Wednesday, 19 September 2018

All the ships at the Port of

Its early morn at the Port of Dover and we see P&O's Spirit of France readying for departure.

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P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
DFDS: Motorhome and Caravan savings deal see 5733.
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 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
Post 5749
  Sea News, Dover
The shot above there shows HMS Archer just after her arrival in the Port yesterday..time of picture 12:18. This was an unscheduled visit we understand, as apparently a crew member was in need of medical assistance. We don't have any further information but hopefully all was okay in the end. The conditions were quite rough out there...ferries were delayed etc...and HMS Archer was spotted approaching the Port powering and bobbing through the rough conditions. The picture above there shows her inside the harbour but it even looks rough inside the harbour as you can see.

And speaking of rough tough conditions... here we are as promised with pictures of the returning pilot boat. The pilot was returning after assisting the Disney Magic as she moved away and as you can see it was an errrmm 'interesting' return to Port...
You can see the wider view of the returning pilot in 5748.

"Fasten your seatbelts, its going to be a bumpy ride" Smiley


Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - 05:54
Post 5748
  Sea News, Dover

The Disney Magic moves off.....

A fond farewell to the ultra glamourous Disney Magic for this year. We will see more of her next year... the pictures show her on sunday evening as she heads off for main destination Cork in Ireland and then across the Atlantic. A long haul... The sea was quite rough-ish for departure, the pilot boat got a wee bit of a bashing on the way back and we will have some pictures of that in due course...also in port since then was Costa Mediterranea, the Pacific Princess, and the sand hauler Bulkness ...lots to catch up on...

Smiley Come back soon Disney! Smiley

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 07:18
Post 5747
  Sea News, Dover
These pictures of the delightful old sailing boats were taken a couple of weeks back, because there is so much action happening in and around the Port yours truly forgot to use them...they went onto the backburner and stayed there alas, but now halleluhah here they are...rediscovered..

Date of pictures: August 22nd.

The picture below of the Disney Magic is from her previous visit. Will have the latest pictures following along soon...we got some reasonably nice shots of her departure yesterday Sunday evening.. and we have general pictures of the other happenings as well.
So much to do, so little time.. Smiley

Great cruise post below there Colette. Lots of info there for sure. Yes another double whammy of cruises in today. Exciting ships again.. see below (also .. thanks for that delivery Colette).


Monday, 10 September 2018 - 08:02
Post 5746
  Colette B, Dover


The photos and news items on Sea News over the past week have been very informative not to mention very useful for filling in the gaps of my knowledge within the port and of course further afield. Mike’s latest photo of the piling for pontoons re the new marina shows how it’s all taking shape Smiley

The cruise ships look amazing in the changing light, Brilliant shot of the Disney Magic and also the departing photos of the Serenissima, Well Done MrB!

Good to see the shots of more cyclists supporting their charity, in this case Myeloma cancer, a very worthy cause Smiley

I believe the Premier Inn Hotel itself is being extended so maybe that’s the reason for the tree felling, although if that’s the case they will need more parking spaces …. won’t they? Smiley

Could ‘Brexit’ have met it’s ‘Portaloo’? Smiley

Here I am again Guys with the second instalment for the month of September and what a way to start with a ‘Double Whammy’.

Firstly tomorrow Monday 10th September Pacific Princess cruises into CT1 at 06.00 hours to start her 14 night ‘Scandinavia & Russia Collection’ Round Trip. Her ports of call are Copenhagen, Riga, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Kiel and Amsterdam.

She returns to Dover on Monday 24th September.

She departs our shores at 17.00 hours, T/R.

Two hours later Costa Mediterranea glides into CT2 at 08.00 hours whilst on her 11 night one way ‘Amsterdam to Marseille’ cruise. She left Amsterdam yesterday and will call at the following ports Le Havre, La Coruna, Porto, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Valencia before dropping anchor in Marseille on the French Riviera. This will be her home port until December when she will set sail for Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the UAE where she will be based until March 2019. She leaves us at 20.00 hours, PoC.

