Sunday, 24 January 2021
Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

Showing the effects of Storm Christoph here on the Ferries at Dover
.... but the show goes on as always... extra 'Christoph' picture added above there showing the Delft Seaways again, taken the following day...but Christoph lingers...

The top shot there shows the early stages of Storm Christoph and we see the Spirit of France battling its way to the Port of Dover while the foreground windsock runs amok on its pole. It was rough and of course through the night it got rougher still. But back to the pictures.... in the second shot the Spirit of France now safely in Port, watches on as the Delft Seaways does the same thing...

Night Falls on the Harbour

The Bridge

Rising Seafront Bridge at Dover: You can see the new bridge rising above towers above the Seasports Centre and the now renamed Dover Patrol Restaurant (formerly the Hythe Bay restaurant...we understand the ownership is still in the same hands). The new marina cuts across the seafront road into the old marina, hence the need for a bridge (a 'bascule' bridge, you might need to look that one up!). Traffic gets paused from time to time to accommodate the incoming/outgoing was paused at the time of shot as you can guess.... otherwise everybody would......

The advertising truck shown above is obviously touring the roads of a harassed Kent informing everyone about the need for new paperwork now that we have left the if we didn't know already. But like they say...every little helps...

Below we have a picture of the self-discharging bulk carrier Tertnes leaving the Port of Dover a few days ago. She had just self-delivered a considerable amount of aggregate to pier WD4 here at Dover... here we see her heading back to Norway and the Port of Eikefet...

Tertnes...the self discharging bulk carrier leaves the Port...

Dover Seafront below in the approaching fog.....

The Disney Magic finally moved away on Saturday from its position on the eastern arm Port of Dover. It moved off through the fog, but the situation cleared partially to allow us to capture the shot above...also in the picture, which shows the western entrance to the Port, is one of the Border Force patrol vessels, these vessels are on constant local patrol. The Disney Magic is expected to return after a 'channel run'... ( ...and she has!).

Reuters are reporting that...Trade flows between Britain and the European Union have remained low this week after many companies stockpiled goods in late 2020 to avoid having to cross the new customs border in the first week after Britain left the EU's orbit on Dec. 31. Despite the quieter period..."We are experiencing a high volume of vehicles being refused and delayed at the Ports of Calais, Dunkerque and Dover, due to incorrect paperwork being presented at check-in," DFDS said on Twitter.

The early morning ferry nearing France... can just about see the rolling hills ...

The spectacular sky above lasted for such a brief few-minute period a couple of days ago, afore long we were shrouded in drizzle and dark skies, skies that have barely lightened since.The Port isn't busy as of yet, the expected new year drama hasn't quite begun, but we wait with anticipation and concern to see how it will all play out post Brexit.

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A bit of a grim oul picture now of the departing Nederland Stream ( formerly Nederland Reefer) taken a couple of days ago. The grim nature of the beast however is in keeping with the grim times we find ourselves in yet again, with yet another Coronavirus lockdown. Although there hasn’t been a surge to the EU as of yet.. at the ferry end of things...the reefer cargo ships have been coming steadily and frequently to the Port of Dover over the past few days....

The Nederland Stream looking a little weatherbeaten as she departs the Port of Dover.

Extra picture added immediately below of our Media friends as January gets underway... we continue to witness/enjoy the frenzy of reporting from Dover...Waiting below to send in their reports from the mini pier mid harbour Dover, are a team from TV station France 24. Brexit and its consequences are still fascinating the world it seems.... all round though Dover so far remains quiet.

In the space of one hour midday on New Years Eve we saw four, yes four, media teams in the immediate hundred yards. There were many more too just out of vision reporting from hither and thither, every Dover vantage point seemingly used. They all had the .. ermm 'original' idea of reporting from weary Dover on our final day with the European Union. Dover however was eerily quiet...everyone giving it a miss for fear of holdups. There were no holdups as nobody turned up! ... except the media...and of course they were all very welcome....
(That's ITV News in shot 2, not sure who that is in shot 3)

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The Manor Endurance again... not the best quality this time but we couldn't resist the explosive sea...

The Manor Endurance in fine action approaching the Port of Dover.

Manor Endurance... an extra crop pic of this shot now added further below...

