Monday, 10 December 2018


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Rowers - cold sunday...

Listing highlights....
P&O: Britain's Favourite see 5922.
DFDS: Voted Worlds Leading Ferry Operator...see 5918..
Charlie Elphicke MP: Migrant Crisis 5894.
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.
White Cliffs Ice Christmas at Port 5852.

Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881, 5882 ...
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.
DFDS: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 5831.
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812. see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.

Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.

DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.

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Post 5769
  Mike J., Dover

Further to Brian's post -

Despite Collette’s prediction that the SAGA SAPPHIRE at was due at 0900 on Friday the ship turned up early from the Danish port of Skagen & berthed on CT1 at about 1700 on Thursday.

The little fellow heading out into the bay is the DOVER WORKER who has been busy with diving operations during the last few days,

The DAUNTLESS met her off the port but there was no sign of the DOUGHTY & it was unusual to see the SAPPHIRE docking with the aid of the two DWDR tugs/workboats SALT ISLAND & AFON LLIGWY.

Damned lighting poles !
Perhaps Paul has better views of this unusual event.

AIS shows the DOUGHTY as being tied up in the Tug Haven since Wednesday afternoon.
Maybe she has problems & DWDR are helping out.
Not really what DHB wants, one tug down & bad weather.

As Brian mentioned the SAGA SAPPHIRE has now sailed, with the assistance of the DAUNTLESS & SALT ISLAND & is currently sheltering up in the Downs, the channel between the mainland & the Goodwins & the area usually used by the ferries for shelter in bad weather.
With the forecast she may well be joined there during the night.

Current forecast is southwesterlies severe gale 9 increasing to storm 10 - not good.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 23:55
Post 5768
  brian dixon, dover
I see the saga sapphire came in Thursday afternoon, sat sail again at 2140.a mystery

Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 21:44
Post 5767
  Sea News, Dover

The last rays of a long day were hitting the port and beyond when Oosterschelde passed by. Behind the camera there was an orange sky as the sun sank in the the whole area was bathed in an unusual glow. Sadly Oosterschelde wasnt under full sail but...there we are...Picture taken on the 17th.

from BING :
The Oosterschelde is a three-masted schooner from the Netherlands, built in 1918. She is the largest restored Dutch freightship and the only remaining Dutch three-masted topsail schooner. Her home port is Rotterdam.


Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 15:26
Post 5766
  Sea News, Dover
As promised here we are now with a collection of the impressive heavy lift ship Combi Dock 1 which has been in the Port for the past few days. The pictures show her readying for departure yesterday in the strong winds. She left by the eastern exit...

There she goes... time of pictures : roughly 3.30pm yesterday Wednesday.
Roughly being the operative word...Smiley


Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 05:49
Post 5765
  Sea News, Dover

Another pic of the windswept AIDAcara yesterday. A zoomed in shot this time showing once again the tug pinning the cruise ship to the dock in the fierce wind. More in the posts below. We had more high winds today but probably not as bad as forecast, or indeed as bad as elsewhere.

Nice collection below Mike. Smiley
Will have a collection of pictures of the departing Combi tomorrow...just getting them sorted.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 19:19
Post 5764
  Mike J., Dover
Heavy lift carrier COMBI DOCK 1 arrived from Antwerp in the wee small hours of Tuesday morning with another refurbished transformer for Sellindge.

She’s still alongside Wednesday morning so presumably was unable to unload due to yesterday’s unpleasantness which had a tug ‘pushing up’ on the AIDA CARA for much of the day.

DWDR - there is an excellent selection of photos by one ‘Patrick S’ on the Dover forum, under ‘Dover Harbour Plans’ showing the work around the new lock - you can now walk across a new footbridge that crosses the lock chamber but it’s hard to see much due to a very fine plastic mesh along the security fences.
Yesterday the footpath was closed from time to time as cranes lifted loads across the footpath.

Re post 5762 & Deal Pier - good to see some money spent on it, but I’ll bet a pound to a penny that timber fendering hasn't been installed at the pierhead to permit the WAVERLEY to berth there which would be good for business to have another landing place.

WAVERLEY has been in Dover in the past but no longer calls - probably too expensive & of course the Prince of Wales is no longer available.
On one of her calls the Master was a former DHB tug skipper & at least once she has entered thru Eastern, crossed the bay & left via Western without stopping !

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 09:28
Post 5763
  Sea News, Dover

Enjoys a day trip to France with 6 bottles of wine thrown in for FREESmileySmiley

Free Wine Day Trip Offer
Our popular FREE WINE DAY TRIP OFFER is back!

To take advantage of this great promotion, simply book a day trip between now and 7th October 2018 using discount code 'WINE18' in the farefinder for travel between 17th September and 26th October 2018.