Then on Wednesday 12th September Pullmantur Cruises’‘Zenith’ arrives at CT2, 08.00 hours while on her 7 night one way ‘Warnemunde-Rostock to Bilbao’ cruise. She has already called at Malmo and Ijmuiden and will be sailing on to Cherbourg before her arrival in Bilbao on Saturday 15th September. She will be based in Bilbao and Barcelona whilst cruising around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands until April 2019 (someone’s got to do it, wishing it was me!) Smiley

She will be leaving us at 20.00 hours, PoC.

The following day Thursday 13th September Saga Sapphire arrives at CT1, 08.00 hours to begin her 7 night ‘Scandinavian Seascapes’ Round Trip. She calls at the Norwegian ports of Stavanger and Kristiansand before visiting the Danish port of Skagen and Gothenburg (Sweden) she returns to us on Friday 21st September.

She departs at 16.00 hours, T/R.

Then on Saturday 15th September we have another ‘Double Whammy’.

Firstly we have an inaugural visit from ‘Seabourn Ovation’ Welcome! Smiley Smiley

She cruises into CT2 at 07.00 hours to begin her 15 night ‘Jewels of the National Trust’ cruise. This Brand New fresh out of the wrapper, latest addition to the Seabourn Cruise fleet was only built this year and was christened by our very own Elaine Paige. So get your cameras ready Guys! Smiley

Her ports of call are, Portland, Falmouth, Fishguard and Liverpool, then across the Irish Sea to Dublin then back to Campbeltown over again to Killibegs and on to Belfast. Over to the Scottish ports of Kirkwall, Dundee and Edinburgh, down to Newcastle and Great Yarmouth before her return to Dover on Monday 1st October.

She leaves our shores at 17.00 hours, T/R & PoC.

Due at the same time 07.00 hours ‘Prinsendam’ arrives at CT1 07.00 hours whilst coming to the end of her 14 night ‘Irish & Scottish Explorer’ Round Trip from Amsterdam. She has called at the following ports Newcastle, Edinburgh, Ullapool, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin, Portland, St Peter Port, Guernsey before returning to her home port of Amsterdam the following day, 16th September.

She will be leaving us at 18.00 hours, PoC.

On Sunday 16th September Saga Pearl II cruises into CT1 at midday, a later time due to an Embark Only. She begins her 16 night ‘Norway & Iceland Exploration’ Round Trip. Her ports of call are Bremerhaven, Bergen, Alesund, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur then over to Tobermory (Isle of Mull), Holy Loch and Belfast before returning to Dover on Tuesday 2nd October.

She departs at 21.30 hours.

That’s it for now folks! Smiley

Sunday, 9 September 2018 - 16:56
Post 5745
  Sea News, Dover
The Sikinos is a regular visitor now, she supplies bunkering services to some/most of the ships here at the Port of Dover...we have had some fantastic ships in here in the past week or so, very exciting times. The picture shows Sikinos departing the port later in the day on Wednesday. We have featured her before so type the name in the Search Engine above to see more.

Yet another big cycling event this week...let me see... yes these pictures also from Wednesday. This event was big but perhaps it wasn't quite on the same scale as the Pedal to Paris one last week ( no physiotherapists supplying weary-muscle resuscitating message for example ) but again it was held in support of a hugely worthy cause...this time you can possibly see on the back of the cycling shirts in the pictures below.

A great effort made...

From Google:
Myeloma is a type of cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found inside the inner part of some of our large bones. The bone marrow produces different types of blood cells. Myeloma can develop wherever there are plasma cells.


Sunday, 9 September 2018 - 07:34
Post 5744
  Sea News, Dover
SERENISSIMA - as promised here we are with the departure pictures. The sharp-eyed will notice that I have used yesterdays single picture again, this is just so the sequence of departure is complete. She was off to Valencia... here we go ..

Here is a gentler image below from a previous time...2016. The top pictures were shot into the hard midday dazzle..

Smiley Del...yes putting a positive spin on it - there may be a grand plan. Lots of work going on around here.


Saturday, 8 September 2018 - 07:25
Post 5743
  Del Styan, Norwich
Well, that's a shame to see the few trees around the Premier Inn being cut down, but as you say, perhaps its part of a master plan. I hope it's not just to get a couple of more car spaces. There are plenty round the back. Maybe it's all part of Project Brock??

Friday, 7 September 2018 - 23:17
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