Manor Endurance...the windfarm support vessel, seen above approaching the Port of Dover recently, accompanied by some delightful wildlife... cormorants at a guess...

As mentioned... the picture below is a close up crop of the one above, detailing the birds a tad (cormorants !).

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TRAFFIC : The good news continues on the local traffic front...the town of Dover is clear and functioning. Much relief to all.
For the non-functioning scenario see pix below.

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- The A20 & Manston Airport are now clear of vehicles.
- Still significant numbers of Vehicles on the M20
- The Ferries and Eurotunnel are running an optimised timetable to help remove the back log
- Covid testing continues on the M20 and also in the Buffer zone at Port of Dover
- Lydden Hill race circuit (CT4 6RX) is also available for Testing for Vehicles below 7.5 Tonnes only (no HGV's)
- No Negative Covid Test within the last 72 hours= No Travel

Certainly looking more positive there.....that will cheer us all up in Dover.
Many thanks to MOTIS once again for the info...
...and a huge thanks to all those who are working hard to clear the backlog. Smiley

The Pride of Canterbury ferry heads to Calais early on Christmas Day...

Ferry heads for Calais in the early gloom of Christmas Day
The Port remained open and the ferries worked all through Christmas day to try and clear the backlog....
although having said that, this particular ferry doesn't look terribly packed...but it may just be the early light.

Motis News: Christmas Day latest....

The Traffic Situation in South East Kent is improving and definite progress is being made. However due to the sheer volume of Vehicles in the Backlog this will inevitably take some time to clear.

- A20 Main road through the Town of Dover is now Clear of traffic - This was a key point to resolving the issue as allows
Vehicles access to the port when they are released from Manston Airport / Operation Brock/Stack and traffic to be managed
- 800 Military Personnel were deployed last night to increase testing capability. This seems to have improved the situation.
- The Ferry Operators and Eurotunnel are running a robust timetable to deal with the back log (full credit to all for re-staffing on
Christmas day to clear the backlog).
- Whilst there is still some way to go, we believe that the process is now in a good position to manage the reduction of the
back log as quickly as possible.

- Note, No NEGATIVE Covid Test = No Travel, Please don't attempt travel to the port without one. Testing continues at
Manston Airport & on M20 (join queue at Junction 8).
- UK Government advises no vehicles to travel to Kent at the moment.

Many thanks to MOTIS for sending through the info above.

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Dover on Christmas Eve below...

Port of Dover Traffic Surge :

The great lunge towards the Port gates above...yes you are seeing it right, illegally from both sides of the carriageway the vehicles push to move forward. The picture above was taken at 07.53 on Christmas Eve morning, amid horrendous gridlock all around the town and increasing desperation.

Since then the overall situation has improved somewhat with the authorities working hard to restore some order.
The BBC are estimating that we are up to more than 6,000 trucks quite a backlog to clear....
and the Covid tests still apply.

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Dover: Truck drivers abandon their vehicles to demonstrate at the Port gates amid the chaos....

Frustrated truck drivers march towards the Port the weary wait goes on...

Latest: Port of Dover is re-opening slowly, but everyone travelling must have a valid Covid test. Mass testing has begun. Because of the testing it will take quite some time to clear the backlog...we now have up to 4,000 trucks waiting...waiting... Only EU nationals are allowed to travel we understand.

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Port of Dover: France and other EU countries have closed their borders to the UK for 48 hours. This is due to the new Coronavirus variant sweeping the southeast UK. No trucks will leave Dover but the inward operation is still running....but the issue is whether trucks bringing supplies inwards will want to come for fear of being trapped in the UK. There have been calls for an extension to the Brexit deadline due to the ongoing chaos.

Overnighting below..... trucks laid up for the night.

Sleeping Trucks Dover:
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps naively said yesterday there were 170 trucks queuing at Dover. That of course was inaccurate spin, we can see that many from our window here, the BBC more accurately estimate 900 trucks queuing (latest estimation 1500, now 3000 and growing).... we have sympathy for all those drivers stuck.

See also the OPEN LETTER from Port of Dover CEO
Doug Bannister further down page...

