Friday, 25 May 2018

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PORT OF DOVER: Konecranes for new Cargo Terminal 4916.
PORT OF DOVER: £21 Million DWDR 'paving plus' contract awarded 4895.
PORT of DOVER - three cruise ships, one day 4885.
DFDS Charters New Ship see 4866.
New Marina Pier ... Latest...see 4861.
P&O FERRIES presents big cash to RNLI Dover...see 4829.
PORT of DOVER: Chief Executive TIM WAGGOTT Resigns...see 4778.
P&O FERRIES recruiting...4745.
PORT of DOVER awards Cargo Refrigeration Contract see 4740.
PORT OF DOVER: Community Benefit 4688
PORT OF DOVER: GEEST LINE arrival see 4597.

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Post 4852
  Ted Ingham, Canterbury
Photographed alongside the Commercial Quay at Ramsgate the 1972 built dredger MANNIN. Recently fitted with a new crane she is owned by the Padstow Harbour Commissioners and travels around the coast working at different harbour locations.

Friday, 27 April 2018 - 12:06
Post 4851
  Sea News, Dover
RETURN OF THE SOSPAN: A Sospan can be a vital essential in many jobs of work, and this Sospan in particular is proving a vital tool in the daily grind of the DWDR. Yes Sospan Dau is back with us and there she is above in the rough seas of Wednesday. The picture is fairly long range and shows her out there in the channel after depositing her load. A pretty rough oul sea that...
To see previous pictures of Sospan Dau type the name in our Search Engine above and away you go.

Rainbows in the Channel on Thursday. No need for a shovel this time guys...we would never find that pot o' gold down there...not with a shovel anyway...Smiley

Thanks for that Cruise listing again Colette. Always very useful to have that to hand so we know what's going onSmiley


Friday, 27 April 2018 - 06:15
Post 4850
  Colette B, Dover


Dramatic action shots there of the two Royal Navy ships in the turbulent sea MrB, luvit!
As the old song goes ‘All the nice girls love a sailor’ …… Smiley

On Saturday 28th April the Grand Lady Boudicca graces our shores arriving at CT2 06.30 leaving us later in the day at 17.00 hours, T/R. She will be setting her sights on a 7 night round trip of Scenic Fjords & Waterfalls of Norway. Her ports of call include Bergen, Flam and Olden before returning to Dover on Saturday 5th May.

The following day Sunday 29th April we are greeted once again with the AIDAsol’s formidable smile. Déjà vu indeed, MrB, I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day Smiley
She arrives at CT2, 09.30 hours on her 4 night Hamburg Round trip. Departing at 21.30 hours before dropping anchor in her home port on the 1st of May.

I cannot believe that these are the last of the April cruise visits, I will be back with the beginning of May scheduled arrivals real soon folks ……………………..Smiley

Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 13:12
Post 4849
  Sea News, Dover
Yours truly spotted the tugs yesterday getting HMS Somerset ready for departure and thought...well I have plenty of time here, so buried head in the computer for a further foray, only to look again in imagined moments and find she was already gone. Rear-guard action pictures below ... also that's port dredger David Church creeping into shot. She has just returned from refit and is back in action.

Just to add this one of Emerald arriving a couple of days ago. Lombok Strait left us and in came Emerald.

Well done Patrick with those pix below- yes it was worryingly narrow but now looking a tad better.Smiley
Mike - very glad you were able to get that info together for Rickard he has now made contact with the owners.Smiley
Yes Del .. some thumping late evening for sure - but last night wasn't too bad...says he stoutlySmiley


Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 06:04
Post 4848
  Mike J., Dover
Patrick - Thanks, I'm sure that you're right about the capping for the 'promenade pier' & the 'little people' put in by the artist.
My post 4729 [search for 'Jetfoil'] seems to show them on barges after delivery, perhaps in two sizes.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 00:04
Post 4847
  Del Styan, Norwich
Sorry to hear of your late night thumping, Annoying, isn't it! Hope it finishes soon.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 23:16
Post 4846
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Some really great pictures of the Naval Craft. Thanks to Mike J and PB. Superb photos.

