenith' arrived on CT2 early this morning making a welcome change in colour and shape from recent arrivals. Due to depart at 7pm today.

..... and passing our Port in the morning mist en route from Portsmouth to Oslo was the majestic US Coastguard barque 'EAGLE'

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 10:03
Post 6240
  Sea News, Dover

All the pictures in todays post are from the sunday just gone. The three top pictures show Pacific Reefer arriving with us in the afternoon. We had nice clear weather to comfortably enjoy a few shots of the arrival. Nice looking reefer there...

Also sunday below...sunday morning. Yours truly spotted the Dover Lifeboat approaching the Port here from the east. She was powering along beneath the cliffs so I was ready to hopefully catch the dramatics. However by the time she reached the Port entrance the guys had 'throttled back' so the pictures are a wee bit tame in comparison to what they might have been...
but always great to see the guys in action. Was still having a few problemos with the camera then. Yours truly at the time couldn't successfully unfiddle my previous program fiddling...

Fascinating post below from Mike with lots of great info and great pictures...
Don't Miss all That !!

Well done MikeSmiley

ps: Pullmantur Zenith in with us today...

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 07:02
Post 6239
  Mike J., Dover

Nice HANNAH heavy weather pix.

Pushing the ‘local’ coverage of ‘Sea News’ to the limit I was at Queenborough last Sunday for a trip out to three of the Thames anti-aircraft forts aboard the X-PILOT [post 5633].

While I was waiting to join the X-PILOT the Sheerness lifeboat GEORGE & IVY SWANSON appeared with a small motorboat tied alongside her which she dropped off at at the Queenborough ‘all tide’ pontoon.

The ‘casualty’ was met by four Coastguards who had a chat with the three occupants of the launch which had broken down off Sheerness & drifted under the old Olau Line linkspan by Garrison Point Fort, fortunately without any injury to the launch’s occupants.
There’s a comprehensive report on Sheerness lifeboat’s Facebook page.

On Meridian TV on Monday night there was a brief report of the arrival of Hasting’s new lifeboat.
Like Dungeness, Hasting’s 13-28 is a Shannon class boat & is similarly beached at speed when necessary, but not as spectacularly as at Dungeness.
Perhaps Sarah was in attendance in which case I’m sure that we can look forward to her excellent pix.

Interestingly the RICHARD & CAROLINE COLTON was partly funded by a legacy of two vintage Ferraris which had been donated to the RNLI.

Across the Medway at the Isle of Grain gas terminal discharging a cargo from Norway was the big gas-carrier ARCTIC VOYAGER.

The coaster NEPTUNE, a frequent visitor to Whitstable, was passing by heading to Thamesport [confusingly located on the Medway not far upriver from the gas boat & a one-time container port, now largely closed].

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 00:42
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