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Also the Port responds to funding shortfall....Note in particular paragraph 3 below re funding detail ....


Keeping the nation’s trade flowing should be a partnership effort. The Port of Dover has worked positively together with both UK and French partner agencies located in the port, to establish the requirements for maintaining a smooth flow rate of traffic through the port following Brexit under the special arrangements of the joint UK-France Le Touquet Treaty, which is an international agreement that governs the provision of juxtaposed border controls in Port of Dover.

Indeed, this work was presented to the UK Government a year ago, with the rationale for a specific project concerning the outbound border controls to be government funded. The port was encouraged to seek funding via the Port Infrastructure Fund to deliver it. This was based on the identified and agreed need for additional French passport control booths to compensate for slower transaction times and a reordering of controls within the port to enable any non-compliant traffic to have been detected before reaching the French control. It also catered for further EU immigration system changes in 2022.

The Government’s own border planning assumptions, as well as those of French counterparts, were predicated on that work and in good faith the port applied for £33 million of funding, but at the eleventh hour the Port has only been offered just one tenth of one per cent of what was needed. For the primary gateway handling unitised trade with the EU, to reach this conclusion so late in the piece undermines so much work by all parties in preparation for the end of the Transition Period.

The port wishes to reassure customers and our community that it will continue working hard to keep traffic flowing, having already shown its resilience by doing so throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic and more recently as businesses choose Dover in order to stockpile ahead of the end of the Transition Period. Dover will still provide the highest frequency, highest capacity and therefore ultimately the best supply chain resilience as the closest point to Britain's largest trading partner, but the lack of financial support will make a smoother transition more difficult. This should and still could be avoided as we continue to seek support from Government ......
but the clock is ticking.



The Disney Magic pictured above in the approaching gloom.
As you can see the weather was turning rough...the Disney Magic, a short time later, moved away from new pier WD4 above to a more secure footing on the eastern arm Port of Dover.


Border Force Vigilant returning to the Port of Dover through the mist.
The Border Force RIB following along behind towing a migrant dinghy....
Recent pictures....

The Spirit of France:
The picture above is actually one from the past, one from our own archives....yours truly was reminded of it when seeing it recently on Google. We're using it again today as the picture sums up the current weather situation quite very rough in the Channel..... but the ferries keep right on going...

Dover: Rising Sun dramatically encircling a ship early morning on the Dover Straits ...

Indian registered tanker Jag Lokesh waiting offshore recently for a crew change ...

Border Force Vigilant seen above returning to the Port of Dover in recent days...we believe the Border Force rib powering alongside contained some migrants as several incursions were reported on the day.

The Disney Magic resting tranquilly at new pier WD4 Port of Dover, the tranquility making a change from all the recent rough weather...while in the foreground the Harbour Patrol Boat meanders along keeping everything safe and secure... In the far distance you can just see the Vasco da Gama cruise ship heading for Portugal.


The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic

If you quietly wish upon a star, hoping for even more wondrous magic in Dover,
...well you might just end up with two Disney's....

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Dover is the right choice for business and consumers now more than ever

The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (‘UKMPG’) has issued a ‘briefing paper’ intended to encourage businesses to transfer cargo away from the Short Straits, the UK’s most vital link to European markets.

The paper points out that the Short Straits, which includes ferry links between Dover and Calais, as well as the Channel Tunnel, has a 60% market share of ‘British-Continental EU trade’. The Short Straits has achieved this market share because it is the right choice for business. Indeed, the paper acknowledges that the routes businesses use today are the right ones and the reason businesses choose the Short Straits is simple; it offers the most time efficient, cost effective and resilient access to international markets, delivering an estimated £3 billion saving for British businesses and consumers compared to alternative routes.

Our own independent analysis (Oxera 2018) has previously suggested that it would cost around £2.7 billion to take just 20% of our existing traffic in order to pay for new ferries operating on longer and slower routes. Importantly, these new ferries do not exist today and need to be built. With shipyard capacities and construction lead times, delivering such a fleet of new ferries holds significant lead time.

The UKMPG paper suggests that other ports might have capacity to take up to 60% of Short Straits traffic now, but acknowledges that this requires both Government and trader support for this offer of ‘resilience’ to be possible. Exponentially, this suggests that the cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer could be up to around £8 billion.