Your voucher will be printed at Dover check-in and you can collect your 6 bottles of red or white Banrock Station wine from the onboard shop on your outward journey only.

Now is a great time to stock up your wine cabinet, so why not take advantage of our other great on board offers too!

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We cant do live links here but copy and paste this should work fine n dandy

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If you want to enjoy a day trip over you might want to pick a better day than it was rough! Yours truly had to nail everything down up here in the 'Observation Tower'.. I was a-quakin' and a-ratllin' … and there is more rough stuff scheduled by the weatherman later on today.

A couple of pictures below from yesterday. First one shows the Cote des Dunes battling through the rough seas yesterday afternoon with the Spirit of Britain in the foreground, and this was after it had calmed somewhat.

The AIDAcara came and went in pitch darkness yesterday...her sleek lines leaving through the eastern exit last night at 8pm because of the rough weather. The pic below shows her over at Cruise Terminal Two where she was pinned to the dock all day by the tug...all day.. you can see the tug there...


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 06:54
Post 5762
  Sea News, Dover

Lucky to get a nice nightime shot of the departing Royal Klipper. She was off to Vlissingen on Sunday night, time 19.30 or 7.30PM ..whichever you prefer, and you can see the inviting channel quite clearly behind her. There was still some light in the sky which helped. You can see the lights of the Calais approaches in the far distance and in the near distance the tugboats as ever do their thing with Royal Klipper...

For those who like dining on Deal on..

The café at the end of Deal Pier is set to reopen as Deal Pier Kitchen.

The RIBA award-winning structure will be occupied by Deal Pier Kitchen Limited, which was founded by Tim Biggs and Rebecca Hodson.

Tim Biggs commented: “Deal Pier Kitchen firmly believe that the best restaurants are borne out of a true partnership with the community. Our aim is to build such a partnership with Deal’s community by working together to create a highly successful, enjoyable and welcoming environment that proudly reflects and enhances the reputation of Deal. We were drawn to this particular property due to its irresistible and individual views, which we hope to capitalise on with the design of the interior.”

The property will now undergo a comprehensive refurbishment programme. Once completed, Deal Pier Kitchen will offer an all-day dining menu in a modern environment, which will also feature a baby grand piano.

Tim Biggs continues: “We are intent on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with a unique menu to meet the needs of the Deal residents. We are passionate about great quality, healthy and locally sourced produce, with a focus on reducing the journey from farm/sea to plate. Our main offering will be an exciting mix of brunch and lunch dishes accompanied by interesting drink and dessert options; and we hope to expand our evening offering as the summer nights get longer in 2019.”

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Dover District Council Cabinet Member for Property Management, said: “We’re delighted that the Deal Pier Kitchen is bringing a new, fresh offer to the café at the end of the pier which is enjoyed by local people and visitors to Deal alike as a place to sit and enjoy the magnificent views out across the English Channel.

“Having been opened in November 2008 by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral The Lord Boyce, the Deal Pier café is an iconic and award-winning part of the seascape. Designed by Niall McClaughlin Associates the timber framed café features on the Chalk Up 21 trail celebrating contemporary coastal architecture on the stretch of coastline from Capel-le-Ferne to Deal.”

Simon Bland of leisure property specialist Fleurets, who sold the 20 year lease to Deal Pier Kitchen on behalf of Dover District Council commented: "It has been a pleasure to work on this project for Dover District Council. Interest was exceptionally strong in what is a fantastic and of course unique business opportunity. I'm excited to see the Deal Pier Kitchen open and serving customers very soon and adding something special to the vibrant local food and drink scene.”


Many thanks to DDC for the info above.
Another pic now of the arriving Alert a few days ago. Picture taken at the same time roughly as the previous one in post.. 5757 which also shows the fast boat bringing up the rear. Those Alert pictures were gloomy late evening shots and needed a bit of work...SmileySmiley

Nice pictures and info below once again from Mike our 'inshore correspondent' ...great to get all the latest 'goings-on'.Smiley

Well done Colette with the cruise list once again in 5760. Great stuff!
Keeps us up to speed.Smiley

Interesting lift ship Combi Dock 1 is in Port also AIDAcara has arrived. More on those in due course... no pictures as yet as too dark.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 06:41
Post 5761
  Mike J., Dover
About ten days ago I noticed on AIS that Holyhead Towing’s LLANDDWYN ISLAND had been replaced by the almost identical SALT ISLAND & finally cornered her in the old Jetfoil terminal on Saturday, parked-up with long-serving AFON LLIGWY who is on the ‘inside’
Quite a contrast in designs.

AIS shows the LLANDDWYN ISLAND currently in drydock in Great Yarmouth.
SALT ISLAND had come down from Holyhead.

