Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with some further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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Post 6868
  Mike J., Dover
Catch up time. A few pix of the arrival of the Latvian coaster BON VIVANT on a very high tide on Wednesday at Rye Harbour with a cargo of aggregate from Llandulas Quarry, near Llandudno.

The sun, of course, disappeared at the crucial moment, I was unable to get to the riverbank as the saltings below the seawall were flooded.

The sun was returning as she passed by.

Berthing with the ROTHER 4 in attendance.

‘Dover Straits Shipping’ were also in attendance & we decided to cover both sides of the river & they had a closer-upper view of the caster as she passed.

They also had a little adventure after the BON VIVANT had passed.
The already high tide was half a metre higher than expected & they were marooned on the pontoon & needed rescuing.
Nigel has put up a little video on the DSS Facebook page - it'll take a while for them to live it down . . . .

Good pix from Paul of the VENTURE & her Cornish pebbles.
After preparations [laying a timber ‘mat’ on the quay] unloading will soon be starting & the rocks will be taken to Jury’s Gap, just to the southeast of Camber for sea defence works. This info courtesy of ‘Dover Straits Shipping’

Jury’s Gap was the location of the grounding of the coaster MAANAV STAR in September 2004 shortly after sailing from Rye Harbour.
Googling MAANAV STAR will find details of the interesting ‘incident’

Meself & a few pals were there on a very windy day when she was high & dry at low water but as the tide rose she moved slowly down the beach, demolishing timber groynes as she went.

An unexpected arrival late last night, from Moerdijk in Holland & now tied up on Cruise-1, was the Maltese tanker CORAL MILLEPORA.
No idea [yet] what she’s here for. I knew from AIS that she was coming but thought it was just another off-port call.

Friday, 13 March 2020 - 11:33
Post 6867
  Sea News, Dover


P&O FERRIES today announces the doubling of its rail capacity at Europoort with the launch of a second line into its terminal at the continental hub.

The 650-metre long track will complement P&O's existing rail line and means that the integrated ferry and logistics company can handle up to four trains of either 36 trailers or 42 x 45 foot containers a day, comprising eight services to and from locations across Europe.

Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said: "This new rail capacity will help even more of our customers solve their supply chain challenges and make trade flow by utilizing the unrivalled combined assets of P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters."

"Customers will be able to move goods between Britain and Europe using P&O Ferrymasters rail services and take advantage of our integrated planning, scheduling and transport management systems which solve some of the most pressing challenges in logistics, especially transparency."

"To connect with the UK market, we provide three sailings a week to Teesport and seven sailings a week to Hull, with a commitment to providing customers with the most reliable and cost efficient service possible. This initiative underlines our commitment to growth and going to places where our customers want us to go."

As well as existing routes P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters also plans to expand its rail network into new geographies. The second rail line at Europoort is expected to handle fast moving consumer goods from across Europe as well as automotive parts and products en route to the North East of England.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units every year.

Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.


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Big thanks to the team at P&O for the interesting information above..Smiley

Great pictures above: Roel Dijkstra Fotografie Rotterdam : Foto : Fred Libochant Smiley

Just to show now a couple of extra shots of the hard working 'rock towing' tugs...these pix following along from yesterdays post. Will have an extra shot ...currently destined for top of page...showing it all at the 'grain pier' WD4.

Rock Towing Tugs Venture and Wulf 7.



Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 06:22
Post 6866
  Sea News, Dover
Some more pictures now of tugs Venture and Wulf 7 towing a fairly substantial rock laden barge into the Port of Dover on monday. The top shot above there shows them a fair way out... it is not the clearest of pix .. but wanted to show the difficult conditions, towing such a heavy and large barge through that rough stuff cant be easy.

The pictures below show the 'convoy' arriving in Port having weathered the rough oul
Time of first shot below..16:16..

The leading tug is Venture.... and the one bringing up the stern...Wulf 7.
The barge and tugs eventually made it to the 'grain pier' WD4...
then later in the early evening moved over to the cargo terminal WD5 although I cant physically see it...

See Patrick's shots below...Smiley


Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 06:30
Post 6865
  Patrick, Marine Parade
On a rather murky day Tug 'Venture' assisted by DHB relief tug Wolf 7 making v. slow progress with rock barge 'Selina' into WD4 yesterday.
The rocks - cornish granite - are apparently destined for urgent flood defence work at Lydd

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 15:43
Post 6864
  Sea News, Dover
Thanks for that Dave - excellent.. Smiley

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 08:25
Post 6863
  Dave, Sandwich
Re post 6862:
The MFV Boy Joshua is towing the West Quern buoy, which has been missing from station off Ramsgate Harbour for several weeks now (Notice to Mariners 12/2020). I'm not sure how the buoy arrived in Dover though.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 08:20
Post 6862
  Sea News, Dover
A nice picture above there of replacement tug Wulf 7...we have of course seen her before in the past. Pictured above there two days ago. Currently replacing Dauntless I believe.