For Port of Dover, when looking at the overall UK Trade Resilience we take a systemic view – across ports, vessels, capacities, frequencies, operating models and traffic management schemes. To focus only on port capacity is terribly one-dimensional.

The geographic advantage that Port of Dover holds with the UK’s largest trading partner means that a single vessel can complete up to five round voyages in a single day, making our ferries hugely productive assets. Further, our operating model delivers an average inbound dwell time at our port of just five minutes, providing unparalleled port efficiency.

Other operating models, for example containers and unaccompanied trailers may have inbound dwell times from several hours to even several days, adding inefficiency to the system-wide supply chains. For those routes with longer sea voyages, a single vessel may only make a single round voyage in a day – meaning to replicate the capacities and frequencies offered via Port of Dover would require five times as many vessels.

The UKMPG paper admits that a ‘short term’ constraint might be the availability of additional ferries to handle the trucks being encouraged to divert to other routes, whilst also citing wider capacity issues on the southern North Sea corridor.

The report is right to focus on resilience as we approach the end of the Transition Period, but what resilience do you have if you are sending traffic to ports where the ferries do not exist? Neither is that a quick fix. The market dynamic is important here. In fact, rather than investing in new ferries, operators at some of the alternative ports have actually been closing these longer routes with tonnage moving back to the short routes as that is what the market wants – Dover has of course kept going throughout the pandemic. This dynamic applies to the European side too, with the majority of freight vehicles choosing to route through northern France to Calais and Dunkirk as it is simply closest.

All EU-facing UK ports will be under the same rules – there will be a standard process and transaction applied everywhere. We know from examples elsewhere, such as ‘Operation Wellington’ on the Humber, which anticipates using parts of the M62 and M180 as holding areas for HGVs, that if there is disruption it will be everywhere. The report itself admits that there is already a risk of disruption at these alternative ports due to new systems for HGVs. Therefore, on top of this, sending more traffic to ports that do not even have the ferry capacity will make the situation far worse and create far less resilience for UK trade.

In contrast, the traffic management regimes for the Short Straits are tested and proven – in short, we know they work. For example, the recent national security operation that affected all ports with additional screening and searches left around 4,500 lorries in Operation Stack. When the security operation ended, Dover had cleared all queuing traffic and was back to normal operations within just 12 hours. Nowhere else could do that. It would take weeks with the current vessel capacities and frequencies available elsewhere. For UK trade resilience, supply chains must have the confidence in managing periods of disruption, and crucially recovery and restoration of normal flows as swiftly as possible – both areas in which Port of Dover has excellent credentials.

As we all navigate the massive economic difficulties caused by COVID, and the uncertainties as we approach the End of Transition, it is right to showcase the incredible efforts of the maritime sector, and the excellent ports that we have across the nation towards ensuring supply chains are robust and functioning well.

Come what may, we will keep working to keep the nation supplied with the essential goods people need at this difficult time and give all businesses wherever they are the benefits of Dover’s unrivalled service. This is what we do all day, every day.

Indeed, as the Maritime Minister said on a panel discussion with us only the other day regarding the national trade network; ‘you have to have goods and people moving around freely. So if you are to have parts moving quickly and efficiently across the Channel, and through Dover, and through the country, you have a much easier opportunity for companies that might exist in the Midlands or in the North to get involved in whatever that industry is.’

The report says that the UK has not always been reliant on the Short Straits, harking back to pre-Single Market days. Equally, the UK has not always been reliant on the internet and same day/next day/just-in-time deliveries, but it is now.

A vision that takes the UK backwards is not the vision of the future we want to see. We need one that backs consumers and businesses everywhere for the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We feel that we should celebrate our impressive, modern and efficient supply chains across all ports and modes throughout the nation.

For Dover, we fully appreciate the essential role that we conduct for the nation, and will continue to take our responsibility with all of the due care and attention the British people would expect of us, which is why Dover will remain the clear market choice.

Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover.