Yes we too heard the late night pile driving at DWDR.

- Keep it down lads - you might not be sleeping but we want our kip with all this excitement to follow as each dawn breaks.

Mike J - regarding the "width" of the new pier. These latest shots go some way to providing a better idea of what can be expected. These capping blocks have been added to the landward end of the new pier but still look kind of 'narrow'. The PR photo probably used that age old trick of showing two small persons on the causeway to make everything else around them look larger - perhaps!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 23:01
Post 4845
  Mike J., Dover

Richard -

I suggest that you contact the Dover Marina Office & they may be able to put you in contact with the owners.


Further details on the ‘Marina’ section of the DHB website.

I’m sure that ‘Dover Sea News’ will be interested in any old photos or more information that you have on this historic ship.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 09:50
Post 4844
  Rickard Undevik, Dala-husby, Sweden (
Hello, I am searching for contactinfo. to the owner of Saint David of London.
I am happy of anyone have some information to give me.
I live in Dala-Husby where she was in traffic 100 years ago.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 08:46
Post 4843
  Sea News, Dover

Following on from the shots at the tip top of page...there we are above with the third of the naval boats...HMS Trumpeter...taken just after 3PM on Monday afternoon. They had already been in Port as we saw with Mike's pictures in 4840 so presumably they went out on a training exercise...and they got some real choppy exercise weather for their endeavours. We are glad they did go out again as they provided some exciting picture opportunities.

Fascinating detailed collection below there from Mike of HMS Somerset docking - don't miss those. Great stuff indeed!Smiley


Yes Mike you will certainly have heard some late night bumping and grinding. We have had notice here in the 'observation tower' and beyond that the work hours have been extended. So ...time for the late night ear plugs Smiley

Cruise ship AIDAsol approaching.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 06:17
Post 4842
  Mike J., Dover
Splendid 'action shots' from Paul of the RANGER & SMITER returning to Dover.

Here's a few 'detail views' of HMS SOMERSET docking on Sunday afternoon.
She sails 1000 Wednesday morning.

Amongst the visitors waiting on the quay for the arrival of the SOMERSET was the all-important poo tanker.

Did I hear pile-driving well past midnight on Tuesday night ?

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 00:21
Post 4841
  Sea News, Dover
La Luna Smiley
It wont have escaped your attention that the AIDA cruise ships all look remarkably similar. Yours truly keeps getting a touch of the deja-vu's through the camera lens but in fact the pix are all originals.I keep telling myself that anyway! This time we have 70,000 tons of the magnificent AIDAluna.. yes another monster here with us in the Port of Dover.

AIDAluna left last night at approximately 6PM. She slowly made her was across the Port to leave through the Eastern Exit...unusual to see them going out through that particular exit, but there was a very strong cross wind last evening so presumably that was the reason. Her next stop was Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. The pictures above are of her morning arrival.

Smiley An excellent collection in the post below there from our busy 'inshore correspondent' with camera at the ready...Mike.
Well done Mike. A super collection there, will be able to add to those naval ones in due course. Its all busy busy around here right now....lots of exciting comings and goings.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 06:56
Post 4840
  Mike J., Dover

Monday morning found three ‘Archer’ class patrol vessels in the Tidal Basin having arrived overnight to join HMS SOMERSET for the ‘Zeebrugge Raid’ memorial service.
They normally work as as training vessels attached to University Royal Naval Units.

P272 SMITER - Oxford
P293 RANGER - Sussex
P294 TRUMPETER - Cambridge

Monday, 23 April 2018 - 16:27
Post 4839
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from Patrick and we are with some more shots of the exciting new pier. Its all concrete at the moment and here we are. These pictures were taken last week on the... let me see... yes the 17th and the final pic on the 18th.