Perhaps 'Sea News' readers remember storm EMMA back in March which destroyed Holyhead’s Marina ?
Quite a few Holyhead Towing craft were damaged as was one of the Border Agency’s big RIBs & many yachts & other small craft.
For pix & video of the devastation try Googling 'HOLYHEAD MARINA DESTROYED'

Re post 5752 & the sinking of the SOUTHERN QUEEN & another Sandwich trip boat - vandalism is thought to have been the cause. Mindless idjits.

Monday, 17 September 2018 - 22:55
Post 5760
  Colette B, Dover


Great photos all round from the Sea News team, Sarah’s photos of USN P22’s visit to Ramsgate looks as though we have travelled back through time Smiley then Mr B’s pictures of HMS Archer brings us back to the present day.

Wonderful action shots of the pilot boat powering through the waves MrB and also good to see that the sedate floating garden/houseboat on the St Michael was still in one piece after being towed into Ramsgate(thanks Mike).

It’s all in a day’s work for our team, Well Done Guys! Smiley

Thanks for feedback Patrick, you’re very welcome.

Now for our cruise calls this week.

Tomorrow Tuesday 18th September we welcome back an old friend Smiley AIDACara arrives with a beaming smile at CT2, 08.00 hours. She is the oldest of the AIDA fleet (launched back in 2002, her last visit was in September 2015), She is visiting us whilst on her 15 night one way ‘Hamburg to Palma de Mallorca’ cruise.

Her ports of call are the lovely Honfleur, St Peter Port Guernsey, La Coruna, Porto, Lisbon, Cadiz, Valencia, Palamos, Port Mahon finally dropping anchor in the Majorcan port of Palma de Mallorca on Monday 1st October. She will be based there until late February 2019 visiting the Canaries & the Azores Smiley She departs our shores 19.30 hours, PoC.

Then a few days break until Friday 21st September when Saga Sapphire arrives at CT1, 09.00 hours to start her 28 night ‘Nova Scotia & St Lawrence in the Fall’ cruise. Her first port of call being Ponta Delgada (Azores), she crosses the North Atlantic calling at Halifax, Sydney (Nova Scotia) and Havre-St Pierre on the north shore of St Lawrence river. Then Quebec City, Montreal, Gaspe (Quebec) and St John’s (Newfoundland) before dropping anchor in Southampton on Saturday 29th October.

She leaves us at 18.00 hours, T/R.

Just the two cruise calls, many more to come next week, see you then Smiley

Monday, 17 September 2018 - 19:15
Post 5759
  Sea News, Dover



A P&O Ferries ship last week hosted the launch of a book by a Kent woman who rode her horse from Canterbury to Rome in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Mefo Phillips' Long Rider to Rome details her three month journey in 2006 from being blessed at Canterbury Cathedral to St Peter's Square in Rome.

She crossed the English Channel on a P&O ferry and slept in her Bedford horsebox most nights to save money. Her horse, Leo, spent the nights in a pop-up pen created by a mobile electric fence.

Once in Italy they followed the same route to Rome once trodden by St Francis of Assisi and taken by many pilgrims today.

The 69-year-old author launched her book on P&O Ferries' Spirit of France and gave a talk to passengers about her adventures over afternoon tea in the family lounge. She signed copies of her book, which will be stocked on board P&O Ferries' ships.

Mefo said: "I had a great time meeting everyone and thoroughly enjoyed my day - I am a lucky author to have received such special treatment. Long distance horse riding is a bit of a mad pursuit but I loved it and was very pleased to ride in aid of the Alzheimer's Society."

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, said:

"We were very pleased to have helped Mefo and her horse Leo make their journey to Rome all those years ago and even more delighted to host the launch of her book. We have spaces on board which are perfect for hosting receptions, conferences and weddings and we hope that this will be the first book launch of many."


The Spirit of France...

Thanks once again to the guys at P&O Ferries for the interesting news release above.
A nice story for sure.Smiley

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Following along from Patrick's pictures of Prinsendam and Seabourn we are with some more. Quite exciting indeed to see two cruise ships depart almost at the same time...and here we go..

Yours truly wasn't sure which picture to use above there...couldnt decide which was best, so the upshot is …. when you strike 'dither mode' use both... SmileySmiley

Singular shots below of both ships... Prinsendam first and finally the very new Seabourn Ovation.

See also Patrick's post below...Smiley



Monday, 17 September 2018 - 05:56
Post 5758
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Just managed to catch the double departure yesterday of the 'Seabourn Ovation' and 'Prinsendam' just before 6pm with the light fading fast these days. Busy afternoon for the pilots and launch.