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Post 7076
  matcham, DOVER (
Well both my wife and myself still in lockdown been 12weeks now ,so it is great to look what is happing in our great port and the only way to do it is by looking on this great page with very good photo,s so thank you.Smiley

Saturday, 20 June 2020 - 13:29
Post 7075
  Sea News, Dover
Pacific Worker

A couple of further pictures above there of the striking looking Pacific can see her there approaching the port early. Yours truly will have some more pictures to follow along in due course, she is still in port as we speak...
...but just want to catch up with some shots now of Arcadia for record purposes from her recent visit a few days ago...time of first pic 05.26 on June 17...

And a bit later below...Disney Magic, Arcadia and with the ever present David Church dredger just fitting nicely into slot there...

Nice collection below from Mike so don't miss those. Good show re Dame Vera Lynn Smiley

Del with great difficulty I should imagine....but it seems the recent-ish very rough weather caused the problem Smiley

Patrick as long as they don't find 'our' pot of gold...its ours I tell you, after all dem rainbows.. SmileySmiley


Saturday, 20 June 2020 - 06:29
Post 7074
  Mike J., Dover

Arrival of the Singapore-flagged offshore support vessel PACIFIC WORKER from Bergen at 0830 Thursday.

She berthed on the Admiralty Pier ahead of the aggregate dredger SAND FULMAR who sailed for the Thames about 1330 the same day,

By the new reefer shed one of the two big mobile cranes was receiving some support & a little TLC.
It looks as though the crane wires were being replaced.

Friday, 19 June 2020 - 02:10
Post 7073
  Mike J., Dover

A lasting memory of an unforgettable Lady who sadly passed away on 18th.June.

Also see post 6546

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 23:21
Post 7072
  Del Styan, Norwich
I hate to be dim - well that's my normal state, I think - but how do you lose an anchor?

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 23:03
Post 7071
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Apparently found a 3 metre timber pile protruding from the seabed whilst still searching for that lost anchor.

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 12:33
Post 7070
  Sea News, Dover

Dover Grafter in amongst the ferries in the pic above, pictured a few days ago...presumably still searching for the lost anchor? or the lost chord? Meant to get more pictures of the scene and will do in due course.

A couple of pix now catching the arriving Carnival Breeze at the last minute as she backs towards the Eastern Arm...and slipping out of view. Pictures from Tuesday evening. She is certainly out of view now as gazing towards the Eastern Arm this morning, I notice she is gone again. Must have left in the night..or at least sometime when yours truly didn't see it.Smiley

Dizzifying comings and goings...Smiley
Arcadia came and went too, will try to keep up..bear with! Have some pictures ..still in camera.

Smiley Yes twas amazing Del that so many people spotted Cummings on his round trip. Obviously he had an orange beacon tied to his car as he's not a guy you'd notice is he...ah well ..

Havent heard anything at all about the crews imagines that they are stripped back to just the basic few onboard....and those few kept busy with all the frantic comings and goings.


Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 06:20
Post 7069
  Del Styan, Norwich
I wonder if a certain D Cummings took the orange marker thingys on his journey around the UK to avoid something or another. Maybe that's the way the public spotted him? Still, as long as the advice is clear, all is well.

Apart from that, I wonder how the crew of the liners calling into Dover are getting on - do you know?

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 23:10
Post 7068
  Sea News, Dover
The Swimmers.

This weekend, or the weekend just gone, seemed to see a partial relaxation of the lockdown rules...that's if you can follow all the bewildering stuff coming out of Downing St re lockdown, there might have been a relaxation but who can tell anymore...however be that as it may, it was a delight to see the beach occupied by the serious swimmers again. We captured some of the said swimmers above... as they ready for the off. Looks like they are social distancing too..very good...

And then they were gone...

and all towing those orange marker thingy's...this is a relatively new thing isn't it.
Someone in full Blarney mode told me they keep their sandwiches in 'em...but that cant be true...SmileySmiley
What are they officially for??

Anyway...must say, its great to see all the swimmers again.Smiley

Just catching up now from several days ago...the Majesty of the Seas departing late evening.... Sort of a dull picture but see the orange highlight in the distance...looked like the hills are on fire beyond....

So yours truly zoomed in...but it was just a dazzling cloud formation catching the very late sun.