Following along from the excellent collection below from Mike of the HMS Somerset extra one here looking across the harbour with added cranes. I arranged for the cranes to pop up right in that spot...Smiley
She is here of course for the ZEEBRUGGE Commemorations as mentioned previously.

Yes indeed Jan they made an impressive sight, especially at night.
We have another double whammy in effect today with both AIDAluna and HMS Somerset.
Also at the cargo end of things...Emerald is back in with us too.


Monday, 23 April 2018 - 15:02
Post 4838
  Mike J., Dover

DOUGHTY & DAUNTLESS leave the Wick to meet Class 23 frigate HMS SOMERSET on Sunday afternoon.

Charter boat MAVERICK heads for her berth ahead of HMS SOMERSET & the tugs as they prepare to swing the warship before berthing her on the Admiralty Pier.

WETWHEELS SOUTHEAST [post 4802] heads down the Wick with some happy passengers aboard - I could hear them singing from quite a distance.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 23:43
Post 4837
  Jan T, Dover

It was great to see the two cruise ships in yesterday on a glorious sunny day, and yes went out in a blaze of light last night.

Nicely captured in the night picture below.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 09:47
Post 4836
  Sea News, Dover

Following on from the previous post. Nightime departure...both ships in shot at 9.21PM.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 08:06
Post 4835
  Sea News, Dover

As previously mentioned we had two fabulous AIDA cruise ships in yesterday...AIDAdiva and AIDAsol and a hugely impressive sight they made too. It is great to see these glamourous beasts here at the Port of Dover. A fab double whammy. The pictures above show AIDAdiva arriving early...there was some mist but managed to get reasonable if watery images...

Last night they both left in the dark in a blaze of dazzling light...Diva left 9.20Pm and Sol about 9.40...both playing engaging departure tunes on their deep organ-sounding horns..great stuff!!


Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 07:36
Post 4834
  Sea News, Dover

The Spirit of France needing assistance from the tug above there, this has been happening over the past couple of days as she reverses into Dover7. If yours truly is remembering correctly the 'Spirits' usually reverse into Dover9 with no additional help...but as mentioned previously there are works going on. Not entirely sure why tug needed but there we are anyway...
By the way that's tug Dauntless above there.

Well done Mike...that's a cracking collection below and right up close. Very exciting with all the developments...they are moving along very fast as we saw with Patricks shots. I have a few pix too in camera, will see if anything worthwhile.
Great info too...Smiley

Yes that parking info was worthwhile, it all seems fairly clear now.

PS: Another large cruise liner approaching the Port - AIDAdiva Smiley
UPDATE: AIDasol now also in. As mentioned by ColetteB ...
we have a double whammy of AIDA whoppers in today. Smiley
A good day to see cruise ships at the Port of Dover
(alas its a little bit misty at the moment )

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 06:23
Post 4833
  Mike J., Dover

Inspired by Patrick’s interesting pix of the DWDR work I took a closer look at low tide on Thursday.

I hope that the final ‘walkway’ on the pier will be as per the DWDR drawing - it looks a little narrow at the moment !

I wonder what all the work force were looking at in Patrick’s photo ?

Class 23 frigate HMS SOMERSET arrives Dover on Sunday to take part in the Zeebrugge memorial service on Monday & will be in port for a few days..She is currently in Zeebrugge taking part in the Belgium ceremonies.
It'd be a nice surprise if the Belgians sent over a warship as well . . . . .

The DAVID CHURCH has returned after her refit & I hear that the DWDR dredgers will be returning shortly.

Post 4828 & the mystery of the 'tug' ABLE ONE - she has now been definitely confirmed as a ‘new build’ & was built in Whitby in 2015 & is now in Shoreham.
The original 1955-built ABEL DONE still exists in the U.S of A.

Thanks Paul for the very useful St.James parking press release, you’ve ‘scooped’ the regular Dover town forums, despite their compulsive posters !

Friday, 20 April 2018 - 23:42
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