Yesterday Wulf 7 and another tug.. Venture, towed a rock laden barge into port...twas a bit gloomy but got some pictures and will sort. Over the longer range the pictures are more susceptible to gloomy misty conditions but will aim to have a selection up soon....they need a bit of work.

Just caught this fishing boat below at the weekend leaving through the eastern exit. As you can see she is towing a...well Im not sure what it is...I thought initially it was a buoy but now...?? Its quite big isn't it.
Name of Boat: MFV Boy Joshua R480...that's what it says here !Smiley

And then finally for the moment a pic of Whitdawn just returning to Port to service the Saga Sapphire the other day.

Smiley Yes a nice ship for sure Vic with all the right green credentials for the modern age.
Glad you are still enjoying all the pictures.
Should be an exciting spring/summer.


Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 06:20
Post 6861
  matcham, dover
Thats a great ship lets hope soon all ships will be built like that one, thank you once again for the great photos of our world class port.Smiley

Monday, 9 March 2020 - 16:12
Post 6860
  Sea News, Dover
Some remembrance visitors photographing the beautiful wreaths in the little Herald of Free Enterprise memorial garden on the Dover Seafront last Friday. That anchor wreath is magnificent there...
See also post 6856.

As mentioned Saga Sapphire came and went yesterday. Yours truly missed it coming in and she left last night in the dark at 9.30pm so the pic below is from a former visit. She was off to the Emerald Isle, making a few UK calls first, then Dublin and Cork. No doubt they will be trying the Guinness over there...pundits say its different, must be the water or the soil or something...


Monday, 9 March 2020 - 05:06
Post 6859
  Sea News, Dover
The Fridtjof Nansen

More on the Hurtigruten Green Image ...

The introduction of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ships is the latest in a number of Hurtigruten green initiatives. Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics. In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) – produced from organic waste such as dead fish.

Dead fish! well I never...Fascinating stuff indeed..
See more in the press release below post 6857.

The Hybrid Powered Fridtjof Nansen...more pictures below...

Thanks for that fascinating info below Mark. Enjoyable read. Smiley
Hope you enjoy your trip with them ...let us know how you get on...exciting times..

ps: while doing this post, cruise ship Saga Sapphire arrived just behind me here ..completely missed it !! Smiley

Sunday, 8 March 2020 - 06:51
Post 6858
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Interesting press release from DHB there. Hurtigruten's day job is running the Norway coastal ferry service, but it's all been re-tendered and from Jan 2021 they've lost 4 of the 11 route slots to a newcomer called Havila. So Hurty are moving those affected 4 ferries to cruise operations because Havila will be bringing their own new ships. Clearly Trollfjord is one of the vessels affected. Sting in the tail is that two of Havila's new builds wont be ready in time because the shipyard cancelled the contract due to money problems, but Hurty are pressing on with their new plan regardless. It's the kind of madness that you associate with the UK's transport scene but hey, Dover won't be complaining !

Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 10:12
Post 6857
  Sea News, Dover
Some more pictures now of Fridtjof Nansen...see also Mike's shots in the post below...
The ship was approaching through the gloom as you can see above but as soon as she got closer to port a blinding low level sun burst through and made it nearly impossible to get pictures, had to wait until she came across the port...and here she is...
Hurtigruten's Fridtjof Nansen..

Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen makes showcase call in Dover

The Port of Dover welcomed Hurtigruten’s brand new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen into the Port for the first time yesterday morning for a special showcase call ahead of her inaugural voyages.

MS Fridtjof Nansen is packed with green technology and large battery packs and is, alongside her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship.

Her call comes ahead of next year’s official launch of the Port’s brand new venture with Hurtigruten. For the first time in their 127-year history, Hurtigruten will offer winter sailings from Dover, with the Port becoming the UK homeport of the MS Trollfjord for her 2021/2022 Norway Expedition programme.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:

"We are thrilled to welcome Hurtigruten here today and host such an extraordinary cruise ship ahead of her inaugural voyage. With their environmentally friendly and sustainable approach, Hurtigruten represent everything that Port of Dover Cruise champions.

I’m really excited that we have had a glimpse of what is to come, as we prepare to launch our new adventure with Hurtigruten next year, welcoming MS Trollfjord for 13 turnaround calls over the 2021/2022 season. Her visits will mark the first ever official winter season here."

Anthony Daniels, UK General Manager for Hurtigruten said:

"We are delighted to have been able to include the Port of Dover in our UK Showcase Sailings for the MS Fridtjof Nansen. Sustainability is at the core of our operation and with the introduction of our second hybrid ship we hope to continue to set the benchmark in the cruise industry as leaders in sustainable cruising."

From cliffs to fjords - Hurtigruten’s Norway Expeditions from Dover will commence in October 2021 and be available through to March 2022.


Many thanks to the team at the Port for the info above Smiley

Great pictures and info below from Mike - don't miss those pix - Great stuff! Smiley

Acknowledging the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy...see below.



Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 05:13
Post 6856
  Nike J., Dover

Friday marked marked the 33rd.Anniversary of the loss of the ferry HERALD OF FREE ENTERRISE when she capsized shortly after leaving Zeebrugge with the loss of 188 lives.

A very sad day & one that caused major changes & safety improvements in the ferry industry.

A day never to be forgotten.

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Arrival of the Hurtigruten expedition ship FRIDTJOF NANSEN on Friday morning from Portrsmouth.
She is ice-strengthened & has 'hybrid' power with propulsion both by diesel battery-electric power & is an 'eco-ship' with a much reduced carbon footprint. When she is in regular service she will operate mostly in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

The sun was in the wrong place for her 0800 arrival.

The light had improved considerably by 1700 when seen from Citadel Road.
She sailed for Tilbury at 2200.


Fred Olsen's BRAEMAR , a frequent visitor to Dover in the past, was reported on 29/2 as having been have refused permission to enter La Romana in the Dominican Republic after a number of passegers were reported with 'flu-like symptoms' & has joined other unfortunate cruise ships in 'seagoing isolation'

Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 03:56
Post 6855
  Sea News, Dover
Truly fascinating post below Mark. Hope you have a great time on the ship - bet you will. The ship looks amazing...will have pictures going up in the morning.
Shake off that lurgy...


Friday, 6 March 2020 - 16:00
Post 6854
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Your spies may have noted an unusual visitor to the Cruise Terminal today. Hurtigruten's brand new expedition ship Fridtjof Nansen is visiting the UK for a couple of weeks before she starts her normal duties in the Arctic and Antarctic. She's a genuine hybrid vessel with a substantial battery pack to supplement her diesel engines. Joining her myself in Portsmouth in a week and a half (lurgy permitting) for a quick shimmy down to the Channel Islands and back through the channel to Ostend before finishing at Tower Bridge 5 days later. Visiting Ostend is going to be distinctly weird after all these years since RMT stopped operating. If you google Nansen and Webcam you'll be treated to a live view of a beautiful sunny day in Dover Harbour (as of 10.40 am at any rate). She's off to Tilbury this evening to start a short round of taster cruises.

Friday, 6 March 2020 - 10:48
Post 6853
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from yesterdays 'springlike' picture which ultimately we see the scene a couple of hours later...the rain is on its way and boy was it a wet one...the global warming goes on as evidenced by our eternal 'blade runner rain'.
One of the P&O Prides gliding gently out through the western gateway above there..before the rain.

Dredger David Church and the Harbour Patrol Boat...working in harmony around the buoys on wednesday..


Friday, 6 March 2020 - 07:14
Post 6852
  Sea News, Dover
That was the scene above at 08:50 yesterday morning wednesday. For a fleeting moment it looked like Spring had arrived... a chap in such circumstances, could almost be tempted to rush off for his sunglasses and not-so-elegant shorts...but alas alas the nice prospect didn't last. We were back to grim grey damp conditions a short while later...

On Tuesday the patrol boat guys were examining the flashing marker buoys and here they are below, the second pic a crop of the first...hopefully to show more...

Just came across this one in the files...long forgotten. Shows the harbour patrol boat once again, this time at full pelt... a few years ago this one....

Nice Ramsgate collection below from Mike...good to see thoseSmiley


Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 06:38
Post 6851
  Mike J., Dover

Ramsgate on Tuesday found the weatherbeaten 53-year tug EMS DEFENDER who had arrived from Lowestoft on 28/2.

Built in Scotland as the ST.MARGARET she is now operated by marine contractors Eastern Marine Services of Lowestoft who have a large fleet of assorted vessels & an interesting website.

The lifeboat on the Commercial Quay is the 'Mersey' class LADY OF HILBRE, part of the RNLI reserve fleet, stored ashore to reduce corrosion of her aluminium hull.
See also Sarah's post 4931.

P270 HMS BITER, patrol & training vessel.

f/v STELLA MARIS, Dover-registered, but Ramsgate-based.

Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 01:47
Post 6850
  Sea News, Dover
its a bit quiet at the moment but it gives us a chance to follow along from yesterday's pictures and catch up with another couple of shots of....
Hunter and the Lifeboat

Dover Lifeboat and Border Force Hunter returning to base in the low evening sun...

Just caught Alert (Trinity House) leaving the Port through the eastern exit...the camera just caught her at the last minute, in between ferries doing their thing.

All pictures Monday.


Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - 07:32
Post 6849
  Sea News, Dover
Just following along from Mike there I noticed the Lifeboat at the last minute yesterday evening just as she pulled away from the new 'arm' where she had briefly paused for some reason. But by the time I grabbed the camera she had begun to move away and was heading back towards base. Right at that moment Border Force Hunter came into view...and here they are...
Time of picture Monday 16.27

And now the other opposed to the (THV) one currently at the top of page. This time Border Force Alert. A couple of days ago she was doing some manoeuvrings in the harbour... right in front of the 'observation tower'...
always the best place to do manoeuvrings !..Smiley

Border Force Alert

Good timing below MikeSmiley


Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 06:38
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