PS: Carnival Breeze and Arcadia back in town.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 06:59
Post 7067
  Sea News, Dover
Harking back now.. a fair way it must be the 9th of June in fact to show Aurora above leaving the port via the eastern exit. This ship was somewhat overlooked in recent days but for record purposes worth including now.
Below you can see the pilot boat accompanying her just outside the eastern exit..

And then she was on her way below, you can see the coast of France just coming into view through the evening mist...

Yes indeed the scale of the Carnival Magic was awesome...a shot below just to show the scale of the ship in relation to the whole Eastern Docks...she dwarfed the ferries and the trucks and in fact the whole scene. You could almost say it was quite...ermm magical!...if I haven't over-used the word already..Smiley

Carnival Magic and the Eastern Docks.
Great to see so many trucks still working above there...

Nice one Mike! Smiley Good info below. Yes I too was watching the Carnival Breeze turning last evening...
"you surely cant approach the port from there!" thought I aloud, and she didn't. She went back from whence she came...Smiley


Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - 06:33
Post 7066
  Cyril Jackson, Dover (

Is your journey really necessary ?

The curious track of the CARNIVAL BREEZE on Monday afternoon who was expected to berth on the Eastern Arm but changed her mind, turning around & heading slowly back down-channel.

A nice walk on the clifftops, looking for new photo angles, bot not quite what I had been expecting.

At 0200 Tuesday she was south of the Isle of Wight, still heading west but still showing Dover as her destination, updated to 1300 Tuesday which I'll believe when I see it.

Another 'size comparison' view on Saturday as the SPIRIT OF FRANCE backs to her berth.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - 02:24
Post 7065
  Sea News, Dover
A special sequence now showing the departure of the magnificent Carnival Magic on Saturday evening.....
First shot shows her leaving the Eastern Arm, then we follow her gently across the harbour in fine style.
We will let the pictures do the talking this time.

Carnival Magic ...very magical on its own, but even more magical with magical rainbow. Smiley
Crumbs! there's too many magics in that sentence! Smiley

I think we will PIN this in homage for a short while. A great ship and with nature showing its appreciation. Smiley (Now unpinned)
The sun popped in and out, the rain fell here and there, and the huge rainbow did what rainbows do best.


Monday, 15 June 2020 - 06:30
Post 7064
  Sea News, Dover

A couple of extra pictures there showing the arrival of Carnival Magic...a stunning mighty ship. Its a great treat to be seeing all these cruise liners here...yes a great treat. As Mike said in post below, she left last evening about 7pm ish with a colourful rainbow as backdrop. Will have some pictures of all that next. The pix are still in camera as we speak so yours truly has a bit of catching up to dooo... but they look okay in the camera anyway.

Ah yes ...guessed that the Dover Grafter had taken over from the Eagle re the anchor search. Yes Eagle was doing it previously...sez he fondly remembering the pictures of the diver suits drying in the prevailing breeze... will get more pictures in due course.

Nice collection of the magical Carnival Magic from Mike below...Don't Miss Those...Smiley

For a while there we had double magic...Smiley


Sunday, 14 June 2020 - 06:21
Post 7063
  Mike J., Dover

PRIDE OF KENT enters on Saturday morning with CARNIVAL MAGIC lying on EAI [Eastern Arm Inner berth].
She sailed about 1900 for Torbay.

Those lifeboats permanently placed outside the line of the hull & accommodation look unusual but allow for more cabins & more income which is what the bean-counters want !

Large modern ferries look small against most modern cruise-ships.
Size mattters !

Paul's view of the DOVER GRAFTER - she was working again on Saturday & has been working in the same area for same time, seeking the SPIRIT OF FRANCE'S missing anchor [post 7015].
The EAGLE may have been involved with the same work.

Sunday, 14 June 2020 - 02:40
Post 7062
  Sea News, Dover
Carnival Magic: Yes there we are...You can see this huge ship approaching the Port last evening....time of pic 19.27. The weather was a bit grey unfortunately. A mighty ship indeed and very impressive. Its now at the Eastern Arm and looks very huge indeed...dwarfing the ferries.

Will have more pictures of her following along in due course...
thanks to Mike for the timing tip off on this...Smiley

Just a few general bits now..
The dredger Reimerswaal seems to be a regular visitor now to the outser reaches as it were..pauses just outside Port and always in the same position. Here she is a couple of days ago... presumably doing a crew change.