Very first visit to Dover the newly built 'Seabourn Ovation' (thanks for the info Colette)

departed south for Portland


departed north for Amsterdam

busy day for the pilots and launch

Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 17:11
Post 5757
  Sea News, Dover
Friday evening saw the Trinity House Vessel and ol favourite Alert approaching the Port in some choppy conditions as you can see above. When yours truly took the fairly long range pic ...well he hardly noticed the small boat chasing along behind at some its name was never looked up. When looking at the pictures later it was clear the small boat was playing its part in the image...

A pic below from a few days earlier and we see both tugs Doughty and Dauntless ready to leap into action as they pause out there close to the breakwater....
On reflection...that pic above of the tugs looks a tad biliously green... Smiley

Excellent enjoyable pictures below there Mike from Ramsgate. Good to see those. There is something special about the light over there at Ramsgate...
Nice to see Andrew in the distance.

See also Sarah's excellent recent Ramsgate pix in 5751.


Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 05:14
Post 5756
  Mike J., Dover
On Thursday the large houseboat ST.MICHAEL was towed in from the Thames by the tug SPEEDWELL for a visit to Ramsgate's slipway.

They were met by the Ramsgate fishing boat SILVER LINING who assisted with manoeuvering the tow thru the harbour entrance.

The ST.MICHAEL is a former Lowestoft trawler, Belgian-built in 1974 & converted to a houseboat in 1994 & still carries her fishing vessel name & fishing registration number LT326.
Her garden seems to have survived the trip down from the Thames, other photos show her with statuary on deck in London.

The SPEEDWELL was built in 1968 for service on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal but is now operated by Medway-based Kent Marine Towage who have a small but interesting fleet.

Above the bows of the SPEEDWELL as she enters ‘Sea News’ correspondent Andrew Humphreys can faintly be seen.


Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 23:05
Post 5755
  Sea News, Dover
Just a general round-up now of some of the visiting cruise ships from the past few days. Its been a very busy time for sure, so we haven't included yet. Top shot there shows the super exotic Costa Mediterranea resting on a blustery day amongst all the new development. Quite a ship as you can see, pictured above there earlier in the week.

Below she provides a glamourous backdrop for the departing Pacific Princess.

Taking the eastern exit...

Also in this week was the Pullmantur Zenith and there she is below...the second picture from a previous visit.

Thanks for the comments Patrick...nice shot below there too.Smiley

ps: Two interesting cruise ships in today too...the all-new Seabourn Ovation and also Prinsendam. A very exciting combination.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 07:32
Post 5754
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Great pictures all round from Sarah, Mike & Paul. Superb action shots there too. As usual many thanks to Colette for keeping us all alert for the forthcoming cruise visits.

'Saga Sapphire' alongside CT1 yesterday awaiting new influx of happy cruisers

Friday, 14 September 2018 - 18:37
Post 5753
  Sea News, Dover
Spotted Esmeralda as she began to glide across from the Cargo Terminal just recently...the ship is partially hidden above there as she drifts into view, while in the background two DFDS ferries approach. The first one is the Cote des Dunes and the distant one is...the Delft Seaways.

In harmony with the picture currently at the top of page, we can see below Esmeralda making her turn with the aid of the tugs Doughty and Dauntless ( Doughty just out of shot in this one). And then away she goes...Hamburg being the destination this time..

Absolute cracking pictures below there from Sarah in 5751. Blinders! Great to see those for sure...Dont miss those...Smiley

Thanks for that info Mike.Smiley


Friday, 14 September 2018 - 04:22
Post 5752
  Mike J., Dover

Excellent sequence from Sarah of the Heritage Days at Ramsgate.

Astern of her, on the pontoon, is the SAINT DAVID.
I wonder how many of the onlookers knew that she once flew the Swastika ?
More info if you put SAINT DAVID into the Sea News search box.

Catching up after being away from the computer for a few days I was most surprised to see that the SOUTHERN QUEEN who used to run trips at Dover before moving to Sandwich has sunk, together with another 'trip boat'
The SOUTHERN QUEEN has been refloated.

Photos on the 'Dover' Facebook page.

Friday, 14 September 2018 - 01:10
Post 5751
  Sarah, Ramsgate
USN P22 once a resident in the inner harbour visiting Ramsgate from Sandwich for a couple of Heritage Days.

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 23:05
Post 5750
  Sea News, Dover
You will have seen our picture shown yesterday of HMS Archer arriving in the blustery conditions of tuesday...well we just caught her departure by happy accident yesterday wednesday and there she goes above. Just saw her at the last minute so the picture is quite long range. She turned west eventually...hopefully the medical emergency is all sorted and all are well and okay onboard.

Hark back now to a few days earlier and we see the arrival of the self discharging sand carrier Bulknes. The vessel is remarkably similar to the previous ones of the same ilk... Sandnes and Splittnes. You can find them using our Search Engine above and you will see the similarities. An assorted collection below...finishing with the late night discharging...hopefully all can see that one clearly.


Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 07:17
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