And will add this one from a former can see her there in the same spot. Saves you going through our Search Engine above.. don't say we don't try to make life easier for you...Smiley

Mike got very nice close-in pictures of Dover Grafter with her new paint colours in post she is again, this time out there in the gloom and drizzle in the wider harbour a couple of days can also see her former colours via our Search Box above.

Also out there...the Viking she is and certainly worth a look.

See Mike's collection below Smiley...well done with those Mike.

Thanks Steve...yes we have a double bill of Magics at the moment. Fab ships for sure.. Thanks for the tip off Smiley


Saturday, 13 June 2020 - 07:06
Post 7061
  Mike J., Dover

You're certainly right there, Steve - two MAGICs in Dover Friday night, although I hear that the CARNIVAL MAGIC will disappear, as if by magic, in less than 24 hours,.

The CARNIVAL MAGIC, sIster ship to the recent CARNIVAL BREEZE, arrived at dusk on Friday, coming in from Dubrovnik by way of Barcelona & berthing on the Eastern Arm.

My ship is so small . . . .

CARNIVAL MAGIC backing down to her Eastern Arm berth, while the SPIRIT OF FRANCE makes a slow approach, waiting for the way to be clear so that she can reach her berth on Pier F.

Soon after the arrival of the MAGIC the MAJESTY OF THE SEA sailed for Southampton.

While pecking out these notes I looked to see how far the MAJESTY had got & noticed the EMPRESS OF THE SEAS heading southwest & passing the Isle of Wight & looking to be on another 'grey water cruise' from Southampton to Southampton.

The very last cruise ship still carrying passengers finally arrived in Bremerhaven on 8 June with just eight passenger aboard !

For the interesting tale of Phoenix ReIsen's ARTANIA [a Dover visitor] put 'https' in front of this link -


No problems for the passengers maintaining 'Social Distancing presumably.

Saturday, 13 June 2020 - 03:43
Post 7060
  steve newman, Dover, Kent
Could we have 2 "Magics" in town? Looks like Carnival Magic is showing destination Dover at present. Smiley

Friday, 12 June 2020 - 07:37
Post 7059
  Sea News, Dover
Majesty of the Seas: Going back a few evenings now and we capture the Majesty of the Seas departing...Monday it was.. and a fine soft evening too. We see her above exiting the Port through the Eastern Exit and in the pic below releasing the pilot having come about to head west.... twas a lovely green sea so it was...

The Maersk Connector leaving yesterday late morning...
the conditions were very dull misty/murky so needed the computer with these ones... you can see the pilot boat alongside and in the final shot, actually taken a few moments see her passing the local dredger David Church.

Maersk Connector and David Church.

Thanks to Mike and Nigel for the 'heads up' on the Maersk Connector departure... Smiley


Friday, 12 June 2020 - 07:00
Post 7058
  Sea News, Dover
We have the Carnival Breeze departure now... we catch her leaving pier we go...
Pictures from the ...lets see...yes the 8th August. Time of first shot 18.12...just like the Overture...Smiley

There she goes, all 128,000 tons of her. Enjoyable sequence there taken on a fresh but bright evening.
Will add this one heck of a helter skelter thingy on the top deck. So bright you can see it from outer space..
Yours truly's daughter would have a go at this...or would have done a while back. Smiley Not me....Nosirreee Bob!

Whooooosh! Smiley crazy but fun!


Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 07:05
Post 7057
  Sea News, Dover
Completing the sequence began in yours trulys post yesterday...Majesty of the Seas arriving in the grey murky conditions of Monday.... can see her here turning in the outer harbour prior to her settling on the Eastern Arm for a of course settled at Cruise Terminal 2..

Majesty of the Seas

Just caught the Maersk Connector arriving yesterday...Mike had given us the 'heads up' … hope to get more shots in due course. The exciting ship is now at Cruise Terminal 1. We have had her previously, just type the name in the Search Box above and see more...

Thanks Del...yes hopefully things will get a bit better soon...looking forward to the time when we can all get out there...Smiley


Wednesday, 10 June 2020 - 06:51
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